President says special envoys help fill diplomatic hiatus

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China’s Xi hopes for ties’ ‘return to orbit’

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday expressed his hopes for a prompt return to the “normal orbit” of relations with South Korea which have been strained by disputes over a US missile shield, Seo...

Updated : 2017.05.19 17:48

Tillerson promises NK regime security, appeals for trust: envoy

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday Washington has no intention for a regime change or invasion of North Korea, urging it to abandon its nuclear program in return for regime security an...

Updated : 2017.05.19 15:40

Top organizer for PyeongChang 2018 offers to open land route for N. Korea

The top organizer of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea has offered to open the land route for North Korean athletes if they decide to compete south of the tense border. In a meeting with journ...

Updated : 2017.05.19 10:56

Xi hopes to get ties with Korea back on normal track

BEIJING-- Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that he hopes to get the ties with South Korea back on normal track, emphasizing the importance of the bilateral relations between the Asian neighbo...

Updated : 2017.05.19 10:53

Korea's special presidential envoy meets with US congressional leaders

WASHINGTON -- A special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a series of meetings with US congressional leaders on Thursday as he forged ahead with his mission to reaffirm and further str...

Updated : 2017.05.19 09:33

Nominee for US ambassador to Japan says he will speak up if Tokyo engages in acts contradicting US values

WASHINGTON -- The nominee for US ambassador to Japan said Thursday he will have no problem speaking up to Tokyo if the ally engages in acts contradicting American values, such as government leaders p...

Updated : 2017.05.19 09:29

Diplomat slams retirees’ return as political appointees

With a growing number of former diplomats making their foray into politics, an incumbent senior ambassador has stoked internal debate after openly criticizing retirees’ comeback to the diplomatic se...

Updated : 2017.05.18 18:31

Trump willing to engage NK, but stresses ‘right conditions’: envoy

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he is willing to engage North Korea, but emphasized the “right conditions” as a prerequisite, Seoul’s special envoy said. Hong Seok-hyun, a former chairma...

Updated : 2017.05.18 16:25

Abe vows to build future-oriented ties with Korea

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday that South Korea is the "most important" country that shares strategic interests, adding he will move toward building future-oriented ties be...

Updated : 2017.05.18 11:28

Korean rice to be sent to Cambodia, Myanmar as int'l aid

Hundreds of tons of South Korean rice will be shipped to Southeast Asian developing countries as part of an international food aid program for the first time in history, the agriculture ministry said...

Updated : 2017.05.18 11:05

Moon's special envoy arrives in China for talks on summit, N. Korea

A special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in China on Thursday for discussions on a summit between the countries' heads of state and ways to contain North Korea. Also high on the...

Updated : 2017.05.18 09:40

Korea's presidential envoy meets with Trump

WASHINGTON -- A special envoy of South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, an official said. Special envoy Hong Seok-hyun held the meeting with Trump at the...

Updated : 2017.05.18 09:31

With envoy dispatch, Moon kick-starts summit diplomacy

With a trade of phone calls and special envoys, President Moon Jae-in is kick-starting top-level diplomacy, bringing an end to a monthslong vacuum that sparked concerns about Seoul’s weakened voice ...

Updated : 2017.05.17 16:11

Korea-Japan sex slavery deal comes under pressure for revision

The long-standing dispute over wartime sexual slavery has resurfaced to strain South Korea-Japan relations, as the government change in Seoul and a UN experts panel's recommendation lent momentum for...

Updated : 2017.05.17 14:14

S. Korea calls for reopening inter-Korean communication channel

South Korea's unification ministry on Wednesday expressed a need to reopen an inter-Korean communication hotline, which was severed early last year following North Korea's nuclear and missile tests. ...

Updated : 2017.05.17 11:25