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South Korea, U.S. mark 70th anniversary of Korean War

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:04 PM

The fighting ended with an armistice that was never replaced by a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula divided by the Demilitarized Zone and the two Koreas still technically at war

(FILES) This file handout photo from the National Archives taken on July 18, 1950 at an undisclosed location shows US Army soldiers of the 24th Infantry Regiment loaded on trucks for transport up to the firing line during the Korean War. - Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which separated brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives. The Korean peninsula marks the 70th anniversary of the war on June 25, 2020. (Photo by Handout / National Archives / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATIONAL ARCHIVES" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Korean War could be declared over at Hanoi summit – Seoul

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:26 PM

'I believe that the possibility is there,' says Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line. Photo from AFP/Korea Summit Press Pool

'Pyongyang not the enemy': South Koreans fed up with military service

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.

This picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows South Korean soldiers (R) checking new military conscripts during an induction ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan. US President Donald Trump is due to meet the North's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a high-profile summit to make progress on denuclearisation of the peninsula, and a possible peace treaty. If that happens, the future of the South's controversial conscription system -- which forces recruits to serve for months in often remote locations along the militarised border -- will likely be up for debate.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

U.S. urged to move towards formally ending Korean War

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:10 PM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in calls on the United States to move towards the nuclear-armed North's demands for a declaration the Korean War is over

North Korea says peace treaty no bargaining chip for denuclearization

Oct 02, 2018 - 4:01 PM

State news agency KCNA says in a commentary that some US experts have suggested trading the end of the war for denuclearization.

BARGAIN. In this file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump (R) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Tears as North and South Koreans meet after decades

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:47 PM

(UPDATED) The families try to bridge the decades of separation through precious physical contact and by showing each other pictures of their relatives

U.S. Korean War dead heading home at last

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:04 PM

'Some have called the Korean War the forgotten war. But today, we prove these heroes were never forgotten. Today our boys are coming home,' says Vice President Mike Pence

HOME. Military personnel bring in the presumed remains of US soldiers in 55 caskets draped with American flags into Hanger 19 Joint base Pearl Harbor Hickam on August 1, 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo by Kat Wade/Getty Images/AFP

North Korea returns remains of U.S. war dead

Jul 27, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) The return of the remains marks the partial fulfillment of an agreement reached between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their historic summit in Singapore in June

RETURN. A soldier carries a casket containing the remains of a US soldier killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, after arriving from North Korea at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek on July 27, 2018. Photo by Kim Hong-ji/Pool/AFP

Koreas mark war anniversary in mood of detente, North drops anti-U.S. rhetoric

Jun 25, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Pyongyang's tightly controlled official media are normally packed with anti-American invective on June 25, when the North launched a mass invasion of the South in 1950. But this year proved to be a marked exception in the wake of the historic Singapore summit.

ANNIVERSARY.South Korean soldiers salute during a ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War in Seoul on June 25, 2018. The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice with no peace treaty. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Koreas to hold reunions for war-separated families in August

Jun 22, 2018 - 8:18 PM

The resumption of the reunions is among the agreements between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South's president Moon Jae-in at their landmark summit in April

KIM AND MOON. This handout taken on May 26, 2018 and released by South Korea's presidential Blue House on May 27, 2018 shows South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (right) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walking together after the summit at the north side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. AFP/The Blue House

Kim Yo Jong: North Korea's political princess

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:00 PM

Kim Yo Jong made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War

POWER. Kim Yo Jong (right), North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sibling, talks with South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon (not pictured) upon her arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, on February 9, 2018, to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo by Dong-A Ilbo / AFP

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South Korea sends back remains of Chinese Korean War dead

Mar 31, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Seoul has so far repatriated a total of 505 sets of remains flying them back every year ahead of the annual Chinese Qingming or tomb sweeping festival

Members of South Korea's Agency for KIA, Killed in Action, Recovery and Identification (in white) prepare the remains of Chinese soldiers as Chinese military officers look on, for a ceremonial rites to place the remains in a coffin at a temporary columbarium, at a ceremony by South Korea in Paju along the border between the two Koreas on March 28, 2016. Ahn Young-joon/Pool/AFP

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Oct 20, 2015 - 7:13 PM

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Family divided by Korea's turbulent past seeks comfort in reunion

Oct 18, 2015 - 12:52 PM

We felt totally abandoned Our one desire was to go home but our homeland refused us says 90 year old Park Yun Dong

North Korea hints at possible rocket launch

Sep 14, 2015 - 11:44 PM

Any such launch would invite fresh international sanctions and jeopardize a reunion being organized with South Korea of families divided by the 1950 53 Korean War

