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  • South Korea Remains Firm Against US Pressure For Defense Cost-Sharing

    05/03/2020 5:26:25 AM PDT · by jonatron · 22 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 4/30/20, Updated : 5/120 | Kang Seung-woo
    Seoul is standing firm against Washington's repeated pressure for a hefty increase in its share of the cost for the upkeep of the 28,500-strong United States Forces Korea (USFK) stationed here. Although the lack of deal has put thousands of Korean workers at U.S. military bases on unpaid leave, the government is not accepting the U.S. demand, but instead responding by setting up special laws to support the workers. "Korea and the U.S. are still in negotiations over the defense cost-sharing deal and nothing has been officially decided yet," the foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday. Cheong Wa Dae...
  • Coronavirus: South Korea holds elections in masks and clinics

    04/15/2020 8:02:21 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 2 replies
    BBC News, Seoul ^ | 04/14/2020 | BBC News, Seoul
    South Korea has been holding an election unlike any other. Voters wore masks and stood at least 1m apart. They had their temperature taken, disinfected their hands and wore plastic gloves. Only then were they given their voting slip and allowed to head into the booth to cast their ballot. These are just some of the measures taken to allow the scheduled National Assembly election to take place during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • South Korea coronavirus cases jump to 156 as sect infections spike

    02/20/2020 9:28:48 PM PST · by cba123 · 26 replies
    Simchew Malasia ^ | Today | Korea
    Daegu (AFP) -- South Korea confirmed 52 more cases of novel coronavirus on Friday as the number of infections linked to a religious sect in Daegu spiked, making it the worst-infected country outside China. (Please see full article, at the link)
  • Pregnant Woman Goes To Clinic. Doctor Reportedly Performs Abortion On Her By Accident

    09/24/2019 11:20:23 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 24, 2019 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    Police announced an investigation Monday after a doctor reportedly mistakenly performed an abortion on a pregnant woman in South Korea. The Vietnamese woman was six weeks pregnant when she went to a medical facility to obtain nutrient shots in Seoul on Aug. 7, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the New York Post reported. A nurse injected the wrong person with anesthesia, and a doctor performed an abortion, Yonhap reported. (RELATED: Over 2,000 Fetal Remains Found On Late Abortion Doctor’s Property, Sheriff’s Office Says) The lady went to the medical center the following day after bleeding and found out...
  • Undeterred by summit collapse, Moon vows closer North ties

    02/28/2019 10:22:04 PM PST · by blueplum · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 28 Feb 2019 | KIM TONG-HYUNG
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday his government plans to discuss with the United States the possibility of restarting joint inter-Korean economic projects to induce nuclear disarmament from North Korea. Moon's comments during a nationally televised speech came a day after a high-stakes nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed over what the Americans saw as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for limited disarmament steps...(snip) ..."I vow to help usher in an era of a peace-driven economy on the Korean Peninsula," said Moon,...
  • 'I'm panicking': Seoul prepares to rip out its manufacturing heart

    02/22/2019 11:52:11 PM PST · by blueplum · 27 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 22 Feb 2019 | Chris Michael
    From the main street, the Euljiro neighbourhood doesn’t look like much: some shabby retail stores, cold-noodle restaurants, a Starbucks. Enter one of the small alleys, however, and you’ll find yourself in a kind of manufacturing anthill: thousands upon thousands of shops, each crammed to the rafters with bolts, circuit boards, iron castings, gauges, wires, lights, switches, tools and innumerable tiny objects that defy description. This incredible warren of machinists is the manufacturing heart of Seoul. There are 10,000 shops here, with 50,000 tradespeople, many of whom have been working here since the 1950s and were integral to South Korea’s postwar...
  • Peace pups: North Korea gives two dogs to South Korea

