The North "fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles" from North Pyongan province, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, adding they flew 270 and 420 kilometres (170 and 260 miles) and the South Korean and US militaries were jointly analysing them. The firing of missiles welcomed a US envoy's visit to Seoul by firing at least one projectile for the second time in a week Thursday, the South's military said, as Pyongyang seeks to up the ante in deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. The launch came after North Korea carried out a military drill and fired multiple projectiles on Saturday, with at least one believed to be a short-range missile. It was also hours after the US Special Representative on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, arrived in Seoul late Wednesday for talks with South Korean officials on the allies' approach towards Pyongyang. It is Biegun's first visit … [Read more...] about Urgent : North Korea appears to have fired two missiles
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SEOUL (NYTIMES) - In the weeks before North Korea fired short-range projectiles on Saturday (May 4), United States President Donald Trump countermanded the Treasury Department, reversing an announcement that it was tightening economic sanctions against the country. The reason, his press secretary declared, was that "President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary". Now, nearly a year after beginning a bold experiment in the power of personal diplomacy, Mr Trump has run headlong into its limits. He has discovered that friendship between leaders of bitter nuclear rivals may produce good television, but it is not a counterproliferation strategy. After gaining few tangible economic benefits from two summit meetings, the North's leader, Mr Kim Jong Un, is turning to a well-worn playbook written by his father and grandfather. On Saturday, the North fired a volley of projectiles off its east coast in a move that analysts said was intended to escalate … [Read more...] about North Korea revives old playbook with launch
Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has made a decision to relocate the Indonesian capital outside Java Island and told his ministers to come up with detailed plans for candidate cities over the next few months. Plans to move the capital have been afoot since the era of President Suharto, due to Jakarta's growing problem of traffic congestion and periodic flooding. These plans have been gathering pace during Jokowi's presidency. At a cabinet meeting on Monday, the president said of the three alternatives – the capital remaining in Jakarta, moving to an area within a 50-70 kilometer radios outside the city, or away from Java – the latter held the most benefit for the country. Jokowi has yet to decide which city would become the new capital and tasked his ministers to come up with alternatives. Government officials previously proposed cities such as Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and Makassar in South Sulawesi for the new capital but this … [Read more...] about Jokowi Decides Jakarta’s Time Is Up; Indonesia’s New Capital Will Be Outside Java
TOKYO (THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Japan and the United States must strive for the stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region, while maintaining a firm relationship. It is greatly significant that the leaders of the two countries affirmed the importance of close cooperation. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met US President Donald Trump for summit talks, and they agreed to accelerate new bilateral trade negotiations. The United States has strained relations with China and Europe mainly due to prolonged trade friction. If a rift also occurs in the Japan-US relationship, the global economy's uncertainty about the future could increase further. The fact that the two leaders did not bring to the surface conflicts over trade issues, among other matters, can be said to be appropriate. Abe stressed at the talks that Japan and the United States should proceed with negotiations that would be win-win for them both. His remarks show his willingness to establish rules that will … [Read more...] about Japan, US should strengthen framework of free trade: Yomiuri Shimbun
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Vladimir Putin has just made the North Korean situation more complicated. But the Russian president may have also opened up a new pathway to sidestep the current impasse between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and America’s Donald Trump. Putin has done this by the simple action of reinserting himself into the middle of the on-again off-again Korean nuclear crisis. His first-ever meeting with Kim last week in the Russian city of Vladivostok served as a signal that Moscow expects to be a part of any negotiations involving the Korean Peninsula. Up to now, Putin has lain low and let others take the lead. Russia has supported, in theory at least, U.S.-led sanctions aimed at forcing North Korea to end its nuclear missile program. At the same time, Moscow has supported Chinese efforts to try and end the conflict between Washington and Pyongyang on a step-by-step basis in which each side agrees to … [Read more...] about Will Putin help or hurt situation with North Korea?