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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 »

US Nuclear Sub Arrives in South Korea

No sign of nuke test on important date for Pyongyang

(Newser) - A US guided-missile submarine arrived in South Korea on Tuesday and envoys from the US, Japan, and South Korea met in Tokyo, as North Korea marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and... More »

S. Korea's Humiliated Former President Faces a New Ordeal

Park Geun-hye is indicted on corruption charges and faces life in prison

(Newser) - South Korean prosecutors on Monday indicted ex-President Park Geun-hye on bribery, extortion, abuse of power, and other high-profile corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life, reports the AP . It is the latest in a series of humiliations for Park, who was impeached in December, stripped of... More »

Pence Visits DMZ, Says 'Era of Patience' Is Over

He says alliance with Seoul is 'iron-clad'

(Newser) - Viewing his adversaries in the distance, Mike Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea on Monday and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the US and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over." Pence made an unannounced... More »

S. Korea's Ex-President Jailed Over Corruption Allegations

Park Geun-hye expected to soon be formally charged

(Newser) - South Korea's disgraced former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and jailed Friday over high-profile corruption allegations that already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find her successor, the AP reports. Prosecutors can detain her for up to 20 days before formally charging her, meaning she... 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 »

3 Years After Disaster, Ferry Rises From Watery Grave

Relatives of the missing watched Sewol operation

(Newser) - A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry emerged from the water on Thursday, nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country's southwestern coast. It was an emotional moment for the country that continues to search for closure to one of its deadliest disasters ever,... 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 »

Ousted S. Korea President's New Problem: Her Dogs

Park is being investigated for animal abandonment

(Newser) - It was hard to imagine that ousted President Park Geun-hye could get any more unpopular in South Korea—until she moved out of the presidential palace and left her nine dogs behind. Just days after being removed from office by the Constitutional Court over a massive corruption scandal, an animal... More »

Downfall of S. Korea President Is Complete

Park Geun-hye has moved out of presidential palace, is now open to prosecution

(Newser) - Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye left the presidential palace on Sunday, two days after the country's Constitutional Court removed her from office over a massive corruption scandal. South Korean television showed Park's motorcade leaving the Blue House and heading for her private home in southern Seoul, where... More »

With Its President Kicked Out, What's Next for South Korea?

2 die in protests after Park removed from office

(Newser) - South Korea's president was kicked out of office Friday after the country's Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment—and while much of the country is celebrating, loyal supporters are furious. At least two of them were killed in protest outside the court, reports Reuters . Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn is... More »

South Korea's President Is Removed From Office

Park Geun-hye booted from power after corruption scandal

(Newser) - A stunning fall for South Korea's leader: In a historic ruling Friday, the nation's Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil, worsened an already serious national divide, and led to calls for sweeping... More »

'Trial of the Century' Begins in S. Korea

It'll be fierce, if first hearing is any indication

(Newser) - The "trial of the century" has begun in South Korea, where a vice chairman at Samsung Electronics faces bribery and embezzlement charges after allegedly giving $36 million to President Park Geun-hye and her close friend Choi Soon-sil in order to win government support for a 2015 merger. Lee Jae-Yong,... More »

China Seethes as US Deploys S. Korea Anti-Missile System

Beijing says there will be consequences

(Newser) - US missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, the US and South Korean militaries said Tuesday, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. The plans to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area... More »

South Korea: Defectors From North Get $860K

Quadruples the amount offered to people with information

(Newser) - As if leaving behind a murderous authoritarian regime weren't reward enough, South Korea is sweetening the pot for would-be defectors from the north: Seoul announced it will quadruple the reward for North Koreans who come bearing any "intelligence and knowledge that can enhance South Korea’s security,"... More »

South Korean Women on Brink of Longevity Milestone

The US, meanwhile, could 'fall further behind'

(Newser) - Life expectancy is expected to climb dramatically in most developed countries by 2030—just not in the United States. Using 21 mathematical models, scientists at Imperial College London and the WHO predict females born in the US in 2030 will live an average of 83 years compared to 81 in... More »

South Korea Has Simple Plan to Tell North of Assassination

Fire up the loudspeakers

(Newser) - If North Koreans living along the country's demilitarization zone with South Korea don't yet know that their leader's half-brother was assassinated this week, they probably will soon. South Korea announced plans Thursday to broadcast news of Kim Jong Nam's death on loudspeakers aimed across its border... More »

S. Korea Stunned by Arrest of Samsung Leader

Lee accused of bribing government

(Newser) - South Korea was taken by surprise Friday with the arrest of the scion of the country's richest family and de facto leader at Samsung over his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal that engulfed the president and riveted the nation. Prosecutors believe Lee Jae-yong, 48, a vice chairman... More »

Defense Chief Delivers 'Unexpected Present' to South Korea

Gen. James Mattis reassures country in first foreign trip

(Newser) - Gen. James Mattis is in South Korea, and the new defense secretary has delivered what one analyst calls an "unexpected present" from the Trump administration: clarity on US policy. Mattis arrived in the country Thursday on his first foreign trip in his new role; he'll also visit Japan.... More »

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