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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 2nd 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.


Yongsan Garrison is on its way to becoming a park for South Koreans. Here are the next steps.

Most of the servicemembers at the garrison, which has been occupied by the Army since the 1950-53 Korean War, have moved. But it’s not easy to close a military base that’s spread over about 630 acres, including sub-installations, in one of the trendiest areas of the South Korean capital.


Military honors remains of American soldier killed in Korean War

The remains, which were found in South Korea and believed to belong to a soldier killed in a 1951 battle, will be sent to a military forensics laboratory in Hawaii for more specific identification.


South Korea unearths nine sets of war dead remains during DMZ mine-clearing operation

The return of remains from the 1950-53 Korean War, including 55 cases containing the remains of American troops who were lost in North Korea, has been a bright spot in otherwise slow diplomatic efforts to persuade the North to give up its nuclear weapons.


ANALYSIS

North Korea likely hopes to increase leverage with latest weapons test

Experts said it was likely meant as a less provocative message to Washington that the North is continuing to develop weapons it insists are for self-defense.


Yongsan Garrison schools to close in June after six decades of teaching military kids

Yongsan’s population has declined sharply as U.S. Forces Korea and the other commands moved to Camp Humphreys, which has its own schools, as part of a long-delayed relocation plan.


N. Korea says it tested an ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’ in challenge to United States

The North hasn't publicly tested any weapons since November of last year, but in recent days Pyongyang reportedly expressed anger at South Korea's resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States.


Three S. Korean companies to pay some $236 million in military bid rigging case, Justice Department says

The Justice Department said the criminal charges were the first to be announced in the investigation, which involved allegations that the petroleum and refinery companies and their agents conspired “to suppress and eliminate competition” during the bidding process for contracts from 2005 to 2016.


Field artillery soldier dies at Camp Casey in S. Korea

Sgt. Adam David Wright, 32, was pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel on Sunday.


Koreas, US-led UNC discuss surveillance equipment as North criticizes joint Marine drills

Military officials from the UNC, Seoul and Pyongyang held talks in the truce village of Panmunjom two days after the Koreas completed withdrawing troops and firearms from 22 front-line guard posts as part of a far-reaching military pact.


GALLERY

Abrams takes command of USFK amid nuclear talks with North Korea

Gen. Robert Abrams took the colors for USFK, United Nations Command and Combined Forces Command during a rain-soaked ceremony at Barker Field. He replaces Gen. Vincent Brooks, who has presided over U.S. military efforts since April 2016.


High-level talks between US and North Korea are postponed

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned meeting with a senior North Korean envoy has been postponed, the State Department said Wednesday.


Soldier dies after being found unconscious in South Korea

A 1st Armored Division soldier died after being found unconscious at a base in South Korea, the Army said Wednesday. The cause was under investigation.


Koreas ready for joint guard duty as DMZ truce village gets new look

The two Koreas and the U.S.-led United Nations Command agreed Tuesday to draft rules for joint guard duty and unveiled new posts as they prepare to reopen the truce village of Panmunjom to the public.


Nuclear talks with North Korea may affect US military posture, Dunford says

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military remains ready to respond to any threats from North Korea but stressed its main role is to support the diplomatic process that began earlier this year.


US, S. Korean Marines resume joint drills as Pompeo prepares for nuclear talks

The drills, which are usually held several times a year, had been indefinitely suspended after the unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June. But South Korea’s Defense Ministry said about 500 Marines began a two-week exercise Monday in the city of Pohang.


North Korean leader to visit Seoul ‘soon,’ Moon says

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Seoul and Russia, and will likely meet with China’s president in Pyongyang, South Korea’s president said Thursday.


Popular tours to DMZ village suspended

Agencies notified tourists last week and offered refunds for those who had prepaid for a visit to the tightly controlled Joint Security Area, the heart of the heavily fortified border that sits about 35 miles north of Seoul.


US-led UN Command, Koreas pull firearms and military posts from truce village

The two Koreas and the U.S.-led United Nations Command announced Thursday the completion of the withdrawal of firearms and military posts from the area as part of an inter-Korean agreement aimed at reducing hostilities.


Koreas hold border talks on next steps for military pact

North and South Korea agreed Friday to remove 11 border guard posts each by next month as they pressed forward with efforts to ease hostilities and transform one of the world’s most heavily fortified frontiers into a “peace zone.”


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End of an era: Camp Red Cloud is finally closing — for real this time

The nine-hole golf course is thriving, but the rest of this historic base north of Seoul resembles a ghost town as the U.S. military prepares to return the land to the South Korean government.


