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South Korea swoons as megastar from the North visits

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea went into swoon mode Sunday, January 21 – at the feet of a party apparatchik from the North. Hyon Song-Wol is, however, no dourly-dressed, suit-wearing bureaucrat from the nuclear-armed nation, but the leader of Pyongyang's most popular girl band. Cameras followed her every move as ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJan 22nd, 2018

Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon visits White House

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Donald Trump holds a high-stakes meeting with South Korea’s president at the White House Tuesday, talks that could decide whether the US president’s much-vaunted summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong Un goes ahead. Moon Jae-in jets into Washington on a mission to salvage a rare diplomatic opening between the US and North [...] The post Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon visits White House appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

WATCH: What will happen to the DMZ after the inter-Korea summit?

DMZ, South Korea – Rappler's Southeast Asia correspondent Natashya Gutierrez visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone a week before the inter-Korea summit – a historic meeting between Kim Jong-Un of Pyongyang and Moon Jae-in of Seoul. Watch her report above. NATASHYA GUTIERREZ, REPORTING: I'm standing here just two kilometers from the North ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

S. Korea says watching China closely as senior North Korean visits

BEIJING/SEOUL — South Korea said on Tuesday it was closely watching events that are unfolding rapidly in Beijing, where diplomatic sources said a senior North Korean official was visiting amid reports it was leader Kim Jong Un ahead of a series of historic summits. Bloomberg, citing three unidentified sources, reported on Monday that Kim was […] The post S. Korea says watching China closely as senior North Korean visits appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Too soon to let our guard down

With preparations underway for a third summit between South and North Korea in September, it may be easy for some people to forget that not much has changed. That would be a mistake. The world should not yet let its guard down. North Korea remains a nuclear threat, and its regime seems to be as… link: Too soon to let our guard down.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 17th, 2018

Too soon to let our guard down

With preparations underway for a third summit between South and North Korea in September, it may be easy for some people to forget that not much has changed. That would be a mistake. The world should not yet let its guard down. North Korea remains a nuclear threat, and its regime seems to be as [...] The post Too soon to let our guard down appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

Japan’s Abe sends offering to controversial shrine on World War Two anniversary

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Wednesday, the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender, but did not visit in person. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged China and South Korea because the shrine honors 14 Japanese wartime […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Pyongyang summit to be ‘bold step’ towards ending war, says Moon

Seoul, South Korea --- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday his visit to Pyongyang next month will be a "bold step" towards formally ending the decades-old war with the nuclear-armed North. The two Koreas agreed earlier this week to hold a third meeting between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in September as a rapid diplomatic thaw builds on the peninsula following their first summit in April. Moon's trip to the North Korean capital will be the first visit by a South Korean head of state to Pyongyang since 2007. The leaders will "take a bold step towards declaring an end to the war and a peace treaty", Moon said at a ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of ...Keep on reading: Pyongyang summit to be ‘bold step’ towards ending war, says Moon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later

With tensions on the Korean peninsula easing, North and South Korea plan to revive the cross-border family reunions that were halted three years ago as concerns over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs mounted. Source link link: Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

South Korean firms caught importing coal, iron from North – Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea – Three South Korean firms were caught importing coal and iron from the North last year, Seoul said Friday, August 10, in an apparent violation of  UN sanctions imposed in August 2017 on the nuclear-armed state. More than 35,000 tonnes of North Korean coal and iron worth ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, North Korea's Hwang Chung Gum and South Korea's Won Yun-jong carry the unification flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 10th, 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

Asean asked to brace amid trade feuds, rising protectionism

Singapore --- Southeast Asia's top diplomats opened an annual meeting Thursday to tackle a slew of security concerns, including South China Sea territorial disputes, with host Singapore calling on the bloc to brace for external tumult such as rising protectionism. North Korea's rapprochement with South Korea and the U.S. is expected to be welcomed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ministers, who began four days of meetings in Singapore with a working dinner Wednesday. Rising extremism and the plight of minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state are also under the spotlight. Founded in 1967 during the Cold War, ASEAN steadily weathered storms to become a stable...Keep on reading: Asean asked to brace amid trade feuds, rising protectionism.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2018

Sanctions push unified Korea teams to go no-brand at Asian Games

North Korean cheerleaders hold the Unified Korea flag during the men's preliminary round ice hockey match between South Korea and Czech Republic during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Game.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

North Korean athletes arrive in South for joint Asiad training

Two officials from the Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC) put North Korea flag next to South Korea flag prior to a meeting with Olympic Council of Asia at its headquarter in Jaka.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Remains said to be US war dead repatriated from North Korea

    PYEONGTAEK, South Korea --- North Korea on Friday returned the remains of what are believed to be U.S. servicemen killed during the Korean War, the White House said, with a U.S military plane making a rare trip into North Korea to retrieve 55 cases of remains. The handover follows through on a promise North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made to President Donald Trump when the leaders met in June and is the first tangible result from the much-hyped summit. Trump welcomed the repatriation and thanked Kim in a tweet. The United Nations Command said 55 cases of remains were retrieved from North Korea. The White House earlier confirmed that a U.S. Air Force C-17 airc...Keep on reading: Remains said to be US war dead repatriated from North Korea.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

North Korea returns remains of U.S. war dead

SEOUL, South Korea (UPDATED) – A US military aircraft flew the remains of American servicemen out of North Korea on Friday, July 27, a move hailed by the White House as a "positive" step for the fragile detente between the two rivals. The return of the remains – on the 65th anniversary ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

US group: North Korea dismantling key launch site facilities

SEOUL, South Korea --- A U.S. research group said North Korea has started dismantling key facilities at its main satellite launch site in what appears to be a step toward fulfilling a commitment made by leader Kim Jong Un at his summit with President Donald Trump in June.   An official from South Korea's presidential office on Tuesday said Seoul has also been detecting dismantlement activities at North Korea's Sohae launch site but did not elaborate.   The 38 North website said recent satellite images indicate the North began dismantling a rocket engine test stand and other facilities at the site in what appeared to be a confidence-building measure with the United S...Keep on reading: US group: North Korea dismantling key launch site facilities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

Japan recorded its highest temperature ever yesterday as a deadly heat wave continued to grip a wide swath of the country and nearby South and North Korea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Record high in Japan as heat wave grips the region

Japan recorded its highest temperature ever yesterday as a deadly heat wave continued to grip a wide swath of the country and nearby South and North Korea......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

North Korea puts reunion of war separated families in doubt

A TV screen shows a blurred photo of North Korean restaurant workers in China, during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Kore, Friday, July 20, 2018. North Korea said that.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018