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North Korea says open to talks with U.S. but condemns sanctions


SEOUL Senior officials from Pyongyang visiting South Korea on Sunday said North Korea was open to talks with the United States, according to the South's presidency, hours after the North accused Washington of trying to stir up conflict on the peninsula with new sanctions.

South Korea brings curtain down on 'Peace Games'

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea South Korea brought the curtain down on its "Peace Games" on Sunday, with winter sports athletes dancing and singing together at a vibrant closing ceremony, though there was little warmth between dignitaries from the United States and North Korea.

U.S. imposes more North Korea sanctions, Trump warns of 'phase two'

WASHINGTON/SEOUL The United States said on Friday it was imposing its largest package of sanctions to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, and President Donald Trump warned of a "phase two" that could be "very, very unfortunate for the world" if the steps did not work. | Video

'Peace Games' are no game-changer for South Koreans

GANGNEUNG, South Korea/SEOUL South Korea's self-styled "Peace Games" have been a sporting success but public reaction suggests it may have failed its bigger test -- to generate the support its president needs to make bold moves to improve ties with old enemy North Korea.

Trump to announce new sanctions against North Korea as South prepares for talks

SEOUL/WASHINGTON The United States is due to announce its largest package of sanctions against North Korea to pressure the reclusive country into giving up its nuclear and missile programs, as South Korea readies itself for further talks with its leaders. | Video

GM Korea seeks to trim benefits, wages: internal letter

SEOUL General Motors Co will propose a base wage freeze and no bonuses this year along with a suspension of some worker benefits at its money-losing South Korean unit to cut costs, according to an internal letter that Reuters reviewed on Friday.

Feb 23 2018

Japan wins WTO dispute over Fukushima-related food

TOKYO/SEOUL The World Trade Organization largely upheld a Japanese complaint against South Korean import bans and additional testing requirements imposed on Japanese seafood because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Health, Japan, Feb 22 2018

South Korean chat app becomes new outlet for #MeToo movement

SEOUL A chat app where South Koreans can anonymously dish the dirt on their misbehaving bosses and colleagues is belatedly stirring the country’s #MeToo movement, shedding new light on sexual harassment in the heavily male-dominated corporate culture. | Video

Tech, World, Davos Feb 22 2018

North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking

SEOUL North Korea will send a high-level delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony, officials said on Thursday, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors.

Distrust of unions, and GM, hangs over South Korean efforts to stem job losses

SEOUL South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in a bind. | Video

Feb 22 2018

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue as fighting rages

BEIRUT Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there in defiance of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country. | Video