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North Korea calls Trump ‘heedless and erratic old man' as tensions rise

Officials issued back-to-back statements in response to a pair of tweets in which President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un against resuming hostilities amid fears that the communist state may be preparing to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.

North Korea announces 'very important test' at rocket launch site in ominous sign for 2020

The statements were the latest sign that hopes for diplomacy are unraveling ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea for Washington to offer concessions to restart stalled nuclear talks.

North Korea lashes out at Trump’s threat of military force

The U.S. and North Korea have ratcheted up their rhetoric as nuclear talks remain stalled ahead of an end-of-year deadline imposed by the North for Washington to offer concessions such as sanctions relief and security guarantees.

North Korea says Thursday test of multiple launch rocket system was successful

North Korea’s state-run media didn’t confirm details of Thursday's launch, but said leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a “super-large multiple launch rocket system” to “examine the combat application.”

North Korea fires two rockets into eastern sea, Seoul says

North Korea fired two rockets presumed to be from a multiple launching system, Seoul said Thursday, in a fiery Thanksgiving message to the United States as tensions rise over stalled nuclear talks.

Seoul strongly protests North Korean artillery drill as relations unravel

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that a live-fire artillery drill conducted by North Korea on Saturday violated a military pact signed by the two countries last year in a bid to ease tensions.

North Korean leader orders artillery drill near disputed sea border with South Korea

Images of Kim Jong Un surrounded by soldiers and examining a strategic map on a camouflaged observation post came amid rising tensions on the divided peninsula as nuclear talks with the United States show no public signs of revival.


Good news, bad news for US as alliance with South Korea teeters

The longtime allies still face a rare public dispute over defense cost-sharing and growing fears of a return to tensions with the North amid stalled talks aimed at persuading it to abandon its nuclear weapons.

North Korea says US decision to 'postpone' joint military exercises is not good enough

The comments posted on the state-run news agency were the latest to suggest North Korea is hardening its position ahead of a year-end deadline set by leader Kim Jong Un for Washington to soften its stance.

US and South Korea cut short defense cost-sharing talks

The U.S. cut short contentious defense cost-sharing negotiations with South Korea on Tuesday in a rare public display of discord that has raised concerns about the future of the long-standing alliance.

US, South Korea postpone planned air drills in ‘goodwill gesture’ to North

The move came after North Korea issued statements lashing out at the upcoming joint U.S.-South Korean military exercise and warning that it’s running out of patience with diplomacy.

South Korea should pay more for US troops by year’s end, Esper says

The Secretary of Defense also called on Seoul to reverse its decision to cancel a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan before the Nov. 23 expiration date.

North Korea raises stakes after Esper says US may ‘adjust’ military exercises

The United States may adjust military exercises in South Korea for the sake of diplomacy with the North, the defense secretary said, as the communist state warned that it’s running out of patience for the U.S. to soften its denuclearization demands.

Esper heads to South Korea for talks on intel-sharing pact, defense costs

Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s agenda is likely to be topped by South Korea’s decision to terminate a U.S.-backed military intelligence sharing pact with Japan, which expires at midnight on Nov. 22.

USFK commander weighs in on dispute over intel-sharing pact between Japan, South Korea

The U.S. administration, which considers the pact vital to trilateral cooperation against threats from North Korea and China, has been pressing Seoul to change its mind ahead of the Nov. 23 expiration date.

US soldier dies, two others injured when armored vehicle overturns during training in South Korea

Spc. Nicholas C. Panipinto, 20, died on Wednesday from injuries sustained in the rollover at Camp Humphreys.

Soldier deaths in South Korea put spotlight on US military suicide crisis

At least eight 2nd Infantry Division soldiers died by suicide in nearly three years, from May 2016 to April 2019. The number is not necessarily indicative of a trend, but it provides a grim snapshot of an unprecedented crisis in the military that has grown despite a concerted push to stop it.

North Korea, angry about air drills, warns dialogue with US is ‘on the verge of extinction’

The communist state hates all joint military exercises conducted by Seoul and Washington on the peninsula because it considers them rehearsals for an invasion.

US, South Korea will stage ‘combined flying training event’ to replace Vigilant Ace

The allies canceled Vigilant Ace and several other joint drills last year to facilitate nuclear talks with North Korea, which considers them a rehearsal for an invasion.

