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South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea

Jul. 18, 2019 8:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension. With the Koreas, there's never a separation between sports and...

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...

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...

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...

North Korea says released Australian student was spying

Jul. 6, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that an Australian student who it detained for a week had spread anti-Pyongyang propaganda and engaged in spying by providing photos and other materials to news outlets with critical views toward the North. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency,...

Australian freed in N. Korea keeps mum about detention

Jul. 5, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An Australian student on Friday thanked Swedish and his country's diplomats for securing his release in North Korea but kept mum about what led to his weeklong detention. "I intend now to return to normal life but wanted to first publicly thank everyone who worked to ensure I was safe and...

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...

AP analysis: Trump smiles with North Korea, threatens Iran

Jul. 2, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With North Korea, President Donald Trump puts on the charm. But with Iran, he cranks up the pressure with economic sanctions and a stronger military presence in the Persian Gulf. He has warned its leaders they are "playing with fire." Nuclear weapons are at the heart of the difficult U.S....