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North Korea confirms former commander is new foreign minister

24 Jan 2020

SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea on Friday confirmed that Ri Son Gwon, a former defence commander with limited diplomatic experience, has been appointed the country's new foreign affairs minister, while the United States repeated calls for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

South Korea's push for tourism in North poses tricky balancing act

24 Jan 2020

SEOUL South Korea's push to resume tourism with the North is aimed at resetting border ties, but must overcome Pyongyang's scepticism and chart a careful course around U.S. efforts to pressure leader Kim Jong-un into eliminating his nuclear arsenal.

'I will continue to fight': South Korea's first transgender soldier vows to oppose dismissal

22 Jan 2020

SEOUL South Korea's first transgender soldier said on Wednesday she would sue the military after it announced it would dismiss her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery last year. | Video

South Korea's T'Way Air halts launch of Wuhan flights over virus concerns

21 Jan 2020

SEOUL South Korean budget airline T'way Air has postponed Tuesday's scheduled launch of a new route to the Chinese city of Wuhan because of rising concern over the spread of a new coronavirus, a company official said.

UPDATE 1-S.Korea's T'Way Air halts launch of Wuhan flights over virus concerns

21 Jan 2020

SEOUL, Jan 21 South Korean budget airline T'way Air has postponed Tuesday's scheduled launch of a new route to the Chinese city of Wuhan because of rising concern over the spread of a new coronavirus, a company official said.

North Korea's Kim taps tough-talking military veteran as foreign minister

20 Jan 2020

SEOUL North Korea's new foreign minister is a former defence commander with little diplomatic experience, spotlighting leader Kim Jong Un's reliance on party and military loyalists at a sensitive time amid stalled U.S. talks, analysts in Seoul said on Monday.

South Korea to decide on first transgender soldier amid debate

16 Jan 2020

SEOUL South Korea's military said on Thursday it will hold a meeting to discuss whether it will discharge the first soldier to have undergone gender reassignment surgery, which has sparked national debate about the treatment of LGBT troops.

Australian student expelled from North Korea says he was kidnapped from dorm

15 Jan 2020

SEOUL An Australian student who was briefly detained in North Korea last year over spy charges said he had been kidnapped by secret police and forced to make a false confession, according to an article written by him and seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Inter-Korean projects could help ease sanctions on North - South Korea's Moon

14 Jan 2020

SEOUL South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it was too early to be pessimistic about stalled denuclearisation dialogue between the United States and North Korea, and that inter-Korean cooperation could help ease the way for sanctions to be lifted.

Europe helps secure release of 11 North Korean defectors held in Vietnam - activists

04 Jan 2020

SEOUL A group of 11 North Koreans who were detained in Vietnam while seeking to defect to South Korea have been released thanks to the help of European institutions, a Seoul-based activist group said on Saturday.

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China virus ability to spread getting stronger

The ability of the coronavirus to spread is getting stronger and infections could continue to rise, China's National Health Commission said on Sunday, with more than 2,000 people globally infected and 56 in China killed by the disease.