    09/30/2018 9:01:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | James Griffiths,
    Last week Pyongyang sent two rare Pungsans, Korean hunting dogs, to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, as a token of the growing friendship between the two countries. Named Songgang and Gomi, the dogs were transferred via the truce village at Panmunjom on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the Koreas on September 27, along with three kilos (6.6 lb) of food to help them adapt to their new home. According to the Blue House, Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, suggested the gift to Moon at a dinner in Pyongyang during the South Korean leader's historic trip to North Korea...
  • U.S. Forces Korea opens new headquarters in Pyeongtaek

    06/28/2018 7:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | June 29, 2018 | Song Sang-ho
    The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) opened its new headquarters in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on Friday, in a relocation project likely to broaden its security role long circumscribed by deterrence against North Korea. The USFK held a ceremony to celebrate the relocation from Yongsan, central Seoul, to Camp Humphreys, a sprawling complex about 70 kilometers south of the capital, after a delay caused by residents' protests, budgetary issues and massive construction work to prevent floods. "This headquarters building within the complex represents a significant investment in the long-term presence of the U.S. forces in Korea. Ladies and gentlemen, this was...
  • Moon may join U.S., N. Korean leaders in Singapore for 3-way summit: official.......

    05/28/2018 2:22:19 AM PDT · by caww · 28 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 2018/05/28 | Yonhap
    - South Korean President Moon Jae-in could make a trip to Singapore for a three-way summit with his U.S. and North Korean counterparts next month, depending on the outcome of ongoing discussions between Washington and Pyongyang, a ranking government official here said Monday. A three-way summit was originally proposed by Moon and the North Korean leader when they held their first-ever meeting at the border village of Panmunjom on April 27. The trip, if made, will likely be made around June 12 when U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are scheduled to hold their bilateral summit,...
  • Gordon Chang: North and South Korean leaders 'too cozy'

    05/26/2018 10:19:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2018
    Gordon Chang: North and South Korean leaders 'too cozy'
  • [N. Korea] Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un hold surprise second summit: Blue House

    05/26/2018 4:34:17 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    NK News ^ | May 26th, 2018 | Hamish Macdonald
    Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un hold surprise second summit: Blue House Leaders met at Panmunjom for the second time, Seoul says, with results to be announced tomorrow South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a surprise meeting at Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the Blue House. The meeting is the second between the two leaders, with the first having taken place at the same location and resulting in the signing of the Panmunjom Declaration. “President Moon Jae-in held a second summit meeting with Kim Jong...
  • North Korea rejects South Korean media proposed to witness dismantling nuclear test site

    05/18/2018 6:50:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/18/18 | JOHN BOWDEN
    North Korea rejects South Korean media proposed to witness dismantling nuclear test site BY JOHN BOWDEN - 05/18/18 07:31 AM EDT North Korea's government has rejected a list of South Korean journalists invited to attend the planned dismantlement of a nuclear test site, according to South Korean officials. Reuters reports that South Korea's Unification Ministry announced Friday that North Korean officials "declined to accept" a list of the country's reporters slated to attend the event, which will take place next month. The decision is likely to raise doubts in South Korea about whether the North is serious about easing tensions...
  • Trump taps Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to be South Korea envoy ahead of Kim summit

    04/27/2018 7:04:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Apr 25, 2018 | Jesse Johnson
    Trump taps Pacific Command chief Harry Harris to be South Korea envoy ahead of Kim summit by Jesse Johnson Staff Writer U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Harry Harris, nominated to be ambassador to Canberra, will instead fill the long-vacant post of ambassador to South Korea, Australia’s top diplomat said Wednesday. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had been informed of the decision by acting U.S. Secretary of State John Sullivan on Tuesday. “While we would have welcomed Adm. Harris here as ambassador to Australia, we understand that there are significant challenges for the United States on the Korean Peninsula,”...
  • Kim Jong Un Is “All-In.” What’s Next for Korea?

