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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Korea

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# Interview
The man who’s helping Taekwon-Do to thrive in Ireland
We interview Stephen Ryan about the Irish team’s unprecedented success at the recent World Championships.
# Hey sexy lady
Meet South Korea's new 'Gangnam Style' tourist police
The new force was “formed to protect tourists from being ripped off during their stay in Seoul”.
# daddy dearest
Little girl loses it when she sees dad on Skype
She’s 20 months old, and she’s adorable.
# bendy
One of the weirdest first pitches you're ever likely to see
We’re going to try this at the next office sports day.
# Plane Crash
Two teenage girls confirmed dead in San Francisco plane crash
Two teenage girls, aged 16 and 17, on their way to summer camp in the US were killed after a passenger jet crashed at San Francisco airport yesterday.
# quiz on korea
Meet the woman representing Ireland in a Korean game show
Alana O’Brien will be flying the tricolour in a week-long reality show and quiz.
# North Korea
North Korea to US: 'Let's talk, but only if you dump your nukes'
North Korea says it will only talk without preconditions, or unless both sides give up their nuclear arsenal in advance.
# South Korea
Now you'll see them, now you won't: North Korea scraps talks with South
Northern officials complained that Southern delegates ranked too low within the Southern government, and have abandoned talks.
# tensions
Rival Koreas hold first talks in two years
The talks were to set up a high-level meeting in Seoul after months of tensions.
# North Korea
China and Laos criticised for sending refugees back to North Korea
The United Nations says China and Laos have disregarded their international duty to care for the orphaned refugees.
# North Korea
North Korea fires another short-range missile from east coast
The test is the fourth launch in just two days, at a time when tensions with South Korea and Japan remain high.
# Asia
Victims demand apology from Japanese mayor over wartime sex slaves remark
Up to 200,000 women from Korea, China, the Philippines and elsewhere were forcibly drafted into brothels catering to the Japanese military in territories occupied by Japan during WWII.
# Japan
Japanese mayor: Wartime sex slaves were 'necessary'
The controversial mayor claimed that the forced prostitution of approximately 200,000 women during World War II was necessary to “maintain discipline” in the ranks.
# Heroes
Memorial for Irish war heroes erected in South Korea
The monument honours “all those of Irish birth and heritage who fought and died in the service of the United Nations and those civilians of Irish birth and heritage who died side by side with the Korean people 1950-1953″.
# Korea
North Korea demands recognition of 'nuclear state' status before US talks
Pyongyang says talks must be held on the basis that nuclear states are equals – but the US says it won’t ever acknowledge it.
# North Korea
North Korean ultimatum threatens 'sledgehammer' action against South
North Korea says the South should have stopped 40 people from burning a portrait of Kim Il-sung on the anniversary of his birth; Seoul says the ultimatum is ‘absurd’.
# tensions
John Kerry pushes for talks as North Korea threatens defiant missile launch
There is speculation that North Korea will try a missile test today to coincide with birthday celebrations for former leader Kim Il-Sung.
# North Korea
Pentagon report says North Korea has capability of nuclear strike
High-ranking officials have played down the report, however, saying there is no US consensus on North Korea’s abilities.
# tensions
South Korea raises alert as North Korea missile test looks likely
Tensions are growing ahead of a key anniversary in North Korea this week.
# International Affairs
UN warns of 'uncontrollable' situation on Korean peninsula
A request for all foreigners to leave South Korea was largely dismissed today.
# North Korea
North Korea tells foreigners in South to evacuate in case of war
“In the event of war, we don’t want foreigners living in South Korea to get hurt,” says the North’s state-run news agency.
# Korea
South Korean minister says North Korea 'preparing a fourth nuclear test'
Seoul’s Unification minister says there are signs that North Korea is preparing yet another test, as tensions remain high.
# North Korea
North Korea tells European countries it cannot guarantee embassy safety
European countries have been told to consider withdrawing personnel from Pyongyang if the tension there escalates further.
# escalation
North Korea moves missile to its coast, increasing tensions
“The North is apparently intent on firing missiles without prior warning,” a South Korean official said.
# North Korea
US deploys missiles as North Korean army gets ‘final approval’ for nuclear attack
The Pentagon said this evening that the US remains “vigilant in the face of North Korean provocations” as it announced the deployment of the missile system.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you worried about a possible nuclear war in Korea?
North Korea is restarting a nuclear reactor, while saying it now considers itself in a ‘state of war’. How do you feel?
# tensions
North Korea says it will restart nuclear reactor
North Korea shut down the reactor in July 2007 until an aid-for-disarmament deal – but now there are concerns that it will be used to produce weapons-grade uranium.
# Korea
North Korea readies rockets for strike on US and South Korea
Kim Jong-un says rocket forces are ready “to settle accounts with the US”, in retaliation for more joint military drills.
# South Korea
South Korean broadcasters and banks hit in suspected cyber attack
Immediate suspicion has turned to North Korea, which last week accused the South of taking its own websites offline.
Column: North Korea’s pursuit of the bomb should not be ignored
While a functioning nuclear weapon remains years away for North Korea, recent activities and statements will nevertheless have a worrying effect in Seoul, Washington and the wider world, writes Jason Douglas.
# Korea
North Korea 'will cancel Korean War ceasefire' if military drills continue
Pyongyang says it will tear up the 1953 armistice in response to US attempts to pursue UN sanctions against it.
# Nuclear test
Ireland condemns North Korean nuclear test 'in strongest terms'
Eamon Gilmore adds his voice to a chorus of international opposition to North Korea’s nuclear explosive testing.
# North Korea
International condemnation as North Korea carries out third nuclear test
Claiming to have made a breakthrough with a ‘miniaturised’ device it would put the country a step closer to fitting a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile.
# Security
North Korea loosens mobile phone restrictions for visitors
Security regulations which prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals remain in force, however.
# North Korea
Every child in North Korea gets sweets for Kim Jong-un's birthday
The world’s youngest head of state was born on January 8, though nobody’s quite sure in which year.
Google boss Eric Schmidt arrives in North Korea
The Google chairman and the former governor of New Mexico say they are on a private humanitarian mission which is not connected to the US government.
Column: Viewed from abroad, Ireland’s reconciliation is a success story
David McCann travelled to Korea, a partitioned country with a chequered economic history. The view from there is very different, he writes.