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N. Korea warns of 'overwhelming nuclear force' to counter US

Feb. 02, 2023 01:46 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday it’s prepared to counter U.S. military moves with the “most overwhelming nuclear force” as it warned that the expansion of the United States’ military exercises with rival South Korea is pushing tensions to an “extreme red line.” ...

Today in History: FEB 2, 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle killed

Feb. 02, 2023 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2023. There are 332 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1990, in a dramatic concession to South Africa’s Black majority, President F.W. de Klerk lifted a ban on...

South Korean court says stolen statue must return to Japan

Feb. 01, 2023 05:58 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court ruled Wednesday that a 14th century Korean Buddhist statue should be sent back to a Japanese temple from where it was stolen in 2012. The statue’s return had been put on hold for years after a South Korean temple claimed ownership of...

South Korea logs record trade deficit as tech demand falls

Jan. 31, 2023 23:41 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea logged its biggest monthly trade deficit ever, at $12.7 billion in January, as exports of computer chips and other high-tech items sank and costs for importing oil and gas surged, the trade ministry said Wednesday. The growing shortfall...

US to increase weapons deployment to counter North Korea

Jan. 31, 2023 03:49 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Tuesday said the United States will increase its deployment of advanced weapons such as fighter jets and bombers to the Korean Peninsula as it strengthens joint training and operational planning with South Korea in response to a...

NATO chief urges Seoul to send military support to Ukraine

Jan. 30, 2023 08:13 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday called for South Korea to provide direct military support to Ukraine, saying Kyiv is in urgent need of weapons to fight off the prolonged Russian invasion. South Korea, a growing arms exporter with a...

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 extends restrictions on travelers from China

Jan. 27, 2023 04:30 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says it will continue to restrict the entry of short-term travelers from China through the end of February over concerns that the spread of COVID-19 in that country may worsen following the Lunar New Year’s holidays. South Korea in early...

8 confirmed dead in ship sinking off Japan and South Korea

Jan. 26, 2023 04:16 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official said Thursday that eight people have died in the sinking of a cargo ship in waters between Japan and South Korea. Lyu Guijun, the consul general in the western Japanese city of Fukuoka, told state broadcaster CGTN that six of the eight victims were...

Ship sinks between S. Korea and Japan; 2 dead, 8 missing

Jan. 25, 2023 07:44 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ships searching in wind-whipped waters between South Korea and Japan have picked up at least 14 of the 22 crew members from a cargo vessel that sank early Wednesday, killing at least two, officials said. South Korean officials said nine of those rescued...