A North Korean diplomat who was until recently acting ambassador to Italy has gone missing, a South Korean lawmaker says, after a Seoul newspaper reported he has defected.
2018 marked a year of breakthrough diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula as Seoul and Pyongyang strode forward together to ease military tensions and pursue joint economic projects. The peace may still be fragile, but South Koreans are optimistic.
South Korea's Unification Ministry says police are investigating the hacking attack but have yet to identify the source.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Mount Paektu, considered sacred by Koreans, on the last day of Moon's visit for summit talks on the nuclear standoff and other inter-Korean affairs.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Pyongyang has agreed to "permanently dismantle" Nyongbyon nuclear facility if there are corresponding measures from the US, after a summit with the North's Kim Jong-un, a development hailed by Trump.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is greeted with smiles and hugs by the North's leader Kim Jong-un ahead of a crucial summit over denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and the prospect of officially ending the 1950-53 Korean War.
Hundreds of South Koreans will enter North Korea to reunite with their relatives and loved ones, as agreed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their first summit in April.
A trip by the South's President Moon Jae-in to the North's capital would be the first such visit for more than a decade, as the diplomatic thaw on and around the peninsula builds.
Inter-Korean construction workers' game in Seoul is seen as a way to improve cooperation between the two countries.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis told South Korea that "the US commitment to the Republic of Korea remains ironclad," reassuring its northeast Asian ally that the United States will maintain its current number of troops on the Korean Peninsula.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed to take steps towards establishing complete denuclearisation and to cooperate on future economic opportunities and infrastructure projects during Moon's visit to Russia.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Asia persuading Washington's allies in the region that denuclearisation by Pyongyang will happen before sanctions are lifted. North Korea says it will disarm in step-by-step process.
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