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Russian embassy says North Korea lifted lockdown in capital

Jan. 30, 2023 05:52 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Russia’s embassy in North Korea says the country has eased stringent epidemic controls in capital Pyongyang that were placed during the past five days to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses. North Korea has not officially acknowledged a lockdown in...

S. Korea to support civilian aid to North in hopes of talks

Jan. 27, 2023 04:51 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s government said Friday it will promote civilian efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to North Korea in hopes of softening a diplomatic freeze deepened by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s growing nuclear ambitions. South Korean...

South Korea, Japan grapple with heavy snow chaos, delays

Jan. 25, 2023 07:09 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Frigid winter weather gripped East Asia for the second straight day on Wednesday, causing several deaths and multiple injuries in Japan and a scramble for flights out of South Korea's resort island of Jeju following delays by snowstorms. Heavy snow and...

North Korea sustains high defense spending with new budget

Jan. 19, 2023 05:06 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed a budget that sustains a high level of defense spending despite the countrys' economic troubles as leader Kim Jong Un pushes for an aggressive expansion of his nuclear arsenal. State media reports...

The AP Interview: Korean leader cites North's serious threat

Jan. 11, 2023 04:11 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's spike in missile tests, growing nuclear ambitions and other provocative acts pose a “serious threat” that could lead to a dangerous miscalculation and spark a wider conflict, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Tuesday. Speaking...

Seoul: Kim's daughter reveal hints at prolonged family rule

Jan. 05, 2023 12:08 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s disclosure of his daughter in recent public events was likely an attempt to show his people that one of his children would one day inherit his power in what would be the country’s third hereditary power transfer, South Korea’s spy...

South Korea: Talks with US on management of nukes underway

Jan. 03, 2023 23:44 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea maintained that Seoul and Washington are discussing its involvement in U.S. nuclear weapons management in the face of intensifying North Korean threats, after President Joe Biden denied that the allies were discussing joint nuclear exercises. ...

NKorea's Kim orders 'exponential' expansion of nuke arsenal

Jan. 01, 2023 04:49 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the “exponential” expansion of his country’s nuclear arsenal and the development of a more powerful intercontinental ballistic missile, state media reported Sunday, after he entered 2023 with another weapons launch following...

N. Korea fires 3 missiles amid tensions over drone flights

Dec. 31, 2022 04:04 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters in its latest weapons display on Saturday, a day after rival South Korea conducted a rocket launch related to its push to build a space-based surveillance to better monitor the North. ...

South Korea stages drills simulating downing of North drones

Dec. 29, 2022 06:25 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea staged large-scale military drills Thursday to simulate shooting down drones as a step to bolster its readiness against North Korean provocations, three days after the North flew drones into its territory for the first time in five years. South...