North Korea says it will shut down all communication lines with South Korea

North Korea said on Tuesday it will sever hotlines with South Korea as the first step toward shutting down all contact with Seoul, state news agency KCNA reported. For several days, North Korea has lashed out at South Korea, threatening to close an inter-Korean liaison office and other projects if the South does not stop… Read More North Korea says it will shut down all communication lines with South Korea

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