Latest South Korea government News

Former CIA official charged with being secret agent for South Korean intelligence

Jul. 17, 2024 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA employee and senior official at the National Security Council has been charged with serving as a secret agent for South Korea's intelligence service, the U.S. Justice Department said. Sue Mi Terry accepted luxury goods, including fancy handbags, and...

North Korean land mines could float into South Korea, South warns

Jul. 17, 2024 05:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean land mines could be swept into South Korea by flooding, South Korea's military warned Wednesday, after the North has recently placed tens of thousands of additional deadly explosives along the rivals' heavily fortified border. North Korea's...

Sister of North Korean leader Kim hints at resuming flying trash balloons toward South Korea

Jul. 14, 2024 19:47 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Sunday to respond to what she called a fresh South Korean civilian leafleting campaign, signaling North Korea could soon resume flying trash-carrying balloons across the border. Beginning in late...

North Korea threatens to boost nuke capability in reaction to US-South Korea deterrence guidelines

Jul. 13, 2024 21:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea threatened Saturday to boost its nuclear fighting capability and make the United States and South Korea pay “an unimaginably harsh price” as it slammed its rivals’ new defense guidelines that it says reveal an intention to invade the North. ...

US and South Korea sign joint nuclear deterrence guidelines in face of North Korean threats

Jul. 12, 2024 06:30 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and South Korea signed joint nuclear deterrence guidelines for the first time, a basic yet important step in their efforts to improve their ability to respond to North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats. Meeting Thursday on the sidelines of a...

South Korea to deploy laser weapons to intercept North Korean drones

Jul. 11, 2024 07:13 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it will begin deploying laser weapons systems designed to intercept North Korean drones, which have caused security concerns in the South in recent years. South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration said that it...

To counter China, NATO and its Asian partners are moving closer under US leadership

Jul. 09, 2024 16:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the third year of the war in Ukraine, NATO is set to deepen relations with its four Indo-Pacific partners, which, although not part of the military alliance, are gaining prominence as Russia and China forge closer ties to counter the United States and the two Koreas support...

South Korea abandons plan to suspend licenses of striking doctors to resolve medical impasse

Jul. 08, 2024 05:56 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government announced Monday it will abandon its plan to suspend the licenses of striking junior doctors as part of its efforts to convince them to return to work and resolve the country’s monthslong medical impasse. It wasn’t immediately...

Sister of North Korean leader Kim calls South Korea's live-fire drills 'suicidal hysteria'

Jul. 07, 2024 22:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called South Korea’s recent front-line live-fire drills “suicidal hysteria” as she threatened unspecified military steps Monday if further provoked. The warning by Kim Yo Jong came after South...

Man who stabbed South Korea's opposition leader sentenced to 15 years in prison

Jul. 05, 2024 01:18 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A man who stabbed South Korea’s opposition leader in the neck earlier this year was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday, court officials said. The knife-wielding man attacked Lee Jae-myung, head of the liberal Democratic Party, South Korea’s...