South fires warning shots then fixes drifting N Korean boat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military fired warning shots toward a North Korean boat crossing their sea border then it sent a navy mechanic to repair the drifting boat’s engine so it could go home, an official said Friday. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was the first time the South fired […]

South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia

South Korea‘s Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol’s president on Wednesday, edging out a longtime veteran of Russia’s security services who was strongly opposed by the U.S., Britain and other European nations.

Son of prominent South Korean defector moves to North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North. The state-run Uriminzokkiri website reported that Choe […]

Police: South Korean man set himself ablaze to protest Japan

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 72-year-old South Korean man was in critical condition after setting himself ablaze in downtown Seoul on Thursday, apparently to express his anger toward Japan amid worsening tensions between countries over trade and wartime history, a police official said. An official from Seoul’s Jongno Police Station said the man was […]

South Korean dies from self-immolation near Japan’s embassy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. The man, surnamed Kim, ignited a fire inside his car parked in front of the building where the Embassy […]

South Korean leader says Japan dishonest over wartime past

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday berated Japan for carrying out its plan to downgrade South Korea’s trade status and reiterated that Tokyo was weaponizing trade to retaliate over political rows stemming from the countries’ wartime history. Moon said in a Cabinet meeting that Japan is being dishonest by […]

South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade row

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Setting aside their usual bickering, South Korean liberal and conservative parties on Thursday vowed to cooperate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties’ leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Seoul’s presidential office, they announced plans to […]

South Korean leader calls for closer ties with North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for deeper engagement with rival North Korea in return for progress on nuclear disarmament. Moon, who has long pushed for closer ties between the Koreas, also told leaders gathered at the U.N. General Assembly in New York that his nation “will guarantee the […]

South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead at her home south of Seoul on Monday, police said. The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn’t answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong […]

South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) Thousands of South Koreans are calling for two speedskaters to be expelled from the Olympics after they left their slower teammate behind in a race defined by teamwork and walked away as she quietly sobbed at the stadium in one of the most bizarre moments of this year’s Winter Games. As […]

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