North Korea test-fires two missiles after warning it's losing patience with the US

Misawa Air Base, 700 miles north of Tokyo on the northern tip of the island of Honshu, issued a “real world missile alert” on its Facebook page, followed by an "all clear" within minutes.

North Korea warns it’s running out of patience amid stalled nuclear talks with US

The communist state has stepped up its rhetoric accusing Washington of maintaining a hostile policy despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that he maintains a good relationship with Kim.

So far, 41 US troops have been ID’d from remains returned by North Korea, DPAA says

Army Cpl. Lloyd B. Odom, 19, of Odessa, Mo., was the third missing soldier whose identity was announced this week.

North Korea reaffirms ‘special’ relationship with Trump, urges US to act 'wisely'

North Korea urged the United States to act “wisely” to revive nuclear talks by the end of the year, saying Thursday that Kim Jong Un maintains a “special” relationship with President Donald Trump.

South Korea has new lead negotiator in defense cost-sharing talks with US

The allies held the first round of talks last month as the current contract, known as the Special Measures Agreement, is due to expire on Dec. 31.

Army investigating death of 2nd ID artilleryman in South Korea

Staff Sgt. Nicholas M. Scalzo, 28, an artilleryman from Selma, Ore., was found unresponsive in his barracks in South Korea.

South Korea scrambles fighter jets in latest encounter with Russian military planes

An A-50 early warning aircraft, three SU-27 fighter jets and two TU-95 bombers from Russia entered the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone several times, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

North Korea confirms it successfully test-fired new submarine-launched ballistic missile

The launch threatened to raise tensions as Washington and Pyongyang planned to resume talks over the North’s nuclear weapons program this weekend. No location has been announced.

South Korea suspends tours of border truce village to prevent spread of African swine fever

South Korea has suspended tours of the border truce village of Panmunjom and the recently opened hiking trails in the area as part of measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever, officials said Wednesday.

North Korea says it will resume nuclear talks with the US this weekend

North Korea and the United States will resume nuclear negotiations this weekend, Pyongyang said Tuesday, a move that would break a seven-month long diplomatic deadlock.

US, South Korea seek ‘dynamic and new negotiating environment’ in cost-sharing talks, Seoul says

U.S. demands that Seoul pay more for stationing some 28,500 American troops on the divided peninsula have raised pressure on the longtime alliance as the two sides are trying to get nuclear talks with North Korea back on track.

US, South Korea set to resume defense cost-sharing talks

The United States and South Korea prepared to resume negotiations Tuesday on footing the bill for some 28,500 American troops stationed on the peninsula, just over three months before the current agreement is set to expire.

US military helicopter drops container unit on building in South Korea

Local police and fire department officials said nobody was injured in the incident, which occurred at about 2 p.m. in Yongin, just south of Seoul. Officials also said the container apparently contained fuel pump equipment.

Typhoon damage at DMZ truce village brings North Koreans, UN Command together

Storm damage at the Joint Security Area was relatively minor but had a diplomatic side effect, bringing together the North Koreans and members of the U.S.-led United Nations Command for repairs.


After a long wait, US military dedicates new $275 million hospital at Camp Humphreys

The U.S. military broke ground for the Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital in November 2012 — but construction problems and quality control issues filled the years that followed, as the South Korean contractor struggled to meet rigid U.S. standards.

Pressured to speed returns, the US military says South Korea can have 15 bases now

The plan to move most American forces from bases in Seoul and near the border with North Korea stems from agreements reached in the early 2000s, but it was frequently delayed due to construction problems and quality-control issues.

US military extends South Korea curfew suspension for three months

In one exception, however, the curfew has been slapped back on the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, also known as the “Greywolf Brigade,” which began a nine-month rotation in South Korea in early June.

Some shopping restrictions lifted at US military stores in South Korea

Before a new policy, commissary shoppers in South Korea were limited to $800 in commissary spending per month for the main sponsor and $300 for additional family members per month.

North Korea says it tested another ‘super-large’ rocket launcher

Tuesday's weapons launch was North Korea’s 10th since early May as experts say it is seeking to boost its negotiating power ahead of possible new nuclear talks with the United States.

