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N. Korea Honcho Defects in 'Coup' for S. Korea: Reports

He's said to be the highest-ranking military official to ever defect to South

(Newser) - On Friday, South Korea announced that 13 North Korean employees from a restaurant in China had defected into its fold, the AP reports. On Monday, the country added a pair of North Korean officials, one of whom is reportedly a spy-savvy army colonel, in what Reuters calls a "coup... More »

N. Korea to South: Execute Top Officials or We'll Attack

Also, threatens a nuclear strike on DC

(Newser) - When last we heard from North Korea, the Hermit Kingdom was threatening to take out Manhattan . It's now set its sights on a target much closer to home, albeit in rhetoric no less preposterous, reports Sky News : In a statement titled "Ultimatum to Park Geun-hye Group," Pyongyang... More »

Record-Setting Filibuster Ends —After 9 Days

Or 192 hours and 25 minutes to be exact

(Newser) - Think Wendy Davis' 10-hour filibuster was impressive? That was nothing compared to what dozens of lawmakers in South Korea just accomplished in the country's first filibuster in 47 years. For 192 hours and 25 minutes—or almost nine days—beginning Feb. 23, opposition Members of Parliament rambled on in... More »

Korea Deal: N. Says Sorry, South Cuts Propaganda

Deal struck after marathon 30 hours of talks to deescalate tensions

(Newser) - South Korea says it has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts in a matter of hours after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops, and CNN reports that it will lift its "semi-state of war." South Korean national security adviser... More »

Leaders Meet Fury on Ferry Disaster Anniversary

Angry S. Korea families unmoved by pledge to raise Sewol

(Newser) - Angry relatives of passengers who drowned in a ferry sinking snubbed South Korea's president on the disaster's anniversary today, even as she pledged to salvage the ship. Tears and grief mixed with raw fury as black-clad relatives and their supporters mourned the 304 victims of the ferry Sewol,... More »

S. Korean Prez: I'd Meet With Kim— Unconditionally

Countries' presidents have met just twice since WWII

(Newser) - The leaders of North and South Korea have met just twice since World War II ended, but Park Geun-hye, the South's current leader, is willing to change that, Reuters reports. "My position is that to ease the pain of division and to accomplish peaceful unification, I am willing... More »

Kim Open to Face-to-Face Summit With S. Korea Leader

His new year's speech has a surprising overture

(Newser) - Months ago, North Korea unleashed a sexist diatribe against South Korea's female president that included calling her a "prostitute." Today, however, Kim Jong Un suggested the possibility of a face-to-face meeting between him and Park Geun-hye, reports Yonhap News . “Depending on the mood and circumstances to... More »

Korean Warships Trade Fire

After ship from North crosses into Southern territory

(Newser) - Warships from the rival Koreas exchanged warning shots today after a North Korean ship briefly violated the disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean defense official said. The shots were fired into the sea and there have been no reports of injuries or damage to the ships of either side,... More »

Surprise: North, South Korea Have Rare Meeting

But Kim Jong Un doesn't make the trip

(Newser) - If Kim Jong Un's disappearance from the public arena in recent weeks wasn't strange enough, now factor this in: The No. 2 and No. 3 leaders of North Korea made a surprise visit today to South Korea, reports the Washington Post . Delegations from both nations held their first... More »

After Disaster, S. Korea Breaks Up Coast Guard

President apologizes to the nation for failed rescue

(Newser) - The response of South Korea's coast guard to the sinking of the Sewol ferry was so flawed that the force needs to be disbanded, the county's president has decided. In a televised address to the nation, Park Guen-hye slammed the coast guard for failing "in its duty... More »

North Korea Defends Its Awful Obama Comments

US calls comments in state media 'particularly ugly'

(Newser) - Pyongyang isn't exactly losing sleep over the torrent of racist insults it hurled at President Obama—instead, it calls the comments "a proper reaction to him who malignantly insulted and slandered the dignified" North Korea. The offensive language was attributed in state media to officials and a worker,... More »

North Korea's Goal: an Army to Beat America's

Kim Jong Un tells officers to prepare for 'impending conflict'

(Newser) - North Korean leaders amped up the rhetoric today, calling President Obama a "pimp" and saying the nation's army must become strong enough to defeat the United States. Leader Kim Jong Un told military officers to improve the Korean People's Army so it can "win one victory... More »

Scores May Be Trapped Inside Sunken Ferry in S. Korea

Most passengers were high school students

(Newser) - At least four people are confirmed dead and nearly 300 are missing after a passenger ferry carrying 476 people—including more than 300 high school students and their teachers—sank off South Korea's coast this morning, reports Yonhap . Divers, helicopters, and dozens of boats scrambled to pluck people from... More »

Koreas Hunker Down for Rare Talks

But Pyongyang's motivation remains a mystery; no set agenda

(Newser) - For the first time in more than seven years, high-level officials from North and South Korea are hunkered down for talks in Panmunjom today—talks called by the North amid much suspicion over its motives, Reuters reports. Both sides sent top officials to the gathering; the head of Seoul's... More »

S. Korean Official Allegedly Groped DC Woman

Spokesman Yoon Chang-jung fired

(Newser) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye abruptly fired her spokesman, Yoon Chang-jung, today, after the 56-year-old was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a DC hotel on Tuesday. In an incident that casts a sour note on Park's otherwise successful trip to Washington , police said they were investigating a... More »

Obama: North Korea Can't Manipulate Us Anymore

'Those days are over,' he says after meeting with South's new leader

(Newser) - North Korea can no longer generate major international incidents at will with nuclear provocations, Barack Obama said today, asserting the United States and South Korea are fully capable of defending themselves. "The days when North Korea could create a crisis and elicit concessions, those days are over," Obama... More »

N. Korea to Foreigners: Get Out, Avoid 'Thermonuclear War'

South shrugs over warning for non-Koreans to clear out

(Newser) - North Korea has a new bellicose warning for foreigners, this time for those in South Korea: Get out. "The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermonuclear war," said an official statement from Pyongyang, per the New York Times . The North "does not want... More »

Seoul Lobbies US Hard for OK to Make Nuclear Fuel

Fear move could spark regional arms race

(Newser) - In a move unlikely to calm nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula, South Korea is pushing the US hard for permission to start creating its own nuclear fuel. The request comes amid a renegotiation of Seoul's 1972 nuclear cooperation pact with the US but while South Korea stresses it... More »

South Korea's 1st Woman President Takes Helm

Park Geun-hye faces nuclear North, divided South

(Newser) - South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, was inaugurated today—three decades after the assassination of her father, Park Chung-hee, who led a dictatorship for 18 years. Park enters office at a moment of heightened tensions with the North, weeks after its latest nuclear test, the New York Times... More »

North Korea to Military: 'Be Ready for a War'

Satellite images indicate nuclear test could come in days

(Newser) - North Korea is stepping up its saber rattling yet again, placing the country under martial law in the run-up to an imminent nuclear weapon test, reports the Korea JoongAng Daily . North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un reportedly gave six orders at an emergency meeting last Saturday, including that "... More »

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