US envoy, South Korean official discuss 2nd Trump-Kim summit
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea met with South Korea's national security adviser on Monday to discuss a planned second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Seoul's presidential office said.
Stephen Biegun explained to Chung Eui-yong Washington's stance toward North Korea ahead of talks on setting up the summit, the presidential Blue House said in a statement.
US envoy on North Korea visits border village amid stalemate
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Thursday visited a border village the rival Koreas has been demilitarizing as part of steps to reduce military tensions amid a larger diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear crisis.
The U.S. Embassy in Seoul did not provide details about Stephen Biegun's visit to Panmunjom. He wasn't expected to meet with North Korean officials at the village, which is often used for diplomacy between the allies and North Korea.
2 Koreas to destroy 22 front-line guard posts by November
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The North and South Korean militaries agreed Friday to completely destroy 22 front-line guard posts by the end of November as they discussed their next steps in implementing a wide-ranging military agreement signed last month to reduce tensions.
Koreas, UN finish removing firearms from border village
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas and the U.S.-led U.N. Command finished removing firearms and troops from a jointly controlled area at a border village on Thursday, as part of agreements to reduce decades-long animosity on the Korean Peninsula.
Koreas finish removing land mines from border village
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The two Koreas have completed removing land mines planted at their shared border village as part of efforts to disarm the area located inside the world's most heavily fortified border, South Korean officials said Monday.
Koreas, US-led UN Command discuss disarming border area
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas and the U.S.-led United Nations Command met Tuesday to discuss efforts to disarm a military zone the rivals control within their shared border under a peace agreement between the two countries.
The talks at the Panmunjom border village mark the first meeting between the Koreas and the U.N. Command to discuss ways to demilitarize the village's Joint Security Area.
Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea continued their push for peace Monday with high-level talks that resulted in a host of agreements, including a plan by the rivals for a groundbreaking ceremony this year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads.
The Latest: NKorea-born reporter banned from covering talks
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on high-level peace talks between the rival Koreas (all times local):
South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon has expressed regret over a decision to block a North Korean defector-turned reporter from covering high-level talks between the Koreas at a border village.
The decision to exclude the reporter from the conservative Chosun Ilbo on Monday drew an angry reaction from other South Korean journalists.
AP Explains: Removal of mines from Korean Demilitarized Zone
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Seoul says the rival Koreas began removing mines and other explosives at two sites inside their heavily armed border on Monday as part of their recent tension-reduction steps. They will likely end up pulling out a very small portion of an estimated 2 million mines littered inside and near the 248-kilometer (155-mile) -long, 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) -wide Demilitarized Zone. But it would be the two countries' first joint demining work in more than a decade and comes amid international diplomacy aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
2 Koreas begin removing DMZ mines to ease military tensions
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korean troops began removing some of the land mines planted at their heavily fortified border on Monday, Seoul officials said, in the first implementation of recent agreements aimed at easing their decades-long military standoff.
The Latest: S. Korea believes North begins demining at DMZ
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on diplomacy and other moves on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):
South Korea's Defense Ministry says it believes North Korea has begun removing land mines from two sites at the rivals' heavily fortified border.
South Korea earlier Monday sent troops to remove its mines from the sites at the Demilitarized Zone under recent agreements with North Korea aimed at reducing their decades-long military animosity.
Kim, Moon start possibly most challenging Korean summit yet
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in North Korea on Tuesday for his third and possibly most challenging summit yet with leader Kim Jong Un in which he hopes to break an impasse in talks with the United States over the North's denuclearization and breathe energy into his own efforts to expand and improve relations between the Koreas.
North and South Korea ask UN to circulate peace declaration
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea and South Korea asked the United Nations on Friday to circulate a peace declaration their leaders agreed to in April that vows to remove nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula and work toward a formal end to the Korean War.
PANMUNJOM, North Korea (AP) — Lt. Col. Hwang Myong Jin has been a guide on the northern side of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas for five years. He says it's gotten quieter here since the summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the presidents of South Korea and the United States, in perhaps the last place on earth where the Cold War still burns hot.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on developments in inter-Korean relations after last week's landmark summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):
Seoul says the two Koreas have agreed to have their athletes march together during the opening and closing ceremonies of the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia.
Koreas agree to restore military communication lines
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas agreed Thursday to fully restore their cross-border communication lines after holding rare high-level military talks on reducing tensions.
The military officials also discussed temporarily disarming an area in their jointly controlled truce village of Panmunjom, where soldiers from the North and South stand several feet from each other across the demarcation line that divides their countries, South Korea's Defense Ministry said.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bitter rivals North and South Korea are on talking terms again, but their surprising cordiality still has moments of awkwardness, such when a senior North Korean official scolded a South Korean reporter over a question he didn't like.
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea agreed Friday to hold military and Red Cross talks later this month on reducing tensions and resuming reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on talks between North and South Korea (all times local):
North and South Korea have agreed to hold military and Red Cross talks later this month on reducing tensions and resuming reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in embraced and exchanged a bear hug and broad smiles during their second summit in the border village of Panmunjom to discuss peace commitments and Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump. Kim later met with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as he continued his recent diplomatic outreach.
The Latest on planning for a U.S-North Korea summit (all times EDT):
South Korea's Foreign Ministry says U.S. and North Korean officials are engaged in talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The ministry said in a release Monday the U.S.-North Korean talks were taking place at the Korean border village of Panmunjom. It refused to provide more details.
President Donald Trump said Sunday a U.S. team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump's last-minute move to pull out of a highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un further clouded the murky prospects of the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.
A look at the developments on the Korean Peninsula:
Muslim men perform an evening prayer marking the first eve of the holy month of Ramadan on the Indonesian island of Bali.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, South Korean soldiers stand guard at a post near the border truce village of Panmunjom, after North Korea canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea to protest U.S.-S. Korean military exercises.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After a few months of rapprochement, North Korea abruptly called off scheduled high-level talks with South Korea on Wednesday and warned the U.S. that a planned summit with President Donald Trump could be at risk. A look at developments on the Korean peninsula:
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has pledged the United Nations' "full support" to further talks between North Korea and South Korea and "stands ready to discuss possible forms of support."
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric says South Korean President Moon Jae-in asked during a Monday conversation with Guterres for U.N. support "to verify the imminent closure" of North Korea's nuclear test site.
Lake Havasu Korean War veterans skeptical of peace on the peninsula
While last week’s peace summit between the leaders of North and South Korea has been viewed by global leaders as a sign of hope, U.S. veterans who fought in the Korean War are skeptical.
Korean War vets were glued to news reports Friday as the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace and Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.
GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — A day after the leaders of the two Koreas met for a summit along their shared border, the emotional, memorable, even funny scenes from their time together are both a bitter reminder of the countries' seven decades of division and an insight into the mysterious character of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
A look at some of the scenes that South Koreans are talking about amid the afterglow of one of the most unusual moments in recent inter-Korean history:
GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the summit between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea (all times local):
The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is applauding the "truly historic summit" between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that "many around the world were moved by the powerful imagery of the two leaders coming together to advance harmony and peace on the Korean Peninsula."
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walked toward South Korean President Moon Jae-in to greet him with a big smile Friday to kick off the inter-Korean summit.
GOYANG, South Korea (AP) — After a year of tensions, the first North-South Korea summit in more than a decade began Friday with a handshake.
Surrounded by bodyguards and other members of his delegation, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un emerged right on cue from a large building on the northern side of the border in the truce village of Panmunjom, walked down a wide flight of stairs and strolled confidently toward South Korean President Moon Jae-in to begin the historic meeting.