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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...

South Korean court begins trial over Japan's sexual slavery

Nov. 13, 2019 5:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Wednesday began hearing a long-awaited civil case filed against the Japanese government by South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels. The trial at the Seoul Central District Court proceeded with empty seats in the...

Japan, US say 3-way ties with S. Korea are key to security

Nov. 12, 2019 10:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, agreed with Japanese officials Tuesday that three-way cooperation with South Korea is key to regional security and that an intelligence sharing pact between Tokyo and Seoul should not be scrapped. Japanese Foreign Minister...

N. Korea calls Abe an 'idiot' over criticism of weapons test

Nov. 7, 2019 7:26 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an "idiot" after he criticized a recent weapons test by the North. In a statement attributed to a foreign ministry official, Song Il Ho, North Korea described Abe as an "idiot and villain" who was overreacting to...

US official says Moon-Abe meeting was 'encouraging sign'

Nov. 6, 2019 7:26 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior U.S. official said Wednesday an unexpected meeting this week between the leaders of South Korea and Japan was an "encouraging sign" that the Asian U.S. allies are on track to improve a relationship strained by deep disagreements over trade and history. David Stilwell,...

Moon, Abe meet briefly, agree to more talks to settle row

Nov. 4, 2019 6:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met one-on-one Monday for the first time in more than a year and called for more dialogue between the countries to settle a deep dispute over trade and history. Seoul's presidential Blue House said Moon...

N. Korea fires 2 missiles in the sea amid stalled talks

Oct. 31, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two projectiles into its eastern sea, an apparent resumption of weapons tests aimed at ramping up pressure on Washington over a stalemate in nuclear negotiations, according to officials in South Korea and Japan. The launches followed statements of...

North's Kim sends condolences to Moon over mother's death

Oct. 31, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a message of condolence to South Korean President Moon Jae-in over his mother's recent death, Moon's office said Thursday. Kim's message was delivered via an inter-Korean border village on Wednesday. It was later in the day handed over to...

North Korea rejects meeting with South over resort

Oct. 29, 2019 4:53 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday rejected South Korea's request for working-level talks to discuss the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants removed. In letters addressed to...

North Korea says it's running out of patience with US

Oct. 26, 2019 10:08 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday said it's running out of patience with the United States over what it described as hostile policies and unilateral disarmament demands, and warned that a close personal relationship between the leaders alone wouldn't be enough to prevent nuclear diplomacy...