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Seoul's unification minister resigns over North Korea tensions

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:52 PM

South Korean president President Moon Jae-in accepts 'Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul's offer to resign'

South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul reacts as he meets with reporters to announce his offering to resign over the worsening of inter-Korean relations at the government complex in Seoul on June 17, 2020. - North Korea threatened June 17 to bolster its military presence in and around the Demilitarized Zone, a day after blowing up its liaison office with the South, prompting sharp criticism from Seoul. (Photo by - / YONHAP / AFP) / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT NO ARCHIVES RESTRICTED TO SUBSCRIPTION USE

North Korea warns U.S. to stay out of inter-Korean affairs

Jun 11, 2020 - 1:56 PM

A North Korean official says Washington should 'hold its tongue and mind its internal affairs first' if it wanted to avoid experiencing a 'hair-raiser' and ensure the 'easy holding' of November's presidential vote


North Korea fires ballistic missile ahead of nuclear talks

Oct 02, 2019 - 8:53 AM

(UPDATED) Analysts say Pyongyang frequently couples diplomatic overtures with military moves, as a way of maintaining pressure on negotiating partners

This screen grab image taken from North Korean broadcaster KCTV on August 1, 2019 shows a ballistic missile being launched from an unknown location in North Korea early on July 31. Kim "guided a test-fire of newly-developed large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system on July 31," state-run KCNA said. Handout / KCTV / AFP

U.S.-North Korea: 70 years of high tension

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a recap of the decades of tensions between the two countries

LOOKOUTS. A North Korean soldier (L) and a South Korean soldier (R) stand opposite each other at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on February 4, 2015.  Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/File

North Korea general wraps up controversial visit to South

Feb 27, 2018 - 12:24 PM

General Kim Yong Chol, who is in charge of inter-Korean affairs for the ruling Workers' Party, made a rare trip to the South to attend the February 25 closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics

ARRIVAL. Kim Yong Chol (C), who leads a North Korean high-level delegation to attend the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games closing ceremony, arrives at the inter-Korea transit office in Paju on February 25, 2018. Korea Pool/AFP

Ivanka Trump, North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:43 PM

The Winter Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula

TO KOREA. In this file photo, Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump looks on during a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Secret Pence, North Korea meeting planned, then scrapped

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:42 AM

(UPDATED) Pyongyang scrapped the planned talks during the 2018 Winter Olympics after the US vice president denounced abuses from the 'murderous regime,' US officials say

SNUBS. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence (front) watches the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (back 2nd R) and North Korea's Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (back R) at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018. Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP

U.S., South Korea to go ahead with Olympic-delayed drills

Feb 20, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Analysts say the Games-driven bonhomie on the peninsula may not last long once the sporting festivals are over, particularly once Key Resolve and the Foal Eagle exercises begin

AT SEA. In this file image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper / US Navy / AFP

South Korea to pay $2.6 million for North's Olympic presence

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:36 PM

The 2.86 billion won will cover transport, hotel, food and other cost for 229 cheerleaders, a taekwondo demonstration team, and around 140 art performers, the country's Unification Ministry says

NORTHERNERS IN THE SOUTH. North Korean cheerleaders wave national flags during the pair skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 14, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Olympic warmth splits views on divided Korean peninsula

Feb 13, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Despite the sudden thaw in ties, little has changed near the DMZ, which has split the peninsula since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty

BORDER ZONE. This photo taken on February 11, 2018 shows North Korean flags flying above a pavillion at the dividing line between North and South Korea within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), from the Goseong Unification Observatory on South Korea's northeast coast. Ed Jones/AFP

U.S., South Korea united despite inter-Korea talks – Pence

Feb 11, 2018 - 10:18 AM

North and South Korea hold talks in conjunction with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, believed by analysts to undermine alliance between Seoul and Washington

South Korea's Moon to meet North's head of state, Kim's sister – Seoul

Feb 08, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) President Moon Jae-In will have lunch with the high-level delegation Pyongyang is sending for the Winter Olympics

