South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs Hwang Joon-kook, center, U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for North Korea Policy Sung Kim, right, and Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Director-General for Asian and Oceanian Affairs Junichi Ihara pose for the media before their meeting about North Korea in Seoul on May 27. (AP Photo)
U.S., S. Korea, Japan seek to raise pressure on N. Korea's nuclear program
SEOUL--The United States and two key Asian allies discussed how to increase pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program and will urge China to help bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table, officials said.
From second left, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Mairead Maguire and Leymah Gbowee, U.S. activist Gloria Steinem and other woman activists smile upon their arrival from North Korea at the office of the customs, immigration and quarantine in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom May 24. (AP Photo)
Women's walk across Koreas' DMZ denied; they cross by bus
DORASAN STATION, South Korea--Female activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on May 24, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark event.
Former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-ah leaves the Seoul High Court on May 22. (AP Photo)
S. Korea court suspends ‘nut rage’ executive's prison term
SEOUL--A South Korean court on May 22 suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.
South Korean experts inspect a radiation dose measurement device at the Onahama fish market in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in December 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan takes South Korea to WTO over Fukushima-related food import restrictions
GENEVA--Japan launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization on May 21 to challenge South Korea's import bans and additional testing requirements for Japanese food after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Hwang Kyo-ahn (AP Photo)
S. Korea's Park names new prime minister after scandal strikes again
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye nominated her justice minister as prime minister after the incumbent stood down amid scandal--her sixth choice for the job since taking office in 2013.
This photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on May 9 shows North Korea’s ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater. (Korea News Service)
U.S. official: North Korea modified submarine missile launch photos
SEOUL--Photographs showing a North Korean missile launched from a submarine were manipulated by state propagandists and the country may be years away from developing such technology, analysts and a top U.S. military official said May 19.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.N. chief says N. Korea has canceled invitation to visit factory park
SEOUL--United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said May 20 that North Korea had canceled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that represents the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea industrial zone
SEOUL--U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on May 19 he will visit the Kaesong industrial complex just north of the inter-Korean border, which will make him the first U.N. chief to enter the isolated country in more than two decades.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, is greeted by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert upon his arrival at the Seoul Military Airport in Seongnam, South Korea, on May 17. (AP Photo)
U.S. official Kerry slams N. Korea, vows security for South
SEOUL--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on May 18 accused North Korea of a litany of crimes and atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security commitments.
In this 2012 file photo, Hyon Yong Chol, then vice marshal, applauds during a meeting in Pyongyang. (AP Photo)
Documentary suggests 'executed' North Korean defense chief still alive
SEOUL--The North Korean defense minister reportedly executed with an anti-aircraft gun may still be alive, according to a Tokyo-based organization that monitors the reclusive country.
People on May 14 in Osaka watch a TV screen showing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaking at a news conference about new security legislation. (Yuta Takahashi)
Beijing, Seoul urge Tokyo to use security legislation for regional peace
China and South Korea called on Japan to continue its pacifist ideals and use proposed new security legislation for “peaceful” purposes.
South Korea argues many Koreans were once engaged in forced labor at the Yawata Steel Works in Kita-Kyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
S. Korean lawmakers formally condemn Japan move on heritage sites
SEOUL--South Korea's National Assembly passed a resolution slamming Japan’s efforts to include prewar industrial facilities in UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list.
A man watches a TV news program reporting that People's Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on May 13. (AP Photo)
N. Korea executes defense chief with an anti-aircraft gun, S. Korea agency says
SEOUL--North Korea has executed its defense chief on treason charges by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range, Seoul's National Intelligence Service (NIS) told lawmakers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, welcomes Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly, to Moscow on May 9. (AP Photo)
Pyongyang plays up closer ties with Russia despite absence of Kim Jong Un in Moscow
SEOUL--Although North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend the ceremonies held in Moscow to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Germany in World War II, Pyongyang was still heralding closer ties with Russia.
This photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency on May 9 shows North Korea’s ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater. (Korea News Service)
South Korea urges North to halt submarine missile tests
SEOUL--North Korea's test-firing of a ballistic missile from a submarine was "very serious and concerning," South Korea said May 11, with one defense official suggesting Pyongyang could have a fully operational platform in two or three years.
Homes on South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island lie in ruins on Nov. 24, 2010, one day after the bombardment by North Korea. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
N. Korean general believed behind 2010 S. Korea attacks dies
SEOUL--The North Korean military general believed by archrival South Korea to have been behind two attacks on South Korea that killed 50 people in 2010 has died. He was 77.
Ryang Yong Song, seen here in Tokyo’s Shin-Okubo district, is spearheading an antiracist website. (Akira Nakano)
Antiracism website aids ethnic Korean victims of hate speech in Japan
Ethnic Koreans who suffer racial abuse in Japan now have an online site where they can file grievances and find help.
A man watches a TV news program showing an image published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of a ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater in Seoul on May 9. (AP Photo)
N. Korea's fresh show of force could pose a threat to Japan, S. Korea, U.S.
SEOUL--North Korea's firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile could pose a new threat to South Korea, Japan and the United States, which have tried to contain the secretive state's growing nuclear and missile strength, experts said.
A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency in June 2014 shows the launching of a tactical rocket by the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed site in North Korea. (Provided by Korea News Service)
South Korea says North Korea test-fires 3 missiles into sea
SEOUL--South Korean military officials say North Korea has fired three anti-ship cruise missiles into its eastern sea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
N. Korea says it tested ballistic missile from submarine
SEOUL--North Korea said Saturday it has successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country's advancing military capability.

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