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Cho Myoung-gyon

North Korean Defectors Demand Resignation over Seoul Ban on Journalist

Dozens of groups representing North Korean defectors in South Korea issued a call Thursday for Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon to step down after banning a journalist from covering a joint Seoul-Pyongyang event because that journalist was born in North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in briefed the pontiff about his recent visit to Pyongyang

South Korea Claims Pope Francis Wants Invite to North Korea

Leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s top officials claimed on Thursday that Pope Francis was interested in visiting North Korea following a meeting between the head of the Catholic church and the head of state at the Vatican.

South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

Chinese Media Urges Seoul to Lift Sanctions on North Korea

When South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Wednesday her government was thinking about lifting some sanctions on North Korea, there were fears even a purely symbolic gesture along those lines could weaken the international coalition allied against North Korea’s nuclear missile program. Right on cue, Chinese state media jumped in and encouraged Seoul to lift unilateral sanctions as quickly as possible in a gesture of fellowship with Pyongyang and defiance toward Washington.

Japan's Shinzo Abe and China's Xi Jinping have met numerous times over the last few years on the sidelines of international events but no Japanese leader has made an official visit to China since 2011

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Plans Visit to China

Chinese officials announced on Friday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit China from October 25 – 27, in concert with the 40th anniversary of the “Treaty of Peace and Friendship” signed by the two nations.

North Korean students take part in a torch light march held in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of North Korea's founding day celebrations in Pyongyang, North Korea, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

North Korea: We Will Resist 100 Years of ‘Murderous’ Sanctions

North Korea’s state newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a belligerent column Friday accusing the U.S. of “murderous” policies against the Korean people, but ensuring that North Korea would survive up to a century of the sanctions it claims are killing its people.

Cho Myoung-gyon

South Korean Unification Ministry: No Plans to Lift North Korea Sanctions

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon on Thursday contradicted controversial statements made by the foreign minister to parliament the previous day and said there are no plans to lift sanctions against North Korea imposed after the sinking of the South Korean ship Cheonan in 2010.

MOUNT PAEKTU, NORTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 20: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) and his wife Ri Sol Ju (L) pose with South Korean President Moon Jae-in (2nd R) and his wife Kim Jung-sook (R) on the top of Mount Paektu on …

South Korea Considers Lifting Sanctions Against North Korea

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told lawmakers on Wednesday the administration of President Moon Jae-in is considering proposals to lift sanctions against North Korea as a reward for improved relations on the peninsula.

Kim Jong Un's nuclear arsenal needs tougher inspections, Japanese governments officials who spoke to a local newspaper say. File Photo by KCNA/UPI

Pompeo: North Korea Agrees to Nuclear Site Inspections

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Seoul on Monday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has agreed to allow some international inspectors to monitor nuclear sites in the country, though it remains unclear which inspectors and when Pyongyang would allow them in.

Mike Pompeo, Moon Jae-in

Pompeo: U.S., North Korea Make ‘Progress’ on Pyongyang Trip

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made unspecified progress Sunday toward an agreement for the North to give up its nuclear weapons, though there was no immediate indication whether Pompeo had managed to arrange a much-anticipated second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

North Korea may be operating some of its facilities in Yongbyon, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. (UPI Photo/ Siegfried C. Hecker)

South Korea Wants to Trade Ending Korean War for Yongbyon Facility Closure

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the Washington Post in remarks published Wednesday that Seoul is seeking to convince the United States and North Korea to exchange the shutdown of Pyongyang’s Yongbyon nuclear research site for a peace treaty to end the Korean War.

A landmark summit between North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in June led to a warming of ties, but there has been little concrete progress toward denuclearisation

Zumwalt: In Pyongyang Chess Match, the Next Move Is Trump’s

In chess, a limited number of opening moves exist. Both players know this, so neither is really blindsided by the other’s initial move. It is similar to the chess match in which President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are currently engaged — the latter now having made his opening move.

China arrested a U.S. citizen in 2016 on charges of espionage, a Hong Kong newspaper reported Wednesday. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI

South Koreans: China Is the Greatest Threat to Peace

A survey from Seoul National University published on Tuesday found South Koreans view China as a greater threat to peace on the peninsula than North Korea. It was the first time in the 11-year history of the survey that China passed North Korea as the biggest obstacle to peace.

In this file photo taken on February 8, 2018 and released on February 9, 2018 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows Hwasong-15 ballistic missiles during the military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean People's Army at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang

South Korea: North Korea Has Up to 60 Nuclear Weapons

A top South Korean official told lawmakers on Monday that Kim Jong-un’s regime in North Korea is estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons, in Seoul’s first public admission about the size of the Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, is preparing his fourth trip to North Korea, where he will meet leader Kim Jong Un

State Secretary Pompeo Traveling to North Korea Sunday to Meet Kim

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to North Korea to meet with Chairman Kim Jong-un on Sunday in preparation for a second denuclearization summit between President Donald Trump and the Asian country’s dictator, a Department of State spokesperson said Tuesday.

Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) in the Chinese city of Dalian earlier in May

North Korean Media Tout China’s ‘Belt and Road’

South Korea’s Yonhap News on Monday noticed North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun lavishing extraordinary praise on China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, an international infrastructure program China has invested a great deal of pride and money in.

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un

North Korea Says U.S. Culture a ‘Constant Danger’ After Rejecting Denuclearization

North Korea’s state newspaper Rodong Sinmun opened the month of October with a stern warning to readers that America’s “bourgeois ideology and culture” was a “constant danger” to the country, just days after a senior communist official declared to the United Nations that the country would never unilaterally abandon nuclear weapons.

US Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo voices US "concern" over Hong Kong's ban of a pro-independence party

Russia and China Try to Weaken North Korea Sanctions, Pompeo Fights Back

Russia and China spent this week’s U.N. General Assembly working to undermine international sanctions against North Korea’s nuclear program, to the exasperation of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who seeks to rally the world community and show firm resolve to North Korea at a crucial moment in the denuclearization drama.