North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Korea News Service)
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un hails accord with South as landmark
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called this week's accord between the rival Koreas "a landmark occasion" paving the way for defused military tension and improved ties, but said it was the strength of its armed forces that made the deal possible.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Park to attend China's war victory parade
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye will attend a massive military parade in Beijing on Sept. 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia.
Kim Kwan-jin, right, South Korea's presidential adviser on national security, greets Hwang Pyong So, head of the Korean People's Army General Political Bureau, on Aug. 25 after the two sides reached an agreement. (AP Photo)
INSIGHT: Both sides save 'face' in deal to end Korean standoff
SEOUL--Pyongyang and Seoul gave their own spins on the agreement reached Aug. 25 to end a military standoff by playing down any suggestions of compromise.
South Korean presidential security adviser Kim Kwan-jin speaks during a news conference at the presidential house in Seoul on Aug. 25. South Korea has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts at noon after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast. (AP Photo)
Rival Koreas find a way to avoid disaster, reach deal
SEOUL--After 40-plus-hours of talks, North and South Korea on Aug. 25 pulled back from the brink with an accord that allows both sides to save face and avert the bloodshed they've been threatening each other with for weeks.
South Korean army soldiers ride on a truck in Paju, South Korea, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, on Aug. 24. (AP Photo)
South Korea talks tough amid heightened tensions with North
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye demanded on Aug. 24 that North Korea apologize over recent landmine blasts, even as the bitter rivals held marathon talks to defuse tensions that have brought the peninsula back to the brink of armed conflict.
In this photo provided by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, left, and National Security Director Kim Kwan-jin second from left, meet with Kim Yang Gon, right, a senior North Korean official responsible for South Korean affairs, and Hwang Pyong So, North Korea' top political officer for the Korean People's Army, at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, on Aug. 22. (The South Korean Unification Ministry via AP)
North, South Korea on alert as talks resume in effort to end tense standoff
SEOUL--Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea resumed talks on Aug. 23 after negotiating through the night in a bid to ease tensions involving an exchange of artillery fire that brought the peninsula to the brink of armed conflict.
South Korean soldiers adjust barricades set up on Unification Bridge, which leads to the demilitarized zone, near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, on Aug. 22. (AP Photo)
Officials of two Koreas to meet at DMZ in bid to ease tension
SEOUL--Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea will meet at the Panmunjom truce village straddling their border on Aug. 22, both sides said, raising hopes for an end to a standoff that put the two sides on the brink of armed conflict.
South Korean ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-soo speaks during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo on Aug. 20. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
S. Korean envoy says Abe made effort to reach out in war anniversary statement
South Korea's ambassador to Japan said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at least showed “signs of making an effort” in his recent statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga holds a news conference at the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo on Aug. 20. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Private group says N. Korean official claims new probe into abductees complete
As frustration rises over delays in North Korea's probe into the fate of Japanese abductees, a private group is reporting that Pyongyang is claiming the year-long reinvestigation is complete, but Tokyo won't accept the report.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, second from right, presides over a security meeting to check South Korea's military readiness against the North Korea's military attack at the headquarters of Third Army in Yongin, South Korea, on Aug. 21. (Yonhap via AP)
N. Korea orders troops on war footing, S. Korean leader visits border base
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his troops onto a war footing from 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 after his government issued an ultimatum to Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by the afternoon on Aug. 22 or face military action.
South Korean army soldiers walk on the way to returning to their base after a patrol, in Paju, south of the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, South Korea Aug. 21. (AP Photo)
N. Korea warns of war after exchange of fire with South
PYONGYANG--North Korea on Aug. 21 declared its frontline troops in a "a quasi-state of war" and warned of military operations a day after the rival Koreas exchanged fire across the world's most heavily armed border.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye meets her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in November 2014 (Pool)
S. Korean president to attend China's celebrations of victory over Japan in WWII
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye will travel to China next month to attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, her office said Aug. 20.
In this Aug. 11 file photo, members of South Korean conservative group shout slogans after burning an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and North Korean flags during a rally denouncing the North Korea at the Imjingak Pavilion near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea. (AP Photo)
S. Korea fires rounds at North in response to suspected projectile
SEOUL--South Korea fired tens of artillery rounds towards North Korea on Aug. 20 after the North fired a suspected projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that had been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts, South Korea's defense ministry said.
Former South Korean prime minister Han Myung-sook, center, enters a court with her supporters for her trial at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul March 8, 2010. (AP file Photo)
Ex-S. Korean prime minister to go to prison over bribery
SEOUL--A former South Korean prime minister will be sent to prison after the country's top court on Aug. 20 upheld her bribery conviction, court officials said.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Seoul sees hopes for thaw with Japan in light of Abe's war statement
SEOUL--South Korea, cautiously encouraged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's war anniversary statement, is hinting it is ready for "sincere dialogue” between the two countries' leaders later this year.
South Korean protesters shout slogans during a rally demanding the halt of joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul on Aug. 17. (AP Photo)
Seoul: N. Korea resumes loudspeaker broadcasts amid tension
SEOUL--North Korean loudspeakers began blaring propaganda messages on Aug. 17 across the heavily fortified border with South Korea in response to the South's recent restart of similar broadcasts, Seoul officials said.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech during a ceremony to celebrate National Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 in Seoul on Aug. 15. (AP Photo)
S. Korean president mutes criticism against Abe statement
SEOUL--South Korean President Park Geun-hye muted her criticism of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's war anniversary statement, mindful that she needs to improve her country's relations with Japan.
North Korea denies laying land mines in DMZ that wounded South soldiers
SEOUL--North Korea rejected on Aug. 14 accusations by South Korea that it was responsible for land mine explosions last week inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that wounded two South Korean soldiers.
A South Korean man sets himself on fire during an anti-Japan rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Aug. 12. (AP Photo)
Korea man in critical condition after self-immolation at anti-Japan rally
SEOUL--An 80-year-old South Korean man was unconscious and experiencing breathing difficulties after setting himself on fire during a large anti-Japan protest in Seoul on Aug. 12, hospital officials said.
South Korean Army Brig. Gen. and head of Joint Investigation Ahn Young-ho shows pictures of North Korean "wooden box" land mines during a news conference at the Defense Ministry in Seoul on Aug. 10. (Yonhap via AP)
Seoul restarts propaganda broadcasts to N. Korea over mine blasts
SEOUL--South Korea restarted propaganda broadcasts across the border with rival North Korea on Aug. 10 for the first time in 11 years in retaliation for the North allegedly planting land mines last week that maimed two South Korean soldiers.

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