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South Korean graft investigators say they won’t be able to question president Park

The South Korean special prosecutor’s office said on Monday it will not be able to question President Park Geun-hye in person as part of its investigation into an influence-peddling scandal that threatens to topple Park. Prosecution spokesman Lee Kyu-chul said it was regrettable prosecutors would not be able to question her in person. He said…

South Korea prosecution to decide on Samsung chief warrant by Wednesday

South Korean special prosecutor’s office will decide no later than Wednesday whether to request an arrest warrant for Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] chief Jay Y. Lee, a suspect in a graft investigation that may topple President Park Geun-hye. Lee, third-generation leader of the country’s top conglomerate, was questioned for more than 15 hours after being summoned…

New nuclear-capable missile test a success, North Korea says

North Korea said on Monday it had successfully test-fired a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile a day earlier, claiming further advancement in a weapons program it is pursuing in violation of United Nations resolutions. North Korea fired the ballistic missile on a high arc into the sea early on Sunday, the first…

Lawyers for South Korea’s Park reject questioning, prosecution says

Lawyers for South Korean President Park Geun-hye have rejected a plan by a special prosecutor investigating a graft scandal to question her, citing a media leak, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said on Thursday. The plan was to question Park on Thursday at an undisclosed location, Lee Kyu-chul, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, told…

South Korea’s prosecutor says indicts former top Park aide, ex-minister

South Korea’s special prosecutor has indicted a former culture minister and a former top aide to President Park Geun-hye on charges of abuse of power, coercion and perjury for their role in drafting a blacklist of dissenting artists, a spokesman said. The indictments are the latest twist in a corruption scandal that has gripped the…

U.S. warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response if nuclear arms used

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an “effective and overwhelming” response if Pyongyang chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured Seoul of steadfast U.S. support at the end of a two-day visit. “Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of…