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North Korean defector numbers to South lowest since 2001

Seoul - The number of North Koreans defecting to the South dropped to its lowest in nearly two decades last year, Seoul said Monday, continuing a downward trend as Pyongyang tightens controls on movement.

Time running out on US-S. Korea troop talks: envoy

Seoul - Washington has compromised in its demands that South Korea should pay billions of dollars towards US troop presence and it was Seoul's turn to reciprocate before time ran out, the American ambassador said Thursday.

North Korea says will resume US talks if demands fully met

Seoul - North Korea said Saturday it had received Donald Trump's letter wishing a happy birthday to leader Kim Jong Un, but warned it would only return to nuclear talks if Washington fully accepts its demands.

Trump sends birthday greetings to N. Korea's Kim: Seoul

Seoul - US President Donald Trump wished North Korea's Kim Jong Un a happy birthday, Seoul said Friday -- with nuclear talks deadlocked and six years after former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman serenaded Pyongyang's leader.

Guilty verdict overturned in S. Korea #MeToo case

Seoul - A former prosecutor who was tried following groping allegations that fuelled South Korea's #MeToo movement walked free on Thursday after his conviction was quashed by the country's top court.

South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for better relations with the North so leader Kim Jong Un can visit Seoul, despite Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear and missile test moratoriums.

South Korea's Moon seeks Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday called for better relations with the North so leader Kim Jong Un can visit Seoul, despite Pyongyang's abandonment of its nuclear and missile test moratoriums.

North Korea ends test moratoriums, threatens 'new' weapon

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared an end to moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests and threatened a demonstration of a "new strategic weapon" soon.

Kim Jong Un: North Korea ending test moratoriums

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared that Pyongyang is abandoning its moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests, state media reported Wednesday.

North Korea's Kim calls for 'military countermeasures'

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for "diplomatic and military countermeasures", state media said Tuesday, ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to change its stance on stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

All eyes on 'new way' in Kim Jong Un's New Year speech

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for "offensive measures" to strengthen security ahead of a New Year speech that could flesh out the nuclear-armed nation’s threat to seek a "new way" forward after the expiration of its year-end deadline for...

North Korea's Kim warns of 'grave' economic challenge

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has warned top ruling party officials of the "grave situation" facing the nuclear-armed state's economy and called for urgent corrective measures.

N. Korea's Kim holds top party meeting ahead of US deadline

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has convened a key meeting of top ruling party officials, state media said Sunday, ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to shift its stance on stalled nuclear talks.

N. Korea's Kim discusses bolstering military as deadline approaches

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un discussed strengthening his country's military capability with top military officials, state media reported Sunday, with Pyongyang's end-of-year deadline for the US to offer concessions approaching.

North Korea warns US could 'pay dearly' for rights criticism

Seoul - North Korea on Saturday warned Washington would only aggravate tensions and "pay dearly" for criticising Pyongyang over human rights, with nuclear negotiations between the two deadlocked.

Op-Ed: South Korea rejects US demands for annual $5 billion payment

After just two days of negotiations between South Korea and the US on cost-sharing of the US military operations in the country the talks have ended in failure. No more talks have been scheduled before the existing deal expires on December 31,

Homeward bound? Deadline looms for North Korea's overseas workers

Seoul - The waitress at the North Korean restaurant in Beijing has no concerns about a deadline this weekend for Pyongyang's overseas workers to be returned. "I'll go home for the holidays," she says. "But I'll come back.

US envoy: N. Korea comments 'hostile and unnecessary'

Seoul - The top US representative in talks with North Korea on Monday slammed Pyongyang's demands as hostile and unnecessary as its end-of-year deadline approaches, but held open the door for fresh negotiations.

North Korea conducts 'crucial test' at Sohae launch site: KCNA

Seoul - North Korea has conducted another "crucial test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain stalled with a deadline approaching.

N. Korea says US 'foolish' for calling UN security meeting

Seoul - North Korea's foreign ministry on Thursday criticised the United States as "foolish" for convening a UN Security Council meeting over growing concern about short-range rockets fired from the isolated state.
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