TOP LEADERS. This file photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd R), followed by President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong-Nam (2nd L), walking on a balcony of the Grand People's Study House after watching a military parade and mass rally on Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang. Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea has 'no intention' to meet U.S. in South

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Official: 'We have never begged for dialogue with the US and will never do so'

ATHLETES' BASE. A photograph taken on February 5, 2018, shows the North Korean national flag displayed outside their dormitory across 3 storys at the athletes' village in Gangneung, ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Mladen Antonov/AFP

U.S. won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

Feb 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Rex Tillerson: 'With respect to the vice president's trip to the Olympics and whether or not there would be an opportunity for any kind of a meeting with North Korea, I think we'll just see'

VEEP. In this file photo, US Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference in Cartagena, Colombia on August 13, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Beijing holds successful missile defense test

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The test of the mid-range missile system 'achieved its anticipated goal' according to a brief statement by the Chinese defense ministry

North Korean athletes to fly South for Winter Olympics

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The arrival of North Korean skiers and skaters in South Korea sets the stage for a 'peace Olympics' after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear program

FLYING SOUTH. A North Korean national flag (top centre L) and other nations' flags flutter over the Athletes Village in Gangneung on February 1, 2018 ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Yonhap/AFP

Seoul envoys visit North Korea ahead of Olympics

Jan 23, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The visit comes even as Pyongyang demands Seoul apologize for 'despicable' protestors who burned Kim Jong-Un's image, as controversy mounts over the rapprochement

CONTROVERSY. South Korean portestors try to burn a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during an anti-North Korea rally outside Seoul station in Seoul on January 22, 2018 as a North Korean delegation arrives at the station. Yonhap/AFP

North Korea delegates arrive in Seoul for pre-Olympics inspection

Jan 21, 2018 - 11:42 AM

The visit is the first by Pyongyang officials to the South since before left-leaning South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who advocates dialogue with the North, took office last May

SOUTH OF THE BORDER. Hyon Song-Wol (C), the leader of North Korea's popular Moranbong band, arrives at Seoul station in Seoul on January 21, 2018 before boarding a train bound for the eastern city of Gangneung. Korea Pool/AFP

Two Koreas in talks on 2018 Winter Olympics athletes

Jan 17, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Seoul has long sought to proclaim the event a 'peace Olympics' in the face of tensions over the North's weapons programs

NEGOTIATIONS. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry shows North Korean delegation members (R) talking with South Korean delegation members (L) during their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas on January 17, 2018. South Korean Unification Ministry/AFP

U.S. and allies commit to ending North Korea sanctions busting

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:27 AM

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, hosts of talks in Vancouver, urge world powers to support 'maritime interdiction' measures

AGENDA: KOREA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives his opening remarks as Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland listens at the Vancouver Foreign Ministers Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on January 16, 2018. Don MacKinnon/AFP

U.S., allies meet to find diplomatic way out of North Korea crisis

Jan 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The two-day Vancouver meeting hosted by Canada and the United States comes amid signs of easing tensions on the Korean peninsula

This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad in Pyongyang. KCNA via KNS/AFP

Trump, Moon signal openness for talks with North Korea

Jan 11, 2018 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) In a phone call with Moon Jae-In, Donald Trump expressed his openness to talks with Pyongyang 'at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances,' the White House says

ALLIES. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

South Korea's Moon willing to hold summit with Kim Jong-Un

Jan 10, 2018 - 10:07 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'But it cannot be a meeting for meeting's sake. To hold a summit, the right conditions must be created and certain outcomes must be guaranteed.'

