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KOICA launches interactive town in metaverse for overseas volunteer program
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) launched a virtual town on ZEP, a metaverse platform operated by Korean search portal operator Naver, for young people interested in volunteering overseas or pursuing a career in international development cooperation, Friday. The town is called WFK Town after World Friends Korea, KOICA's overseas volunteer program.
Why doesn't US want to add South Korea to Quad?
Despite the Yoon Suk-yeol administration's desire to formally join the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), the United States has not been enthusiastic about adding Korea to the four-way strategic forum, aimed at purportedly containing China's assertiveness. The Quad is comprised of Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. The U.S. stance contrasts sharply with Washington's wa...
Yoon-Xi summit unlikely any time soon
The summit between South Korea and the United States has now passed and the attention is on how early President Yoon Suk-yeol will sit down with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, given the importance of Seoul-Beijing relations. China is South Korea's largest trading partner. Plus, the two leaders have already expressed their wishes to hold a summit in the near future. But i...
Yoon, Biden reaffirm stronger alliance, NK deterrence at key air base
President Yoon Suk-yeol and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden reaffirmed the allies' determination, Sunday, to deter North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats and the importance of the bilateral alliance during their visit to a key Air Force operations center in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, the final stop of the American leader's three-day trip to Seoul. The two heads ...
'South Korea secures stronger US commitment against North Korea's threats'
South Korea's new President Yoon Suk-yeol successfully finished his summit debut, Saturday, with U.S. President Joe Biden by securing Washington's detailed security commitment to Seoul against North Korea's ever-growing nuclear weapons and missile threats, according to diplomatic observers. This came after the two decided to come up with more detailed “action plans,” while ag...
Blinken remains elusive figure for Yoon administration
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has become the Joe Biden administration's most hard-to-meet person for the new Korean government, being absent from the American leader's first trip to Seoul since his inauguration in January 2021. Biden arrived here Friday accompanied by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, but Blinken instead op...
South Korea-Japan relations in the shadow of Ukraine
The repair of the shattered state of South Korea's relations with Japan is already high on the agenda of the administration of Yoon Suk-yeol. The need for this has been evident for the last four years but there was an absence of political will on the part of the leaders of both countries to reverse the downward turn.
US-led initiative expected to bolster economic partnership with Korea
Korea's decision to participate in the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) is expected to bolster the budding economic partnership between Seoul and Washington, according to diplomatic observers. However, Seoul is also required to make efforts to prevent the IPEF participation from adversely affecting its relations with China, the nation's largest trading partner,...
Black Eagles seek to show ROK Air Force's prowess in England
When then-Air Force Capt. Yang Eun-ho saw the 53rd Air Demonstration Group, better known as the Black Eagles aerobatic team, wow spectators and win the trophy for best display at the Waddington International Air Show in Britain in 2012, he dreamed of being part of the squad. Ten years later, Yang, now a major, leads the 239th Squadron of the demonstration group, and is set to...
South Korea to join US-led Indo-Pacific economic initiative
South Korea has decided to participate in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF), promoted by the United States to counter China's influence in the region, according to the presidential office, Wednesday. “President Yoon plans to attend a summit virtually for the launch of the trade and economic initiative in Japan, May 24,” Kim Tae-hyo, the first deputy director of the N...
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