President Park Geun-hye on Friday pressed North Korea again to give up its nuclear weapons programs as she offered her latest conciliatory overture meant to lay the groundwork for potential unification with Pyongyang.
The United States intends to increase pressure on North Korea to improve its human rights situation, the State Department said Thursday after Secretary John Kerry called strongly for an immediate shutdown of all gulags in the communist nation.
South Korea offered on Aug. 11 to hold high-level talks with North Korea next week to discuss the reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War and other issues of “mutual concern.” In a fax message to Pyongyang, the South proposed that a fresh round of high-level, inter-Korean talks take place at the truce village of Panmunjom on Aug. 19, Seoul’s unification ministry said.
Pope Francis arrived Thursday at Seoul Air Base to begin a five-day visit to South Korea. South Korean President Park Geun-hye was on hand to welcome him, while North Korea thoughtfully commemorated his arrival by firing three short-range missiles into the East Sea. Click here for the pope’s itinerary.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry strongly urged North Korea Wednesday to immediately shut down its political prison camps, saying that such violations of human rights have “no place in the 21st century.” Kerry made the remark in his Asia policy address at the East-West Center in Hawaii as he wrapped up a swing through the Asia-Pacific region that included stops in Myanmar for annual talks with Southeast Asian and other nations, and Australia for annual security talks.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry strongly urged North Korea Wednesday to immediately shut down its political prison camps, saying that such violations of human rights have “no place in the 21st century.”
"Such deprivation of human dignity just has no place in the 21st century. North Korea’s gulags should be shut down, not tomorrow, not next week, but now, and we will continue to speak out on this topic," he said.
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Sino-North Korean relations are strained. But China and North Korea haven’t had it with each other yet.
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The U.S.’ regime of targeted financial sanctions against North Korea may be having undesired side effects, according to U.S. expert John Park.
Targeted sanctions do achieve some of their non-proliferation aims, Park, a research associate at MIT and adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, predicted earlier today. However, these successes could come at the cost of incentivizing state trading companies to enhance the sophistication of their commercial activities.
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"…[B]ecause I was born there, I just thought those people who carried guns were born to carry guns, and prisoners like me were born as prisoners." -Shin Dong-Hyuk
Shin Dong-Hyuk, a North Korean escapee talks about his experiences living in the notorious Camp 14 for a crime committed by his grandparents, a practice known as, “3 generations of punishment.”
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J. Berkshire Miller | Japan's Advances Toward North Korea Have the United States and South Korea Worried | Foreign Affairs
Before the year is out, the world could witness Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.
Why Japan Has the United States and South Korea Worried
Hermit state says it will produce report which exposes the ‘lies and fabrications’ in the earlier UN one
Hermit state says it will produce report which exposes the ‘lies and fabrications’ in the earlier UN one.