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Ex-SK Leader Giving Up Kim Jong Un's Gifts

Moon Jae-in is embroiled in odd row over Pungsan dogs—not with Kim, but with SK government

(Newser) - In May, Moon Jae-in left office in South Korea, taking his two dogs, Gomi and Songgang, with him. Now, he's giving up the pair of Pungsan pups, a gift from Kim Jong Un, in an odd row not with Kim, but with the current Seoul government. The BBC notes...

Kim Swaps Goodbye Letters With South Korea's Moon

He thanks outgoing South Korean president for working toward peace

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un had warm parting words for his South Korean rival, whose government North Korean officials previously called idiotic. The AP reports the North Korean leader thanked President Moon Jae-in for working to improve relations between the two countries over his single five-year term, which will end May 10,...

South Korea President Pardons Jailed Predecessor

Park Guen-hye was 5 years into 20-year sentence

(Newser) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday he will pardon his chief conservative rival and predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who is serving a lengthy prison term for bribery and other crimes. Moon’s liberal government said the pardon is meant to promote national unity in the face of difficulties brought by...

South Korea May Side With Dogs Over Tradition

President suggests it's time to prohibit the consumption of dog meat

(Newser) - South Korea's president is a dog guy, and he wants the country to follow suit. Moon Jae-in said Monday the government should consider banning the consumption of dog meat, reports Bloomberg . "Hasn't the time come?" Moon asked during a weekly briefing with Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum, per...

His Case Helped Oust a President. Now He's Free on Parole

Samsung's Lee Jae-yong out of prison after 18 months of 30-month sentence

(Newser) - Samsung leader Lee Jae-yong walked out of prison Friday a year early, in a parole decision showing the conglomerate's outsize influence in South Korea. Lee left the prison near Seoul to a barrage of camera flashes and bowed in apology over the anger ignited by his case, related to...

'Big Stride' Made in Relationship Between Koreas

Nations restore dormant communication channels after letters between Kim Jong Un, Moon Jae-in

(Newser) - North and South Korea exchanged messages Tuesday in communication channels that have been dormant for more than a year and agreed to improve ties—positive steps, but ones that still leave any resumption of stalled negotiations to rid the North of its nuclear weapons a long way off. Liaison officials...

Kim Jong Un's Sis Attacks World Leader: 'Parrot Raised by America'

Kim Yo Jong slams S. Korean President President Moon Jae-in after backlash on missile tests

(Newser) - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is again throwing around insults . Kim Yo Jong referred to South Korea's leader as a "parrot raised by America" on Tuesday following critiques of the North's ballistic missile launches . President Moon Jae-in said the "undesirable" actions, in...

Kim Jong Un Offers Rare Apology
Kim Jong Un
Offers Rare Apology

Kim Jong Un Offers Rare Apology

North Korean leader says he regrets the killing of a South Korean citizen

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has offered a rare apology for what the BBC describes as the first killing of a South Korean citizen by the North in a decade. The South Korean government official may have been trying to defect to North Korea when he disappeared from a government ship, leaving...

North Korea: We're Sending in the Troops

Country vows to resume military exercises, reestablish guard posts near southern border

(Newser) - South Korea's unification minister is offering to resign a day after North Korea blew up the joint liaison office on its side of the border and accused its neighbor of acting like a "mongrel dog." Kim Yeon-chul put forth his resignation while claiming responsibility for worsening relations...

North Korea Just Blew Up Liaison Office With South

North Korea blows up joint liaison office with South Korea in North's city of Kaesong

(Newser) - Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, issued an ominous-sounding warning over the weekend, and it looks like she's made good on her word: the North blew up the joint liaison office it shared with South Korea in the North Korean border city of...

S. Korea Goes Code Red
S. Korea Goes Code Red 

S. Korea Goes Code Red

Calls for 'unprecedented, powerful' steps in fight against coronavirus

(Newser) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday he was putting his country on code "Red," its highest alert for infectious diseases, and ordered officials to take “unprecedented, powerful” steps to fight the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 600 people in the country, mostly in the...

Kim Jong Un Sends Condolences to South

But gesture over death of president's mother comes amid new missile tests

(Newser) - Two moves by the North Korean regime illustrate the state of diplomacy on the Korean peninsula. On the hopeful side, Kim Jong Un sent condolences across the border to South Korean President Moon Jae-in over the death of Moon's 92-year-old mother, reports Reuters . At the same time, the North...

S. Korean Pols Are Miffed. They're Revving Up the Razors

It's a protest against newly appointed justice minister hit with corruption allegations

(Newser) - Some people take to the streets with placards and T-shirts to protest. In South Korea, they shave their heads. Conservative opposition leader Hwang Kyo-ahn is the latest big name to go bald, allowing himself to be shorn Monday evening outside the presidential palace to demonstrate against the newly appointed justice...

N. Korea Fires Projectiles, Rules Out Talks With South

Pyongyang mocks Moon's call for dialogue

(Newser) - North Korea on Friday bluntly criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for continuing to hold military exercises with the US and over his rosy comments on inter-Korean diplomacy, and said Pyongyang has no current plans to talk with Seoul. The statement by an unidentified government spokesman came hours before South...

Kim Jong Un, Putin Pen End-of-Year Letters

And send them to other world leaders

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin have racked up plenty of headlines in 2018, and they end the year with one more: Both sent New Year letters that are attracting attention, the former to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the latter to President Trump. Moon described Kim's letter...

Here Is the Shortlist for Person of the Year

At least in the eyes of Time magazine

(Newser) - Time will choose its Person of the Year on Tuesday, and a short list out Monday has the usual suspects, along with a few surprises. The person (or group) will be announced during the Today program. Here are the 10 finalists:
  • President Trump
  • Robert Mueller
  • Jamal Khashoggi
  • Christine Blasey Ford
...

Kim Jong Un to Pope: Come Visit Me in North Korea

A visit is considered 'highly unlikely,' though S. Korea's Moon Jae-in will still deliver the invite

(Newser) - Moon Jae-in will visit the Vatican next week, and the South Korean leader will go bearing a special invite for Pope Francis. The New York Times reports Moon will serve as the messenger for Kim Jong Un, who's requesting that the pontiff pay him a visit in North Korea....

Korean Leaders Pose on Peak of Sacred Volcano

Moon flies home after 3-day summit

(Newser) - The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day of their summit Thursday, standing on the peak of a beautiful volcano considered sacred in the North and a centerpiece of propaganda used to legitimize the Kim family's rule, their hands clasped and raised in...

N. Korea Signs 'Very Exciting Deal'

It includes missile site shutdown, joint Olympic bid

(Newser) - The leaders of the two Koreas have signed what President Trump calls a "very exciting" agreement on the second day of a three-day summit in Pyongyang . South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong Un that they had agreed to turn the peninsula...

Striking Images From Latest North-South Korea Summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is greeted warmly in Pyongyang

(Newser) - If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-promised prosperity they deserve, then South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity...

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