North Korea destroys empty liaison office with South

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the heavily armed border with South Korea on Tuesday, in a carefully choreographed, largely symbolic display of anger that puts pressure on Washington and Seoul amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. Although the building was empty and the North had […]

Seoul: North Korea launched 2 short-range ballistic missiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast Wednesday in defiance of U.N. resolutions, South Korea’s military said, less than a week after Pyongyang’s first weapons tests in more than two months. Observers say the launches were aimed at ramping up pressure on the United States to […]

North Korea says missile test was ‘solemn warning’ to South

TOKYO (AP) — A day after two North Korean missile launches rattled Asia, the nation announced Friday that it had tested a “new-type tactical guided weapon” that was meant to be a “solemn warning” about South Korean weapons development and its rival’s plans to hold military exercises. The message in the country’s state media quoted […]

Trump revisits wargames with SKorea as NKorea talks stall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said that there’s no reason to spend a lot of money on military wargames with South Korea, but he warned he could “instantly” relaunch the exercises again and they would be “far bigger than ever before.” Trump made the comment Wednesday in a series of tweets that primarily took […]

2 Koreas discuss holding new reunions of war-split families

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korean officials met Friday for talks on resuming reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War as the rivals boost reconciliation amid a diplomatic push to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. Seoul’s Unification Ministry said the meeting will discuss ways to carry out an agreement […]

Seoul: North Korea committed to US summit, denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed in the rivals’ surprise meeting to sitting down with President Donald Trump and to a “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The Korean leaders’ second summit in a month Saturday saw bear hugs and broad […]

US reaffirms its ‘ironclad commitment’ to defend South Korea

 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke on Saturday with their South Korean counterparts after the historic meeting between leaders of the two Koreas, and Trump said “things are going very well” as he prepares for an expected summit with the North’s Kim Jong Un. Mattis and Defense Minister Song […]

South Korea’s president praises potential Trump-Kim meeting

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump plan to meet in May for nuclear disarmament talks, a whiplash development that would put two leaders who’ve repeatedly insulted, threatened and dismissed each other in the same room, possibly in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. It would have […]

North Korean dictator, Seoul envoys have ‘openhearted talk’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had an “openhearted talk” in Pyongyang with envoys for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North said Tuesday. It’s the first time South Korean officials have met with the young North Korean leader in person since he took power after his dictator father’s death […]

SKorea open to summit with North’s Kim, but it won’t be easy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It’s been more than a decade since the leaders of the two Koreas have held a summit. Could it happen now? South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters Wednesday that he remains open to a meeting with North Korea’s leader, if it would improve the strained relations between their two […]