Officials from the DPRK – North Korea’s official name — and South Korea are talking again. So, what exactly is North Korea after? If you listen to its own propaganda, the North's leader Kim Jong-un intends to win the Korean War.
South Korea on Tuesday offered talks with North Korea amid a standoff over its weapons programs, a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to negotiations but that his country would push ahead with "mass producing" nuclear warheads.
Kim Jong-un on Monday warned the United States that he has a "nuclear button" on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was "open to dialogue" with Seoul.
On Wednesday a task force published a report saying the deal was rushed and did not adequately seek out the opinions of the women forced to work as sex slaves, often known by the euphemism "comfort women."
The US military is closing its Yongsan military base in the South Korean capital. For people who grew up around the base, it was where they learned about American music, culture and food. But it's also leaving behind environmental problems.
That brings the total number of North Koreans who have defected by taking dangerous routes either directly across the border or by sea to 15 so far this year, including two other soldiers. That is three times the number last year, according to South Korean officials.
According to local media reports, more than 2 million of these papers have been found scattered on the streets of the capital and in provinces near the border since the end of 2015 — a volume not seen since the 1970s and '80s.
On International Women’s Day in South Korea, where gender inequality is deeply entrenched, the government announced new measures to combat sexual assault in the workplace, increasing maximum prison terms and extending statutes of limitations. The initiative, a joint effort of five ministries, comes as the country continues to reel from Tuesday’s news of a prominent politician’s resignation after his secretary accused him of rape.
In South Korea, direct physical punishment was banned in all schools last month. And now teachers and students there are mixed over what alternative should take its place. From Seoul, reporter Jason Strother has the story.
Today, the country's president called the actions of the captain and crew of the ferry "tantamount to murder." More details of the tragedy are emerging which seem to point to a series of bad decisions after the ship began sinking.
Ukraine's protesters suspend clashes to negotiate with President Viktor Yanukovich, while China's leadership scrambles to block the web and keep their secret offshore bank accounts from being revealed to Chinese citizens. Curling gets fancy at the Sochi Olympics and South Korea welcomes Canadian hockey players in its bid to qualify for the next Winter Olympics. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.