Jan 23, 2015

For third time, South Korea's Park names a new prime minister

South Korean President Park Geun-hye nominated for prime minister on Friday a political veteran and the current parliamentary floor leader of her ruling Saenuri Party, the presidential Blue House said. Park named Lee Wan-koo, 64, to the post of prime minister to improve government ...

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 ...