The State Department is concerned that North Korea will use its criminal capabilities—particularly in cybercrime —while it is under U.N.-led sanctions.
A North Korean soldier fled across a heavily fortified border to defect to South Korea, just as the rivals began taking steps to reduce military tensions.
The U.S. military has ordered extra scrutiny for South Koreans who want to visit friends or attend events on American bases in Japan.
South Korea recently proposed that the U.S. negotiate a peace treaty with North Korea that would officially end the Korean War.
South Korea is proposing that the United States hold off on a demand for an inventory of North Korea's nuclear weapons and accept the verified closure of a key North Korean nuclear facility as a next step in the negotiations, Seoul's top diplomat said in an interview with The Washington Post.
A peace treaty involving the U.S., China and North Korea should only be contemplated once it has been determined that North Korea is denuclearized.
South Korea government officials estimate that the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal ranges from at least 20 bombs to as many as 60.
President Trump has adopted a desultory and dismissive attitude toward South Korea, part of his larger tendency to question the utility of long-standing U.S. alliances.
As North Korea prepares for a parade featuring scary-looking missiles, some potentially capable of reaching the U.S., concern is rising in South Korea.
As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pyongyang on Friday, officials in South Korea were quietly – and likely nervously – watching the first high-level, face-to-face interaction between the United States and North Korea since President Trump met with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.