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North Korean leader Kim brings daughter to visit troops

Feb. 08, 2023 09:28 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un brought his daughter to visit troops to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the country's army as he lauded the “irresistible might” of his nuclear-armed military, state media said Wednesday. The visit preceded...

South Korean lawmakers impeach minister over crowd crush

Feb. 08, 2023 05:57 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s opposition-controlled parliament on Wednesday voted to impeach the country’s interior and safety minister, Lee Sang-min, holding him responsible for government failures in disaster planning and the response that likely contributed to the high death toll...

Court says South Korea responsible for Vietnam War massacre

Feb. 07, 2023 10:10 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Tuesday ordered the government to pay 30 million won ($24,000) to a Vietnamese woman who survived a gunshot wound but lost several relatives when South Korean marines rampaged through her village during the Vietnam War in 1968. In...

N. Korean leader orders military to improve war readiness

Feb. 06, 2023 21:58 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered his military to expand its combat exercises and strengthen war preparedness as he looks to escalate an already provocative run in weapons demonstrations in the face of deepening tensions with its neighbors and Washington. ...

9 missing after fishing boat capsizes in South Korea

Feb. 05, 2023 06:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean coast guard vessels and aircraft on Sunday were searching for nine fishermen who disappeared after their boat capsized off the country’s southwestern coast. The coast guard from the southwestern port city of Mokpo said that three crew...

N. Korea warns of 'overwhelming nuclear force' to counter US

Feb. 02, 2023 01:46 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday it’s prepared to counter U.S. military moves with the “most overwhelming nuclear force” as it warned that the expansion of the United States’ military exercises with rival South Korea is pushing tensions to an “extreme red line.” ...

Today in History: FEB 2, 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle killed

Feb. 02, 2023 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2023. There are 332 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africa’s Black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on...

South Korean court says stolen statue must return to Japan

Feb. 01, 2023 05:58 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court ruled Wednesday that a 14th century Korean Buddhist statue should be sent back to a Japanese temple from where it was stolen in 2012. The statue’s return had been put on hold for years after a South Korean temple claimed ownership of...

South Korea logs record trade deficit as tech demand falls

Jan. 31, 2023 23:41 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea logged its biggest monthly trade deficit ever, at $12.7 billion in January, as exports of computer chips and other high-tech items sank and costs for importing oil and gas surged, the trade ministry said Wednesday. The growing shortfall...

US to increase weapons deployment to counter North Korea

Jan. 31, 2023 03:49 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday said the United States will increase its deployment of advanced weapons such as fighter jets and bombers to the Korean Peninsula as it strengthens joint training and operational planning with South Korea in response to a...