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In reversal, Seoul to keep Japan military intelligence pact

Nov. 22, 2019 7:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue, at least temporarily, a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade. The announcement, made...

N. Korea says Kim turned down Moon invitation to visit South

Nov. 21, 2019 4:56 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Blaming its rival for a recent chill in relations, North Korea on Thursday said its leader turned down an invitation by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to participate in a regional summit next week. The announcement continued North Korea’s current hardball approach with...

South Korea says seized vessels released by Yemen’s rebels

Nov. 20, 2019 9:44 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Iran-backed rebels fighting in Yemen released three foreign vessels on Wednesday that they seized south of the Red Sea, freeing 16 crew members, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said. The vessels — two belonging to South Korea and one to Saudi Arabia — had been captured by...

Seoul faces major decision over military pact with Tokyo

Nov. 20, 2019 1:25 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Squeezed between a growing North Korean threat and a shaky alliance with the United States, South Korea must decide this week whether its national pride and deep frustrations with Japan are worth killing a major symbol of their security cooperation with Washington. After...

South Korean fishing boat catches fire; 1 dead, 11 missing

Nov. 18, 2019 11:48 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A fishing boat caught fire in South Korea’s southern waters early Tuesday, killing at least one fisherman and triggering a search for 11 others missing, coast guard officials said. Rescue workers found one of the fishermen unconscious in waters 7.4 kilometers (4.6 miles)...

US, S Korea postpone joint exercise criticized by N Korea

Nov. 17, 2019 3:49 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated...

N. Korea calls Biden a ‘rabid dog’ for insulting its dignity

Nov. 15, 2019 12:52 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden a “rabid dog” that “must be beaten to death with a stick” in its latest swipe against foreign and political leaders it sees as hostile to the North’s leadership. The commentary by...

North Korea says it issued ultimatum to South over resort

Nov. 14, 2019 10:19 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday said it issued an ultimatum to South Korea that it will tear down South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort if the South continues to ignore its demands to come and clear them out. The North Korean statement...

South Korean ex-justice minister summoned in financial probe

Nov. 14, 2019 5:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Thursday summoned the former justice minister as they expand an investigation into corruption allegations surrounding his family that sparked huge protests. Cho Kuk’s questioning at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office came weeks...

Esper: US could alter military drills to boost NKorea talks

Nov. 13, 2019 2:23 PM EST

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday that he is open to the possibility of altering American military activities in South Korea if it would help advance a diplomatic deal with North Korea to eliminate its nuclear program. In an interview with reporters flying...