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Koreas and U.N. Command begin talks on demilitarizing border

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:14 AM

South and North Korea have agreed to take measures to ease military tensions on their border at a meeting in Pyongyang in September between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un

PANMUNJEOM. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

2 Koreas open joint liaison office in North

Sep 14, 2018 - 4:13 PM

'A new chapter in history is open here today,' says South Korean unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon

New joint liaison office will 'advance inter-Korean relations'

Sep 12, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The office is a significant move in thawing relations between the two countries, and follows a meeting this month between the North's leader Kim Jong-un and a South Korean presidential envoy

THE KOREAS. In this photo taken on August 2, 2017, South Korean soldiers stand before the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

North Korea still 'serious and imminent threat' – Japan

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Japan's 2018 defense white paper also takes aim at China's rise as a military power, saying Beijing is sparking 'strong security concerns in the region and international community, including Japan'

NORTH KOREA. Japan in its first annual defense review says 'there is no change in our basic recognition concerning the threat of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles.' North Korea's Central Railway Station file photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Denuclearization, sanctions, peace: Issues facing Trump-Kim summit

May 17, 2018 - 2:34 PM

What 'denuclearization of the Korean peninsula' actually means to both sides may differ widely

NORTH KOREA-US SUMMIT. The White House on May 16, 2018 voiced hope the upcoming summit between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump will proceed as planned, as Pyongyang threatened to pull out over US pressure for 'unilateral nuclear abandonment.' Saul Loeb/AFP/KCNA VIA KNS

South Korea: U.S. troop withdrawal not linked to possible peace treaty

May 02, 2018 - 3:44 PM

'US Forces Korea (USFK) is a matter of the South Korea-US alliance. It has nothing to do with signing a peace treaty,' says South Korean President Moon Jae-in

US TROOPS. In this file photo taken on March 14, 2017 US soldiers stand guard during a joint medical evacuation exercise as part of the annual massive military exercises, known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, at a South Korean Army hospital in Goyang, northwest of Seoul. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

#TheWrap: Videos to watch this week, April 23-29, 2018

Apr 29, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Here are the must-watch videos this week!

ALMOST EMPTY. The shores of Boracay Island's White Sand Beach are almost empty on the day it is closed to the public. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte 'relieved' after North, South Korea agree on peace

Apr 27, 2018 - 10:33 PM

'Of course everyone is relieved because we were all looking at the prospects of a nuclear encounter in our backyard,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Dutere arrives at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on April 26, 2018 to deliver his speech prior to his departure for the ASEAN Summit in Singapore. Malacañang photo

WATCH: What will happen to the DMZ after the inter-Korea summit?

Apr 23, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Rappler visits the Korean Demilitarized Zone a week before the historic meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong-Un and South Korea's Moon Jae-in

Kim Jong-un attends rare concert by South Korean pop stars

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The visit, described by many as a cultural charm offensive by the South, comes as a diplomatic thaw quickens on the peninsula after months of tensions

CONCERT. This April 1, 2018 picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 2, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (2nd line C) and his wife Ri Sol-Ju (2nd line 6th L) posing with South Korea's Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-whan (3rd line 3rd R) and South Korean musicians at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater in Pyongyang. Photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

North Korea's ceremonial head of state to visit South

Feb 04, 2018 - 11:45 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Yong-Nam is expected to arrive on Friday, February 9, for a 3-day visit related to the Winter Olympics

North Korea's nominal head of state, Kim Yong-Nam (L) shakes hands with Vietnam's President, Truong Tan Sang (seated), after delivering a speech at a plenary session during the Asian Africa Conference in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Asian and African leaders have gathered in Indonesia this week to mark 60 years since a landmark conference that helped forge a common identity among emerging states, but analysts say big-power rivalries will overshadow proclamations of solidarity. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ADEK BERRY

North Korea could send delegation to South for Winter Olympics – Kim

Jan 01, 2018 - 10:58 AM

The build-up to the event has been overshadowed by tensions running high over the North's escalating nuclear and missile tests

