North, South Korea hold top-level talks to defuse military tensions
North, South Korea hold top-level talks to defuse military tensions

North and South Korea sat down to urgent top-level talks Saturday, seeking some way out of an escalating crisis that has pushed both their militaries to the brink of an armed conflict.

S. Korea on top alert as North attack deadline looms

 South Korean troops stood at maximum alert Saturday with North Korea threatening to go to war unless Seoul meets a looming deadline to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border.

N Korea says `prepared to risk war` as troops on alert

 North Korea warned early Saturday that it was prepared to risk "all-out war" as leader Kim Jong-Un put his frontline troops on combat readiness to back up an ultimatum for South Korea to halt propaganda broadcasts across the border.

North and South Korea stand their ground as deadline looms

North and South Korea appeared headed towards another clash, as Seoul refused an ultimatum that it halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Saturday afternoon or face military action, and North Korea said its troops were on a war footing.

S Korea soldier's death sentence upheld over shooting spree

South Korea's high military court today upheld a death sentence for a soldier convicted for killing five comrades in shooting and grenade attacks last year.

North Korea celebrates new time zone, 'Pyongyang Time'

North Korea now has its own time zone.

N Korea denounces Abe WWII speech as `unpardonable mockery`: State media

 North Korea`s foreign ministry said a speech by Japan`s prime minister expressing deep remorse for his country`s actions in World War II was "an unpardonable mockery of the Korean people," in a statement released by state news agency KCNA Friday.

South Korea police block launch of anti-North leaflets

South Korean police on Friday blocked activists from launching anti-North Korea leaflets across the heavily fortified border, amid elevated military tensions on the divided peninsula.

Former S Korea first lady begins rare trip to North

 The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung arrived in North Korea on Wednesday, hoping the rare trip would help ease the perennial tensions that have stymied efforts at cross-border cooperation. 

South Korea sees end of MERS threat after outbreak killed 36

South Korea said today it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.

South Korea declares end to MERS outbreak

 South Korea on Tuesday declared an end to a deadly outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, triggered widespread panic and stymied growth in Asia`s fourth-largest economy.

South Korean man arrested for threat to kill US envoy

South Korean police said today they had arrested a 33-year-old man for threatening to kill the US Ambassador to Seoul, Mark Lippert, who was the victim of a vicious knife attack in March.

Two Koreas fail to reach deal in Kaesong wage row talks

Rare talks between North and South Korean officials on Thursday over a protracted wage dispute at the jointly operated Kaesong industrial zone in the North ended today without any agreement, according to Yonhap news agency.

Two Koreas discuss Kaesong wage row

North and South Korean officials on Thursday opened rare talks over a protracted wage dispute at the jointly operated Kaesong industrial zone in the North.

South Korea to hold talks with North on Kaesong wage row

North Korea has agreed to hold talks with the South over a protracted wage dispute at the Kaesong joint industrial zone, Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.

Seoul confirms Kim Jong-un purges behind North Korean defections

Seoul`s Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Thursday confirmed that some North Koreans abroad have defected to South Korea to escape dictator Kim Jong-un`s "reign of terror".

Two Koreas to hold talks on industrial park wage issues

 A committee running a joint industrial park between North Korea and South Korea will next week hold a meeting to resolve a wage dispute after Pyongyang unilaterally decided to hike the minimum wage, Seoul`s ministry of unification said on Thursday.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blamed for executing 70 officials
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blamed for executing 70 officials

Young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed 70 officials since taking power in late 2011 in a "reign of terror" that far exceeds the bloodshed of his dictator father's early rule, South Korean officials said Thursday.

Thousands march in Seoul for South Korea`s gay pride parade

Thousands marched through central Seoul Sunday in what organisers described as South Korea`s biggest annual gay pride parade, with many celebrating the US Supreme Court`s historic decision allowing same-sex couples nationwide to wed.

South Korea's former first lady to visit Pyongyang

The widow of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung is likely to visit North Korea next month and meet with leader Kim Jong-un, an official said on Friday.