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Trump must consult with Seoul over any actions on N. Korea

Trump must consult with Seoul over any actions on N. Korea

The U.S. Donald Trump administration must have prior consultation with Seoul before taking any confrontational actions concerning North Korea, including launching a preemptive strike, South Korean politicians said. The politicians, including presidential candidate Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), said Seoul is directly involved in the North Korean issue, noting that any […]

Military action against North Korea ‘on the table’, says US

Military action against North Korea ‘on the table’, says US

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared an end to the Barack Obama administration’s policy of strategic patience in dealing with North Korea, vowing to explore all options including harsher sanctions and military action. The U.S. top diplomat also stressed the importance of China’s role in forcing Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile […]

Trump calls N. Korea ‘big problem,’ vows to deal with it ‘very strongly’

Trump calls N. Korea ‘big problem,’ vows to deal with it ‘very strongly’

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will deal with North Korea “very strongly,” calling the communist regime a “big, big problem” after Pyongyang carried out the latest ballistic missile launch. “Obviously North Korea is a big, big problem and we will deal with that very strongly,” Trump said during a joint news conference at the […]

A bit of (realistic) pessimism

A bit of (realistic) pessimism

The election of Donald Trump who, in spite of his hard-living tendencies, has been talking about meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for hamburgers, led to an increase in talks about a deal between Pyongyang and Washington. Nonetheless, as somebody who has dealt with North Korea for some 30 years, I have a rather pessimistic, […]

Will Trump meet N. Korean leader?

Will Trump meet N. Korean leader?

Ko Dong-hwan – The Korea Times Will U.S. president-elect Donald Trump meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un? The question has become one of the most urgent reality check factors in Korea because the Republican candidate repeatedly mentioned how he will deal with the nuclear-armed communist state during his presidential campaign and before that. In 2000, […]

N. Korea sounding out labor export to Mongolia

N. Korea sounding out labor export to Mongolia

North Korea is seeking ways to export its workers to Mongolia as the central Asian country is recruiting foreign laborers to work at its mines, a U.S. broadcaster, monitored here, said Wednesday. “(As far as I know), the North Korean authorities recently set up ways to make use of its workforce, and keeps trying to […]

Russia’s stake in North Korea

Russia’s stake in North Korea

Donald Kirk – The Korea Times We hear so much about China and Japan competing on and for the Korean peninsula, now and historically, that we overlook one other great Northeast Asian power. That would be Russia, which has a 17-kilometer border with North Korea as the Tumen River flows into the sea. In the […]

How Kazakhstan’s diplomacy can help North Korea’s denuclearization

Eugene Lee – The Korea Times On 28-31 of August in Astana, Kazakhstan one unique, if not historic, event has taken a place. Kazakhstan celebrated its 25th anniversary of denuclearization. With a big number of dignitaries and government officials from all over the world gathered in a very symbolically named building, the Palace of Independence, […]

Next US president and N. Korea

Next US president and N. Korea

Tong Kim – The Korea Times South Korea and the United States have failed miserably to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon and the delivery system for it, particularly during the past seven years and eight months under the Barack Obama presidency and the two conservative South Korean presidents ― Lee Myung-bak and […]

North Korea closes down embassy in Uzbekistan

North Korea closes down embassy in Uzbekistan

North Korea has closed down its embassy in Uzbekistan as part of a restructuring of its missions in the Commonwealth of Independent States, a diplomatic source in Uzbekistan said on August 20, Trend News reports. The source said that the North Korean embassy informed foreign embassies in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, earlier this month of […]

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