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Actually, Foreign Nations Pay Billions For U.S. Military Bases

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton quietly negotiated a deal in 2011 that obliges Japan to continue paying $2 billion annually toward the cost of U.S. military bases there.

October 1, 2016
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Top Diplomats From U.S., Japan, South Korea To Meet On North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in New York on Sunday to discuss responses to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

September 14, 2016
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U.S. Bombers Fly Over South Korea In Show Of Force After Nuclear Test

Two U.S. B-1 bombers flew over South Korea on Tuesday in a show of force and solidarity with its ally after North Korea’s nuclear test last week, while a U.S. envoy called for a swift and strong response to Pyongyang from the United Nations.

September 13, 2016
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North Korea Ready For Another Nuclear Test Any Time: South Korea

North Korea is ready to conduct an additional nuclear test at any time, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Monday, three days after the reclusive North’s fifth test drew widespread condemnation.

September 12, 2016

North Korean Rocket Puts Object Into Space, Angers Neighbors, U.S.

Isolated North Korea’s last long-range rocket launch, in 2012, put what it called a communications satellite into orbit, but no signal has ever been detected from it.

February 7, 2016

Japan Military On Alert Over North Korea’s Planned Rocket Launch

The rocket is likely to fly over Japan’s southern island of Okinawa in the Pacific Ocean at an altitude of several hundred kilometers.

February 3, 2016

U.S. May Send More Strategic Weapons To Korean Peninsula: South Korea

In a show of force and support, the United States on Sunday sent a nuclear-capable B-52 bomber based in Guam on a flight over South Korea.

January 11, 2016

Abe Offers Apology, Payment To South Korean ‘Comfort Women’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a landmark apology to South Korean “comfort women” coerced into Japanese military brothels.

December 29, 2015

North, South Korea Reach Agreement To Ease Tensions

North and South Korea reached agreement early on Tuesday to end a standoff involving an exchange of artillery fire that had pushed the divided peninsula into a state of heightened military tension.

August 24, 2015

North, South Korea In Marathon Talks In Effort To Ease Tension

The United Nations, the United States and the North’s lone major ally, China, have all called for calm.

August 23, 2015

North Korea Orders Troops On War Footing After Exchange Of Fire With South

Tension on the divided Korean peninsula escalated on Thursday when the North and South exchanged artillery fire over propaganda broadcasts.

August 21, 2015

Japan PM Expresses ‘Utmost Grief’ Over War But No Fresh Apology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, marking the 70th anniversary of World War II’s end, said he upheld past Japanese government apologies over the war, but offered no new apology of his own.

August 14, 2015
File image of Mark Lippert, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Lippert was injured in an attack in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

U.S. Ambassador In South Korea Recovering After Bloody Attack

Ambassador Mark Lippert is recovering after a violent knife attack.

March 5, 2015

Two Koreas Trade Border Fire As Kim Fails To Appear

Get the latest on the tense situation in Korea.

October 10, 2014

S. Korea, U.S. Start Military Drill Despite North Threats

Seoul (AFP) — South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul’s defense ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a “merciless” retaliatory strike. The beginning of the “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” exercise, which will last until August 29, came as Pope Francis led a mass for inter-reconciliation […]

August 18, 2014

Pope Urges Korean Reconciliation, Prays For Persecuted Iraq Christians

dpa SEOUL — Pope Francis called for Korean reconciliation Monday, and offered special prayers for persecuted Christians in Iraq during the final event of his five-day visit to South Korea. Francis celebrated a Peace and Reconciliation Mass in Seoul’s Myeongdong Cathedral with 1,000 invitees, including South Korean President Park Geun Hye. North Korean authorities refused […]

August 18, 2014

As Japan Marks WWII Surrender, Abe Avoids Controversial Shrine

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times Two Japanese Cabinet members and a group of lawmakers marked the 69th anniversary of Japan’s surrender in World War II on Friday by visiting a Tokyo shrine that China and South Korea regard as a totem to Japan’s militarist past. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — whose last trip […]

August 15, 2014

Body May Be That Of South Korean Tycoon With Ties To Sunken Ferry

By Steven Borowiec, Los Angeles Times The body of South Korea’s most wanted man, a fugitive tycoon with ties to a ferry than sank in April, may have been found by police in a plum field in the country’s south, Yonhap News Agency reported. Police said that a DNA sample taken from the body, discovered […]

July 22, 2014

China’s Xi Arrives In South Korea As Tensions Grow With North Korea, Japan

By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy Foreign Staff BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to South Korea on Thursday, part of a courtship aimed at strengthening his hand in dealing with North Korea and Japan. South Korean President Park Geun-hye greeted Xi upon his arrival in Seoul, the fifth time the two […]

July 3, 2014

Seoul Accuses North Korea Of Firing Artillery Shells At Its Ship

By Dirk Godder SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea fired artillery Thursday near a South Korean warship on patrol near their disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Two shells went into the water near the corvette 9 miles south of Yeonpyeong Island, and the crew responded with […]

May 22, 2014

Obama Counsels Diplomacy In Dealing With Russia, China, North Korea

By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau SEOUL — President Barack Obama conceded Friday that sanctions on Russia may not force President Vladimir Putin to alter his decisions on Ukraine, but he then offered a spirited defense of how they might still influence a leader he said is “not a stupid man.” Putin surely realizes that […]

April 25, 2014

Search For South Korean Official’s Secret Funds Leads To Orange County

By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES—The South Korean public got a first glimpse of former President Chun Doo-hwan’s ill-gotten gains in 1996 — 25 apple boxes neatly packed with crisp bills. The bills, the equivalent of several million dollars, were only a fraction of the more than $200 million Chun was ultimately found to […]

April 25, 2014

Death Toll In South Korea Ferry Disaster Crosses 120

Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) – The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 Tuesday as divers sped up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody. Better weather and calm seas spurred their efforts but underwater visibility was […]

April 22, 2014

South Korean President Compares Ferry Captain’s Behavior To Murder

By Dirk Godder SEOUL — The conduct of the captain of the ferry that sank last week trapping hundreds of schoolchildren was comparable to murder, South Korean President Park Geun Hye said Monday as hopes of finding any of the missing passengers alive faded. “The conduct of the captain and some crew members is wholly […]

April 21, 2014

Death Toll In South Korean Ferry Accident Rises To 25

SEOUL, South Korea — Twenty-five people have been confirmed dead in the sinking of a South Korean ferry, authorities said Friday. The coast guard said another 271 people were still missing, the Yonhap News Agency reported. “It seems like bodies have begun to spill out of the sunken ship due to current shifts,” Yonhap quoted […]

April 18, 2014