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Kim Jong-Un’s Wife Reappears Sparking New Specualtion

Posted October 30th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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The public is getting another glimpse of the wife of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after speculation about why she had not been seen for some time. Photos from North Korea Tuesday showed Ri Sol-Ju attending a football match and a concert with her husband. The public appearances are her first in nearly two […]

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Amid Island Dispute, S.Korea, Japan Let Currency Swap Deal Expire

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea and Japan have agreed to reduce the size of their currency swap arrangement, amid a long-standing dispute over a group of islands. The two Asian powers cited improved financial market stability in announcing they will allow the temporary expansion of the deal to expire at the end of the month, as scheduled. South […]

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Japan Ministers Visit Controversial War Shrine, Angering Neighbors

Posted August 15th, 2012 at 2:15 am (UTC-5)
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Two Japanese cabinet ministers have visited a controversial war shrine seen by many as a symbol of Tokyo’s imperialist past, in a move likely to anger neighboring China and South Korea. National Public Safety Commission Chairman Jin Matsubara and Land Minister Yuichiro Hata on Wednesday paid homage at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan’s war […]

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S. Korea Unveils Whaling Plan for Research

Posted July 5th, 2012 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea has unveiled plans to resume hunting whales for research purposes, drawing immediate rebuke from an array of governments and conservationists who suspect the move may be a cover for outlawed commercial whaling. The government in Seoul announced its intentions this week to the International Whaling Commission. It said the move is aimed at […]

US, S. Korea Launch Live-Fire Military Drills North of Seoul

Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean and U.S. warplanes fired rockets and dropped bombs on mock targets near the North Korean border Friday, in some of the largest live-fire maneuvers since the end of the Korean War. U.S. tanks and Apache helicopters pounded targets at Pocheon, as some 2,000 U.S. paratroopers and South Korean combat troops maneuvered nearby. “We […]

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Chinese National Gets 30 Years For Killing S. Korean Coast Guard Officer

Posted April 19th, 2012 at 8:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea has sentenced a Chinese fisherman to 30 years in prison for killing a South Korean coast guard officer in December. A South Korean court issued the ruling Thursday, drawing an immediate protest from the Chinese foreign ministry. The killing took place after the coast guard officer boarded the fisherman’s boat in the Yellow […]

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Protesters Urge China to Stop Repatriating N. Korean Defectors

Posted March 12th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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Scores of human rights activists, including North Korean defectors, demonstrated Monday in front of the Chinese embassy in Seoul to urge the Chinese government to stop the forced repatriation of North Korean defectors. The protesters, including South Korean parliamentarian Park Jin, want Beijing to treat the defectors as refugees — a move that would protect […]

China Urges Peace on North Korean Peninsula

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 3:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Chinese President Hu Jintao is pledging to make what he calls “unremitting efforts” to keep peace on the Korean peninsula during talks with South Korea’s president. China’s official Xinhua news agency said Mr. Hu told his South Korean counterpart, Lee Myung-bak, in Beijing Monday that stability on the peninsula is his main concern. He said […]

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South Korean President in China for Talks

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s president has begun an official visit to China. Lee Myung-bak arrived in Beijing Monday. He is expected to hold extensive talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao. Mr. Lee is also expected to meet with China’s top legislator during his three-day trip. Beijing and Seoul are closely watching nuclear-armed North Korea amid concerns of […]

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China Offers ‘Regret’ for South Korean Coast Guard Death

Posted December 13th, 2011 at 5:15 am (UTC-5)
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The Chinese government said Tuesday it regrets the death of a South Korean coast guard officer allegedly stabbed to death by a Chinese fisherman. The statement from China’s foreign ministry comes amid rising public anger in South Korea over the incident, which happened Monday during an operation to stop a vessel illegally fishing off the […]

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