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US and South Korea will conduct large-scale joint military exercises for 2nd straight year

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SEOUL–In response to the heightened threat from North Korea, the United States and South Korea will conduct large-scale joint military exercises for the second consecutive year this spring, rather than biennially. The decision comes in the face of a combative North Korea, which has been engaged in nuclear and missile development programs, several U.S. and South Korean military sources said on Feb. 25. The joint military drills have been held annually in the spring to coordinate their operations, including dispatch of U.S. troops for reinforcements. In even-numbered years, landing operations, a key component of the joint drill, have been conducted on a large-scale basis, while they have been run on a smaller basis in odd-numbered years.

North Korea conducted a missile test today landed in the waters between Japan and South Korea

North Korea conducted a missile test today, according to the South Korean government the rocket launched from the city of Banghyon, certainly there is only that the missile landed in the waters between Japan and South Korea. The reactions of Seoul and Tokyo have been very strong, both prime ministers have spoken of “unacceptable action” on the topic is also addressed by President Trump who assured full support to Japan, speaking before the press conference of Prime Minister Abe who is visiting the United States. According to analysts of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies in Seoul the test has been done by the North Koreans with the objective to gain further knowledge to develop intercontinental rockets capable of striking the United States.

Incentives won’t push North Korea to give up nuclear weapons

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SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) — An incentive-oriented approach won’t help the world reach its goal of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, a high-profile defector who served Pyongyang said Thursday. “We should not think that giving incentives to North Korea will help resolve Pyongyang’s nuclear issue,” Thae Yong-ho, a former diplomat who arrived in South Korea last year, told a forum in Seoul. He was at the gathering as a panelist, a first for him since his defection. Thae said that no matter how appealing incentives are, North Korea will not accept them if Pyongyang judges they do not benefit the one-man rule of its leader Kim Jong-un.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans a preliminary campaign to connect with citizens

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SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Yonhap) — Upon arriving in his home country this week, former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a potential presidential contender, will strive to reach out to citizens and listen to them, a source said on Monday, in an apparent move to build grassroots support ahead of a presidential election this year. The source close to him said that he plans to set up a down-to-earth preliminary campaign team with the initial theme of “going into the midst of citizens.”

Official review of President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment will start next Monday

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Seoul, Dec 26 (IANS) South Korea’s Constitutional Court said on Monday that it will start the official review of the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye next week. The National Assembly voted on December 9 to oust Park from office over a corruption and influence-peddling scandal involving her and her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, Yonhap news agency reported. The top court said its preparation procedure will be completed this week after it receives the results of the prosecution’s investigation into the case.

Seoul: 8th mass anti-President protest on Saturday

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The 8th mass anti-President rally is under way in downtown Seoul on Saturday. Nearly 770,000 people joined the protest, demanding the Constitutional Court speed up its review of the endorsed impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye and make a ruling removing Park from the Presidency permanently.The protest came one day after the President’s attorneys dismissed all impeachment charges. They urged the court to reject the impeachment motion that was endorsed on Dec. 9 with overwhelming support of opposition lawmakers and defiant members of Park’s ruling Saenuri Party.

Trilateral talks in Seoul between South Korea, U.S and Japan

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Top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the United States and Japan vowed on Tuesday to closely cooperate in carrying out the latest sanctions imposed on North Korea following its September nuclear test. In their trilateral talks in Seoul, they also pledged to try to verify whether the punitive measures are faithfully implemented as part of efforts to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development. The meeting was attended by Kim Hong-kyun, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs at the Foreign Ministry, and his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Joseph Yun and Kenji Kanasugi, respectively.

Seoul protests against President Park Geun-hye are peaceful

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The hundreds of thousands of South Koreans who have taken to the streets of Seoul in protest against President Park Geun-hye have done so peacefully in what one long-term resident described as an almost “carnival atmosphere.” Police on the streets have politely guided mothers with children in pushchairs and whole families have joined the candle-lit protests to demand the impeachment or otherwise removal of the president.

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