South Korea names new unification minister to handle North Korea ties

South Korea names new unification minister to handle North Korea ties

Archbishop Hyginus Kim Hee-jong of Gwangju, president of the Korean Bishops Conference, said: "I hope the Vatican can act as a mediator".

So far North Korea has rejected South Korean President Moon Jae-in's offers of unconditional humanitarian aid and cooperation.

Since taking office last month, Moon's government has been seeking to expand cross-border exchanges as a way to improve strained ties over the North's nuclear ambitions.

Inside the drone, hundreds of photos of South Korea were found, majority pictures of forests and villages, the JCS said.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Monday expressed nostalgia for a period of relaxed relations with South Korea from 2000 to 2007, by marking the signing of the historic 2000 North-South Joint Declaration on inter-Korean relations.

Infantino has been visiting South Korea since last week for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup final between England and Venezuela that was held on Sunday.

Moon, who took office last month, was quoted by the presidential office as telling Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, that the South Korean people can not accept a landmark 2015 deal between Tokyo and Seoul to resolve the two countries' long-running feud over the issue.

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North Korea has qualified for the World Cup more times than China, a country with a population 54 times larger, while South Korea's national football team is the most successful in Asia.

Rodman said the issue of several Americans currently detained by North Korea is "not my objective right now".

In Tokyo, a visiting senior US official said his government is aware of Rodman's trip and wishes him well.

The recent drone appears to be very similar in design to the one found in 2014, which used technology from the 1960s, and therefore may not be capable of transmitting the photos to North Korea remotely. South Korea co-hosted the tournament with Japan back in 2002.

Under the deal, Tokyo paid W1 billion in indirect compensation to women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for the Japanese Imperial Army in World War II but dodged admitting direct responsibility.

It would be Rodman's first visit to the country since President Donald Trump took office.

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