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S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will stop exchanging classified intelligence on North Korea with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute, an official said Thursday, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in the...

Trump's fake accent angers Asian Americans as they veer left

Aug. 21, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

When Amanda Berg heard reports that President Donald Trump mocked the accents of the leaders of South Korea and Japan at a recent fundraiser, it brought back painful memories from her childhood. Berg, a Korean American who grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, recalled kids doing the "stereotypical pulling at the...

There's history behind worsening Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute

Aug. 18, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A runaway train. Crashing billiard balls. A compound fracture. Journalists and academics in Seoul have been running out of colorful descriptions for an intensifying dispute between South Korea and Japan over history and trade that has sent always shaky relations plummeting...

Kim expresses 'great satisfaction' over NKorea weapons tests

Aug. 17, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA,...

N. Korea fires more projectiles, rules out talks with South

Aug. 16, 2019 3:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the U.S. and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified...

S. Korea's Moon calls for talks to end trade row with Japan

Aug. 15, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in offered an olive branch to Japan to end an ongoing trade dispute Thursday, saying Seoul will "gladly join hands" if Tokyo wants to talk. Moon in a nationally televised speech also downplayed the threat posed by North Korea's recent short-range...

South Korea to remove Japan from preferred trade list

Aug. 12, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Monday that it has decided to remove Japan from a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as a tit-for-tat move following Tokyo's recent decision to downgrade Seoul's trade status amid a diplomatic row. It wasn't immediately...

North Korea boosts Kim's rising status as global statesman

Aug. 11, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — There's no question that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in full control of his nation. But a recent change to how he's being formally described in the North Korean Constitution may allow him even more diplomatic leverage as he steps with increasing confidence onto the world...

Seoul and Tokyo's trade war puts military pact at stake

Aug. 9, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has threatened to end a military intelligence sharing agreement with Japan as a squabble over trade escalates. The breakdown in ties comes as North Korea stages a series of missile tests into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. The agreement is supposed...

Japan OKs 1st export to South Korea under new trade curbs

Aug. 8, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Thursday it has granted its first permit for a South Korea-bound shipment of chemicals to produce high-tech materials under Tokyo's new export requirement that has increased tensions with Seoul. Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko made a rare announcement of the approval, saying that...