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North Korea threatens to resume calling Trump ‘dotard’

Dec. 5, 2019 9:22 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Thursday to resume insults of U.S. President Donald Trump and consider him a “dotard” if he keeps using provocative language, such as referring to its leader as “rocket man.” Choe Son Hui, the first vice foreign minister, issued...

Moon calls for Chinese role in denuclearizing North Korea

Dec. 5, 2019 5:34 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday the global diplomatic push to defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea is at a “critical crossroads” and called for China to continue serving a “positive role” in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula...

Half-North Korean, half-Chinese kids struggle in South Korea

Dec. 4, 2019 11:36 AM EST

UIJEONGBU, South Korea (AP) — Song Hong Ryon looks like any other young woman in South Korea. But three years after her arrival from China, the half-North Korean, half-Chinese 19-year-old has made only two South Korean-born friends and says she’s often been hurt by little things, like when people...

Kim again rides horse up sacred peak as N. Korea raps Trump

Dec. 4, 2019 10:15 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain in his second symbolic visit in less than two months, state media reported Wednesday, as his military chief lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for talking about a possible military option against the...

Chinese foreign minister arrives in South Korea for talks

Dec. 4, 2019 5:16 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for his first visit in four years amid efforts to patch up relations damaged by Seoul’s decision to host a U.S. anti-missile system that Beijing perceives as a security threat. Meeting South Korean Foreign...

North Korea says it’s up to US to choose ‘Christmas gift’

Dec. 3, 2019 4:26 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday repeated its assertions that the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, saying it’s entirely up to the United States to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from the North. The statement, attributed...

2 K-pop stars get prison terms for sexual crimes

Nov. 29, 2019 3:14 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday found two K-pop stars guilty of illicit sexual relations with a woman who was unable to resist and sentenced them to up to six years in prison. The Seoul Central District Court said singer-songwriter Jung Joon-young received a six-year prison term...

Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed

Nov. 28, 2019 10:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Shares extended losses in Asia on Friday after Japan and South Korea reported weak manufacturing data that suggest a worsening toll from trade tensions. U.S. markets were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will have a half-day session on Friday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.1%...

North Korea may deploy ‘super-large’ rocket launcher soon

Nov. 28, 2019 10:30 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday the latest test-firing of its “super-large” multiple rocket launcher was a final review of the weapon’s combat application, a suggestion that the country is preparing to deploy the new weapons system soon. South Korea’s military...

Seoul says North Korea has fired 2 short-range projectiles

Nov. 28, 2019 10:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two short-range projectiles, likely from a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher, South Korea’s military said, adding to tensions three days after the North said its troops conducted artillery drills near its disputed sea...