‘This reversed the Korean War virtually overnight’: The Incheon landing’s victorious, bloody legacy 69 years later

The high-stakes Incheon landing marked a crucial turning point early in the Korean War which, absent a formal peace treaty, is technically still underway. Some military commanders argued it was too risky, but Gen. Douglas MacArthur insisted the riskiness only boosted the element of surprise.

North Korea punctuates offer for talks by firing short-range projectiles

The latest launch — the 10th since May — raised pressure on President Donald Trump, who is eager for talks to resume and so far has downplayed the surge in weapons testing as routine.

North Korea offers to restart nuclear talks with US later this month

Talks have been stalled since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to reach an agreement during their second summit in February in Vietnam.

Yongsan Garrison closes gates as winds from Typhoon Lingling knock out power

Strong winds knocked out power on Yongsan Garrison on Saturday, forcing the Army post to lock down for the night as Typhoon Lingling tore through South Korea.

South Korea says ‘ball is now in Japan’s court’ in row over intel-sharing pact

South Korea has offered to reconsider its exit from a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan if Tokyo lifts export curbs that officially took effect on Wednesday.

South Korea’s exit from intelligence-sharing pact with Japan will complicate defense, US warns

The United States stepped up criticism of South Korea’s withdrawal from a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, warning it will complicate defense and “increase risk to U.S. forces.”

North Korea touts new ‘super-large’ rocket launching system

North Korea said Sunday that it test-fired a new “super-large multiple rocket launcher system” the day before, raising tensions nearly a week after the United States and South Korea concluded military exercises.

North Korea fires two missiles into sea in fiery answer to US call for talks

North Korea fired two missiles into the sea on Saturday, South Korea’s military said, a blow to U.S hopes that the launches would stop and nuclear talks would resume after military exercises concluded earlier this week.

South Korea to withdraw from military intelligence sharing pact with Japan over trade dispute

South Korea will scrap a key military intelligence sharing pact with Japan, the government said Thursday, as an escalating trade spat between the two U.S. allies spilled into the security arena.

US prepared to resume nuclear talks as soon as North Korea gives word, envoy says

The United States is prepared to resume nuclear negotiations, a senior envoy said Wednesday, while the communist state issued new criticism over U.S.-South Korean military exercises that ended the day before.

US troops may be victims of massive credit card hack in South Korea, military says

The thefts targeted unspecified business and financial entities in South Korea and included information on at least 38,000 U.S.-issued payment cards, according to an alert distributed by the Eighth Army.


North Korean missile tests, saber-rattling test US-South Korean alliance

North Korea stepped up its criticism of U.S.-South Korean military exercises on Sunday, warning the drills will have “disastrous consequences” despite allied efforts to scale them back.

North Korean leader hails ‘mysterious and amazing success rates’ after latest missile test

The latest launch of missiles and rockets comes as the communist state steps up pressure on the United States and South Korea while the allies conduct joint military exercises this month.


'The torture stopped': 1969 brought temporary changes to infamous Hanoi Hilton

American prisoners of war locked up for years in North Vietnam knew the drill. Bow to their captors or take a beating. But in October 1969, the rules changed.

Momentum for dialogue with North Korea ‘unshaken’ despite recent missile tests, Moon says

President Moon Jae-in offered an olive branch to Japan over the two countries’ trade dispute on Thursday, while vowing to “solidify denuclearization and peace” on the Korean Peninsula before his term ends.

North Korea shows off another missile as Trump predicts nuclear talks will resume

North Korea showed off more missiles on Sunday, hours after President Donald Trump said he’s not worried about the recent spate of launches and raised hope for new nuclear talks with the communist state.

North Korea test-fires two more missiles into sea, South says

The latest launch — the fifth in just over two weeks — came hours after President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent him a “beautiful letter” and complained about the “war games.”

Trump says talks underway to persuade South Korea to pay more for defense

President Donald Trump’s comments, made in a series of tweets, were the first indication that new negotiations with South Korea were underway.

US, South Korea start low-key joint military drills after North Korean missile tests

The quiet start of U.S.-South Korea exercises was in sharp contrast to past years. The allies declined to officially announce the two-week exercise had begun or provide details, but several officials confirmed they were underway.


