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Korea rejects Iran's calls to release frozen funds
Despite repeated demands from Iran that Korea swiftly unlock funds held in two Korean banks, the Korean government remains adamant that releasing the assets is out of the question as long as U.S. sanctions on Tehran remain unchanged, according to the foreign ministry here. Korea and Iran are set to celebrate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations in October, but their t...
North Korea refuses to form ties with Yoon-led South Korea: experts
In a scathing statement unveiled, Friday, Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said Pyongyang has no intention of establishing a “significant” relationship with the new South Korean government that recently unveiled an aid-for-disarmament initiative for the northern neighbor. Experts, meanwhile, said North Korea's fiery words reflect its intent...
Yoon opposes forceful change to status quo in North Korea
President Yoon Suk-yeol said, Wednesday, that South Korea will not pursue any efforts for regime change or any other intervention that can alter the current political system of North Korea, adding that Seoul is not in a position to guarantee Pyongyang's security. The president also ruled out the possibility of South Korea acquiring its own nuclear weapons against evolving Nor...
Envoy raises awareness of Korea among Serbian public
Serbia was a late adopter of globally booming Korean culture - represented by K-pop - due to its lack of exchange with Seoul as well as civil unrest in the Balkan state. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, in which physical contact has become limited, the use of social network platforms and over-the-top media services has been sharply increasing, thereby a...
Ex-USFK commander rejects China's claims over THAAD
The former commander of U.S. Forces Korea, Robert Abrams, refuted China's claims that the previous South Korean administration promised to restrict the operations of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on the Korean Peninsula and that the U.S. missile defense battery undermines Beijing's security interests. In 2016, South Korea decided to deploy the U.S.-ow...
KOICA seeks support for Busan's bid to host World Expo
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) promoted the Korean port city of Busan's bid to host the World Expo 2030 in its participation in the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) in Port Vila, Vanuatu, last week, where it discussed development cooperation issues facing Pacific Island countries. The FEMM is convened by the 18-member Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and...
Defense minister refutes China's claim on THAAD
South Korea's defense minister said, Thursday, a U.S. anti-missile shield, currently deployed on the Korean Peninsula, cannot operate to Washington's advantage, rejecting China's claim that the system's radar can spy on its military maneuvers and undermine its security interests.In addition, Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup vowed to speed up the normalization of the Terminal Hig...
Seoul reiterates that '3 Nos' policy is not commitment to China
Foreign Minister Park Jin reaffirmed, Wednesday, that the so-called “Three Nos” policy concerning the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in South Korea is not a commitment to China amid growing pressure from Beijing over the U.S. anti-missile defense system. “I made it clear to the Chinese side that the THAAD deployment is a matter of our sec...
China wary of South Korea's US-centered policy
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pressed South Korea, Tuesday, to act independently as the United States ramps up pressure on Seoul to side with Washington amid an intensifying U.S.-Sino rivalry. Foreign Minister Park Jin and Wang held the talks during his first trip to China since taking office in May and the meeting was widely seen as being crucial to setting the tone for S...
Ex-President Lee Myung-bak unlikely to be released
Former President Lee Myung-bak and former South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Kyoung-soo are not likely to make the list of people that President Yoon Suk-yeol will grant special amnesty to due to concerns that such pardons might negatively affect his declining approval ratings.However, Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong and other business leaders may be among ...
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