Tag: North Korea

Trump Makes Japan an Offer It Can’t Refuse

NATO has faced plenty of existential scares in the era of President Donald Trump, but now the United States’ longstanding allies in East Asia have become victims of the president’s haphazard transactional worldview. Last week, Trump announced that he would seek a fivefold increase in the nearly $1 billion a year South Korea contributes to […]

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South Korea Stops Stream of Blood From Culled Pigs

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said on Wednesday that it had successfully stopped a stream of red blood from tens of thousands of pigs possibly infected with African swine fever from reaching a river that provides drinking water for much of the population north of Seoul. Residents living in towns between Seoul and South […]

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South Korea deports North Korean fishermen suspected of mass killing at sea

South Korea has deported two North Korean fishermen suspected of killing 16 fellow crew members, including the boat’s captain, before fleeing to South Korean waters. The deportees are the first North Koreans to be returned from South Korea to the North since the end of the Korean War in 1953, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry. “Heinous criminals […]

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North Korea Fires 2 Projectiles in First Test Since Latest Talks Stalled

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched ​two short-range projectiles off its east coast on Thursday, its first such tests since a new effort at talks with the United States stalled over the terms of ending its nuclear weapons program. The projectiles were fired from Pyongannam-do, a province surrounding Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, and […]

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North Korea fired 2 unidentified projectiles, South Korea says

North Korea fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the waters between South Korea and Japan on Thursday afternoon, the South Korean government said in a statement. It is unclear what exactly was launched, but South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the military “is maintaining its readiness by monitoring relevant movements in preparation for further launches.” […]

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North Korea Fires 2 Projectiles in First Test Since Talks Stalled

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched ​two projectiles off its east coast on Thursday, its first such tests since talks with the United States stalled over the terms of ending its nuclear weapons program. The projectiles were fired from Pyongannam-do, a province surrounding Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, and they landed in waters between […]

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For Trump the Dealmaker, Troop Pullouts Without Much in Return

WASHINGTON — The Taliban have wanted the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, Turkey has wanted the Americans out of northern Syria and North Korea has wanted them to at least stop military exercises with South Korea. President Trump has now to some extent at least obliged all three — but without getting […]

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Japanese Surveillance Ship Collides With North Korean Fishing Boat

TOKYO — Twenty North Korean fishermen were thrown overboard after a large fishing trawler collided with a Japanese patrol ship on Monday, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported. According to Japan’s Coast Guard, a patrol ship for the Japanese fisheries agency collided with a large North Korean fishing boat around 9:10 a.m. on Monday in the […]

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North Korea Rules Out Quick Resumption of ‘Nauseating’ Talks with U.S.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Sunday that it had no desire to engage in “nauseating negotiations” with the United States anymore, rejecting Washington’s suggestion that negotiators from both countries meet again in Stockholm in two weeks. In a statement issued a day after bilateral talks broke down in Stockholm on Saturday, the […]

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U.S. Nuclear Talks With North Korea Break Down in Hours

The first negotiations in eight months between the Trump administration and North Korea on carrying out commitments to begin dismantling the North’s nuclear program broke down only hours after they began in Stockholm on Saturday, the North Koreans said. It was the latest indication that President Trump’s signature diplomatic initiative has stalled. “The negotiation did […]

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China, Where State Pomp Comes With Real Feeling

ImageAt the 70th anniversary celebration of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, on Tuesday.CreditMark Schiefelbein/Associated Press BEIJING — Attending China’s National Day celebrations over the years has been a bit like listening to different takes of a song, with the composer honing the themes and jettisoning the raw […]

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North Korea and U.S. Say Official Talks Will Resume in Days

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume a long-stalled official dialogue this weekend in an effort to narrow their differences on how to terminate the North’s nuclear weapons program, officials of both countries said on Tuesday. “I can confirm that U.S. and D.P.R.K. officials plan to meet within […]

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Me and My Whistle-Blower

One sunny Wednesday in February, a gangly man in a sports jacket and a partly unbuttoned paisley shirt walked into the Los Angeles field office of the F.B.I. At the reception desk, he gave his name — Val Broeksmit — and began to pace anxiously in the lobby. Mr. Broeksmit couldn’t believe he was voluntarily […]

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Bolton Criticizes Trump’s Courtship of North Korea

WASHINGTON — In his first public comments since leaving the White House, John R. Bolton, the former national security adviser, delivered a stark warning Monday about President Trump’s approach to North Korea, undercutting the president’s yearslong insistence that North Korea wanted to make a denuclearization deal with him. Without mentioning Mr. Trump by name, Mr. […]

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America’s Dirty Secret in East Asia

For several months, Japan and South Korea, America’s main allies in East Asia, have been going at each other. Japan stripped South Korea of trading privileges; then South Korea removed Japan from a list of favored trade partners. In late August, Seoul announced that it would cancel an agreement with Tokyo over the sharing of […]

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She Fled Famine in North Korea, Then Died Poor in a Prosperous Land

SEOUL, South Korea — It was sad enough when the bodies of Han Sung-ok and her 6-year-old son were found in their $74-a-month apartment in Seoul in July, two months after they had died. But the story became national news after it emerged that Ms. Han, 42, was a North Korean who had fled famine […]

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After Fleeing North Korea, Women Get Trapped as Cybersex Slaves in China

VIENTIANE, Laos — For more than two years, Lee Jin-hui, 20, was never allowed to leave a three-room apartment in northeast China. Seven days a week, she had to sit at a computer from noon to 5 a.m., performing sex acts before a webcam for male clients, mostly from South Korea. In the apartment, Ms. […]

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Trump Wants Big Diplomatic Wins. Here Are the Odds.

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton has left the Situation Room, and President Trump is left at the table with a giant set of chips set on hot spots around the world. In Mr. Trump’s view, the clock is ticking: He needs some big victories between now and the election in November 2020. But he also […]

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Who Could Replace John Bolton?

President Trump on Tuesday announced the departure of John R. Bolton as his national security adviser, the third person to hold the job since the beginning of the Trump administration. Though the White House has said Mr. Bolton’s current deputy, Charles M. Kupperman, will take over in the interim, Mr. Trump has said he will […]

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What John Bolton’s Ouster Says About Donald Trump

Of the questions surrounding the defenestration of John Bolton as President Trump’s third national security adviser — Did he jump? Was he shoved? — the least interesting is the question of who will succeed him on the parapet. It’s unlikely to matter much. Regardless of who has advised Mr. Trump on foreign affairs — generals […]

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Five Policy Clashes Between John Bolton and President Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired his third national security adviser, John R. Bolton, as their positions on major foreign policy issues clashed, most recently on pursuing a peace plan with the Taliban. The two men have regularly been at odds over how to take on major foreign policy challenges facing the United States. […]

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North Korea Launches 2 More Projectiles, Its 8th Weapons Test Since July

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two short-range projectiles on Tuesday, hours after proposing to reopen denuclearization talks with the United States this month. The two projectiles were launched from Kaechon, north of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, toward the sea off the North’s east coast, flying up to 205 miles, the South Korean […]

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