Tag: Seoul (South Korea)

South Korea Resists U.S. Pressure to Improve Ties With Japan

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Friday adamantly rejected an American request to continue sharing military intelligence with Japan, as the two American allies remained locked in festering disputes over trade and history. Mark T. Esper, the United States secretary of defense, visited Seoul to attend an annual defense meeting and personally implore his […]

Read More

Coddling of ‘Gold-Spoon’ Children Shakes South Korea’s Political Elite

SEOUL, South Korea — The biggest political crisis of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea — weeks of large protests that have tarnished his image and forced his justice minister to resign — started with an obscure medical research paper. The paper, published by a team of university researchers in the Korean Journal of Pathology […]

Read More

She Fled Famine in North Korea, Then Died Poor in a Prosperous Land

SEOUL, South Korea — It was sad enough when the bodies of Han Sung-ok and her 6-year-old son were found in their $74-a-month apartment in Seoul in July, two months after they had died. But the story became national news after it emerged that Ms. Han, 42, was a North Korean who had fled famine […]

Read More

5 Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme That Bilked Millions From Veterans

First, they secretly photographed the Social Security and bank account numbers of thousands of veterans and senior military members on a computer screen at a United States Army base in South Korea. Then, they used the personal information to withdraw or reroute millions of dollars in disability benefits and other payments made to veterans. The […]

Read More

Missionary, Businessman, Prisoner, Spy: An American’s Odyssey in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Dong-chul, an American businessman in Rason, a North Korean special economic zone near the border with Russia, was leaving a local government office on Oct. 2, 2015, when he was stopped by a 34-year-old army veteran he had hired as a secret informant. “Chairman Kim, here is the information you […]

Read More

Kim Jong-un Calls North Korea’s New Rocket System ‘an Inescapable Distress’ to Enemies

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Thursday that its leader, Kim Jong-un, attended the testing of a new type of large-caliber, multiple-launch, guided rocket system that could expand the North’s ability to strike South Korea and the American forces stationed there. North Korea said the test-firing of its newly developed rocket system took […]

Read More

Why Xi Jinping Is Courting Kim Jong-un

ImageA picture of Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung on a remaining section of the Hekou Broken Bridge, which connected China and North Korea before it was bombed by the United States Army during the Korean War.CreditEuropean Pressphoto Agency SEOUL, South Korea — As President Xi Jinping of China left North Korea on Friday afternoon, much […]

Read More