North Korea flexes military muscle ahead of US-South Korean drills

The North stopped short of crossing the red line set by President Donald Trump, who has said he’s not worried because the weapons launched were not intercontinental ballistic missiles that could target the U.S. mainland.

South Korea, US plan military exercises despite North Korean missile tests, officials say

A series of missile launches happened after the North warned the South against taking part in joint military exercises with the United States, which are reportedly to begin next week.

North Korean soldier defects to South in midnight DMZ river crossing, military says

The defection comes at a sensitive time. Efforts by Seoul to improve relations between the two Koreas have been stymied amid stalled U.S.-North Korean nuclear talks.

North Korean leader oversaw test of ‘multiple launch guided rocket system,’ state media says

The Korean Central News Agency said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had guided the test-firing of a newly developed “large-caliber multiple launch guided rocket system.”

North Korea again fires short-range missiles, raising pressure on US as it tries to restart nuke talks

The launches raise pressure on the United States as it tries to restart talks aimed at persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Pompeo expects talks with North Korea to start soon despite another missile test

North Korea said Friday that its latest missile test was a “solemn warning” to South Korea against joint military exercises with the United States, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the launch would not disrupt the resumption of nuclear talks.

American soldier detained in taxi incident weeks after curfew lifted in South Korea

The soldier tried to steal a taxi after the driver refused to let him into the car, but crashed the taxi into a fire hydrant, the Korea Broadcasting System reported.

North Korea test-fires two new ballistic missiles, upping the ante in nuclear talks

It was the first launch since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to resume working-level negotiations that the United States hopes will persuade the communist state to abandon its nuclear weapons.

$215 million military hospital in S. Korea one step closer to November opening

A new hospital at Camp Humphreys was officially transferred to the U.S. government on Wednesday. Its fall opening will provide relief to Americans at Camp Humphreys, many of whom must commute 55 miles to Seoul for care.

North Korean leader inspects new submarine, raising pressure on US amid efforts to restart nuclear talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a new submarine and its weapons systems, state-run media reported Tuesday, the latest apparent effort to raise pressure on the United States amid efforts to resume nuclear talks.

South Korean jets fire multiple warning shots after Russian aircraft breaches airspace

South Korean fighter jets fired some 360 warning shots after a Russian military aircraft violated airspace twice Tuesday off the peninsula’s east coast in an unprecedented breach, defense officials said.

US-S. Korean military drills to proceed despite N. Korean objections, officials say

The United States and South Korea will conduct joint military exercises as planned later this year, officials said Thursday, despite warnings by North Korea that the drills may affect the resumption of nuclear talks or prompt more nuclear or missile tests.

Gilland takes helm of 2nd Infantry Division at sensitive time in S. Korea

Maj. Gen. Steve Gilland, who took command from Maj. Gen. Scott McKean on Camp Humphreys, inherits the challenge of balancing the need to maintain readiness with diplomatic efforts to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons.

N. Korea hints it may restart nuclear tests over US-S. Korea military exercises

North Korea warned on Tuesday that upcoming U.S.-South Korean military exercises would affect the resumption of nuclear negotiations and suggested it may restart nuclear or missile tests.

S. Korean president says Trump-Kim border meeting amounted to end of hostilities

President Moon Jae-in, who traveled to the truce village of Panmunjom with the president on Sunday, expressed confidence the meeting would lay the foundation for renewed negotiations aimed at persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.

Trump says US, N. Korea agreed to restart nuclear talks during historic DMZ meeting

President Donald Trump became the first sitting American president to step onto North Korean territory Sunday in an extraordinary impromptu summit aimed at boosting stalled nuclear talks.

N. Korea says Kim-Trump meeting was ‘historic’ and ‘amazing’

The report echoed President Donald Trump’s comments on Sunday, when he said the two sides agreed to resume negotiations, which had been stalled since the previous U.S.-North Korean summit in Vietnam ended without agreement in late February.

President wraps up South Korea visit by thanking troops and those who support them

With the backdrop of a giant American flag, President Donald Trump thanked American troops and the families who support them on Sunday after his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


US, N. Korea hail ‘historic’ DMZ meeting as chance to reset nuclear talks but offer no clue how things will be different

Neither side has given an indication of how things will be different this time, four months after their summit in Vietnam ended without agreement due to stark differences over North Korean demands for sanctions relief.