Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye walk to their seats for the start of a trilateral meeting with the U.S. in 2014. Japan and Korea's leaders have yet to meet one-on-one. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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For China, Japan And S. Korea, Just Meeting Is An Accomplishment

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Songdo, outside Seoul, was envisioned as a futuristic international business hub, drawing residents from all over the world. Instead, this young city has become populated mostly by Koreans. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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A South Korean City Designed For The Future Takes On A Life Of Its Own

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South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se (left) speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at their meeting in Tokyo. The two countries are marking the 50th anniversary of establishing relations. While leaders in both countries stressed the importance of the ties, a bitter history continues to strain the relationship. Issei Kato/AP hide caption

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Best Frenemies: Japan, Korea Mark 50th Anniversary Despite Rivalry

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A dangerous nuzzle? A man in western Abu Dhabi hugs a camel brought in from Saudi Arabia for beauty contests. Middle East respiratory syndrome circulates in camels across the Arabian Peninsula. Dave Yoder/National Geographic hide caption

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Why MERS Is Likely To Crop Up Outside The Middle East Again

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South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Seoul, Kerry Calls N. Korea Provocations 'Egregious,' 'Reckless'

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Asian music hitmaker Jae Chong, at work in a studio in Seoul. His work is all over Asian charts, but his passport is American. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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How Asian-Americans Found A Home In The World Of K-Pop

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Crews aboard ships involved in the recovery effort at the site where a South Korean ferry sank continued to work as night fell Thursday. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Yellow ribbons hang from a fence outside Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea, as some students return Thursday for the first time since a ferry disaster claimed the lives of scores of their classmates. Yang Ji-woong /EPA/Landov hide caption

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As the sun set Wednesday in Jindo, South Korea, a woman kept watch on the waters where the Sewol ferry sank. It's feared the death toll will reach 300. Nicolas Asfouri /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cranes, ships and other rescue equipment are on the scene off the southern coast of South Korea, where a ferry capsized Wednesday. About 270 people, most of them high school students, remain missing. Kim Hong-Ji /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Holding out hope, fearing the worst: A man looks out from the shore in Jindo, South Korea, toward where a passenger ferry sank Wednesday and nearly 300 people are still missing. Kim Kyung-Hoon /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports about the South Korean ferry disaster

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Rescuers head toward the ferry Sewol off the southern coast of South Korea on Wednesday. It sank while on a trip to a resort island. Several hundred people, most of them high school students and teachers, are missing. Yonhap News/EPA/Landov hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports about the ferry accident

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In this handout image provided by the South Korean Unification Ministry, Kim Kyou-Hyun (right) the head of South Korea's high-level delegation, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart Won Tong-Yon before their meeting Wednesday in Panmunjom, South Korea. /Getty Images hide caption

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Chef Edward Lee moved to Louisville, Ky., 10 years ago to take over a restaurant called 610 Magnolia. There, he mixes the sweet of Southern food with the salt and umami of Asian cuisine. Dan Dry/Artisan Books hide caption

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Chef Edward Lee Adds Korean Spice To Southern Comfort Food

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North Korean soldiers marched past statues of founder Kim Il Sung and his son, former leader Kim Jong Il, on Monday in Pyongyang. North Korea celebrated Kim Il Sung's 101st birthday. Kyodo /Landov hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': Steve Inskeep speaks with Andrei Lankov about North Korea

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A South Korean soldier stands at a military checkpoint connecting South and North Korea at the Unification Bridge last week in Paju, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR's Tom Gjelten and Melissa Block discuss the story

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On Wednesday, a North Korean soldier looked on from the banks of the Yalu River on the border with China. Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': Frank Langfitt and David Greene discuss the latest news from the Korean peninsula

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Japan is on full alert ahead of an expected mid-range missile launch by North Korea, its defense minister said as the U.N. warned of a potentially 'uncontrollable' situation. A Japanese soldier walks past a missile launcher deployed in Tokyo. Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Carrying on as usual: Shoppers in central Seoul on Monday. Lee Jae-Won/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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A View From South Korea: The North Is 'A Playground Bully'

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