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  • N. Korea had frank, candid talks with S. Korea's president: KCNA

    BEIJING (Kyodo) -- North Korea's delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, including its leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, had "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae In, official media said Sunday.The Korean Central Ne

    February 11, 2018 03:01 pm JST
  • Amid Olympic thaw, Pence says allies united in isolating N. Korea

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday said the United States, South Korea and Japan were in complete agreement on isolating North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, even as the two Koreas deepened their diplomatic d

    February 11, 2018 09:54 am JST
  • As two Koreas edge closer, US and Japan grow wary

    SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un played a strong card as the Winter Olympics opened in Pyongchang. The appearance of a sudden opening in relations between two Koreas poses a threat to the alliance between the U.S., South Korea and Japan in t

    February 11, 2018 02:15 am JST
  • North Korea's Kim invites Moon to Pyongyang for summit

    SEOUL -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for their first ever summit meeting.The invitation was conveyed verbally to Moon on Saturday by Kim Yo Jong, younger sister of Kim Jong Un, in a mee

    February 10, 2018 11:56 pm JST
  • Moon rejects Abe's request to resume US.-South Korea military drills

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korean President Moon Jae In has rejected a request by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to swiftly resume the country's joint military drills with the United States, his office said Saturday.During their summit in South Kore

    February 10, 2018 09:11 pm JST
  • North Korea's Kim invites South Korean president for summit

    SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang "at an early date", South Korean officials said on Saturday, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leade

    February 10, 2018 05:24 pm JST
  • South Korean president hosts lunch for Kim Jong Un's sister

    SEOUL (AP) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday met with senior North Korean officials including leader Kim Jong Un's sister over lunch at Seoul's presidential palace in the most significant diplomatic encounter between the rivals in ye

    February 10, 2018 01:54 pm JST
  • Diplomatic drama a sideshow at Winter Olympics

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- The Winter Olympics that opened here Friday are taking on an unusually political tone as North Korea tries to drive a wedge between South Korea and the U.S. through an aggressive charm offensive.High-ranking North Korean

    February 10, 2018 07:51 am JST
  • Japan and South Korea still stuck on 'comfort women' deal

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Though they face the common challenge of coping with a nuclear North Korea, Japan and South Korea are struggling to bridge a rift over the wartime "comfort women" issue that was supposed to have seen closure with a 2015 a

    February 10, 2018 04:54 am JST
  • So who were the winners after tumultuous week?

    TOKYO -- Darkness often makes the stars stand out more. As the shades of black market sentiment fell this week, there were some stocks which shone.On Friday the stock market ended the week with another massive decline. Growing inflation expectations

    February 9, 2018 10:16 pm JST
  • Abe cautions Moon on North Korea's 'charm offensive'

    SEOUL -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday that he should be wary of North Korea's "charm offensive" as the leaders met for a one-hour summit in Pyeongchang, a few hours before the town saw the open

    February 9, 2018 09:33 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index slumps tracking Wall Street turmoil

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan tumbled Friday, after U.S. markets plunged for a second time this week amid lingering concerns over climbing bond yields.The Nikkei Asia300 Index dropped 2.5% to 1,390.81, taking its losses for the

    February 9, 2018 08:32 pm JST
  • China stocks lead Friday's Asian sell-off after US plunge

    TOKYO -- Asian shares were sold off across the board on Friday, as investors responded to another Wall Street plunge that put U.S. stocks into correction territory overnight.Chinese shares led the decline during the Asian trading day. The Hong Kong

    February 9, 2018 06:47 pm JST
  • North Korean leader's sister arrives in South Korea

    SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korea's high-level delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Games including leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, arrived in South Korea by plane on Friday afternoon.Considered one of the closest aides to her brother,

    February 9, 2018 04:35 pm JST
  • Yoon Young-kwan

    Realism behind the Pyeongchang olive branch

    SEOUL -- After some two years of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the reprieve, however brief, that the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang promises to bring is more than welcome. But, with some military experts

    February 9, 2018 12:30 pm JST
  • Abe leaves for Pyeongchang for talks with Moon, Olympics ceremony

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Tokyo for South Korea on Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and hold talks with President Moon Jae In to affirm trilateral cooperation with the United States in de

    February 9, 2018 11:39 am JST
  • Paul Choi

    Samsung heir's release will not kill South Korea's reform drive

    The release from prison of Lee Jae-yong, the heir to the Samsung corporate empire, might look like a setback for hopes of reform of the dominance of the chaebol business groups in South Korea.But supporters of change should not be too disheartened.

    February 9, 2018 07:00 am JST
  • Pence presses the South to stay on board against North Korea

    SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Washington will continue exerting maximum pressure for the denuclearization of North Korea, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday, signaling caution toward South Korea's calls for a broader dialogue.During a

    February 9, 2018 02:47 am JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index posts first gain of week

    MUMBAI (NewsRise) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rose Thursday as investors stepped up purchases after three days of losses even as they awaited cues on where the U.S. inflation could be headed.The Nikkei Asia300 Index rose 0.7% to 1,425.88, after

    February 8, 2018 08:24 pm JST
  • Moon to lunch with North Korean leader's sister

    SEOUL -- South Korea's President Moon Jae-in will have lunch with Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader's younger sister, and a high-ranking delegation from Pyongyang on Saturday, Moon's spokesman said on Thursday.Kim Yo Jong, 30, is part of North Ko

    February 8, 2018 06:55 pm JST