Apr 23, 2018 North Korea
North Korea's military has been switching off its loudspeaker broadcasts directed at South Korea in the border area in response to a similar decision by the South ahead of an inter-Korean summit this week, a government source said Monday."The North Korean military had about 40 loudspeakers for anti-Seoul propaganda in the vicinity of the military demarcation line (MDL), and has turned off a considerable number of them as of Monday afternoon," the source said. (Yonhap)Another source also said it
An itinerary outline for the upcoming inter-Korean summit has been unveiled, with the leaders of South and North Korea set to have dinner together over the course of the meeting, Seoul’s presidential office said Monday. The announcement came as the results of the third working-level talks held earlier in the day to lay the foundations for the inter-Korean summit scheduled later this week. From left: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Yonhap)“The South and th
The historic meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will include an official dinner at the joint security area of Panmunjom, an official from Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.At a working-level meeting held at Panmunjom earlier Monday, the two Koreas also agreed that the summit will begin before noon Friday, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kwun Hyuk-ki told a press briefing."The South and the North have held three rounds of working-lev
Officials from South Korea and North Korea met for the third working-level talks Monday to lay out the foundation for the inter-Korean summit scheduled later this week. The meeting kicked off at 10 a.m., and lasted for nearly four hours at the joint security area of Panmunjeom inside the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone, Cheong Wa Dae said. The JSA will serve as the venue for the summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un slated for Friday. Panmunj
US President Donald Trump hit back against concerns over North Korea’s recent announcement of ending its nuclear program. On Sunday evening by Korean time, Trump tweeted that the US has made no concessions, and refuted media concerns that Pyongyang appears to be gaining more from engaging the US and its allies. US President Donald Trump. Yonhap“Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing.
North Korea stressed the need to “fully implement” its economic policy integrating market-oriented reforms, the country’s state-run newspaper said Monday, following its leader’s decision to pivot away from nuclear testing and toward the economy. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits a store selling dinnerware in Pyongyang. (Yonhap)North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced on Saturday his country’s nuclear and missile tests coupled with a key nuclear test site will be scrapped with the completio
South Korea announced Monday that it has stopped propaganda broadcasts over the border ahead of inter-Korean summit talks this week, saying it's expected to help boost the reconciliatory mood on the peninsula."The Ministry of National Defense halted the loudspeaker broadcasts against North Korea in the vicinity of the military demarcation line at the start of Monday," the ministry said in a statement.It's aimed at "reducing military tensions between the South and North and creating the mood of p
WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the North Korean nuclear crisis is far from over, but the regime's willingness to denuclearize is "great" for the world."We are a long way from conclusion on North Korea, maybe things will work out, and maybe they won't -- only time will tell," Trump tweeted. "But the work I am doing now should have been done a long time ago!"He lashed out at an NBC news anchor for alleging that the US had given away a lot in negotiations with North Korea
Bill Clinton offered oil and reactors. George W. Bush mixed threats and aid. Barack Obama stopped trying after a rocket launch. While Seoul and Washington welcomed Pyongyang's declaration on Saturday to suspend further intercontinental ballistic missile tests and shut down its nuclear test site, the past is littered with failure. A decades-long cycle of crises, stalemates and broken promises gave North Korea the room to build up a legitimate arsenal that now includes purported thermonuclear warh
When North Korea’s late leader Kim Jong-il met with his South Korean counterparts during the previous two summits in 2000 and 2007, the events were shrouded in secrecy as they took place at the reclusive state’s capital, Pyongyang. The upcoming third inter-Korean summit, however, could be quite different. Not only is the summit to be held on South Korean territory at the truce village of Panmunjeom, the event will be broadcast live and relayed to the public online. Following a series of prepara
In what is generally seen as a bold pre-emptive move, North Korea on Saturday announced its decision to halt nuclear and missile tests and shut down its main nuclear test site -- and instead focus on economic development. The move took by surprise those who believed the North would slowly and cautiously play out such steps towards denuclearization as a bargaining chip for regime survival, through the two landmark summits planned between South Korea and the United States. The United Nations Secu
INCHEON -- A senior US diplomat on Sunday called North Korea's recent announcement that it would stop nuclear and missile tests a "very positive" step and emphasized the need for close coordination with US allies in the run-up to the historic summits planned with the reclusive state.Susan Thornton, acting US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, made the remarks upon arriving at Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul. "I think that is very positive. Of course we
South Korea and North Korea will hold a third meeting of working-level officials to discuss security, protocol and press coverage issues ahead of the landmark summit of their two leaders slated for later this week, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Sunday.The meeting will be held in Tongilgak, on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Monday, presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan told reporters in a briefing."The North made the proposition and we have agreed," he said.
A senior United States diplomat in charge of North Korean issues will arrive in Seoul later in the day to meet South Korean counterparts to discuss cooperation ahead of the inter-Korean summit slated for this week, the foreign ministry here said Sunday.Susan Thornton, acting US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, is scheduled to meet with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa on Monday.Thornton, who's in charge of preparing the upcoming summit between her coun