Latest South Korea government News

Seoul dismisses Beijing's concerns over anti-missile system

Aug. 10, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government stressed Wednesday it will make its own decisions in strengthening its defenses against North Korean threats, rejecting Chinese calls that it continue the polices of Seoul’s previous government that refrained from adding more U.S. anti-missile...

Top Chinese, South Korean diplomats pledge closer ties

Aug. 09, 2022 21:54 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The top South Korean and Chinese diplomats pledged Tuesday to develop closer relations and maintain stable industrial supply chains at a time of deepening rivalry between Beijing and Washington. South Korea, a longtime U.S. ally, is struggling to strike a balance...

North Korea calls Pelosi 'destroyer of international peace'

Aug. 05, 2022 23:07 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Saturday called U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability,” accusing her of inciting anti-North Korea sentiment and enraging China during her Asian tour earlier this week. Pelosi traveled...

In S. Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

Aug. 04, 2022 20:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After infuriating China over her trip to Taiwan, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met South Korean political leaders in Seoul on Thursday but avoided making direct public comments on relations with Beijing and Taipei that could further increase regional tensions. ...

White House decries China rhetoric over Pelosi Taiwan visit

Aug. 01, 2022 21:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Monday decried Beijing's rhetoric over an expected visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, vowing the United States “will not take the bait or engage in saber rattling” and has no interest in increasing tensions with China. White...

Japan's push for UNESCO to list divisive gold mine delayed

Jul. 28, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's push to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a former gold mine key to the nation's industrialization will be delayed because its application was insufficient, officials said Thursday. The efforts to obtain a UNESCO listing for the Sado Island mine were...

Indonesia's Widodo to meet Xi on rare China trip before G20

Jul. 25, 2022 07:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was heading to Beijing on Monday for a rare visit by a foreign leader under China's strict COVID-19 protocols and ahead of what could be the first overseas trip by Chinese President Xi Jinping since the start of the pandemic more than two years ago....

N Korea warns of security instability over US-S Korea drills

Jul. 22, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has warned that the United States and South Korea will face “unprecedented” security challenges if they don’t stop their hostile military pressure campaign against the North, including joint military drills. North Korea views any regular...

Japan calls for S. Korea's steps to resolve row after talks

Jul. 19, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's foreign minister said Tuesday he expects South Korea to take appropriate steps toward resolving the countries' wartime disputes, warning that a mishandling especially of the issue of forced Korean laborers would cause “grave” consequences for their bilateral ties. ...

Japan, South Korea foreign ministers agree to improve ties

Jul. 18, 2022 07:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan reaffirmed Monday the importance of bilateral ties and the three-way relationship with the United States as they renewed efforts to mend relations amid the war in Ukraine and other global tensions. Park Jin, South...