Archive for December, 2017

Main opposition party expels senior member for disgracing party

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) — The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) decided Tuesday to deprive Ryu Yeo-hae, a senior female member, of party membership as it views her controversial remarks as disgraceful to the party, officials said. Ryu has …

[Peace in PyeongChang] Police agency prepares for public security, terrorism

Director General Kim Gyo-tae of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Police Task Force says that all police forces in Korea guarantee visitor safety during next year’s Olympic Games. He was speak …

Fire at construction site of apartment complex claims one life

A fire occurred at the construction site of an apartment complex in Suwon, south of Seoul on Monday, claiming one life a …

Fire at construction site of apartment complex claims one life, injures 14

SUWON, South Korea, Dec. 25 (Yonhap) — A fire occurred at the construction site of an apartment complex in Suwon, south of Seoul on Monday, claiming one life and injuring 14 people, firefighters said. The blaze, which occurred at around 2:46 p.m., …

Pope Calls for 'Peace for Jerusalem' and 'Mutual Trust' on Korean Peninsula

Pope Francis called for peace in Jerusalem and “mutual trust” on the Korean Peninsula in his traditional Christmas Day address “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and to the World”) from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.Francis spoke of “growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians,” expre… …

Tropical Storm Tembin Death Toll Reaches 200 in Philippines

Rescuers continued to search for survivors of a storm that ravaged the Philippines this week as the death toll neared 200.Rescue missions were slowed as rains continued and bridges and roads on the island of Mindanao were destroyed or blocked by landslides that followed Tropical Storm Tembin.Disaste… …

Prosecutors request prison time for unconverted political prisoner

Prosecutors requested a one-year prison sentence for Kang Yong-ju, an unconverted long-time political prisoner submitted for trial over failure to honor his Security Surveillance Act obligations. Kang.. …

Police Raid Houses of Caretakers of Deadly Fire Site

[Domestic] : The police raided the homes of the owner and the custodian of a commercial building in Jecheon, …[more…] …

South Korean gyms face scrutiny after Jecheon fire killed 29

South Korean police looking into a deadly fire that killed 29 people at a fitness center in Jecheon, North Chungcheong P …

Chinese tour groups face new restrictions for travel to South Korea

South Korean group visits by Chinese tourists are facing new restrictions after previous ones were lifted ahead of President Moon Jae-in’s China visit, sources report. According to accounts on Dec. 22.. …

N. Korea Vows to Bolster Nuclear Deterrence for Self-defense

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea has vowed to continue to bolster its nuclear deterrence for self-defense in order to …[more…] …

S. Korea kills 201,000 birds to stem spread of bird flu

South Korean quarantine officials have slaughtered 201,000 birds in the country‘s southwestern areas to contain the spre …

(2nd LD) Prime minister mourns fire victims, vows safety improvement

(ATTN: UPDATES with detention in paras 11-13) SEOUL, Dec. 24 (Yonhap) — Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon paid his respects on Sunday to the victims of a fitness center fire in the central city of Jecheon which left 29 people dead and scores injured. …

N. Korean leader calls for fight against ‘non-socialist’ elements

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for a fight to root out “non-socialist” elements in the society, its media re …

Today's Photo: December 23, 2017

LKP leader Hong acquitted on charges of receiving illegal political funds

On Dec. 22, South Korea’s Supreme Court upheld an appellate court’s acquittal of Hong Joon-pyo, leader of the Liberty Korea Party, who had been charged with receiving illegal political funds (a violat.. …

S. Korea confirms highly pathogenic AI at another duck farm

The South Korean government on Saturday confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) at a local duck …

Moon to meet ruling party leaders over lunch next week

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in plans to host a lunch for floor leaders of the ruling Democratic Party at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae next Tuesday, a party official said Saturday. It will be the first time for Moon to inv …

Korea Doesn't Need Chinese Tourists

China’s National Tourism Administration summoned travel agents from Shandong Province this week and informed them that it has again banned package tours to Korea effective January next year. The same seems to be happening in Beijing. China imposed the ban on cut-price group tours to Korea in March t… …

Japan Sets Aside Record High Defense Budget for Next Year

[International] : The Japanese government has earmarked a record high defense budget for next year, citing among its …[more…] …