Jan 13, 2015

Japan urges 'no preconditions' in S. Korea summit

Senior officials have urged South Korea to attach no preconditions to a potential summit with Japan, citing the “comfort women” issue as a potential stumbling block. They were speaking Tuesday in response to remarks a day earlier by South Korean President Park Geun-hye that ...

Obama prodded Abe last month to improve ties with Seoul

Dec 13, 2014

Obama prodded Abe last month to improve ties with Seoul

President Barack Obama pressed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last month to improve ties with South Korea, sources familiar with U.S.-Japan relations said Friday, reflecting Washington’s dissatisfaction with the tepid progress in reconciliation. Obama made the call during talks with Abe on the sidelines of ...

Sankei reporter to hold firm in Park defamation suit

Oct 11, 2014

Sankei reporter to hold firm in Park defamation suit

The Sankei Shimbun’s former Seoul bureau chief said he will stick to his guns during the trial over his alleged defamation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. “I fully explained to prosecutors about my story’s points as well as the reporting method, but they ...

North Koreans' visit to South opens line to Kim

Oct 5, 2014

North Koreans' visit to South opens line to Kim

A shock visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s closest aides to South Korea has opened up high-level communications between the two rivals that have been missing for years, analysts said Sunday. Whether it is a line of communication that will endure or ...