EXPLAINER: Why North Korea wants sanctions lifted first
Days after outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in made possibly his last ambitious push to diplomatically resolve the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear program, the North has rejected his call for a declaration ending the Korean War, making it clear it has no interest in political statements unless they bring badly needed relief from crippling economic sanctions.
Kim Jong Un's sister warns of 'destruction' of S.Korean ties
The powerful sister of North Korea’s leader has criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in and threatened a “complete destruction” of relations hours after Moon said South Korea’s growing missile capabilities will serve as a “sure deterrence” against North Korean provocations.
Honoring the Maybrook Men: Six Giles County brothers who all fought for America
For one New River Valley family, that became a reality when six brothers fought during World War II or the Korean War. Named after their small neighborhood in Giles County, today the brothers are still known as the Maybrook Men. The war took these then small town Giles County boys all over the world. The only two brothers still living are John Atkins, 96, of Christiansburg, and June Atkins, 100, of Maybrook. Full Screen 1 / 7 Meet the six Giles County brothers -- Harry, June, John, Curtis, David and Billy -- known as the Maybrook Men.
Local Korean War Veteran remembers her time in the WAVES
ROANOKE, Va. – Women can now serve in every branch of the military but that wasn’t always the case. She added on one more year of service and moved to Hawaii, serving during the Korean War. For this Navy Veteran, serving our country is not something she takes lightly. She continued serving when she got out of the Navy and went to school on the GI Bill in Hawaii. She moved back to Roanoke, where she taught school for 27 years finishing at Monterrey Elementary School.
N Korea's Kim boasts of his nukes amid stalled talks with US
People visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum to lay flowers on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, which the country celebrates as the day of "victory in the fatherland liberation war" in Pyongyang, Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
N Korea's Kim boasts of his nukes amid stalled talks with US
(AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)SEOUL North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said his countrys hard-won nuclear weapons were a solid security guarantee and a reliable, effective deterrent that could prevent a second Korean War, state media reported Tuesday. Kim Jong Un and Trump met three times since Kim in 2018 abruptly reached out to Washington and Seoul for talks after expressing his intent to deal away his advancing nuclear arsenals. The nuclear diplomacy remains largely stalled since a second Kim-Trump meeting in February 2019 in Vietnam collapsed without reaching any agreement because Trump Kim rejected Kims proposal to get extensive sanctions relief in return for a limited denuclearization step. Kim entered this year with a vow to bolster his nuclear program and threatened to unveil a new strategic weapon. Kim hasnt performed such high-profile weapons tests, which some analysts say could completely derail diplomacy with the United States.
New film tells tale of North Korean orphans sent to Europe
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL – Six decades after they returned to their homeland, traces of thousands of North Korean children orphaned by the Korean War linger for the elderly Europeans whose lives they briefly touched. At the same time the North Koreans were being sent for education in Eastern Europe, thousands of South Korean orphans were being adopted by families in North America and Western Europe. When the North Koreans started arriving in Europe, the countries were still reeling from the devastation of World War II. The film shows Bulgarians giving flowers to North Korean children, clad in identical dark hats and jackets, upon their arrival in 1952. Haesung Lee, chief of Korean studies at Poland's University of Wroclaw, said three former North Korean diplomats dispatched to Poland and a fourth who taught Polish at a Pyongyang university were orphans sent to Poland.
Asia Today: Beijing reinstates virus controls as cases rise
(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)BEIJING China reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday as the capital Beijing reinstated measures to contain a resurgence. Of the new cases, 36 were reported in Beijing, traced to a wholesale market that supplies much of the citys meat and vegetables. Ten of the other cases were brought from outside the country and three were found in Hebei province just outside Beijing. Beijing health officials said gene sequencing showed the virus strain causing the new outbreak was related to that in Europe, though it wasnt clear if it was being spread by the movement of people or transportation of food. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region: South Korea reported 37 new cases, bringing its caseload to 12,121 infections, including 277 deaths.
S Korea's leader calls on North to stop raising tensions
Korean War veterans of South Korea salute during a ceremony to unveil an installation artwork to commemorate the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Korean War, in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, June 15, 2020. South Korea on Sunday convened an emergency security meeting and urged North Korea to uphold reconciliation agreements, hours after the North threatened to demolish a liaison office and take military action against its rival. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL South Koreas president called on North Korea to stop raising animosities and return to talks, saying Monday the rivals must not reverse the peace deals that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached during 2018 summits. North Korea has recently unleashed a slew of harsh rhetoric against South Korea, accusing it of failing to prevent activists from launching propaganda leaflets across their border. In an apparent bid to soothe North Korea, Moons government vowed to ban civilian leafleting campaign.
S Korea deports N Korean fishermen suspected of mass killing at sea
SEOUL - 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 fishermen then killed 15 other crew members to cover up their action and dumped the bodies overboard, South Korean officials said. The two men then fled North Korea in the squid fishing boat and crossed South Korea's maritime border, according to South Korean investigators. In November 2017, a dramatic escape of a North Korean soldier through Panmunjom was captured on security cameras. China, a close ally of Pyongyang, does not consider North Korean defectors refugees, instead seeing them as illegal economic migrants.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem urges United States to end Korean War
Speaking outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Gloria Steinem urged the U.S. to agree to formally end the Korean War. SEOUL, South Korea - Political activist Gloria Steinem was in high school when the Korean War started. Changing politicsThere have been some signs recently that the Korean War could come to an end. In 1948, two ideologically opposite countries were established: The Republic of Korea, or South Korea, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea. While South Korea became a developed country, North Korea closed itself off, and many of its citizens continue to live in poverty.