Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByChoe Sang-Hun April 24, 2018 SEOUL, South Korea — As South Koreans prepare for their president to meet Kim Jong-un on Friday, many are left scratching their heads about the motives of a North Korean leader who has abruptly pivoted from threats of nuclear annihilation to offering warm peace overtures. Many older South Koreans feel they have seen this before: a member of the Kim dynasty gets rewarded for coming to the bargaining table, the talks sputter, and the North goes back to its old ways. But this time, the North’s 34-year-old leader comes equipped with a fearsome nuclear stockpile as he walks into the summit meeting with the South’s president, Moon Jae-in. “The North Koreans are cheating again, putting up this show so they can buy time and ease sanctions, never intending to abandon their … [Read more...] about Fear and Hope in South Korea on Eve of Summit With Kim Jong-un
South Korea has stopped its frequent propaganda broadcasts that it blares across the 38th Parallel border with North Korea on Monday, ahead of Friday’s historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border truce village of Panmunjom. This is the first time in over two years that South Korea has silenced its broadcasts which Reuters noted includes “a mix of news, Korean pop songs, and criticism of the North Korean regime.” North Korea reportedly broadcasts its own propaganda at the border.“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,” South Korea’s defense ministry said, according to Reuters. The gesture from South Korea reportedly arrived after North Korea said on Saturday that it would immediately suspend its nuclear and missile weapons testing, dismantle its nuclear … [Read more...] about South Korea Halts Cross-Border Propaganda Broadcasts Ahead of Historic Summit
South Korea has halted its propaganda broadcasts of a highly-anticipated summit between President Moon Jae In and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.South Korea's defense ministry said it would pause its program in order to "reduce military tensions between the South and North and create the mood of peaceful talks." Both North and South Korea use speaker systems along the border as a type of psychological warfare.South Korea's defense ministry announced in a statement it would pause its radio program in order to "reduce military tensions between the South and North and create the mood of peaceful talks." "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," the defense ministry said.South Korea's pausing of the program would be the first time it has done so in two years.South Korea's propaganda program has used giant loudspeakers periodically since the … [Read more...] about South Korea stops blaring propaganda into North Korea to ‘create the mood’ of peacefulness
By Shadia Nasralla and Jane Chung LONDON/SEOUL (Reuters) – Britain and South Korea are in talks to protect an arrangement of tax breaks for Korean buyers of North Sea crude beyond Britain’s upcoming exit from the EU, officials from both countries said, although a breakthrough does not look imminent. An EU free-trade agreement has been in place since 2012 with South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy and last year’s third-biggest importer of British North Sea crude, which is a significant source of revenue for the United Kingdom. Britain, which is trying to forge new trade relationships beyond Europe, will leave the EU next March and enjoy a status-quo transition until the end of 2020, according to the current plan. The current trade deal allows EU exporters to sell their oil to South Korean refineries tax-free, and Britain has been the biggest beneficiary of this break. A South Korean trade ministry official who has been part of the discussions, but declined … [Read more...] about Britain, South Korea in talks to protect crude oil trade
KIM Jong-un, the tyrannical leader of North Korea, has repeatedly threatened to launch nuclear strikes on the West and its allies. The hermit nation has dramatically accelerated its nuclear weapons program under his rule, leading to a series of disputes between Kim and President Donald Trump. Here's the latest... What is the latest on the nuclear situation in North Korea? On April 21, 2018, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the reclusive nation is suspending long-range nuclear missile tests and shutting its test site. Several states including the UK, China, Sweden and South Korea welcomed the announcement but Japan reacted with caution, saying it must lead to "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement". Referring to an upcoming, historic meeting with Kim, US president Donald Trump said the move marked "big progress", tweeting: "This is very good news for North Korea and the World - look forward to our summit." Pyongyang stopped short of suggesting it has any intention … [Read more...] about North Korea latest – what nuclear weapons does Kim Jong-un have and what has he said about South Korea?