May 25, 2018 Politics
WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump announced Friday that a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could still take place on June 12 as originally planned, in the second about-face in as many days."It could even be the 12th. We're talking to them now," Trump said at the White House. "They very much want to do it. We'd like to do it. We'll see what happens."A day earlier, Trump announced in a letter to Kim that he was calling off the summit in Singapore, blaming "open hostility"
U.S. President Donald Trump called North Korea's response to his cancellation of the June 12 Singapore summit with the North's leader Kim Jong-un "warm" and "productive." Donald Trump twitterHe wrote on his Twitter account on Friday night (Seoul Time), "Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!"Earlier in the day, North Korea said it was
A planned demonstration of the Korean martial art taekwondo by a joint Korean team has been unilaterally canceled by the North, according to sources Friday. North Korean Taekwondo team. YonhapThe International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), an international organization led by the North, notified the South Korean-led World Taekwondo (WT) of the cancellation on Thursday.In the brief letter, the North Korean taekwondo federation reportedly cited the Max Thunder military exercise between South Korea
South Korea will continue with efforts to improve ties with North Korea and induce direct communication between the leaders of the United States and North Korea so as to put their scrapped talks back on track, Seoul officials said Friday.President Moon Jae-in's top security advisor Chung Eui-yong hosted a National Security Council (NSC) standing meeting, one day after U.S. President Donald Trump canceled his planned summit with the North's leader Kim Jong-un."NSC members agreed that it is import
May 25, 2018Politics
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President Donald Trump finally did it. On Thursday he pulled the plug on next month’s big summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. In sadness, but not anger, Trump said Kim’s insults were too much for now. That said, he left the door open for a future meeting. Why did Kim get cold feet and resume that anti-US rhetoric?North Korean apparatus tell us that their dear leader is skittish about negotiations after Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, suggested the “Libya model” for ridd
The latest salvo in President Donald Trump’s trade war promises to do more damage than good to an already anxious American auto industry. Trump on Wednesday ordered the US Commerce Department to probe whether auto imports threaten national security under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act -- the same executive power he used to apply tariffs on steel and aluminum earlier this year. The president’s latest idea risks unwinding a global supply chain that powers sales of almost 20 million cars a
Prosecutors on Friday raided two affiliates of Hanjin Group, a South Korean conglomerate embroiled in a scandal involving its controlling family, over allegations that they played a role in amassing illegal secret funds for the owner family and helped them evade taxes.Investigators from the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office searched two trading companies with ties to Hanjin to confiscate evidence. They also raided a local supplier of Korean Air Lines Co., Hanjin's key unit, and the res
May 25, 2018Social affairs
A local entertainment agency on Friday terminated its contract with singer-songwriter MoonMoon after it was revealed he was convicted of a spycam crime. MoonMoon (Yonhap)The official statement released by MoonMoon‘s former agency, House of Music, came right after a local news report revealed the previous charge against the singer. According to the local news report, MoonMoon was charged for secretly filming in a public bathroom in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, in August 2016. He was then sentenced to a tw
As a valet driver, Kim Sung-jin, 54, follows two rules that he set for himself -- always smile at his customers and park their cars right. “When you leave your key with me, you expect one thing and one thing only: that you don’t have to drive an extra hundred meters searching for a parking spot,” said Kim, who has worked 11 years for a local Pyongyang naengmyeon restaurant in Gangnam-gu, Seoul.“Nothing gets on customers’ nerves more than inadequate spaces for parking,” Kim said. “People can drop