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S. Korean prosecutors grant ex-president temporary release

Jun. 28, 2022 08:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors granted ex-President Lee Myung-bak a three-month release from prison over health concerns Tuesday after he served less than three years of a 17-year sentence for corruption. Lee, 80, could be sent back to prison at the end of that...

Japan PM says dialogue with China, S. Korea key to stability

Jun. 21, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday that talks with China's leader are key to regional and international peace and stability amid growing tensions over territorial disputes and Beijing's increased military activity around Japan. “It is important to...

For K-pop supergroup BTS, questions remain about its future

Jun. 20, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The surprise announcement by BTS last week that they were taking a break to focus on members’ solo projects stunned their global fanbase, shaking their label's stock price and leaving many questions about the K-pop supergroup’s future. HYBE, the...

Seoul: No evidence slain official tried to defect to N Korea

Jun. 16, 2022 06:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Overturning its predecessor’s assessment, South Korea’s new conservative government said Thursday there is no evidence that a South Korean official slain by North Korea near the rivals’ disputed sea boundary in 2020 had intended to defect to the North. ...

South Korean truckers end 8-day strike, return to work

Jun. 14, 2022 22:51 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Truckers in South Korea ended an eight-day strike that caused major disruptions to domestic production and cargo transport, their union and the government announced after negotiations Tuesday. Thousands of truckers joined the nationwide strike, calling for...

US stresses allied cooperation in face of N. Korea threats

Jun. 08, 2022 08:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with her counterparts from South Korea and Japan on Wednesday, emphasizing the U.S. commitment to defend its allies and trilateral security cooperation to confront an accelerating nuclear threat from North Korea. ...

US, allies fly fighter jets amid North Korea tensions

Jun. 07, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and its Asian allies flew dozens of fighter jets over waters surrounding the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force as their diplomats discussed a coordinated response to a possibly imminent North Korean nuclear test. The flights...

US, S. Korea fire missiles to sea, matching North's launches

Jun. 06, 2022 05:25 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and South Korean militaries launched eight ballistic missiles into the sea Monday in a show of force matching a North Korean missile display a day earlier that extended a provocative streak in weapons demonstrations. The allies’ live-fire...

North Korea test-fires salvo of short-range missiles

Jun. 05, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-fired a barrage of short-range ballistic missiles from multiple locations toward the sea on Sunday, South Korea’s military said, extending a provocative streak in weapons demonstrations this year that U.S. and South Korean officials say may culminate...

Seoul: N Korea fires suspected ICBM and 2 other missiles

May. 25, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea test-launched a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile and two shorter-range weapons toward its eastern waters Wednesday, South Korea said, hours after President Joe Biden ended a trip to Asia where he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend its allies...