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It's Mine! South Korean President Visits Islets Also Claimed By Japan

AP | SAM KIM | Posted 10.10.2012 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's president has made a surprise, election-year visit to islets also claimed by Japan, which quickly reasserted ...

North Korea Calls South Korean President 'Chieftain Of Evils'

AP | Posted 03.05.2012 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has called South Korea's president a "pro-U.S. fascist maniac" and a "chieftain of evils" because he placed his...

North Korea: Foolish 'Puppet Group' In South Korea Should Not Expect Change From Us

AP | Posted 02.29.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea announced Saturday that Kim Jong Un has been officially named supreme commander of the military, further st...

North Koreans Mourn Death Of Kim Jong Il

AP | RAFAEL WOBER | Posted 02.18.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea prepared to lay longtime ruler Kim Jong Il to rest while the hermit state's official media on Tuesday laude...

U.S. Weighs NKorea Policy After Kim Death

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 02.17.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says it remains committed to stability on the Korean peninsula and is closely monitoring developments ther...

K-pop: Soft Power for the Global Cool

Linda Constant | Posted 01.14.2012 | World
Linda Constant

Governmental cultural diplomacy can sometimes come off as forced or out-of-touch, but K-pop is an authentic reflection and spectacle of youth culture that is impressively close to the pulse of the "global cool."

Japan To Return Looted Royal Documents To South Korea

AP | By SAM KIM | Posted 12.18.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- Japan's prime minister will return looted Korean royal documents during a summit with his South Korean counterpart this week, of...

Obama, Korean President Pitching Trade Deal In Michigan

Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

By JIM KUHNHENN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- President Barack Obama and South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak are promoting ...

PHOTOS: FLOTUS, Dignitaries Arrive At State Dinner In Style

Posted 12.13.2011 | Style

The White House didn't let a little foul weather rain on the parade of high style at Thursday night's State Dinner. Held in honor of visiting South...

Joint Challenges for U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's state visit to the United States today comes on the heels of congressional approval for a long-pending Free Trade Agreement between the countries. The pact is another achievement in a strong alliance that experts say has "never been better."

Obama Hosts Close Ally After Trade Agreement Passes

AP | MATTHEW PENNINGTON and ERICA WERNER | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama praised a just-completed trade deal with South Korea on Thursday as he welcomed the country's president to t...

North Korea Vows Military Action Against South

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 08.03.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea vowed Friday to launch "retaliatory military actions" against South Korea, a threat that came days after Seoul ...

Clinton Pledges Trade Pact With Korea By End Of Year

AP | By MATTHEW LEE and KELLY OLSEN | Posted 06.16.2011 | World

SEOUL -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday the Obama administration is determined to pass a free trade pact with South Korea this ...

South Korea Soldiers Do Bare-Chested Snow Training

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Following an exchange of artillery fire last November, tensions between the two Koreas remain at an all-time high. And as the AFP is reporting, South...

South Korea: Seeking Reunification by Live Fire?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

2010-12-20-20koreaspancndarticleLarge.jpgRather than waiting patiently for reunification to take place through negotiations, the South Korean Lee Myoung-bak administration wants to accelerate the process, by force if necessary.

China's Free Rider Syndrome

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Marshall

There is no method to North Korea's madness. And as long as China keeps enabling Pyongyang's belligerent behavior, the world's response will remain dangerous.

South Korea Leader Vows Consequences For 'Ruthless' North Korean Regime

AP | KELLY OLSEN and HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — As U.S.-South Korean war games continued, the United States and two crucial Asian allies agreed to meet in Washingt...

Behind the Korean Crisis, Dangers of a US-China Clash

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

China cannot allow a US fleet to long operate in its most important waters, any more than the US would permit a Chinese fleet to demonstrate in Chesapeake Bay or the Gulf of Mexico.

Hwang Jang-Yop, North Korean Defector, Laid To Rest In Seoul

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea held a funeral Thursday for a high-profile North Korean defector who once tutored autocratic leader Kim Jong Il...

South Korea Vows North Korea Will 'Pay' for Cheonan Sinking

AP | JEAN H. LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea won U.S. support Monday for slashing trade to North Korea and vowed to haul its communist neighbor before the U...

S. Korean President Replaces Prime Minister, Defense Minister

nytimes.com | CHOE SANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL �" President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea replaced his prime minister on Thursday in a cabinet reshuffle that also removed the country's defen...

What Comes after Kim Dae Jung?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

The recent progress in North-South Korean relations - a released South Korean detainee, an agreement to reenergize several key projects - suggests that the policies of the 'sunshine generation' are still bearing fruit.

Obama Having Beer Blasts at the White House

Sybil Adelman Sage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sybil Adelman Sage

If this works, look for Obama to schedule Octoberfests to mediate a truce between Candy and Tori Spelling.

Lee Myung-bak, Obama To discuss North Korean threats

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Declaring North Korea a "grave threat" to the world, President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the U.S. and its allies will aggress...

Obama Calls G-20 Summit A 'Turning Point' (SLIDESHOW)

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — Concluding his first international summit, President Barack Obama hailed agreements at the emergency meeting of world powers Thursday a...