WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul as part of his trip to the region in late June for the G20 summit in Japan, the White House said in a statement on Wednesday (May 15).The two leaders "will continue their close coordination on efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearisation" of North Korea, the statement said. They will also discuss "ways to strengthen" the US-South Korea alliance.Tensions between the United States and North Korea have ratcheted up since a failed summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam in February.North Korea has tested two short-range missiles and fired a series of projectiles in recent weeks. They were the first missile launches by Pyongyang since it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.Moon said last week that the missile launches were probably a protest against the United States after the failed Hanoi summit.Trump downplayed … [Read more...] about Trump to meet with South Korean leader in late June
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SEOUL: Ever more South Koreans prefer peaceful co-existence with the nuclear-armed North to reunification of the peninsula, a survey found on Monday (May 13).Despite sharing a common language and ethnicity and centuries of history, North and South Korea have become radically different societies in recent decades.Ruled with an iron grip by three generations of the Kim family, the North has turned itself into a nuclear power - at the cost of international isolation - while the South has embraced democracy and risen to become the world's 11th-largest economy.The South's President Moon Jae-in regularly affirms unification as an eventual goal, but the picture in his country is far more nuanced, the survey by Seoul's Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) showed.A total of 65.9 per cent of South Koreans saw unification as necessary, it said, down from 70.7 per cent last year as inter-Korean engagement and nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington stall.But when offered an … [Read more...] about Unification support falls in South Korea as talks stall
Japan's highly revered Emperor Akihito stepped down yesterday after an eventful three-decade reign, during which he humanised the monarchy and became the country's foremost icon of peace. It was a testament to his legacy, marked by his deep remorse for a brutal war waged in his father's name, that the leaders of countries such as China, Russia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States offered salutations. The 85-year-old Emperor expressed gratitude in his final address to the Japanese public, delivered in the brief Taiirei Seiden no Gi ceremony that began at 5pm and lasted only 12 minutes. It was held in the Seiden Matsu no Ma, or State Room, in the Imperial Palace. "Since ascending the throne 30 years ago, I have performed my duties as the Emperor with a deep sense of trust in and respect for the people, and I consider myself most fortunate to have been able to do so," he said in the nationally televised ceremony, with Empress Michiko, 84, beside him. "I sincerely thank the people … [Read more...] about ‘People’s Emperor’ steps down with words of gratitude to public
The investment plan was announced a month after President Moon Jae-in ordered the government to take steps to boost the country’s competitiveness in the global non-memory market, amid growing worries about falling exports of memory semiconductors as the market entered a downward cycle. According to the plan, “Semiconductor Vision 2030,” Samsung will create 15,000 jobs in the research and development and manufacturing sectors with a focus on systems-on-chips. The goals are to bolster its capabilities to design new cutting-edge chips for new technology applications, build actual products and release them on the market. Of the 133 trillion won, 73 trillion will be spent on domestic R&D and 60 triaion will be allocated for production infrastructure. “Under the plan, Samsung will invest 11 trillion won in SoC R&D and production facilities every year by 2030,” the company said. “This will indirectly create about 420,000 new jobs … [Read more...] about Samsung aims to be top IDM by 2030
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?