Tag: South Korea

Japan, South Korea and a Rupture on the Pacific Rim

A fast-escalating trade war between South Korea and Japan took a dangerous turn this week when the Koreans abandoned a military intelligence-sharing agreement with the Japanese, weakening an important source of information on North Korea and China. South Korea said it was responding to Japan’s restrictions on trade with South Korea, including on the export […]

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South Korea Says It Will Scrap Intelligence-Sharing Deal With Japan

South Korea said on Thursday that it would abandon a vital military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a move that is likely to alarm the United States, which pushed for the arrangement in part to ensure that North Korea’s missile activity is closely tracked. South Korea’s relations with Japan have been at a low point in […]

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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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Waning of American Power? Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis

WASHINGTON — For two and a half years, President Trump has said he is finally doing in Asia what he asserts his predecessor, Barack Obama, failed to achieve with a strategic pivot: strengthen American influence and rally partners to push back against China. But as violence escalates and old animosities are rekindled across Asia, Washington […]

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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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North Korea Says It Tested New Type of Missile, Further Enhancing Its Arsenal

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Sunday that the two projectiles it fired a day earlier were a new type of missile, making this the third new short-range ballistic missile or rocket system the North has successfully tested in less than a month as Washington struggles to resume talks on denuclearization. The two […]

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Kim Jong-un Gave ‘Small Apology’ for Missile Launches, Trump Says

SEOUL, South Korea — President Trump said Saturday that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, had offered a “small apology” for launching short-range missiles recently and wanted to begin a dialogue with Washington as soon as this month’s American military exercise with South Korea ends. Mr. Trump revealed Friday that he had received a “very beautiful” […]

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North Korea Launches Projectiles Despite ‘Beautiful Letter’ from Kim Jong-un to Trump

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired two projectiles off its east coast on Saturday, hours after President Trump said he had received a “very beautiful letter” from the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un. The projectiles were launched from Hamhung, a coastal town northeast of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, the South Korean military said in […]

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North Korea Fires More Projectiles Ahead of Joint U.S.-South Korea Military Drill

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday launched two projectiles toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, days before the United States and South Korea were scheduled to begin a joint military exercise. The launch marked the fourth test of projectiles in 13 days by North Korea. The two projectiles were fired […]

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Japan’s 2020 5G plans may be delayed by South Korea trade conflict

Japan’s plan to launch commercial 5G services in 2020 devolved from ambitious to laggard when U.S., South Korean, Chinese, and European carriers moved up their 5G launch dates, but until now, there wasn’t much question that the country would be able to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, company officials are now warning that a trade conflict […]

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The Exhibit Lauded Freedom of Expression. It Was Silenced.

TOKYO — It was an exhibit meant to celebrate freedom of expression. Instead, freedom of expression was shut down. A long, bitter battle between Japan and South Korea over historical memory and atonement spilled over into the art world over the weekend when organizers of an international fair in Japan closed an exhibition that featured […]

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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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Spiraling Trade Tensions Threaten Economy as Trump Pressures China

WASHINGTON — Global trade tensions escalated this week as the United States renewed its tariff war with China, sending major stock indexes tumbling as fears of an economic slowdown rattled investors around the world. The S&P 500 index had its worst week of trading this year, as shares on exchanges from Tokyo to London fell […]

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Trump Threats and Trade Worries Rattle Global Investors

Global markets followed Wall Street lower on Friday as growing trade tensions among the world’s biggest economies threw a chill over investors. Markets in Hong Kong and Japan led a broad drop in Asian stocks, while some major markets in Europe opened 2 percent lower. Futures markets were predicting stocks in the United States would […]

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Kim Jong-un Calls North Korea’s New Rocket System ‘an Inescapable Distress’ to Enemies

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Thursday that its leader, Kim Jong-un, attended the testing of a new type of large-caliber, multiple-launch, guided rocket system that could expand the North’s ability to strike South Korea and the American forces stationed there. North Korea said the test-firing of its newly developed rocket system took […]

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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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