National Newswatch

EXPLAINER: Why North Korea wants sanctions lifted first

Sep 24 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Days after outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in made possibly his last ambitious push to diplomatically resolve the standoff over North Korea's nuclear program, the North on Friday rejected his call for a declaration ending the Korean War, making it clear it has no interest in political statements unless they […]

NKorea slams US over submarine deal, warns countermeasures

Sep 20 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has criticized a U.S. decision to provide nuclear-powered submarines to Australia and threatened unspecified countermeasures if it finds the deal affects its security. State media on Monday published comments from an unidentified North Korean Foreign Ministry official who called the arrangement between U.S., Britain and Australia an “extremely” […]

North Korea says it tested new long-range cruise missiles

Sep 13 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Monday that it successfully tested newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, the first known testing activity in months, underscoring how the country continues to expand its military capabilities amid a stalemate in nuclear negotiations with the United States. The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported […]

N. Korea, slimmed down Kim Jong Un, enjoy toned-down parade

Sep 9 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Military search dogs and goose-stepping trainers. Health workers wearing gas masks and red hazmat suits. And a slimmed down, beaming Kim Jong Un in a cream-colored business suit. The parade marking North Korea’s celebration of its 73rd anniversary was a marked departure from past militaristic displays, with a domestic audience […]

South Korea monitoring the North over military parade signs

Sep 7 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s military on Tuesday was closely watching North Korea amid signs the country was preparing to hold a new military parade to showcase its growing nuclear and missile capabilities. The South Korean and U.S. militaries were “thoroughly following and monitoring North Korean preparations for large-scale events such as a […]

US envoy arrives in Seoul amid N Korean anger over drills

Aug 20 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea arrived in South Korea on Saturday for discussions over stalled nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang. Sung Kim’s visit comes amid fresh tensions over ongoing U.S.-South Korean military exercises, which the North has described as an invasion rehearsal and led to it threatening […]

Longtime AP journalist Ahn Mu-hun dies at age 97

Aug 10 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ahn Mu-hun, a longtime Associated Press journalist who covered South Korea’s stunning economic rise from the devastation of the 1950-53 Korean War and its transition from dictatorship to democracy in the 1980s, has died at age 97. Ahn’s son, Ahn Young-joon, an AP photojournalist, said his father died Monday evening […]

SKorea removes banners at Olympic village after IOC ruling

Jul 17 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s Olympic committee said Saturday it removed banners at the Olympic athletes’ village in Tokyo that referred to a 16th-century war between Korea and Japan after the International Olympic Committee ruled they were provocative. In agreeing to take down the banners, the South Koreans said they received a promise […]

Ex-mayor in Busan, S. Korea, jailed 3 years for sex abuse

Jun 29 2021 — Kim Tong-Hyung, The Associated Press — SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The former mayor of South Korea’s second-largest city was jailed Tuesday on a three-year sentence for sexually abusing two city employees during his tenure. The lawyers of Oh Keo-don didn’t immediately return calls and text messages asking whether they plan to appeal. Busan’s district court also ordered Oh to receive […]