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The Latest: 68 arrests reported at protest near G-7 summit

Aug. 24, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on the Group of Seven summit (all times local): 11:05 p.m. French authorities have detained 68 people taking part in a tense protest near the G-7 summit. The regional administration says those detained are accused of throwing projectiles, concealing their faces or...

N. Korea test-fires missiles again after joint drills end

Aug. 24, 2019 12:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a day after it vowed to remain America's biggest threat in protest of U.S.-led sanctions on the country. The North...

Japan leader says S. Korea ending intel deal damages trust

Aug. 23, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said South Korea's decision to cancel a deal to share military intelligence, mainly on North Korea, is damaging mutual trust and vowed Friday to work closely with the U.S. for regional peace. Abe also accused South Korea of not keeping past promises. The...

North Korea foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant'

Aug. 23, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's foreign minister on Friday called U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang. The North's blistering rhetoric may dim the prospect for an early...

Japan's prime minister says South Korean decision to scrap agreement to share military intelligence damages trust.

Aug. 22, 2019 10:56 PM EDT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister says South Korean decision to scrap agreement to share military intelligence damages trust.

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in...

Ties to China shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...

China hosts Japan, S. Korea ministers in bid to smooth row

Aug. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea met in Beijing on Wednesday as they sought to encourage progress on North Korean denuclearization at a time of tense relations between Tokyo and Seoul over trade. In talks with Japan's Taro Kono and South Korea's Kang Kyung-wha, Chinese...

Chinese, Japanese foreign ministers meet amid calming ties

Aug. 20, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China and Japan met Tuesday amid an unusually lengthy stretch of calm in their countries' often turbulent relationship. The meeting between China's Wang Yi and Japan's Taro Kono came a day before a three-way summit also involving their South Korean counterpart, Kang...

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...