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Trade minister to visit U.S. as Seoul works to ramp up int’l support over dispute with Tokyo

Trade minister to visit U.S. as Seoul works to ramp up int’l support over dispute with Tokyo

South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee is set to visit the United States Tuesday to rally support from the country’s key ally in a deepening trade dispute with Japan. During the five-day stay in Washington, Yoo will meet with officials from the U.S. government and Congress and explain South Korea’s stance on the recent export […]

Pompeo says he hopes N.K. takes different position in talks

Pompeo says he hopes N.K. takes different position in talks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he hopes North Korea takes a different position when the two sides resume nuclear talks. In a series of interviews with U.S. media outlets, the top U.S. diplomat also expressed hope the talks will begin “soon.” The comments come after U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean […]

Saudi Arabia to host U.S. armed forces “to strengthen security”

Saudi Arabia to host U.S. armed forces “to strengthen security”

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia has announced that it would host U.S. armed forces “to strengthen security and stability” in the region. A spokesperson in the Saudi Ministry of Defense said that “King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has approved hosting US Armed Forces in the Kingdom to increase joint […]

Asian countries in Operation Sentinel in Middle East waterways

Asian countries in Operation Sentinel in Middle East waterways

Tampa, Florida: Asian countries are involved in a multinational maritime effort being developed by the U.S. Central Command to increase surveillance and security in major waterways in the Middle East. Operation Sentinel aims to ensure freedom of navigation in light of recent events in the Arabian Gulf region, the U.S. Central Command said in a […]

Saudi Arabia to host U.S. armed forces “to strengthen security”

  Jeddah: Saudi Arabia has announced that it would host U.S. armed forces “to strengthen security and stability” in the region. A spokesperson in the Saudi Ministry of Defense said that “King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, has approved hosting US Armed Forces in the Kingdom to […]

Asean wary of being used as pawn in Washington-Beijing jostling

Asean wary of being used as pawn in Washington-Beijing jostling

[Singapore] Despite the personal rapport between Donald Trump and Xi Jing-ping, Sino-US rivalry has been escalating over trade, technology, and security issues. As Trump puts it: “I am President of United States and Xi is President of China”. National interest trumps friendship. And the businessman-turned-politician has made it clear that in the contest for supremacy, America must […]

4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

July 14th was the 4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It is known as the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran, the P5+1, and the European Union. Rohani government reached the agreement after 23 months of breathless dialogue and diplomacy. Political critics believed that […]

U.S. officials share concern about Seoul-Tokyo tensions: NSC official

U.S. officials share concern about Seoul-Tokyo tensions: NSC official

U.S. officials have expressed concern that tensions between South Korea and Japan over Tokyo’s export restrictions against Seoul are not conducive to trilateral cooperation between the three countries, Seoul’s deputy national security adviser said Saturday. Kim Hyun-chong, deputy chief of Cheong Wa Dae’s National Security Office, made the remark to reporters as he wrapped up […]

Seoul seeks US backing over trade war

Seoul seeks US backing over trade war

Calls are growing for the United States to intervene in the deepening trade friction between South Korea and Japan after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe imposed new restrictions on exports that could hurt South Korea’s tech industry. Thoughts are that if tensions continue to escalate, cooperation outside bilateral economic relations such as coordinating “in efforts […]

U.S. mulling 12- to 18-month sanctions relief in exchange for Yongbyon, nuclear freeze: source

U.S. mulling 12- to 18-month sanctions relief in exchange for Yongbyon, nuclear freeze: source

The United States is considering offering a 12- to 18-month suspension of certain sanctions on North Korea in exchange for the dismantlement of its main nuclear facility and a freeze of the entire nuclear program, a source close to White House deliberations on North Korea said Thursday. The potential offer would see the suspension of […]

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