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SEOUL, South Korea | North Korea puts reunion of war-separated families in doubt

SEOUL, South Korea  — North Korea said Friday that an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn’t immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years. The 2016 arrival of a group of 12 female employees from a North Korean-run restaurant in … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | North Korea puts reunion of war-separated families in doubt

SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years in prison

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws. She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She’s already serving a 24-year prison term over a massive corruption scandal that … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | S. Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years in prison

SEOUL, South Korea | N. Korea puts reunion of war separated families in doubt

SEOUL, South Korea— North Korea said Friday that an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn’t immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years. The 2016 arrival of a group of 12 female employees from a North Korean-run restaurant in China … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | N. Korea puts reunion of war separated families in doubt

SEOUL, South Korea | Asian stocks drift as investors await fresh moves on trade

SEOUL, South Korea — Asian stock markets were drifting Thursday in mixed trading as investors awaited further moves in global trade disputes. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 added 0.2 percent to 22,839.59, while South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.2 percent to 2,285.99. Hong Kong‘s Hang Seng edged 0.1 percent lower to 28,107.16 while the Shanghai Composite … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Asian stocks drift as investors await fresh moves on trade

SEOUL, | South Korea slashes jobs outlook, downgrades growth forecast

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s government dramatically cut its outlook on the job market while downgrading its growth forecast Wednesday, boding ill for President Moon Jae-in’s jobs-first agenda. The Finance Ministry said South Korea’s economy will create a mere 180,000 jobs this year, down from the 320,000 jobs it forecast in December. That’s the … Continue reading SEOUL, | South Korea slashes jobs outlook, downgrades growth forecast

SEOUL, South Korea  | Kim slams local North Koreans for unfinished power plant

SEOUL, South Korea  — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has blasted local officials over a delayed construction project, state media reported Tuesday, his second such rebuke over the economy in recent weeks. It’s unusual for state media to carry dispatches showing Kim’s criticism of officials. Some experts say Kim, eager to claim economic gains, … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea  | Kim slams local North Koreans for unfinished power plant

SEOUL, South Korea  | Kim rebukes local N. Koreans for unfinished power plant

SEOUL, South Korea — State media say that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has harshly reprimanded local officials over a delayed construction project. It’s Kim’s second such public rebuke of officials and indicates he’s struggling to improve the economy while engaging in talks with the United States over the fate of his nuclear arsenal. … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea  | Kim rebukes local N. Koreans for unfinished power plant

SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo: US, N. Korea hold ‘productive’ talks on war remains

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. and North Korean officials held “productive” talks Sunday to discuss the return of U.S. service members’ remains missing since the Korean War, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Pompeo, who was not part of the talks, said in a statement that working level meetings between U.S. and North Korean … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo: US, N. Korea hold ‘productive’ talks on war remains