MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

Jul 23, 2014

MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine has stirred memories of a 1983 incident when a Korean passenger jet was shot down by Soviet fighters in what then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan called a midair “massacre.” As with the Malaysian plane, the loss of ...

Police find body of fugitive South Korea ferry owner

Jul 22, 2014

Police find body of fugitive South Korea ferry owner

South Korean police say they’ve found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April’s ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Police officer Wu Hyung-ho told a televised news conference Tuesday that the body was found at a ...

Jul 22, 2014

Japan, South Korea, U.S. begin search and rescue exercise

South Korea, the United States and Japan held two days of search and rescue drills south of the southern island of Jeju on Monday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. The exercise, known as SAREX, has been held once or twice a year. This week’s ...

Jul 21, 2014

National security official visits Seoul

A senior national security official has been visiting South Korea to explain Tokyo’s defense policies, including the Abe administration’s recent decision to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, South Korean government sources said Monday. During his three-day informal visit, set to ...

Jul 18, 2014

High cost to new neutrality

by Yuriko Koike

South Korea's elite appears to be splitting into pro-Chinese and pro-American factions that transcend party lines, while German leaders' obsession with growing exports appears to have gagged them on China's human rights abuses and its aggressive behavior toward Asian neighbors.

Jul 17, 2014

Japan eyes foreign minister meeting with S. Korea in August

A meeting is being considered between Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart, Yun Byung-se, on the sidelines of a regional security meeting in Myanmar in August, according to Japanese sources. If it happens, attention is expected to focus on whether the ...

Jul 15, 2014

South Korea to fund humanitarian projects in North

South Korea has announced state funding for humanitarian projects in North Korea for the first time since Seoul imposed tough economic sanctions on Pyongyang four years ago. The South’s Unification Ministry stressed the move did not impact the ban on direct state aid to ...