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Peace hopes up in Korea talks

We welcome the many signs of peace in the Korean Peninsula, highlighted by the agreement between North and South Korea to hold official talks – the first ones in the last two years – in Panmunjom, the truce village on the border of the two Koreas. #BeFullyInformed Peace hopes up in Korea talks We welcome… link: Peace hopes up in Korea talks.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 11th, 2018

Peace hopes up in Korea talks

We welcome the many signs of peace in the Korean Peninsula, highlighted by the agreement between North and South Korea to hold official talks – the first ones in the last two years – in Panmunjom, the truce village on the border of the two Koreas. #BeFullyInformed Peace hopes up in Korea talks We welcome… link: Peace hopes up in Korea talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Seoul: North Korea to send delegation to Olympics in South

By Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea agreed Tuesday to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials said, as the bitter rivals sat for rare talks at the border to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics and improve their long-strained ties. The Koreas' first talks in two years were arranged after North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un recently made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea after a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North. During the talks, the North Korean delegation said it would send an Olympic delegation, which includes officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others, South Korea's Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue for the talks. The South Korean delegation, for its part, proposed North Korea send a big delegation and conduct a joint march during the Feb. 9-25 Game's opening and closing ceremonies, Chun, one of the five South Korean negotiators, said. He said South Korea also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and offering military talks designed to reduce animosities in frontline areas. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said. North Korea responded by saying the two Koreas must try to promote peace and reconciliation through dialogue, he said. The two sides were to continue their negotiations later Tuesday at Panmunjom, the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just feet away from each other. A North Korean soldier late last year defected to the South across Panmunjom amid a hail of bullets fired by his comrades. He was hit five times but survived. The meeting began with an amicable atmosphere Tuesday morning, with chief North Korean delegate Ri Son Gwon saying he hopes the talks would give "a New Year's first gift — precious results (of the talks) to the Korean nation." Ri's South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, said he also hopes they would come up with a "good gift" for people in both Koreas. The overall prospect for the negotiations was still unclear. The two Koreas have a long history of ending key talks without any agreement and failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. An agreement on the North's Olympic participation had been widely expected before the talks began, but the Koreas remain sharply at odds over how to improve their overall ties. North Korea is expected to demand rewards in return for South Korea's offer for family reunions and military talks, like Seoul halting propaganda broadcasts and scaling back or halting military drills with the U.S., observers say. Suspension of the military drills would be unacceptable for Seoul because that would seriously undermine the alliance with its chief ally the United States, which wants to put more pressures on Pyongyang. The North views the drills as a rehearsal for a northward invasion. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said the U.S. administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea, saying Kim would first need to stop weapons testing for a "significant amount of time." In his New Year's Day address, Kim said there is an urgent need to improve inter-Korean ties and that he is willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. He urged Seoul to halt the military drills with the U.S. and said he has a "nuclear button" to launch missiles at any target in the United States. South Korean liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue as a way to defuse the North Korean nuclear standoff, welcomed Kim's outreach and proposed talks at Panmunjom. Kim quickly accepted. "As President Moon has said, the improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea's nuclear program," Brian Hook, a chief adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told reporters in a conference call late Monday Washington time. "And so, we remain focused on our global pressure campaign. That campaign is designed to bring Kim Jong Un to the table for meaningful negations." The Trump administration agreed last week to delay springtime military drills with South Korea until after the Games. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the delay was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics, not a political gesture. Trump and Kim traded bellicose warlike rhetoric and even crude insults last year, as the North conducted it sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the registration deadline has been extended and that the Switzerland-based committee supports North Korean athletes in the qualification process, while respecting U.N. sanctions against North Korea......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

After talks, North Korea accuses US of gangster-like demands

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a dose of harsh reality to Donald Trump, bashing hopes for a quick denuclearization deal in a pointed rebuke to the president's top envoy while accusing the U.S. of making "gangster-like" demands......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

2 Koreas meet to arrange reunions of war-split families

  SEOUL, South Korea --- North and South Korean officials met on Friday for talks on resuming reunions of families divided by the 1950-1953 Korean War as the rivals boost reconciliation amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.   Seoul's Unification Ministry said the meeting will discuss ways to carry out an agreement on the reunions made between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a summit in April.   Kim and Moon met again in May, and their two summits have opened various channels of peace talks between the Koreas. The rivals recently agreed to restore cross-border military hotline comm...Keep on reading: 2 Koreas meet to arrange reunions of war-split families.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in N. Korea summit

