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South Korea pushes back at Trump claims about more money for troop agreement

Feb 13 2019

SEOUL South Korea's presidential Blue House pushed back on Wednesday against comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more toward maintaining U.S. troops in the country.

South Korea signs deal to pay more for U.S. troops after Trump demand

Feb 11 2019

SEOUL Officials signed a short-term agreement on Sunday to boost South Korea's contribution toward the upkeep of U.S. troops on the peninsula, after a previous deal lapsed amid U.S. President Donald Trump's call for the South to pay more. | Video

'The whole country is a prison': No sign of better rights in North Korea - U.N.

Jan 11 2019

SEOUL Despite more than a year of international engagement and promises of economic reform by North Korea's leaders, the human rights situation in the isolated country remains dire, a top U.N. rights official said on Friday.

U.S. allies in Asia-Pacific region rattled after Mattis quits

Dec 21 2018

SYDNEY/SEOUL The abrupt resignation of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sparked concern among Asia-Pacific allies who credit the retired general with building trust and tempering isolationist impulses, regional officials and analysts said on Friday.

North Korea media says denuclearization includes ending 'U.S. nuclear threat'

Dec 20 2018

SEOUL Any deal for North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal must include "completely removing the nuclear threats of the U.S.", North Korean state media said on Thursday, in one of the clearest explanations of how North Korea sees denuclearization.

South Korea's surviving 'comfort women' spend final years seeking atonement from Japan

Dec 18 2018

DAEGU, South Korea When 17-year-old Lee Yong-soo returned home to South Korea in 1945 after being forced to serve in a brothel for Japanese troops, her family, having given her up for dead, thought she was a ghost.

North Korea condemns U.S. sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk

Dec 17 2018

SEOUL North Korea on Sunday condemned the U.S. administration for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the nuclear-armed country, warning of a return to "exchanges of fire" and that disarming Pyongyang could be blocked forever. | Video

Detained in China: Canadian businessman known for ties to North Korean leader

Dec 13 2018

SEOUL/OTTAWA Canadian Michael Spavor has jet skied with Kim Jong Un, felt the ground shake from a North Korean nuclear test, and now it appears, been detained by Chinese authorities.

South Korea's surviving 'comfort women' spend final years seeking atonement from Japan

Nov 23 2018

DAEGU, South Korea When 17-year-old Lee Yong-soo returned home to South Korea in 1945 after years as a child sex slave for Japanese troops, her family, having given her up for dead, thought she was a ghost.

SoftBank doubles down on Korean online retailer Coupang with $2 billion investment

Nov 20 2018

SEOUL SoftBank's Vision Fund is investing an additional $2 billion in South Korea's top e-commerce firm Coupang, the retailer said on Tuesday, as the loss-making startup seeks to cement its market dominance.

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