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Costco stores in South Korea offer chopped onions for hot dogs. Koreans have a different idea
Costco stores in South Korea offer chopped onions for hot dogs. Koreans have a different idea
The sound of silverware scraping plates reverberates through the Costco cafe, competing with the chatter of customers. It is the sound of scooping onions. Chopped onions are being scooped onto hot dogs, onto baked bulgogi sandwiches — and directly into people’s mouths, along with healthy dollops...
Japan calls latest North Korean missile launch a 'serious act of provocation'
Japan calls latest North Korean missile launch a 'serious act of provocation'
North Korea on Friday test-launched yet another ballistic missile over Japan, South Korean officials said, the latest provocation in an escalating standoff with the international community over its illicit nuclear program. The apparent intermediate-range missile was launched Friday morning near...
North Korea boasts it has conducted a sixth underground nuclear test
North Korea boasts it has conducted a sixth underground nuclear test
North Korea on Sunday confirmed that it has conducted its sixth underground nuclear test — the detonation of a hydrogen bomb of “unprecedented power” designed to be transported by an intercontinental ballistic missile. The latest brash move threatens to heighten an already tense situation on the...
North Korea launches three short-range missiles, U.S. says
North Korea launches three short-range missiles, U.S. says
In its latest provocation, North Korea appears to have launched three short-range missiles on Saturday, U.S. military officials said. The apparent test launches came between 6:49 a.m. and 7:19 a.m. local time from near Kittaeryong, in North Korea’s southeast region. Two of the missiles flew about...
In reversal of tradition, South Korean president unlikely to pardon Samsung scion
In reversal of tradition, South Korean president unlikely to pardon Samsung scion
It’s become a ritual for South Korean business tycoons who break the law: charges of corporate malfeasance, an apologetic bow for the television cameras and perhaps a little jail time. But for many of these titans, there is a different ending: a presidential pardon. The last four South Korean presidents...
Samsung heir sentenced to 5 years in prison in bribery case that gripped South Korea
Samsung heir sentenced to 5 years in prison in bribery case that gripped South Korea
South Korea has been described as the “Republic of Samsung,” a play on the nation’s formal name, because of the business empire’s ubiquity in daily life here and its dominance in the national economy. But that power and reach weren’t evident in a Seoul courtroom on Friday. Lee Jae-yong, Samsung’s...
U.S. and South Korea start military drills amid heightened tension with North Korea
U.S. and South Korea start military drills amid heightened tension with North Korea
A mock war erupts on the Korean peninsula each year, largely in secret, with thousands of military troops and their commanders tracking and repelling a North Korean attack.It’s all a drill, a large-scale theoretical exercise aimed at protecting democratic South Korea, a U.S. ally.But North Korea...
On 100th day in office, South Korean president tries to ease nation's war tensions
On 100th day in office, South Korean president tries to ease nation's war tensions
South Korea’s new president came to office in May after an unprecedented political corruption scandal, promising a clean administration and a fresh approach to dealing with North Korea. The president, Moon Jae-in, might well avoid the ethical pitfalls that haunted previous South Korean leaders,...
Guam residents greet threat from North Korea with mix of worry and bemusement
Guam residents greet threat from North Korea with mix of worry and bemusement
Residents on this tiny Western Pacific island, a United States territory that is home to strategically important American armed forces, have grown accustomed to occasional threats. There are the super typhoons and the occasional earthquakes and tsunamis — all of which have caused real anxiety here...
South Koreans are surprisingly blase about civil defense. Why?
South Koreans are surprisingly blase about civil defense. Why?
At the highest levels in South Korea, the fiery rhetoric exchanged this week by Washington and Pyongyang over nuclear weapons has prompted extraordinary concern — even for a nation that’s been technically at war for several decades. South Korea’s progressive new president, Moon Jae-in, on Wednesday...
U.S. officials condemn North Korea's missile launch over Japan
U.S. officials condemn North Korea's missile launch over Japan
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North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, demonstrating its commitment to advancing its missile program despite international sanctions and other pressure to halt it. The missile traveled hundreds of miles over Sea of Japan and Hokkaido, an island prefecture in northern Japan....
When this broadcaster makes a rare appearance, North Koreans know it's serious
When this broadcaster makes a rare appearance, North Koreans know it's serious
Her television voice bellows and booms from deep inside, like a trained diva, with a delivery that commands attention. And on the rare occasions these days when Ri Chun Hee appears on North Korea’s state-run news network, the audience knows the looming declaration is serious. The latest broadcast...
As the world focuses on its nuclear ambitions, North Korea deploys another weapon: Drones
As the world focuses on its nuclear ambitions, North Korea deploys another weapon: Drones
Earlier this month, a resident in a rural province of South Korea found a small, sky-blue unmanned plane perched nose-up against a tree in a remote forest. The drone belonged to the North Korean military and apparently had flown south for five hours, capturing images of a sensitive new U.S. anti-missile...
South Korea’s president to meet President Trump this week amid grave concerns over North Korea
South Korea’s president to meet President Trump this week amid grave concerns over North Korea
South Korea’s newly elected president is in Washington this week, hoping to build a relationship with President Trump and pave the way for cooperation on North Korea’s advancing nuclear threat. Moon Jae-in, a liberal whose election could alter his country’s posture toward both the totalitarian...
In South Korea’s hypercompetitive job market, it helps to be attractive
In South Korea’s hypercompetitive job market, it helps to be attractive
Nicky Kim wasn’t applying for work as a model. But that didn’t matter to potential employers. In addition to a resume and references, they all wanted a head shot. Kim, who grew up in England and graduated from college there, had just moved back to her native South Korea. She chalked it up to cultural...
The State Department warns U.S. citizens to stay away from North Korea. Why hundreds go anyway every year
The State Department warns U.S. citizens to stay away from North Korea. Why hundreds go anyway every year
North Korea, obviously, isn’t a tourist destination for American families. The reclusive totalitarian state has an abysmal human rights record, impoverished residents and an illicit nuclear weapons program — and it has detained numerous visitors over the years. Yet hundreds of American tourists...
U.S. warns of military option if North Korea continues push for nuclear weapons
U.S. warns of military option if North Korea continues push for nuclear weapons
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that “all options” were available to deal with North Korea’s emerging nuclear threat, incl...
North Korea fires missile into waters off Japan
North Korea fires missile into waters off Japan
North Korea on Monday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile that landed in waters off Japan, eliciting new objections from its neighbor. The U.S. military’s Pacific Command said the early morning launch — the ninth such test this year by North Korea — occurred near an airfield in the eastern...
South Korea opened fire at tense border zone. Turns out incursion was North Korean balloons
South Korea opened fire at tense border zone. Turns out incursion was North Korean balloons
The slow-moving, unidentified object flying over South Korea’s border on Tuesday afternoon caused so much concern that soldiers issued loudspeaker warnings and ultimately fired more than 90 machine gun rounds in the air. What first seemed like a provocative North Korean military incursion — perhaps...
South Korea's military scrambles after unidentified object detected in airspace, renewing North Korean concerns
South Korea's military scrambles after unidentified object detected in airspace, renewing North Korean concerns
North Korea may have launched an unidentified object across its southern border on Tuesday afternoon, leading South Korea’s military to fire warning shots — a potential new provocation amid already heightened tensions between the two countries. The incident, which is still being investigated by...
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