Archive for October, 2017

Ex-U.S. security advisor says Trump's tough talk on N.K. targets multiple regional audiences

SEOUL, Oct. 29 (Yonhap) — A former top U.S. security official said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s tough rhetoric on North Korea also targets other countries in the region as he pursues a “sophisticated strategy” to address the nuclear standoff. …

Mattis: US to Support Wartime Command Transfer

[Politics] : U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Saturday the U.S. will actively support South Korea in its takeover of wartime operational command.[more…] …

North Korea repatriates South Korean fisherman caught in East Sea

On the afternoon of Oct. 27, North Korea released a South Korean fishing boat and its sailors in the East Sea. The boat had reportedly been recently captured in North Korean waters in the East Sea. Th.. …

One year on, Koreans remember candlelight movement

A year after South Koreans began to take to the streets in protest against their corruption-ridden leader, they still vi …

(LEAD) Moon stresses push to unroot corruption, marking anniv. of protests that oust ex-president

(ATTN: UPDATES with rallies in central Seoul from 7th para) SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Yonhap) — Marking the first anniversary of mass protests that ousted his predecessor, President Moon Jae-in on Saturday highlighted his policy push to root out corruption, w …

Catalonia Parliament Votes for Independence from Spain

The Catalan regional parliament voted for independence from Spain Friday by approving a resolution to convene a constitutional assembly to form a sovereign republic. The move was accompanied by applause and embraces between lawmakers present, who sang the Catalan anthem.The resolution to secede from… …

(URGENT) Allies agree to expand 'rotational deployment' of U.S. strategic assets to Korea: S. Korean minister

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Seoul Must Not Kowtow to China's THAAD Demands

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s re-election as head of the Communist Party, South Korea and China are discussing ways to overcome a bilateral dispute triggered by the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. here.China apparently wants South Korea somehow to… …

[Editorial] LKP leader Hong demands US introduce tactical nuclear weapons to Korean Peninsula

Liberty Korea Party (LKP) leader Hong Joon-pyo made a call for redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula during his US visit on Oct. 25. He even said in a speech before the Coun.. …

N. Korea Repatriates S. Korean Fishing Boat and Crew

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea has repatriated a South Korean boat and its crew that it says entered its waters last …[more…] …

Allies agree to deal sternly with N. Korea‘s provocation

The armed forces of South Korea and the US agreed Friday to deal resolutely with North Korea‘s additional provocations o …

Korea, Bulgaria develop future-oriented partnership

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (left) and his Bulgarian counterpart, Boyko Borissov, shake hands at the prime minister’s office in Sofia on Oct 25. (Yonhap News) By Kim Young Shin Prime Minist …

Soil, groundwater at U.S base in Bupyeong found to be contaminated: gov't

SEJONG, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) — Soil and groundwater inside a U.S. military base in Incheon, just west of Seoul, was found to have been contaminated with chemicals, oil and other potentially harmful substances, South Korea’s government said Friday. The …

[Interview] Michael Green voices skepticism on a diplomatic solution to NK crisis

The big question leading up to US President Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia at the beginning of November is what messages he will send to North Korea and to China. “The Trump administration wants pe.. …

Main Opposition Announces Parliamentary Boycott

[Politics] : South Korea’s conservative main opposition party has decided to boycott the National Assembly’s …[more…] …

Suspect arrested after NCSoft CEO’s father-in-law found dead

Police arrested a man Thursday afternoon who they believe was involved in the killing of online game mogul Kim Taek-jin’ …

(LEAD) U.S. sanctions 7 N.K. individuals, 3 entities over human rights abuses

(ATTN: UPDATES with details from 4th para) WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) — The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on seven North Korean individuals and three entities over the regime’s human rights abuses. The Department of the Treasury s …

Koreans Inherit W60 Trillion a Year But Few Get Taxed

Koreans inherited an average of W60 trillion a year over the last nine years, but thanks to lenient deductions 98.1 percent of inheritance taxes are waived (US$1=W1,129). More worryingly, 54.9 percent of gift taxes, which are often levied on disguised inheritances, were also waived, according to Nat… …

S. Korea, Australia to Hold Joint Naval Exercise Next Week

[Politics] : South Korea and Australia will stage a joint naval exercise next week to enhance combined operational capabilities as well as friendship.[more…] …

Opposition party threatens to boycott National Assembly over makeup of broadcasting board

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party threatened Thursday to boycott the National Assembly proceedings in protest of t …