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South Korea fears further missile advances by North this year in threat to U.S.


SEOUL North Korea may conduct additional missile tests this year to polish up its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States, South Korea's spy agency said on Monday, adding that it was monitoring developments closely.

Exclusive: North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

GENEVA North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint U.S-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyang's atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a U.S. nuclear threat.

U.S. envoy says no communication, no signal from North Korea amid nuclear crisis

SEOUL South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive North's intentions as there has been "no signal".

World, North Korea Nov 17 2017

Fear and loathing in South Korea as university exam postponed by quake

SEOUL South Korean test-takers expressed confusion and dejection on Thursday as the country's highly competitive annual university entrance exam, called a "life assignment exam" by some, was postponed a week for the first time ever due to safety concerns. | Video

World, Nov 16 2017

South Korean says U.S. must not strike North Korea without Seoul's consent

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump should "under no circumstances" take military action against North Korea without the consent of the government in Seoul, the chairwoman of South Korea's ruling party, Choo Mi-ae, said on Wednesday.

World, North Korea Nov 15 2017

South Korea postpones university exam after rare earthquake

SEOUL South Korea postponed its annual university entrance exam by a week on Wednesday after a rare earthquake rattled the country, shaking buildings and causing damage but no deaths.

North Korea defector 'stabilized' after second surgery: South Korean surgeon

SEOUL A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash over the border to South Korea this week stabilized on Wednesday after a second round of surgery, a doctor treating him said.

World, North Korea Nov 15 2017

North Korea nuclear arsenal too developed to destroy quickly, says Moon

SEOUL South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it would not be easy for reclusive North Korea to destroy its nuclear arsenal quickly, even if wanted to, given its weapons programs were so developed.

World, North Korea Nov 14 2017

Defecting North Korean soldier critical after escape in hail of bullets

SEOUL A North Korean soldier is expected to survive critical wounds he received when his old comrades fired a hail of bullets at him as he made a defection dash to South Korea, the South's government and military said on Tuesday. | Video

Top U.S. negotiator arrives in South Korea amid hopes for easing tensions

SEOUL The United States' top negotiator with North Korea arrived in South Korea on Tuesday, a visit that comes as hopes rise for an easing of tensions on the peninsula in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's visit and a lull in missile testing.


Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF sets Mugabe impeachment ball rolling

HARARE Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power. | Video