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Forward-looking Gyeonggi-do leading Korea into the future

Forward-looking Gyeonggi-do leading Korea into the future

By Habib Toumi GYEONGGI-DO: Gyeonggi-do, the province surrounding South Korea’s capital, Seoul, provides opportunities and possibilities of a better life for Koreans and for everybody else. With 13 million inhabitants, it is the most populated province of Korea and is home to more than one-fifth of the entire Korean population. The rapid increase in population […]

Humane approach needed as first step to peace on Korean Peninsula

Humane approach needed as first step to peace on Korean Peninsula

By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: One of the most emotional sights that has struck me throughout my career in journalism that has taken me to numerous countries was the desperate messages and worn pictures left by Koreans to their northern brethren at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the world’s most fortified border keeping Korean families apart for seven […]

Let the Korean nation reunite

Let the Korean nation reunite

By Nasir Aijaz TheAsiaN Representative ISLAMABAD: Today we are discussing the 70th anniversary of the Korean War that divided a nation described by the Great Poet of Bengal Rabindranath Tagore as ‘The Future Lamp of the Asia’. For hundreds of years, Korea had been a battleground for rival nations, but the last century – possibly […]

The option of peace must always precede the option of war

The option of peace must always precede the option of war

By Bilal Bassal Artist, journalist Beirut: Growing up in Lebanon and watching news coverage across the world on television, I have come to the deep belief that the option of peace must always precede the option of war. I stressed this conclusion as I addressed the World Journalists Conference (WJC) 2020 held in Seoul, the […]

Defector’s border crossing captured by military’s surveillance equipment; Seoul says defector had not tested positive

Defector’s border crossing captured by military’s surveillance equipment; Seoul says defector had not tested positive

  SEOUL: A North Korean defector was caught on military surveillance equipment as he fled across the border to his communist homeland, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The border crossing by the 24-year-old man, surnamed Kim, became known after North Korea revealed Sunday that a “runaway” returned home in the border city of […]

Trump threatened to pull troops if South Korea didn’t give $5 billion: Bolton memoir

Trump threatened to pull troops if South Korea didn’t give $5 billion: Bolton memoir

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to pull American troops from South Korea if Seoul did not pay US$5 billion under a defense cost-sharing deal, his former National Security Adviser John Bolton said in his memoir. In “The Room Where It Happened,” set to be published Tuesday, Bolton recalled an Afghanistan-related meeting that took place […]

North Korea blows up joint liaison office in Kaesong

North Korea blows up joint liaison office in Kaesong

SEOUL: North Korea blew up the inter-Korean joint liaison office in its border town of Kaesong on Tuesday, sharply escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula after near-daily threats to punish Seoul over anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets. The surprise explosion sparked concern that the communist nation could put other threats against the South into action, including taking […]

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

SEOUL: The martial law commander at the time of South Korea’s 1980 pro-democracy uprising warned the then-U.S. ambassador that the country could end up a communist nation like Vietnam unless the revolt was quelled, declassified U.S. documents showed Friday. The commander, Gen. Lee Hui-sung, also tried to justify the martial law’s expansion during the meeting […]

Iraq premier invites NATO secretary-general to visit Baghdad “at earliest opportunity”

Iraq premier invites NATO secretary-general to visit Baghdad “at earliest opportunity”

By Habib Toumi BAGHDAD: Iraq’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi has invited NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg to visit Baghdad “as soon as possible” to discuss ways of increasing collaboration with the alliance’s mission in Iraq. Kadhimi stressed that the Iraqi government attaches great importance to the partnership with NATO and extended an invitation to […]

Kyrgyzstan marks 75th anniversary of World War II victory

Kyrgyzstan marks 75th anniversary of World War II victory

BISHKEK: Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek has made a festive flower arrangement on the Victory Square of the city to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Bishkek Mayor’s Office reported that employees of the Bishkekzelenkhoz enterprise were behind the arrangement. Employees planted flowers in the form of a red star, figures […]

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