U.S. commander in South Korea says he supports plan to reduce DMZ outposts

By Josh Smith SEOUL, Aug 22 : The top commander of U.S. troops in South Korea said on Wednesday he supports moves to withdraw some outposts along the fortified border with North Korea, despite the risks. South Korea’s defence ministry has said it plans to reduce guard posts and equipment along the demilitarised zone on […]

Iran says no plans to increase missile range, rejects talks with Trump

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin LONDON, June 20 : Iran has no plans to extend the range of its missiles since their 2,000-km (1,240-mile) reach is enough to protect the country, the Revolutionary Guards commander said on Tuesday, amid mounting U.S. pressure over Tehran’s missile programme. Iran’s government again ruled out negotiations with U.S. President Donald Trump […]

NKorea says still open to talks after Trump-Kim summit cancelled

By Josh Smith and Christine Kim SEOUL, May 25 : North Korea responded on Friday with measured tones to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to call off a historic summit with leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, saying Pyongyang hoped for a “Trump formula” to resolve the standoff over its nuclear weapons programme. […]

N.Korea “declines” S.Korea media for nuclear site event; China urges “stability”

By Heekyong Yang SEOUL, May 18 : North Korea has declined to accept a list of South Korean journalists hoping to observe the closure of its nuclear test site, South Korea said on Friday, raising new questions about the North’s commitment to reducing tension. North Korea had invited a limited number of journalists from South […]

US Sec of State expected to return from NKorea with detained Americans – S.Korean official

By Christine Kim SEOUL, May 9 : US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to return from North Korea with three American detainees, as well as details of an upcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, a South Korean official said Wednesday. Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang, the North Korean […]

North Korea’s nuclear pledge adds momentum to South’s preparations for summit

By Heekyong Yang SEOUL, April 22 : South Korea’s preparations for its first summit with North Korea in more than a decade are in full swing this week, officials said on Sunday, a day after the North’s pledge to end its nuclear tests raised hopes but also scepticism. North Korea said on Saturday it was […]