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January 17, 2022, 1:21 PM

Senior citizens go digital as Korea moves toward contact-free culture

“Digital education is rejuvenating my old body and soul.”
January 17, 2022, 1:21 PM
Senior citizens go digital as Korea moves toward contact-free culture
January 16, 2022, 7:45 PM

South Korean president visits UAE, showcasing deep ties

The president of South Korea has reached a preliminary multibillion-dollar deal to sell Seoul’s surface-to-air missiles to Abu Dhabi and pledged deeper cooperation with the United Arab Emirates during a visit to the Gulf Arab state
January 16, 2022, 7:45 PM
South Korean president visits UAE, showcasing deep ties
January 7, 2022, 11:12 PM

S. Korea disputes North's claim of hypersonic missile test

South Korea has dismissed North Korea’s claim to have recently launched a hypersonic missile as an exaggeration, saying it was a normal ballistic missile that could be intercepted
January 7, 2022, 11:12 PM
S. Korea disputes North's claim of hypersonic missile test
January 6, 2022, 6:42 PM

In South Korea, hair loss emerges as new election issue

South Korean presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung isn’t bald
January 6, 2022, 6:42 PM
In South Korea, hair loss emerges as new election issue
January 5, 2022, 3:22 PM

S. Korea military apologizes for defector's border crossing

The military apologized for causing concern about its security readiness.
January 5, 2022, 3:22 PM
S. Korea military apologizes for defector's border crossing
January 3, 2022, 1:39 PM

Seoul: North Korea defector likely made rare border crossing

South Korea says a person who crossed the border into North Korea on New Year’s Day was likely a defector who had slipped through the same heavily fortified frontier in the other direction in late 2020
January 3, 2022, 1:39 PM
Seoul: North Korea defector likely made rare border crossing
January 2, 2022, 1:44 PM

S Korea: Unidentified person crosses border into North Korea

South Korea’s military says an unidentified person has crossed the border.
January 2, 2022, 1:44 PM
S Korea: Unidentified person crosses border into North Korea
1 month ago

South Korea pardons former President Park Geun-hye

South Korea's government pardoned the former president ahead of New Year's.
1 month ago
South Korea pardons former president
1 month ago

Australia and South Korea sign defense deal as leaders meet

A South Korean company will provide Australia with artillery, vehicles and more.
1 month ago
1 month ago

Korean War end-of-war declaration agreed in principle: Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the U.S., China and North Korea agreed in principle on an end-of-war declaration.
1 month ago
Korean War end-of-war declaration agreed in principle: Moon
2 months ago

US, SKorea to bolster alliance at talks but questions remain

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has arrived in South Korea for annual security talks expected to bolster the countries’ decades-long military alliance in the face of North Korean nuclear threats and mounting challenges from China
2 months ago
US, SKorea to bolster alliance at talks but questions remain
2 months ago

South Korea to launch task force on banning dog meat

South Korea says it will launch a task force to consider outlawing dog meat consumption after the country’s president offered to look into ending the centuries-old practice
2 months ago
South Korea to launch task force on banning dog meat
3 months ago

Ex-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo dies at 88

A Seoul hospital says former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo has died
3 months ago
Ex-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo dies at 88
3 months ago

Seoul police arrest 4 over cameras hidden in entire motel

South Korean police have arrested four people for allegedly installing hidden cameras in the rooms of an entire motel and attempting to extort money from the hundreds of guests who were filmed
3 months ago
3 months ago

'Squid Game' strikes nerve in debt-ridden South Korea

“Squid Game,” a South Korea-produced Netflix show that depicts hundreds of financially distressed characters competing in deadly children’s games for a chance to escape severe debt, has captivated global audiences since its September debut
3 months ago
4 months ago

S. Korean leader's review of ban on eating dog meat welcomed

Animal rights groups have welcomed the South Korean president’s offer to look into banning consumption of dog meat
4 months ago
S. Korean leader's review of ban on eating dog meat welcomed
4 months ago

