Archive for December, 2015

N.Korea Has H-Bomb, Says Kim Jong-un

North Korea has turned into a “powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate a hydrogen bomb,” leader Kim Jong-un claimed Thursday.
Kim was speaking during a visit to the recently renovated Pyongchon revolutionary site in Pyongyang.
Kim said the bomb would be detonated “to reliably defend the s… …read more

Two Koreas to Hold Vice-Ministerial Talks

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Anchor: The two Koreas will hold their first regular governmental meeting under the Park Geun-hye …

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U.S. Extends N.Korea Sanctions to Missile Unit

The U.S. State Department and Treasury on Tuesday slapped fresh sanctions on four North Korean agencies and six individuals. They include the Strategic Rocket Force, which supervises North Korea’s missile units.
The sanctions seem to come in response to North Korean attempts to develop more missiles… …read more

Parties Fail to Pass Contentious Bills; Extraordinary Session to Begin

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Anchor: The last regular session of the 19th National Assembly ended on Wednesday. An extraordinary …

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US Imposes Sanctions on North's Strategic Rocket Force

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Anchor: The United States has imposed sanctions against more North Korean entities and individuals …

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Pets Become Fashionable in Pyongyang

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of Pyongyang residents who own dogs over the last three to four years, a source said Sunday. Pets are still a rarity in the isolated country, where animals including dogs are mostly for eating.
The source, a local who was traveling to China, said pe… …read more

Lee Dae-ho Leaves for U.S. to Pursue Career in MLB

Slugger Lee Dae-ho on Monday left for the U.S. to pursue his dream of playing in Major League Baseball.
Lee headed to Nashville, Tennessee, where the annual MLB Winter Meetings are being held.
“I heard [from my agent] that four to five teams are showing interest,” Lee told reporters at Incheon Inte… …read more

S. Korea Elected Vice Chair of UNESCO Cultural Heritage Body

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South Korea has been elected vice chair of a UNESCO body which makes decisions on designating …

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Presidential Office Urges Passage of Labor Reform Bills

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The presidential office has urged the National Assembly to pass the government’s labor reform bills …

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Punters Lap Up Cheaper Coffee

The coffee market in Korea is heating up as even convenience stores are getting into the business by selling brewed coffee at affordable prices.
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven recently started selling freshly brewed coffee for just W1,000 a cup (US$1=W1,161).
The product became immensely popular … …read more

Military to Deploy Underwater Mine-Clearing ROV Next Yr

[Politics] :

The South Korean military is expected to deploy a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) to detect and blow up sea mines by as early as late next year.

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FIFA Corruption Scandal Deepens

The alleged corruption at football’s world governing body FIFA plunged to new depths this week when U.S. authorities charged more than a dozen officials with embezzling money from the organization.
Two FIFA vice-presidents were arrested in Switzerland even as the body’s executive committee met to di… …read more

Student Body of SNU Law School Protests Gov't Decision to Delay Scrapping Bar Exam

[Domestic] :

The student council of Seoul National University Law School is protesting the government’s decision to delay scrapping the state bar exam by four more years until 2021.

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Court Rules Police Ban on Protest Is Unjust

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The Seoul Administrative Court has ruled that the police ban on a mass rally scheduled for Saturday …

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Oscar Pistorius Convicted of Murder by Appeals Court

South Africa’s top appeals court has overturned a lesser judgement and convicted superstar athlete Oscar Pistorius of murder — agreeing with prosecutors who say he meant to kill when he shot dead his girlfriend.
Before he began his lengthy remarks, South African Judge of Appeal Eric Leach described… …read more

Snowy Weather Expected Across the Country

Snow is expected across the country on Thursday and will continue to fall in regions south of Chungcheong provinces until Friday.
Snow started to fall in the Seoul metropolitan area at dawn on Thursday and will spread to most parts of the country in the afternoon, according to the Korea Meteorologi… …read more

US Bill Calls for Temporary Moratorium on Refugee Admissions

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A United States senator has introduced a bill calling for a temporary moratorium on accepting …

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Kim Jong-un's Aunt to Sue Defectors for Defamation

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s aunt is suing several prominent defectors for defamation in Seoul, her lawyer Kang Yong-suk said Tuesday.
Ko Yong-suk, the sister of Kim’s mother Ko Yong-hui, looked after Kim when he was at school in Switzerland. She has been living in the U.S. since she sought as… …read more

Park in Prague for Czech Republic, V4 Summits

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President Park Geun-hye arrived in Prague on Tuesday for the second and final leg of her visit to …

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Kim Jong-un 'Watched Failed Missile Test'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un probably watched the test-launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine that went awry last Saturday, the National Intelligence Service here speculated Monday.
An NIS officer told members of the National Assembly Intelligence Committee, “It’s highly likely that Kim w… …read more