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US has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

Washington - The United States has "many" military options against North Korea, including some that don't put Seoul at risk, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday.

'Vicious' sanctions will only speed up nuclear programme: NKorea

Seoul - North Korea bitterly denounced new sanctions on its economy as "vicious, unethical and inhumane" and warned the measures would only accelerate progress on its nuclear weapons programme, state media reported Monday.

US flies bombers over Korean peninsula for drill: Seoul

Seoul - The US flew four F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B bombers over the Korean peninsula on Monday in a show of force after North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's defence ministry said.

US warns N.Korea will be 'destroyed' if threats continue

Washington - Donald Trump's administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea on Sunday ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang will be "destroyed" if it refuses to end its "reckless" nuclear and ballistic missile drive....

Moon, Trump vow stronger pressure against N. Korea

Seoul - US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart have pledged "stronger pressure" on Pyongyang, Seoul said Sunday, after North Korea defied tough new sanctions with a missile test and said it wanted to match American nuclear strength.

Trump plans to visit China, Japan, S. Korea in November

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced he intends to visit China, Japan and South Korea later this year, a blockbuster maiden presidential visit to Asia.

Myanmar violence may have killed more than 1,000: UN rapporteur

Seoul - More than 1,000 people may already have been killed in Myanmar, mostly minority Rohingya Muslims -- more than twice the government's total -- a senior United Nations representative told AFP on Friday, urging Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out.

Myanmar violence may have killed more than 1,000: UN rapporteur

Seoul - More than 1,000 people may already have been killed in Myanmar, mostly minority Rohingya Muslims -- more than twice the government's total -- a senior United Nations representative told AFP on Friday, urging Aung San Suu Kyi to speak out.

S. Korea, US deploy missile defence amid China protest

Seoul - South Korea and the United States on Thursday completed the deployment of a US missile defence system to counter North Korean threats, sparking demonstrations by residents and a diplomatic protest from Beijing.

Thousands marry in Unification Church wedding

Gapyeong - Thousands of Unification Church couples took part in a mass wedding Thursday to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of its founder Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah by his followers.

N. Korea crisis sparks nuclear debate in Japan, S. Korea

Toukyo - Nuclear-armed North Korea's testing of long-range missiles that could possibly reach US soil has kindled debate in Japan and South Korea about developing their own nuclear deterrent, prompting fears of a North East Asian arms race.

Ageing populations will drag on growth in Asia: IMF chief

Seoul - The chief of the International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that ageing populations in key Asian economies will drag on their growth, urging policymakers to step up their response to shifting demographics.

Trump pushes hardware to allies — and ups pressure on N.Korea

Washington - With global tensions spiraling over the North Korean nuclear crisis, President Donald Trump wants to pile extra pressure on Pyongyang by urging regional allies to dramatically boost spending on high-tech US military gear.

Moon presses Putin over North Korea oil supplies

Vladivostok - South Korean President Moon Jae-In urged Russia on Wednesday to cooperate over cutting oil supplies to North Korea but President Vladimir Putin appeared to pour cold water on the idea.

Japan, S. Korea can buy more US military equipment: Trump

Washington - President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would allow Japan and South Korea to buy more "highly sophisticated" US military equipment, amid soaring tensions after Pyongyang's latest atomic test.

'Obscene' S. Korea novelist dead in suspected suicide: police

Seoul - An avant-garde South Korean novelist whose 1990s prosecution on obscenity charges prompted comparisons between his work and Lady Chatterley's Lover was found dead on Tuesday in an apparent suicide, police said.

Top US business group in S.Korea backs FTA, warns over pull-out

Seoul - The biggest foreign business group in South Korea said Tuesday it supported a trade deal between Seoul and Washington that US President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon, warning of a "damaging effect" on the economy if it is scrapped.

S. Korea navy holds major live-fire drills in warning to North

Seoul - South Korea's navy held major live-fire drills Tuesday to warn the North against any provocations at sea, it said, two days after Pyongyang's biggest nuclear test to date.

Trump's turn on S.Korea risks alliance: analysts

Seoul - Donald Trump is playing into North Korea’s hands by turning on the South, accusing it of appeasement, snubbing its leader and threatening to end their trade deal in moves that analysts say risk weakening a decades-long alliance.

S.Korea detects signs N. Korea preparing missile launch

Seoul - South Korea has detected signs that the North is preparing another missile launch, the defence ministry said Monday, adding it could involve an intercontinental ballistic missile.

S. Korea missile exercise after N. Korea nuke test: Yonhap

Seoul - South Korea launched a ballistic missile exercise early Monday in response to Pyongyang's provocative detonation of what it claimed was a miniaturised hydrogen bomb, state news agency Yonhap reported.

N. Korea and its nuclear test: What next?

Seoul - North Korea conducted a sixth nuclear test on Sunday, and declared itself in command of a working hydrogen bomb just hours after the explosion.Here are some key questions around the blast and the isolated state's nuclear programme.

Trump, Moon agree to boost S.Korean missile capabilities

Washington - The United States and South Korea agreed Friday to strengthen Seoul's defenses and Washington gave a nod to billions in arms sales to the country, the White House said, days after North Korea fired a missile over Japan and threatened further launches.

US heavy bombers, jets in show of force against North Korea

Seoul - US heavy bombers and stealth jet fighters took part in a joint live-fire drill in South Korea on Thursday, intended as a show of force against the North after its latest missile launch.

Mattis: Still room for diplomatic solution with N.Korea

Washington - US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Wednesday that there was still room for diplomacy in dealing with North Korea's provocative ballistic missile launches, after President Donald Trump said negotiations were "not the answer.

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

Washington - A frustrated US President Donald Trump hit out at the slow pace of diplomacy Wednesday as nuclear-armed North Korea's Kim Jong-Un threatened ever more missile tests.

'Something serious has to happen' following NKorea missile test: Haley

New York - Washington's UN ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that "something serious has to happen" following North Korea's missile test over Japan."It's unacceptable," Haley said.

Trump warns 'all options' on table after N. Korea missile launch

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that "all options" remained under consideration after North Korea launched a missile over Japan.

US warns 'all options' open after North Korea launch

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned "all options" are again on the table Tuesday after North Korea snubbed Washington's bid to lure it back to talks with a provocative new missile test that overflew Japan.

Prosecutors appeal against ruling on Samsung heir

Seoul - Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a harsher punishment for the heir to the Samsung empire, appealing against a court ruling that sentenced him to five years in prison for bribery.
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