Monthly Archive: August 2019

Civic groups stage rally against Japan’s economic retaliation

SEOUL– Local civic groups staged a protest on Saturday, calling for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to end Tokyo’s economic retaliation against South Korea and apologize for its wartime forced labor.Around two thousand protesters from activists gro…

North Korea: Pompeo’s Remarks Make Talks More Difficult

A recent remark by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about North Korea’s rogue behavior will make talks with the United States more difficult, the North’s KCNA news agency Saturday quoted its vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, as saying.We recogniz…

Moon appoints new agriculture minister

SEOUL– President Moon Jae-in formally appointed veteran bureaucrat Kim Hyeon-soo as the new agriculture minister Friday, the presidential office said.Kim, 58, a former vice agriculture minister, will assume the post Saturday to replace incumbent Lee G…

S. Korean nuke envoy to visit Russia for denuclearization talks

SEOUL– South Korea’s top nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon will visit Russia next week for talks on North Korea’s denuclearization, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Friday.The special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs is set to leave…

U.S. withholds criticism of N.K. as it marks anti-nuke day

WASHINGTON– The United States withheld criticism of North Korea on Thursday as it marked an international day against nuclear tests, possibly showing restraint ahead of the expected resumption of denuclearization talks.The statement was notable becaus…

U.S. sanctions 3 shipping firms over illicit N.K. activity

WASHINGTON– The United States on Friday sanctioned three shipping firms for allegedly engaging in illicit ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum goods to North Korea.The U.S. Treasury Department announced the measures on its website, adding that …

Pompeo calls out N.K. over forced disappearances

WASHINGTON– U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out North Korea and other nations on Friday for forcing disappearances of citizens viewed as a threat to their regimes.The statement marked International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearan…