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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.


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.