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North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium

Jul. 16, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion. The statement by the North's Foreign Ministry comes during...

S. Korea, Japan fail to resolve growing trade dispute

Jul. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan on Friday failed to immediately resolve their dispute over Japanese export restrictions that could hurt South Korean technology companies, as Seoul called for an investigation by the United Nations or another international body. Tokyo last week tightened the...

N. Korea vows to respond to South's deployment of F-35 jets

Jul. 11, 2019 4:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea slammed South Korea over its ongoing deployment of high-tech U.S. fighter jets, warning Thursday that it will respond by developing and testing unspecified special weapons of its own to "destroy" the aircraft. The statement, which also urged South Korea to abandon its...

Japan says it won't discuss or retract SKorea export rules

Jul. 9, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Tuesday it does not plan to retract or renegotiate its stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, a day after the South Korean president urged that the issue be resolved through diplomacy. Tokyo tightened the approval process for Japanese shipments of photoresists and...

Australian student released by N. Korea denies being a spy

Jul. 9, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian student who was held in North Korea for a week and then deported denied being a spy on Tuesday and expressed sorrow that he won't be able to return to finish his graduate studies at Kim Il Sung University. North Korea said on Saturday that it detained Alek Sigley because he had...

Son of prominent South Korean defector moves to North Korea

Jul. 8, 2019 6:57 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North. The state-run...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jul. 5, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: President Donald Trump walked into North Korea by himself, without...

Australian student released in North Korea says 'I'm OK'

Jul. 4, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian student released after a week in detention in North Korea arrived in Tokyo on Thursday after telling reporters he was in "very good" condition, without saying what happened to him. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced to Parliament that Alek Sigley, 29, had been...

The Latest: Australian held in North Korea arrives in Japan

Jul. 4, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the release of an Australian student after a week of detention in North Korea (all times local): 10:45 p.m. An Australian student released from detention in North Korea has arrived in Tokyo. Alek Sigley left North Korea via Beijing on Thursday and was reuniting with his Japanese...

Australia's prime minister says Australian student has been released from detention in North Korea

Jul. 4, 2019 12:29 AM EDT
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says Australian student has been released from detention in North Korea.