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World South Korea Mulls North Korea Visits Despite U.S. Pushback

09:40  20 january  2020
09:40  20 january  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Trump sends birthday greetings to N. Korea's Kim: Seoul

  Trump sends birthday greetings to N. Korea's Kim: Seoul US President Donald Trump wished North Korea's Kim Jong Un a happy birthday, Seoul said Friday -- with nuclear talks deadlocked and six years after former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman serenaded Pyongyang's leader. North Korea has never officially confirmed Kim's age or date of birth, but Rodman's breathy Marilyn Monroe-style performance of "Happy Birthday" took place before an exhibition basketball match in Pyongyang on January 8, 2014.

South Korea is considering different ways to allow its people to travel to North Korea despite a U . S . warning to proceed with caution in visiting a country under extensive international sanctions. The Unification Ministry said Monday the government is looking at measures that include allowing South

South Korea is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea .

(Bloomberg) -- South Korea is considering different ways to allow its people to travel to North Korea despite a U.S. warning to proceed with caution in visiting a country under extensive international sanctions.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 1, 2018: A South Korean flag waving at the South Korean Embassy in Plyushchikha Street. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)© Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 1, 2018: A South Korean flag waving at the South Korean Embassy in Plyushchikha Street. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)

The Unification Ministry said Monday the government is looking at measures that include allowing South Koreans to go to North Korea directly through previously established land crossings or going through a third country in a tour group. The latter option would help South Koreans travel to major cities in North Korea, including the capital Pyongyang.

N. Korea says leaders' relations not enough after Trump sends birthday wishes to Kim

  N. Korea says leaders' relations not enough after Trump sends birthday wishes to Kim North Korea has received birthday greetings to its leader Kim Jong Un from U.S. President Donald Trump, but their personal relationship is not enough for a return to talks, according to a statement published on Saturday by state news agency KCNA. © Brendan Smialowski Donald Trump wished Kim Jong Un a happy birthday, according to a senior South Korean official While Kim could personally like Trump, he would not lead his country on the basis of personal feelings, Kim Kye Gwan, an adviser to the North Korean foreign ministry, said in the statement.

The 2018 North Korea –United States Singapore Summit, commonly known as Singapore Summit, was a summit meeting between North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un and U . S . President Donald Trump

North Korea and the United States have no formal diplomatic relations. Sweden acts as the protecting power of United States interests in North Korea for consular matters.

The tourism initiative comes after the South Korea presidential office last week criticized U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris for suggesting that the U.S. government should be consulted first. The latest dispute added to heightened tensions between the allies over U.S. demands for South Korea to pay more for hosting American troops.

Harris said tourism is allowed under sanctions but some of things visitors take with them could be prohibited under the sanctions, which were imposed on North Korea to punish it for its testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

South Korea Should Consult U.S. on North Korea Tours, Envoy Says

Tourism allows cash-starved North Korea to obtain hard currency and significant flow of money to Kim Jong Un’s regime could undermine President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign to squeeze its economy through sanctions. Moon has called for a resumption of projects with North Korea seeing them as a way to establish trust and security on the heavily armed peninsula.

Australian student says North Korea forced him to admit spying

  Australian student says North Korea forced him to admit spying An Australian student arrested for spying and expelled from North Korea last year said he was forced to write a false confession while held incommunicado. Alek Sigley was studying modern Korean literature at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang when he went missing in June, sparking international alarm.

TOKYO — South Korea ’ s Foreign Ministry on Saturday urged Washington and Pyongyang not to walk away from the negotiating table despite the unexpected cancellation of U . S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’ s planned trip to North Korea . President Trump called off Pompeo’ s visit Friday, days before

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea announced Saturday that it will soon start talks with the Trump administration about allowing Seoul to build more powerful ballistic missiles to counter the North , but current and former American officials said the move would have little effect on the most urgent

North Korea’s Kim has pushed for increased tourism and in an address to mark the new year highlighted one of his pet projects in the coastal city of Wonsan, which has been undergoing a tourism face-lift. For months Pyongyang has rebuffed Moon’s calls for talks, telling South Korea to stay out of the way in its dealings with Trump and advising Seoul to “behave prudently” and “not to be reduced to a fool heading nowhere.

Kim last year also threatened to tear down South Korean-built structures at a resort constructed at North Korea’s Mt. Geumgang, delivering a blow to Moon’s plans to bring back the now-frozen project once seen as a symbol of reconciliation.

Kim Jong Un Deals Blow to South Korean Plans for Joint Resort

In 2008, South Koreans were ordered to vacate the resort after a 53-year-old woman vacationer who wandered close to a North Korean military facility in the area was shot and killed. More than 2 million South Koreans had visited the scenic mountain site located near the border before it was shut down.

Tourists paid a fee to enter North Korea and Pyongyang took a cut on all the money the South Koreans spent on food, lodging and tours. The U.S. raised worries at the time that North Korea used funds from Mt. Geumgang to help pay for its weapons programs.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jihye Lee in Seoul at jlee2352@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Jon Herskovitz, Peter Pae

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Kim Jong Un’s Aunt Appears in Public for First Time in Six Years .
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s aunt, Kim Kyong Hui, appeared in state media on Sunday, the first time she has been seen in public since her husband Jang Song Thaek was executed in 2013. © Bloomberg Kim Jong Un, North Korea's leader, prepares for his departure to North Korea at the railway station in Vladivostok, Russia, on Friday, April 26, 2019. Kim said the summit will be a “starting point for productive talks on cooperation,” Vesti TV reported him as saying in an interview. The 73-year-old sat two seats away from her nephew, according to a photo by Korean Central News Agency.

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