US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June. Photo: AP

North Korea rebuffs US offer of nuclear talks in December

  • Pyongyang’s nuclear negotiator described the proposal as having the ‘sinister aim of appeasing us in a bid to pass with ease’ a year-end deadline
  • Statement came after the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman reaffirmed that the US was ready to use the ‘full range’ of its capabilities to protect South Korea
Topic |   North Korea

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US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June. Photo: AP
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South Korean protesters rally outside the Defence Ministry in Seoul. Photo: AP

US defence chief heads to Seoul to save security alliance to counter North Korea and China

  • Mark Esper needs to convince South Korea to stick with intelligence-sharing pact known as GSOMIA despite rift with Japan
  • An analyst says Moon would rather pay more for the US-Korea defence alliance than soften its stance towards Japan
Topic |   Diplomacy

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South Korean protesters rally outside the Defence Ministry in Seoul. Photo: AP
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