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  • North Korea has chemical weapons to target South: defector

    SEOUL -- North Korea has been producing biological and chemical weapons since the 1960s for a potential strike against South Korean cities, Thae Yong Ho, the North's former deputy ambassador to the U.K., said here Wednesday."North Korea has deployed

    March 9, 2017 05:00 am JST
  • Iris Ohyama plans factory, R&D in South Korea

    SEOUL -- Japanese home goods maker Iris Ohyama plans to set up a factory and an R&D center in Incheon, the South Korean city's government said Wednesday.Incheon's municipal government said it received a document outlining investment plans from Iris

    March 9, 2017 02:00 am JST
  • Exclusive

    Foxconn approached SK Hynix for joint Toshiba bid, sources say

    TAIPEI/SEOUL -- Key iPhone assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, known as Foxconn Technology Group, has approached South Korea's second largest memory chip maker SK Hynix to explore the possibility of collaborating on a bid for the memory business o

    March 9, 2017 01:55 am JST
  • THAAD tensions squeeze South Korean companies

    SEOUL -- Mounting political tension between South Korea and China is taking a toll on South Korean companies, with Beijing suspending local operations of Lotte Shopping discount stores and blocking group tours bound for the neighboring country, amon

    March 8, 2017 11:45 pm JST
  • South Korea court says to rule on President Park's impeachment on Friday

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's Constitutional Court will rule on President Park Geun-hye's impeachment on Friday at 11 a.m. (0200 GMT), a court spokesman said on Wednesday.Park was impeached by parliament in December and stripped of her powers pen

    March 8, 2017 10:58 pm JST
  • Asian PMI readings paint a mixed picture

    TOKYO -- Business activity in Southeast Asia picked up overall in February, but manufacturers' outlook for future output was less rosy, the latest Nikkei Purchasing Managers' Index shows.The headline Nikkei ASEAN Manufacturing PMI rose 0.3 point fro

    March 8, 2017 05:00 pm JST
  • Enzymes and algae offer alternatives to synthetic chemicals

    SEOUL -- Ever since four pregnant women died of mysterious lung problems in 2011, South Korea has been haunted by scandals over toxic chemicals in common household goods.The women's deaths remain unexplained. But in January the former chief of the S

    March 8, 2017 03:00 pm JST
  • Tillerson to meet Xi to pave way for US-China summit: diplomat

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Beijing on March 18 and coordinate the timing of a first meeting between Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump, a seni

    March 8, 2017 02:05 pm JST
  • China tables new proposal to ease North Korean tensions

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- China's foreign minister on Wednesday came up with a new proposal to alleviate tensions stemming from North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs."To defuse a looming crisis on the (Korean) Peninsula, China proposes tha

    March 8, 2017 01:43 pm JST
  • Hyundai Motor redesigns Sonata to reverse falling sales

    SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co unveiled a redesigned Sonata on Wednesday, aiming to reverse a fall in sales of a model struggling to stand out in a shrinking saloon segment.Hyundai Motor has adopted a sporty look for the revamped

    March 8, 2017 01:28 pm JST
  • China suggests Pyongyang end tests, US and South stop drills

    BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on North Korea on Wednesday to stop nuclear and missile tests and for the United States and South Korea to stop joint military drills that the isolated North regards as preparation for war

    March 8, 2017 01:16 pm JST
  • UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile launches and expressed concern over the country's increasingly destabilizing behavior and defiance of the 15-member body.Pyon

    March 8, 2017 09:27 am JST
  • Tillerson to focus on North Korea during 3-nation trip from March 15

    WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Japan, South Korea and China from March 15 to 19 for talks mainly on North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons development, the State Department said Tuesday.In each country, Til

    March 8, 2017 09:04 am JST
  • Russian official raps THAAD deployment in South Korea

    MOSCOW (Kyodo) -- A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official on Tuesday took aim at the just-started deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, saying it would adversely affect regional stability.Mikhail Ulyanov, head of t

    March 8, 2017 08:55 am JST
  • China's ban on South Korean games slays Nexon shares

    TOKYO -- Shares of online game maker Nexon fell 7% at one point Tuesday in Tokyo, as China froze new licenses for South Korean games, spurring concerns about the company founded in Seoul.Tokyo-based Nexon's trading value ballooned 200% from the day

    March 8, 2017 07:00 am JST
  • Pyongyang takes threat to new level by targeting bases in Japan

    TOKYO -- North Korea announced Tuesday that its missile launch the day before was part of a drill to strike U.S. military bases in Japan, issuing a defiant challenge to the two allies trying to thwart the rogue state's nuclear ambitions.The state-ru

    March 8, 2017 06:10 am JST
  • SK Hynix says Toshiba wants it to bid for memory chip business

    SEOUL -- SK Hynix said Tuesday that Toshiba had offered it a new plan for the purchase of a controlling stake in its memory chip business which analysts say could change the landscape of the industry.South Korea's second-largest chipmaker says that

    March 7, 2017 07:34 pm JST
  • Jones and Pollack

    North Korea threat brings out Trump's serious side

    Amid the sound and fury of President Donald Trump's first weeks in office, the new U.S. administration has been widely castigated for policy dysfunction, an insurgent view of international alliances and trade, and worrying signals about its approach

    March 7, 2017 12:40 pm JST
  • THAAD missile defense system deployment begins in South Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- The deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, began in South Korea on Monday, the U.S. Pacific Command said Tuesday."Continued provocative actions by North Korea, to inc

    March 7, 2017 12:17 pm JST
  • Trump, South Korea's acting president discuss responses over North Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea's Acting President Hwang Kyo Ahn and U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday discussed the two countries' responses to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, according to South Korea's Prime Minister's Office.A phone

    March 7, 2017 10:33 am JST