ADDRESS TO NATION. A man watches a television screen broadcasting live footage of South Korean President Moon Jae-In's New Year's speech, at a railway station in Seoul on January 10, 2018. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Pyongyang to reopen inter-Korean hotline after Seoul proposes talks

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Jong-Un also welcomes Seoul's support for his overtures, a North Korean official tells state television

CRUCIAL LINK. This file photo taken on August 10, 2005 shows South Korean Lieutenant Choi Don-Rim (L) communicating with a North Korean officer during a phone call at a military office near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), separating North and South Korea, in Paju, north of Seoul. Pool/AFP

Trump to Kim: My nuke button 'bigger,' as talks dismissed

Jan 03, 2018 - 10:06 AM

(UPDATED) Donald Trump's message came after Kim Jong-Un used his annual New Year address to warn he has a 'nuclear button' on his table

This file photo taken on December 18, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking on his national security strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. dismisses North-South Korea talks as 'band-aid'

Jan 03, 2018 - 7:13 AM

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, tells reporters: 'We won't take any of the talks seriously if they don't do something to ban all nuclear weapons in North Korea'

TOP REPRESENTATIVE. In this file photo, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea's new sanctions on September 11, 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Kena Betancur/ AFP

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

U.S., South Korea 'discuss' military drills amid Olympic worries

Dec 12, 2017 - 4:33 PM

According to reports Seoul has asked Washington to delay the drills until after the Games to lower the chances of provocations by Pyongyang

PREPS. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy / Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper / AFP

UN envoy bound for North Korea as tensions soar

Dec 05, 2017 - 12:51 PM

The unusual trip by Jeffrey Feltman comes less than a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States

HEADING TO PYONGYANG. UN under secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman, attends a press conference in Bogota on November 15, 2017. Raul Arboleda/AFP

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Dec 04, 2017 - 2:27 PM

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U.S., South Korea begin largest-ever joint air drill

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:26 AM

(UPDATED) Pyongyang calls a US-South Korea air exercise an 'all-out provocation' that could lead to nuclear conflict

FLY-BY. An F-22 Raptor does a fly-by during the airshow at Joint Andrews Air Base in Maryland on September 16, 2017. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

North Korea trade sanctions bite on borders with China, Russia

Nov 30, 2017 - 2:04 PM

With the North possibly facing further sanctions following its ICBM missile test November 29, things are unlikely to get any easier for traders involved with the country's Rason Special Economic Zone

GATEWAY. In a photo taken on November 21, 2017, a truck entering the Rason Special Economic Zone makes its way across a bridge over the Tumen river marking the border between North Korea (bottom) and China (top). Ed Jones/AFP

U.S. threatens to 'utterly destroy' North Korea regime

Nov 30, 2017 - 8:01 AM

(UPDATED) Washington urges tough action at an emergency meeting of the Security Council called to respond to North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile

NEW WEAPON. This photo taken on November 29, 2017 and released on November 30, 2017 by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows launching of the Hwansong-15 missile which is capable of reaching all parts of the US. KCNA via KNS / Handout / AFP

China voices 'grave concern' over North Korea missile test, urges talks

Nov 29, 2017 - 3:58 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says Beijing's proposal for North Korea to freeze weapons tests in return for the US to suspend military drills in the region is the best approach to ease tensions

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Pyongyang residents watch a big screen near the Pyongyang Railway Station showing the news on the successful launch of the new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-15 in Pyongyang on November 29, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

North Korea claims nuclear statehood with U.S. in missile strike range

Nov 29, 2017 - 6:37 AM

(UPDATED) The intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch snaps a two-month pause in testing by the North and poses a new challenge to US President Donald Trump

IN THE NEWS. A man walks past a television screen showing a graphic of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on November 29, 2017. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Air China suspends flights to North Korea

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The suspension comes shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Beijing and pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear program

WAITING. In this file photo, a North Korean soldier stands in the arrivals hall of Pyongyang's International airport on October 8, 2015. Ed Jones/AFP

Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terror

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:18 AM

(UPDATED) Trump promises a rapid ramp-up of US Treasury sanctions against the isolated pariah state, after adding its name to a terror blacklist previously led by Iran and Syria

'TERROR SPONSOR' This picture taken on February 15, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on February 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a national meeting at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium in Pyongyang to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of the late leader Kim Jong-Il. KCNA via KNS / AFP

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:53 PM

Singapore suspends trade ties with North Korea in the latest move by a country to implement UN sanctions to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program

