South Korea

26.08.2015

South Korea lowers combat readiness at border with North

South Korea lowers combat readiness at border with North

South Korea has lowered the high level of war alert it had issued for its forces stationed at the border following recent reduction of dangerously-escalated tensions with the North. “The maximum alert order that had come down to the frontline military units is being downgraded,” the South’s Yonhap News Agency… »

04.06.2015

Increasing tension in the South China Sea

Increasing tension in the South China Sea

An increasingly tense situation is developing between many countries in the Far East at the moment. China this week has been criticised by the USA for reclaiming land and building harbours and airstrips in the South China Sea. The dispute goes back to the end of the Second World War… »

13.05.2015

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula?

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula?

By Gunnar Westberg, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Can Korea be reunited after almost 70 years of complete division between North and South? This is the dream of many in the older generation in both parts of the country. The younger people in South Korea do not… »

30.04.2015

2015 Women’s Walk for Peace in Korea

2015 Women’s Walk for Peace in Korea

On May 24, 2015, thirty international women peacemakers from around the world will walk with Korean women, north and south, to call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea. We will hold international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where we… »

26.02.2015

South Korea decriminalises adultery

South Korea decriminalises adultery

Since 1985, almost 53,000 people have been charged with the crime of adultery. Although almost 50% of the population today hold no particular religious beliefs, adultery was enshrined as a crime in the 1953 constitution. In the last 25 years the Constitutional Court has considered the issue five times, each… »

09.02.2015

2015 women’s walk for peace in Korea

2015 women’s walk for peace in Korea

On May 24, 2015, 30 international women peacemakers from around the world will walk with Korean women, north and south, to call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea. We will hold international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where we… »

17.12.2014

Reclaiming Pacifism in East Asia

Reclaiming Pacifism in East Asia

Today, East Asia stands at the crossroads, not least due to Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s efforts to accelerate the long-pursued attempts by the Liberal Democratic Party to change Japan’s peace constitution – and more specifically, its Article 9 that renounces war and prohibits maintenance of war potential. By Kawasaki Akira… »

10.08.2014

South Korea – President Park’s unification committee meets

South Korea – President Park’s unification committee meets

Park Geun-hye’s administration has placed some priority on economic reform in recent weeks, and has shifted focus back to the unification drive with North Korea, an initiative overshadowed by this past April’s ferry tragedy plus some escalation of provocations between the two divided sections of the Korean Peninsular. President Park… »

20.02.2014

South Koreans Travel to Hold Meeting with Relatives in the DPRK

South Koreans Travel to Hold Meeting with Relatives in the DPRK

Beijing, Feb 20 (Prensa Latina) More than 100 South Koreans traveled to Kumgang Mount in Democratic People”s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to meet their families following an agreement reached by governments of the two countries. The reunion of families separated for more than sixty years by the Korean War… »

06.08.2013

Oliver Stone joins Jeju residents’ battle against naval base

Oliver Stone joins Jeju residents’ battle against naval base

Photo: Film director Oliver Stone shakes hands with priests and brothers Moon Jeong-hyun (right) and Moon Kyu-hyun at a concert supporting the opposition to the construction of a naval base in Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island, August 3.  Acclaimed director is touring Asia in criticism of the US government’s… »

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