Soldiers detained after allegedly kicking South Korean policeman in groin

Two U.S. soldiers were detained after allegedly assaulting a South Korean man in a scuffle over a motorcycle, then kicking the police officer trying to detain them in Dongducheon, a city near the border with North Korea, police said Tuesday.


US-led command, Koreas agree to pull guard posts, firearms from border village this week, Seoul says

The U.S.-led United Nations Command, North and South Korea agreed Monday to remove weapons and guard posts from a jointly patrolled area this week, according to the defense ministry in Seoul.


Popularity of S. Korean boy band BTS fuels debate over military conscription

The group’s popularity has fueled a debate over whether the list of exemptions for conscription enjoyed by Olympic medalists and some other athletes and artists should be expanded to include K-pop sensations like BTS.


Two Koreas, United Nations Command hold talks on disarming border area

The two Koreas and the U.S.-led United Nations Command held their first meeting Tuesday to discuss disarming the heavily fortified border, as the neighboring nations press for peace despite slow progress in parallel nuclear talks.


Analysis

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.


Top commander in Korea shows support for land mine removal in DMZ

The top U.S. commander in South Korea offered his “full support” for the inter-Korean removal of land mines from the no man’s land that bisects the peninsula.


Park dedicated to adoptees opens on former US military base in South Korea

Omma Poom, or Mother’s Arms, park, which includes several sculptures, is the first such memorial dedicated to South Korean adoptees as the nation tries to come to terms with a tragic legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.


Surprise, you're promoted! Airman gets an unexpected sendoff on his plane out of S. Korea

Tech. Sgt. Terry White, 32, of Pittsburgh, said he had no idea his promotion coming when he boarded the flight to begin his transfer to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., after four years with the 51st Maintenance Group at Osan.


ANALYSIS

Korean War: Is an official end in sight?

Nearly seven decades since the Korean War, the search for peace on the Korean Peninsula has emerged as a key issue in nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang — but there are several key issues that could prevent the conflict from officially ending.


2nd ID soldier dies at Camp Humphreys; cause under investigation

Pfc. Adrienne Barillas, 22, of The Woodlands, Texas, had been assigned to the 11th Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade at the base since November 2017.


Korean military pact seeks to ease border tensions despite lack of nuclear progress

South Korean President Moon Jae-in called the military accord signed during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week “the most important” result for relations between the two countries.


United Nations Command to review inter-Korean military agreement

The U.S.-led United Nations Command will “thoroughly review” an inter-Korean military accord, an official said, after the two nations agreed to a series of sweeping measures aimed at easing tensions along the heavily fortified border that divides the peninsula.


Stars and Stripes’ Korea office moves south to Camp Humphreys

Stars and Stripes’ Korea office has moved to Camp Humphreys, the latest chapter in a history that dates to the 1950-53 war on the peninsula.


Tiny US base in South Korean capital prepares to close its gates

Surrounded by walls topped with concertina wire, the 13-acre base can be easy to miss, one of several sub-installations that belong to the larger Yongsan Garrison just a few miles away. But its history reflects the highs and lows of the U.S. presence in the South Korean capital.


North Korea agrees to dismantle nuclear complex if US also takes steps; Kim says he'll visit Seoul

Experts said the ball was in President Donald Trump’s court and it remained to be seen if South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivered enough to bring Washington back to the table.


Moon, Kim express hope for progress as they begin 3rd inter-Korean summit

President Moon Jae-in enjoyed a warm reception full of pomp and circumstance Tuesday in Pyongyang as he began a high-stakes summit aimed at persuading North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to go beyond the rhetoric and dismantle his nuclear weapons program.


S. Korean president looks forward to ‘heart-to-heart talks’ during summit with Kim Jong Un

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday he expects to have “heart-to-heart talks” during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in hopes of restarting nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington and forging a lasting peace on the divided peninsula.


Gen. Robert Abrams nominated to take over as top US commander in South Korea

If confirmed, Gen. Robert Abrams would replace Gen. Vincent Brooks at the helm of some 28,500 American troops based in South Korea as well as the United Nations Command and the Combined Forces Command.


GALLERY

Seoul American alumni take trip down memory lane during Yongsan reunion

Former Seoul American High School students remembered tear gas and discos as they gathered this month for a reunion that brought together representatives of classes from 1965 to 2003 on the main U.S. military base in the South Korean capital.


US-led command approves South Korean border crossings into North Korea

The U.S.-led United Nations Command on Thursday approved planned border crossings for South Koreans and material to build a new communication building and to open a new liaison office in a North Korean border village.


S. Korean president urges Trump, Kim to make ‘bold decisions’ in nuclear impasse

South Korea’s president called on the United States and North Korea to make “bold decisions” to put nuclear negotiations back on track as the White House announced planning is underway for a second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.


