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Kim sister derides US official, dismisses chances for talks

Jun. 22, 2021 05:27 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dismissed prospects for an early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying Tuesday that U.S. expectations of talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.” Kim Yo...

US envoy hopes N. Korea responds positively on offered talks

Jun. 21, 2021 05:59 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea said Monday he hopes to see a positive reaction from the North soon on U.S. offers for talks after North Korea's leader ordered officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation. Sung...

The Latest: Blood shortage forces New England surgery delay

Jun. 20, 2021 14:57 PM EDT

BOSTON — Some New England hospitals are delaying or rescheduling surgeries because of a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic. “We haven’t seen anything like this in about 30 or 40 years at least,” Dr. Vishesh Chhibber, director of transfusion medicine...

SKorea, Spain seek closer economic ties with state visit

Jun. 15, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Madrid Tuesday, in the first state visit to Spain by a foreign leader since the pandemic began, as the two countries seek to deepen economic ties. Moon and First Lady Kim Jung-Sook were received with military...

Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against Japanese firms

Jun. 07, 2021 04:19 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Monday rejected a claim by dozens of World War II-era Korean factory workers and their relatives who sought compensation from 16 Japanese companies for their slave labor during Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea. The...

NKorean leader calls for meeting to review battered economy

Jun. 04, 2021 21:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has presided over a meeting of his ruling party in his first public appearance in about a month, and called for a larger political conference to discuss efforts to salvage a decaying economy. The North’s...

South Korea's air force chief resigns over woman's death

Jun. 04, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s air force chief stepped down Friday in the face of public anger over the death of a female master sergeant whose family says she killed herself after being sexually abused by a male colleague. President Moon Jae-in's office...

Budapest unveils memorial to Danube tourist boat victims

May. 31, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian and South Korean officials inaugurated a memorial Monday in Budapest that commemorates the 28 people who died, most of them South Koreans, in a boating accident on the Danube River two years ago. The two deputy foreign ministers pulled...

Belgium recalls envoy whose wife allegedly hit 2 in S. Korea

May. 31, 2021 06:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Belgium will bring home its ambassador to South Korea amid public anger over his wife's alleged assault of two employees at a shop in Seoul. The Belgium Embassy said the country’s minister of foreign affairs, Sophie Wilmès, decided it was in...

North accuses US of hostility for S. Korean missile decision

May. 30, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday the U.S. allowing South Korea to build more powerful missiles was an example of the U.S.’s hostile policy against the North, warning that it could lead to an “acute and instable situation” on the Korean Peninsula. ...