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    • North Korea calls off further talks with South

      North Korea calls off further talks with South

      North Korea rejected further peace talks with Seoul Friday on the same day it launched at least two projectiles - the sixth such test in a month, according to South Korea's military. The statement from North Korea followed a speech on Thursday by South Korean President Moon Jae-in marking the 74th anniversary of Korean independence. In it, Moon vowed reunification of the Korean peninsula by 2045 - a subject that Pyongyang views as provocative.

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    • South Korea urges dialogue with Japan

      South Korea urges dialogue with Japan

      In a speech marking the 74th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's rule from 1910 to 1945, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Thursday urged Japan to contemplate its wartime past and offered to engage in talks to repair strained ties, while Japan pledged to never repeat the horrors of war.

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    • Japan strikes South Korea off trusted export list

      Japan strikes South Korea off trusted export list

      Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved a plan to remove South Korea from a list of countries that enjoy minimum export controls, a move likely to escalate tensions fueled by a dispute over compensation for wartime forced laborers. With this South Korea becomes the first country to be removed from Japan’s white list, which currently has 27 countries including Germany, Britain and the United States.

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    • North Korea fires multiple ballistic missiles

      North Korea fires multiple ballistic missiles

      North Korea fired multiple ballistic missiles early Wednesday in Asia, according to South Korean military authorities. The projectiles were launched from the Hodo Peninsula in South Hamgyong province on the country’s east coast and flew about 250 km, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding that the projectiles appeared to be a different type to previous launches.

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    • US to mediate in Japan, South Korea row

      US to mediate in Japan, South Korea row

      National Security Adviser John Bolton departed on Saturday for a trip to Japan and South Korea as a trade dispute between the two countries shows no signs of easing. During his visit he will have "conversations with critical allies and friends," a White House National Security Council spokesman said on Twitter.

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    • Trump, Moon to discuss nuke diplomacy next week

      Trump, Moon to discuss nuke diplomacy next week

      The US President Donald Trump will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House for a summit amid uncertainty over the future of nuclear negotiations with North Korea. According to White House's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Moon and Trump are scheduled to hold talks 11 April in Washington to "discuss the latest developments regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) as well as bilateral matters."

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    • US, South Korea reach deal on military costs

      US, South Korea reach deal on military costs

      The United States and South Korea struck a one-year deal on the shared costs of their military alliance on Sunday, removing a potential vulnerability in an upcoming US-North Korean presidential summit later this month. Under the new agreement, South Korea will contribute about $890m a year for the US military presence, which represents an 8.2% increase from the previous five-year deal which expired at the end of 2018.

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    • US, North Korea to hold talks this week

      US, North Korea to hold talks this week

      North Korean senior official Kim Yong Chol arrives in Washington on Thursday or Friday to hold high-level talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During his visit, Kim is also expected to meet President Donald Trump. As South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports, the meetings are aimed at paving the way for a second summit between the leaders of both countries, following a prolonged stalemate in nuclear talks.

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    • Hyundai Motor confirms executive reshuffle

      Hyundai Motor confirms executive reshuffle

      South Korean conglomerate Hyundai Motor Group shook up its executive ranks and appointed its first foreign head of research and development, raising expectations of a smooth transition of power at the family-run business empire. The executive position is given to Group President Albert Biermann, a German former BMW executive, who will replace longtime executives Yang Woong-chul and Kwon Moon-sik. 

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