South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech to commemorate the “March 1 Movement” in Seoul on March 1. (AP Photo)
S. Korea's Park criticizes, applauds Japan in independence-movement speech
SEOUL--President Park Geun-hye once again urged Tokyo to resolve the “comfort women” issue, but she also commended Japan for being a solid partner of South Korea for the past 50 years.
South Korean and United States marines ride on inflatable boats during a joint landing exercise to prepare for a possible North Korea's surprise attack in waters off Ganghwa Island, located inside of the civilian passage restriction line that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Feb. 10, 2015. (AP Photo)
North Korea, angered by drills, fires short-range missiles off coast
SEOUL--North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on March 2, a South Korean military official said, a move seen as a protest against annual military exercises between South Korea and the United States that were due to start hours later.
The Constitutional Court of South Korea (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korean court abolishes law that illegalizes adultery
SEOUL--A South Korean court on Feb. 26 abolished a 62-year-old law that bans extramarital affairs, and the stock price of a prominent condom maker immediately shot up 15 percent.
North Korean-flagged cargo ship Chong Chon Gang in Panama in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.N. panel: N. Korea shipping firm skirts sanctions by renaming ships
UNITED NATIONS--A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company has renamed most of its vessels in a bid to disguise their origin and continues its illicit shipments in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a U.N. experts report seen by Reuters on Feb. 25.
South Korean police officers investigate the scene of a shooting incident in Sejong, South Korea, on Feb. 25. (AP Photo)
Gunman kills 3 in S. Korea's Sejong city, later found dead
SEOUL--A gunman shot and killed three people Feb. 25 in and around a South Korean convenience store that he then set on fire before fleeing, police said. He was later found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in an apparent suicide.
A boy stands by a North Korea's mock Scud-B missile, left and other South Korean missiles displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul Dec. 26, 2014. (AP Photo)
U.S. institute: N.Korea nuclear arsenal could multiply in the next 5 years
WASHINGTON--North Korea could increase its nuclear arsenal from at least 10 weapons today to between 20 and 100 weapons in five years, U.S. researchers said Feb. 24, as the Obama administration vowed to work with U.S. allies to pressure Pyongyang to denuclearize.
U.S. Marines aim their machine guns during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing exercises called Ssangyong, part of the Foal Eagle military exercises, in Pohang, South Korea, on March 31, 2014. (AP photo)
U.S., South Korea to start annual military drills, likely to draw ire of North
SEOUL--South Korea and the United States will begin eight weeks of joint military drills starting March 2, military officials said Feb. 24, an annual exercise that typically provokes heightened rhetoric and military threats from North Korea.
Riot police put South Korean activists in a bus near the venue of Shimane Prefecture's Takeshima Day ceremony in Matsue on Feb. 22. (Yohei Kobayakawa)
Abe dispatches envoy to Takeshima Day ceremony, drawing backlash from Seoul
MATSUE--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government sent a ministerial aid to Shimane Prefecture’s 10th annual Takeshima Day ceremony on Feb. 22, drawing a backlash from South Korea, which controls the islets that the prefecture lays claim to.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in January 2013. (Korea News Service)
North Korean leader inspects artillery drill
SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a live-fire artillery drill by his country's military units near the sea border with the rival South, believed to be timed ahead of annual U.S.-South Korean exercises, state media reported Feb. 21.
Park Yu-ha (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seoul court halts sales of book on grounds it dishonors ‘comfort women’
SEOUL--A court here ordered a halt to sales of a book on “comfort women” by a Korean professor, ruling that certain passages hurt the honor of the victims.
Then Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak after agreeing to expand yen-won currency swaps during their summit meeting in Seoul in October 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
INSIGHT: End of yen-won swap highlights gridlock of Tokyo-Seoul relations
The yen-won currency swap that Japan and South Korea put in place to weather financial crises fell apart because of their soured diplomatic relations.
In this Feb. 10, 2015 file photo, South Korea's new Prime Minister nominee Lee Wan Koo swears an oath during a confirmation hearing in order to examine his qualification at the National Assembly in Seoul. (AP Photo)
South Korean lawmakers approve new premier despite questions
SEOUL--South Korea's ruling party-controlled legislature on Feb. 16 approved President Park Geun-hye's choice for prime minister following fierce political wrangling over whether he's fit for the country's No. 2 job.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye attend an APEC summit meeting in Beijing on Nov. 11. (Pool)
Japan to end currency swap with S. Korea
Japan is set to end its 14-year run of yen-won currency swaps with South Korea by not renewing the arrangement when it ends Feb. 23.
Toshihiro Nikai, the Liberal Democratic Party's General Council chairman, meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Feb. 13. (Provided by Dong-A Ilbo)
Toshihiro Nikai a man to watch: Influential LDP politician has inside track with S. Korea
SEOUL--Toshihiro Nikai, a top executive in the ruling party, has so much political clout he was recently able to pull off something that has eluded even Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: a formal one-on-one meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Cho Hyun-ah on Dec. 12, 2014 (AP Photo)
Korean Air heiress appeals nut rage ruling
SEOUL--The former Korean Air Lines Co. executive sentenced to one year in prison for forcing a plane back to the gate over a bag of nuts is appealing the ruling.
Korean poet Kim Shi-jong goes for a stroll in the Ikaino district of Osaka's Ikuno Ward, where he formerly resided. (Akira Nakano)
Korean poet calls Japan place of ‘unification,’ but feels let down by growing racism
OSAKA--Korean poet Kim Shi-jong, who has lived in Japan for more than 60 years, said while Japan can serve as a common base for the two Koreas, he is saddened over the “genetic" tendency of Japanese to discriminate against ethnic Koreans.
Cho Hyun-ah, former vice president of Korean Air Lines, arrives at the Seoul Western District Prosecutors Office in Seoul on Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo)
UPDATE: Court sentences Korean Air ‘nut rage’ exec to 1 year in prison
SEOUL--A Seoul court on Feb. 12 sentenced a former Korean Air executive to a year in prison for aviation law violations that stemmed from her inflight tantrum over how she was served macadamia nuts.
In this Jan. 5, 2015 photo, models pose with a Samsung Electronics Co.' SUHD 4K smart TV during a press conference in Seoul. (AP Photo)
Samsung reveals potential for smart TVs to eavesdrop
SEOUL--Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing.
South Korean men watch a TV news program on the launch of North Korea's new anti-ship cruise missile, at a train station in Seoul on Feb. 8. (AP Photo)
North Korea test-fires 5 short-range missiles into the sea
SEOUL--North Korea test-fired five short-range missiles into the sea on Feb. 8 in its second such weapons test this year, a South Korean defense official said, amid dimming prospects for the resumption of high-level talks between the rival countries.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a photo distributed by the Korean Central News Agency in November (Korea News Service)
N. Korea test-fires new anti-ship cruise missile
SEOUL--North Korea has test-fired a new anti-ship cruise missile, images released by state media on Feb. 7 showed, demonstrating the increased capability of the secretive state's outdated navy.

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