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Winter Olympics Sites Should Be Cold—But Not This Cold

S. Korea officials worry roofless arena will leave spectators for 2018 Games freezing and miserable

(Newser) - What may soon become the next Olympic sport: extreme spectating. At least, that's what organizers for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games in South Korea are worried about during the opening and closing ceremonies in February, each expected to last between four and five hours. Reuters has glimpsed an internal document... More »

Nikki Haley Expresses Sliver of Olympic Doubt

She acknowledges there's an 'open question' on Team USA's participation in South Korea Games

(Newser) - Russia was banned this week from the 2018 Winter Games; will the US ban itself? UN Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday called Team USA's participation in the Games an "open question" in an interview with Fox News. The Washington Post reports that the Games will take place in... More »

N. Korea Says War Is Now Unavoidable

Pyongyang threatens US with 'mighty nuclear force'

(Newser) - War on the Korean Peninsula is now inevitable thanks to America's "confrontational warmongering remarks," North Korea warned late Wednesday. A statement from the country's foreign ministry said the outbreak of war is an "established" fact and the only remaining question is when it will happen,... More »

As 'Vigilant Ace' Begins, North Korea Has Harsh Words

US, South Korea launch biggest-ever combined air exercises

(Newser) - Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever combined air force exercise. The war games come a week after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile ever , an ICBM that may be able to target the eastern... More »

McMaster: Potential for War With North Korea Grows Daily

He thinks China should get tougher

(Newser) - Over two days, two sets of strong words about North Korea. During a Saturday speech in California, White House national security adviser HR McMaster said the possibility of war with the Hermit Kingdom is "increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in... More »

S. Korea Makes Sure North's Soldiers Hear About Defection

Military blasts the news over loudspeakers at the border

(Newser) - South Korea is making sure that North Korean soldiers at the border hear all about the defection of their fellow soldier. The South has been broadcasting news of the defection over loudspeakers installed near the DMZ, reports the Yonhap News Agency . On Sunday, for example, the loudspeakers spread the news... More »

Dramatic Footage of Defector's Escape Released

North Korean soldier runs for his life as former comrades open fire

(Newser) - Dramatic video of a North Korean soldier defecting across the DMZ last week reveals just how narrow the man's escape was. The soldier can be seen fleeing in a military vehicle, which races toward the border down empty roads. The defector is seen abandoning the vehicle after it... More »

North Korean Defector Wakes, Asks to Watch TV

Wounded soldier regains consciousness, is expected to survive

(Newser) - The North Korean soldier who endured a volley of bullets from his former comrades as he crossed the border into South Korea has regained consciousness and is expected to survive, reports the BBC . In fact, the soldier asked to watch South Korean television upon waking and is now recuperating in... More »

African Bobsled Team Makes History in 2 Ways

They'll be Nigeria's first Winter Olympics entrants

(Newser) - An amazing achievement by the Nigerian women's bobsled team had more than one person speculating about Cool Runnings 2 this week. The team—driver Seun Adigun and brakemen Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga—qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics after completing their final qualifying races in Calgary, ESPN reports.... More »

S. Korea: Idea of North Destroying Its Nukes Is Problematic

South Korea suggests Olympics might be a good place to start denuclearization discussions

(Newser) - Even if North Korea were on board, it would be "realistically difficult" to destroy the country's nuclear capabilities because they're so developed, according to South Korean President Moon Jae-in. It's for this reason that the international community must pressure North Korea into talks as soon as... More »

North Korean Defector Had to Run After Issue With Jeep's Wheel

He was shot at least 5 times

(Newser) - A North Korean soldier fired on by his former comrades during a desperate attempt to defect across the DMZ on Monday was shot at least five times but is expected to survive, South Korean authorities say. Officials say the soldier drove a jeep toward the Joint Security Area—the only... More »

As He Ran Across the DMZ, His Fellow Soldiers Shot Him

Incident happened Monday in the Joint Security Area in the DMZ

(Newser) - If it sounds like an unusual event, that's because it is: A North Korea solider was shot and wounded in the demilitarized zone Monday afternoon while trying to defect to the South. The bullets came via "his former comrades," as CNN puts it, and struck him in... More »

S. Korea: Japan's Gripes Over Trump Dinner 'Inappropriate'

Prawns, a guest rankled Japan

(Newser) - President Trump was on Tuesday served beef ribs with gravy that had 360-year-old soy sauce as an ingredient during South Korea's state dinner, and it came served with two sides of controversy. PRI reports it was the first state visit by a US president in 25 years, so South... More »

Trump Calls N. Korea 'Hell,' Brings Up Kim's Grandfather

'Do not try us,' he warns country's leader

(Newser) - President Trump refrained from calling Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" in a blistering speech to South Korean lawmakers Wednesday, but he was otherwise unsparing in his denunciation of the North Korean regime. "Do not underestimate us. Do not try us," he warned Kim, directly addressing the North... More »

Trump 'Frustrated' by Canceled Visit to DMZ

President attempted surprise visit to DMZ only to be thwarted by weather

(Newser) - President Trump scrapped a surprise visit to the Korean demilitarized zone due to poor weather Wednesday morning, the AP reports. Marine One flew most of the way from Seoul to the DMZ before turning back due to poor weather conditions. Back at the US Army's Yongsan Garrison, Trump prepared... More »

In South Korea, Trump Tells Pyongyang It's Time for a Deal

He's on the 2nd country of 5-nation trip

(Newser) - President Trump is in South Korea—and he hasn't repeated his rhetoric about bringing "fire and fury" down on its northern neighbor. In a joint press conference with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, Trump said he'd seen a "lot of progress" in dealing with Pyongyang... More »

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 »

South Korea Calls North Korea Twice a Day

Former officials says South 'has to keep placing calls on Panmunjom telephone'

(Newser) - Every day, South Korea's Unification Ministry sends officials to the border village of Panmunjom to call North Korea at 9am and 4pm. For more than 18 months, the North hasn't picked up. As North Korea steps up its nuclear weapons tests and threats, the Unification Ministry, dedicated to... 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 »

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