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Daily news – February 10, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Reuters, The Jamestown Foundation AFRICA Africa needs smarter investment in digital infrastructure: Strategies for enticing the private sector. Tara Nathan, Brookings: Weak infrastructure is widely accepted as a fundamental limitation to growth in Africa. Governments in the region struggle to meet […]

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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 […]

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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 analyzed the actions of North Korea and expressed their deep regret about the recent missile launch, which happened at a moment when the situation in the region remains […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Le due Coree si sfidano testando i propri missili balistici (Redazione, Analisi Difesa)

La Corea del Nord ha lanciato il 15 settembre due missili balistici al largo della costa orientale, non uno come detto in precedenza. Lo hanno riferito le forze armate sudcoreane, due giorni dopo che il Nord ha affermato di aver testato un nuovo missile da crociera nel suo primo test sulle armi in sei mesi. I […]

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USA/Koreas. US, South Korea Envoys Discuss Jump-starting Talks with North Korea (VoX)

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea was scheduled to meet his South Korean counterpart on Monday, as the two allies look for ways to entice Pyongyang back to talks over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. US, South Korea Envoys Discuss Jump-starting Talks with North Korea | Voice of America – English (voanews.com)