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Kim orders South's buildings at resort in North be destroyed

Oct. 23, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the destruction of South Korean-made hotels and other tourist facilities at the North's Diamond Mountain resort, apparently because Seoul won't defy international sanctions and resume South Korean tours at the site. Pyongyang's official...

4 South Koreans arrested over break-in at US envoy compound

Oct. 22, 2019 2:15 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea police have formally arrested four anti-American students who broke into the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul last week while protesting the Trump administration's demands for the country to pay more to help cover the costs of keeping U.S. troops there. The Seoul...

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of ex-minister's wife

Oct. 20, 2019 11:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they are seeking to arrest the wife of South Korea's former justice minister, who resigned last week amid allegations of financial crimes and academic fraud surrounding his family that sparked huge protests and dented the popularity of President Moon...

Seoul police up security after rally at US envoy residence

Oct. 19, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Saturday they beefed up security at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul after a group of anti-American students used ladders to break into the compound. They were protesting demands by the Trump administration that South Korea pay more to help cover...

South Korean justice minister resigns during finance probe

Oct. 14, 2019 4:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's justice minister resigned Monday, citing the political burden of an investigation into alleged financial crimes and academic favors surrounding his family, a scandal that has rocked Seoul's liberal government and spurred huge protests. Cho Kuk has denied wrongdoing....

South Korean Justice Minister offers to step down over political scandal that has led to large street protests

Oct. 14, 2019 1:06 AM EDT
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean Justice Minister offers to step down over political scandal that has led to large street protests.

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...