South Korea

Amid Tense Geopolitical Backdrop, Pyeongchang Opening Ceremony Stresses Harmony

The Winter Games kicked off in this ski-resort town with a volatile blend of geopolitics and Olympic pageantry, foreshadowing an event in which international intrigue will provide a dramatic backdrop for sporting grandeur. In an Opening Ceremony on Friday staged just 50 miles south of the inter-Korean border, delegations from …

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Hospital fire in South Korea kills over 30 people and injures over 80 – National

A fire swept through a hospital for the elderly in southeastern South Korea on Friday, killing more than 30 people and injuring dozens in one of the country’s deadliest fires in recent years. The fire at Sejong Hospital in the city of Miryang killed 31 people and injured 81, 14 …

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North and South Korea meeting for first time in years: Why it’s important and what to expect – National

North Korea’s recent abrupt push to improve ties with South Korea wasn’t totally unexpected, as the country has a history of launching provocations and then pursuing dialogue with rivals Seoul and Washington in an attempt to win concessions. Still, Tuesday’s planned talks between the Koreas, the first in about two …

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North Korea to reopen cross-border communication with South Korea – National

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – South Korea says North Korea has announced it will reopen a cross-border communication channel in another sign of easing animosity between the rivals. The announcement Wednesday comes a day after South Korea offered high-level talks with rival North Korea to find ways to co-operate on …

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South Koreans fire 20 warning shots at North Korean troops looking for defector – National

SEOUL – South Korean guards fired up to 20 warning shots at North Korean troops searching for a soldier who had defected on Thursday, Yonhap news agency said, after officials in the South confirmed the latest defection across the heavily militarized border. Thursday’s defection came about five weeks after another …

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Korean peninsula situation is the world’s most dangerous security issue, U.N official says – National

By Staff The Associated Press The United Nations says its political chief and North Korea’s foreign minister agree that the current situation on the Korean peninsula is the most dangerous security issue in the world. U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman returned Friday from a four-day visit to North …

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North Korea says U.S.-South Korea air drills pushing peninsula to brink of nuclear war – National

SEOUL, Dec 4 (Reuters) – South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills on Monday, officials said, a week after North Korea said it had tested its most advanced missile as part of a weapons programme that has raised global tensions. The annual U.S.-South Korean drill, …

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North Korea building nukes ‘faster than expected,’ may announce completion within a year, South says – National

North Korea is building its nuclear weapons program at a “faster-than-expected pace” and may announce its completion within the next year, according to South Korea’s unification minister. Speaking at a news conference in Seoul on Tuesday, Cho Myoung-gyon warned of the faster production a day after Japan had suggested the …

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