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  • Moon, Trump agree by phone to work closely on North Korea

    SEOUL -- South Korea's newly sworn-in President Moon Jae-in spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump by phone Wednesday, and both affirmed that they would work closely on issues including the North Korean nuclear problem.Trump said the Pyongyang issue

    May 11, 2017 03:41 am JST
  • New South Korean president commits to dialogue with North

    SEOUL -- As South Korea's first progressive president in nine years, Moon Jae-in is standing by his campaign pledge to seek a peaceful resolution to the growing North Korean threat.In his inaugural address Wednesday, Moon vowed to "lay the foundatio

    May 11, 2017 03:35 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slips on caution after Trump fires Comey

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks edged lower Wednesday as caution reigned after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly dismissed the nation's top law enforcement official and as investors took profits in South Korean shares following preside

    May 10, 2017 08:14 pm JST
  • Moon vows to cut government ties with conglomerates

    SEOUL - South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he would cut cozy ties between government and family-run conglomerates, and reform these big businesses known as chaebol.Moon, of the liberal Democratic Party, took office Wednesday, aft

    May 10, 2017 07:08 pm JST
  • US wary of South Korea's approach to North under Moon

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK -- South Korean President-elect Moon Jae-in received immediate congratulations from U.S. President Donald Trump, but the White House appears to be cautiously eyeing the progressive Moon.On Tuesday local time, the White House issu

    May 10, 2017 04:00 pm JST
  • David S. Lee

    Resurgent conservatives will challenge South Korea's Moon

    South Koreans awoke to a new president on Wednesday. Leading liberal candidate Moon Jae-in cruised to victory with a plurality of 41% of the vote, boosted by high voter turnout.Unfortunately, Moon's moment of euphoria will likely be short-lived as h

    May 10, 2017 02:30 pm JST
  • Moon Jae-in strikes soft tone on North Korea, missile system

    SEOUL/TOKYO -- South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, said Wednesday he is willing to visit North Korea under the right conditions. He also said he is prepared to negotiate over a contentious missile-defense system deployed in the country by U.S.

    May 10, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • Japan to urge new South Korea government to uphold comfort women deal

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government said Wednesday it will ask new South Korean President Moon Jae In to comply with a 2015 agreement aimed at settling the row over Korean women forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels."The agreemen

    May 10, 2017 01:55 pm JST
  • Moon takes Korean stocks for a ride in post-election trading

    SEOUL -- South Korea's stock market saw volatile trading Wednesday, the morning after Keynesian Moon Jae-in won the presidential election. Hopes that expansionary fiscal policy would boost the economy pushed stocks high at the opening, but was follo

    May 10, 2017 01:30 pm JST
  • John Burton

    Moon Jae-in faces a dilemma on North Korea

    The election of Moon Jae-in as South Korea's new president represents the culmination of a populist protest movement that began last October amid revelations of alleged corrupt ties between the government and big business under the administration of

    May 10, 2017 11:35 am JST
  • China's Xi congratulates new South Korean president

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Moon Jae-in on winning the election to become South Korean's new president, state news agency Xinhua said.

    May 10, 2017 10:58 am JST
  • South Korea's election panel confirms Moon as president

    SEOUL -- Moon Jae-in, who declared victory Tuesday in South Korea's presidential election, became the country's 19th president Wednesday morning. The country's election commission confirmed Moon as the winner, according to local media outlets. The v

    May 10, 2017 08:52 am JST
  • South Koreans opt for fresh start with progressive Moon

    SEOUL -- Disillusioned by nine years of conservative rule that culminated in the impeachment and removal of Park Geun-hye, South Koreans have chosen progressive Moon Jae-in, 64, as their next president amid rising concerns over inequality and a bell

    May 10, 2017 06:57 am JST
  • Moon's rise could threaten 'final' deal on wartime women

    SEOUL -- Tensions over South Korea's long-running disputes with Japan will likely flare anew during the presidency of Moon Jae-in, a liberal who has taken a hard line in such areas as the bilateral agreement over wartime "comfort women."Japanese Pri

    May 10, 2017 06:28 am JST
  • Japan awaits policy signals from South Korea's Moon

    TOKYO -- Japan and South Korea are likely to continue groping their way toward closer economic relations, as Tokyo needs time to assess incoming President Moon Jae-in's stance toward it.Reinstituting a bilateral currency swap agreement to share doll

    May 10, 2017 06:20 am JST
  • Moon seeks early talks with North Korea

    SEOUL -- Moon Jae-in, who declared victory Tuesday in South Korea's snap presidential election, seeks to open an early line of dialogue with the North Korean regime, putting the reformist deeply at odds with the hard-line stance adopted by Japan and

    May 10, 2017 05:50 am JST
  • Tokyo feels out new dynamic with Seoul under Moon

    TOKYO -- With power about to change hands in South Korea, Japan is trying to tease out the new administration's views on key bilateral issues, a task made tougher by a lack of contacts with the progressives taking over in Seoul.With North Korea's nu

    May 10, 2017 04:53 am JST
  • South Korea elects Moon on promises of jobs, chaebol reform

    SEOUL -- South Korea has elected the Democratic Party's Moon Jae-in as president, ushering in an era that will be led by a liberal government focused on implementing a Keynesian-style fiscal expansion policy to boost a lackluster economy.Moon declar

    May 10, 2017 04:00 am JST
  • South Korean voters veer to the left

    SEOUL -- South Koreans elected a reformist president on Tuesday. Moon Jae-in can attribute his victory to a gap between the country's privileged few and everybody else -- a chasm partly opened by collusive relations between political leaders and the

    May 10, 2017 01:30 am JST
  • Once-jailed activist now president of South Korea

    Moon Jae-in -- the son of North Korean refugees, the college student who was arrested for leading a protest against the country's authoritarian government, the former aide to a president who worked toward rapprochement with the communist North -- ha

    May 10, 2017 12:40 am JST