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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...
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...
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...
U.S. says North Korea's ICBM launch is 'a new escalation of the threat to the United States' and the world
U.S. says North Korea's ICBM launch is 'a new escalation of the threat to the United States' and the world
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Six months ago, North Korea’s dynastic leader, Kim Jong Un, announced in clear terms his nation’s resolve to develop a ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental United States. Such an accomplishment would surely shift the power dynamic in Northeast Asia — and help cement the government’s...
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...
South Korea's new president takes office, signals willingness to engage in talks with North Korea
South Korea's new president takes office, signals willingness to engage in talks with North Korea
South Korea’s new president took office on Wednesday promising a more accessible and trustworthy administration — and signaling an immediate change in tone on dealing with North Korea’s emerging nuclear threat. Moon Jae-in, a lawyer and former opposition leader, took the oath about midday — roughly...
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...
Liberal Moon Jae-in is winner in South Korea's presidential election
Liberal Moon Jae-in is winner in South Korea's presidential election
South Korean voters on Tuesday elected a center-left presidential candidate, ending a decade of conservative-party rule following a historic corruption scandal and rising tensions on the peninsula. Moon Jae-in, a lawyer and former presidential aide representing the center-left Democratic Party,...
South Korea's presidential election could change its relationship with the United States. Here's why
South Korea's presidential election could change its relationship with the United States. Here's why
South Korean voters will pick their next leader on Tuesday at a challenging moment in the nation’s democratic history, after months of political turmoil, mounting regional tension and uncertainty over new leadership in the United States. The voters, according to the latest polls, appear poised...
In South Korea, a former golf course is now an unlikely bulwark against North Korean attack
In South Korea, a former golf course is now an unlikely bulwark against North Korean attack
American security officials have long been flummoxed over how to deal with an increasingly provocative North Korea, an isolated nation determined to perfect its illicit nuclear weapons and missile programs over international objections. One piece of that puzzle perhaps fell into place this week...
North Korea’s latest missile test fails, U.S. says
North Korea’s latest missile test fails, U.S. says
For the second time this month, an attempt by North Korea to test-launch a ballistic missile has failed, American military officials said. The communist country's apparently unsuccessful launch, near the central Pukchang airfield, occurred about 6:30 a.m. local time Saturday, said Cmdr. Dave Benham,...
South Korea faces political crisis, nuclear threat, economic fear and Trump's history lesson
South Korea faces political crisis, nuclear threat, economic fear and Trump's history lesson
In recent months, South Korea has endured the arrest of its ousted former president, threats from a nuclear-armed neighbor and economic retaliation from its most important regional trading partner. Also, the Trump administration came into office. Despite reassuring diplomatic visits by its strongest...
Pence calls North Korea's failed missile test a 'provocation,' but White House sees no need for a response
Pence calls North Korea's failed missile test a 'provocation,' but White House sees no need for a response
Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday described North’s Korea’s latest missile launch as the type of “provocation” that the Trump administration is resolved to confront. But the White House said it did not see a need for a U.S. response because the test was a failure. “This morning's provocation...
South Korea's ousted President Park Geun-hye is arrested in connection with bribery scheme
South Korea's ousted President Park Geun-hye is arrested in connection with bribery scheme
South Korean authorities on Friday arrested former President Park Geun-hye in connection with the corruption investigation that led to her ouster, saying she abused her office and participated in a bribery scheme involving at least one of the nation’s largest companies. In an extraordinary scene...
South Korean prosecutors want to arrest ousted President Park Geun-hye for corruption
South Korean prosecutors want to arrest ousted President Park Geun-hye for corruption
South Korean prosecutors said Monday that they would seek to arrest disgraced former President Park Geun-hye on multiple charges, including bribery and abuse of authority, related to a widespread corruption investigation. The prosecutors said they plan to ask a judge here to detain Park pending...
How unusual would it be for South Korea to arrest its deposed president? Not as unusual as you might think
How unusual would it be for South Korea to arrest its deposed president? Not as unusual as you might think
For decades, South Korean leaders such as ousted former President Park Geun-hye and those in their orbits have endured criminal inquiries, embarrassing scandals, even prison time. It’s almost a rite of passage in this relatively young democracy. Since the mid-1990s, two former leaders received...
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