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N. Korean Leader Presumably Visited Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

[Politics] : North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is said to have visited the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing on Wednesday.  According to sources in Beijing, two VIP vehicles with gold emblems and cars likely carrying Kim's entourage were spotted entering and leaving the academy on Wednesday …[more…] …

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S.Korea, U.S. Suspend August Joint Drills

South Korea and the U.S. on Tuesday announced the temporary suspension of the joint Freedom Guardian drills scheduled for August while denuclearization talks with North Korea go on. This is the first time in 26 years that joint military exercises have been suspended. The drills, which are staged in … …

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Jin Air CEO quits over alleged concealment of engine problem

SEOUL, June 20 (Yonhap) — The head of Jin Air Co. has quit over allegations that he forced a pilot to go ahead with a flight last year despite an engine problem. The budget carrier unit of Korean Air Lines said Kwon Hyuk-min resigned on Tuesday fo …

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LS Cable Gains Foothold in Indonesia

LS Cable and System will establish a joint venture with Indonesia’s Artha Graha Group to make inroads into the Indonesian cable market. LS Cable on Monday said it signed an agreement at the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul.Established in 1973, AG Group is one of the leading companies in Indonesia and pos… …

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Kim Jong-un visits China third time this year

The state-run China Central Television (CCTV) has reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is visiting China for one night and two days. This is Kim’s third visit to China this year, following a .. …

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S. Korea Launches 'Action with Women and Peace' Initiative

[Domestic] : The South Korean government has launched a peace initiative to eradicate sexual violence in troubled regions around the world and to encourage women to actively contribute to resolving conflicts.  The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday held a launch ceremony for the “Action with Women and Peace” initiative and …[more…] …

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Presidential adviser proposes review of defense reform plan

SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) — A special adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said the country’s military needs to reconsider its defense reform scheme to meet the change in security conditions. Speaking at a forum here hosted by th …

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Korea to facilitate northern economic cooperation, better inter-Korean ties

Chairman Song Young-gil (second from right) of the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation speaks during a general meeting at the Korea Press Center in Seoul on June 18. (Yonhap News) …

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S. Korea Loses 1-0 to Sweden in First World Cup Match

[Sports] : Anchor: South Korea lost 1-0 against Sweden in its first game of the FIFA World Cup in Russia on Monday. Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist scored a penalty in the second half to condemn the Taeguk Warriors to defeat.  Our Laurence Taylor has more.  Report: South Korea began its FIFA World Cup campaign in …[more…] …

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State of Emergency Declared in Papua New Guinea

A state of emergency has been declared in Papua New Guinea after rioting in the remote Pacific island’s Southern Highlands province.Angry demonstrators looted and set fire to several buildings in the provincial capital of Mendi last week, including the residence of governor William Powi, after a cou… …

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Pentagon: U.S. suspends all planning for Aug. military exercise with S. Korea

WASHINGTON, June 18 (Yonhap) — The United States military has suspended all planning for joint military exercises with South Korea scheduled for August, the Pentagon said Monday. The decision is in line with U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer dur …

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Gov’t aims to declare end of war this year: foreign minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha briefs the press at the foreign ministry in Seoul on June 18. (Yonhap News) By Kim Young Shin Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said on Jun …

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S. Korean Stocks, Won Weaken Amid US-China Trade War Fears

[Economy] : South Korean stocks tumbled and the won weakened to a seven-month low on Monday as fears of a trade war between the U.S. and China intensified.  The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) lost 27-point-80 points, or one-point-16 percent, to close the day at …[more…] …

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[Photo] LKP to dissolve central organization following defeat in local elections

Following a crushing defeat in the mayoral and gubernatorial elections and the resignation of party leader Hong Joon-pyo on June 14, acting chief of the Liberty Korea Party (LKP) Kim Sung-tae announce.. …

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(LEAD) S. Korea spurns Japan's call for halt to Dokdo defense drill

(ATTN: UPDATES with government’s view, other details; ADDS photo; CHANGES headline) SEOUL, June 18 (Yonhap) — South Korea dismissed Japan’s protest Monday against its regular military exercise to defend Dokdo, a pair of rocky islets in the East Sea. …

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[Cine feature] The genealogy of Korean youth films

The evolving passions and fears of Korea’s youth reflected in film With the commercial success of Yim Soon-rye’s Little Forest and the critical acclaim of Jeon Go-woon’s Microhabitat this year, the K.. …

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Trump says suspending 'war games' was his idea

SEOUL, June 17 (Yonhap) – United States President Donald Trump said Sunday it was his idea to suspend joint military exercises by South Korea and the U.S. to foster favorable conditions for denuclearization talks with North Korea, adding that the milit …

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(LEAD) S. Korea proposes movement of N.K. long-range artillery away from border: sources

(ATTN: ADDS Seoul’s ministry’s statement in para 6) SEOUL, June 17 (Yonhap) — South Korea proposed that North Korea move its long-range artillery away from the heavily fortified border in an effort to reduce tensions during last week’s rare cross-bor …

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Beijing Ready to Retaliate Against U.S. Tariffs on Chinese Goods

U.S. President Donald Trump is going ahead with 25-percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese technology imports, intensifying a trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.Trump on Friday followed through on a pledge to crack down on what he considers to be unfair trade practices b… …

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Opposition Conservatives in Turmoil over Election Defeat

[Politics] : The opposition camp is in a state of shock following its crushing defeat in Wednesday's local elections. After chairman Hong Joon-pyo of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) resigned to take responsibility over the election defeat, the party convened an all-members meeting on …[more…] …

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