The Senate near-unanimously approved the accession of Finland and Sweden into the NATO alliance this week.
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.
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke with her South Korean counterpart, pledging to support deterrence and denuclearization in North Korea.
US ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said both countries are pursuing economic cooperation to counter China's growing influence in the area of semiconductors.
DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, who was implicated in the ongoing Jan. 6 probe, was revealed to have violated ethics rules in his previous government post.
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The GCHQ alerted the Conservative Party of cyber hackers potentially changing votes, delaying the start of voting.
Iran's nuclear agency has started adding fuel to its centrifuges amidst a proposal to start a new round of talks in Vienna.
The junta charged Japanese journalist Toru Kubota with encouraging dissent against the military and breaching immigration laws.
Many Afghans were reportedly surprised to know about the strike on the al Qaeda leader, amidst a reluctance to speak out under the Taliban.
Iran's nuclear chief reiterated that Tehran has the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, but does not intend on making one.
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 Vice President Kamala Harris announced over $1 billion in grants for states to prepare for and respond to calamities caused by climate change.
Kyiv said it was forced to abandon territories deemed defensive positions as Russian forces gear up for new offensive in the south.
South Korean president-elect delegation meets with Japan PM Kishida
This week, the delegation of incoming South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The meeting comes as both countries look to repair relations at a time when tensions are high in the region.
The delegation of Yoon’s foreign policy aides met with the Japanese leader Tuesday, according to officials. The group arrived in Japan Sunday for a five-day visit in the midst of speculation among South Korean media outlets that Kishida might attend Yoon’s inauguration on May 10.
Yoon has previously pledged to improve relations between South Korea and Japan that have since come under strain that stems from Japan’s colonization of the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Both countries are also facing possible threats from North Korea.
Japan is also looking to improve relations with South Korea. During the meeting, Kishida said that cooperation between Japan, South Korea, and the United States is more important than ever.
“There is no time to waste to improve ties between Japan and South Korea,” said Kishida, according to the Japanese foreign ministry.
Chung Jin-suk, who led the South Korean delegation, told reporters that they agreed with Kishida to work towards improving relations between the two countries and for their mutual interests. Yoon has previously touched on the need for the leaders of South Korea and Japan to communicate more, but the legacy of Japan’s colonial rule over the peninsula may derail his efforts.
The incoming South Korean leader has described the strained relations as the “Achilles’ heel” of the South Korea-US-Japan cooperation. Both Yoon and Kishida agreed to bolster the trilateral ties with the US in responding to North Korea.
The meeting with Kishida also follows the meeting with the US Special Representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, that took place last week, according to officials from Yoon’s office. Kim was in South Korea for a five-day visit that also included a meeting with outgoing President Moon Jae-in.
Yoon, a conservative, has signaled taking a tougher approach toward North Korea following the failed efforts by Moon to improve relations between the two nations. Park Jin, whom Yoon has nominated to be his foreign minister, also met with Kim.