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North Korea on track to deploy 1st ballistic missile sub, US think tank says

North Korea is on an “aggressive schedule” to build and deploy its first operational ballistic-missile submarine, a U.S. think tank said, citing commercial satellite imagery.

UN Command postpones plan to release footage of N. Korean defector’s dramatic escape

The United Nations Command has put off a plan to release video footage of a North Korean soldier’s dramatic escape across a jointly patrolled area in the heart of the Demilitarized Zone.


Trump visit boosts US-South Korean ties, but differences remain

President Donald Trump stayed largely on script during his two-day trip to South Korea. Experts said the gaffe-free visit last week gave a boost to frayed ties between the decades-old allies, but key differences over security and trade remain.

N. Koreans fired 40 rounds at soldier as he defected to South, officials say

A North Korean soldier defected to the South by driving a military jeep to the line that divides the peninsula, then sprinting across it under a hail of gunfire from his former comrades, officials said Tuesday.

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.

Yongsan to merge schools as US military population thins in Seoul

The high school and the middle school on the main U.S. base in Seoul will be merged into one next year as the relocation of most military forces to southern hubs picks up speed.


Trump calls on ‘responsible nations’ to isolate North Korea

President Donald Trump warned North Korea not to underestimate the United States while signaling a willingness to negotiate Wednesday as he wrapped up a visit to the South that put him on the communist state’s doorstep.


Trump joins US, S. Korean troops for Taco Tuesday at Camp Humphreys

U.S. troops who had lunch with President Donald Trump on Tuesday at a military base in South Korea say he told them there was no place he’d rather be.

Trump: US prepared to use ‘unmatched military capabilities’ against North Korea

President Donald Trump warned Tuesday the United States is prepared to use its “unmatched military capabilities” against North Korea as he began a visit to the South.

Trump to visit Camp Humphreys after landing in S. Korea; here’s what he’ll see

Camp Humphreys, a newly expanded Army garrison that is to become the U.S. military’s flagship installation on the divided peninsula, promises all the comforts of home for U.S. soldiers and their families

US supersonic bombers fly over Korean Peninsula ahead of Trump visit

North Korea denounced Thursday’s flyover, calling it a “surprise nuclear strike drill” and accused the United States of stoking tensions in the region.

US fighter jets intercept Russian bombers near Korean Peninsula

The Navy F/A-18 fighters were deployed from the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier to escort the Russian planes Sunday without incident, a Pacific Fleet spokeswoman said.

North Korean threat, alliance jitters loom over Trump’s Asia visit

President Donald Trump will face fears that rising tensions with North Korea could erupt into conflict and alliance jitters when he makes his first official visit to Asia.

S. Korea won’t seek nuclear weapons, president says, rejecting opposition calls

President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that South Korea won’t seek nuclear weapons despite opposition calls to do so in the face of a growing threat from the North. But he promised a “stern response” to any provocation from the communist state.

Retired US general has new command with S. Korean defense company

Former 8th Army commander Bernard Champoux has traded his fatigues for a business suit.


US refusal to accept N. Korea as nuclear power leaves little room for talks

U.S. policy has been aimed at forcing Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambitions. but North Korea has defiantly persisted with its efforts despite punishing economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure.

Mattis warns nuclear weapons threat from North Korea is accelerating

The former Marine general has stressed his preference is for diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis with North Korea, saying Friday that “our goal is not war.”


Mattis pushes for diplomacy with North Korea during DMZ visit

With North Korean soldiers watching his every move, the U.S. defense secretary pressed for diplomacy with the communist state on Friday but insisted it must stop provocations and abandon its nuclear weapons program.


2nd ID celebrates centennial with mass re-enlistment, time capsule in S. Korea

The 2nd Infantry Division looked to the future and the past Thursday as it celebrated its centennial with a mass re-enlistment ceremony for 100 soldiers and a time capsule.

THAAD now fully integrated into air defenses for South Korea

The Delta Battery was officially realigned with the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade from the 11th ADA Brigade in a reflagging ceremony in THAAD’s new home in Seongju.

Presidential visits to DMZ send strong signal to North Korea

Several U.S. presidents have traveled to the 2.5-mile-wide, 150-mile-long buffer zone that divides the Korean Peninsula. The tense border, fraught with danger and symbolism, provides the perfect backdrop for a show of resolve against the North.

Secret Garden lets tourists follow in the footsteps of Korea’s kings and queens

Visitors used to require permission from the king to enter the Secret Garden, a lush park behind the Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul. Now you can book a guided tour online.

Guam-based guided-missile submarine makes port call to South Korea

The Navy said the Ohio-Class guided-missile submarine was making a routine visit during a regularly scheduled deployment to the region.

US military plans semiannual evacuation drills against backdrop of North Korea tensions

U.S. Forces Korea will hold semiannual evacuation drills for families of military forces and other noncombatants later this month against the backdrop of rising tensions with North Korea.

