09 Oct 2018

Japan opposes withdrawal of U.S. troops from Korean Peninsula in potential denuclearization deal

If North Korea, South Korea, and the US were the only actors involved in the ongoing denuclearization negotiations on North Korea, the entire process would be significantly simpler. For better or for worse, however, Japan, China and many other countries are also involved and have their own national priorities and

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19 Sep 2018

North Korea agrees to shut down missile test sites as leaders hail ‘leap forward’

“North Korea will shut down key missile test facilities in the presence of ‘international experts’ and is willing to close its only known nuclear complex if the United States makes reciprocal measures, South Korean president Moon Jae-in has announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong-un. The two leaders

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18 Sep 2018

Next trade war front: export bribery

Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India do not work to prevent corruption by firms, according to studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Transparency International. Singapore, China, India, and Hong Kong, accounting for 18% of world exports, are not signatories of the

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11 Sep 2018

North Korean hackers’ evolution on display in US case

Details from the growing U.S. case against a North Korean hacker are helping to shed light on the evolving tactics, skills, and strategies of North Korean cyber operations. Marked by extensive preparation and background research to develop profiles and relationships with real people in key positions in target businesses or

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27 Aug 2018

North Korea’s state paper claims US is plotting to ‘unleash war’

“North Korean state media has accused the US of plotting to ‘unleash war’ on the country while continuing to negotiate ‘with a smile on its face.’ Sunday’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party of Korea, called out ‘extremely provocative and dangerous’ US military movements in

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03 Aug 2018

South Korea deploys forces after hostage taken in Libya

South Korea is moving a destroyer towards Libya while a special forces team is on standby in Greece after a South Korean national was taken hostage along with three Filipinos were kidnapped my insurgents a number of weeks ago. South Korea has maintained a significant presence in Libya, mostly in

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29 Jun 2018

Mattis: US to maintain troop levels in South Korea

Quieting speculation and fears that the U.S. would pull its forces out of the Korean peninsula, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis affirmed that the U.S. will maintain its forces as it moves forwards with negotiations with North Korea. The U.S. maintains a force of 28,500 troops in South Korea and,

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19 Jun 2018

South Korea, US cancel August’s military exercises

Following President Trump’s promise to North Korea following last week’s summit, South Korea and the US have canceled their major exercise planned for this August. The Pentagon Press Secretary announced that “there is no impact on Pacific exercises outside of the Korean Peninsula.” Source: South Korea, US cancel Ulchi Freedom

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13 Jun 2018

Mike Pompeo to brief South Korea’s Moon Jae In on outcome of Trump-Kim summit

With some portions of the agreement coming as a surprise to US lawmakers and the State Department, Mike Pompeo will meet with South Korea’s Moon Jae In as a part of efforts to brief countries on the actual outcomes and agreements coming out of Tuesday’s summit between President Trump and

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05 Jun 2018

Japan and South Korea at odds over tactics for North Korea denuclearization

Japan and South Korea have taken different tones and policy stances ahead of the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Japan has stressed a more hardline response that stresses complete denuclearization and disarmament without rewarding North Korea simply for coming to the negotiating table. South Korea, on the

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