Kim Jong-un oversees military exercises simulating invasion of S. Korean islands

No word so far from North Korea on Saturday’s missile launch…but the regime’s state-run media has reported that Kim Jong-un oversaw a special forces exercise simulating an invasion of South Korean border islands. It took place on Friday, the day the regime celebrated its 57th anniversary of the Songun or ‘military-first’ ideology. The exercises included land, sea and air units

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N. Korea warns U.S. over breakdown in efforts of denuclearizing Korean peninsula

N. Korea warns U.S. over breakdown in efforts of denuclearizing Korean peninsula

North Korea has warned the United States that it alone will have to bear the responsibility for a breakdown in efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula… as international pressure mounts on Pyongyang over its human rights issues. The North′s Foreign Ministry also says Washington will face the most severe counteraction for its offensive policy towards the North. The comments suggest

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U.S. Army Chief says war on Korean Peninsula would be difficult and dangerous

U.S. Army Chief says war on Korean Peninsula would be difficult and dangerous

A top U.S. military official says any new war on the Korean Peninsula would be incredibly difficult and dangerous. His comments came as another official warned the ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea to the mainland United States has developed from a “theoretical” consideration to a “practical” concern. Arirang News’ Kwon So-a reports. The United States has once again

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N. Korea comes up with “concrete proposal” to reduce tensions on peninsula: Indonesia FM

N. Korea comes up with “concrete proposal” to reduce tensions on peninsula: Indonesia FM

Indonesia’s top diplomat says… North Korea has come up with a “specific and concrete proposal” that could reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Nata-legawa … met with his North Korean counterpart Ri Su Yong in Jakarta on Wednesday. And while he didn’t offer specifics about what the proposal entailed,… the Indonesian minister said… it involved issues

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Ukraine to pull troops out of Crimean peninsula

Ukraine to pull troops out of Crimean peninsula

The Ukrainian government is making preparations to withdraw troops from Crimea after more Ukrainian bases were taken over by Russian forces on Wednesday. Western leaders say they will slap even more sanctions on Moscow… if Russian forces encroach further into eastern Ukraine. Shin Se-min reports. It does not appear that the Ukrainian military will be taking a stand in Crimea.

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Separated families on the Korean peninsula: Global perspective 남북 이산가족에 대한 국제사회 시각

Separated families on the Korean peninsula: Global perspective 남북 이산가족에 대한 국제사회 시각

The three-year war on the Korean peninsula also split up hundreds of thousands of families. Most of them never got to reunite with their loved ones, and those still living are very old with hopes dwindling of seeing their family members one last time. There is growing consensus that the international community should do more to help. Our Moon Conn-young

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Typhoon ‘Noru’ to pass by the peninsula

Typhoon ‘Noru’ to pass by the peninsula

Now we turn to our Michelle Park at the weather center for the updates. Michelle, many people in Korea are planning their summer vacations here in Korea. What’s it going to be like this weekend? Well, first some somewhat good news. There’s now a higher chance that the typhoon ‘NORU’ will change its path,… dodging the Korean peninsula and heading

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Obstacles mar Japan-Dokdo route, casting shadow over Tokyo’s claims

As Japan continues to renew its false territorial claims over Korea’s easternmost Dokdo Island,… we saw if we could get there from Japan. Our Lee Ji-won gave it a shot. Japan has made repeated claims to Korea’s Dokdo Island, but in that case, shouldn’t it be possible to get to Dokdo from Japan? After all, it’s relatively easy to get

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N. Korea could create ‘explosive outcome’ for peninsula and world: Former U.S. JCS chair

N. Korea could create ‘explosive outcome’ for peninsula and world: Former U.S. JCS chair

A potentially “explosive outcome” for the Korean peninsua… and the rest of the world. That’s what a former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff expects… should North Korea be left under the Kim Jong-un regime without effective intervention. What does he mean? Our Kim Jung-soo explains. Michael Mullen, a retired navy admiral who served as the 17th chairman

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Seoul dismisses Japan’s protest against maritime research near Dokdo

Seoul dismisses Japan’s protest against maritime research near Dokdo

Seoul’s foreign ministry has dismissed Japan’s protest against Korea’s scientific research near the Dokdo islets. A ministry spokesman told reporters on Thursday that Seoul does not need to ask for prior admission into the area as it belongs to Korea. He added that the government will sternly respond to Japan’s unjust claims to Korea’s easternmost islets. Japanese media earlier reported

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