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Trump, Moon discuss North Korea’s threat to scrap summit

SEOUL: US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Korea's recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with Washington, Seoul's presidential office said.  After weeks of warm words and diplomatic backslapping, Pyongyang abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned summit next month because of US demands for "unilateral nuclear abandonment", according to the North's official KCNA news agency. North Korea also cancelled at the last minute a high-level meeting with…

North-South Korea taking small steps towards reconciliation

SEOUL: In initial small steps towards reconciliation, South Korea said that it would remove loudspeakers that blared propaganda across the border, while North Korea said it would shift its clocks to align with its southern neighbour. The moves come after Friday’s historic summit at which South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North’s leader Kim Jong Un agreed to end hostilities and work towards “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula. South Korea turned off the loudspeakers that broadcast a mixture of…

‘Gangnam Style’ star Psy to perform in North Korea

SEOUL: Seoul is pushing for "Gangnam Style" star Psy to perform in next week's historic concerts by South Korean artists in the North's capital, multiple reports said. A team of at least nine South Korean pop acts are set to visit North Korea next week for two concerts in Pyongyang, the first of their kind for more than a decade. The shows -- part of reconciliatory moves ahead of a planned inter-Korean summit in April -- feature many top stars including K-pop girlband Red Velvet. But Seoul is also seeking to include…

WATCH: North Korean soldier repeatedly shot by own troops while making a run for freedom

SEOUL: Dramatic footage of a North Korean soldier's defection released Wednesday showed him racing across the border under fire from former comrades, and then being hauled to safety by South Korean troops. The footage also showed a North Korean guard briefly crossing the border in hot pursuit before retreating --  an incident the US-led United Nations Command described as a serious breach of the 1953 ceasefire that ended Korean War hostilities. The defector was shot at least four times in his desperate escape bid…

North Korea hacked Seoul’s war plan: report

SEOUL: North Korea computer hackers have stolen hundreds of classified military documents from South Korea including detailed wartime operational plans involving its US ally, a report said Tuesday. Rhee Cheol-Hee, a lawmaker for the ruling Democratic party, said the hackers had broken into the South's military network last September and gained access to 235 gigabytes of sensitive data, the Chosun Ilbo daily reported. Among the leaked documents was Operational Plans 5015 for use in case of war with the North and…

Samsung leader Jay Y. Lee given five-year jail sentence for bribery

SEOUL: The billionaire head of South Korea’s Samsung Group, Jay Y. Lee, was jailed for five years for bribery on Friday after a six-month trial over a scandal that brought down the president. Lee had paid bribes in anticipation of favors from then president Park Geun-hye, according to a landmark ruling by a Seoul court, which also found him guilty of hiding assets abroad, embezzlement and perjury. Lee, the 49-year-old heir to one of the world’s biggest corporate empires, has been held since February on charges that he…

Pakistani boxer Waseem beats Phillipine opponent to retain WBC title

SEOUL: Pakistani boxer Muhammad Waseem successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Flyweight Championship by beating Giemel Magramo of Philippines in Seoul, ARY News reported. According to details, Waseem beat the Philippine boxer 3-0 in the highly anticipated 12-round fight. It should be noted that Waseem had earlier said that Magramo was a tough opponent to beat and was expected a good fight from him. Waseem said that he became physically and mentally fit after acquiring special training for the…