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South Korean authorities capture U.S. citizen in buffer zone along border with North Korea
South Korean authorities capture U.S. citizen in buffer zone along border with North Korea
South Korean authorities captured a U.S. citizen in a buffer zone along the North Korean border, officials said. The man, who was not identified, was detained Monday morning in the Civilian Control Line, a miles-wide zone along the border established after the Korean War to prevent skirmishes. ...
North Korea denounces Trump's Asia tour as a 'warmonger's visit'
North Korea denounces Trump's Asia tour as a 'warmonger's visit'
North Korea hasn’t had much to say publicly about President Trump’s 12-day Asia tour, including his tough criticism of the communist country during a speech to South Korea’s national legislature. That changed Saturday. A spokesman for North Korea’s foreign ministry published a lengthy and incendiary...
As Trump visits Seoul, talk likely to focus on 'horrible' trade deal. Koreans don't see it that way
As Trump visits Seoul, talk likely to focus on 'horrible' trade deal. Koreans don't see it that way
President Trump’s political pitch at home about a bilateral trade accord with South Korea has been clear: It’s a “horrible,” “job-killing” deal that hurts American workers. South Koreans, though, don’t see it that way. Trump’s repeated condemnations and threats to scrap the U.S.-South Korea free...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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