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Tours to Korean border area likely to resume soon on southern side, UNC says

Tours to the southern side of the truce village that straddles the border with North Korea are likely to resume “in relatively short order,” the United Nations Command said Thursday.

Pentagon confirms North Korean weapons test as Pyongyang demands Pompeo's removal from nuclear talks

North Korea test-fired a new “tactical guided weapon,” it said Thursday, and called for the removal of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear talks as the communist state shows increasing frustration over the stalled negotiations.


S. Korean president hopes for fourth summit with Kim Jong Un as soon as possible

Moon Jae-in met Kim Jong Un three times last year and also brokered nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang.


Analysis

N. Korea, US leave door open for diplomacy, but still no sign of middle ground

Analysts said that Kim Jong Un seemed to be officially rejecting the “big deal” approach while leaving room for more negotiations.


South Koreans get rare peek inside US base expected to become Seoul’s Central Park

For decades, Yongsan Garrison has offered American troops and their families all the trappings of home — but the military is planning to largely vacate the property and give the property to the South Korean government.


Military exchanges tune out TV news due to ‘divisive political nature,’ AAFES says

TVs mounted on walls in food courts and other areas on bases around the world frequently show a loop of news channels including Fox, CNN and MSNBC.


S. Korean leader will try again to bring Trump, Kim back to the table

President Moon Jae-in headed to Washington on Wednesday to begin another round of summit diplomacy aimed at reviving nuclear talks between the United States and North Korea.


South Korean parliament ratifies cost-sharing accord with US

The South Korean parliament overwhelmingly voted to ratify a $915 million military cost-sharing deal with the United States on Friday, clearing the final hurdle more than three months after the previous pact expired.


US military sends Black Hawks to help South Koreans battle forest fire

The U.S. military sent two Black Hawks equipped with water buckets Friday to help South Koreans fight a massive forest fire that has forced thousands to flee their homes northeast of Seoul.


American soldier doubles as speaking coach for North Korean refugee

Capt. Matthew McGoffin and Yuna Jung, a North Korean refugee who escaped to the South, worked as a team for about three months to prepare Jung for a speech contest organized by the nonprofit organization Teach North Korean Refugees.


Defense chief: US, S. Korea ‘building capability up’ with military exercises, not scaling back

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan dismissed concerns that ending annual exercises known as Key Resolve and Foal Eagle in favor of lower-profile drills — seen as a concession to the North — would hurt military readiness.


Army allows soldiers to wear masks while in uniform when air quality is poor in S. Korea

Army regulations had previously barred most soldiers from wearing filtering masks in uniform. By contrast, the Air Force permitted masks when pollution hit a certain level.


US military increases security at S. Korea bases due to potential threat

Security measures were stepped up after American law enforcement officials notified U.S. Forces Korea of the potential threat by an individual against bases across the divided peninsula.


US may not see N. Korean attack coming if hostilities flare up, top commander warns

Gen. Robert Abrams told lawmakers that intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets may be insufficient to detect a possible attack from the North if denuclearization talks fail and tensions begin to rise again.


First Army Wellness Center in South Korea offers health assessments, nutrition coaching

The facility, one of 35 Army Wellness Centers around the globe, opened this month as the military grapples with rising concerns about stress and obesity among the troops.


N. Korea sends staff back to liaison office after Trump reverses sanctions decision

The return, limited to four or five staffers, followed President Donald Trump’s decision to reverse plans to impose new economic sanctions against North Korea, which experts said was likely to be seen as an olive branch by leader Kim Jong Un.


Analysis

Moon’s inter-Korean agenda is collateral damage of US-N. Korea nuclear impasse

North Korea had a clear message for the South last week - it’s us or the United States.


N. Korea withdraws from border liaison office in blow to inter-Korean efforts

North Korea notified the South during a meeting Friday morning that it was pulling out of a liaison office that opened in September to provide a venue to discuss cooperation between the two Koreas.


Two South Korean companies to pay $127M in military fuel bid-rigging case

Two South Korean companies have agreed to plead guilty and pay about $127 million in a bid-rigging case involving fuel-supply contracts for U.S. military bases on the divided peninsula, the Justice Department said.


