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Moon wants to formally end the Korean War. Can that bring peace? (Zaheena Rasheed, Al Jazeera)

On the day that North Korea test fired its first missile of the year, South Korean President Moon Jae-in was in the border town of Goseong, to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a rail line that he hopes will one day reconnect the divided Korean peninsula.

Expressing concern that the January 5 test risked further destabilising inter-Korean ties, Moon stressed that his government would not give up hope of resuming peace talks.

Moon wants to formally end the Korean War. Can that bring peace? | Nuclear Weapons News | Al Jazeera

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South Korea condemns DPRK’s missile launch, calls for dialogue — Administration (TASS)

SEOUL, January 11. /TASS/. The Office of National Security of South Korea condemned the new North Korean missile launch, Presidential Administration announced on Tuesday.

The meeting participants called on DPRK to refrain from actions that destabilize the situation and restore its dialogue with the global community.

The Office members also advocated stronger cooperation between Seoul and Washington in the in-depth analysis of the missile launch and taking reciprocal measures.

According to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, at 07:27 local time Tuesday, North Korea launched what is believed to be a ballistic missile towards the Sea of Japan. The missile reportedly traveled for over 700 km at an altitude of 60 km. It is believed that the missile could have been launched within DPRK’s winter military exercises.

Previously, Albania, the UK, Ireland, France, Japan, and the US called on DPRK in the UN to abolish its missile program and engage in talks on the complete de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. They also condemned the January 5 missile launch, calling it a “blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions.”

According to KCNA, North Korea tested its hypersonic missile on January 5. The experts consider this statement an exaggeration, noting that Pyongyang does not have the technology required for such weapons. The last time, North Korea carried out missile tests was in October 2021. That time, it launched a submarine-based ballistic missile.

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Koreas: A tale of two Olympics (Khang Vu, The Interpreter)

The presidency of South Korea’s Moon Jae-in will be bookended by Winter Olympics – one defined by hope, the other despair. North Korea has confirmed it will not participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics because of the coronavirus and what it calls the “hostile policies” of the United States. The decision kills any hopes left that Moon could revive a dialogue with the North in Beijing after he refused to join a US-led diplomatic boycott of the games – and marks a stunning contrast with the fortunes experienced in 2018 when South Korea hosted the winter games in PyeongChang, which became a platform for Moon to launch his détente with the North.

Koreas: A tale of two Olympics | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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South Korea’s Moon promises final push for North Korea peace (Josh Smith, Reuters)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed on Monday to use his last months in office to press for a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea, despite public silence from Pyongyang over his attempts for a declaration of peace between the two sides.

South Korea’s Moon promises final push for North Korea peace | Reuters

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Man who crossed DMZ was previous defector from N.Korea, South says (Josh Smith, Reuters)

A man observed crossing the heavily fortified border from South Korea into North Korea last week is believed to be a North Korean who previously defected to the South in 2020 in the same area, Seoul’s defence ministry said on Monday.

Man who crossed DMZ was previous defector from N.Korea, South says | Reuters

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S Korea: Unidentified Person Crosses Border into North Korea (Military.com)

South Korea’s military said Sunday that an unidentified person crossed the heavily fortified border into North Korea.

South Korea had earlier spotted the person with surveillance equipment at the eastern portion of the border and sent troops to capture him or her on Saturday night. But the troops failed to find the person and the surveillance equipment detected the person crossing over the border, Joint Chiefs of Staff officers said.

S Korea: Unidentified Person Crosses Border into North Korea | Military.com

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South Korean crosses armed border in rare defection to North (Hyonhee Shin, Reuters)

A South Korean has crossed the heavily fortified border in a rare defection to North Korea, South Korea’s military said on Sunday.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it carried out a search operation after detecting the person around 9:20 p.m. (1220 GMT) on Saturday on the eastern side of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas.

South Korean crosses armed border in rare defection to North | Reuters

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North and South Korea restore hotline after Pyongyang tests (Al Jazeera)

North and South Korea have restored their cross-border hotline, the government in Seoul said on Monday, with officials exchanging their first phone call since August.

The move comes just days after Pyongyang sparked international concern with a series of missile tests in the span of a few weeks, prompting an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

North and South Korea restore hotline after Pyongyang tests | Politics News | Al Jazeera

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N Korea’s Kim offers to restore inter-Korean hotline, slams US (Al Jazeera)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said that he is willing to restore severed inter-Korean hotlines by early October but accused the United States of proposing talks without changing its “hostile policy” to the country, state media reported.

Kim made the remarks on Wednesday on the second day of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the North’s rubber-stamp parliament, which is gathering to discuss the country’s political, economic and social agenda.

N Korea’s Kim offers to restore inter-Korean hotline, slams US | Politics News | Al Jazeera