World affairs: US cautious over North Korea nuclear disarmament

After South Korean envoys met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for 4-hour dinner. Seoul hails it saying Pyongyang is already for talks over their nuclear programme. But US still cautious over that.

The US president Donald Trump said “the statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive”, but also said it might be a “false hope”.

South Korea earlier said the subject was raised when its officials met the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, on Monday.

Seoul said Mr Kim was also open to US talks, and would pause weapons testing.

Trump opinion:

Speaking to reporters at Washington’s Oval Office, he said: “We have come certainly a long way, at least rhetorically, with North Korea.

“The statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive. That would be a great thing for the world.”

North Korea says:

The North’s KCNA news agency said Mr Kim had “warmly welcomed” the delegates and held an “openhearted talk” with them.

It said the dinner took place “in a warm atmosphere overflowing with compatriotic feelings”.

What’s next

South Korea and North Korea has agreed to hold a summit between Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in in April for that.

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Asia: Moon Jae-in was elected as South Korea’s president

After a inpeachment of Park Geun-Hye. South Korea held a presidential eleciton to choose a new leader. The liberal candidate Moon Jae-in was elected by 41.9% of the votes.

Son of North Korean refugees and former student leader. He was jailed for protest against dictator Park Chung-Hee. Later, Moon served in South Korean special forces.

Moon will sworn in as president on Wednesday. He vows to reshape familiar conglomerates knowns chaebols.

 

Asia: North Korea faces tighter sanctions under Trump strategy

US has announced a new approach to North Korea with tighten sanctions it. The use of THAAD in South Korea is confirmed by US Pacific Commander during a briefing on Senate earlier today.

“The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” said a joint statement issued by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

The use of Defence Missile system in South Korea was criticised by China. Therefore, US is go ahead with it.

Conclusion: More troubles ahead.

South Korea: Former president Park Geun-hye arrested in corruption probe

The democracy is hard with corruptions in South Korea. The outsed president Park Geun-Hye was jailed today by police to face allegations of allowing her close friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money from companies, including Samsung, in return for political favours.

The arrest warrant was issue by supreme court a few moments ago

Conclusion: Seoul don’t tolerates corruption, mainly by politicians and their close friends.

Asia: US begins deploying missile defence system in South Korea despite Chinese warning

North Korea has launched 4 balistic missiles on Monday. US and South Korea has started to deploy Thaad’s missile defence system after that. Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Minister spokesman has opposed it and said on Tuesday that China opposed the deployment and would “resolutely take necessary measures to defend our own security interests”.

Asia: US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

US and South Korea has reached a deal to deploy a missile defence system called THAAD. The purposes is protect that countries from North Korea’s missiles.

China, which has consistently opposed the plan, lodged a protest with the US and South Korean envoys.

China’s foreign ministry said that the THAAD system will harm peace and stability in the region, despite its ability to detect and shoot down North Korean missiles.

“China expresses strong dissatisfaction and resolute objection to this”, it said in a statement on its website.

Conclusion: More troubles for Pyongyang and Beijing.