South Korean employee dies in apparent accident on Camp Carroll, police say

Kim Song-Cho, 66, a full-time employee with the Directorate of Public Works, died Wednesday while performing his job on the base. The incident is under investigation.


Moon meets with US spy chief amid stalemate over North Korean nukes

President Moon Jae-in, who is eager for peace with the North, has directed his administration to get Pyongyang and Washington back to the table.


US expects N. Korea to keep promise not to resume missile tests, Pompeo says

North Korea on Friday warned it’s considering ending nuclear talks and lifting its missile-testing moratorium. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded by saying that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally promised President Donald Trump that he would not resume missile or nuclear tests.


US, S. Korean militaries have eye on North after reports of new weapons activity

The U.S. and South Korean militaries are closely monitoring the North, officials said Thursday, as new nuclear weapons activity was reported after the summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un ended without a deal.


US soldiers wish for masks as air pollution smothers South Korea

Army regulations bar soldiers from wearing masks which cover noses and mouths to protect themselves from pollution, unless they have a certified medical condition that merits an exception.


Trump says he didn’t discuss ‘war games’ with N. Korea amid concern about military readiness

President Donald Trump denied that the order to cancel war games with South Korea was a concession offered during nuclear talks with the North, saying he “made that decision long ago” to save money.


Moon vows efforts to revive US-N. Korea nuclear talks as allies begin scaled-back drills

South Korean president said he will revive his role as mediator between the adversaries after last week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un collapsed without agreement.


Army vet stranded in S. Korea flies home after mix-up over military service

U.S. Army combat veteran Tong Yi was prevented from leaving South Korea on Feb. 6 because he faced a decades-old accusation of draft dodging.


US, S. Korea officially call off annual military exercises amid nuclear talks with N. Korea

The decision to cancel Key Resolve and Foal Eagle had been widely expected after President Donald Trump reiterated his own antipathy for the drills, which he has called “very expensive” and “provocative.”


No deal: Trump, Kim end high-stakes summit without nuclear agreement

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement on nuclear weapons Thursday, with Trump saying he had to “walk away” from a demand to lift economic sanctions in exchange for denuclearization.


Analysis

N. Korean leader answers questions from foreign media as he projects new image during summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is showing confidence in his hold on power during his second summit with President Donald Trump.


Breaking News

Trump, Kim fail to reach nuclear deal during Hanoi summit

The two leaders met in the Vietnamese capital, eight months after their first meeting in Singapore, but they were unable to agree on a joint statement.


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Trump-Kim summit making its mark on Vietnamese capital

Streets of were teeming with activity this week as the Vietnamese capital prepared to host the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Trump, Kim begin second US-N. Korean summit on a positive note

The leaders expressed hope for a successful summit while facing pressure to deliver concrete commitments on denuclearization.


N. Korea could thrive like Vietnam if it gives up its nukes, Trump says

The president has frequently touted economic prosperity as an incentive for the North to denuclearize, dangling the possibility of sanctions relief and foreign investment in exchange for denuclearization.


ANALYSIS

Trump, Kim get second chance to make deal, but expectations low amid doubts N. Korea will surrender nukes

The two-day summit takes place against a backdrop of warnings from intelligence officials and experts that the North is unwilling to relinquish its nuclear weapons, which it sees as key to regime survival.


Families urge Trump to press N. Korea to return more remains of war dead

Three families have closure after North Korea in July handed over 55 boxes containing bones said to belong to American troops killed in the Korean War. But thousands are still missing, including fighter pilots shot down over enemy territory and soldiers taken captive on the battlefield.


N. Korean leader’s train snakes toward Vietnam as Trump says Kim will make 'wise decision'

The White House signaled expectations were low for a breakthrough in nuclear talks with the North as Trump faced pressure to come away from the two-day meeting with concrete commitments from Kim to “denuclearize,” a term that means different things to each party.


From mold to kids stuck in elevators, Camp Humphreys residents list housing woes

Residents of Camp Humphreys gave commanders an earful Friday during a town-hall meeting about housing woes on the U.S. military’s new headquarters base.


Yongsan starts new program to keep stray cats from moving in as the Army moves out

U.S. military officials plan to launch trap, neuter, release program aimed at slowing the growth of the stray cat population at Yongsan Garrison, an Army installation in the heart of Seoul.


