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S. Korea urges Japan to address slave labor in UNESCO row

South Korea demanded Friday that Japan address Seoul‘s concerns over Tokyo’s attempt to win world heritage status for industrial facilities linked to wartime Korean slave labor.Choi Jong-moon, South Korean ambassador for cultural and UNESCO affairs, said he delivered the concerns during ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 21:42

Korea, U.S., Japan nuke envoys to meet

The chief nuclear negotiators of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan plan to gather next week in Seoul to discuss ways to jointly cope with the escalating tension amid North Korea’s growing military threats, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Friday. Hwang Joon-kook, special representative for Ko...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:53

S. Korea, Japan hold talks over UNESCO row

South Korea and Japan began talks Friday to resolve a row over Tokyo's push to win world heritage status for industrial facilities linked to wartime Korean slave labor.Japan has applied to list a package of 23 coal mines, shipyards and other early industrial zones as UNESCO world heritage ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 15:36

S. Korea, U.S., Japan to discuss N. Korea next week

South Korea will hold high-level trilateral talks next week with the United States and Japan on North Korea, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.  In the two-day session starting Tuesday in Seoul, the regional powers will "share assessments of recent situations in North Korea and its threat...

Updated : 2015.05.22 10:39

Uzbekistan president to visit S. Korea next week

President Park Geun-hye will meet with Uzbek President Islam Karimov here next week to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in defense, infrastructure and other areas of mutual concern, Cheong Wa Dae said Friday.   The two leaders are set to meet on Thursday, the first day of Karimov's th...

Updated : 2015.05.22 10:05

Abe should face 'comfort women' issue: ex-envoy

A retired Japanese ambassador called on the Shinzo Abe administration to directly address the wartime sexual enslavement of Korean and other Asian women."If Japan tries to dwarf the 'comfort women' issue, it will rather draw criticism from the international community," Masatoshi Muto, once...

Updated : 2015.05.21 20:28

Korea, Japan to hold top defense meeting after 4-year hiatus

The defense chiefs of South Korea and Japan plan to hold their first bilateral talks in more than four years next month as the countries seek to mend their relationship in the face of historical and territorial feuds, Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Thursday. Defense Minister Han Min-koo wi...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:22

Jeju Forum calls for Asian trust building

JEJUDO ISLAND ― Leading politicians and scholars on Thursday urged Asian nations to strive harder to foster multilateral cooperation to defuse geopolitical tensions, create “forward-looking” relati...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:18

U.S. bill calls for more punishment of N. Korea

U.S. Congress saw a bill this week calling for relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism and levying further sanctions as tension rises over its growing nuclear and missile threats and unabated human rights abuses. The resolution presented on Tuesday by Sen. Cory Gardner, chair...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:18

China urges restraint after N. Korea's miniature nuclear warheads claim

China Thursday called for restraint and efforts to ease tensions after North Korea claimed it has made nuclear warheads small enough to mount on missiles.   China's foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks a day after North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission made th...

Updated : 2015.05.21 18:17

S. Korea voices woes over N. Korea's erratic behavior

South Korea voiced concerns Thursday over the instability of North Korea's decision-making process as Pyongyang has abruptly canceled an invitation for the U.N. chief to visit an inter-Korean industrial park in the North.  Without a reason being given, North Korea on Wednesday rescinded ...

Updated : 2015.05.21 15:42

S. Korea, Japan to reopen finance ministers' talks on weekend

South Korea and Japan plan to resume their finance ministers' talks this weekend to seek ways to expand economic ties amid growing global uncertainties, the government said Thursday.  The meeting between Choi Kyung-hwan and his Japanese counterpart Taro Aso, set for Saturday in Tokyo, is...

Updated : 2015.05.21 14:57

S. Korea, Japan to hold defense ministers' talks next week

South Korean and Japanese defense chiefs will meet next week for the first time in four years amid soured ties over history rows, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.  Defense Minister Han Min-koo "is scheduled to meet with his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakatani on May 30 in Singapore on t...

Updated : 2015.05.21 14:56

Ruling party chief urges N. Korea to allow Ban's N.K. tour

The head of the ruling Saenuri Party called on North Korea  Thursday to allow U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's visit to the communist country as the North abruptly canceled the planned visit the previous day.  Ban was to cross over to North Korea from the South on Thursday to visit ...

Updated : 2015.05.21 14:55

S. Korea urges N. Korea to resume reunion of separated families

South Korea called on North Korea on Thursday to make efforts to resume the reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean war as the North blamed the South for soured inter-Korean ties.  Earlier in the day, the North rebuked President Park Geun-hye for calling on Pyongyang to be si...

Updated : 2015.05.21 11:59