Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington opposes any effort to unilaterally change the status quo on Taiwan and that the US policy has not changed.
Counter-demonstrations from pro-Iran parliamentary factions fuel tensions as supporters of Iraqi Shia leader al-Sadr continue their sit-in protests.
The 10-member bloc has expressed frustration with the junta's non-compliance to the peace plan, according to Malaysia's foreign minister.
Iran's nuclear agency has started adding fuel to its centrifuges amidst a proposal to start a new round of talks in Vienna.
US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said both countries are pursuing economic cooperation to counter China's growing influence in the area of semiconductors.
Senate Democrats are waiting for a go signal from the parliamentarian on whether to proceed with budget reconciliation on the energy, climate, and tax bill.
Ukraine's strike on Russian ammunition trains has rendered the rail link from Crimea to Kherson not operational, says the UK.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell welcomed the decision by the Kosovo government to delay the requirement of Serbs in its northern area to register for license plates in the country.
British foreign secretary Truss said the public wants the government to focus on other key issues instead of taxes on foods deemed unhealthy.
Former German Chancellor and friend to Vladimir Putin, Gerhard Schroeder said Moscow wants a "negotiated solution" to the war, with the possibility of a ceasefire.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
The current chair of the ASEAN bloc said Myanmar would not be represented in the upcoming summit this week, following the junta's decline of the proposal to send a non-political envoy.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
The negotiations between Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines follows China's military drills near the island.
South Korea: Yoon Suk-yeol says he plans to attend World Economic Forum in Davos next year
Incoming South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is set to be inaugurated as the nation’s new leader in the coming weeks. This week, Yoon’s office said that he plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos next year.
Reuters reports Yoon’s spokesperson Bae Hyun-jin said Thursday that the incoming South Korean president plans to attend the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next year. Bae said that Yoon will be attending upon receiving the invitation from the forum’s chairman Klaus Schwab during their meeting that took place Wednesday.
Yoon is to be inaugurated on May 10, succeeding Moon Jae-in, for a five-year term after winning the elections in March.
This follows the meeting between Yoon’s top foreign policy aides with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida this week. Yoon’s delegation met with the Japanese leader Tuesday as both leaders are looking to repair strained ties between the two countries.
Yoon has previously stated his desire to improve relations with Japan, as ties between the two nations are frayed, stemming from conflicts that go as far back as Japan’s colonization of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945. The legacy of the era may still derail efforts to improve relations.
The efforts to improve relations between South Korea and Japan also come at a time when both are facing threats from North Korea and its multiple weapons tests this year, including the testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Japan said that Kishida is also looking to improve relations during the meeting, and stressed the importance of the trilateral cooperation between Japan, South Korea, and the US. Chung Jin-suk, who is leading the South Korean delegation, told reporters that they agreed with Kishida to work towards improved ties and mutual interests.
Yoon has described the strained relations as the “Achilles’ heel” of the Japan-US-South Korea cooperation. Both Yoon and Kishida have already agreed to bolster the three-way ties with the US in responding to North Korea.
The visit to Japan also comes amidst speculation in the South Korean media that Kishida may attend Yoon’s inauguration. The last time a Japanese minister attended a South Korean inauguration was back in 2008.