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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)...

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...

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...

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...