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US says it won’t accept North Korea-set nuclear deadline

Dec. 16, 2019 1:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior U.S. diplomat said Monday that Washington won’t accept a year-end deadline set by North Korea to make concessions in stalled nuclear talks and urged Pyongyang to return to a negotiating table immediately. “On this point, let me be absolutely clear: The...

South Korea says North's recent test was of rocket engine

Dec. 10, 2019 2:41 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's defense minister said Tuesday that North Korea's recent unspecified test at a rocket liftoff site was of a rocket engine, amid speculation the North was making preliminary steps toward a prohibited long-range rocket launch. Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said...

N. Korea believed to test new rocket engine to provoke US

Dec. 9, 2019 4:23 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A day after North Korea said it had performed a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site, there is wide speculation that it involved a new engine for either a space launch vehicle or a long-range missile. Whatever it was, the North Korean...

N. Korea conducts 'important test' at once-dismantled site

Dec. 8, 2019 2:29 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The announcement comes...

Moon calls for Chinese role in denuclearizing North Korea

Dec. 5, 2019 5:34 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday the global diplomatic push to defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea is at a “critical crossroads” and called for China to continue serving a “positive role” in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula...

Chinese foreign minister arrives in South Korea for talks

Dec. 4, 2019 5:16 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for his first visit in four years amid efforts to patch up relations damaged by Seoul’s decision to host a U.S. anti-missile system that Beijing perceives as a security threat. Meeting South Korean Foreign...

Seoul says North Korea has fired 2 short-range projectiles

Nov. 28, 2019 10:54 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday fired two short-range projectiles, likely from a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher, South Korea’s military said, adding to tensions three days after the North said its troops conducted artillery drills near its disputed sea...

Time running out on North Korea’s deadline to US on nukes

Nov. 28, 2019 6:27 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump have signaled their affection for each other so regularly it might be easy to miss rising fears that the head-spinning diplomatic engagement of the past two years is falling apart. Pyongyang has issued increasingly...

Kim orders N. Korea artillery firing, drawing Seoul rebuke

Nov. 25, 2019 1:54 AM EST

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops to practice firing artillery near a disputed sea boundary with rival South Korea, Pyongyang's state media reported Monday, drawing a quick rebuke from Seoul. It was the latest sign of impatience from Kim amid worries that...

Japan, South Korea meet after saving intelligence pact

Nov. 23, 2019 9:06 AM EST

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers met on the sidelines of a Japan-hosted G-20 meeting Saturday, a day after Seoul kept alive a 2016 military intelligence sharing pact with Tokyo, reversing its planned termination amid bilateral tensions. Japan’s Toshimitsu Motegi...