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South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade row

Jul. 18, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Setting aside their usual bickering, South Korean liberal and conservative parties on Thursday vowed to cooperate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties' leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at...

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...

US wants role in efforts to settle South Korea-Japan dispute

Jul. 17, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States will "do what it can" to help resolve festering trade and political disputes between South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday after a series of meetings with Seoul officials. David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs, is in...

Former Mitsubishi workers seek assets sale for forced labor

Jul. 16, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colonial-era Korean workers want a court to allow the sale of assets of their former Japanese employer so they can be compensated for forced labor decades ago. The development comes as South Korea and Japan spar over historical issues and a decision by Tokyo to tighten controls on...

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...

SKorea leader says Tokyo's trade curbs will hurt Japan more

Jul. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In his strongest comments yet on a growing trade dispute, South Korea's president urged Japan on Monday to lift recently tightened controls on high-tech exports to South Korea, which he said threaten to shatter the countries' economic cooperation and could damage Japan more than...

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...

South Korea seeks US help in bitter trade spat with Japan

Jul. 11, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is seeking U.S. help in a bitter diplomatic row with fellow American ally Japan over its moves to tighten controls on high-tech exports. The government said Thursday that Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha discussed the issue with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by...

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...

SKorean leader denounces Japanese comments over sanctions

Jul. 10, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday criticized comments by Japanese officials who questioned the credibility of Seoul's sanctions against North Korea while defending Tokyo's stricter controls on high-tech exports to South Korea. The issue has become a full-blown...