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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.


Otto Warmbier's parents speak out: 'North Korea is not a victim. They're terrorists.'

The parents of Otto Warmbier - the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, then died just days after he returned home in a coma - lashed out at Pyongyang in their first interview since their son's June death.


US bombers, jets fly near N. Korean border in show of force after missile test

U.S. supersonic bombers and stealth jets flew near the border with North Korea on Monday, officials said, in a show of force after a senior American diplomat warned the communist state it could face military action if it persists with its nuclear weapons program.


Analysis

N. Korean missile test raises questions about why allies didn't try to shoot it down

U.S. and Japanese officials said they could have targeted the missile but did not make the effort because it was not aimed at land.


Analysis: Muted response to N. Korean missile test may suggest hopes for easing tensions

The relatively muted response from Washington and Seoul suggests efforts to restore calm and leave the door open for Pyongyang to move onto a diplomatic track are continuing.


‘Nobody’s looking for a war,’ Dunford says in Seoul

The United States is prepared to defend South Koreans and Americans against “a limited attack” by North Korea, the Pentagon’s top military official said Monday.


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Kim Jong Un: ICBM test a ‘stern warning’ that N. Korean missiles can reach US mainland

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boasted Saturday that the communist regime’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch proves that the U.S. mainland is now in reach of its long-range weapons.


Servicemember charged with sexually assaulting woman in South Korea

A U.S. servicemember stationed at Osan Air Base has been charged with sexually assaulting a South Korean woman at a hotel in Seoul’s trendy Gangnam district, officials said.


Outgoing 2ID commander: Rotational units increase readiness in S. Korea despite critical report

The outgoing 2nd Infantry Division commander defended the use of rotational forces as the best way to maintain readiness against an increasingly threatening North Korea despite a recent report concluding that forward-based units would be more efficient.


5 North Korean defectors sail to safety in the South, officials say

Four men and one woman were found Saturday evening after South Korea’s coast guard responded to a military request to check an unidentified boat off the peninsula’s east coast.


Korean War soldier’s body returns to US soil 67 years after he went MIA

The U.S. accepted the remains of the 1st Cavalry Division soldier Thursday during a repatriation ceremony hosted by the South Korean military and United Nations Command at Yongsan Garrison.


Not enough Marines for permanent South Korean presence, commander says

The commander of the small contingent of Marines based in South Korea says the corps does not have enough forces to permanently expand its presence on the divided peninsula.


Latest N. Korean missile test may show progress toward ICBM, experts say

North Korea’s latest missile test was one of its most successful yet and may have been a major step toward its goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the U.S. mainland, experts said.


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US, S. Korean load teams compete to become 'Best on Pen'

Six U.S. and South Korean load crews battled over the weekend for bragging rights to be the Korean peninsula’s premier load crew.


North Korea accuses CIA and South Korea of plotting to assassinate Kim Jong Un

North Korea accused the U.S. and South Korean intelligences agencies on Friday of plotting to kill the nation's leader, Kim Jong Un, using "biochemical agents."


North Korean leader orders troops to be ready to break enemy’s backbone

North Korea’s leader ordered frontline artillery forces to be prepared to “break the backbone” of enemy forces, showing defiance days before voters in the South choose a new president.


US reassures South Korea it will pay for THAAD, Seoul says

The U.S. administration reassured South Korea on Sunday that it will pay the cost of an advanced missile defense system, officials said in a bid to quell outrage after President Donald Trump said Seoul should cover the $1 billion cost.


Grass fire spreads near golf course at Osan Air Base

A grass fire broke out Monday in a remote area and spread to Osan Air Base, sending plumes of gray smoke into the sky for nearly three hours.


South Korean activists call for investigation into Yongsan oil spills

“We cannot leave the Yongsan base return issue to be dealt with only by the irresponsible U.S. military and incompetent Korean government,” Kim Eun-hee, a member of the residents’ organization, said at a press conference to release the findings.


Soldier scales apartment building to rescue woman, baby from fire in South Korea

A soldier’s weekly commissary run turned into a daredevil rescue last month when he scaled an apartment building to save a woman and her baby after spotting a fire near Camp Humphreys.


North Korea reportedly conducted another rocket engine test last week

North Korea reportedly conducted another rocket-engine test last week as it seeks to develop a missile that could reach the U.S. mainland, while concern rose that the reclusive country is poised to carry out its sixth nuclear test.


ANALYSIS

A danger lies in dismissing Kim Jong Un as irrational

It's a relatively common view. World leaders, military chiefs and Hollywood have all painted him as an unhinged maniac. But this is not just wrong, North Korea watchers and dictatorship experts say. It also risks dangerous miscalculation.


VIDEO, GALLERY

All aboard: US, S. Korean soldiers simulate patient evacuation by train

Seoul commuters recently found themselves sharing a train platform with U.S. and South Korean soldiers suffering from simulated battlefield casualties.


Chilling CCTV footage shows killing of N. Korean leader’s brother

Chilling new security footage emerged Monday purportedly showing the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother at a Malaysian airport.


Entertainment mecca opens at Camp Humphreys in South Korea

Camp Humphreys has opened a new entertainment mecca exclusively for soldiers — the first of its kind for U.S. Forces Korea.