Archive for December, 2017

Night Search Fails to Find 2 Missing Persons following Fishing Boat Accident

[Domestic] : A search and rescue operation continued to find two missing persons following an accident in which …[more…] …

U.S. Pulls Out of UN Migrant and Refugee Pact

The United States has informed the United Nations that it will no longer participate in the Global Compact on Migration.In a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the program was not consistent with American immigration policies.”While we will continue to engage on a number of f… …

(LEAD) Trump will 'take care of' N. Korea by unilateral action if necessary: McMaster

(ATTN: UPDATES with more remarks by McMaster in last 2 paras) WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump will “take care of” the growing nuclear threat from North Korea by taking unilateral action if necessary, his national security ad …

US Commander: Every Missile Launch Detected First by Satellites

[International] : The commander of the United States Strategic Command says that every missile that comes off the …[more…] …

W1.4b found on Seoul subway in 3 years

A total of 1.4 billion won ($1.3 million) of cash was lost on the subway in Seoul over the past three years, Seoul Metro …

[Interview] Spanish artist’s illustrations of Korean life prove immensely popular

Each picture is a Eureka moment. The pictures pose blunt questions about issues that we Koreans all know about but are reluctant to examine, such as politicians betraying democracy, businesspeople exp.. …

S. Korea's birthrate among lowest in world: data

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) — South Korea has one of the lowest birthrates of any country in the world this year, data released by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and picked up in Seoul showed Sunday. The latest World Factbook based on estim …

Six U.S. F-22 stealth fighter jets arrive in S. Korea for joint air drills

Six U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets arrived in South Korea on Saturday for joint air drills between Seoul and Wash …

Confusion over Defense Minister’s comments about a maritime blockade of North Korea

Interest is growing about the reason for remarks made on Dec. 1 by South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, who said that Seoul is positively considering a maritime blockade or maritime interdict.. …

(5th LD) Parties fail to compromise over 2018 spending bill

(ATTN: CHANGES headline, lead; REWRITES throughout with new info) SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Yonhap) — Rival parties failed Saturday to reconcile their differences over the government’s spending plan for next year, dashing hopes for meeting the legal deadline fo …

Assembly Plenary to Pass 2018 Budget Bill Postponed to 9 p.m.

[Economy] : The National Assembly’s plenary session to pass next year’s budget bill has been postponed to 9 …[more…] …

President Moon reiterates commitment to intense sanctions and pressure on North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Nov. 30 that the Hwasong-15 missile launched the day before was “clearly the most advanced in all respects” of the missiles launched by North Korea to date, .. …

Today's Photo: December 2, 2017

Magnitude 2.5 earthquake occurs near N.K.'s nuke site

A natural earthquake of magnitude 2.5 was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conduc …

(2nd LD) 2018 budget bill submitted to parliamentary floor

(ATTN: CHANGES photo, headline, lead; UPDATES throughout with new info) SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Yonhap) — The government’s spending plan for next year was submitted to a parliamentary plenary session Saturday amid a political deadlock over a set of sticking p …

S. Korean Army Creates Special Brigade to Target N. Korea Leadership

[Inter-Korea] : The South Korean military has launched a special task force responsible for eliminating the North …[more…] …

BOK Hikes Interest Rate for 1st Time in Over 6 Years

The Bank of Korea hiked the base interest rate for the first time in six-and-a-half years on Thursday. The move set alarm bells ringing in a country whose economy is saddled with W1,600 trillion worth of household debt (US$1=W1,089). The BOK raised the base interest rate by a quarter percentage poin… …

[Herald Interview] Life on street in North Korea

Born into a prestigious family in North Korea, Lee Sung-ju enjoyed an idyllic childhood of the selected few. Living in a …

PM holds meeting with Greek foreign minister

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias (left) and Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon pose for a photo before their meeting at the Government Complex Seoul on Nov. 30. (Prime Minister’s Office) By Kim Young …

Yonhap News Summary

The following is the second summary of major stories moved by Yonhap News Agency on Friday. —————– (2nd LD) S. Korea, U.S. not discussing naval blockade against N. Korea: Cheong Wa Dae SEOUL — South Korea and the United States …