BTS partners with Korean president as special presidential envoys: Part 1

Boyband BTS travelled to the United Nations as newly appointed "special presidential envoys for future generations and culture" with President Moon Jae-In. Their goal was to bridge the generation gap.
4 months ago
BTS partners with Korean president as special presidential envoys: Part 1
4 months ago

BTS on COVID-19 pandemic's mental toll, band's viral UN appearance

The K-Pop supergroup stepped out this week in their new official roles as South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s special envoys at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.
4 months ago
BTS on COVID-19 pandemic's mental toll, band's viral UN appearance
4 months ago

South Korean President Moon comments on North Korea's nuclear program

In an exclusive interview with ABC News at the UN General Assembly, Moon stressed the importance of reactivating North-Korea-U.S. talks as well as the inter-Korean talks.
4 months ago
South Korean President Moon comments on North Korea's nuclear program
4 months ago

South Korean President Moon talks North Korea's nuclear activities, BTS' new diplomacy role

Moon Jae-in and K-pop sensation BTS sat down with ABC News for exclusive interviews.
4 months ago
South Korean president talks N. Korea's nuclear activities, BTS' new diplomacy role
4 months ago

South Korean president appoint BTS as special envoys

The K-pop group will join President Moon Jae-In at the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
4 months ago
South Korean president appoint BTS as special envoys
4 months ago

South Korean President appoints BTS as special envoys before their visit to the UN

The K-pop group is attending the UN General Assembly Session in New York.
4 months ago
South Korea's president appoints BTS as special envoys
5 months ago

K-pop star sentenced to 3 years in prostitution case

A South Korean military court has sentenced disgraced K-pop star Seungri to three years in prison for crimes including providing prostitutes to foreign businessmen
5 months ago
6 months ago

Virus spreads in S. Korean regions with lighter restrictions

South Korea has reported a near-high in coronavirus infections as a weekslong surge extends beyond the capital region and the country’s toughest pandemic restrictions
6 months ago
Virus spreads in S. Korean regions with lighter restrictions
8 months ago

Building collapse in South Korea kills 9, injures 8

A five-story building being demolished in southern South Korea has collapsed, sending debris falling on a bus and killing nine people on board
8 months ago
8 months ago

Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against Japanese firms

A South Korean court has rejected a claim by dozens of wartime factory workers and their relatives who sought compensation from Japanese companies for their slave labor before the end of World War II
8 months ago
Seoul court rejects slave labor claim against Japanese firms
8 months ago

1st US-donated vaccine doses expected to arrive in South Korea soon

President Joe Biden is calling for a “month of action” to boost vaccination rates at home while shipping millions of doses abroad.
8 months ago
1st US-donated vaccine doses expected to arrive in South Korea soon
9 months ago

South's Moon hopes to restart N. Korean diplomacy with Biden

South Korea’s leader says he’ll use his upcoming summit with President Joe Biden as a chance to push to restart diplomacy with North Korea
9 months ago
9 months ago

SKorea dairy company CEO resigns over virus research scandal

The chairman of one of South Korea’s biggest dairy companies has resigned over a scandal in which his company was accused of deliberately spreading misinformation that its yogurt helps prevent coronavirus infections
9 months ago
9 months ago

South Korea’s ‘study with me’ videos bring back camaraderie of libraries amid COVID-19

Amid the rustle of paper, the sounds of a pencil scribbling and a calming fire crackling in the background, 27-year-old Hani Kang sits at her desk for 12 hours straight.
9 months ago
South Korea's 'study with me’ videos go viral amid pandemic
9 months ago

South Korea's 'Study with me’ videos go viral during COVID-19

Livestreams of people studying are drawing large numbers of subscribers in South Korea.
9 months ago
South Korea's 'Study with me’ videos go viral during COVID-19
9 months ago

