US ready to renew nuclear talks with North Korea

U.S. 08/23/19, 08:05

The Trump administration is ready to resume nuclear talks with North Korea, said the U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun on Wednesday, Aug. 21. This message came a day after the U.S. and South Korean militaries completed their routine exercises. North Korea called the training an attack practice and ...

US Defense Secretary Esper meets South Korean leaders

U.S. 08/09/19, 15:09

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper arrived in South Korea Thursday for his two-day trip to Seoul. On Friday Esper met South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo for talks on the military alliance between the two countries. The U.S. defense chief was also scheduled later during the day to meet South Korean President ...

Trump on Sino-US trade war, South Korea paying US ‘a lot of money’

U.S. 08/07/19, 17:25

President Donald Trump told White House reporters on Wednesday that China is “losing” in the trade dispute and that South Korea agreed to pay the United States "a lot more money" for military defense against North Korea. Early Wednesday morning President Trump tweeted the U.S. "has been paid very little" for ...

Historic moment: Trump says an honor to cross into North Korea

U.S. 06/30/19, 02:08

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Asia. (all times local): 4:05 p.m. President Donald Trump is calling it a "great honor" to have become the first American president to cross the Korean Demilitarized Zone into North Korea. Trump tells reporters as he stands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that ...

South Korea donates 55,000 tons of rice to North Korea

Trending 06/20/19, 16:34

The South Korean government announced on Wednesday that it is going to dispatch over 55,000 U.S. tons of rice to North Korea through the World Food Program (WFP). This will be South Korea’s biggest food contribution to North Korea since 2008 and Seoul’s second aid package made in the past month ...

South Korean rescuers to help in Budapest boat collision

Asia & Pacific 05/31/19, 09:42

A team of 25 South Korean rescue workers is on its way to Budapest on Thursday following the fatal boat accident that killed at least seven South Korean tourists. Also making their way to Budapest are family members and the South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa to oversee the search and ...

Safety issues in Hungary boat sinking strike nerve in SKorea

Europe 05/30/19, 07:27

The sinking of a boat carrying South Korean tourists in Hungary is touching a nerve in South Korea, where many are still traumatized over a 2014 ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly students. The grief is compounded by claims by some South Korean tour agents and travelers ...

7 dead, 21 missing after SKorean tour boat sinks in Hungary

Europe 05/30/19, 04:25

Rescue workers scoured the Danube River in downtown Budapest Thursday for 21 people missing after a sightseeing boat carrying South Korean tourists sank in a matter of seconds after colliding with a larger cruise ship during an evening downpour. Seven people are confirmed dead and seven were rescued, Hungarian officials said. ...

Update: SKorea mobilizes efforts to help Hungary rescue

Europe 05/29/19, 20:00

The Latest on a boat that capsized in the Danube River in Budapest with 33 South Korean tourists (all times local):3 a.m. ThursdaySouth Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered officials to mobilize all available efforts to support rescue work in cooperation with the Hungarian government after a boat with South ...

North Korea calls Biden ‘fool of low IQ’ over Kim criticism

World 05/21/19, 23:47

North Korea has labeled Joe Biden a "fool of low IQ" and an "imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being" after the U.S. presidential hopeful called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a recent speech. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday said the former ...

South Korea vows to send aid to North quickly, may send food

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 03:44

South Korea vowed Monday to move quickly on its plans to provide $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea while it also considers sending food to the country that says it's suffering its worst drought in decades. Lee Sang-min, spokesman of Seoul's Unification Ministry, said the government will discuss ...

S. Korea allows businesspeople to visit North factory park

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 04:04

South Korea has decided to allow its businesspeople to visit their factories at an industrial park in North Korea that was shut down by Seoul's previous conservative government in 2016 following a North Korean nuclear test. Lee Sang-min, spokesman of Seoul's Unification Ministry, said Friday that the government plans to discuss ...

South Korean, 3 Filipinos freed after captivity in Libya

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 02:22

A South Korean and three Filipinos have been freed following months of captivity in Libya, Seoul and Abu Dhabi said Friday.The release of the hostages was mediated by the United Arab Emirates, which worked with the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter.Since last month, Hifter's forces have ...

Eric Talmadge, ‘s North Korea bureau chief, dead at 57

World 05/16/19, 07:47

Eric Talmadge, who as North Korea bureau chief for The Associated Press tenaciously chronicled life and politics in one of the world's least-understood nations, has died. He was 57.Talmadge died this week in Japan after suffering a heart attack while running.A decades-long resident of Japan with deep expertise on Asian ...

North and South Korean musicians perform together in China

Asia & Pacific 05/12/19, 02:13

A South Korean violinist and a North Korean singer on Sunday held a rare joint performance they hope would help bring the divided Koreas closer together via music — especially at a time of emerging tensions amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. Violinist Won Hyung Joon and his North Korean soprano partner, Kim ...

Explains: What’s behind rare US seizure of N. Korea ship

Asia & Pacific 05/10/19, 03:21

The United States has made a highly unusual seizure of a huge North Korean cargo ship involved in banned coal transports. But it's nothing new for North Korea, which has long gone to extraordinary lengths to bypass crippling U.N. sanctions and earn the impoverished nation much-needed hard currency.The seizure, which ...

SKorean military: NKorea’s latest launches were missiles

World 05/09/19, 22:40

A South Korean military official says the two projectiles North Korea flew across its country toward the sea on Thursday were evaluated as short-range missiles.The official said Friday that the U.S. and South Korean militaries share the assessment and are jointly analyzing more details from the launch. He didn't want ...

N.Korea fires 2 suspected missiles in possible new warning

Asia & Pacific 05/09/19, 19:34

North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea on Thursday, South Korean officials said, its second weapons launch in five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks with Washington could be in danger. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons flew 420 kilometers (260 miles) ...

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