Archive for February, 2017

All indicators point to N.K. responsibility in Kim Jong-nam's killing: ex-CIA chief

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) — All indicators point to Pyongyang’s responsibility in the killing of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a former CIA chief said Sunday, after Malaysia determined a banned chemical weapons agent was used …

Prez. Park Not to Attend Constitutional Court Hearings...Instead to Submit Written Statements

President Park Geun-hye has decided not to attend the final defense against her impeachment at the Constitutional Court hearings on February 27. She will submit a written statement instead. A person close to Park said on the 26th, “President Park concluded she won’t appear in the Constitutional Court hearings after days of thinking over it.”It implies that she believes that attending such hearings would be below her and there is no practical gain from it. It may also mean that she won’t acknowle… …

S. Korea to Complete Land Acquisition for THAAD This Week

[Politics] : The Defense Ministry is expected to complete the land acquisition deal needed to house the United States advanced THAAD antimissile system early this week.[more…] …

[Cartoon] Park Geun-hye pretends to be a martyr

Voluntary resignation scenario. Is this what you want? (by Kwon Beom-cheol) …

Park hasn't decided whether to appear at final impeachment hearing

President Park Geun-hye has yet to decide whether to appear at the final hearing of her impeachment trial slated for thi …

(LEAD) FM Yun to raise voice against N. Korea's human rights, chemical weapons issues

(ATTN: ADDS more details in paras 10-16) SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) — South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will attend international conferences this week to speak out against North Korea’s human rights abuses and shed light on Pyongyang’s use of …

Group Urges Obama to Run for President - of France

Former president Barack Obama cannot run again for president in the U.S., but that isn’t stopping a group of French fans who are trying to get him to run in their upcoming election.Paris has been canvassed with “Obama17” signs, which urge people to visit a website to sign a petition for the former U… …

Moon Jae-in leading presidential contenders with 32% of support

Former Minjoo Party leader Moon Jae-in drew 32% of support and South Chungcheong Gov. Ahn Hee-jung 21% in a Gallup Korea survey on support for presidential candidates. Former People’s Party leader Ah.. …

[From the scene] Rallies sharpen their rhetoric as Park trial nears end

Tens of thousands of South Koreans turned central Seoul into a battle field by taking to the streets to protest for and …

(LEAD) Special counsel to again summon Samsung heir on Sunday

(ATTN: CHANGES lead, headline; ADDS more info throughout) SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Yonhap) — Special prosecutors said Saturday they will summon the de facto leader of Samsung Group for additional questioning over his alleged involvement in the high-profile co …

Nation's First Arm Transplant Patient Leaves Hospital

[Science] : South Korea’s first arm transplant patient has been discharged from the hospital, and says he looks …[more…] …

Special counsel to announce final result on March 3

The independent counsel investigating the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye on Friday reaff …

55% of People Harbor Negative Views on Corporate Sector...Survey

A survey said more than 50 percent of people in Korea harbor negative perception against the corporate sector. It indicates that the anti-corporate sentiment that was widely held by young people previously is spreading toward people of all ages.According to a questionnaire conducted by Wins Research commissioned by the Korea Economic Daily TV on 1,039 adult men and women residing across the country, 55.1 percent of all respondents said they have unfavorable views on corporations. In contrast, th… …

N. Korea shows continuing activity at nuclear test site: 38 North

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (Yonhap) — Satellite imagery shows continuing activity at North Korea’s nuclear test site in a sign that the communist nation keeps up preparation and maintenance of the facility for a new nuclear test, a website monitoring the Nor …

Korea, UK take resolute stance on N. Korea

U.K. Secretary of State Boris Johnson (left) and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se hold bilateral talks in London on Feb. 22 where they discussed measures to strengthen sanctions on North Korea. Kore …

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Allegations come out of massive Park Chung-hee slush fund in Switzerland

Allegations of a secret Swiss slush fund reportedly established illegally by the Park Chung-hee regime in the 1970s are prompting calls for a government investigation and a swift return of the illegal.. …

Constitutional Court Reaffirms Date of Impeachment Trial's Final Hearing

[Domestic] : The Constitutional Court says the final hearing in President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment trial will open next Monday as scheduled. [more…] …

Acting president pledges to increase public rental housing

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday pledged to build more public rental homes across the country …

Gov't to Introduce Flextime Work Arrangements as Way to Stimulate Consumer Spending

Flexible work arrangements will be introduced in Korea so that workers can pick a Friday in a month and go home early to spend more time with family. In addition, discount of up to 50 percent will be offered to those who make KTX high-speed train reservations early. Tax deductions on spending on traditional market shopping and public transportation will be increased to 40 percent from current 30 percent.The government held on February 23 a ministers meeting presided over by Acting President Hwan… …