South Korea, 2014
South Korea will make a first payment of $550 million to Iran for imports of crude oil under an interim nuclear deal that has provided limited relief from sanctions, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.
North Korea on Thursday rejected South Korea's offer to hold talks between Red Cross officials to discuss the topic on regularly holding family reunions, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.
Samoo Architects & Engineers (SAMOO), an organization based out of Seoul, South Korea pitched its idea to design and build biodomes for endangered species to call their new habitat. The proposal was sent in to the National Research Center for Endangered Species. Structures would be built in Yeongyang-gun—one of the cleanest regions in the country.
North Korea has fired two more short-range missiles into the sea, just days after launching similar rockets last week. The tests were timed to coincide with the annual South Korea-US military exercises which kicked off a week ago. Ijin Hong, Assistant Professor at Sungshin Women’s University, talked with the Voice of Russia about the latest decision on family reunions between the two Koreas and the effect of missile-launch on bilateral ties.
South Korea's president on Saturday proposed the rival Koreas hold reunions of Korean War-divided families on a regular basis, saying time was running out for the elderly separated by hostilities and politics.
North Korea on Friday condemned an Australian judge who led a UN investigation that concluded that North Korean security chiefs and possibly its leader should face justice for torture and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities. North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency, citing a pro-North Korean politician from Brazil, said the judge, Michael Kirby, had manipulated evidence at the behest of North Korea's old enemy, the United States.
South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye has announced creation of a special committee to prepare for reunification with North Korea.The move may be beneficial to both sides, at the state level, as well as for the families once separated by the war.
The exercises led to an extended surging tension last year when North Korea threatening preemptive nuclear strikes and attacks on South Korean and US targets. Meanwhile around 360 South Koreans reportedly met their North Korean relatives on Monday for the first time since the Korean War, that lasted between 1950 and 1953. The family reunion event took place in North Korea’s mount Kumgang resort. The Voice of Russia talked to Daniel Pinkston, a North East Asia Deputy Project Director at the International Crisis Group.
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye announced Tuesday the creation of a committee under her direct control to work out "systematic and constructive" plans for reunification of the divided Korean peninsula.
The United States and South Korea have launched annual joint military exercises despite vocal opposition from North Korea. Pyongyang views them as a prelude to an invasion. The start of this year’s drills comes as the North allows reunions of families divided decades ago by the Korean war. The event has raised hopes for closer ties between the two Koreas. Pyongyang initially insisted that the joint exercises be postponed until after the reunion finishes, but Seoul refused. North Korea finally agreed to let them go forward. The Voice of Russia talked to Georgiy Toloraya, Director of Korean Programs at the Institute of Economics (Russian Academy of Science).
South Korea kicked off its annual joint military exercises with the United States on Monday, despite vocal opposition from North Korea, which could threaten a recent upswing in cross-border ties.
Elderly South Koreans said tearful goodbyes to their relatives in North Korea on Saturday (February 22) after their short reunions, the first time they have seen each other since they were separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. On Thursday (February 20), 82 elderly South Koreans selected for the trip, accompanied by 58 family members to help them, crossed the border into the North for the first round of rare reunions at the Mount Kumgang resort, just inside North Korea.
Japan held an annual rally on Saturday marking Tokyo's claim to a set of tiny islands controlled by South Korea, further fuelling a long-standing territorial row between the two neighbours.
NSA agent and Maryland resident Brian Patrick O'Callaghan was charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly beat his three-year-old adopted son from South Korea with so much force, he died. The 36-year-old man is a veteran whose specialty is Korea for the National Security Agency (NSA), according to his lawyer.
Dozens of elderly South Koreans were Wednesday preparing to meet relatives from the North, many for the first time in decades, ahead of the first reunions of divided families to be held since 2010. A total of 82 men and women, accompanied by 58 family members, were gathered in the east coast city of Sokcho for medical checkups and etiquette briefings ahead of their trip to the Mount Kumgang resort over the border, a news report said.
Three people have died and dozens been trapped on Monday after a building in the South Korean city of Gyeongju collapsed, the local media reported.
A South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial saw him convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea. Prosecutors had demanded 20 years for Lee Seok-Ki, 52, who was tried along with six other members of his left-wing United Progressive Party. They were sentenced to terms ranging from four to 12 years.
North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold a reunion for families divided by the Korean War as planned, Seoul said, despite North Korean concerns over overlapping South Korea-US military drills.
North and South Korea held another session of their highest-ranking talks for years on Friday, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said. No further details were immediately available of the talks at the border village of Panmunjom other than that the morning session had ended.