Duterte to North Korea's Kim: Don't end life on this planet

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:12 PM

During his bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Abe, the Philippine President cautions North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that it's not in his country's interest for him to 'swagger around and threaten the world'

U.S. flies bombers over Korean peninsula for drill – Seoul

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:09 PM

The flight was to 'demonstrate the deterrence capability of the US-South Korea alliance against North Korea's nuclear and missile threats'

DFA raises alert level 1 in Guam, Northern Marianas

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:11 PM

This alert level covers nearly 70 000 Filipinos in Guam and the Northern Marianas a group of islands that includes Saipan

ALERT LEVEL 1. DFA spokesman Robespierre Bolivar says the the Philippines has placed Guam and the Northern Marianas under crisis alert level 1 as tensions rise in the Korean Peninsula. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

A closer look at human rights in the Korean Peninsula

Jun 20, 2017 - 5:44 PM

It s time for human rights groups to encourage the government of South Korea to examine its repressive laws

Duterte told Trump to 'keep the pressure' on N. Korea

May 24, 2017 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED A classified transcript obtained by Rappler via US based The Intercept shows that President Rodrigo Duterte views North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as the madman of this generation

PHONE CALL. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the phone with the help of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. Malacañang file photo

Trump calls for tougher sanctions after North Korea missile

May 14, 2017 - 10:15 AM

6th UPDATE New South Korean President Moon Jae In also condemns the test as a reckless provocation that poses a grave challenge to the international community

Moon, Trump agree on close cooperation on North Korea

May 10, 2017 - 11:35 PM

South Korea s new President Moon Jae In and US President Donald Trump speaks on the phone for the first time since Moon s inauguration

NEW LEADER. South Korea's President Moon Jae-In waves from a car as his convoy makes its way from the National Assembly to the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 10, 2017. Yonhap/AFP

Duterte asks China's Xi to intervene in Korean Peninsula

May 04, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says it was US President Donald Trump who told him to seek the intervention of Chinese President Xi Jinping

FRIENDS WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his arrival at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in October 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Duterte, Xi discuss South China Sea, North Korea in phone call

May 03, 2017 - 8:07 PM

3rd UPDATE Duterte speaking to Xi referred to China s important role in promoting peace [in] the Korean Peninsula says the DFA

In call with Trump, Xi urges 'restraint' on North Korea

Apr 24, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The conversation comes amid growing concerns that Pyongyang will conduct another nuclear or missile test to mark the 85th anniversary on Tuesday of the founding of its Korean People s Army

URGING RESTRAINT. Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Maldives on September 14, 2014. File photo by AFP.

US, South Korea detect another failed North Korea missile test

Oct 20, 2016 - 11:10 AM

It is the second failed launch in less than a week of the intermediate range Musudan missile

Musudan-class missiles are displayed during a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un delivered his first ever public speech at a major military parade in Pyongyang to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones / AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

Activity at North Korea rocket site fuels test concerns

Oct 09, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Speculation that Pyongyang is preparing a show of force has been linked to Monday s October 10 anniversary of the founding of the North s ruling Workers Party

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 20, 2016 shows the ground jet test of a new type high-power engine of a carrier rocket for the geo-stationary satellite at the Sohae Space Center in North Korea. KCNA/File/AFP

North Korean hackers steal defense files from South

Jun 13, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Seoul police say the hackers were also able to plant malicious code into the computers in an attempt to use them as zombie machines

North Korea defectors from China restaurant arrive in Seoul

Jun 01, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The 3 North Korean women are the latest to defect to South Korea

Uganda switches sides, dumping North Korea for South

May 30, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The declaration comes after a meeting between Uganda s President Yoweri Museveni and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun Hye

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye (R) drinks a toast with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (L) meet at State House in Entebbe, on May 29, 2016. Museveni vowed to cut military and security ties with North Korea in line with UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, a Seoul official said on May 29.  / AFP PHOTO / -

South Korea confirms defection of North Korea restaurant workers

May 24, 2016 - 2:15 PM

Seoul s unification ministry declines to elaborate on the new defection citing the workers safety

