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Proposed Trump DMZ Visit Called 'Dangerous Idea'

Move could provoke North, analysts say

(Newser) - In what analysts are calling a dangerous idea, President Trump might come within yards of North Korean soldiers with a visit to the demilitarized zone on his trip to South Korea next month. A defense source told Yonhap Tuesday that Trump wants to send a strong message to Pyongyang and... More »

Jimmy Carter: I'll Talk to Kim Jong Un

Former president offers to make trip to North Korea to press for peace, professor says

(Newser) - Jimmy Carter wants "to prevent a second Korean War," and so has offered to meet with Kim Jong Un, per a University of Georgia professor who met with the ex-US president. Park Han-shik spoke of Carter's plans to South Korea's Korea JoongAng Daily amid rising tensions... More »

North Korean Skating Success Becomes Diplomatic Question

Will North Korean athletes participate in Olympics in South Korea?

(Newser) - Amid rising nuclear tensions, two figure skaters Friday became the first North Korean athletes to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held just 40 miles south of the demilitarized zone in South Korea, CNN reports. According to the New York Times , 18-year-old Ryom Tae-Ok and 25-year-old Kim... More »

Despite Sanctions, S. Korea Lends Helping Hand to North

Via $8M in humanitarian aid, which some critics aren't happy about

(Newser) - Despite the UN approving new sanctions against North Korea this month, South Korea is offering its neighbor a helping hand. For the first time in nearly two years, the South Korean government says it plans to deliver $8 million in humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups in the North by way... More »

Seoul Responded to Latest Pyongyang Launch Within Minutes

Test shows Guam is now in range, experts say

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for "direct actions" against North Korea from oil suppliers China and Russia after the country launched another missile over Japan early Friday. China and Russia "must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own,"... More »

Seoul Creates 'Decapitation Unit' to Scare Pyongyang

Elite unit will target Kim, other leaders

(Newser) - South Korea has taken the unusual step of publicly speaking about plans to assassinate Kim Jong Un and other North Korean leaders in the event of conflict. After North Korea's latest nuclear test , South Korean Defense Minister Song Young Moo told lawmakers that he was speeding up the creation... More »

Sources: North Korea Has an ICBM on the Move

And why Sept. 9 could be significant

(Newser) - Following North Korea's most powerful weapons test yet on Sunday , a South Korean lawmaker tells CNN his country's intelligence service believes the North has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on the move. Things get pretty vague beyond that: He didn't know the method of transport or when... More »

South Korean Drill Simulates Destruction of North's Regime

China says situation on peninsula at 'tipping point'

(Newser) - South Korea responded to the North's brazen new show of defiance with a calculated display of its own: It conducted a bombing drill that simulated the destruction of its neighbor's regime, reports CNN . Specifically, four jet fighters dropped eight one-ton bombs on a target, and all hit the... More »

South Korea's President: 'There Will Be No War'

President Moon Jae-in says he has 'firm agreement' with Trump

(Newser) - Concerned about a possible war on the Korean peninsula? Don't be—it won't happen, says South Korea, which claims President Trump won't strike North Korea without its say-so. "No matter what options the United States and President Trump want to use, they have promised to have... More »

Korean-American Explores the Meaning of Her 'Blue Butt'

'Mongolian spot' refers to distinctive blue birthmark

(Newser) - If you want to get technical, it's called congenital dermal melanocytosis in Western medicine, and it often results in a distinctive blue birthmark on the bottoms of babies from East Asia. If you want to get nearly poetic, you'll want to read Jennifer Hope Choi's piece at... More »

First Film Clip Emerges of Japan's 'Comfort Women'

South Korean researchers found it in the US National Archives

(Newser) - It's just 18 seconds long, but a new video released by South Korean researchers makes history for the worst of reasons. The clip shows Korean "comfort women" held as sex slaves by the Japanese military, reports the BBC . It's believed to be the first such film clip... More »

North Korea Threatens to Kill South Korea's Ex-President

After report that Park Geun-hye ordered Kim Jong Un's assassination

(Newser) - Park Geun-hye is currently serving time for corruption after being ousted as South Korea's president. Now things have gotten even worse: North Korea on Wednesday warned it would kill her, reports South Korea's Yonhap News Agency . "We declare at home and abroad that we will impose the... More »

North Korea Suspected of Spying on THAAD

Drone found with pictures of site in Seongju

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman has a new subject to broach with his "friend for life" : North Korea is suspected of spying on America's Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system hosted by Pyongyang's neighbor to the south, reports Reuters . Not far from its border with North Korea on Friday, South Korea'... More »

N. Korea Fires Missile That South Says Tanks Peace

Ballistic missile had shorter range than last 3 tests

(Newser) - North Korea fired off yet another missile on Sunday, but the latest salvo shot down South Korea’s new government’s hopes of extending any olive branch, reports Reuters . Combined with an earlier test in the week, Seoul’s foreign ministry was blunt, calling the tests "reckless and irresponsible... More »

Korean President's Bodyguard Giving Internet Some Serious Feelings

He's got Twitter all twitterpated

(Newser) - New South Korean president Moon Jae-in was sworn in this week, but it was his bodyguard who—in the words of BuzzFeed —had the internet "feeling the thirrrrrst." Twitter users were quick to notice a handsome face hanging around in photos of the new president. "If... More »

THAAD Up and Running, Though Not Without Grumbles

Over money, health issues, and more

(Newser) - After last month announcing it would deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system in South Korea within the year, the US military says THAAD is now operational and—in what is sure to thrill Kim Jong Un—"has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles," per the New ... More »

Trump Says He Thought Being President 'Would Be Easier'

'I loved my previous life,' he says

(Newser) - President Trump has been the most powerful person in the world for almost 100 days, and he seems to be finding it kind of a drag, according to a Reuters interview. "I loved my previous life. I had so many things going," Trump said in what Reuters describes... More »

Japan's North Korea Warning Would Be 10 Minutes, Max

Japanese government admits there wouldn't be much time to seek shelter

(Newser) - If the Japanese ever receive word that North Korea has launched a missile toward them, they better find shelter quickly—because the government estimates any warning will be 10 minutes at most, the Japan Times reports. The Japanese seem to be on edge in the wake of chatter that Pyongyang... More »

Another Test Increases Worries Over North Korea

Pyongyang performs second ballistic missile engine test

(Newser) - "North Korea is continuing its activities to sophisticate its missile capability," a rep for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says, and the latest report from CNN seems to back that up. It cites two unnamed defense officials in reporting that North Korea performed another test of... More »

Tillerson Takes Bold Stance on Countering North Korea

Says pre-emptive military action is definitely 'option on the table'

(Newser) - Looks like North Korea and the US finally agree on something—though unfortunately, that something is the possibility of war. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in South Korea, where he said Friday that the era of "strategic patience" is over and pre-emptive military action is definitely an "... More »

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