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AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Dec. 15, 2018 3:36 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes South Korean palace guards wearing traditional uniforms outside a royal palace...

Official: N. Korea leader unlikely to visit Seoul this month

Dec. 12, 2018 9:47 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's return visit to Seoul appears unlikely to take place this month, a senior South Korean official said. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in had agreed on Kim's visit to Seoul "in the near future" following their September summit in Pyongyang....

Korean border troops verify removal of each other's posts

Dec. 12, 2018 3:38 AM EST

INSIDE THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE (AP) — Dozens of North and South Korean soldiers crossed over the world's most heavily armed border Wednesday as they inspected the sites of their rival's front-line guard posts to verify they'd been removed, part of inter-Korean engagement efforts that come amid stalled...

Ex-intel chief in South Korea found dead in possible suicide

Dec. 7, 2018 6:28 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A former South Korean military intelligence chief was found dead on Friday, police said, in a suspected suicide. Former Defense Security Command head Lee Jae-su was being investigated by state prosecutors for allegedly ordering the illegal surveillance of families of people killed...

Clashing views color future of stalled N.Korea nuclear talks

Dec. 7, 2018 1:22 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — To hear a beaming Donald Trump at his June summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, the solution to North Korea's headlong pursuit of nuclear weapons, a foreign policy nightmare that has flummoxed U.S. leaders since the early 1990s, was at hand. Since the remarkable claims made...

Koreas to verify removal of border guard posts next week

Dec. 6, 2018 2:55 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The two Koreas will exchange inspection teams across their heavily armed border next week to verify each other's works to remove some of their front-line guard posts, Seoul's Defense Ministry said Thursday. In the past weeks, North and South Korea each have dismantled or disarmed...

S. Korea abuzz about N. Korean leader Kim's possible trip

Dec. 5, 2018 4:35 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Day after day, rampant speculation about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's possible trip to Seoul is making headlines in South Korea, despite no official confirmation from either government. Many analysts say it would be extremely difficult for Kim to fulfill by the end of this...

South Korea says no timeframe set for visit by Kim Jong Un

Dec. 3, 2018 10:02 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — South Korea's president said Tuesday no timeframe has been set for a historic visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite both hoping it will take place this year. President Moon Jae-in said more important than the timing of the visit is that it would accelerate...

S. Korea's Moon: Trump wants to grant Kim Jong Un's wishes

Dec. 2, 2018 11:05 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president says U.S. President Donald Trump told him he has a "very friendly view" of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and wants to grant his wishes if he denuclearizes. North Korea has sought security guarantees from the U.S. and relief from international sanctions....

South Korea says North Korean soldier defects to South

Nov. 30, 2018 9:51 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean soldier fled across a heavily fortified border to defect to South Korea early Saturday, the military in Seoul said, just as the rivals began taking steps to reduce military tensions. South Korean soldiers escorted the defector to safety after finding him moving...