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Rare public discord between US, S. Korea raises concern about rift

Student activists staged a protest in central Seoul on Friday, chanting “Trump needs to apologize,” and waving a banner that read “South Korea is not a U.S. colony,” according to the Korea Herald.


Woodward: Trump drafted tweet on pulling military dependents from S. Korea

President Donald Trump drafted a tweet calling for the evacuation of family members of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, nearly provoking a war with the North, the author of a new book about the administration said.


Analysis

Two Koreas move closer despite deadlock over nuclear talks

The preparations come as the North stepped up its demands that the U.S. ease punishing economic sanctions and move toward declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War in return for denuclearization efforts.


Gallery

Americans, South Koreans pay Memorial Day respects

A quiet, hour-long ceremony in South Korea saw Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Yongsan Garrison plant U.S. flags on the grave sites at the tiny Yanghwajin Foreign Missionary Cemetery overlooking the Han river.


Rebranding Kim: North Korean leader shows world his lighter side

He joked about missile tests and expressed embarrassment about the state of his country’s transit infrastructure.


Analysis

N. Korea’s testing freeze throws ball in US court ahead of summits

North Korea’s declaration that it will freeze nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests throws the ball in Washington’s court as the sides prepare for a historic summit.


US, South Korea quietly begin war games ahead of summits with North

About 11,500 U.S. and 290,000 South Korean troops will participate in the annual field-training drill known as Foal Eagle, which began Sunday and is expected to last about a month.


Analysis

Trump’s decision to meet with N. Korean leader brings opportunity, risks

President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un offers a rare opportunity for a diplomatic solution to a nuclear crisis that has threatened to erupt into war. But it also carries a lot of risk.


Korean truce village likely venue for Trump-Kim summit

The Korean truce village in the heavily fortified border area that divides the peninsula is a likely venue for the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


South Korea's president urges both Washington and Pyongyang to be pragmatic

The United States must "lower its bar for dialogue" and North Korea must signal that denuclearization is on the agenda, South Korea's president said Monday as he tried to keep the momentum going in the Olympics-inspired detente.


N. Korea expresses willingness to hold talks with US

North Korea expressed a willingness to meet with the United States even as it lashed out against new shipping sanctions and warned a blockade would be an “act of war.”


Analysis

North Koreans wrap up whirlwind of Olympic diplomacy

Many observers agreed the North had won this round in the propaganda battle, but many hurdles lie ahead before a lasting solution is reached.


South Koreans complain about stray rounds, noise from live-fire range

While many U.S. bases north of Seoul are closing as the Army relocates to the sprawling Camp Humphreys 40 miles to the south, officials say Rodriquez Live Fire Range will remain open.


N. Korean soldier shot as he defects to S. Korea via the DMZ

The soldier defected from his guard post in the Joint Security Area, an area in the heavily fortified frontier where the two sides face each other across the line that divides the peninsula.


S. Korean police detain US citizen in restricted zone near North Korea

South Korean police reportedly arrested a U.S. citizen Monday for allegedly entering a restricted border area without a permit in a bid to cross over to North Korea.