Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Friday told reporters he had spoken with South Korean President Moon Jae-in urging an "appropriate" response on disputes including compensation for forced wartime labour.
Iran head coach Dragan Skocic was left wanting more, while his counterpart on the South Korean bench Paulo Bento praised a quality contest after the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifiers in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium on Tuesday.
Lee Jae-myung became the presidential candidate for South Korea's ruling party on Sunday, hoping to overcome a property scandal and gather national support while conservative opponents trade barbs over anal acupuncture and fortune-tellers.
North Korea did not answer routine calls on inter-Korean hotlines on Tuesday, South Korea said, hours after a senior official in Pyongyang warned the South and the United States over annual joint military drills set to begin this week.
North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong-un called for stronger capability to cope with any foreign provocation as he met with military officers ahead of annual drills next month between South Korea and the United States that Pyongyang views as an invasion rehearsal.
North and South Korea signaled a surprise thaw in relations on Tuesday, announcing the restoration of cross-border communications that were severed more than a year ago and an agreement between their two leaders to improve ties.
A South Korean newspaper said funds belonging to Iran and frozen in two bank accounts in the Far East country have been used to pay back debts to dozens of companies who had exported goods and services to Iran before it came under US sanctions in 2018.
Thousands of South Korean workers staged a rally in downtown Seoul to demand better conditions, video images showed on Saturday, defying a government ban and shrugging off warnings that their protest could ignite a new wave of the coronavirus.
The highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus is surging through Asia this week, with record numbers of infections in Australia and South Korea, prompting some countries to tighten curbs and others to hasten vaccination.