Dozens of North Korean restaurants abroad closed or suspended – South

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:15 PM

The restaurants are reportedly located in China and the United Arab Emirates

epa04963869 A picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)on 05 October 2015, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during a ceremony to celebrate the dedication of a hydroelectric power plant on Mount Paektu, on the border between North Korea and China, in Paekam, Ryanggang Province, North Korea, 03 October 2015. The station, which started being built in 2002, was named the Paektusan Hero Youth Power Station. EPA/KCNA SOUTH KOREA OUT

South Korea's Park says North ready for nuclear test

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:20 PM

UPDATED South Korean President Park Geun Hye also warns Pyongyang that the international community is ready to respond with even stronger sanctions

This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 24, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) inspecting an underwater test-fire of a strategic submarine ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea on April 23, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test as an "eye-opening success", state media said on April 24, declaring Pyongyang has the ability to strike Seoul and the US whenever it pleases.  / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA / - South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. /

North Korea fires short-range 'projectile' – South Korea

Mar 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED We are closely monitoring the situation and standing ready says Seoul s Joint Chief of Staff

South Korea, US launch military drills, North threatens nuclear strikes

Mar 07, 2016 - 8:14 AM

UPDATED It comes just days after leader Kim Jong Un ordered the country s nuclear arsenal to be placed on standby for use at any moment in response to tough new UN sanctions

A South Korean K-1 tank moves near the western section of the inter-Korean border in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, February 19, 2016. Yonhap/EPA

North Korea likens South's president to an 'ugly bat'

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Pyongyang again launches a vitriolic attack on South Korean President Park Geun Hye

epa05174619 South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a regular meeting with her top aides at the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul, South Korea, 22 February 2016. Park called on officials to ensure the safety of South Koreans, citing North Korea's possible terror attacks against the South. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

South Korean firms: $663M in losses due to Kaesong closure

Feb 29, 2016 - 6:21 PM

The shutdown of the Kaesong industrial complex takes a heavy toll on over 120 businesses

epa05177742 A South Korean business owner attends a meeting of an association representing firms that used to run factories at the Kaesong inter-Korean industrial park, in Seoul, South Korea, 24 February 2016. The association reported over 815 billion won (660 million US dollar) in losses from the shutdown of the park in the North Korean border city earlier this month as cross-border tension escalated from Pyongyang's nuclear test and rocket launch. More than 120 South Korean companies had been manufacturing goods at the park with North Korean laborers since the facilities opened in 2004. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

US secretly agreed to North Korea talks before nuke test – report

Feb 22, 2016 - 6:27 PM

It was the North Koreans who proposed discussing a peace treaty says a US State Department spokesman

epa05147257 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 January 2016 and released by North Korea's state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during a ceremony at the meeting hall of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea launched a long-range rocket on 07 February 2016, just hours after South Korea's Defense Ministry said the reclusive country moved forward its time frame for the launch. The rocket was launched from a facility in north-western North Korea, South Korean media reported citing the South Korean military. North Korea has said the launch would send a satellite into orbit. South Korea and the United States believe that is a cover for a test of a ballistic missile, which is banned by multiple UN Security Council resolutions. EPA/RODONG SINMUN SOUTH KOREA OUT

South Korea shutters joint industrial park after N.Korean rocket

Feb 10, 2016 - 5:45 PM

3rd UPDATE Seoul says it does not want its investment in the Kaesong park to be used for Pyongyang s nuclear program

epa05152296 (FILE) An undated file picture released on 06 December 2011 shows a general view of the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North Korean border town of Kaesong. South Korea said on 10 February 2016 that it was suspending its participation in a jointly run industrial park on the border with North Korea, in response to Pyongyang's nuclear test and rocket launch, a news report said. On 06 January North Korea carried out its fourth nuclear test since 2006. It launched a long-range ballistic missile and sent a satellite into orbit. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Global outrage over North Korea rocket launch

Feb 07, 2016 - 4:58 PM

UPDATED NATO says Pyongyang s move is a blatant breach of 5 UN resolutions

ROCKET LAUNCH. This picture taken from North Korean TV and released by South Korean news agency Yonhap on February 7, 2016 shows North Korea's locket launch of earth observation satellite Kwangmyong 4. AFP photo / North Korean TV / YONHAP 
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North, South Korea hold rare talks

