North Korea fires short-range ballistic missiles

North Korea fired two projectiles that appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles on Saturday, South Korea’s military said, calling the action “highly inappropriate” given the global coronavirus pandemic. The suspected missiles were fired around 6:45-50 a.m. KST into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula from around Sonchon, North Pyongan province, South… Read More North Korea fires short-range ballistic missiles

North Korea replaces foreign minister Ri Yong Ho

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has been replaced, Seoul-based NK News reported on Saturday. The usually well-informed outlet, citing multiple unnamed sources in Pyongyang, said Ri would be replaced by Ri Son Gwon, the former chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC), who played a prominent role in… Read More North Korea replaces foreign minister Ri Yong Ho

U.S., South Korea set to announce suspension of major military drills

South Korea and the United States are expected to announce the suspension of large-scale military drills this week, with the provision that they would restart if North Korea failed to keep its promise to denuclearize, news agency Yonhap said on Sunday. Citing an unnamed government source, the South Korean news agency said the suspension was… Read More U.S., South Korea set to announce suspension of major military drills

Korean leaders pledge to permanently end conflict, work on denuclearization of peninsula

​The leaders of North and South Korea embraced on Friday after pledging to work for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, on a day of smiles and handshakes at the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade. The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to… Read More Korean leaders pledge to permanently end conflict, work on denuclearization of peninsula

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean delegation, urges for reunification

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met senior South Korean government officials for the first time and said it is his firm will to vigorously advance inter-Korean ties and pursue reunification, the North’s official news agency said on Tuesday. A 10-member South Korean delegation led by National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong traveled to the… Read More North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean delegation, urges for reunification

U.S. special envoy to North Korea to retire following President Trump’s rejection of unconditional talks

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea plans to retire on Friday, the State Department said just hours after President Donald Trump again rejected talks to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis unless conditions are met. South Korean-born Joseph Yun, a strong advocate for engagement with Pyongyang, has led U.S. contact with North Korea, quietly… Read More U.S. special envoy to North Korea to retire following President Trump’s rejection of unconditional talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks

​North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years. Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy… Read More North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks

North Korea to send athletes, cheer squad for Winter Olympics in South Korea

North Korea said during rare talks with the South on Tuesday it will send a delegation of high-ranking officials, athletes and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, according to a senior South Korean official. Seoul proposed inter-Korean military talks to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula and a… Read More North Korea to send athletes, cheer squad for Winter Olympics in South Korea