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Top envoy says U.S. ready to resume talks with North Korea

Top envoy says U.S. ready to resume talks with North Korea

World
SEOUL, July 8 (UPI) -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said Wednesday that Washington is ready for further dialogue with Pyongyang but denied reports that he was seeking a meeting with North Korean officials during a visit to Seoul. Biegun, who acts as Washington's point man for North Korea, said that the United States remains focused on the issues raised during summits between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including creating an enduring peace and eliminating nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. Advertisement "When Chairman Kim appoints a counterpart to me, who is prepared and empowered to negotiate on these issues, they will find us ready at that very moment," Biegun said in a statement Wednesday after a meeting with South Korea's top ...
North Korea suspends military retaliation against South Korea

North Korea suspends military retaliation against South Korea

World
​​​​​​​North Korea has suspended a planned military retaliation against South Korea after weeks of rising tensions.Leader Kim Jong Un decided to postpone the plans during a video conference meeting of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Military Commission, the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said on Wednesday. It did not specify why the decision was made but added other discussions included bolstering North Korea's "war deterrent". Image: Kim Jong Un threatened military action after North Korean defectors floated anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border Mr Kim's decision came as a surprise as he had widely been expected to give the go-ahead to the military action during the meeting.Last week, the North declared relations
‘Enraged’ N Korea blows up joint liaison office with South

‘Enraged’ N Korea blows up joint liaison office with South

World
North Korea has blown up a joint liaison office with the South as tensions over "human scum" defectors sending leaflets into the North grow.A four-storey building, intended to facilitate dialogue between the two Koreas, was destroyed in the joint industrial complex on the North Korean side of the border at at 2.49pm (6.49am BST). No South Koreans are believed to have been in the office in Kaesong after it was temporarily closed in January due to coronavirus.Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said the nation destroyed the office in a "terrific explosion" because its "enraged people" were determined to "force (the) human scum and those, who have sheltered the scum, to pay dearly for their crimes". Image: The four storey inter-Korean K...
South Korea to reopen WTO complaint over Japan trade curbs

South Korea to reopen WTO complaint over Japan trade curbs

Technology
South Korea says it will reopen a complaint to the World Trade Organization over Japan’s tightened controls on technology exports to its companiesBy KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated PressJune 2, 2020, 7:27 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSEOUL, South Korea -- Reigniting a bitter row between key U.S. allies, South Korea on Tuesday said it will reopen a complaint filed with the World Trade Organization over Japan’s tightened controls on technology exports to its companies, blaming Tokyo for an alleged lack of commitment in resolving mutual grievances. South Korea had halted its WTO action in November when it decided to keep a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan it previously threatened to end over conflicts stemming from wartime history and t
South Korea scrambles to contain outbreak from nightclub cluster linked to one man

South Korea scrambles to contain outbreak from nightclub cluster linked to one man

World
South Korean officials are scrambling to contain a new outbreak of coronavirus after a cluster of more than 100 cases was linked one man who visited several nightclubs in Seoul.Bars and discos across South Korea's capital have now been closed, after the sudden outbreak raised fears of a second wave of COVID-19 in a city that has been seen as a model for how to contain the disease. Mayor Park Won-soon announced on Tuesday that 101 people had tested positive for coronavirus since the latest outbreak was identified last week, with most of the first batch of those linked to one 29-year-old man. Image: More than 10,000 people have been tested in relation to the new outbreak The man visited three nightclubs in Seoul's Itaewon district last ...