Biden to host South Korea's president in late May

The White House says President Joe Biden will host South Korean President Moon Jae-in for meetings in the second half of May
9 months ago
10 months ago

Top US officials underline importance of alliance with South Korea

Secretaries Lloyd Austin and Antony Blinken arrived in Seoul, South Korea, their second stop of an Asia trip focusing on revitalizing U.S. alliances.
10 months ago
Top US officials underline importance of alliance with South Korea
10 months ago

Explore South Korea's famed purple islands

From roofs to roads to residents, get a bird’s eye view of these islands.
10 months ago
Explore South Korea's famed purple islands
10 months ago

Korean battery firm offers Georgia plant as dispute lingers

A giant battery factory is hanging in the balance of a trade dispute.
10 months ago
1 year ago

Biden's deal with Seoul points to a swift shift on alliances

A new agreement with South Korea on sharing the cost of keeping American troops on the Korean Peninsula is early evidence that President Joe Biden is shifting the U.S. approach to alliances in Asia and beyond
1 year ago
1 year ago

US and South Korea agree on new cost-sharing deal for troops

American troop presence is intended as a bulwark against North Korean aggression
1 year ago
1 year ago

South Korea's first known transgender soldier found dead

South Korea’s first known transgender soldier, who protested the military’s decision last year to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery, has been found dead at her home
1 year ago
1 year ago

S. Korean sexual slavery survivor wants UN court judgment

A South Korean woman who was sexually enslaved by Japan’s World War II military called for the leaders of both countries to settle an impasse over the issue by seeking judgment from the International Court of Justice
1 year ago
South Korean sexual slavery survivor wants UN court judgment
1 year ago

SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery

Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong is heading back to prison after a South Korean court sentenced him to two and a half years over his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal
1 year ago
SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery
1 year ago

Seoul city criticized for sexist tips to pregnant women

The government of South Korea's capital is being criticized for a now-deleted online manual for pregnant women that contained sexist tips and gender stereotypes
1 year ago
Seoul city criticized for sexist tips to pregnant women
1 year ago

South Korea sees more deaths than births for 1st time

The number of deaths in South Korea exceeded the amount of babies born there last year for the first time in the country's history.
1 year ago
South Korea sees more deaths than births for 1st time
1 year ago

Santa cats spread Christmas cheer in South Korea

A cat cafe that has rescued over 130 furry felines spreads holiday joy in Seoul, South Korea.
1 year ago
Santa cats spread Christmas cheer in South Korea
1 year ago

Data collection, surveillance help South Korea keep COVID cases low

ABC News’ Joohee Cho reports on South Korea’s use of stringent methods to tame the virus, but a recent rise in cases will put the effectiveness of those methods to the test.
1 year ago
Data collection, surveillance help South Korea keep COVID cases low
1 year ago

South Korea implements intensive national college entrance exam measures amid COVID-19

South Korea takes intensive measures for its national college entrance exam amid COVID-19.
1 year ago
South Korea implements intensive college entrance exam measures amid COVID-19
1 year ago

South Korea changes law to let BTS postpone military service

BTS will lawfully put off military enlistment due to law revision.
1 year ago
South Korea changes law to let BTS postpone military service
1 year ago

South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail

Cho Ju-Bin blackmailed women and minors into filming sexually explicit videos.
1 year ago
South Korean chat room operator gets 40 years for blackmail
1 year ago

Drone taxi showcased in South Korea

A drone vehicle flew over downtown Seoul at an altitude of over 160 feet for about seven minutes, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
1 year ago
Drone taxi showcased in South Korea
1 year ago

Almost 200 dogs rescued from South Korea land in US to find new homes

Almost 200 dogs have now arrived in the United States after being rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea, according to the Humane Society International.
1 year ago
Almost 200 dogs rescued from South Korea land in US to find new homes
1 year ago

SKorea worries about missile shown in NKorea military parade

North Korea unveiled a suspected new long-range missile during a military parade
1 year ago