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The Wise Honest, center, a North Korean cargo ship seized by the United States, was towed into harbor in American Samoa on Saturday. Fili Sagapolutele-Associated Press

North Korea demands release of coal ship seized by US

North Korea on Tuesday demanded the release of a cargo ship seized by the U.S. on suspicion of breaching UN and U.S. sanctions, the official Yonhap news agency cited Pyongyang state media as saying.
South Korean comedian Jo Young-bin uses SK Telecom’s 5G mobile network to broadcast live from Bosingak in Seoul. SK Telecom

South Korea’s 5G carriers boast 260,000 customers in first month

After simultaneously launching commercial 5G services in early April, three South Korean carriers have collectively signed up 260,000 subscribers — a solid start for the next-generation cellular technology.
This April 10, 2019 picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2019 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / South Korea OUT /

Korean Peninsular: North Korean leader warns of return to tension

U.S. President Donald Trump, who ended a second summit with Kim in February without a deal for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, seemed unperturbed, saying a lot of progress was being made toward an agreement and welcoming Putin’s support.
The 42-year-old set fire to his apartment in the south-eastern city of Jinju, about 435km southeast of Seoul. [Yonhap]

Man kills five after setting apartment on fire

A South Korean man set his apartment on fire before stabbing fleeing residents with a knife, killing five people and injuring 13 others.
Park Jung-ho, CEO of SK Telecom, attends a launching ceremony for its 5G service, in Seoul, South Korea, April 3, 2019. REUTERS-Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea beats US Verizon for world’s first 5G mobile network

South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks two days early, its top mobile carriers said Thursday, in a late-night scramble to be the first providers of the super-fast wireless technology.
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North Korea restoring part of launch site it promised to destroy

North Korea has restored part of a missile launch site that it began to dismantle after pledging to do so in the first summit with US President Donald Trump last year.
Kim Chang Son

North Korea officials en-route to Vietnam ahead of Trump-Kim summit

Twelve North Korean officials — including Kim Jong Un’s de-facto chief of staff — were en-route to Vietnam Friday ahead of a second scheduled summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said.

North Korea’s top envoy en route to Washington

A top North Korean official left for Washington on Thursday, reports said, for talks with his US counterpart ahead of an expected summit between President Donald Trump and Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea’s top envoy Kim Yong Chol arrives in Beijing

North Korea’s top envoy involved in talks with the United States arrived in Beijing on Thursday and is thought to be en route to Washington, South Korean news agency, Yonhap reported.
A vehicle that is part of a motorcade believed to be carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un makes its way through central Beijing [Thomas Peter-Reuters]

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ends China visit as Donald Trump summit looms

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has left Beijing, ending a trip to China seen as preparation for his expected summit with US President Donald Trump later this year.
Mi-8 Helicopter

One killed, two injured as firefighting helicopter crashes

A South Korean firefighting helicopter crashed into a river in Seoul on Saturday, killing one and injuring two others on board, rescue authorities said.
Samsung Galaxy F

Samsung foldable phone gets a price and release date in new report

A report from the Yonhap News Agency in South Korea today has suggested a name, release date, and price for the foldable device Samsung teased last week at its developer conference.

North Korea prepares nuclear, missile sites for international inspectors

South Korea’s spy agency has observed preparations by North Korea for international inspections at several of its nuclear and missile test sites, the Yonhap news agency said on Wednesday.
Kang Kyung-Wha

South Korea considers partially lifting sanctions on North Korea

South Korea is considering lifting some of its sanctions against North Korea as the relationship between the two countries improves.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (C) shakes hands with Kim Il Guk (L), the President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Jong-Hwan Do (R), Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (ROK) at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, January 20, 2018. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

South Korea to propose joint Olympics with North at summit

South Korea plans to propose a joint hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics with North Korea at next week's summit in Pyongyang, sports minister Do Jong-hwan said Wednesday, according to a Yonhap report.
Park Geun Hye

South Korean court increases ex-president’s sentence to 25 years

A Seoul appeals court on Friday increased ex-president Park Geun-Hye’s sentence for corruption to 25 years and fined her 17.8 million dollars (20 billion won), the news agency Yonhap reported.
South Korea supporters react at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between South Korea and Germany at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO | Benjamin CREMEL

Shock Germany win ‘shook South Korea upside down’

South Korean fans rejoiced Thursday and called for national service exemptions after their team went out of the World Cup in a blaze of glory, eliminating defending champions Germany with a shock 2-0 victory.
Mexico fans celebrate at the end of the World Cup group F match between Germany and South Korea, at a public event at the Zocalo Square in Mexico City, on June 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ

Delirious Mexicans swamp South Korean embassy

Ecstatic Mexican fans besieged the South Korean embassy in their capital to celebrate with diplomats after the Asian team stunned Germany at the World Cup and ensured Mexico's progress to the last 16 in Russia.

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