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S. Korea ex-president Lee denounces graft probe as 'revenge'

Seoul - Former South Korean president Lee Myung-Bak on Wednesday denounced as "political revenge" a corruption probe into allegations his office accepted bribes from the country's spy agency.

US takes tough stance at allies' North Korea talks

Vancouver - The United States urged an escalation in pressure on North Korea over its nuclear missile program Tuesday, despite a more cautious tone from key US ally South Korea.

Two Koreas in fresh talks on Winter Olympics

Seoul - North and South Korea began talks Monday on appearances by performers from Pyongyang's state-run artistic troupes at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, after the North agreed to attend the Games.

Trump pushes back over Trump N. Korea quote

Washington - US President Donald Trump pushed back at a report that he had suggested he had a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, saying he had been misquoted.

Trump cryptic about contacts with NKorea's Kim

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested he could have a good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but refused to say if the two had spoken.

US to suggest intercepting North Korea ships to allies

Washington - The United States will use a major meeting of allies next week to discuss the idea of stopping and inspecting suspect ships bound for North Korea, a senior official said Thursday.

S. Korea govt sends bitcoin on rollercoaster ride

Seoul - Bitcoin and other virtual currencies were sent on rollercoaster rides in South Korea Thursday as the government said it was planning to ban cryptocurrency exchanges, before later backtracking.

Trump's 'madman' rhetoric may have scared N. Korea to talks: analysts

Seoul - US President Donald Trump's notoriously threatening rhetoric towards nuclear-armed North Korea -- which has drawn comparisons with Richard Nixon's "madman theory" of diplomacy -- may deserve some credit for bringing Pyongyang to talks, analysts have sa...

Trump open to talks between US and N. Korea

Washington - President Donald Trump is open to talks between the United States and North Korea, while remaining determined to apply "maximum pressure" over Pyongyang's nuclear program, the White House said Wednesday.

US ready to talk to N. Korea at right time: Seoul

Seoul - South Korea said Wednesday the United States is open to talks with North Korea "at appropriate times" if Pyongyang agrees.

Olympic deal will do little to disarm N. Korea: analysts

Seoul - An agreement for North Korea to send athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South signals a step change in relations, analysts say, but will do little to curb Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities.

Moon calls for 'heartfelt' Japan apology for WWII sex slavery

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-In on Wednesday called for a "heartfelt apology" from Japan to the victims of wartime sex slavery, condemning a 2015 agreement as a "wrongful" solution.

S. Korea's Moon willing to hold summit with Kim Jong-Un

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Wednesday he would be willing to sit down with the nuclear-armed North's leader Kim Jong-Un, as the international community welcomed an agreement for Pyongyang to send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in the S...

S. Korea's Moon: denuclearisation is path to peace

Seoul - Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is "the path to peace and our goal", South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Wednesday, a day after the North agreed to send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in his country.

Warm smiles on cold frontier

Seoul - North and South Korean officials exchanged warm greetings amid light flakes of snow on the world's last Cold War frontier Tuesday, in contrast from previous frosty gatherings.

S. Korea to stick with Japan 'comfort women' deal

Seoul - South Korea will not seek to renegotiate a deal with Japan on wartime sex slavery, it said Tuesday, despite new President Moon Jae-In saying on the campaign trail he "could not accept" the agreement.

Seven decades of tensions between the two Koreas

Seoul - North and South Korea held their first talks for two years Tuesday, stirring hopes of a tentative rapprochement between the bitterly divided neighbours.

Panmunjom, where Korean soldiers and negotiators meet

Seoul - Among a row of sky-blue huts straddling the border between North and South Korea, soldiers from both sides face off against each other on the world's last Cold War frontier.

North Korea says will attend Olympics in rival South

Seoul - North Korea said it was willing to send athletes and a high-level delegation to the forthcoming Winter Olympics in the South on Tuesday as the rivals held their first official talks in more than two years after high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear we...

Koreas set for first official talks in two years

Seoul - A high-level South Korean delegation left Tuesday for rare talks with North Korea after months of tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons programme, with Seoul's chief delegate vowing to work towards improving long-strained ties.

Seoul seeks to put family reunions on N. Korea talks agenda

Seoul - South Korea will seek discussions on resuming reunions of separated families at this week's inter-Korean talks, Seoul's top delegate said Monday, as the North trumpeted the importance of achieving reunification.

'Big family' but divided: North and South Koreans in China

Shenyang - While North and South Korean officials hold rare talks this week, in a bustling Korea town in northeast China the rival communities have little to say to each other.

Seoul seeks to put family reunions on N. Korea talks agenda

Seoul - South Korea will seek discussions on resuming reunions of separated families at this week's inter-Korean talks, Seoul's top delegate said Monday, as the North trumpeted the importance of achieving reunification.

N. Korea names delegates for inter-Korean talks

Seoul - North Korea has named its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week, the unification ministry in Seoul said Sunday, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cautiously welcomed the talks.

Seoul offers high-level delegation for N. Korea talks

Seoul - South Korea has proposed sending a five-member delegation led by a government minister to rare talks with North Korea next week, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said Saturday.

Trump says willing to talk with North Korean leader

Sabillasville - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-Un, voicing hope that rare talks between North and South Korea could help deescalate the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear drive.

Olive branch or booby trap? N. Korea's new tone divides analysts

Seoul - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un could be laying a trap for the US and the South with his apparent olive branches towards Seoul, analysts say, warning that Pyongyang's ultimate goal is to divide their 70-year alliance.

North Korean defector numbers slump as controls tighten

Seoul - Fewer than 100 North Koreans a month defected to the South last year, Seoul said Friday, the lowest for 15 years as Pyongyang and Beijing both tighten controls on movement.

North and South Korea agree to first talks in two years

Seoul - North and South Korea agreed on Friday to hold their first talks in more than two years, hours after Seoul and Washington decided to defer joint military exercises which always infuriate Pyongyang until after the Winter Olympics.

N.Korea accepts South's offer of talks next week: Seoul

Seoul - Nuclear-armed North Korea on Friday accepted the South's offer of talks next week, said Seoul's Unification ministry, which oversees relations with Pyongyang.
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