Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Erroneous information on South Korea abounds in foreign textbooks

Erroneous information on South Korea abounds in foreign textbooks

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo furiously harangued Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in a telephone call on September 17 about South Korea's rapid rapprochement with North Korea.

The bishop, Lazarus You Heung-sik of Daejeon, spoke ahead of a meeting next week in the Vatican between Francis and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who will be carrying an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Pyongyang.

South Korea banned the North from using its shipping lanes and ended most of its joint economic projects between the two countries.

US President Donald Trump said he didn't expect to meet Kim Jong Un until after US elections in November, as the administration struggles to secure denuclearization commitments from North Korea.

"Well, they won't do it without our approval".

In a rare confirmation of discord between Seoul and Washington, South Korea's Kang also said on Wednesday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had expressed "discontent" with an inter-Korean military pact reached during a summit last month.

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told a parliamentary audit on Thursday there has been no serious consideration given to lifting the sanctions and that doing so would be hard unless North Korea acknowledges responsibility for the 2010 attack.

Formally, South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was guarded in response.

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China has sent its basketball legend Yao Ming on a visit to North Korea in an attempt to promote ties through sport following a series of high-level talks between the countries' officials.

And last Saturday, she told reporters in Seoul, according to Bloomberg: "The South Korean government's position on sanction exemptions is that we will request exemptions of sanctions to pursue various collaboration projects between North and South Korea". -North Korea summit being arranged by Washington and Pyongyang.

However, as talks with the United States progressed, Kim made a number of visits to China, and there has been speculation that Chinese leader Xi Jinping will make a visit to North Korea in return.

Trump said this week the USA had "made incredible progress" in dealing with North Korea, saying: "You've got no rockets flying". North and South Korea sent a united team of athletes to compete in some sports at the Asian Games in August, after staging basketball matches in July between Team Peace and Team Prosperity, each mixing both countries' players.

The agreement calls for the creation of buffer zones along the Koreas' land and sea boundaries and a no-fly zone above the border to prevent accidental clashes. The North Korean official has since backtracked on those remarks.

"For North Korea, the most meaningful result from the lifting of the May 24 measures would be that its ships will be able to travel through Jeju Strait again", said Koh, referring to waters between South Korea's mainland and the southern island of Jeju.

"If the pope goes there, it will be a huge step, a qualitative step for the Korean peninsula, for its pacification", said You, who was in Rome for a meeting of bishops from around the world known as a synod.

While some in the United States administration have indicated that denuclearization could be completed within the lifespan of the Trump administration, some experts say it could take more than a decade - assuming it is faithfully implemented, which many doubt.

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