N. Korean leader won’t give up nuclear weapons, prominent defector says

Thae Yong Ho, one of the most senior diplomats to flee the communist state, said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s strategy is to persuade Trump to essentially accept North Korea as a de facto nuclear power.


Two S. Korea-based soldiers found dead — one in barracks and another while on leave in Nebraska

Pvt. Claytun N. Cepeda was pronounced dead Sunday after he was found in his room at Camp Humphreys, while Pvt. Aaron Mitchell was found dead Feb. 5 while on leave in the U.S.


Stranded in Seoul: An Army veteran is stuck in South Korea over a military conscription mix-up

Tong Yi, a U.S. Army combat veteran from Ohio, is stuck in Seoul because he was on a watchlist for South Korean men who failed to serve their mandatory military service at home.



ANALYSIS

Trump's upcoming second summit with Kim raises hopes for ending denuclearization deadlock

Donald Trump said that he will meet with Kim Jong Un on Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam as his administration seeks to break an impasse in nuclear talks. He will face pressure to deliver specific commitments from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


US, South Korea agree ‘in principle’ on military cost-sharing deal

The statement added that the U.S. “appreciates the considerable resources” that South Korea provides to support the alliance, which was forged when the two countries fought together in the 1950-53 war.


Super Bowl honors American soldiers serving in South Korea

The Super Bowl traditionally honors the military, but it was the first time the 2nd ID appeared in the brief live shot before kickoff. The New England Patriots went on to beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.


Trump says he has ‘no plans’ to withdraw US troops from S. Korea

Although President Trump has frequently complained about the expense of maintaining servicemembers on the divided Korean peninsula, he said in an interview Sunday he has "no plans" to withdraw U.S. forces.


Pompeo reaffirms US-N. Korean summit plans despite intel assessments

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reaffirmed plans for a second U.S.-North Korean summit to be held next month “somewhere in Asia,” despite intelligence assessments that the communist state is unlikely to give up its nuclear arsenal.


S. Korean president denies Trump named a price in military cost-sharing talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's comments came after a South Korean newspaper cited an unnamed source as saying Trump demanded $1.2 billion during their summit on the sidelines of the G20 summit in November.


Plans for second US-N. Korean summit met with both hope and fear

Here’s a look at what’s changed, what hasn’t and what needs to since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”


Growing pains: Traffic jams cause headaches for Camp Humphreys’ increasing population

Lines of cars are frequently backed up for several blocks on the roads outside and inside the Army’s largest overseas base as drivers wait to file through sometimes a single lane during rush hours. Scanners used by the guards to check IDs often don’t work promptly, causing even more frustration.


analysis

US, S. Korean military cost-sharing dispute raises fears of troop withdrawal

President Donald Trump could use the cost-sharing dispute as an excuse to reduce troops without making it seem like a concession to North Korea, which along with China has long sought to evict the Americans from the peninsula.


US, S. Korea discuss denuclearization incentives ahead of expected talks with North

The comments came as Washington and Pyongyang are reportedly stepping up preparations for a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which would suggest a possible breakthrough in the impasse in nuclear talks.


‘The whole country is a prison’: Human rights must be included in talks with N. Korea, UN envoy says

The independent U.N. investigator on human rights in North Korea described a continuing pattern of abuses, including a system of political prison camps, forced labor and widespread corruption.


ANALYSIS

US, N. Korea appear headed toward a second summit, but to what end?

The stars are aligning for a second U.S.-North Korean summit as Kim Jong Un vowed to try to achieve good results this time and renewed his commitment to the denuclearization of the divided peninsula.


Actors Megan Fox, George Eads visit real warriors while making a war movie in Seoul

Actors Megan Fox and George Eads visited with real warriors during a meet-and-greet on this Army garrison in the heart of Seoul, where they’re filming a new Korean War movie.


North Korean leader visits China in possible prelude to second summit with Trump

A week after saying he was ready to meet with President Donald Trump anytime, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for his fourth summit with China’s president in a reminder that he has other powerful friends.


US negotiating with North Korea on next summit venue, Trump says

The United States is “negotiating a location” for a second summit with the North Korean leader, President Donald Trump said, even as both sides suggest a stalemate continues over key issues in nuclear talks.