    04/25/2018 7:26:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 36 replies
    Cipher Brief ^ | April 24, 2018 | Gordon Chang
    Kim Jong Un Is “All-In.” What’s Next for Korea? There’s a dark purpose in Kim Jong Un’s proffered moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile testing announced over the weekend. Kim, with the apparent complicity of South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, seeks to eventually merge his state into the South – and drive out U.S. troops from the peninsula. Most pundits thought Saturday’s nuclear announcement was aimed at President Donald Trump, ahead of the planned Kim-Trump summit in June. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim Jong Un as saying his drive for nuclear weapons is “complete.” “We no longer need...
  • In a landmark for Trump, South Korea agrees to open its auto market

    03/26/2018 8:59:45 PM PDT · by NImerc · 103 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 3/26/2018 | Youkyung Lee
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has agreed to further open its auto market to the United States as the two countries prepare to amend their 6-year-old trade agreement following complaints by President Donald Trump. ...It marks the first successful renegotiation of a trade deal for the Trump administration — which used the threat of 25 percent steel tariffs at the bargaining table — and comes as the allies sought to resolve disputes before planned meetings with Kim Jong Un.
  • Pro-American Rally in South Korea Denounces North Korea Appeasement

    03/01/2018 5:24:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    VOA ^ | March 01, 2018 | Brian Padden
    Pro-American Rally in South Korea Denounces North Korea Appeasement SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — Thousands of South Korean conservatives rallied in Seoul on Thursday to protest President Moon Jae-in’s Olympic outreach to North Korea, and in support of impeached President Park Geun-hye, who faces a possible 30-year prison sentence for corruption charges related to the scandal that ousted her from office. Moon’s opponents, many waving American flags, denounced his engagement policy to foster increased dialogue and cooperation with the North as appeasing the enemy and undermining the United States’ “maximum pressure” strategy. “Trying to promote false peace slogans such as, no...
  • Trump hails GM's decision to shut South Korea plant

    02/13/2018 10:54:27 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2018-02-14
    Trump hails GM's decision to shut South Korea plant WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed General Motors Co.'s decision to shut down a plant in South Korea, saying the carmaker will now "move back" to Detroit. GM announced the same day that it will close one of its four car assembly plants in South Korea by the end of May due to lower demand for its vehicles. The move came as part of the Detroit-based automaker's broad restructuring program across the world. "GM Korea company announced today that it will cease production and close its Gunsan plant...
  • North Korea's Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang summit during landmark talks

    02/09/2018 11:48:32 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10 FEBRUARY 2018
    North Korea's Kim Jong-un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang summit during landmark talks 10 FEBRUARY 2018 Kim Jong -un has invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang, Seoul said on Saturday. The invitation, delivered by the North Korean leader's visiting sister Kim Yo-jong, said Mr Kim was willing to meet the South's leader "at the earliest date possible", said a spokesman for the presidential Blue House. The announcement came after the South's president ate kimchi and drank soju liquor with Kim Yo-jong and the North's ceremonial head of state - even as the US warned...
  • US Asks S. Korean Banks to Investigate Cryptocurrency Exchange Transactions [N. Korea]

    01/28/2018 7:00:51 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Business Korea ^ | 29 January 2018 | Yoon Yung Sil
    US Asks S. Korean Banks to Investigate Cryptocurrency Exchange Transactions Seoul, Korea 29 January 2018 - 9:30am Yoon Yung Sil The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) asked six South Korean banks and their New York branches to report on the current conditions of digital currency transactions in South Korea and their measures to prevent money laundering. It is very rare for the U.S. to make a request for business in South Korean branches. The U.S. seems to be concerned that virtual currency can be a loophole in financial sanctions on North Korea. According to investment banking (IB)...
  • North Korea calls for unification of Korean Peninsula

    01/25/2018 5:59:38 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2018/01/25 | Ryan Gaydos
    North Korea calls for unification of Korean Peninsula By Ryan Gaydos | Fox News North Korea on Thursday called for “all Koreans at home and abroad” to take steps toward unification without the help of any other countries. The message urged all Koreans to “promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea,” while assuring that Pyongyang would get over any hurdles in its way toward reunifying the peninsula, Reuters reported, citing North Korean state media. North Korea also said military exercises with “outside forces” hindered the development of relations between North and South Korea. Pyongyang also called on Seoul...