North and South Korea to hold talks on family reunions

August 18, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL — North Korea on Sunday accepted South Korea’s proposal to hold discussions this week on the emotional issue of family reunions and also suggested discussions on restarting the Mt. Kumgang resort that had been closed since 2008.

The announcement followed an agreement last week between the two nations to launch negotiations on reopening a joint industrial park in North Korea, feeding the recent optimism that relations between the two nations might be on the mend.

Three days after Seoul’s call for talks on family reunions, the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland released a statement on state media saying the two nations should hold talks Friday and use the coming Korean holiday of Chuseok as an occasion to bring together parted relatives.

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S. Korea wants to delay military deal with U.S., news report says

July 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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From the Washington Post

SEOUL — South Korea has asked to postpone a change that would give Seoul control of its own troops during a war, rather than place them under U.S. command, South Korea’s semiofficial Yonhap News Agency said Wednesday, citing a top U.S. government official.

The reported request, coming on the heels of delays, underscores South Korea’s ambivalence about how it would handle a potential war with the rival North and whether its military is capable of operating independently of Washington.

Under the current arrangement, a legacy of the Korean War, the United States would command not only its own troops amid fighting on the Korean Peninsula but also those of the South.

The transfer of operational wartime control from Washington to Seoul would mark the greatest power shift in a six-decade alliance. When the South first pushed for the transfer seven years ago, government officials here described it as an affirmation of the South’s sovereignty and its rapid modernization.

But the transfer — originally planned for 2012 and then pushed to December 2015 — has since drawn occasional criticism from conservative analysts in Seoul and Washington, who say deterrence against North Korea will suffer if the militarily superior United States takes a back seat. Earlier this year, a former U.S. commander in Korea, retired Gen. B.B. Bell, said the United States should “permanently postpone” the deal in light of the North’s nuclear weapons capability.

The Yonhap report was attributed to an unidentified top U.S. government official and confirmed by a senior South Korean official.

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense did not confirm the report but said in a statement that Seoul had proposed Washington take into account “North Korea’s heightened nuclear problem” as the two sides discuss the handoff. The statement added that the transfer will be “continuously discussed” by the two governments.

In its statement, U.S. Forces Korea said “no formal proposal” has been made to adjust the so-called OpCon plan. A Pentagon spokesman, Lt. Col. Jeff Pool, said both sides believed that certain conditions had to be met before the transition. But the allies “continue to work to meet” the 2015 milestone, he said.

When the transfer occurs, the 28,500 U.S. troops here will not fall under the command of the South during war. Rather, the United States and South Korea will have separate commands.

South Korea gained control in 1994 of its troops during peacetime. But analysts and U.S. officials say the South needs to improve some of its capabilities — its intelligence systems, transport planes, amphibious vessels — before the wartime transfer.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done,” Joseph Yun, the acting assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told a congressional committee in May.

Yoonjung Seo in Seoul and Ernesto Londoño in Washington contributed to this report.

Story of Korean War in Colour (Documentary)

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South Korea’s multiculturalism

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South Korea’s multiculturalism

The Beauty of Korean style

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President Obama and President Park Geun-Hye of South Korea hold a joint press conference

May 7, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Published on May 7, 2013
President Obama and President Park Geun-Hye of South Korea hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House. May 7, 2013.

DPRK: The Land Of Whispers (North Korea Travel Documentary) (2013)

April 19, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Published on Mar 28, 2013

North Korea lies somewhere between a 1930′s Soviet Union frozen in time and a dark, futuristic vision of society… as imagined back in the 70′s.

“Land of Whispers” invites you to visit arguably the most unique and isolated travel destination in the world – not to criticize, but to observe and listen. Aside from usual highlights such as Pyongyang or Arirang, this unique one-man documentary brings you to areas such as Chongjin or Wonson, still virtually unknown to even google or wikipedia. There, I attempt to pierce through the ever-present ‘national mythology’ and as much as possible, I try to connect with people – such as the waitress mesmerized by tablet computers, or a tour guide cautiously fascinated by modern pop culture.

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Inside Story Americas – US vs North Korea: A potential crises?

April 11, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Published on Apr 3, 2013

When Kim Jong Il was succeeded by his son in December 2011 any hopes of an improvement in relations between North Korea and the US were soon dashed. The announcement of plans to reopen the Yongbyon nuclear complex is just the latest move in an escalation of aggressive actions by both Washington and Pyonyang over recent months. At the weekend North Korea announced it was entering a ‘state of war’ with the South. Earlier in the month Pyonyang affirmed it is right to launch a ‘pre-emptive nuclear strike’ on the US.

Intl. Women’s Day: Korean Women Advance, But Still Hit Roadblocks

March 11, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Korean Food – Eng.Docu.(27minutes)

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