Archive for December, 2016

N. Korean Outlet Slams Defector as 'Top Criminal'

[Inter-Korea] : A North Korean media outlet has blasted a high-ranking diplomat who recently defected to South Korea as a “top class criminal.”[more…] …read more

World Cities Plan Increased New Year's Security

Major cities around the world are focusing on security while anticipating big crowds at New Year’s celebrations to ring in 2017.Added security is in place in many cities because of the December 19 hijacked truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people and other attacks during 2016…. …read more

Chinese Daily: Yasukuni Shrine Visit an Insult to US

[International] : hina’s state-run media outlets have strongly criticized the Japanese defense minister’s visit to …[more…] …read more

Consumer Price Rises 1.3% in December

[Economy] : South Korea’s consumer prices increased by more than a percent for the fourth consecutive month …[more…] …read more

Clear Weather Forecast for New Year's Sunrise

People will be able to get a clear view of the last sunset of this year and the first sunrise of next year in most parts of the country, the Korea Meteorological Administration said Thursday.It will be cloudy in central parts on Saturday, but southern parts will see clear skies. The weather on Sunda… …read more

Movie Theaters Offer Range of Choices for End-of-Year Audiences

From large-scale disaster films to action thrillers and romantic comedies, movie theaters are filled with plenty of choices in a variety of genres. …read more

Gov't Lowers Next Year's Growth Outlook to 2.6% from 3%

[Economy] : The South Korean government has lowered next year’s economic growth outlook from three percent to …[more…] …read more

UN Chief Ban Said to Support Constitutional Revision

[Politics] : Ruling Saenuri lawmakers say outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly supports a …[more…] …read more

Policies to Boost Childbirth Have Missed the Point

Statistics Korea surveyed 1.18 million couples who have been married less than five years and found that one in three have no children. Narrowed down to couples who have been married between three and five years, the figure is still at 19.3 percent, and couples who are married for four years have on… …read more

Ex-Aide Admits to Sending Documents to Choi

[Politics] : Anchor: Lawmakers of a special committee visited the detention center to question former …[more…] …read more

Powerful Winter Storm Makes Travel Impossible in U.S. Upper Midwest

A vicious winter storm pounded the U.S. upper Midwest and northern plains Monday, frustrating travelers but delighting children enjoying a holiday from school.Heavy snow, freezing rain and bitterly cold winds created blizzard conditions in North and South Dakota and parts of Minnesota, making any ki… …read more

Think Tank: N. Korea Might Have Miniaturized Nuke

[Inter-Korea] : A domestic institute says that North Korea is believed to have secured a technology to miniaturize nuclear warheads and load them onto its Scud and Nodong ballistic missiles.[more…] …read more

Choi Soon-sil Summoned to Special Counsel Team for Questioning

[Politics] : Choi Soon-sil, a longtime confidante of President Park Geun-hye at the center of a massive …[more…] …read more

Backlash Kicked up as the Rockettes Picked for Inauguration

The Radio City Rockettes will be dancing at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next month but not everyone is kicking up their heels at the booking.One of the famed dancers took to Instagram to say she was “embarrassed and disappointed,” triggering calls for a boycott by some on social medi… …read more

Former Saenuri Defectors to Join Dissenters in New Party Launch

[Politics] : Political heavy-hitters who have left President Park Geun-hye’s ruling party say they will …[more…] …read more

Foreign Minister Defends Seoul-Tokyo Agreement on Sex Slavery

[Politics] : Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se has defended the agreement reached between Seoul and Tokyo last …[more…] …read more

Austere Decorations Herald Austerity Christmas

A big, beautifully decorated tree is usually a must for Christmas, with the whole family taking part in the decorations.But the prolonged economic slowdown and the resulting austerity in decorating trends have led to small, plain Christmas decorations being favored by Korea’s growing army of singles… …read more

U.S. Curbs Financial Transactions of N.Korean Diplomats

The U.S. has imposed curbs on all financial transactions by staff of the North Korean mission to the UN and their families. The aim is to strangle the flow of hard currency into the North Korean regime’s nuclear and missile programs. In an online notice Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department said Ame… …read more

German Prosecution to Cooperate on Investigation into Choi Soon-sil's Daughter

[International] : Germany has affirmed to actively cooperate with the South Korean prosecution’s investigation into Choi Soon-sil’s daughter Chung Yoo-ra, who is presumed to be somewhere in the European country.[more…] …read more

Saenuri's Non-Park Group to Decide on Defection Wednesday

[Politics] : Large numbers of the ruling Saenuri Party, including its former leader Kim Moo-sung, plan to decide …[more…] …read more