Two Koreas to hold military talks on easing border tensions this week

North and South Korean military officers will discuss proposals to excavate the remains of troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War from the heavily fortified frontier, the removal of guard posts from the Demilitarized Zone on a trial basis and how to disarm the jointly patrolled area in Panmunjom.


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.


US, North Korea resume talks on recovery of war dead remains

While the United States and North Korea struggle to get nuclear talks back on track, negotiators moved forward with efforts to bring home the remains of more American troops killed in the 1950-53 Korean War.


Embattled Trump thanks North Korean leader for praise, says 'we will get it done together'

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he and Kim Jong Un will “get it done together” after the North Korean leader reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free peninsula.


UN Command blocks field survey of inter-Korean railway

The United Nations Command blocked Seoul’s plans for a joint survey of an inter-Korean railway due to a procedural error, officials said Thursday.


Trump warns he may ‘instantly’ restart war games with S. Korea

Military officials and others say the exercises with U.S. allies South Korea and Japan are crucial to maintaining readiness against a growing threat from the North.


US-N. Korea stalemate thrusts Moon back into mediator role

The U.S.-North Korean nuclear stalemate has raised the stakes for a third summit between President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un that is expected to be held next month, Moon’s office said Tuesday.


Cancellation of US-N. Korean meeting shows China spillover

In canceling the Secretary of State's visit to North Korea next week, President Trump acknowledges for the first time that nuclear negotiations have hit a roadblock two months after the Singapore summit.


Top US commander backs S. Korean plan to remove some DMZ guard posts

The top U.S. commander in South Korea expressed support Wednesday for a plan to remove some guard posts from the tense border, saying it’s a “reasonable” risk that may help denuclearization talks with the North.


Sex-abuse case involving airman, S. Korean orphans led to new Kunsan guidelines

A former U.S. senior airman has been jailed for sexually abusing two South Korean orphans and for possessing child pornography in a 2016 case that prompted new community guidelines at Kunsan Air Base.


Defense act restricts efforts to cut US troop numbers in South Korea

The $717 billion bill prevents the Pentagon from cutting the number of servicemembers deployed to South Korea below 22,000 unless the defense secretary has certified that it’s in the “national security interest” and that the secretary has “appropriately consulted” with regional allies.


US-led command hands over remains of North Korean soldier

The U.S.-led United Nations Command has returned the remains of a North Korean soldier more than a year after they were found near a border island.


Korean leaders to hold 3rd summit next month in Pyongyang

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will travel to Pyongyang next month for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, officials announced Monday, a move that could boost stalled nuclear negotiations.


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.


Two Koreas to prepare for another summit amid stalled nuclear talks

The two Koreas have agreed to hold high-level talks Monday to prepare for another summit between their leaders, even as nuclear talks between the North and the United States have stalled.


Pair of American soldiers killed in Korean War finally being sent home for burial

The remains of Army Cpl. Terrell J. Fuller and Army Sgt. William A. Larkins — both 20 when they died — were handed over as part of joint searches and unilateral handovers from North Korea that took place more than a decade ago.


Trump praises N. Korean leader for returning remains of war dead

President Donald Trump thanked North Korea’s leader for returning the remains of war dead and hinted at another summit amid concern that the momentum for a nuclear deal has stalled.


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'A great first step': Remains of presumed US Korean War dead begin journey home

Fifty-five cases presumed to be holding the remains of U.S. troops killed in the Korean War began their journey home Wednesday after a formal send-off at Osan Air Base.


War dead remains from N. Korea ‘likely to be American,’ DPAA official says

A two-day field forensic review determined that the remains are human and “are likely to be American remains,” according to an official with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.


North Korea’s return of presumed US war dead remains is start of long process

The U.S. military plans to hold a ceremony Wednesday to honor the 55 cases of human remains handed over by North Korea last week. But it’s likely to be a long time before the identities of those inside can be verified.


American man seeks return of his civilian father’s remains from N. Korea

Just seven American civilians who served before and during the outbreak of the Korean War remain unaccounted for — compared to over 7,000 servicemembers. Still, one man hopes his efforts will help bring his long-lost father home.


North Korea dismantling key missile-testing site, images show

North Korea has taken “an important first step” toward fulfilling a promise made during its summit with the United States by starting to dismantle a key missile-testing site, a monitoring website said Monday.


Trump administration says ‘no rush’ on nuclear deal with N. Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sides have made progress on some issues, including the promised return of remains of American troops killed in the 1950-53 war, which he said was expected to happen “in the next couple of weeks.”