CanKor Editor Erich Weingartner on “Russia Today”

[Earlier this month, CanKor Editor-in-Chief Erich Weingartner was interviewed on “Russia Today”. According to its self-description, “RT is a global news channel broadcasting from Moscow and Washington studios. With a global reach of over 530 million people, or 25% of all cable subscribers worldwide, RT news covers the major issues of our time for viewers wishing to question more. Our team of young news professionals has made RT the first news channel to break the 500 million YouTube views benchmark.” The interview took place live on 5 March 2013, and may be viewed here. The following article was published 6 March 2013 and is taken from the Russia Today website. –CanKor]

N. Korea vows to scrap ceasefire if South, US continue military drill

North Korea has threatened to scrap the armistice which ended the 1950-53 Korean War if the South and US continue with an ongoing military drill.

“We will completely nullify the Korean armistice,” the North’s KCNA news agency said, quoting the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Supreme Command spokesman.

Pyongyang warned it will cancel the Korean War ceasefire agreement on March 11 if the US and its “puppet South Korea” do not halt their joint drills.

“We will be suspending the activities of the KPA representative office at Panmunjom (truce village) that had been tentatively operated by our army as the negotiating body to establish a peace regime on the Korean peninsula,” KCNA quoted the spokesman as saying. Read the rest of this entry »

NCCK concerned about the Korea-US Joint Military drills

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mi...

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen is shown a map of the Demilitarized Zone

The National Council of Churches in Korea has issued a statement requesting an end to the joint Ro Korea-US military drills. The statement reads:

The Unification Committee of the National Council of Churches in Korea is informed that the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle exercises will be continued for 2 months starting from today February 28th till the end of April.

Having declared of stopping military exercise by both North and South Korea within 40km from North and South border at the center of the demilitarized zone. this committee has expressed its deep concern and seriously urged as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

Playing Chicken: Response from Pyongyang

[The article entitled “ Playing Chicken at the Brink ” has garnered a number of interesting reactions . As a first for CanKor, we have received a direct response to the article from Pyongyang. The letter below was authored by Ryu Kyong Il, Secretary-General of the Korean National Peace Committee (KNPC), dated 31 December 2010. (Emphases have been retained from the original.)]

Dear Mr Erich Weingartner,

I read your interesting and ironic essay “Playing Chicken at the Brink”.

I think the Question goes not for “who is the winner?” but for “who will be the winner?”

When there was another LMB’s military provocation as firing thousands of bullets and shells from the sensitive area of Yonphyong Island in the West Sea of Korea, despite strong warning of the KPA and condemnation of the public at home and abroad, the KPA Supreme Command released the report: Read the rest of this entry »

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