CHINA SURPRISES U.S. WITH HYPERSONIC MISSILE TEST, FT REPORTS

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August, showing a capability that caught U.S. intelligence by surprise, the Financial Times reported, citing five unnamed sources. The report late on Saturday…

Japan PM Says Fukushima Wastewater Release Can’t Be Delayed

Japan’s new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at…

S. Korean farmers struggle from labor shortage as pandemic disrupts migrant work system

ANSEONG, South Korea– Koh Jin-taek is proud of having built a small but stable farming business in Anseong, 77 kilometers south of Seoul, over the past two decades producing primarily…

K-pop album market bullish despite pandemic

SEOUL– The local pop culture market has suffered a heavy blow from the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, but the K-pop industry remains less affected thanks to the strongest sales of physical…

S. Korea’s nuclear envoy pins hope on end-of-war declaration to resume talks with North

WASHINGTON– South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy said Saturday that a formal declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War could pave the way for resuming the stalled denuclearization talks…

IAEA chief vows close consultations with S. Korea over Japan’s Fukushima water release plan

SEOUL– The chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog has vowed to continue close consultations with South Korea and other nations over Japan’s plan to discharge radioactive water from its crippled…

Seoul logs coldest mid-October morning in 64 years

SEOUL– Temperatures in Seoul sharply dropped to nearly 1 degree Celsius on Sunday, marking the coldest morning for mid-October in 64 years, the state weather agency said. The morning low…

Vice FM leaves for Europe for senior-level talks on security, diplomatic ties

SEOUL– South Korea’s first vice foreign minister left for London on Sunday for talks with British officials on bilateral relations, the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and other issues…

Kishida sends offering to controversial Yasukuni Shrine: report

SEOUL– Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Sunday sent his first ritual offering to a controversial war shrine since taking office earlier this month, a news report said. Kishida sent…

S. Korea voices ‘deep regrets’ over Kishida’s ritual offering to war shrine

SEOUL– South Korea expressed deep regrets Sunday over Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ritual offering to a controversial war shrine in the latest move that underscores challenges in improving bilateral…