Apr 28, 2013 — The day marks the end of the allied occupation of the country following its defeat in World War II. The day was an election pledge by the prime minister, who in recent weeks has adopted a more hawkish security stance.
Apr 23, 2013 — Microsoft founder Bill Gates met with South Korean President Park Geun-hye Monday, to discuss nuclear energy and other topics. But the handshake they shared created the biggest stir in Korean society, after Gates greeted Park with a smile — and his left hand jammed into his pants pocket.
Apr 15, 2013 — "The world media run headlines about the Korean peninsula being on the brink of war. Of course it's not on the brink of war, it's just [the] normal show," says Andrei Lankov, who has studied in the North and follows it closely from Kookmin University in Seoul.
Apr 12, 2013 — While condemning North Korea's recent rhetoric as "unacceptable," the secretary of state also said the U.S. wants to talk — if the North is serious about discussing denuclearization.
Apr 11, 2013 — The assessment says such a weapon would probably not be very reliable. This is the first time the U.S. has concluded that Pyongyang's nuclear efforts have reached this point.
Apr 11, 2013 — The North is expected to test another ballistic missile in the next few days. Its rhetoric has been hot in recent weeks. But there's a case to be made that once the U.S. and South Korea wrap up military exercises, the North will declare it won this war of words.
Apr 10, 2013 — South Korean officials say the North has made preparations and looks ready to make its next provocative move. The mood in Seoul remains calm, however.
Apr 9, 2013 — "It's like a joke," one retiree in Seoul says of the North's daily provocations. His view is shared by many South Koreans, who believe leaders in the North are trying to extort more aid from other nations and are trying to bolster their own positions.
Apr 9, 2013 — On Tuesday, the North said tourists and foreign companies in the South should leave because nuclear war may be imminent. But people in Seoul have heard such talk for years. They think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is trying to bolster support at home with such threats.
Apr 8, 2013 — The factory complex inside North Korea produces products for South Korean companies. It has been a rare example of cooperation. Now, it's caught in the latest round of escalating tensions on the peninsula.