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N Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ – state media

N Korea conducts ‘crucial test’ – state media

World
North Korea has conducted a "crucial test" at a satellite launch site to boost its nuclear deterrent, state media reports.A spokesman told KNCA news agency it took place late on Friday at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground, but did not give specific details.This is the second test to take place at the Sohae site in less than a week. Talks between the US and North Korea about its nuclear programme remain stalled.US President Donald Trump has refused to lift biting sanctions until North Korea fully abandons its nuclear programme. But leader Kim Jong-un has instead been asking for new concessions from the US by the end of the year. Pyongyang has said it will adopt a "new way" if that does not happen - saying the US can expect an o...
Look: Ryan Reynolds meets EXO in South Korea

Look: Ryan Reynolds meets EXO in South Korea

Entertainment
Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Ryan Reynolds met K-pop group EXO during his time in South Korea. The 43-year-old actor shared a photo Monday on Twitter of himself with EXO members Baekhyun, Chanyeol, Suho, Chen, Kai and Sehun. The picture shows Reynolds posing with EXO as the singers give a thumbs up. Reynolds edited the photo to show him with a purple hairstyle similar to the group's. "Thrilled to be EXO's newest member. I might not be able to dance or sing, but one thing's for damn sure: I have no idea how to give the 'thumbs up' sign. Honestly, I have never learned it," he captioned the post. Reynolds was promoting his Netflix movie, 6 Underground, in South Korea. He posted the original photo with EXO on Instagram. "I'm in the band. No, for serious. The security guard who tasered me was part of a ca...
U.S., South Korea postpone joint air exercises for diplomacy

U.S., South Korea postpone joint air exercises for diplomacy

Business
BANKOK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- South Korea and the United States decided to put off their wintertime combined air exercises to support diplomacy with North Korea, the two sides said Sunday, with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper urging Pyongyang to reciprocate the goodwill by returning to nuclear talks. Esper and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo announced the surprise decision during an impromptu joint press conference in Bangkok on the sidelines of a regional defense ministers' meeting led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. "We have made this decision as an act of goodwill to contribute to an environment conducive to diplomacy and the advancement of peace," Esper said after announcing that the allies decided to postpone the Combined Flying Training Event set for late...
Official: Trump shared goal of denuclearizing Korea in letter to Moon

Official: Trump shared goal of denuclearizing Korea in letter to Moon

World
Bangkok, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to the "shared goal" with South Korean President Moon Jae-in of denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula, Moon's office said Tuesday. Trump delivered the message in his personal letter to Moon extending his condolences over the death of his mother last week, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Ko Min-jung. It was conveyed by the U.S. National Security Adviser, Robert O'Brien, during his meeting with Moon in Bangkok a day earlier. Trump was quoted as saying he hopes to keep moving toward the shared aim of making Korea free of nuclear weapons and achieving peace. He pointed out that South Korea and the United States are continuing efforts for the day when separated families living on the other ...
United States, South Korea agree to research partnership

United States, South Korea agree to research partnership

World
Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The United States and South Korea reached a partnership on Thursday to cooperate on research as well as solutions for natural disasters and other public safety threats. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Science and Information Communication Technologies signed a memorandum of understanding confirming the agreement in Seoul. The partnership aims to promote cooperation between the United States and South Korea through joint research, researcher exchanges and conferences focused on science and technology research and developing solutions to fires, storms, floods and earthquakes, as well as infectious disease. "This is a great opportunity to discuss mutual challenges, shared priorities and join...