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Leaders of Two Koreas Hold 2nd Summit at Panmunjeom

[Inter-Korea] : President Moon Jae-in has held a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said in a written news briefing that the two leaders met at Tongilgak on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjeom from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. The …[more…] …

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North, South Korean Leaders Met to Discuss Possible Summit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday to ensure a summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump goes off successfully, South Korean officials said.It was the clearest sign yet that the on-again off-again summit between Trump … …

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[Breaking news] Moon and Kim hold surprise summit at Panmunjeom

On May 26, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held an unexpected meeting, representing their second summit in as many months. President Moon may be making a diploma.. …

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(2nd LD) Leaders of divided Koreas hold surprise meeting over U.S.-N.K. summit

(ATTN: UPDATES with more information in last 4 paras; ADDS photo) SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Saturday, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said, …

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Trump Says N. Korea Summit Can Still Happen on June 12

[International] : U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said the summit with North Korea could still take place. He tweeted Saturday that “very productive talks” were under way with North Korea about reinstating the summit which he said if it does happen, will likely remain in Singapore on the same date, June …[more…] …

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(3rd LD) Trump says N. Korea summit could still happen June 12

(ATTN: UPDATES with reactions from White House, Pentagon, other details) WASHINGTON/SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could still take place June 12, after cancel …

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Japanese Tourists Return to Korea

Some 213,000 Japanese tourists visited Korea in April, up 29 percent from the same month last year, the Korea Tourism Organization said Thursday. The increase heralds a return of Japanese visitors as a force to reckon with in the Korean tourism industry, which not long ago weaned itself of dependenc… …

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Wolsong-2 Nuclear Reactor to Resume Operation after Safety Checks

[Domestic] : One of South Korea’s aged nuclear reactors will resume operation after a two-month suspension for a safety review.  The Nuclear Safety and Security Commission on Friday approved the resumption of the Wolsong-2 nuclear reactor. The commission said it ran safety checks on the nuclear reactor located in …[more…] …

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[News analysis] Opportunity for the “talks of the century” in jeopardy due to bickering

Just as planned, North Korea held a ceremony on May 24 for the dismantlement of its “northern nuclear test ground” in a valley next to Mount Mantap, located in Punggye Village, Kilju County, North Ham.. …

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KOCIS corrects false information about Korea worldwide

The Facts Korea website, operated by the Korean Culture & Information Service (KOCIS), provides correct information about Korea. (Facts Korea)By Hahm Hee-eunThe Korean Culture & Information Service (K …

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(LEAD) Revised bill on minimum wage draws mixed reactions

(ATTN: ADDS Hyundai Motor’s planned partial strike in paras 10-12) SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) — The passage of a bill that counts some regular bonuses and welfare allowances as minimum wage by a parliamentary committee early Friday drew mixed reactions f …

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Pompeo: N. Korea Wasn't Replying to Summit Preparation Efforts

[Domestic] : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Trump canceled his planned summit with North Korea in part because the U.S. did not receive replies from Pyongyang on preparations for the meeting. According to Reuters and AFP, Pompeo said Thursday that Washington was not in a position to believe …[more…] …

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Landmark Abortion Vote in Ireland May Change Constitution

An abortion debate that has inflamed passions in Ireland for decades will come down to a single question on Friday: yes or no?The referendum on whether to repeal the country’s strict anti-abortion law is being seen by anti-abortion activists as a last-ditch stand against what they view as a European… …

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China’s attempts to isolate Taiwan spill over into private sector

Most airlines have altered their labeling for Taiwan ahead of a looming deadline for “corrective action” demanded by China, which has taken issue with the way foreign airlines refer to Taiwan. The.. …

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(3rd LD) Trump cancels N. Korea summit

(ATTN: UPDATES with Trump’s remarks at White House, Moon’s remarks in Seoul) WASHINGTON, May 24 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, citing the latter’s “tremendous anger a …

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Korean Air Heiress Grilled Over Hiring Illegals

Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah appeared for a questioning at the Korea Immigration Service in Seoul at lunchtime Thursday, some three years after she made global headlines with the “nut rage” scandal.This time, she is being questioned on charges of illegally hiring Filipino housemaids.Cho and her mo… …

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N. Korea Dismantles Main Nuclear Test Site

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea has dismantled its nuclear test site.  According to the South Korean press corps invited to observe the event, the North set off a series of explosions at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in Kilju County in North Hamgyong Province on Thursday, beginning with the second tunnel and an observatory …[more…] …

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President Moon returns from Washington summit

President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook deplane at the Seoul Base Airport in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do Province, on May 24 after the president's summit with his U.S. counterpart, Donald …

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(2nd LD) Opposition boycott scuttles Moon's bid for constitutional revision

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info in paras 6-8) SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in’s proposal for a constitutional revision was scuttled Thursday as opposition parties boycotted a parliamentary vote to pass the controversial motion. The N …

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