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Reporter : Kang Seung-woo
Tue, January 31, 2023 | 23:42
Inter-Korean ties won't normalize if NK keeps pursuing nuclear weapons: minister nominee
The normalization of deadlocked inter-Korean ties will be unlikely as long as North Korea continues to modernize its nuclear weapons, the unification minister nominee said, Thursday. However, he also said South Korea's new Yoon Suk-yeol administration will try to build the momentum to resume talks between the two Koreas, although it will be a daunting task.
Yoon's US delegation discusses with Pfizer early supply of Paxlovid
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's U.S. delegation recently discussed with Pfizer ways to cooperate to receive an early supply of the American drug giant's COVID-19 antiviral pill in Korea, according to his spokesperson, Thursday. The ROK-U.S. Policy Consultation Delegation, led by foreign minister nominee Rep. Park Jin, made an eight-day trip to Washington, D.C. on April 3, whe...
What Cabinet nominations say about Yoon's foreign policy, security posture
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's nominations of key members of his national security team suggest that the new South Korean administration plans to engage in diplomacy that places alignment with the United States at the center of its foreign policy priorities, according diplomatic observers. In addition, Yoon, who pledged to take a hardline stance against North Korea on the ca...
Yoon invites former President Park to inauguration ceremony
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol invited former President Park Geun-hye to his inauguration ceremony, May 10, as the incoming president tries to rebuild relations with his predecessor. Park said she will attend the inauguration if conditions permit. Yoon's much-heralded meeting with Park took place for 50 minutes, Tuesday, while he was on a national tour, which started, Monday. ...
BTS will not perform at Yoon's inauguration
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's inauguration ceremony will not feature a performance by K-pop sensation BTS, his transition team said Monday, citing budget constraints and an intention to promote national unity instead of glitz during the event. The prospect of the K-pop sensation performing at the May 10 ceremony faced a backlash from fans critical of the incoming president ...
Yoon to start term in new, temporary presidential office in Yongsan
As he wished, President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol will begin his term in Yongsan after his inauguration, May 10, but he will have to work out of a temporary office, according to his transition team, Thursday. Yoon had wanted to move the presidential office to the defense ministry building in Yongsan before taking office on May 10, but due to concerns over a possible national securi...
Yoon's delegation discusses extended deterrence, summit with US
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's U.S. delegation held discussions with the U.S. side, Tuesday (local time), about the permanent presence of U.S. strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula amid mounting threats from North Korea. In addition, the two sides also talked about holding a summit between Yoon and U.S. President Joe Biden at an early date. The ROK-U.S. Policy Consultatio...
North Korea's harsh rhetoric seen as attempt to tame South Korea
Scathing remarks made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister in response to South Korea's defense minister touting the South's “pre-emptive strike” ability were aimed at taming Seoul's new administration, which is widely expected to take a tougher stance against Pyongyang, including the use of military options, according to experts.
Yoon to complete Cabinet nominations by next week
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol is set to follow up his nomination for prime minister with the designation of ministers by the end of next week, according to his spokesperson, Monday. Yoon, scheduled to take office, May 10, tapped former Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, Sunday, to serve as the first premier in his administration, kicking off the process of nominating Cabinet member...
'Dramatic change in Korea-Japan ties unlikely under Yoon'
Even though President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who wants to mend frayed ties with Japan, takes office in May, strained bilateral relations will not return to normal overnight due to longstanding historical irritants, according to diplomatic observers.
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