TRADE HUB. In this file photo, a worker (C) monitors as containers are lifted onto a trailer at Keppel port terminal in Singapore on January 18, 2016. Roslan Rahman/AFP

Trump defends Asia trip, vows 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Trump and his supporters are fighting a rearguard action against suggestions that the trip was a failure

ENTOURAGE. US President Donald Trump during the ASEN-US Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

North Korea at UN warns U.S. carriers are fueling tensions

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:27 AM

The deployment of 3 US carriers 'is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war breaks out due to the US nuclear war equipment' taking up a 'strike posture,' North Korea says

TIRPLE THREAT. US aircraft carriers USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a three-carrier strike force exercise with the South Korean navy, November 12, 2017. Photo courtesy USS Ronald Reagan/US Navy

Trump urges China's Xi to work 'hard' and fast on North Korea

Nov 09, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Trump also decries China's 'one-sided and unfair' trade surplus with the United States but told Xi 'I don't blame China,' as the two countries sign more than $250 billion in business deals

BUDDIES. China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Emboldened Xi, weakened Trump face tough talks

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will put their professed friendship to the test as they hold tough talks on trade and North Korea

VIP TOUR. US President Donald Trump (back 2nd R), First Lady Melania Trump (back R) and China's President Xi Jinping (back L) tour the Conservation Scientific Laboratory of the Forbidden City in Beijing on November 8, 2017. Andy Wong/Pool/AFP

Trump lands in China for talks on North Korea

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:20 PM

US President Donald Trump arrives in Beijing for the critical leg of his Asia tour to drum up an uncompromising, global front against the nuclear weapons ambitions of North Korea

WELCOME TO BEIJING. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump descend from Air Force One after arriving in Beijing on November 8, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Trump promises to 'figure it out' with South Korea's Moon

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:13 PM

US President Donald Trump promises to 'figure it all out' with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In, despite the two allies' differences on how to deal with the nuclear-armed North

TRUMP IN SEOUL. US President Donald Trump (L) and South Korean President Moon Jae-In pose prior to their meeting at presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Trump warns time for 'patience' on North Korea is over

Nov 06, 2017 - 3:34 PM

The North's nuclear program is 'a threat to the civilized world and international peace and stability,' Trump tells reporters

US President Donald Trump attends a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on November 6, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

Trump opens door to North Korea talks as Asia trip begins in earnest

Nov 06, 2017 - 7:59 AM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump kicks off his Asia tour in earnest as he holds talks with Japanese leaders about tackling the threat posed by nuclear-armed North Korea

US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at Yokota Air Base, November 5, 2017 (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

North Korea warns 'instable' Trump against reckless remarks

Nov 05, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Tensions are high after the North's sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September, along with a series of ballistic missile launches in recent months

'DICTATOR' REMARK. US President Donald Trump says that "no dictator" should underestimate the United States. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump says he will meet Putin as he kicks off Asia tour

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:21 AM

Trump's marathon trip comes with the North Korea crisis at fever pitch

WELCOME TO JAPAN. US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave upon arriving at US Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on November 4, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Sanctions on North Korea strengthen Kim Jong-Un – Lorenzana

Oct 24, 2017 - 7:57 PM

't feeds on his fears of being invaded also and so he rallies his people to fight against invaders, to 'support me'. Instead of weakening him, it is strengthening his hold on his people,' says the Philippine Defense Secretary

STRONGER. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 2, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) attending a photo session with participants of the fourth conference of active secretaries of primary organisations of the youth league of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in Pyongyang. / KCNA via KNS/AFP

Hillary slams Trump's 'dangerous' war of words with North Korea

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Trump's tit-for-tat with the young, autocratic ruler of the isolated regime only dents Washington's credibility and helps Kim bask in global attention he seeks, the former secretary of state tells a forum in Seoul

HILLARY IN SEOUL. This handout photo taken and provided by Maeil Business Newspaper on October 18, 2017 shows former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking at the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. Maeil Business Newspaper"/AFP