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Biden has an eye on China as he heads to South Korea, Japan

May. 19, 2022 14:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden embarked Thursday on a six-day trip to South Korea and Japan aiming to build rapport with the two nations’ leaders while also sending an unmistakable message to China: Russia’s faltering invasion of Ukraine should give Beijing pause about its own...

S. Korea Blue House opens to public for 1st time in 74 years

May. 18, 2022 22:19 PM EDT

SEOUL (AP) — For many South Koreans, the former presidential palace in Seoul was a little-visited, heavily secured mountainside landmark. That's now changed as thousands have been allowed a look inside for the first time in 74 years. As one of his first acts, the new South Korean...

N. Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting COVID-19 outbreak

May. 13, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Six people have died and 350,000 have been treated for a fever that has spread “explosively” across North Korea, state media said Friday, a day after the country acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak for the first time in the pandemic. North Korea likely...

New South Korea leader offers support if North denuclearizes

May. 10, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative political neophyte, took office Tuesday as South Korea’s new president with a vow to pursue a negotiated settlement of North Korea’s threatening nuclear program and an offer of “an audacious plan” to improve its economy if it...

S Korea's Moon calls for peace with North in farewell speech

May. 08, 2022 23:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s departing liberal president defended his policy of engaging North Korea, saying in his farewell speech Monday that he hopes efforts to restore peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula will continue. Moon Jae-in leaves office...

S Korea's next leader faces escalating N Korean nuke threat

May. 07, 2022 22:54 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — During his election campaign, South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk Yeol had tough words for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he would teach his rival some manners and sternly deal with his provocative missile tests with a strengthened alliance with the United...

Japan to send FM to S. Korean president's inauguration

May. 06, 2022 08:04 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Friday that its foreign minister will attend new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's inauguration ceremony next week as part of an effort to bring the countries' strained relations back to normal. Although the decision to send Foreign Minister...

North Korea fires ballistic missile amid rising animosities

May. 04, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters on Wednesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, days after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to speed up the development of his nuclear weapons “at the fastest possible pace” and...

Kim warns N. Korea could 'preemptively' use nuclear weapons

Apr. 30, 2022 05:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned again that the North could preemptively use its nuclear weapons if threatened, as he praised his top army officials for a massive military parade in the capital, Pyongyang, this week. Kim expressed “firm will” to...

South Korean activist resumes flying anti-North leaflets

Apr. 28, 2022 01:47 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean activist said Thursday he launched a million propaganda leaflets by balloon into North Korea this week, in his first such campaign while standing trial for past leafleting under a contentious new law that criminalizes such actions. The law...