Archive for June, 2017

US Trade Representative says “no plans to drop out” of KORUS FTA

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the US has “no plans to drop out” of the South Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). Speaking at a June 22 hearing before the US House Ways and Mea.. …

More Korean women live alone, think less about marriage

More than 2.6 million, or one in 10, Korean women live alone, and an increasing number believe marriage isn’t mandatory, …

Tourists Flock to Japan Amid China-Korea THAAD Spat

Last Thursday marked the 100th day of a Chinese tourism boycott in retaliation against Seoul’s decision to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. here. The boycott took the form of a ban on so-called zero-dollar tours, a huge source of revenue for Korean businesses where … …

'N. Korea Has Ability to Produce Element for Hydrogen Bombs'

[International] : An American nuclear scientist says that North Korea appears to have the ability to produce a key …[more…] …

Foreign Investors Want to Meet IR Managers of  SK Hynix, LGD

Foreign Investors Show Keen Interest in Having Meetings with IR Managers at AmorePacific, SK Hynix, LGD and LG Household & Health Care Foreign investors showed higher interest in contacting AmorePacific, SK Hynix and LG Display. This is a result of the survey that a global investment bank UBS carried out in Seoul last week with 130 foreign companies during the Korea Conference 2017. According to UBS, the foreign investors who participated in the Korea Conference 2017 showed higher inte… …

I will focus on building friendship, trust with Trump: president

President Moon Jae-in on June 26 (center) seeks advice from former Korean ambassadors to the U.S. in a meeting at Cheong Wa Dae. By Sohn JiAe Photos = Cheong Wa Dae President Moon …

Seoul OKs Eugene Bell's bid to send TB medication, other materials to NK

South Korea’s unification ministry has approved the Eugene Bell Foundation Korea’s application to send medication for tu …

Reformist scholar, noted for civic activism, nominated as justice minister

SEOUL, June 27 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in’s pick for the justice minister is a scholar and civic activist known for his advocacy for judicial reform and economic justice, and extensive research on the country’s criminal code. Park Sang-ki, a …

Korean War veterans won't be forgotten: PM

Patriots and Veterans Affairs Minister Pi Woo-jin (left), Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (third from right) and a group of veterans pledge allegiance in a ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of the outb …

Michelle Obama to Visit Seoul for 1st Time

Popular ex-first lady Michelle Obama will accompany her husband Barack to the eighth Asian Leadership Conference hosted by the Chosun Ilbo on July 3-4.Their daughters Malia and Sasha will come with them. Barack Obama is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech on the first day focusing on his experie… …

S. Korea Rescued N. Korean Ship Carrying 8 Crew Last Week

[Inter-Korea] : South Korea’s coast guard rescued a North Korean ship carrying eight crew in the East Sea last …[more…] …

Unification minister nominee says to seek inter-Korea summit if needed

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) — Unification Minister-nominee Cho Myoung-gyon said Monday he will push for a summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if the meeting is needed to resolve the North’s nuclear development problem …

First-ever protest encircles the US embassy in Seoul

The US Embassy in Seoul’s Jongno District had been off limits to demonstrations until June 24, when the first legal demonstration was held in the area. During the demonstration against the THAAD deplo.. …

‘Kazakhstan, Korea kindred spirits in sustainable development’

ASTANA, Kazakhstan — According to Korean Ambassador to Kazakhstan Kim Dae-sik, the fact that Korea has the largest pavi …

New Administration Urged to Raise LNG Share in 8th Energy Plan

The share of LNG in overall power generation should be raised up to 33 percent through the eight power supply basic plan. As the Moon Jae-in administration is pushing a new energy drive to reduce reliance on nuclear and coal power generation, private LNG power suppliers such as SK E&S, POSCO Energy, and GS EPS, which have kept in silence, started raising their voices. Since 2010, these companies have invested several trillion won in LNG power plants, trusting the governmen… …

Choi Soon-sil Gets 1st Jail Sentence in Epic Trial

The Seoul Central District Court on Friday sentenced ex-President Park Geun-hye’s confidante Choi Soon-sil to three years in jail for obstructing official duties. The sentence, for a minor charge of pressuring Ewha Womans University to admit her daughter by trading on her connections, bodes ill for… …

(LEAD) S. Korea-U.S. alliance stands at 'critical juncture' amid threats from N.K.

(ATTN: ADDS more Kang’s remarks in last two paras) SEOUL, June 25 (Yonhap) — South Korea and the United States stand at a “critical juncture” in their alliance in the face of the rapidly growing threats from North Korea but they will surely achieve …

North Korean IOC member says joint Korean team at PyeongChang 2018 may be difficult

(스포츠 서울) MUJU, South Korea, June 25 (Yonhap) — A veteran North Korean sports administrator visiting South Korea has exp …

'Moon, Trump Should Narrow Differences on N. Korea in the Summit'

[Politics] : United States experts on Korea affairs have suggested that President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump narrow their differences on North Korea and build ties in the upcoming summit.[more…] …

[Column] The Skills Gap: Blaming Workers Rather than Policy

Last week Donald Trump visited a technical college in Wisconsin. He was accompanied by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, several members of Congress, and top officials in his administration. The theme .. …