South Korea and China have made big strides in ties over the past 25 years. The Cold War foes have become "strategic cooperative partners." Trade has surged more than 30-fold with human exchanges up nearly 70-fold. Each is among the other's most favorite tourism destinations. However, the quarter-century anniversary of diplomatic ties is in no celebratory mood, as geopolitics are returning with vengeance amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear arms and the deployment of a US missile shield in
South Korea on Friday condemned a recent terror attack that killed more than 10 people in Spain, expressing its support for global efforts to root out terrorism. On Thursday (local time), a van rammed through a square in central Barcelona crowded with tourists, killing at least 13 people and injuring some 100 others. Two suspects have been arrested so far, with the IS claiming responsibility for it. (AP-Yonhap)"We cannot but express our shock and anger against the barbarian terror attack that ha
China's top envoy in South Korea on Friday called for the two neighbors to get back to the basics in diplomacy in order to resolve the current row that is overshadowing the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties next week.South Korea and China have been at odds over the deployment of a US missile shield called THAAD being installed in South Korea, which Beijing claims could harm its strategic interest. "Looking ahead, sticking to the basics, holding hands and going forward, I am sure that China-Sou
A Mexican diplomat has been accused of sexually harassing a Korean-Paraguayan woman while working together at the Mexican Embassy in Seoul, Foreign Ministry officials here said Wednesday. The diplomat, known to be in his 50s, serves as a military attache here. The woman in her 30s filed a complaint to Seoul police late last month, claiming he groped her body on three occasions between June 2016 and January 2017. But the man, who has diplomatic immunity, failed to show up at the Jongno police sta
President Moon Jae-in proposed a trilateral discussion with the US during a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping last month in a bid to ease Beijing’s resistance to the deployment of a US missile shield here, Seoul officials said Wednesday. The two leaders held their first face-to-face talks ahead of the Group of 20 summit on July 6 in Berlin. Moon called for his counterpart to retract China’s economic retaliation over the stationing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, while X
South Korea has proposed holding three-way discussions with the United States and China over the deployment of the US missile shield THAAD here that is strongly opposed by Beijing, an informed source said Wednesday.The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the proposal was made at a bilateral summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, held on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, early last month.Xi did not offer any immedi
CAIRO -- A group of South Korean residents on Tuesday gathered at a historic venue where a declaration calling for Korea's independence from Japan was issued, to celebrate the 72nd anniversary of Korea's liberation. The resident association, along with South Korean Ambassador to Egypt Yoon Soon-gu and other people from the South Korean Embassy, held a ceremony marking the anniversary at the Mena House Hotel in Giza just outside Cairo, where the Great Pyramid is located. A group of South Korean r
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A group of forced labor victims and their families on Monday launched a damages suit against the government, seeking to get back funds that Japan provided to South Korea under a 1965 agreement on their diplomatic normalization.The association of forced labor victims and their bereaved families told a press conference that they filed the suit with the Seoul Central District Court to demand the government give back a $300 million grant in the treaty, under which South Korea and Japan normalized th
TOGANE, Japan -- Korean conscripts of the Japanese Imperial Army who were stricken with mental illness during World War II suffered from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to copies of Japanese hospital-kept clinical records obtained Monday by Yonhap News Agency.Asai Hospital in the city of Togane, Japan's Chiba Prefecture, has kept clinical records on about 8,000 former soldiers who developed mental illness on Japan's battlefields in the Pacific War, including about 100 forme
Two elderly South Korean victims of Japan's sexual slavery during World War II will attend an official government ceremony next week marking the country's liberation from the 1910-45 colonial rule, officials said Thursday.The Ministry of Interior and Safety said it will be the first time that the "comfort women" attend an official Liberation Day ceremony at the invitation of the government, though two victims attended a luncheon in 2010 after the main ceremony. (Yonhap)Liberation Day, which fall
TOKYO -- Japan on Wednesday reiterated its stance that a 1965 Seoul-Tokyo deal settled all issues of individual compensation to victims of forced labor during its colonial rule of Korea, rejecting a South Korean court ruling in favor of the victims.South Korea's Gwangju District Court ruled the previous day that the Japanese firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries must pay 120 million won ($106,572) in compensation to Kim Young-ok, 85, and 3.25 million won ($2,892) to a family member of late victim Cho
Japan's government was found to have put a poster laying claim to South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo inside passenger cabins of the Kyushu Shinkansen high-speed rail line, a South Korean activist said Wednesday.The office of the Chief Cabinet Secretary made the poster claiming that Dokdo is Japan's native territory illegally occupied by South Korea, according to Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Seoul's Sungshin Women's University. (Yonhap)The poster titled "Do you know?" also claimed Japan'
A special envoy of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, the North's state-run news agency said.Daniel Jean, national security advisor to the prime minister of Canada, and his party arrived in Pyongyang, the Korean Central News Agency said, without elaborating further. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Yonhap)The visit drew speculation that the envoy was to discuss the issue of Korean-Canadian pastor Lim Hyeon-soo detained in the reclusive regime.Lim has