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Japan's Suga says he's open to meeting with Kim Yo Jong during Olympics

Japan's Suga says he's open to meeting with Kim Yo Jong during Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday he seeks to find a solution to the issue of Japanese citizens abducted to North Korea. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI |Japan's prime minister did not rule out a meeting with 's if she chooses to attend the Tokyo Olympics, according to a Japanese press report.said Friday at a meeting of the Budget Committee of the House of Councilors that he would consider "all possibilities" to resolve the issue of abducted Japanese citizens.Suga was responding to a lawmaker who inquired about a potential Kim visit to Japan during the Summer Games, the...

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Mar 26
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NASA says dust storm that reached South Korea came from China

NASA says dust storm that reached South Korea came from China

The dust storm that covered Beijing (pictured) and northern China traveled to the Korean Peninsula, according to scientific data. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |Beijing has denied dust storms behind seasonal pollution in South Korea originate from China, but satellite data from the U.S. space agency seems to prove otherwise.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian had said Tuesday the latest dust storms that covered northern China originated from a neighboring country, despite past evidence of the storms originating from China's Gobi Desert."The dust storm originated from outside China...

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Elizabeth Shim
Mar 18
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South Korean man arrested after claiming to be 'North Korean spy'

South Korean man arrested after claiming to be 'North Korean spy'

A South Korean man in his 50s was arrested this week after a prank call incident, according to local police.File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI |A South Korean man who made a prank call to local police has been arrested after falsely claiming he was a North Korean spy "heading home."The Seoul Jungnang District police said Friday they are investigating the 58-year-old defendant after charging him of issuing a "false report," a misdemeanor under South Korea's Minor Offenses Act, SBS and EDaily reported.The man made the call from his car in Yangpyeong County, Gyeonggi Province, about 6:30 p.m....

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Mar 5
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Trump's approach to South Korea hurt alliance, analysts say

Trump's approach to South Korea hurt alliance, analysts say

Former U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) appeared to agree publicly but the two sides struggled to reconcile differences amid Trump’s defense-cost demands. File Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/UPI |The Trump administration's policies toward the two Koreas damaged the alliance with Seoul, according to U.S. and South Korean analysts.The administration of South Korean President -in also falls short on human rights, and Seoul remains a passive observer amid new U.S. efforts, the South's lawmakers and analysts said during the International Forum on One Korea's...

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Elizabeth Shim
Feb 25
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North Korea names Ri Ryong Nam new ambassador to China

North Korea names Ri Ryong Nam new ambassador to China

North Korea could be strengthening its ties with China, its closest trading partner, after appointing a former trade minister to the top diplomatic post in Beijing. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |has appointed a new ambassador to China for the first time in a decade, less than a month after reports suggested a new envoy to Pyongyang.North Korea's foreign ministry said on its website Friday Ri Ryong Nam, 61, a former trade minister, has been selected to the top diplomatic post in Beijing.Ri is a veteran in the North Korea's external economic relations. His appointment to the...

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Elizabeth Shim
Feb 19
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Reports: North Korea ignored China, Russia COVID-19 vaccine offers

Reports: North Korea ignored China, Russia COVID-19 vaccine offers

North Korea’s closest partners, including China, offered COVID-19 vaccines, but Pyongyang did not respond, Seoul’s spy agency said, according to South Korean lawmakers. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI |snubbed offers of vaccines developed in China and Russia, according to Seoul's spy agency.In a report to South Korea's National Assembly intelligence committee, Seoul's National Intelligence Service allegedly said there is evidence Beijing and Moscow, Pyongyang's closest partners, approached North Korea with vaccine offers, Yonhap and Herald Business reported Wednesday.North Korea reportedly...

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Elizabeth Shim
Feb 17
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Japan may toss 12M Pfizer vaccine doses due to shortage of special syringes

Japan may toss 12M Pfizer vaccine doses due to shortage of special syringes

Japan has secured 144 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, but is short on special syringes that can draw out all six doses in each vial. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI |Japan could be forced to throw away millions of doses of Pfizer's vaccine because of a shortage of a special syringe, as inoculations are scheduled to begin after Sunday.Norihisa Tamura, Japan's health minister, said Tuesday that the lack of syringes that can pump out six shots of the vaccine in each vial means leftover vaccines and fewer inoculations, NHK and Jiji Press reported.Regular syringes, which are...

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Elizabeth Shim
Feb 10
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Lawmaker: South Korean president's son accepted $13,000 in coronavirus relief

Lawmaker: South Korean president's son accepted $13,000 in coronavirus relief

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's artist-son Moon Joon-yong is under fire for accepting pandemic-related relief from a public organization. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI |The artist-son of South Korean President -in is coming under criticism for accepting nearly $13,000 in coronavirus relief from the city of Seoul -- funds that could have been allocated to financially distressed artists and organizations.Moon Joon-yong, 39, was awarded the art grant in 2020 after exhibitions were reportedly canceled due to . Moon's acceptance of the funds despite his position of relative privilege is...

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Feb 9
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North Korea not 'enemy' of South, defense white paper says

North Korea not 'enemy' of South, defense white paper says

North Korea was not defined as an “enemy” state in South Korea’s biennial defense white paper published Tuesday. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI |South Korea's biennial defense white paper omitted references to as an "enemy" state for the second time in two years, while referring to Japan as a "neighboring country" but no longer a "close neighbor and partner."The document released Tuesday, reflecting the views of the current administration of President -in, defined an enemy of the state as a force that threatens the territory and sovereignty of South Korea, as well as its people and property....

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Feb 2
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Seoul to procure enough COVID-19 vaccines for North, South Korea

Seoul to procure enough COVID-19 vaccines for North, South Korea

×South Korea is securing enough COVID-19 vaccines cover the population and at least 20 million more recipients, according to a local press report  Wednesday. File Photo by Kim Hee-chui/EPA-EFESouth Korea is preparing to secure more vaccines via technology transfer from U.S. manufacturers Novavax Inc. and Moderna, allowing the country to produce local doses and enough potential vaccines for North and South Korea.South Korean President -in said Wednesday during a visit to a SK Bioscience Co. plant in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, that Novavax vaccines will be produced in Korea and that...

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Elizabeth Shim
Jan 20
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