Published 4:58 am CDT, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 Acting Russian Ambassador to South Korea Maxim Volkov, left, and South Korean Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-gu take their seats before their meeting at the Foreign ministry in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 23, 2019. Yoon on Tuesday summoned Volkov to protest the countries' military jets entering South Korea's airspace. (Kim Sung-do/Yonhap via AP) less Acting Russian Ambassador to South Korea Maxim Volkov, left, and South Korean Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-gu take their seats before their meeting at the Foreign ministry in Seoul, South ... more Photo: Kim Sung-do, AP Photo: Kim Sung-do, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Acting Russian Ambassador to South Korea Maxim Volkov, left, … [Read more...] about The Latest: Japan protests to Russia, SKorea over airspace
Updated 6:53 am PDT, Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Japanese lawmaker Fukushiro Nukaga, second left, and South Korean counterpart Suh Chung-won, second from right, shake hands at a hotel during a meeting in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 31, 2019. The lawmakers from South Korea held a lunch meeting with their Japanese counterparts during a visit to Tokyo on Wednesday. The gathering comes amid strained relations between Seoul and Tokyo after Japan recently tightened export controls for some high-tech materials. (Kyodo News via AP) less Japanese lawmaker Fukushiro Nukaga, second left, and South Korean counterpart Suh Chung-won, second from right, shake hands at a hotel during a meeting in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 31, 2019. The lawmakers from South ... more Photo: AP Photo: AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close … [Read more...] about Japan, SKorea lawmakers meet to ease row over trade, history
Updated 1:33 am CDT, Thursday, October 4, 2018 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reiterated a demand that Japan should remove its "rising sun" naval flag from a warship participating in an international fleet review in Jeju island next week. Many South Koreans associate the symbol with Japanese military aggression during World War II and have expressed anger over the potential display of the alleged "war-crime flag" during the Oct. 10-14 event. Seoul's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Thursday said Japan should be more considerate about how South Koreans remember Japan's brutal colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of the war. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said last week that the destroyer's display of the flag — portraying a red disc with 16 rays extending outward — would be mandatory under Japan's laws. … [Read more...] about SKorea renews call for Japan to exclude ‘rising sun’ flag
North Korea on Wednesday fired at least one projectile toward its eastern sea, South Korea's military said, in an apparent display of its expanding military capabilities ahead of planned nuclear negotiations with the United States this weekend. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff did not immediately confirm what the weapons were or how far they flew. The launch, which extended a torrid streak in weapons tests, came hours after a senior North Korean diplomat on Tuesday evening announced that North Korea and the United States have agreed to resume working-level nuclear negotiations this weekend. After supervising a testing firing of what the North described as a "newly developed super-large multiple rocket launcher" last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was quoted by state media as saying that the system would require a "running fire test" to complete its development. Nuclear negotiations have been at a standstill for months following a February summit between Kim and President … [Read more...] about SKorea Says NKorea Fired a Projectile Off Eastern Coast
BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the Korean Peninsula at a momentous juncture in the faltering effort to persuade Pyongyang to halt and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Ominous questions hang in the air. Is diplomacy failing? Is war approaching? Mattis' second trip as Pentagon boss to Seoul will take place Friday, following his consultations with Asian partners on a unified approach to resolve the North Korea crisis. In the Philippines, his Japanese counterpart spoke darkly of an "unprecedented, critical and imminent" threat posed by the North's repeated demonstrations of its ability to launch an intercontinental-range missile, potentially armed with a nuclear warhead. Twice, in August and September, North Korean missiles overflew Japan's northern Hokkaido island, triggering alarms and warnings for citizens to take cover. As North Korea's capabilities rush toward putting the U.S. mainland in range, Mattis has stuck to the American … [Read more...] about Questions loom as Mattis visits SKorea: Can diplomacy work?