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# South Korea

Last week
19th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
North Korea claims successful launch of spy satellite after previous failures
The US condemned the launch as a “brazen violation” of UN sanctions while South Korea has partially suspended a military deal with Pyongyang.
Last month
November 2023
Govt accused of 'lack of policy coherence' as Varadkar and ministers seek to expand beef exports
The Taoiseach and three government ministers have been in South Korea this week to promote Irish beef and trade.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to raise LGBT rights issues with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol
Varadkar is also scheduled to also discuss security issues, peacekeeping and multilateralism with the South Korean leader.
Taoiseach and three ministers are off to South Korea to promote Irish beef and trade
Agri-food exports to Korea were valued at €75 million in 2022.
This year
Four suspected North Korean defectors found in small boat in South Korean waters
Most defectors flee over the Chinese border as escaping by sea is even more dangerous.
US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea in show of strength against North Korea
It is the first arrival of a US aircraft carrier in South Korea in six months.
US soldier who crossed North Korean border released and now in US custody
King sprinted into North Korea while on a civilian tour of a border village on 18 July.
North Korea fires two ballistic missiles as part of 'tactical nuclear strike drill'
The test was prompted by military exercises held by South Korea and the US, state media said.
North Korea says it attempted a spy satellite launch which 'failed due to an error'
State media said the error which caused the launch to fail was “not a big issue”.
North Korea preparing long-range missile tests and spy satellite launch, says South Korea
The South’s spy agency says the tests are partly in response to major US-South Korean military drills.
Irish scouts at world jamboree to leave ahead of tropical storm in South Korea
Tropical Storm Khanun is expected to make landfall in South Korea on Thursday morning.
American and British scouts abandon jamboree in South Korea due to heatwave
An extreme heatwave has seen hundreds of scouts fall ill, forcing the government to deploy military doctors,
Colin Bell disappointed in his 'slow' South Korea team as they lose to Colombia
The former Ireland manager was disappointed in his team’s performance.
Celtic sign South Korean duo Yang Hyun-jun and Kwon Hyeon-kyu
Both players have agreed five-year contracts and will link up with compatriot Oh Hyeon-gyu.
North Korea fires 'several cruise missiles' into sea amid silence over US soldier
Pyongyang has yet to respond to inquiries about Travis King, who broke away from a tour group visiting the Demilitarized Zone this week.
'Get him!': Witness recalls US soldier's dash across border North Korea
Private Second Class Travis King crossed the border into North Korea this week.
South Korea warns North that using its nukes would mean the 'end' of its regime
Korean relations are at one of their lowest points, as Pyongyang ramps up weapons testing and the South and US boost military cooperation.
Rescue workers recover last body from flooded South Korean tunnel where 14 people died
41 people were killed and another nine are still missing nationwide after the heavy downpours.
Cerberus heatwave: Forest fires in Greece as temperatures reach new highs
China today said the mercury hit 52.2 degrees in the northwest over the weekend, setting a record for mid-July.
In Japan, authorities issued heatstroke alerts for tens of millions of people in 20 of its 47 prefectures.
California's Death Valley, often among the hottest places on Earth, reached a near-record 52 degrees yesterday afternoon.
Temperatures are likely to hit 40 degrees in Rome today and 42-43 degrees tomorrow.
South Korea president vows to 'overhaul' extreme weather approach after 40 die in flooding
‘This kind of extreme weather event will become commonplace – we must accept climate change is happening,’ President Yoon Suk Yeol said today.
Heavy rains and flooding leave 37 dead in South Korea
South Korea is at the peak of its summer monsoon season.
South Korea will 'expand scale' of aid to Ukraine, president says during first visit to country
South Korea has a long-standing policy to not supply lethal weapons to active conflict zones.
At least 22 dead after heavy rain causes flooding and landslides in South Korea
South Korea is at the peak of its summer monsoon season and there has been heavy rainfall for the last three days.
Hundreds of South Koreans protest Japan's plan to release Fukushima plant water into sea
Over 1 million cubic metres of water accumulated at the Fukushima plant which went into meltdown following the 2011 tsunami.
British man detained after climbing to 72nd floor of world's fifth-tallest skyscraper in Seoul
He was named in reports as free climber George King-Thompson.
Jurgen Klinsmann calls up South Korea player being held in China
Son Jun-ho was detained last month in the northeastern province of Liaoning.
South Korean plane lands safely after passenger opens door during runway approach
The plane was still about 200m above the ground, a passenger sitting near the emergency exit “opened the door manuall
Biden says North Korea using nuclear weapons would cause the 'end' of its regime
South Korean leader Yoon Suk Yeol agreed to increase his country’s cooperation with the US during a visit to Washington.
North Korea fires missile believed to be new type of weapon
The potentially new type of missile prompted an evacuation order on Japan’s northernmost island.
North Korea's Kim Jong Un calls for ramping up production of 'weapon-grade nuclear material'
Kim Jong Un’s latest threat came as a US Navy carrier strike group arrived in South Korea.
North Korea claims to have tested ‘nuclear-capable underwater drone'
Analysts are sceptical the device presents a major new threat but the test underlines the North’s commitment to raising nuclear threats.
North Korea fires long range missile just hours before South Korea-Japan summit
The launch, North Korea’s third this week, was a potent reminder of the regional security challenges.
North Korea launches two missiles to sea, as US and South Korea hold military drills
South Korea’s military called the launches ‘a grave provocation’.
Kim Jong Un supervises live-fire drill as North Korea simulates attack on South
It comes a day after South Korea’s military detected the North firing at least one short-range ballistic missile toward the sea.
North Korea fired 'long-range' ballistic missile - Seoul
South Korea and the US are due to discuss how they would respond to nuclear weapon use by Pyongyang.
South Korean police seek manslaughter charges over deadly crush
158 people died in a crush in Seoul during Halloween festivities last year.
Last year
North Korea fires three missiles into Sea of Japan
It marks the end of a year of growing tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Unannounced rocket launch causes UFO scare in South Korea
The Defence Ministry said the launch was part of its efforts to build a space-based surveillance capability and bolster its defences.
BTS member Jin begins military duty at frontline boot camp
Six other younger BTS members are to join the military in coming years one after another.
Bento steps down as South Korea coach after last-16 exit
The 53-year-old former Portugal coach took over following the 2018 World Cup, succeeding Shin Tae-yong.