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U.S. says South Korea can do more on costs after talks break down

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he believed South Korea "can and should" contribute more on cost-sharing for hosting the U.S. military, after Seoul broke off the talks earlier in the..
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U.S. never raised issues of troop reduction or pullout from South Korea: Seoul official

The United States has never mentioned the issues of reducing or withdrawing troops from South Korea during talks on the sharing of defense costs, Seoul's negotiator told a news conference on Tuesday.
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U.S., South Korea break off defense cost talks amid backlash over $5 billion demand

South Korean and U.S. officials broke off talks on Tuesday aimed at settling the cost burden for Seoul of hosting the U.S. military, South Korea's Foreign Ministry said, amid a public backlash over a..
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U.S., South Korea resume defense cost-sharing talks amid protests of 'robbery'

South Korean and U.S. officials resumed talks on Monday to narrow a $4 billion gap in how much they want Seoul to pay for the cost of hosting the American military amid public protests of "highway..
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Japan tells U.S. 'no one could be optimistic about North Korea'

Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told his U.S. and South Korea counterparts on Sunday that "no one could be optimistic about North Korea," shortly after Washington and Seoul announced plans to..
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Pentagon's Esper says it is crucial South Korea pays more for U.S. troops

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pressed South Korea on Friday to pay more for the cost of stationing U.S. troops in the country and to maintain an intelligence-sharing pact with its other Asian..
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Japan wants 'sensible response' from South Korea over intelligence pact

A senior Japanese diplomat on Friday asked his South Korean counterpart for a "sensible response" regarding Seoul's decision not to renew an intelligence sharing pact, known as GSOMIA, with the..
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North Korea says it will remove Mt Kumgang resort facilities if South insists on talks

North Korea said on Friday it had sent South Korea an "ultimatum" about its Mt Kumgang tourist resort, saying it will unilaterally remove South Korea's facilities there if Seoul insists on talks about..
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North Korea says will unilaterally remove South Korean facilities at Mt Kumgang if South insists on talks

North Korea said on Friday that it had sent South Korea an "ultimatum" on Monday about North Korea's Mt Kumgang tourist resort, saying that it will unilaterally remove South Korea's facilities there if..
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U.S. ready to use 'full range' capabilities to defend South Korea

A top U.S. military officer reaffirmed on Thursday that the United States is ready to use the "full range" of its capabilities to defend South Korea from any attack, a joint statement after a meeting..
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U.S. defense officials converge in Seoul to discuss troop costs, Japan pact

Top U.S. military officer General Mark Milley met with his South Korean counterpart on Thursday to discuss military cooperation and the North Korea threat while seeking more money to pay for American..
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Korean survivor says Japan's no-show at 'comfort women' case in Seoul lacks honor

A South Korean woman who had been forced to work in a Japanese wartime military brothel said Japan lacked honor for failing to attend a South Korean court on Wednesday as it began hearing a civil case..
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A $5 billion bill and Japan tensions in focus as U.S. defense heads visit South Korea

A $5 billion demand to meet the cost of hosting American troops, and tensions between Seoul and Tokyo that threaten to undercut regional cooperation are set to top the agenda when senior U.S. defense..
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Factbox: U.S. and South Korea's security arrangement, cost of troops

The 70-year security alliance between the United States and South Korea is under fresh focus as Washington seeks a sharply higher share of cost to be borne by Seoul for hosting U.S. troops as..
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Moon-Abe meeting 'encouraging' for Seoul-Tokyo ties: senior U.S diplomat

The United States was very encouraged by a recent meeting between the leaders of South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday, amid heightened tensions that could undercut three-way..
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South Korea proposes talks with North to discuss Mt Kumgang resort

South Korea proposed talks with North Korea on how to handle the North's Mt Kumgang resort, once a rare example of cooperation between the Koreas, which Pyongyang wants removed amid frayed ties,..
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North Korea asks South to discuss removal of 'capitalist' Mt Kumgang facilities

North Korea has proposed that Seoul discuss the removal of its facilities from the North's resort of Mount Kumgang, a key symbol of cooperation that Pyongyang recently criticized as "shabby" and..
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North Korea tells South Korea it wants 'shabby' Mt Kumgang resort rebuilt

North Korea has notified Seoul that it wants to discuss the rebuilding of facilities constructed by South Korea at the North's Mount Kumgang resort, an important symbol of cooperation between the..
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Samsung heir appears at court for his bribery trial

Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee appeared at a Seoul courtroom on Friday for the start of a bribery trial that could result in a tougher sentence after South Korea's top court ordered a review of his..
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Japan's Abe renews call on South Korea to keep promises as a chance to mend ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon agreed on Thursday on the need to cooperate on North Korea despite frigid bilateral ties, but Abe repeated that Seoul..
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South Korean students climb into U.S. envoy's residence in protest against troop presence

South Korean police detained 19 students on Friday after several climbed over the wall into the grounds of the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul in protest against the U.S. troop presence in the..
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Southern Korean police detain 19 students at U.S. envoy's residence

Nineteen South Korean student demonstrators were detained on Friday after a group illegally entering the grounds of the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul, police said.
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South Korean PM likely to meet Japan's Abe next week amid strained ties

South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon is expected to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next Thursday in what would be the highest-level talks between the two countries since Tokyo imposed..
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Japanese PM's offering for shrine sparks criticism from Seoul

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to Tokyo's controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead on Thursday, prompting neighboring South Korea to call on Japan to reflect on its wartime..
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Diplomatic chill as North hosts South Korea in World Cup qualifier

South Korean football fans will be left in the dark as their national team play in North Korea for the first time in 30 years on Tuesday, with Pyongyang refusing to broadcast the World Cup qualifier..
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Japan protests South Korean fighter jet patrol over disputed islands - Kyodo

Japan has protested the patrol flight by South Korean fighter jets over islands at the center of a bitter dispute with Seoul, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday, citing Japan's foreign ministry.
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Trump asks what a third North Korean summit would yield

U.S. President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in held a summit in New York on Monday to discuss plans to restart U.S.-North Korea talks, as Seoul's spy agency said the..
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Trump discusses North Korea with South's Moon, asks what a third Kim summit would yield

U.S. President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart held a summit in New York on Monday to discuss plans to restart U.S.-North Korea talks, as the allies prepare for talks in Seoul on sharing..
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South Korea asks IOC to ban Japan's use of 'Rising Sun' flag at Olympics

South Korea has asked the International Olympic Committee to bar Japan from using the "Rising Sun" flag at next year's Games, Seoul's sports ministry said on Wednesday, as the Asian neighbours engage..
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South Korea says regrettable that Japan's trade curbs have taken effect

It was deeply regrettable that Japan's decision to scrap fast-track export status for South Korea has taken effect, Seoul said on Wednesday, adding that it was up to Tokyo to take action to reverse a..
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South Korea summons Japan ambassador as export trade curbs take effect

South Korea summoned Japan's ambassador to protest a decision to remove Seoul's fast-track export status, which took effect on Wednesday amid a deepening political and economic feud.
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U.S. hopes South Korea and Japan can rebuild ties from 'rock bottom'

The United States hopes a damaging row between the leaders of U.S. allies South Korea and Japan has hit rock bottom but believes recent military exercises by Seoul have not helped, a senior State..
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Seoul's over-65s disco 'like medicine' for seniors

A daytime party set up by the local government proves a hit in the rapidly-ageing country.
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Expanded South Korean military drills around disputed island draw Japanese protest

South Korean forces began two days of expanded drills on Sunday around an island also claimed by Japan, prompting a protest from Tokyo only days after Seoul said it would scrap an intelligence-sharing..
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