North Korea

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgarian money counterfeiters busted by authorities

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgarian authorities say they have successfully taken down an illegal counterfeit operation that was printing high quality bogus euro and U.S. dollar banknotes. Deputy chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev said Monday that counterfeit bills worth 11.5 million euros and US$2 million were seized in the “biggest illegal workshop dismantled in the last 11 … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Bulgarian money counterfeiters busted by authorities

SEOUL, South Korea | Koreas finish removing land mines from border village

SEOUL, South Korea  — The two Koreas have completed removing land mines planted at their shared border village as part of efforts to disarm the area located inside the world’s most heavily fortified border, South Korean officials said Monday. The announcement came following a meeting among military officers from the Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Koreas finish removing land mines from border village

VATICAN CITY | Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea

VATICAN CITY — South Korea‘s president has met with Pope Francis in a private audience, and his office says that the pontiff indicated his willingness to visit North Korea. The South Korean presidential office said in a statement Thursday that President Moon Jae-in “conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s desire for a papal visit … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea

WASHINGTON | US envoy for NKorea to hold talks in Russia, France, Belgium

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s envoy for North Korea is traveling to Russia, France and Belgium for talks with counterparts there as the U.S. prepares for a second leadership summit with the North. The State Department says envoy Stephen Biegun will hold “working level” meetings in Moscow, Paris and Brussels. It provided no further details … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US envoy for NKorea to hold talks in Russia, France, Belgium

SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korea walks back on possibly lifting sanctions on North

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea has walked back on a proposal to lift some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea following President Donald Trump‘s blunt response. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha had said on Wednesday that Seoul was considering lifting measures applied after a deadly attack in 2010. She cited the intent to create more … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korea walks back on possibly lifting sanctions on North

SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South’s foreign minister said Wednesday. During a parliamentary audit of her ministry, Kang Kyung-wha said the government is reviewing whether to lift sanctions … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: South Korea considers lifting sanctions on North

SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on South Korea saying it’s considering lifting sanctions against North Korea to help diplomacy (all times local): 3:10 p.m. South Korea’s foreign minister says Seoul is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: South Korea considers lifting sanctions on North