United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jon-un’s favorability has risen significantly among South Korean adults, according to a new survey released Friday by Gallup Korea. Both men’s favorability ratings reportedly exceeded 30 percent among a group of 1,002 South Korean adults nationwide between Tuesday and Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency.The Gallup Korea survey found that Trump’s favorability was at 32 percent, an 8-point rise since March, while Kim’s favorably rose to 31 percent; a 21-point rise. Gallup noted a 3.1 percentage points error. The poll was released ahead of a potential summit between Kim and Trump which could take place in Singapore on June 12. Kim’s approval rating, in particular, is likely due to the historic meeting between him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during the first inter-Korean summit at the “truce village” of Panmunjom in April. Trump’s popularity … [Read more...] about Poll: Favorability Ratings for Trump, Kim Jong-Un Skyrocket in South Korea
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David Choi, provided by Published 6:03 pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Earlier this year, President Donald Trump reportedly told former national security adviser H.R. McMaster to prepare for a possible evacuation of the 8,000 military dependents living in South Korea. The plan was never carried out, but if it had been, it would have raised alarms for US allies and North Korea. Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly persuaded Trump not to pull military dependents out, and instead, prohibit service members stationed in South Korea from bringing their family members with them in the future. Republican lawmakers called for similar plans in 2017. report published Tuesday. Recommended Video: Now Playing: The prospect of US President Donald Trump meeting for the first time with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un could lead Pyongyang to finally give up its nuclear weapons programme – at least … [Read more...] about Trump reportedly told the military to evacuate the families of military service members living in South Korea before the Winter Olympics
In a statement Friday, Lt. Col Christopher B. Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, said the mission in South Korea "remains the same and our force posture has not changed." He said the Defense Department is "developing and maintaining military options for the president, and reinforcing our ironclad security commitment with our allies. We all remain committed to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." … [Read more...] about Trump’s eagerness for a deal with North Korea leaves future of U.S. troops in South Korea uncertain
President Donald Trump has requested options for reducing the number of US troops in South Korea, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing several people briefed on the matter.The President's request of the Defense Department comes ahead of his highly anticipated sit-down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.North Korea and South Korea recently held their own historic summit, which included an agreement on holding talks over denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and bringing a formal conclusion to the Korean War.If the peace talks continue among countries, it could decrease the need for a US presence in the region, the officials told The New York Times.When asked about the administration's current position on removing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, a source close to the White House told CNN that it is viewed as something that could possibly happen in the future but "not until long after the nukes are verifiably gone.""That is the position," the source said.The … [Read more...] about Trump requests options for removal of US troops in South Korea, NYT reports
According to a report published today by Bloomberg, two-years ago an unnamed Apple executive spoke with his counterpart at Samsung in an attempt to get anti-trust regulators in South Korea to put more pressure on Qualcomm. Apple is seeking to lower the royalty payments it makes for the use of certain Qualcomm patents. The chipmaker also has failed to pay Apple nearly $1 billion in royalty rebates that it reportedly owes the company. Apple claims that this was done in retaliation for its involvement in Qualcomm's Korean anti-trust issues, and filed a lawsuit against the San Diego based firm. That kicked off a series of suits filed globally between Apple and Qualcomm. Also, contract manufacturers that assemble the iPhone and iPad like Compal Electronics Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Pegatron Corp. and Wistron Corp. stopped making royalty payments to Qualcomm at Apple's request. That resulted in a lawsuit filed by Qualcomm against those companies.Qualcomm has been accused of not … [Read more...] about Apple executive pressured Samsung to turn up the legal heat against Qualcomm in South Korea?