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Wed, December 6, 2023 | 13:03
USFK as bargaining tool
The U.S. troop presence in South Korea is purportedly not a bargaining chip in the ongoing nuclear negotiations with North Korea. However, as the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un looms, fear is palpable here about a possible withdrawal or reduction of the 28,000-strong U.S. Forces Korea (USFK).
Moon urges stronger readiness for peace
President Moon Jae-in said Thursday South Korea will maintain a strong military although a potential peace process is underway.
Trust building with NK
Over one year has passed since North Korea conducted its last missile test in late November, 2017. It was the North's 11th missile test since Moon Jae-in was sworn in as South Korea's president about six months earlier.
'North Korea seeks to escape isolation by inviting Pope'
With North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inviting Pope Francis to visit his regime, Pyongyang's failed attempts to invite a former pontiff are resurfacing here. Last month, Kim shared his strong desire to ask the pope to visit the North in an inter-Korean summit with President Moon Jae-in. Kim said he would “ardently welcome the Pope” if he accepted the offer, according to Cheong...
Flexibility on North Korea
Washington is seemingly unhappy with Seoul's “unilateral” move to revive the long-stalled economic projects with Pyongyang.
For productive politics
President Moon Jae-in's meeting with the floor leaders of the five major parties last week was quite impressive to me. Moon was seen listening carefully to Kim Sung-tae, floor leader of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, every time he talked, and Kim behaved very nicely throughout the meeting.
[EXCLUSIVE] US, China in talks over THAAD withdrawal
The U.S. and China are discussing the possible withdrawal of a U.S. missile defense system from South Korea as part of a grand bargain over North Korea's nuclear program, multiple sources familiar with the talks said. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, deployed in South Korea last year, has been a bone of contention with China.
President Moon Jae-in's New Year's Message to the Nation
The New Year of 2018 has arrived. I hope each and every one of you and your family will enjoy better days filled with joy and laughter throughout the New Year. We all have prevailed well over many difficulties in the past year. The whole nation came together with one single mind to create a properly functioning country and took a big first step forward.
China should show sincerity
A South Korean newspaper recently published photos of Chinese and North Korean ships trading oil illegally in the West Sea. These photos were reportedly taken by U.S. spy satellites in October, only a month after the U.N. Security Council decided to cut petroleum shipments to North Korea to 2 million barrels a year from 4.5 million barrels in response to the North's sixth nuclear test.
Between US and China
Last week’s agreement between South Korea and China to normalize bilateral relations is being hailed as a diplomatic achievement of the Moon Jae-in administration. Hopes are high here that it will be a turning point for the Seoul-Beijing ties, which had been soured over the deployment of a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea. Moon’s aides pr...
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