US bombers fly over Korean Peninsula in 1st night joint training drills

Two supersonic U.S. bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula, officials said Wednesday, in a show of force amid growing tensions with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

Trump says N. Korea making ‘fools of US negotiators’ amid fears of another missile test

President Donald Trump said North Korea has been making “fools of U.S. negotiators” and “only one thing will work,” the latest hint of possible military action against the communist state.

Camp Humphreys may accept minor building flaws to speed expansion, commander says

Camp Humphreys may accept buildings with minor flaws as planners face a new urgency to complete the long-delayed expansion of the Army garrison and future home of U.S. Forces Korea, the commander says.

Trump says Tillerson 'wasting his time' attempting to negotiate with North Korea

President Donald Trump said Sunday that negotiating with North Korea is ‘wasting time,’ criticizing his secretary of state over his efforts to defuse rising tensions over the communist state’s nuclear weapons program.

Missiles and sunbathers: S. Korea’s DMZ is more tourist mecca than war zone

Tourists snapped photos with North Korean mountains in the background, apparently unaware or unconcerned that they were about 60 miles away from the launch site of a morning missile test.

US bombers buzz N. Korea to flex military muscle as war of words intensifies

Mission came four days after Trump mocked North Korea’s leader during his U.N. General Assembly address, saying “rocket man is on a suicide mission” and warning he would “totally destroy” the North if forced to defend the United States or its allies.

N. Korean leader says Trump will ‘pay dearly’ for threats, hints at weapons test

North Korea’s leader called President Donald Trump “mentally deranged” and a “dotard” on Friday, hinting at new missile tests as the war of words between the two leaders evolved into personal insults.

S. Korea to provide humanitarian aid to North for 1st time since 2015

South Korea approved a plan Thursday to provide $8 million via U.N. agencies to help North Korean children and pregnant women in a bid to separate humanitarian issues from political pressure over the communist state’s nuclear weapons program.

US Forces Korea warns of fake evacuation messages

The command stressed the evacuation order claim was false, saying “USFK did NOT issue this message” and warning recipients not to click on any links or open attachments included in them.

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.


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.

N. Korea hails missile test as step toward ‘equilibrium’ with US

The comments were reported Saturday, hours after the U.N. Security Council convened in an emergency session and strongly condemned the launch that occurred the day before.

N. Korean missile flew over Japan but may have been meant as message for Guam

North Korea defiantly fired a missile over Japan on Friday, achieving its longest such flight less than a week after the U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions aimed at punishing the communist state for its recent and most powerful nuclear test.

N. Korea warns US it will face the ‘greatest pain’ after new sanctions adopted

North Korea warned the United States it will face the “greatest pain” after the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions to punish it for conducting a sixth nuclear test.

S. Korea rejects idea of redeploying US nuclear weapons on peninsula

South Korea said Monday that it’s not reviewing its policy on the redeployment of U.S. nuclear weapons after Sen. John McCain said the idea should be “seriously considered” as a way to counter the growing threat from the North.

Camp Humphreys gives opening dates for key facilities amid growing pains

Camp Humphreys had good news and bad news for its growing population as it announced plans to open several new facilities.

USFK adds 4 launchers to THAAD as protesters clash with police

Protesters scuffled with police Thursday as the United States deployed four additional launchers to complete an advanced missile-defense system in South Korea.

S. Korea on lookout for radiation after North’s nuclear test causes landslides

South Korea said Wednesday that it’s monitoring closely for any signs of radiation after North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which satellite images show apparently caused numerous landslides on the mountain that provided its cover.

US military to complete THAAD deployment in S. Korea despite protests

The U.S. military will deploy additional launchers for an advanced missile-defense system Thursday in a remote area of South Korea despite local protests, the defense ministry said.

S. Korean warships conduct live-fire drills in new show of force against North

South Korean warships took to the sea as the navy began a live-fire drill Tuesday, the latest show of force after the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.


Crisis with N. Korea tests US military response

The usual U.S. response to Kim Jong Un’s saber rattling is to send bombers, fighter jets and warships to South Korea in a show of solidarity and military might. But analysts say President Donald Trump’s administration has several alternatives short of war if it decides to step up its military response.

S. Korea ready to install 4 more launchers to complete THAAD deployment

South Korea is ready to install four more launchers to complete the deployment of a controversial U.S. missile-defense system to counter the growing threat from the North, the defense ministry said Monday.


South Korea stages mock attack on North Korean nuclear-testing site

South Korea fired missiles in a mock attack on North Korea’s nuclear test site Monday, a show of force hours after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned that the United States would answer any threat from the communist state with a “massive military response.”

Trump condemns North Korea for conducting nuclear test

Donald Trump has bounced between warning he would meet threats from the North with “fire and fury” and urging a diplomatic solution as the growing threat from Pyongyang has emerged as one of his top security challenges.

US sends bombers, stealth jets over S. Korea as tensions rise

Two U.S. supersonic bombers and four stealth jets soared over the Korean Peninsula on Thursday in a powerful display of military might after North Korea fired a missile over Japan and renewed a threat to target the waters near Guam.

