South Korea is attempting to salvage peace talks with North Korea and play mediator for the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "We decided to closely coordinate with both sides so that the upcoming [summit] will be held successfully with mutual respect," a South Korean official said after Pyongyang had suspended talks with Seoul scheduled for this week. North Korea said the ongoing US-South Korea military drills, which include F-16 fighter jets, were a “rehearsal for [an] invasion of the North and a provocation amid warming inter-Korean ties”. Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification, also called the South Korean government "ignorant and incompetent". US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha had emergency talks after North Korea’s sudden announcement. Ms Kang assured Mr Pompeo that Seoul would “fully implement” the agreement … [Read more...] about South Korea attempts to salvage North Korea peace talks and play mediator for Trump-Kim summit
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Chinese geologists say North Korea nuclear test site collapsed, may explain end of program This may shed new light on North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s announcement that his country was ceasing its testing program. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 7 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press Published 10:34 a.m. ChT April 26, 2018 | Updated 11:21 a.m. ChT April 26, 2018 CLOSE President Donald Trump said in a tweet nuclear negotiations with North Korea could be unsuccessful, and criticized past administrations on how they dealt with the issue. Veuer's Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more. Buzz60 … [Read more...] about Chinese geologists say North Korea nuclear test site collapsed, may explain end of program
South Korea has stopped broadcasting propaganda across its border with North Korea, in a gesture of goodwill ahead of historic talks between the two countries’ leaders this week. Dozens of huge loudspeakers, which blast out K-pop music, discussion of democracy, and criticism of Pyongyang’s regime, fell silent at midnight on Sunday for the first time in more than two years. It comes as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in prepare to meet at border truce village Panmunjom later this week. Read more North Korea announces it will stop nuclear tests and missile launches It is not yet clear if Pyongyang, which itself broadcasts praise for its leader and patriotic songs across the border, will reciprocate by silencing its own speakers. “We hope this decision will lead both Koreas to stop mutual criticism and propaganda against each other and also contribute in creating peace and a new beginning,” Seoul’s defence … [Read more...] about South Korea stops broadcasting propaganda over border with North Korea ahead of summit between leaders
North Korea has formal diplomatic relations with 164 countries, according to the US-based National Committee on North Korea. Forty-seven countries host a North Korean embassy, while 24 have an embassy in Pyongyang. Most of the countries that do not have an embassy in North Korea handle their diplomatic affairs with the country from their embassies in neighboring China or South Korea. Read more: US calls on Germany to cut diplomatic ties with North Korea Major countries with formal diplomatic relations - Germany: North Korea's ties with Germany are largely a remnant of communist East Germany's relations with Pyongyang that began in 1949 at the beginning of the Cold War. Following the reunification of Germany, Berlin closed down East Germany's embassy in the Munsu-dong compound for ten years before reopening it in late 2000. (It now shares the compound with the British and Swedish embassies.) The 17 years of formal ties have failed to ignite a closer … [Read more...] about Which countries have diplomatic relations with North Korea?
North Korea has unilaterally resumed manufacturing operations at the Kaesong industrial zone, nearly two years after the South Korean government withdrew its citizens and mothballed facilities in response to Pyongyang's fourth underground nuclear test and the launch of a long-range rocket. North Korean state media hinted on October 6 that the regime had restarted operations at factories in the zone, which is 10 kilometers north of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula. There are strong suspicions, however, that the regime in Pyongyang has been using machinery and materiel left by the owners of around 120 South Korean firms when they were ordered to leave in February 2016 for as long as six months. The North Korean propaganda website Uriminzokkiri said in a dispatch that the facilities lie within its sovereign territory and that they are therefore subject to North Korean law. It added that other countries - which likely include South Korea - have no right … [Read more...] about North Korea snubs South, restarts Kaesong industrial park