US IOC member suggests joint Korean team for Nobel peace prize

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A senior American member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called on Sunday for North and South Korea’s joint women’s ice hockey team to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Angela Ruggiero, a four-times ice hockey world champion and Olympic gold medallist, told Reuters she would ask others to nominate the team, which included 12 players from North Korea which is still technically at war with the South. It was the first time an inter-Korean team had competed at an ...

Iran: Speaking Swedish, acting North Korean

Sunday, 11 February 2018

For the past decade February, part of which coincides with the month of Bahman on the Iranian calendar, has been marked by febrile political activities in Iran under the Khomeinist regime. February 1 marks the anniversary of the late ayatollah’s return to Tehran after 16 years in exile.And February 11, regarded as the crescendo of the Iranian Revolution, marks the day that Shapour Bakhtiar, the last Prime Minister to be named by the Shah, went into hiding, leaving a vacuum quickly filled ...

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Diplomacy under microscope as 'peace' Games get underway

Friday, 9 February 2018

The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colorful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea on Friday, and the diplomacy was just as choreographed in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together. READ ALSO: Does Winter Olympics still make sense? South Korea, which is using the Pyeongchang Games to break the ice with North Korea, seated its president alongside US Vice President Mike Pence, with two of the North’s most senior officials sitting in ...

Jordan cuts ties with North Korea “in line with the policies of its allies”

Thursday, 1 February 2018

US ally Jordan has cut diplomatic ties with North Korea “in line with the policies of its allies”, a government source said on Thursday.The decision comes months after similar moves by Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, who are also key regional allies of the United States.In November, the US called on all countries to cut off trade and diplomatic ties with North Korea after it carried out a series of weapons test, including intercontinental ballistic missiles that brought the US ...

North Korea to send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang for Winter Olympics

Saturday, 20 January 2018

North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in the neighboring South next month and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday. North Korea’s planned involvement in Pyeongchang is viewed as a sign of easing tensions over its nuclear and missile program. The North and South had agreed to march under a single flag at the opening ceremony and would field a united team in the women’s ice hockey, The IOC said in a ...

Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Winter Olympics

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

The two Koreas agreed during rare talks on Wednesday to form a combined women’s ice hockey team to take part in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, and march together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony, a joint statement released by Seoul’s unification ministry said. North Korea will send a 550-member delegation, including 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo players for a demonstration, the statement said. The delegation is scheduled to ...

North Korea calls Trump nuclear button boast the ‘bark of a rabid dog’

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

North Korea on Tuesday denounced President Donald Trump’s tweeted message that he has a bigger nuclear button than its leader Kim Jong-Un as the “spasm of a lunatic” and the “bark of a rabid dog”. Kim used his annual New Year address to warn he has a “nuclear button” on his table, sweetening his remarks by expressing an interest in dialogue and taking part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South next month. In response, Trump wrote on Twitter: ...

ANALYSIS: Did the US sink an Iranian oil tanker en route to North Korea?

Monday, 15 January 2018

An Iranian tanker sank on Sunday after catching fire for eight days in Chinese territorial waters. The crew, which numbered to 32 individuals, all died with no survivors. According to the official Iranian narrative, which was reported by the official Persian-speaking media outlets, the tanker Sanchi collided with a Chinese ship. In an interview with Iranian state television, the head of the Port and Maritime Organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad confessed that: “There is no hope in saving ...

Trump: US nuclear button ‘much bigger’ than N.Korea’s

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Kim Jong-Un that he possessed a nuclear button that is “much bigger & more powerful” than that of the North Korean leader.He tweeted: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button ...

North Korea leader says ‘nuclear launch button on his desk’

Monday, 1 January 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday the United States should be aware that his country’s nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year’s address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South in February and suggesting the North may send a delegation to participate. Kim, wearing a Western-style gray suit and tie, said in his customary annual address his country had achieved the historic feat of ...

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