In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with president of the Presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam at the Olympic reception hosted by the Russian President in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo)
North Korea officially squelches speculation of Kim trip
PYONGYANG--North Korea announced May 4 that the head of its parliament will attend this month's Victory Day celebration in Moscow, squelching speculation that supreme leader Kim Jong Un would use the event to make his international debut.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, foreground, shakes hands with Shigeru and Sakie Yokota, whose daughter, Megumi, was abducted by North Korean agents in 1977, at a meeting in Tokyo on April 26. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
N. Korea says Japan's bid to hold abduction summit in New York to deceive world
NEW YORK--North Korea condemned on May 1 plans by Japan to hold a summit in New York on the abduction of Japanese citizens by Pyongyang decades ago, saying the issue had been resolved and accusing Tokyo of escalating a human rights campaign against North Korea.
North Korean defectors, left, argue with North Korean diplomats, right, who were attempting to make a statement during a panel on North Korean human rights abuses at United Nations headquarters on April 30. (AP Photo)
North Korean diplomats cause chaos at U.N. event on human rights
UNITED NATIONS--A U.S.-organized event on North Korea's human rights briefly turned into chaos at the United Nations on April 30 as North Korean diplomats insisted on reading a statement of protest, amid shouts from defectors, and then stormed out.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
Kremlin: North Korean leader will not visit Moscow in May
MOSCOW--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not attend events in Moscow next week commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, the Kremlin said on April 30.
Lee Joon-seok, the captain of the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol, sits for verdicts at Gwangju High Court in Gwangju, South Korea, on April 28. (AP Photo/ Pool)
Captain of doomed S. Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison
SEOUL--The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison on April 28 by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.
Hwang Pyong So, left, vice chairman of North Korea’s National Defense Commission, shakes hands with South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae in Incheon, South Korea, in October 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korea allows 1st fertilizer aid to North Korea since 2010 sanctions
SEOUL--South Korea said on April 27 it has approved a request by a private aid group to send fertilizer to North Korea, the first such move in nearly five years that signaled a slight relaxing of sanctions imposed after one of its navy ships was attacked.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting in Jakarta on April 22 (Pool)
S. Koreans fear isolation as Japan, China mend ties
SEOUL--Concerns are growing in South Korea that the nation is being left in the cold as Japan and China continue to repair their soured relationship.
Kim Bok-dong at a Tokyo symposium on the "comfort women" issue on April 23 (The Asahi Shimbun)
Former ‘comfort woman’ calls on Abe to apologize on U.S. trip
An 88-year-old South Korean woman who was forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II on April 24 called on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to apologize and restore her "honor" when he visits Washington next week.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech in Jakarta on April 22. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Seoul blasts Abe’s failure to apologize for war actions in Jakarta speech
South Korea’s foreign ministry expressed “deep regret” over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s failure to apologize for Japan’s wartime behavior in a speech he gave in Jakarta on April 22.
The Kori nuclear power plant in Busan, South Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
S. Korea, U.S. strike deal to revise civil nuclear pact
SEOUL--South Korea and the United States reached a deal on April 22 to revise a 40-year-old civil nuclear pact that gives the Asian country limited freedom to produce fuel for power generation but continues to curb its ability to reprocess spent fuel.
The South Korean ferry Sewol sinks on April 16, 2014, in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea. (Provided by a fisherman who joined the rescue effort)
South Korea approves plan to salvage sunken ferry
SEOUL--South Korea formally approved a plan on April 22 to salvage a ferry that sank last year, killing 304 people in one of the country's deadliest disasters in decades.
South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan Koo arrives at the government complex in Seoul on April 20. (AP Photo)
South Korea's prime minister offers to resign amid scandal
SEOUL--South Korea's prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post, officials said on April 21, in the latest political crisis to hit President Park Geun-hye.
South Korean tourists climb Mount Kumgang in North Korea in 2005. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Pyongyang puts out call for foreign investors in 'international tourism zone'
SEOUL--In a desperate bid to jump-start its stagnant economy, North Korea is seeking foreign investment in its “international resort zone” to develop it into a vital source of foreign currency.
In this April 15 photo, a South Korea Coast Guard boat passes a buoy, which marks the site where the ferry Sewol sank off Jindo, South Korea. (AP Photo)
South Korea ready to start work to salvage sunken ferry
SEOUL--South Korea's oceans ministry said on April 20 that it was ready to start work to salvage a ferry that sank last year, killing more than 300 people, and that the operation would begin soon after it gets formal approval.
Protesters struggle with police officers as they march toward presidential house after a rally to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry sinking in Seoul on April 18. (AP Photo)
S. Korea police clash with protesters over ferry disaster
SEOUL--South Korean police clashed on April 18 with thousands of protesters, blocking their way to the presidential palace where they hoped to press for more government action in response to a ferry disaster that claimed more than 300 lives a year ago.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center front, passes by yellow ribbons tied with messages for the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol as she arrives to offer her condolences to the bereaved relatives of the victims at a port in Jindo, South Korea, on April 16. (AP Photo)
Angry kin unmoved by S. Korean leader's vow to salvage ferry
SEOUL, South Korea--Angry relatives of passengers who drowned in a ferry sinking snubbed South Korea's president on the disaster's anniversary on April 16, even as she pledged to salvage the ship.
Park Bona, the sister of Danwon High School student Park Sung-ho who died in the sinking of the ferry Sewol, prays for her brother in a cathedral in Ansan, South Korea, on April 10. (AP Photo)
Survivors of South Korean ferry tragedy struggle with guilt
ANSAN, South Korea--“Field Trip” is still written in big letters on a calendar hanging on Yang Jeong-won’s old classroom wall.
Families of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster throw white chrysanthemums into the sea on April 15 at the site of the April 16, 2014, sinking of the vessel. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Korean ferry victims' families cry out names of loved ones at sea
JINDO, South Korea--South Korean parents mourning victims of last year's Sewol ferry disaster cried out their names at the spot where the ship went down, threw white chrysanthemums into the sea and made offerings of their loved ones' favorite snacks.
Japanese journalist Tatsuya Kato leaves for Japan at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, South Korea April 14. (Yonhap via AP)
South Korea lifts travel ban on Japanese journalist
SEOUL--South Korea has lifted an overseas travel ban on a Japanese journalist charged with defaming the South Korean president, officials said April 14.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
No meeting for Korean leaders at Russia's war anniversary event
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye will not attend an event in Moscow to mark the end of World War II in Europe and instead send an envoy, an official said on April 13, dashing the possibility of a rare meeting with the leader of North Korea.

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