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South Korea picks Seoul for 2032 Olympic bid

Feb. 11, 2019 6:47 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has chosen its capital, Seoul, for its bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics, which it hopes to jointly host with rival North Korea as a peace gesture. South Korea's Olympic committee announced the decision after a meeting Monday in which Seoul received 34 of 49 votes,...

South Korea, US sign cost-sharing deal for American troops

Feb. 10, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday that increases Seoul's contribution for the cost of the American military presence on its soil, overcoming previous failed negotiations that caused worries about their decades-long alliance. The development comes as...

Seoul: US, NKorea officials to meet in Asia ahead of summit

Feb. 10, 2019 4:55 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States and North Korea will meet again this month in an unidentified Asian country ahead of their leaders' planned second summit in Vietnam in late February, South Korean officials said Sunday. The U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, visited...

US, N. Korean negotiators to meet again before 2nd summit

Feb. 8, 2019 9:57 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The top U.S. envoy for North Korea returned from three days of talks in Pyongyang and will meet again with his North Korean counterpart before the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi later this month, the U.S. State Department...

South hopeful, wary, but nuke talks crucial for Korean ties

Feb. 7, 2019 7:56 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans, always deeply divided over how best to deal with their often-belligerent northern neighbor, are reacting with both hope and wariness to President Donald Trump's announcement that he will hold a second nuclear disarmament summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un....

Analysis: Is Kim Jong Un really ready to make a deal?

Feb. 6, 2019 7:25 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump used his biggest stage of the year to announce a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said in his State of the Union address that he intends to meet Kim on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam, saying that although much work remains to be done toward peace on the...

South Korean women begin to resist intense beauty pressure

Feb. 5, 2019 8:08 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As she pursued her dream of becoming a fashion model, veering for years between extreme dieting and overeating, Park I Seul realized she had a problem: She was not tall and skinny, like typical runway models, nor was she big enough to be a plus-size model. She also realized that...

US envoy, South Korean official discuss 2nd Trump-Kim summit

Feb. 4, 2019 6:25 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea met with South Korea's national security adviser on Monday to discuss a planned second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Seoul's presidential office said. Stephen Biegun explained to Chung Eui-yong...

US, South Korean diplomats meet ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Feb. 3, 2019 11:52 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Senior U.S. and South Korean officials met Sunday to discuss an expected second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump's special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, arrived in South Korea earlier amid reports that he'll meet North...

N. Korean Christians keep faith underground amid crackdowns

Feb. 1, 2019 9:38 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One North Korean defector in Seoul describes her family back home quietly singing Christian hymns every Sunday while someone stood watch for informers. A second cowered under a blanket or in the toilet when praying in the North. Yet another recalls seeing a fellow prison inmate...