In first visit to China, South Korean foreign minister seeks to reassure Beijing

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin is set for his first visit to China on Monday (Aug 8) as President Yoon Suk-yeol’s government seeks to reassure Beijing about their relationship despite Seoul’s stronger ties with the US and tensions over Taiwan. Mr Park is scheduled for a three-day stay in the eastern port city […]

North Korea denounces Pelosi for deterrence talks during South Korea visit

SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korea denounced US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday (Aug 6) for supporting deterrence against North Korea during her visit to South Korea this week. Mrs Pelosi and her South Korean counterpart, National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo, vowed on Thursday to achieve North Korean denuclearisation during her stop in […]

S. Africa’s Ramaphosa on knife edge as crises spur leadership race

President of ruling African National Congress and South Africa President Ramaphosa addresses the 6th National Policy Conference in Johannesburg on July 29, 2022. (AP PHOTO) JOHANNESBURG – South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa is beset by crises that have cast doubt on his presidency and left him vulnerable to a leadership challenge as his party begins the […]

Pelosi vows support to denuclearise North Korea, plans to visit Korea border

SEOUL (REUTERS) – US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her South Korean counterpart vowed on Thursday (Aug 4) to support efforts to maintain a strong deterrence against North Korea and achieve its denuclearisation. A joint statement was issued after Mrs Pelosi met South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin-pyo in Seoul, during which they […]

South Korea’s first homegrown fighter jet completes test flight

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s domestically developed fighter jet successfully completed its first test flight on Tuesday (July 19), a defence agency said, amid a push to replace ageing military jets in the face of nuclear and missile threats from neighbouring North Korea. The next-generation aircraft developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) in a project […]

South Korea, Japan foreign ministers meet to tackle historical disputes

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin began a meeting in Tokyo on Monday (July 18) with his Japanese counterpart, carrying a message of reconciliation in hopes that the neighbours can overcome historical disputes and repair strained ties with Japan. Ties have been fraught for years over the bitter legacy of Japan’s occupation of […]