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Planes and armoured trains: the Kims' foreign trips

Seoul - The first sign that Kim Jong Un was potentially on his way to meet US President Donald Trump for a second summit was the reported appearance of an armoured train in China.

South Korea retracts guidelines on look-alike K-pop stars

Seoul - Government guidelines aimed at promoting more diversity in South Korea's K-pop world have been withdrawn after critics said they amounted to state censorship of a booming industry.

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

Seoul - Namgung Jin is anxious as he awaits the start of his military service in South Korea -- almost two years in uniform guarding against the nuclear-armed neighbour to the north, with the two countries technically still at war.

N. Korean envoy en route to Hanoi ahead of Trump-Kim summit: Yonhap

Seoul - The North Korean special representative for the US arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, apparently en route to Vietnam to meet his Washington counterpart ahead of a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.

N. Korea faces 'historic turning point', says state media ahead of summit

Seoul - North Korea is facing a "significant, historic turning point", state media said on Monday, ahead of a highly-anticipated second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

North Korea officials en-route to Vietnam ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Seoul - Twelve North Korean officials -- including Kim Jong Un's de-facto chief of staff -- were en-route to Vietnam Friday ahead of a second scheduled summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said.

Disgraced South Korean poet loses defamation suit

Seoul - A South Korean poet once tipped for the Nobel Prize for Literature on Friday lost a defamation suit against a fellow writer who accused him, in verse, of sexual abuse.

S. Korea TV station apologises over 'spycam' controversy

Seoul - A major South Korean TV station was forced to apologise after airing a performance by a well-known rapper in which he appeared to endorse secretly-filmed pornography, as the country battles a growing epidemic of so-called spycam videos.

Kim-Trump summit a 'remarkable breakthrough' for peace: Moon

Seoul - The agreement for a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a "remarkable breakthrough" for peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, President Moon Jae-in said Monday, but he acknowledged doubts remained over denuclearisation.

US, N. Korea to continue summit talks next week: Seoul

Seoul - The United States and North Korea will hold further talks next week to prepare for a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un later this month, Seoul said Sunday.

S. Korea announces hike in payment for US troops

Seoul - Seoul said Sunday it agreed to hike its payment for maintaining American troops on its soil, settling a dispute with its longtime ally ahead of a second summit between the US and North Korea.

Thousands of South Koreans mourn tragic death of coal worker

Seoul - Some 2,500 South Koreans marched through Seoul Saturday to honour a worker who was crushed to death at a coal plant fuelling an outcry which led to a landmark amendment of the nation's industrial safety laws.

Hard work still needed before Kim-Trump summit — US envoy

Seoul - There was still some hard work to be done ahead of the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a Washington envoy said on Saturday.

Hard work still needed before Kim-Trump summit - US envoy

Seoul - There was still some hard work to be done ahead of the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a Washington envoy said Saturday after three days of talks in Pyongyang.

US envoy to meet with North Korea again ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Seoul - The US State Department announced Friday that the special US envoy for North Korea will meet again with Pyongyang officials before a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un -- hours after he returned to Seoul from talks in the Nor...

Olympic dream turns to nightmare for S. Korea's 'Garlic Girls'

Seoul - The South Korean women's curling team were the unexpected heroines of last year's Winter Olympics, but since their impressive run to the final they have endured a nightmare year.

Can the second Trump-Kim summit end the Korean War?

Seoul - The second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has raised hopes for the longest ceasefire in history to be replaced by a peace treaty.

Two-day Trump-Kim summit calls for real progress: analysts

Seoul - Their first meeting was a blockbuster piece of diplomatic theatre criticised as light on substance. But with a second date stretching over two days, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un must make real progress on denuclearisation, analysts say.

From Twitter hate to second date: Trump and Kim in quotes

Seoul - Donald Trump's much-trailed announcement of a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un later this month in Vietnam sets up another box-office summit between the two mercurial leaders who were once bitter verbal enemies.

S. Korea governor jailed for election opinion rigging

Seoul - A provincial governor and close ally of South Korean President Moon Jae-in was convicted and jailed for two years Wednesday for his part in an online opinion-rigging scandal ahead of the 2017 presidential election.
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