Japan discusses contingencies on Korean Peninsula

The drills, called “Vigilant Ace”, involving hundreds of fighter jets will continue until Friday despite international calls for restraint. North Korea described the joint US-South Korean drills as invasive acts while the US and South Korea insist that the joint drills are defensive. Unusual factorsThis “Vigilant Ace” exercise is the biggest ever. More than 12,000 US service members and six F-22 Raptor Stealth Fighters among 230 fighters will participate in the drill. This is the first time such a large number of the US’s most advanced fighters have been present in South Korea. F-35 Lightning II fighters will also join the…... [read more]

This was Pyongyang’s third missile launch since early this year, in response to what Pyongyang considers provocative acts conducted by the US and its allies in the region. The latest missile test, which was viewed as a success, has caused concerns among the international community as parties involved continue their sabre-rattling.  On August 24, the DPRK fired an SLBM, which flew 500km to the northeast before falling about 80km inside Japan’s Air Defense Identification Zone. The first launch, on April 23, was a failure, as the missile, which was ejected from a depth of 10m underwater, only flew 30km before exploding. In the second…... [read more]

These developments have heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.On August 17, the spokesperson for the Republic of Korea (RoK)'s Unification Ministry Jeong Joo-hee said the DPRK’s Deputy Ambassador to the UK Thae Yong Ho, had defected to the RoK. Thae Young Ho was the highest ranking diplomat to defect to the RoK. The same day, the DPRK’s Atomic Energy Institute said the DPRK had reprocessed spent nuclear fuel rods removed from a graphite-moderated reactor to serve plutonium production. The Atomic Energy Institute also added that Pyongyang had also been manufacturing the highly enriched uranium required for nuclear arms and power production as…... [read more]

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday that after two months of relative calm on the Korean peninsula, the resurfacing of tensions was regrettable.Wang, speaking to reporters at a joint briefing with his Mongolian counterpart, said that China has an open attitude on solutions to the North Korean nuclear issue, but that parties should be consultative.In late November, North Korea tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile yet, putting the continental United States within range and increasing pressure on U.S. President Donald Trump to deal with the nuclear-armed nation.North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country called…... [read more]

Under the agreement signed with the Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the US , the DPRK will disable its nuclear facilities by the end of this year in exchange for either one million tonnes of oil or an equivalent package of aid. Last July, Pyongyang closed a nuclear plant at the country’s largest nuclear complex, Yongbyon, - the first step towards implementing the February 2007 agreement. Immediately, it received 50,000 tonnes of fuel oil from the Republic of Korea and China each.   Pyongyang’s decision to disable its nuclear facilities, starting on November 1, has drawn great attention…... [read more]

The biennial nuclear security summit plays an important role in boosting global efforts to secure nuclear materials and prevent nuclear attacks. But at this forum, there are conflicting views on dealing with nuclear materials. Tension increases prior to the SummitPrior to the summit, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) demanded a cancellation of the summit vowing that its nuclear force will "steadily grow" unless the United States rolls back its "hostile policy". The DPRK’s official statement quoted by the Korean Central News Agency said the summit is aimed at deterring the DPRK from strengthening its nuclear deterrent for self-defense and the…... [read more]

With international efforts to resume six-party nuclear talks stalled, the latest development adds more ill will to the already strained relations between the two Koreas and Washington. On December 5, a Republic of Korean (RoK) government official said the DPRK has completed the assembly of all three stages of the rocket on its launch pad and is preparing for fueling before launch from the Dongchang-ri base in the country's northwest. The Pyongyang news agency KCNA said earlier that the DPRK would launch a long-range rocket carrying a satellite between December 10 and 22 to commemorate the first anniversary of Kim Jong-Il’s…... [read more]

The Vietnamese Government leader made the call during his reception of newly-appointed ambassador Park Suk-Hwan of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in Hanoi on June 15, where bilateral relations were the top topic. The Vietnamese Prime Minister highlighted President Lee Myung-bak’s visit to Vietnam in October last year as a milestone to bring bilateral ties to a new height in line with the comprehensive partnership between the two countries. “Vietnam and the RoK should promote political and diplomatic relations as well as increase efficiency of coordination at the international and multilateral forums,” Mr Dung said. In regards to the Korean…... [read more]

The spokesperson said Vietnam is deeply concerned about recent developments relating to the Korean peninsula and the missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on May 14, which violated resolutions of the United Nations Security Council. The country's consistent stance is to support all efforts to promote dialogue and maintain peace, and stability on the Korean peninsula.This is a shared responsibility of all countries. Vietnam asked other nations to seriously comply with the UN related resolutions and take constructive actions to contribute to peace, security and stability in both the region and the wider world, she added.... [read more]

Upon receiving his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-Ho in Havana, foreign affairs minister Bruno Rodriguez said that only after dialogue and negotiations can a lasting political solution be achieved.Rodriguez criticized the US for increasing pressure on Pyongang after US President Donald Trump's declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.  Minister Ri blamed the increased use of military force for the worsening situation on the Korean peninsula, and stressed the importance of Cuba-North Korea relations.... [read more]