Nov 26, 2015 - 9:02 AM

The meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom marks the first inter governmental interaction since August

TRUCE VILLAGE. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village Panmunjom, South Korea, July 22, 2015. Jeon Heon-kyun/EPA

South Korea, US begin military drill despite North Korea threats

Aug 17, 2015 - 10:35 AM

UPDATED The annual Ulchi Freedom exercise which the defense ministry said would run through August 28 is largely computer simulated but still involves 50 000 Korean and 30 000 US soldiers

'ULCHI FREEDOM' In this file photo, South Korea's soldiers of the 52nd Division, participate in a civil defense training during the South Korean and US military forces joint 'Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG)' exercises, near the Hannam Bridge in Seoul, South Korea, August 20, 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

South Korea blames North for mine blasts, vows 'harsh' response

Aug 10, 2015 - 3:39 PM

South Korea threatens harsh retaliation after blaming North Korea for landmine blasts that maimed two soldiers on border patrol

LANDMINE BLAST. This handout photo taken on August 9, 2015 and released on August 10, 2015 by the South Korean Defence Ministry shows South Korean soldiers inspecting the scene where planted landmines exploded on August 4, maiming two soldiers on border patrol in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas in Paju. AFP PHOTO / South Korean Defence Ministry

4 US warships to operate out of Singapore by 2018 – US Navy

Feb 18, 2015 - 12:18 PM

The rotational deployment of the vessels called littoral combat ships LCS comes as China continues to flex its muscles in the South China Sea and tensions remain on the Korean Peninsula

The US Navy littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 25 November 2014. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Antonio P. Turretto Ramos

South Korea fires warning shots at North border patrol

Nov 10, 2014 - 4:06 PM

This is the latest in a series of minor skirmishes involving exchanges of fire but no casualties along the inter Korean land and sea borders in recent months

N.Korea warns of 'unpredictable' retaliation

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:03 PM

The North s military warns that it would take unpredictable measures in retaliation for alleged provocations from South Korea

North Korea warns of rupture in dialogue with South

Oct 12, 2014 - 12:58 PM

North Korea state paper: How can we expect improvement in inter Korean relations or fruitful dialogue with those obsessed by malicious delusions and immersed in reckless provocations slandering the dialogue partner?

BORDER ZONE. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, 08 May 2013. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

North Korean fury over leafleting by 'human scum' in South

Sep 23, 2014 - 9:25 AM

A small group of activists launched tens of thousands of leaflets by helium balloon on Sunday September 21 just days after the North sent a letter to the presidential office in Seoul demanding such exercises be halted

South Korea detains American trying to swim to North Korea

Sep 17, 2014 - 2:44 PM

According to the Yonhap news agency the man – believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s – told investigators from the state intelligence service that he had wanted to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Asiad takes down national flags over North Korea protest fears

Sep 11, 2014 - 1:51 PM

Asian Games organizers in Incheon have removed all national flags from streets near the venues amid protests about the flying of the North Korean flag

A picture made available on 11 September 2014 shows the North Korean flag (2-L) together with other flags at the Athletes' village of the 17th Asian games in Incheon, South Korea, 26 August 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

US, South Korea create army unit to destroy North's nukes – report

Sep 04, 2014 - 2:36 PM

The mechanized unit led by a US major general will be set up in the first half of next year the South s defense ministry said as part of elaborate preparations for any future war between the two Koreas

A view of a North Korean Scud-B missile at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Pope to divided Koreas: Unite as 'one people'

Aug 18, 2014 - 10:13 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis: Forgiveness is the door which leads to reconciliation although it may seem impossible impractical and even at times repugnant

Pope Francis (R) takes part in a mass concluding the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi, some 150 km south of Seoul, on August 17, 2014. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

South Korea, US start military drill despite North threats

Aug 18, 2014 - 8:21 AM

South Korean officials said its military would be on a heightened state of alert during the exercise

BORDER ZONE. In this file photo, South Korean soldiers stand guard at the Military Demarcation Line in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea, 08 May 2013. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA