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SEOUL, Sept 21, 2018 (MENA) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will head on Sunday for New York to meet with US President Donald Trump.

The meeting will take up denuclearization efforts in the Korean Peninsula, according to Yonhap news agency.

The president held on Thursday a press conference at which he confirmed that his aim is to announce an end to the Korean war within this year.

SEOUL, Sept 15, 2018 (MENA) - A US top nuclear envoy visited South Korea on Saturday, days before the leaders of the two Koreas are set to hold a summit meeting next week, Yonhap news agency reported.

Stephen Biegun arrived in Seoul, following his trips to Beijing and Tokyo where he met with his counterparts. He is to meet key officials in South Korea during his two-day stay here.

This marks his second trip to Seoul in less than a week.

Biegun earlier said that a "tremendous opportunity" has been created by summit meetings among the leaders of the two Koreas and the US, and emphasized that it is necessary to "do everything we can to make the most of this moment of opportunity."


SEOUL, Sept 14, 2018 (News Wires) - South Korea launched its first ever missile-capable attack submarine on Friday, despite a recent diplomatic thaw with the nuclear-armed North.

The $700 million, 3,000-tonne Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine is capable of firing both cruise and ballistic missiles and the first of three planned diesel-electric boats to go into service in the next five years.

It represented a “leap forward in the country’s” defence industry, President Moon Jae-in told a launch ceremony at the Daewoo shipyard where it was designed and built. “Peace through power is the unwavering security strategy of this government.”

Moon will head to Pyongyang next week for a third summit with the North’s leader Kim Jong-un, as US-led efforts to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons have stalled.

“We have set off on a grand journey toward the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula,” Moon said.

“But peace is not given gratuitously,” he added.

The new submarine is fitted with six vertical launch tubes and features indigenous sonar and combat management systems.

Aside from the new vessels, South Korea has an existing fleet of 18 smaller submarines, all built in co-operation with Germany.

According to the defence ministry, the North has 70 ageing submarines and submersibles, and Yonhap news agency reported that it has also developed a new 2,500-tonne submarine fitted with a vertical launch system.

HANOI, September 13, 2018 (News Wires) - South Korea's foreign minister said on Thursday that making progress on denuclearisation talks with North Korea is a "daily concern", as she called for fresh momentum at a joint Korean summit next week.

The meeting will be the third between the leaders of North and South Korea this year and comes as talks between Washington and Pyongyang over dismantling the North's nuclear arsenal have stalled.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met for a historic Singapore summit in June and pledged to denuclearise the Korean peninsula.

However, no details were agreed, and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since on what that means and how it will be achieved. Last month, Trump abruptly cancelled a planned visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang in a major setback.

The new US envoy for the North, Stephen Biegun, said in August Kim had promised "final, fully verified denuclearisation" at the Singapore summit.

But Pyongyang has slammed Washington for its "gangster-like" demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha Thursday urged progress on the talks and said the issue was a central issue for Seoul.

"Getting traction on the denuclearisation and peace process that is very much now in motion -- it's a daily concern to get movement on this," she told a regional economic forum in Hanoi.

She added that she hopes that the September 18-20 summit in Pyongyang "will be a significant step forward in denuclearisation and peace".

Speaking on the sidelines of the forum, Kang called for "openness" from the North about their weapons programme and added a second Trump-Kim summit should deliver "concrete" results.

"A second summit has to be something that really significantly moves the agenda forward... there has to be concrete deliverables," she said.

Her comments come ahead of the September 18-20 meeting in Pyongyang between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who brokered the Kim-Trump summit in June.

Moon has called for a "bold decision" from Trump and Kim to successfully denuclearise the peninsula and urged a follow-up meeting between both sides.

The White House said earlier this week Trump had received a "very positive" letter from Kim seeking a follow-up meeting, since adding it is in the process of coordinating a possible second meeting between the two leaders.

SEOUL, South Korea, Sept 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Playing under coach Hajime Moriyasu for the first time, Japan got back on the field Tuesday and beat Costa Rica 3-0 in a friendly.

The Japanese team, which reached the second round at the World Cup, canceled its previous friendly against Chile because of an earthquake in Hokkaido.

Sho Sasaki was credited with the opening goal in the 16th minute in Osaka although his header was directed into the net by the head of Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo. Takumi Minamino and Junya Ito added goals in the second half.

Also, South Korea held Chile to a 0-0 draw in Suwon.

Both Japan and South Korea are preparing for the Asian Cup in January.



CAIRO, Sept 8, 2018 (MENA) - Chairman of the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC) Osama Heikel discussed with a number of representatives of South Korean companies means of promoting joint cooperation.

This came during Heikel's visit to an exhibit on modern media technology currently held in South Korea's capital Seoul.

In a statement, the EMPC said that Heikel agreed with the South Korean companies to exchange visits in order to benefit from their experience in developing the EMPC.

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