A file photo dated October 2010, then released by the North Korean Central News Agency KCNA, showing a 'Musudan' missile appearing during a military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. KCNA/EPA

North Korea to return South Korean who crossed border

Dec 24, 2014 - 9:11 PM

Ma Sang Ho admits his illegal entry and earnestly requested to let him live in the DPRK North Korea as the south side restricts his freedom while treating him as a mentally deranged person

BORDER ZONE. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, 08 May 2013. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Japan, S. Korean FMs to meet after freeze in ties

Aug 09, 2014 - 2:08 PM

Japan s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is scheduled to meet his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung se on the eve of a regional security dialogue in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw

Death marches in world history

Apr 09, 2014 - 12:05 PM

The Bataan Death March commemorated every April 9 is not unique to Philippine history Here are a few other similar tragedies in world history

DEATH MARCH: Around 5,000 to 10,000 Filipinos and around 650 Americans died in the infamous Bataan Death March. File Photo from Wikimedia Commons

8 heart-wrenching moments from Korean family reunions

Feb 22, 2014 - 11:55 PM

Many of the participants break down and sob as they cling to each other

GOODBYE. South and North Korean families bid their final goodbyes after decades of separation since the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP Photos/Yonhap

Reunited Korean families hold final farewell

Feb 22, 2014 - 12:13 PM

On the third and last day of the reunion 80 elderly South Koreans were allowed to meet with their Northern relatives for an hour before parting ways

North Korea deports detained American war veteran

Dec 07, 2013 - 10:47 AM

Merrill Newman an 85 year old from California was deported from a humanitarian viewpoint

DEPORTED. A file photo taken on November 9, 2013 shows US citizen Merrill Newman inking his thumbprint onto a written apology for his alleged crimes both as a tourist and during his participation in the Korean War, while under detention in Pyongyang. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

N. Korea threatens 'sea of fire' for S. Korea president HQ

Nov 22, 2013 - 11:52 AM

The threat comes 3 years after North Korea bombarded the island of Yeonpyeong

SEA OF FIRE. North Korea threatens to turn South Korea's presidential office into a "sea of fire"

South Korea urges North to resume family reunions

Sep 23, 2013 - 12:13 PM

South Korea urges North Korea to review its decision to postpone a reunion for families separated by the Korean War

Laying bitter memories to rest in a Cold War graveyard

Jul 21, 2013 - 1:30 PM

The cemetery was established in 1996 as a final resting place for the remains of North Korean and Chinese soldiers that had been buried in small plots scattered around the country

COLD WAR GRAVEYARD. This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a tombstone for a North Korean soldier who died during the 1950-53 Korean War at a military-controlled cemetery in Paju near the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas. Photo by AFP/Jung Yeon-je

S. Korea court jails North spy for China activities

Apr 19, 2013 - 12:42 PM

A South Korean court sentenced a convicted North Korean spy to 4 years in prison for collecting information on the South s intelligence agents working in China

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Apr 08, 2013 - 8:50 PM

North Korea to pull our workers from Kaesong South Korea backtracks on North Korea nuclear test report PH officials approval rating go up

UK urges N. Korea to protect foreign embassies

Apr 05, 2013 - 9:11 PM

UPDATED Britain reminds North Korea that it has a responsibility to protect embassies

SECURITY. Britain reminds North Korea that it has a responsibility to protect foreign embassies. AFP Photo

Filipinos 'safe' despite tension in Korea - Palace

Mar 31, 2013 - 4:34 PM

Malacañang spokespersons said that Filipinos in and out of the country will be safe even with the renewed conflict of North and South Korea

WARMONGERING. This picture, taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on March 7, 2013 shows North Korean people attending a rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to support the statement of a spokesman of the Korean People's Army (KPA). AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS

Vlog: North Korea threatens 'merciless retaliation'

Mar 13, 2013 - 11:20 PM

North Korea confirms it is ending its armistice agreement with South Korea

LOOKING FOR WAR? This screen grab taken from North Korean TV on March 12, 2012 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) looking through binoculars towards a South Korean island during a trip to an artillery unit on Wolnae Island near the disputed maritime frontier with South Korea. AFP PHOTO / NORTH KOREAN TV

North Korea places South Korean island in crosshairs

Mar 12, 2013 - 1:59 PM

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un threatened to wipe out a South Korean island as Pyongyang came under new economic and diplomatic fire Tuesday March 12 from US sanctions and UN charges of gross rights abuses