South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets with Pope Francis

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Pope Francis on Friday, giving him a cross made from barbed wire from the peninsula’s demilitarized zone and again urging him to visit North Korea. Moon, who is Catholic, was in Rome for the G20 summit of world leaders. He held private talks with the pope for about 25… Read More South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets with Pope Francis

North Korea restores hotlines with South Korea

The two Koreas on Monday restored their hotlines that the North severed months ago, with Pyongyang urging Seoul to step up efforts to improve relations after criticising what it called double standards over weapons development. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed his willingness last week to reactivate the hotlines, which North Korea cut off… Read More North Korea restores hotlines with South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expresses willingness to restore inter-Korean hotlines

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is willing to restore severed inter-Korean hotlines next month, but accused the United States of proposing talks without changing its “hostile policy” to the country, state media KCNA reported on Thursday. Kim made the remarks at the reclusive country’s rubber-stamp parliament, the Supreme People’s Assembly, which gathered… Read More North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expresses willingness to restore inter-Korean hotlines

North Korea fires missile, urges end to U.S. hostile policy

North Korea fired a missile towards the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programmes to restart talks. The missile was launched from the central north province of Jagang at around 6:40 a.m. (2140… Read More North Korea fires missile, urges end to U.S. hostile policy

North Korea says call to declare formal end of Korean War premature

South Korea’s call to declare a formal end to the Korean War is premature as there is no guarantee it would lead to the withdrawal of the “U.S. hostile policy” toward Pyongyang, North Korea state media KCNA reported on Friday, citing Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song. South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday repeated… Read More North Korea says call to declare formal end of Korean War premature

North Korea warns of security crisis as tensions escalate over U.S., South Korea military drills

North Korea on Wednesday said South Korea and the United States missed a chance to improve relations and are risking a “serious security crisis” by choosing to escalate tensions as they conduct joint military drills. Kim Yong Chol, a general and politician who played a leading role during historic summits between North Korean leader Kim… Read More North Korea warns of security crisis as tensions escalate over U.S., South Korea military drills

North Korea, South Korea in talks to reopen joint liaison office

North and South Korea are in talks to reopen a joint liaison office that Pyongyang demolished last year and hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations, three South Korean government sources with knowledge of the matter said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have been exploring… Read More North Korea, South Korea in talks to reopen joint liaison office

South Korea, North Korea restore hotlines as leaders renew efforts to rebuild ties

South and North Korea have restored hotlines that Pyongyang severed a year ago when ties deteriorated sharply, and the two countries’ leaders are renewing efforts to rebuild relations, Seoul’s presidential office said on Tuesday. The decision on the hotlines was made by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who… Read More South Korea, North Korea restore hotlines as leaders renew efforts to rebuild ties