S.Korea seeks progress on denuclearisation at Sept summit

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL, Aug 15 : A third summit of Korean leaders planned for next month will be a further step towards denuclearisation of the peninsula and a peace treaty to end the Korean War, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to work toward denuclearisation […]

Red Cross warns of food crisis in North Korea as crops fail in heat

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 10 : A heat wave in North Korea has led to rice, maize and other crops withering in the fields, “with potentially catastrophic effects”, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday. The world’s largest disaster relief network warned of a risk of a […]

U.S. ‘not willing to wait too long’ for N.Korea to act -U.N. envoy

By Julia Symmes Cobb CUCUTA, Colombia, Aug 8 : The United States is “not willing to wait for too long” for North Korea to take steps toward denuclearization, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday. At a landmark summit in June, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald […]

South Korea’s diehard Trump supporters hail “guardian of liberty”

By Jeongmin Kim and Minwoo Park SEOUL, Aug 6 : Every time an image of U.S. President Donald Trump appears on TV in South Korea, 69-year-old Vietnam War veteran Chung Seung-jin solemnly salutes. The U.S. flag Chung keeps in his home in Seoul gets similar respect every morning. “I salute President Trump and the U.S. […]

Pompeo “optimistic” about ending N.Korea’s nuclear programme

By Jack Kim and David Brunnstrom SINGAPORE, Aug 4 : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday the process of ending North Korea’s nuclear programme would take time but he was optimistic that it would be achieved within a timeline set by the leaders of the two countries. It was important to maintain […]

Hopes of N.Korea economic reform spur surge in Chinese tourism

By Philip Wen DANDONG, China, Aug 3 : North Korea’s proclaimed shift in national focus to economic development from nuclear arms is prompting cautious optimism across the Chinese border in Dandong, a trading hub hit hard by United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang. Travel agents in the Chinese city say they have seen a surge of […]