Tag: Moon Jae-in

Embattled at Home, South Korea’s Leader Turns on Japan, Stoking Old Hostilities

SEOUL, South Korea — Midway through his five-year term, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea appears more embattled than ever. His policy of improving ties with North Korea has stalled. His economy has slowed, and antigovernment protests in Seoul have grown. Amid such setbacks, it might seem unwise for Mr. Moon to take on another […]

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Japan and South Korea Stop Playing Nice

On Wednesday in Beijing, the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan convened like feuding officemates compelled to make amends. The air around them vibrated with resentment, which had built up over months of verbal slights and legal and economic assaults, and was rooted in old histories of colonization as much as recent jockeying for […]

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North Korea Launches 2 Projectiles, Snubbing South’s Call to Stop Weapons Tests

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two projectiles yet again off its east coast on Friday, a day after President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged it to stop weapons tests and return to the negotiating table. The two projectiles were launched from Tongchon in the southeast of North Korea, the South Korean military […]

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Kim Jong-un’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

SEOUL, South Korea — Guess what country just issued stamps of Donald Trump? North Korea! Yes: An official postage stamp features grave-looking likenesses of President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, standing side by side. It commemorates their pleasantry-laden chitchat earlier this summer at Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone between the two […]

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South Korean Leader Strikes Conciliatory Tone in Dispute With Japan

SEOUL, South Korea — President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Thursday struck a conciliatory note toward Japan after weeks of bitter feuding between Washington’s two key Asian allies, expressing hope that the two economies could cooperate to mend a worsening trade dispute. “Only when we work together will we be able to achieve joint […]

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South Korea Retaliates Against Japan in Trade and Diplomatic Rift

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea retaliated against Japan on Monday in a diplomatic and trade dispute between the two key American allies, deciding to remove its neighbor from its list of countries entitled to preferential treatment in trade. South Korea’s tit-for-tat action had been expected since Japan took a similar action against South Korea […]

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As Japan and South Korea Feud Intensifies, U.S. Seems Unwilling, or Unable, to Help

TOKYO — North Korea had launched its third barrage of short-range missiles in just over a week, parading its growing ability to strike its neighbors with devastating firepower. But instead of banding together against a common adversary, the two American allies in the path of the missiles — Japan and South Korea — were locked […]

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North Korea Tested New Ballistic Missile, South Says, Flouting U.N. Ban

SEOUL, South Korea — The two projectiles North Korea launched off its east coast on Thursday were a new type of short-range ballistic missile, the South Korean government said, acknowledging that the North was expanding its ability to deliver nuclear warheads as President Trump’s efforts to bring the country to the negotiating table remain stalled. […]

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Excavating a Horror That Some Koreans Wish Would Stay Buried

ASAN, South Korea — On a lush hillside torn open by an excavator, Park Sun-joo and volunteers combed through the soil with trowels and brushes, looking for villagers, including children, who were bludgeoned and buried, some still alive and moaning, by their own neighbors in 1950, at the outset of the Korean War. Mr. Park, […]

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Trump’s Offer to Say ‘Hello’ to Kim at DMZ Presents Risks and Rewards for Both

SEOUL, South Korea — President Trump arrived in Seoul on Saturday evening, seeking another dramatic encounter with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, a meeting that could serve the interests of both men but is unlikely to bring North Korea closer to Mr. Trump’s goal of denuclearization. Mr. Trump extended an impromptu invitation to Mr. […]

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Why Xi Jinping Is Courting Kim Jong-un

ImageA picture of Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung on a remaining section of the Hekou Broken Bridge, which connected China and North Korea before it was bombed by the United States Army during the Korean War.CreditEuropean Pressphoto Agency SEOUL, South Korea — As President Xi Jinping of China left North Korea on Friday afternoon, much […]

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South Korea to Send the North 50,000 Tons of Rice

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said on Wednesday that it would provide 50,000 tons of rice to North Korea, in the hope that the humanitarian aid will help persuade the North to return to talks on improving inter-Korean ties and ending its nuclear weapons program. Kim Yeon-chul, the South Korean unification minister, said the […]

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