Archive for January, 2018

Trump Calls for Unity in 1st State of the Union Address

U.S. President Donald Trump called for unity and touted what he sees as accomplishments on foreign policy and the economy, during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday. “Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need … …

Prosecution to Launch Inspection into Sexual Misconduct

[Domestic] : The prosecution plans to inspect all allegations of sexual harassment in the wake of allegations made by female prosecutor Seo Ji-hyeon, who said she was sexually harassed by her former superior.  The reform committee on judicial affairs and prosecution within the Justice Ministry held a meeting on …[more…] …

“Smart cafes” with coffee brewing robots are the latest innovation in a competitive industry

South Koreans drink 428 cups of coffee a year, according to statistics for 2016, making coffee the go-to drink. Such incredible demand has kindled competition between coffee shops improve their produc.. …

Female prosecutor calls for sexual harassment prevention

The female prosecutor who spoke up about sexual harassment within the prosecution has asked the public to shift its atte …

(5th LD) N. Korean Olympic athletes to use S. Korean plane to travel to PyeongChang

(ATTN: UPDATES paras 1-9) SEOUL/MASIKRYONG, North Korea Jan. 31 (Yonhap) — Ten North Korean Olympic athletes will board a South Korean chartered airplane on Thursday when it carries a South Korean delegation home after two days of joint ski training …

Korea Ties with Jamaica in Friendly

Korea had a disappointing performance in a football friendly against Jamaica on Tuesday, which ended in a 2-2 draw. Korean defense was not in best form during the match in Turkey, allowing the first goal just five minutes in. Jamaica is ranked No. 55 in the world, four notches higher than Korea. The… …

US Considers Anti-Dumping Duties for Korean Roller Bearings

[Economy] : The United States is considering introducing anti-dumping duties for some South Korean tapered roller bearings as it ramps up trade pressure on the South.   The U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday that it preliminary determined to slap up to 45 percent in anti-dumping duties on certain …[more…] …

NK producing garments at shuttered inter-Korean industrial park: report

South Korean business owners are seeking government approval to visit the North to inspect their properties at Kaesong I …

(2nd LD) U.S. drops Cha as pick for ambassador to S. Korea

(ATTN: UPDATES with White House confirmation; ADDS details) WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) — The United States has withdrawn former White House official Victor Cha from consideration for ambassador to South Korea, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The …

Free transportation, discounts, visa waivers during PyeongChang Olympics

Party Representative Choo Mi Ae (third from right) of the Democratic Party of Korea speaks during the first high-ranking consultation among officials from Cheong Wa Dae, the government and the ruling …

Prosecutors Seek 8-Year Prison Term for Park Aide

Prosecutors have asked for an eight-year prison term for ex-presidential secretary for civil affairs Woo Byung-woo for his role in the corruption scandal that brought down President Park Geun-hye. Prosecutors said during the final hearing on Monday that Woo abused his power to intervene in the perso… …

Moon's Adviser: S. Korea Can Use PyeongChang Olympics as N. Korea Does

[Inter-Korea] : President Moon Jae-in’s special security adviser says South Korea can utilize North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics as much as the North does.  At a lecture in Paris on Monday, Moon Chung-in, presidential special adviser on foreign affairs and national security, addressed …[more…] …

Top security adviser under fire for suggesting NK be allowed to play out its designs for PyeongChang

A top South Korean presidential adviser on Monday said that any political plots North Korea has for the PyeongChang Olym …

(LEAD) Legislative battles brew as extra parliamentary session begins

(ATTN: REWRITES lead; CHANGES photo; UPDATES throughout; TRIMS) SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) — The National Assembly on Tuesday kicked off a monthlong extraordinary session with rival parties bracing for legislative battles over a series of pending bills, …

US tariff decision opposed even by US lawmakers

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) holds a meeting between public and private organizations on Jan. 26 following the U.S.'s decision to impose tariffs on washing machines and sola …

Seoul Must Stop Bending Over Backwards for N.Korea

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon has claimed that it is a “coincidence” that North Korea is holding a massive military parade on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. A high-ranking Cheong Wa Dae official also said the dates coincide “by chance.” It is true that North Korea changed the … …

Top South Korean and US defense officials meet in Hawaii

The South Korean Defense Minister and the US Secretary of Defense welcomed the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue and North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics, while agreeing to closel.. …

Tokyo: Abe to Use Summit with Moon to Urge Follow Through on 2015 Agreement

[International] : The Japanese government says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to use a summit with President Moon Jae-in in South Korea next month as a chance to demand Seoul faithfully follow through with a bilateral settlement deal on Japan’s wartime sexual slavery.  Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga …[more…] …

[Breaking] N. Korea calls off joint Olympic event at Mount Kumgang: Seoul

North Korea abruptly called off a joint cultural event scheduled to be held in its country to celebrate the upcoming Win …

(3rd LD) N. Korea calls off joint Olympic event at Mount Kumgang: Seoul

(ATTN: CHANGES dateline; UPDATES with more information, minor edits; RESTRUCTURES) SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Yonhap) — North Korea has called off a joint cultural event scheduled to be held in its country to celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South …