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Japan leader says S. Korea ending intel deal damages trust

Aug. 23, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said South Korea's decision to cancel a deal to share military intelligence, mainly on North Korea, is damaging mutual trust and vowed Friday to work closely with the U.S. for regional peace. Abe also accused South Korea of not keeping past promises. The...

The Latest: Seoul will push to boost US military alliance

Aug. 23, 2019 2:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on South Korea ending an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan (all times local): 3:20 p.m. South Korea says it will push to bolster its military alliance with the United States amid worries that its decision to terminate its intelligence-sharing deal with Japan would weaken the...

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in...

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rebound

Aug. 22, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets are mixed Thursday following Wall Street's rebound as investors looked ahead to a speech by the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman for clues about possible interest rate cuts. Investor reaction was muted following Wednesday's release of notes from the latest Fed meeting...

Ties to China shape cautious reaction to Hong Kong protests

Aug. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

For Canada and the European Union, they are a "situation." For President Donald Trump, a potential stumbling block in ongoing trade disputes. And for South Korea, an issue to be monitored. With the notable exception of Taiwan, cautious comments from the few governments willing to speak out on the ongoing protests...

China hosts Japan, S. Korea ministers in bid to smooth row

Aug. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea met in Beijing on Wednesday as they sought to encourage progress on North Korean denuclearization at a time of tense relations between Tokyo and Seoul over trade. In talks with Japan's Taro Kono and South Korea's Kang Kyung-wha, Chinese...

US says it's ready to resume nuclear talks with North Korea

Aug. 21, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States is ready to restart nuclear negotiations with North Korea, a senior U.S. diplomat said Wednesday, a day after U.S. and South Korean militaries ended their regular drills that North Korea calls an invasion rehearsal. During the 10-day U.S.-South Korean training,...

Chinese, Japanese foreign ministers meet amid calming ties

Aug. 20, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China and Japan met Tuesday amid an unusually lengthy stretch of calm in their countries' often turbulent relationship. The meeting between China's Wang Yi and Japan's Taro Kono came a day before a three-way summit also involving their South Korean counterpart, Kang...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 19, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AFGHANISTAN'S VOW AFTER HORRIFIC WEDDING ATTACK President Ashraf Ghani pledges to "eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group after it claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in the...

There's history behind worsening Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute

Aug. 18, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A runaway train. Crashing billiard balls. A compound fracture. Journalists and academics in Seoul have been running out of colorful descriptions for an intensifying dispute between South Korea and Japan over history and trade that has sent always shaky relations plummeting...