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S. Korean court sentences ex-minister to 2 years in prison

Feb. 03, 2023 04:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a former justice minister, Cho Kuk, to two years in prison, after he was found guilty of creating fake credentials to help his children get into prestigious schools, a scandal that rocked the country’s previous government and...

South Korea president, in UAE, backs return to nuclear power

Jan. 16, 2023 22:39 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Monday that his nation's efforts to be carbon neutral by 2050 would rely in part on returning to nuclear power, even though his predecessor had tried to move away from atomic power. Yoon's comments at...

The AP Interview: Korean leader cites North's serious threat

Jan. 11, 2023 04:11 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's spike in missile tests, growing nuclear ambitions and other provocative acts pose a “serious threat” that could lead to a dangerous miscalculation and spark a wider conflict, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Tuesday. Speaking...

Dogs gifted by North's Kim resettle in South Korean zoo

Dec. 12, 2022 06:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A pair of dogs gifted by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un four years ago ended up at a zoo in South Korea after a dispute over who should finance the caring of the animals. Kim had given the two white Pungsan hunting dogs — a breed indigenous to North...

North Korea fires artillery again over South's drills

Dec. 06, 2022 07:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired a barrage of artillery rounds into waters near rival South Korea for the second consecutive day in a tit-for-tat for ongoing U.S.-South Korea live-fire drills in an inland border region. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff...

N. Korea fires artillery near border in warning to S. Korea

Dec. 05, 2022 05:08 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired about 130 artillery rounds on Monday into the water near its western and eastern sea borders with South Korea, the latest military action contributing to worsening relations between the neighbors. North Korea’s military said the firings...

Seoul arrests ex-top security official over border killing

Dec. 03, 2022 00:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's former national security director was arrested Saturday over a suspected cover-up surrounding North Korea’s killing of a South Korean fisheries official near the rivals’ sea boundary in 2020. Suh Hoon’s arrest early Saturday came as...

Kim's sister makes insulting threats to Seoul over sanctions

Nov. 24, 2022 05:04 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attacked South Korea with a string of insults on Thursday for considering new unilateral sanctions against the North, calling its president and his government “idiots” and “a running wild dog gnawing on a bone...

S Korea leader criticized for banning broadcaster from plane

Nov. 10, 2022 04:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Journalist organizations say South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol attacked press freedoms when his office banned a TV broadcaster's crew from the media pool on his presidential plane this week for alleged bias in reporting. Yoon earlier accused MBC of...

Dogs gifted by Kim Jong Un at center of South Korean row

Nov. 08, 2022 06:47 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A pair of dogs gifted by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in 2018 are now mired in a South Korean political row, with the country’s former president blaming his conservative successor for a lack of financial support as he gave the animals up. Moon...