Inside the bunker: A look at war games that anger North Korea

A rare look inside the bunker that serves as ground zero for the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud underscores the complicated reality of training for a conflict while the threat is unfolding in real time outside.

Trump warns ‘all options’ possible after N. Korea fires missile over Japan

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday in one of its most brazen provocations in years, prompting President Donald Trump to warn that “all options are on the table.”

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.

North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles, US says, breaking lull

PACOM’s first news release cited initial assessments indicating that the first and third missiles failed in flight while the second appeared to have blown up almost immediately. But a spokesman later issued updated information saying the first and third missiles did not fail in flight but flew about 160 miles in a northeastern direction.

Missing American teen found in Seoul, spokesman says

A U.S. soldier’s teenage daughter was found safe in Seoul and was reunited with her family Thursday, two weeks after she vanished from Camp Humphreys, a spokesman said.


Many South Koreans shrug off threat from the North during civil-defense drill

Sirens wailed across Seoul and other South Korean cities on Wednesday, signaling the start of a nationwide civil-defense drill to prepare for a possible threat from the North.

North Korean leader orders production of more solid-fuel rocket engines

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the production of more solid-fuel rocket engines and warhead tips, the country’s state-run media said Wednesday.

Harris says naval operational pause won’t affect ability to defend against N. Korea

A top U.S. commander said the military’s ability to defend against any threats from North Korea won’t be affected by an operational pause by the Navy following a devastating collision that left 10 sailors missing.

US commanders say joint war games key to deterrence as N. Korea vows revenge

U.S. commanders defended joint war games with South Korea on Tuesday as the North warned the United States will face “merciless retaliation” for going through with them.

US, South Korea kick off war games as North issues fresh threat

The United States and South Korea began joint war games Monday, raising fears of a fresh crisis in the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

Father of American teenager missing in S. Korea says last time he saw her was to say good night

The father of an American teenager who went missing from Camp Humphreys more than a week ago says his daughter “is a very happy person” and he and his family desperately want her back home.


What to watch for as war games begin between US, South Korea

Tents have gone up and rows of computers are in place as the United States and South Korea gear up to begin joint war games Monday despite the growing nuclear threat from the North.

US says war games in S. Korea to include fewer troops than last year

The Pentagon said Friday that U.S.-South Korean war games beginning next week will involve fewer American troops than last year.

South Korean soldier killed in blast during artillery drill

One South Korean soldier was killed and six others injured Friday in an explosion during an artillery drill near the border with North Korea, officials said.

No plans to ‘dial back’ joint US-South Korean war games, Dunford says

Gen. Joseph Dunford said Thursday that he has advised U.S. leadership not to “dial back” joint war games with South Korea that are due to begin next week despite threats from North Korea.


Why do so many South Koreans hate THAAD? It’s complicated

How can South Koreans still oppose a U.S. missile-defense system even though the North shows rapid progress in its nuclear weapons program?

S. Korean president says his nation can’t rely only on US for security

In vowing to prevent a new war on the divided peninsula, President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday that South Korea needs to do more to ensure its security.

N. Korea puts Guam plan on hold as sides move to de-escalate crisis

North Korea’s leader put on hold a plan to fire missiles near Guam as all sides expressed a desire to pull back from the brink in the worst crisis to face the divided peninsula in years.

‘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.

Senior South Korean diplomat says Trump threats sowing confusion

A South Korean presidential adviser expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s recent threats to the North, breaking the new administration’s silence on the escalating rhetoric between the two sides.

Defiant N. Korea rejects talks, says it might fire 4 test missiles at once to Guam's vicinity

North Korea on Thursday defiantly rejected President Donald Trump’s “fire and fury” warning, unveiling a detailed plan to launch a salvo of missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

For its 'temple food,' Balwoo Gongyang boasts a Michelin star

Balwoo Gongyang, near the popular tourist district of Insadong in downtown Seoul, opened in 2009 as a way to promote Buddhist temple food, which it promises on its website will make the “body and mind healthy.”

Rising tensions dash South Korea’s hopes for talks with North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has found himself balancing his desire for dialogue with North Korea with a need for punishing sanctions and strengthening defenses as the communist state has test-fired a steady drumbeat of missiles.

N. Korea threatens Guam after Trump warns North of ‘fire and fury’

North Korea threatened Wednesday to rain down missiles on the U.S. island territory of Guam after President Donald Trump warned that threats from the North “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

South Korean general, wife accused of treating conscripts like ‘slaves’

Issues concerning possible military abuses receive a lot of attention in this U.S.-allied nation because all able-bodied South Korean men are legally required to serve about two years in the military.

North Korea threatens to retaliate against US for sanctions

North Korea lashed out Monday against tough new U.N. economic sanctions, threatening to retaliate against the United States and insisting its nuclear weapons program is not up for negotiation.