SINGAPORE --- Embarking on a self-described "mission of peace," President Donald Trump's seat-of-the-pants foreign policy is facing its toughest test yet as he attempts this week to personally broker an end to North Korea's nuclear program in talks with Kim Jong Un. The impulsive American president, who just this weekend sowed chaos within the Western alliance, is set to face his match on the global stage as he prepares to meet Kim in Singapore on Tuesday. In the historic first meeting between the leaders of the technically-still-warring nations, Trump is prioritizing instinct over planning. Unlike traditional summits between heads of state, where most of the work is completed ...Keep on reading: Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in N. Korea summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

Duterte tells Sison: If talks fail, let’s resume violent war

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZYAW3aJhOI President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his commitment to peace negotiations with communist rebels, but he warned that if the talks fail, it could lead to "violent war." Speaking to reporters on Saturday night before he left for South Korea, Duterte said the presence of armed rebels in Mindanao prevents investors from coming in. He cited Davao as an example. "Hindi muna maka-access doon ngayon kasi magulo (They can't come in because it's chaotic.) So we are trying to find out if we can succeed in the talks with the Communist Party," Duterte said when asked how the Koreans can help the Philippines. Duterte reiterated his invitation ...Keep on reading: Duterte tells Sison: If talks fail, let’s resume violent war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Trump and Kim raise summit hopes after days of brinkmanship

SEOUL, South Korea – Plans for a landmark summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-Un are moving "very nicely," US President Donald Trump said on Sunday, May 27, as the South's leader said Kim told him the talks would be a historic opportunity to end decades of confrontation. The latest conciliatory ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Ahead of Trump summit, Kim Jong Un crafts a careful message

  TOKYO --- Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have one big thing in common as they prepare for what would be the first ever U.S.-North Korea summit next month in Singapore: They both claim to deserve total credit. In a country where there is no Twitter but lots of fake news, North Koreans are getting a very different take than American media-watchers on what got the two leaders to the negotiating table and what they will be trying to accomplish. What North Koreans are hearing is that Kim is calling all the shots. That he's a strategic genius whose bold nuclear policies have opened the door to Korean-led peace talks with the South. And that he has finally succeeded in forc...Keep on reading: Ahead of Trump summit, Kim Jong Un crafts a careful message.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Summit set, detainees free; Trump sees NKorea big success

Envisioning "a very special moment for world peace," President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un for highly anticipated summit talks in Singapore on June 12......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Summit set, detainees free; Trump sees NKorea big success

Envisioning "a very special moment for world peace," President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un for highly anticipated summit talks in Singapore on June 12......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Summit set, detainees free; Trump sees NKorea big success

Envisioning "a very special moment for world peace," President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un for highly anticipated summit talks in Singapore on June 12......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

North Korea says peace talks not the result of U.S. pressure

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea Sunday, May 6, warned Washington that claiming Pyongyang was forced into talks by US pressure risked returning the peninsula "back to square one", as the world awaits a landmark summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump The pair are set for the first ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

China s foreign minister in North Korea on rare visit

SEOUL, South Korea – Beijing hopes that talks between the United States and North Korea will be "smooth and achieve substantial progress", China's foreign minister said Wednesday, May 2, during a rare visit to Pyongyang as the Asian superpower tries to mend ties with its nuclear-armed neighbor . The two-day visit by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

Trump gives ‘blessing’ to Korea peace treaty talks

PALM BEACH, United States --- US President Donald Trump gave his blessing to talks aimed at formally ending the war on the Korean peninsula Tuesday, setting the stage for a major diplomatic breakthrough at a series of upcoming summits. With a rare inter-Korean meeting 10 days away, and Trump's own landmark sit-down with Kim Jong Un still eyed by early June, the US president opened the door to a peace treaty that has eluded diplomats for more than half a century. "North Korea is coming along," Trump said confidently as he hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. "South Korea is meeting and has plans to meet to see if they can end the war ...Keep on reading: Trump gives ‘blessing’ to Korea peace treaty talks.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Peace adviser hopes government, communist rebels can meet halfway

The government is adopting a "more realistic" approach to peace talks with communist rebels, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza said, adding the need for panels to "meet halfway.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Hopes dim for peace talks with New People’s Army — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

MANILA, Philippines — After the New People’s Army (NPA) torched 10 heavy equipment units on Easter Sunday in Davao City, the prospect of resuming talks with.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2018

Softening stance of two Koreas

I was glad to have read in the wire reports last week that North and South Korea are on the verge of a “break through” in their peace talks for a unification.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Softening stanceof two Koreas

I was glad to have read in the wire reports last week that North and South Korea are on the verge of a “break through” in their peace talks for a unification.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Talks with Reds could still happen

“COME home, and let’s talk.” This is President Rodrigo Duterte’s message to Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison, raising hopes that he may yet change heart and order the resumption of peace talks with the Reds “Gusto ko si Sison pumunta dito. Kaming dalawa mag-usap.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018