SEOUL: The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, known for her women's rights activism and involvement in her husband's "sunshine" policy of engagement with the isolated North, has died at the age of 96.Lee Hee-ho, who had been battling liver cancer, died in Seoul on Monday, her aides said.Considered one of the pioneers of women's rights in South Korea and a lifelong companion of late president Kim, Lee actively supported her husband's tumultuous and illustrious political career, which included being sentenced to death, abducted and winning the Nobel Peace Prize.In a period when many women in the South had limited access to education, Lee studied at the nation's top institution - Seoul National University - and later in the US, before founding a number of women's rights organisations in Seoul.One of her earliest campaigns was to protest against male politicians who had concubines - a practice that was common in the South in the 1950s, when wives would often be forced … [Read more...] about South Korean ex-first lady and women’s rights activist dies
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REUTERS: South Korean Lee6 Jeong-eun won the U.S. Women's Open by two strokes after a closing one-under-par 70 in South Carolina on Sunday.Lee finished on six-under 278 at Country Club of Charleston, collecting US$1 million, the first seven-figure prize in women's golf.The 23-year-old, who started the day two strokes off the lead, is the 10th woman from South Korea to win the championship since Pak Se-ri started the run in 1998 and inspired a whole generation to follow in her footsteps.(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond) … [Read more...] about South Korean Lee6 wins US Women’s Open
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
PANMUNJOM: South Korean soldiers held their normal stern and unmoving positions Wednesday outside the blue huts of Panmunjom village, the only place along the border where troops from the two Koreas stand nearly face-to-face, but with one notable omission: their weapons.Sporting their signature aviator sunglasses, the guards in the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula - standing only metres away from North Korean soldiers - were visibly no longer armed.Public tours to the southern side of the inter-Korean border village resumed on Wednesday morning with firearms and guardposts now removed from the designated Joint Security Area (JSA), after having been stopped in October to facilitate joint efforts by Seoul and Pyongyang to demilitarise the border.But with Pyongyang still in deadlock with the US over its nuclear weapons and economic sanctions - and fresh tension between North and South Korea - the tours began again with little fanfare.The truce … [Read more...] about Inter-Korean border village re-opens for public tours
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?