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SKorean military: NKorea’s latest launches were missiles

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. Continue reading

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Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean War

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an intriguing twist to the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea, which appeared to hit a wall after a summit between Kim and Presid… Continue reading

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Key moments in Kim Jong Un’s diplomatic charm offensive

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week expands a diplomatic charm offensive that has included meetings with leaders from China, South Korea and the United States. Continue reading

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SKorean ship detained for allegedly providing oil to NKorea

Officials say a South Korean ship is being held at a domestic port over suspicions that it illegally provided oil to heavily sanctioned North Korea. Continue reading

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South hopeful, wary, but nuke talks crucial for Korean ties

South Koreans, always deeply divided over how best to deal with their often-belligerent northern neighbor, are reacting with both hope and wariness to President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will hold a second nuclear disarmament summit with Nort… Continue reading

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A look at high-profile defections from North Korea

North Korea’s top diplomat to Italy, who South Korea’s spy agency says has gone into hiding along with his wife, appears to be the latest member of the North’s elite to abandon the secretive totalitarian state. Continue reading

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NKorean leader says he’s ready for more talks with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans’ patience with sanctions and pressure. Continue reading

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US envoy optimistic about N. Korea despite latest friction

The Trump administration’s special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed optimism about the diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis, a day after the North issued a surprisingly blunt statement saying it will never disarm unless the U.S. remov… Continue reading

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N. Korea says it won’t denuclearize unless US removes threat

North Korea said Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States removes its nuclear threat first, a statement that raises further doubts on whether leader Kim Jong Un will ever relinquish an arsenal he may see … Continue reading

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US envoy on North Korea visits border village amid stalemate

A U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Thursday visited a border village the rival Koreas has been demilitarizing as part of steps to reduce military tensions amid a larger diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis. Continue reading

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South Korea says North Korean soldier defects to South

A North Korean soldier fled across a heavily fortified border to defect to South Korea early Saturday, the military in Seoul said, just as the rivals began taking steps to reduce military tensions. Continue reading

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South Korea apologizes over vagrants’ detention, forced work

South Korea’s top public prosecutor on Tuesday apologized over what he described as a botched investigation into the enslavement and mistreatment of thousands of people at a vagrants’ facility in the 1970s and 1980s nearly three decades after its owner… Continue reading

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Koreas gain UN sanctions exemption for joint rail survey

South Korea said Saturday that the United Nations Security Council granted an exemption to sanctions that will allow surveys on North Korean railroad sections the Koreas want to connect with the South. Continue reading

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S. Korean court says government must pay salt farm slaves

The South Korean government must pay 80 million won ($70,700) to three men who were enslaved on salt farms in remote islands off the country’s southwest coast for several years, a court ruled Friday. Continue reading

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Seoul will dissolve Japan-funded sexual slavery foundation

South Korea said Wednesday it will dissolve a foundation funded by Japan to compensate South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan’s World War II military brothels. Continue reading

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A look at Americans who have been detained in North Korea

North Korea says it is expelling American Bruce Byron Lowrance after he slipped unlawfully into the police state known for its anti-U.S. fervor. Continue reading

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Seoul says 2 Koreas complete disarming 22 guard posts

The North and South Korean militaries completed withdrawing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts on Saturday as they continue to implement a wide-ranging agreement reached in September to reduce tensions across the world’s most fortified … Continue reading

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South Korean minister: US says N. Korea canceled meeting

South Korea’s foreign minister quoted U.S. officials as saying that it was North Korea that canceled a meeting this week between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior North Korean official on nuclear issues. Continue reading

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Korean gov’t ministers meet to discuss post-summit specifics

The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks Monday to discuss further engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea. Continue reading

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Seoul says Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit N. Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit the officially atheist country, South Korea said Tuesday. Continue reading

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