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South Korean Military Considering New Rules of Engagement

South Korean Military Considering New Rules of Engagement

SEOUL, November 16 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean military officials are reportedly contemplating a change to the current rules of engagement at the inter-Korean border, following criticism over the response to North Korean troops firing shots at a defecting North Korean soldier. According to a source close to the military on Wednesday, despite the United Nations [...]

Maritime Minister Says N. Korea’s Return of S. Korean Boat May Be Conciliatory Move

Maritime Minister Says N. Korea’s Return of S. Korean Boat May Be Conciliatory Move

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Oceans Minister Kim Young-choon on Tuesday interpreted North Korea’s recent repatriation of a seized South Korean fishing boat as a “conciliatory gesture,” as Seoul seeks to improve cross-border ties. During a parliamentary session, Kim also dismissed speculation that Pyongyang captured the boat, 391 Hungjin, last month in a move [...]

FATF Maintains Hard-line Stance on North Korea

FATF Maintains Hard-line Stance on North Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The Financial Action Task Force announced it will continue its countermeasures against North Korea during a general meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to the Financial Services Commission (FSC) on Monday, the FATF has decided to maintain its economic sanctions at the highest level for the seventh consecutive year [...]

S. Korea Says No Meaningful Inter-Korean Contacts So Far under Moon Gov’t

S. Korea Says No Meaningful Inter-Korean Contacts So Far under Moon Gov’t

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s unification ministry said Tuesday that there have been no meaningful inter-Korean contacts since liberal President Moon Jae-in took office in May. The ministry handling inter-Korean affairs dismissed a local report that government officials from South and North Korea held working-level contacts in Beijing in either July or [...]

Government Refutes Report Suggesting North Korea Will Participate in Upcoming Olympics

Government Refutes Report Suggesting North Korea Will Participate in Upcoming Olympics

SEOUL, Nov. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s unification ministry on Friday dismissed a report that North Korea has notified the global skating body of its intent to take part in the pairs figure skating competition in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. North Korea’s pairs figure skating tandem Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik in September gained [...]

Schoolchildren Send Handwritten Letters to Trump: “Please Don’t Let There Be War”

Schoolchildren Send Handwritten Letters to Trump: “Please Don’t Let There Be War”

INCHEON, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Elementary schoolchildren on Baengyeong Island, located a stone’s throw from the maritime military demarcation line between the two Koreas, have sent handwritten letters to the U.S. embassy in Seoul for the soon-to-visit President Donald Trump, asking that “There be no war”. A total of 83 letters from 83 children [...]