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Seoul sees US, NKorea diplomacy as contrast to Iran tensions

Jun. 27, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and North Korea feel the need to resume diplomacy and are trying to narrow their differences for new summit talks, a top South Korean official said Wednesday as he contrasted their efforts with the tensions surrounding Iran's collapsing nuclear accord. Unification...

NKorea urges South to stop mediating between North, US

Jun. 26, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. The North Korean statement was an apparent continuation of...

Seoul: US, N. Korea in talks to set up 3rd Trump-Kim summit

Jun. 26, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean and U.S. officials are holding "behind-the-scenes talks" to arrange a third summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the fate of the North's expanding nuclear arsenal, South Korea's president said, four months after a second meeting...

Saudi Arabia vows to help S. Korea if oil supplies disrupted

Jun. 26, 2019 5:08 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in met Wednesday with visiting Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who promised to help with possible fuel shortages in case of supply disruptions caused by tensions in the Middle East. Moon and the Saudi prince also called for...

Global stocks sink ahead of Trump-Xi meeting at G-20 summit

Jun. 25, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets fell Tuesday as traders looked ahead to a meeting between the American and Chinese presidents amid hopes for renewed trade talks. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Shanghai declined and Wall Street drifted toward a lower open. Traders looked ahead to a meeting...

Asian stocks lower ahead of Trump-Xi meeting at G-20 summit

Jun. 25, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Major Asian stock markets declined Tuesday as traders looked ahead to a meeting between the American and Chinese presidents amid hopes for renewed trade talks. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. Seoul and Sydney were little-changed. Investors were encouraged by the...

North Korea says Kim received 'excellent' letter from Trump

Jun. 23, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump sent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un an "excellent" letter, the North's state-run news agency reported Sunday, quoting Kim as saying he would "seriously contemplate" the content. The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Trump sent a letter...

UN investigator says North Korea cracking down on escapes

Jun. 21, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United Nations' independent investigator on human rights in North Korea said Friday there are signs the country and China are strengthening their efforts to track down people who have escaped from the North. Tomas Ojea Quintana said he raised the issue in meetings with South...

Key moments in relations between North Korea, China

Jun. 20, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As close as lips and teeth. Linked by mountains and rivers. A friendship worth more than all the gold in the world. The clichés come fast when China and North Korea, two masters at national propaganda, get together to glorify their 70-year relationship, which was cemented...

Kiichiro Sato, Foster Klug named to leadership posts in Asia

Jun. 20, 2019 2:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press is bolstering its coverage of Asia by naming an experienced photo editor and a seasoned foreign correspondent to key leadership posts in Tokyo. Kiichiro Sato has been named deputy news director for storytelling and photography, rounding out a leadership team directing...