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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

19 Jan 2018

North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say

SEOUL North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties.

18 Jan 2018

'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

SEOUL An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met by sharp criticism from many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes towards the country's northern neighbour. | Video

16 Jan 2018

Plan for joint Olympics team with North gets icy reception in South Korea

SEOUL While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are "furious" at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for some of the government’s peace-making plans. | Video

10 Jan 2018

The challenge of turning inter-Korean thaw into longer-term detente

SEOUL A day of smiles and jokes at the first inter-Korean talks in two years quickly evaporated Tuesday night when the North's chief negotiator threatened to walk out after the South Korean side brought up Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

09 Jan 2018

Vorsichtige Annäherung zwischen Nord- und Südkorea

Seoul Angesichts der Eiszeit zwischen Nord- und Südkorea setzen beide Staaten auf die Olympischen Spiele als Mittel zur politischen Klimaerwärmung.

02 Jan 2018

North Korean Olympic overture seen aimed at blunting international pressure

SEOUL/WASHINGTON After a year of making threats and weapons advances, North Korea's leader appears to be using the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as a tool to blunt growing international pressure on Pyongyang while leaving his nuclear arsenal untouched.

01 Jan 2018

North Korea's Kim 'open to dialogue' with South Korea, will only use nukes if threatened

SEOUL Kim Jong Un warned the United States on Monday he had a "nuclear button" on his desk ready for use if North Korea was threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul. | Video

01 Jan 2018

Nordkoreas Machthaber droht und bietet zugleich Dialog an

Seoul Nordkoreas Machthaber Kim Jong Un hat in seiner Neujahrsansprache mit seinen Atomwaffen gedroht und sich gleichzeitig offen für Gespräche gezeigt.

22 Dec 2017

Shots fired at DMZ as North Korean soldier defects to South

SEOUL South Korean guards fired warning shots across the heavily militarized border with North Korea on Thursday as a soldier from the North defected in thick fog, complicating efforts to ease tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes. | Video

20 Dec 2017

South Korea says delay in military drills aimed only at ensuring peaceful Olympics

SEOUL South Korean officials said on Wednesday a proposed delay in military drills with the United States was aimed at ensuring a peaceful 2018 Winter Olympics, not ending the North Korean missile crisis, as relations with China suffered new setbacks.

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