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Pro-government protesters rally in Seoul to support minister

Oct. 12, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Tens of thousands of government supporters gathered in South Korea's capital for the fourth straight Saturday to show their support for President Moon Jae-in's justice minister, who is enmeshed in an explosive political scandal that has polarized the nation. Carrying banners and...

South Korean protesters call for ouster of justice minister

Oct. 9, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallied Wednesday in South Korea's capital for the second consecutive week to call for the ouster of President Moon Jae-in's hand-picked justice minister, whose family is at the center of an investigation into allegations of financial crimes and academic...

North Korea: No more talks until US ends 'hostile policy'

Oct. 6, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it won't meet with the United States for more "sickening negotiations" unless it abandons its "hostile policy" against the North, as the two countries offered different takes on their weekend nuclear talks in Sweden. After their first talks in more...

Gov't supporters rally in Seoul over beleaguered minister

Oct. 5, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of government supporters swarmed the streets of South Korea's capital on Saturday to voice their support for the country's justice minister as he faces growing pressure to resign amid a criminal investigation into suspicions of financial crimes and academic favors...

Abe wants summit with North Korea, keeps distance from South

Oct. 4, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he wants to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even though he keeps testing missiles. At the same time, Abe gave a cold shoulder to South Korea amid tensions over wartime history. In a policy speech opening the parliamentary session,...

North Korea fires missile days before resuming US talks

Oct. 2, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a ballistic missile from the sea on Wednesday, South Korea's military said, a suggestion that it may have tested an underwater-launched missile for the first time in three years ahead of a resumption of nuclear talks with the United States this weekend. The North...

North Korea, US say nuclear talks to resume this weekend

Oct. 1, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume nuclear negotiations this weekend following a months-long stalemate over the withdrawal of sanctions in exchange for disarmament, a senior North Korean diplomat said Tuesday. Choe Son Hui, North Korea's first vice minister of...

South Korea shows its US-made F-35 stealth jets for 1st time

Oct. 1, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Tuesday displayed some of its newly purchased U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter jets for the first time during its Armed Forces Day ceremony, a development that will likely infuriate rival North Korea. Under its biggest-ever weapons purchase, South Korea is to buy 40...

North Korea complains at UN about US 'provocations'

Sep. 30, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea decried the stalled state of its nuclear standoff with the United States and told the international community Monday that the fault lies with Washington's "political and military provocations." "It depends on the U.S.," North Korean Ambassador Kim Song said, whether the...

Japan sees N Korea missile, China space activity as threat

Sep. 27, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has raised its caution level about North Korea's missile capability, saying in a defense report that the country resumed missile tests while taking no concrete denuclearization steps and had succeeded in making miniaturized warheads. The annual defense paper, approved Friday by the...