South Korean President Park Geun Hye had no role in alleged efforts by spy agency officials to boost her popularity before the last election and the case could distract lawmakers from economic reforms, the premier said.
North Korea restarted its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, a South Korean lawmaker said, as the North put its troops on high alert and said it’s “ready to confront” the U.S. and the South over naval drills set for this week.
A South Korean court ordered the arrest of a lawmaker after he led meetings where fellow party members allegedly discussed plans to steal weapons and blow up infrastructure in the event of war with North Korea.
Indonesia’s foreign minister held talks with his North Korean counterpart during a rare official visit to the secretive nation, seeking to boost trade ties and nudge the North toward abandoning its nuclear ambitions.
South Korean spies broke into the hotel room of Indonesian officials visiting Seoul last week to find out what price the Southeast Asian nation may bid for weapons and trainer jets, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.
South Korea’s main opposition party vowed to press on with a boycott that’s frozen parliament after President Park Geun Hye refused to apologize over claims that the national spy agency meddled in elections last year.