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U.S. ratchets up pressure on South Korea to jack up share of defense costs

U.S. ratchets up pressure on South Korea to jack up share of defense costs

Seoul: The United States is ramping up pressure on South Korea to sharply increase Seoul’s share of the expenses for stationing American troops here, apparently with an eye to expanding the scope of their cost-sharing deal to cover activities outside the peninsula. This week, James DeHart, the top U.S. negotiator in the allies’ defense cost-sharing […]

Moon, Trump to hold ninth bilateral summit on Monday

Moon, Trump to hold ninth bilateral summit on Monday

Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes to focus on how to move forward the Korea peace process when he holds summit talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in New York next week, as Pyongyang-Washington negotiations are expected to resume soon, Cheong Wa Dae said. Their ninth bilateral summit will be held Monday on the […]

Pompeo urges ‘constructive dialogue’ between South Korea, Japan

Pompeo urges ‘constructive dialogue’ between South Korea, Japan

Washington: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday emphasized the need for “constructive dialogue” between South Korea and Japan, two U.S. allies that have been locked in a bitter dispute over trade and history. Pompeo discussed the matter in a phone call with new Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi as he congratulated his counterpart […]

South Korea to focus on facilitating early resumption of U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks

South Korea to focus on facilitating early resumption of U.S.-North Korea nuclear talks

Seoul: The foreign ministry said Monday that it will focus its diplomacy on facilitating an early resumption of working-level nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea and substantive progress in them. In a report to the National Assembly, the ministry also said that it would maintain close coordination with Washington through bilateral consultations, […]

U.S. sanctions three state-sponsored North Korean hacking groups

U.S. sanctions three state-sponsored North Korean hacking groups

Washington: The United States has sanctioned three entities it accused of conducting cyberattacks on behalf of the North Korean government to generate revenue for the regime’s nuclear and missile programs. The Department of the Treasury said the new measures target Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andariel, all of which are controlled by the Reconnaissance General Bureau, […]

Moon, Trump to hold summit in New York this month

Moon, Trump to hold summit in New York this month

Seoul: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump will hold summit talks in New York late this month on the sidelines of a U.N. session, Cheong Wa Dae announced Friday. The allies have agreed to hold the meeting to coincide with Moon’s visit to the U.S. city for the 74th General Assembly […]

US CENTCOM commander calls on COAS, discusses Kashmir, Afghanistan situation

US CENTCOM commander calls on COAS, discusses Kashmir, Afghanistan situation

By Nasir Aijaz AsiaN Correspondent Islamabad: The commander of the United States Central Command (US CENTCOM), General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr, on Monday called on Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Pakistan Army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi. Gen. McKenzie, who is in Pakistan since September 7, met with Gen. Bajwa […]

South Korea considering naming non-diplomat official to lead defense cost negotiations with U.S.: sources

South Korea considering naming non-diplomat official to lead defense cost negotiations with U.S.: sources

Seoul: The government is considering naming a non-diplomat official, such as a financial technocrat, to head negotiations with the U.S. on sharing the cost for the upkeep of American troops, sources said Friday. That would mark a departure from the tradition that officials from either the foreign or defense ministries have led the Special Measures […]

U.S. says it respects South Korea’s decision to expedite return of bases

U.S. says it respects South Korea’s decision to expedite return of bases

Washington: The United States respects South Korea’s decision to seek an early return of more than two dozen American military bases in the country and will work with its ally to get the bases returned “as expeditiously as possible,” U.S. Forces Korea said Tuesday. South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae announced the decision last […]

Esper raises concerns over S. Korea’s decision to end intel-sharing pact with Japan

Esper raises concerns over S. Korea’s decision to end intel-sharing pact with Japan

Seoul: U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper voiced concerns Friday over South Korea’s decision to terminate the intelligence-sharing pact with Japan when he spoke by phone with Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, a ministry official said. “Our minister explained to Esper detailed backgrounds that caused South Korea to make such a decision, including Japan’s insincere responses […]

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