Archive for February, 2016

S. Korea Challenges N. Korea’s UN Membership

[Politics] : South Korea’s UN Ambassador Oh Joon has questioned North Korea’s right to remain a UN member, …[more…] …read more

40% of PhD Holders on Temporary Contracts

Vast numbers of Koreans with PhDs or other higher degrees are employed on temporary contracts as the job market is being squeezed on all sides.
Statistics show that 76 percent of recent PhDs managed to find work, but 40 percent of them only on temporary contracts.
According to a survey of 9,259 ne… …read more

SK to Supply EV Batteries for Mercedes-Benz

SK Innovation will supply batteries for Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicles. SK on Wednesday said it signed a deal with Daimler, the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz, to supply lithium-ion batteries for the carmaker’s EVs. Daimler, which competes with BMW and Audi in the global luxury car market, launche… …read more

NIS: Kim Jong-un Orders Expanding Terror Attack Capabilities

[Politics] : Seoul’s National Intelligence Service(NIS) says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his …[more…] …read more

F-22 Stealth Fighter Jets Arriving in Korea

The U.S. Forces Korea are sending four F-22 stealth fighter jets to their air base in Osan, Gyeonggi Province Wednesday, a military source said Tuesday.
The dispatch is part of a buildup of weaponry in response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch.
It also includes a nuclear-powere… …read more

US Reinforces Deployment of Strategic Assets to S. Korea

[Politics] : In the latest show of force following the escalation of inter-Korean tensions, a Seoul defense …[more…] …read more

Park to Meet Rival Parties Leaders Before Parliament Speech

[Politics] : President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday will meet with leaders of rival parties before her speech at the …[more…] …read more

N.Korea Launches Intercontinental Missile Command

North Korea has launched a new brigade in charge of intercontinental ballistic missiles, a government source here said Sunday.The source said the brigade comes under the Strategic Force supervising all missile units but is a separate unit from those handling shorter-range missiles.The move comes aft… …read more

NYT Urges S. Korea, US, China, Japan to "Constrain" N. Korea

[International] : The New York Times has urged South Korea, the U.S., China and Japan to restart talks with the North aimed at “constraint” and “persuading” the North to end all testing and transfers of its nuclear technologies.[more…] …read more

Skater Kim Yu-na Attends Winter Youth Olympic Opening

[Sports] : South Korea’s star figure skater Kim Yu-na has attended the opening ceremony of the 2016 Winter …[more…] …read more

Global Market Turmoil Triggers Tumult in Tokyo

Speculation rose Friday that the Bank of Japan would call an emergency meeting prior to its next scheduled session in mid-March amid a surging yen and plunging equity prices.
Observers are saying the central bankers might push interest rates even further below zero and expand an asset purchase progr… …read more

N. Korea: US Policy will Increase Danger of Nuke War

[International] : North Korea on Friday warned that the U.S. policy of trying to crush the regime will only increase …[more…] …read more

Japanese Media: Seoul, Washington, Tokyo Summit in the Works

[International] : A Japanese news agency reports that South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are arranging a summit on the …[more…] …read more

Are the Hardliners Taking Over in N.Korea?

North Korean Army chief Ri Yong-gil was apparently executed early this month on charges of corruption, abuse of power and forming a political faction. Ri served as chief of the Army’s General Staff since 2013.
It is unclear whether he was executed for opposing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in som… …read more

Source: Chief of N. Korea's General Staff Executed This Month

[Politics] : A source familiar with North Korea affairs said Wednesday that Ri Yong-gil, the chief of the Korean …[more…] …read more

German Lobby Group: Fiat Chrysler's 500x SUV has Excess Emissions

German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution on Tuesday, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ 500X compact sport-utility vehicle of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions.
DUH has already accused General Motors’ Opel division, Renault and … …read more

Diverse Events Being Held in Downtown Seoul to Mark Lunar New Year

[Culture] : Family fun events are being held in various parts of downtown Seoul during the Lunar New Year …[more…] …read more

Survivors Found in Taiwan Quake Rescue Effort

Two survivors have been recovered from the rubble of a 17-story apartment building in the Taiwanese city of Tainan, two days after it collapsed during a powerful earthquake that left at least 36 people dead.
Authorities say a woman named Tsao Wei-ling was discovered lying under the body of her husba… …read more

Spy Agency: N. Korean Rocket Should be Regarded Ballistic Missile

[Politics] : The National Intelligence Service(NIS) says the rocket launched by North Korea on Sunday should be viewed as a ballistic missile based on the weight of the satellite mounted on top of the rocket.[more…] …read more

Sanders, Trump Keep Big Leads in New Hampshire

A new poll suggests Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and real estate mogul Donald Trump are maintaining their large leads in the northeastern U.S. state of New Hampshire, which holds a crucial presidential primary vote Tuesday.
The poll, released by Monmouth University Sunday, showed Trump with suppor… …read more