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US, SKorea to bolster alliance at talks but questions remain

Dec. 01, 2021 07:02 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for annual security talks expected to bolster the countries' decades-long military alliance in the face of North Korean nuclear threats and mounting challenges from China. ...

Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, NK threats

Nov. 27, 2021 01:39 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger Self-Defense Force to protect the country amid growing threats from...

Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern

Nov. 26, 2021 06:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia...

SKorea governing party candidate takes softer line on North

Nov. 25, 2021 06:27 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean governing party's presidential candidate said Thursday he will continue a conciliatory approach toward North Korea if elected and questioned the effectiveness of U.S.-led economic sanctions in pressuring the North to abandon its nuclear ambitions....

North Korean leader praises efforts to build 'model' city

Nov. 15, 2021 21:18 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has returned from a monthlong break from public view to inspect a major development project near the border with China, which he said epitomizes his country’s “iron will” to achieve prosperity in the face of international...

SKorean candidate takes tough line on NKorea nuclear program

Nov. 12, 2021 06:29 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s main opposition presidential candidate said Friday he will strengthen military cooperation with the United States and Japan if elected to better cope with North Korea's nuclear threat and would strive to make the North a leading foreign policy...

N Korea stages artillery firing drill in latest weapons test

Nov. 07, 2021 08:40 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has conducted artillery firing exercises to bolster its defense capability, state media reported Sunday, its latest weapons test as Pyongyang continues to pressure Washington and Seoul to abandon what it calls their hostile policy. ...

China, Russia urge UNSC to end key sanctions on North Korea

Nov. 03, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China and Russia are urging the U.N. Security Council to end a host of sanctions against North Korea including a ban on exports of seafood and textiles, a cap on imports of refined petroleum products and a prohibition on its citizens working overseas and sending home...

Seoul: N. Korea's Kim lost 20 kilograms but remains healthy

Oct. 28, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has recently lost about 20 kilograms (44 pounds), but remains healthy and is trying to boost public loyalty to him in the face of worsening economic problems, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Thursday. ...

Canada launches pilot program to accept N. Korean refugees

Oct. 26, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Toronto-based human rights organization says it is launching a private sponsorship program to resettle North Korean refugees in Canada, which will become the third country after South Korea and the U.S. to accept North Koreans. Sean Chung,...