North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, along with Liu Yunshan, China's Communist Party's No. 5 leader, second right, attends the ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's ruling party in Pyongyang on Oct. 10. (AP Photo)
N. Korean soldiers parade in massive anniversary celebration
PYONGYANG--Goose-stepping soldiers marched in front of a smiling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a lavish military parade on Oct. 10 to mark the 70th anniversary of the country's ruling party and trumpet Kim's third-generation leadership.
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Seoul won't discuss emergency evacuation protocols for Japanese
SEOUL--South Korea has refused to discuss ways to safely evacuate Japanese from a crisis on the Korean Peninsula, a scenario repeated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he was promoting his unpopular security legislation.
Pedestrians walk by the logo of Samsung Electronics Co. near its office in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 7. (AP photo)
Samsung 3Q operating profit surges, shares jump 9 percent
SEOUL--Samsung Electronics announced a forecast-beating profit for the third quarter on Oct. 7, sending its share price up nearly 9 percent, but analysts said strong component sales and favorable currency exchange rates masked persistent weakness in its smartphone business.
Members of the U.S. and South Korean militaries take part in a joint landing exercise in southeastern South Korea in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
South Korea, U.S. write plan to combat guerrilla warfare waged by Pyongyang
SEOUL--Shelving assumptions of a full-scale ground war between the two Koreas, the United States and South Korea militaries have devised a plan that focuses on fighting guerrilla warfare waged by Pyongyang.
Liu Yunshan, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China sending senior official for N. Korean anniversary
BEIJING--China will send a leading member of the Communist Party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee to Pyongyang this month for commemorations of the founding of North Korea's ruling party.
A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency in December 2012 shows the launching of a satellite rocket in North Korea. (Provided by Korea News Service)
Sources: North Korean train transported mystery shipment to missile launch site
SEOUL--North Korea appears to have transported unknown materials to a long-range ballistic missile site in an attempt to prepare a missile launch or just to confuse foreign intelligence agencies, sources said.
Students (from left) Choi Hee-seoung, Choi Jin-ho and Ok Jae-won hand copies of the Korean translation of “Kugatsu: Tokyo no Rojo de” (September: On the road in Tokyo), to schoolmaster Kim Deuk-young at Tokyo Korean School in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Keiichiro Inoue)
High schoolers translate book on massacre of Koreans after Great Kanto Earthquake
A Korean high school student was so moved by a book written by a Japanese author on the massacre of ethnic Koreans after the Great Kanto Earthquake that she enlisted classmates and translated it.
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 28. (AP Photo)
Park steps up pressure on Japan over ‘comfort women’ issue
NEW YORK--South Korean President Park Geun-hye ratcheted up pressure on Japan by calling for measures to expediently resolve the issue of “comfort women.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a newly constructed satellite control and command center in this photo distributed on May 3 by the Korean Central News Agency. (Korea News Service)
Pyongyang shows no signs of anticipated October missile launching
SEOUL--North Korea appears to have halted preparations for a long-range ballistic missile launching to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea on Oct. 10.
Sakie and Shigeru Yokota, the parents of abductee Megumi Yokota, listen as Hitomi Soga speaks about the need to resolve the abduction issue on Sept. 13. Soga was one of five Japanese abductees who returned in October 2002. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
N. Korea won't budge on abduction issue; Japan demands more serious study
Pyongyang has brought nothing new to the table about the status of Japanese abducted by North Korean agents except for a request for money from Japan concerning a separate issue.
Teaching materials, titled “To understand ‘comfort women’ for the Japanese troops,” is used during a model lesson at a junior high school in Seoul on Sept. 22. (Toru Higashioka)
South Korean schools to get teaching materials on ‘comfort women’
SEOUL--The South Korean government said it will provide schools with teaching materials on “comfort women” to counter “distortions of history” by Japan and “conservative” Japanese organizations.
Arthur Patterson, center, an American charged with murdering a Seoul university student in 1997, is escorted by South Korean police officers upon his arrival at Incheon International airport in South Korea on Sept. 23. (Yonhap via AP)
U.S. man charged with killing S. Korean student in 1997 extradited
SEOUL—An American charged with murdering a Seoul university student in 1997 has been extradited to South Korea to face a new trial in a case that has generated widespread interest and sparked a movie.
The security legislation passes the Upper House's plenary session on Sept. 19. (Shogo Koshida)
China, South Korea warn Japan to hold fast to pacifist principles
China and South Korea expressed concern Sept. 19 over the passage of contentious security legislation in Japan and called on Tokyo to continue to act with caution and respect the pacifist Constitution in future military endeavors.
Animal rights activists recommend South Koreans to consume watermelons instead of dog meat in Seoul on July 23, the day "Boshintang" dog soup is commonly eaten in the country. (Provided by The Dong-A Ilbo)
Dogs headed for dinner table rescued in South Korea
SEOUL--A few less chunks of Chihuahua were on the dinner table after an animal rights group saved 103 puppies and dogs from being sliced up in South Korean kitchens.
Former "comfort women" speak to the foreign media at the House of Sharing nursing home in Gwangju, Gyeonggi province, on Sept. 14. (Toru Higashioka)
‘Comfort women’ to sue Japan at South Korean court in landmark case
SEOUL--Ten “comfort women” who were forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during World War II plan to file a lawsuit in a South Korean court demanding 100 million won (10.2 million yen or $85,600) in compensation from the Japanese government.
A signboard marking the upcoming 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea's founding party hangs off a lamp post in Pyongyang on Sept. 15. (AP Photo)
With a rocket's red glare? N. Korea gears up for major fete
PYONGYANG--China just put on a big military parade, a few months after Russia did the same. But there’s no country more adept at putting on elaborate, massive displays of state power than North Korea, the undisputed goose-stepping capital of the world. And next month, Pyongyang will stage what is likely to be its biggest celebration in years.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center bottom, cited the danger of North Korean nuclear facilities in Yongbyon during a speech at the Nuclear Safety Summit in The Hague in March 2014. (Pool)
N. Korea says Yongbyon nuclear complex operational, warns U.S.
SEOUL--North Korea said on Sept. 15 its main nuclear complex was operating and it was working to improve the "quality and quantity" of its weapons, which it could use against the United States at "any time."
A photo released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency in December 2012 shows the launching of a satellite rocket in North Korea. (Provided by Korea News Service)
North Korea to launch satellites to mark party anniversary
SEOUL--North Korea said Sept. 14 it is ready to launch multiple satellites aboard long-range rockets to mark the ruling communist party's anniversary next month, a move expected to rekindle animosities with its rivals South Korea and the United States.
Ko Jong Mi, whose Japanese name is Yumiko Chiba, speaks about life in North Korea at a hearing in Tokyo of the commission of inquiry established by the United Nations Human Rights Council in August 2013. (Takuya Hiraga)
HORRORS OF NORTH KOREA: 'I never knew life could be this good'
Editor's note: This is the 12th installment of an occasional series of interviews with North Korean defectors. It is designed to complement an earlier series on AJW that ran under the general title of "Horrors of North Korea."
In this March 6, 2015 photo, South Korean Kim Ki-jong in a wheelchair is carried by police officers as he leaves a police station for Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo)
South Korean man gets 12 years for slashing US ambassador
SEOUL--A Seoul court on Sept. 11 handed a 12-year prison sentence to a South Korean man who slashed and seriously injured the U.S. ambassador during a March forum.

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