S.Korea names envoys in bid to arrange U.S.-N.Korea talks

By Josh Smith SEOUL, Mar 4 : South Korean President Moon Jae-in has picked two senior security officials as special envoys to North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported Sunday, as upcoming joint military drills by U.S. and South Korean troops drew condemnation from Pyongyang. National Intelligence Service (NIS) chief Suh Hoon and National Security Office […]

US prepares high-seas crackdown on NKorea sanctions evaders – sources

By Matt Spetalnick, Phil Stewart and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Feb 24 : The Trump administration and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying U.S. Coast Guard forces to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters, senior US officials said. […]

NKorea canceled planned meeting with US VP Pence -Pence’s office

By Matt Spetalnick and Christine Kim WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Feb 21 : US Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. “North Korea […]

Nations to consider more N.Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

By David Brunnstrom and David Ljunggren VANCOUVER, Jan 17 : Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations. A U.S.-hosted meeting of countries […]

China’s Xi supports progress in inter-Korean talks -S. Korea’s Blue House

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, Jan 11 : – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday welcomed recent progress in inter-Korean talks during a telephone call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the South’s Blue House said in a statement. At Tuesday’s talks, North Korea said it would attend the Winter Olympics in the South next month, […]

North Korea agrees to talks after US-SKorea military drills are postponed

By Christine Kim SEOUL, Jan 5 : North Korea agreed on Friday to hold official talks with the South next week, the first in more than two years, hours after the United States and South Korea delayed a military exercise amid a standoff over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes. South Korea said the North […]