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South Korean president visits UAE, showcasing deep ties

Jan. 16, 2022 14:44 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On a trip to the United Arab Emirates, the president of South Korea on Sunday reportedly reached a preliminary multibillion-dollar deal to sell Seoul’s surface-to-air missiles to Abu Dhabi and pledged deeper cooperation with the Gulf Arab federation. ...

S.Korean rescuers locate man at collapsed construction site

Jan. 13, 2022 04:38 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean rescuers on Thursday located a man under a pile of debris and broken concrete at the construction site of a 39-floor building that partially collapsed three days earlier, leaving six workers missing, officials said. Crews were trying to clear...

Rescuers resume search at collapsed building site in SKorea

Jan. 12, 2022 01:08 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean rescuers on Wednesday resumed their search for six missing construction workers believed to be trapped at a collapsed construction site in the southern city of Gwangju. About 10 vehicles were destroyed and dozens of nearby households and...

N Korea fires possible missile into sea amid stalled talks

Jan. 11, 2022 11:29 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile into its eastern sea, its second launch in a week, following leader Kim Jong Un’s calls to expand its nuclear weapons program in defiance of international opposition. The launches...

North Korea fires ballistic missile, in 1st test in 2 months

Jan. 05, 2022 14:05 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, its first weapons launch in about two months and a signal it isn’t interested in rejoining denuclearization talks anytime soon and would rather focus on boosting its weapons...

S. Korea military apologizes for defector's border crossing

Jan. 05, 2022 10:21 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military apologized Wednesday for causing public concern about its security readiness, days after it failed to stop a suspected North Korean defector who crossed the heavily fortified border to return to the North. The Joint Chiefs of Staff...

SKorea ex-President Park, jailed for corruption, is pardoned

Dec. 24, 2021 05:01 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday he will pardon his chief conservative rival and predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who is serving a lengthy prison term for bribery and other crimes. Moon’s liberal government said the pardon is meant to promote...

In pictures: Kim Jong Un's decade of total but isolated rule

Dec. 15, 2021 23:30 PM EST

Since assuming power 10 years ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ruled the isolated country with absolute power, significantly expanded its nuclear arsenal and become the North’s first ruler to hold a summit with a sitting U.S. president. But now, he’s hunkering down and...

SKorea bans gatherings of 5 or more people amid virus surge

Dec. 15, 2021 23:16 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will prohibit private social gatherings of five or more people nationwide and force restaurants to close at 9 p.m., rolling out the country's toughest coronavirus restrictions yet as hospitals grapple with the deadliest month of the pandemic. ...

SKorea sets new virus record as officials plan restrictions

Dec. 14, 2021 22:17 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Halting its steps toward normalcy, South Korea will clamp down on social gatherings and cut the hours of some businesses to fight a record-breaking surge of the coronavirus that has led to a spike in hospitalizations and deaths. Prime Minster Kim Boo-kyum...