Yongsan cats: Army garrison faces furry invasion as soldiers move south of Seoul

The population of Yongsan Garrison has plunged since the U.S. military moved its headquarters south of Seoul over the summer. But one group is clawing its way up: stray cats.


ANALYSIS

Mattis resignation injects uncertainty at critical time for US-S. Korean alliance

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was seen as a steadying factor last year when Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traded threats of war as Pyongyang conducted a series of missile and nuclear tests before diplomatic efforts reversed tensions.


N. Korea says no to unilateral denuclearization in latest sign of frustration with US

North Korea said Thursday that it won’t give up nuclear weapons until the United States does, toughening its stance as the year draws to a close with no sign of progress in breaking an impasse in talks between the two sides.


US military hit by computer network outage in South Korea

The temporary outage occurred in what the military calls Area I and Area II, which includes Seoul and areas close to the border with North Korea.


N. Korea warns that US sanctions will ‘block the path’ to denuclearization

Pyongyang says it should be rewarded for steps already taken since Kim and President Donald Trump made a vague promise to work toward the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” at their June 12 summit in Singapore.


With clock ticking, US, S. Korea fail to reach deal on military cost-sharing

With an end-of-year deadline fast approaching, negotiators in talks this week were unable to agree on U.S. demands that South Korea increase its share of the burden for maintaining some 28,500 U.S. troops on the divided peninsula.


US, S. Korea hold separate talks on cost-sharing, status of forces

Negotiators reportedly have been struggling to find middle ground on a U.S. demand that Seoul increase its contribution to the multimillion dollar bill to maintain some 28,500 American troops on the divided peninsula.


US warns S. Korean workers will be furloughed if no deal reached on military cost-sharing

The U.S. military has warned that South Koreans working on bases across the divided peninsula will need to be furloughed if Seoul and Washington fail to reach a new military cost-sharing agreement.


North Korea reportedly expands key long-range missile base

North Korea has significantly expanded a key long-range missile base near the Chinese border, according to reports citing new satellite images that provide more evidence the communist state is persisting with its nuclear weapons program despite U.S.-led diplomatic efforts to stop it.


The ‘Forgotten War’ finally gets a soundtrack: ‘Battleground Korea’

Overshadowed by World War II and Vietnam, the 1950-53 Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War.” The same could be said for much of the music it inspired.


Black Hawk pilots alert rescuers after witnessing S. Korean helicopter crash

Capt. Julia McKusick, 29, of Colleyville, Texas, and 1st Lt. Melissa Taylor, 25, of Topsfield, Mass., were heading north to a training exercise Saturday morning when they saw the South Korean chopper plunge into the Han River east of Seoul.


N. Korean soldier defects to South as Trump hopes for second summit early next year

A North Korean soldier fled across the heavily fortified frontier Saturday, the military said, a rare escape that presents the first test of recent military tension-reduction measures by the two adversaries.


Koreas begin joint railway inspection amid improving ties

Seven railcars carrying dozens of South Korean officials and experts rolled out of Dorasan Station just after 9 a.m. today and crossed the Military Demarcation Line, which has separated the peninsula since the 1950-53 Korean War.


American-friendly Korean BBQ restaurant promises worry-free dining near Camp Humphreys

Foreigners lacking in chopstick skills but too embarrassed to ask for a fork will be relieved when they sit down at Hoejen Hwa Hwa, a Korean barbecue restaurant located near Camp Humphreys, just a few blocks down the main street leading from the base’s Anjeung-ri access gate.


Train to finally leave the station as Koreas begin joint railway survey

The two Koreas on Friday will begin an 18-day joint field survey of railway sections in the east and the west with South Korea sending a train into the North for the first time in more than a decade.


Man injured while driving car that smashed into Camp Humphreys gate barrier

A man was injured while driving a car that smashed into the barrier at a main access gate at Camp Humphreys over the weekend, a spokesman said Monday.


Camp Humphreys closes major access gate after incident with car

Camp Humphreys, the main U.S. military base in South Korea, has closed one of its main access gates after an incident with a car.


S. Korea gets sanctions exemption for railway project with North

The U.N. Security Council approved a plan for the two Koreas to conduct a field survey that will involve the import of fuel and other materials to the North.