Comments from Kim Jong Un’s sister come as US secretary of state visits Japan and South Korea.
Juliette Schwak, Franklin University Switzerland
South Korea is launching a roadmap to export its COVID-19 management strategy. But the plan faces several limitations due to its specificities and the new fields of competition opened up by the pandemic.
South Korea and the United States are supposed to stage combined outdoor military drills throughout the year, not during specific periods of time, Seoul’s defense ministry said Tuesday.
The new defense cost-sharing agreement between South Korea and the United States will be effective for six years if signed, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said Monday.
South Korea may be considering joining a U.S.-led regional forum that it had previously shunned, in an effort to influence U.S. policy toward North Korea, a member of South Korea’s presidential policy advisory group said.
South Korea and the United States have reached a “fair” agreement on the sharing of the cost to maintain U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula, a South Korean diplomat said Monday.
Although Korea and the United States have finally closed a long-delayed defense cost-sharing deal hardly favorable to Korea, it is not just something Seoul can sit back and enjoy, according to diplomatic observers, as it is now expected to face demands from Washington in return to play a certain role as a long-time ally, such as participating in the U.S.-led anti-China coalition.
Alexandra Langford and Mark Tokola, KEI
Every country in the world claims to defend human rights. One test of their sincerity is whether they will stand up for the rights of people in other countries. South Korea is uniquely positioned to take up the cause of China’s Mongolian minority in its efforts to preserve the Mongolian language in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It would not only be an opportunity for South Korea to make its democratic voice heard, but also to safeguard ethnic Koreans in China and bolster its diplomatic engagements in the region.
Washington says Seoul agreed to ‘a meaningful increase’ in its contribution to the cost of US forces in South Korea.