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S Korea blocks army from appealing transgender soldier case

Oct. 22, 2021 07:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Justice Ministry on Friday blocked the army from appealing a landmark court ruling that said it unlawfully discharged the country’s first known transgender soldier before she was found dead earlier this year. The ministry,...

S Korea test launches 1st domestically made space rocket

Oct. 21, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s first domestically produced space rocket reached its desired altitude but failed to deliver a dummy payload into orbit in its first test launch on Thursday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who observed the launch on-site,...

S Korean military to appeal ruling on transgender soldier

Oct. 21, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military said Thursday it will appeal a landmark court ruling that struck down its decision to discharge the country’s first known transgender soldier before she was found dead earlier this year. A district court ruled this...

North Korea tests possible submarine missile amid tensions

Oct. 19, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired at least one ballistic missile, which South Korea’s military said was likely designed to be launched from a submarine, in what is possibly the most significant demonstration of the North’s military might since U.S. President Joe...

South Korea aims to cut carbon emissions by 40% in 2030

Oct. 18, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea set a new goal on Monday for fighting climate change over the next decade, saying it will aim to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 2018 levels by 2030. The country had faced criticism that its initial plan for a 26.3%...

Japan, S Korea leaders look to deepen ties despite strains

Oct. 15, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The leaders of Japan and South Korea spoke by phone on Friday, saying they would look to deepen ties in the face of regional security threats despite strained bilateral relations. Although are both military allies of the U.S. and share common concerns over...

S Korea's ruling party nominates maverick politician in race

Oct. 10, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's ruling liberal party on Sunday nominated its candidate for next year's presidential elections, selecting a maverick politician known for his outspoken views who is currently the race's front-runner. Lee Jae-myung’s nomination as...

Japan new PM to seek fresh mandate to handle virus, economy

Oct. 04, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he will dissolve the lower house next week in preparation for Oct. 31 elections as he seeks a fresh mandate to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, the sagging economy and security threats from China and North Korea. ...

N Korea says it fired anti-aircraft missile, 4th recent test

Oct. 02, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday it test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile, its fourth weapons launch in recent weeks, which experts say is part of a strategy to receive relief from economic sanctions and win other concessions. South Korea, Japan and...

EXPLAINER: Kim's sister leads N. Korea's pressure campaign

Oct. 01, 2021 06:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As North Korea goes back to its pattern of pressuring South Korea to get what it wants from the United States, the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un has emerged as the face of its campaign of mixing weapons demonstrations and peace offers. ...