Archive for January, 2018

Moon Nominates Newspaper Reporter as New Spokesperson

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has nominated a former senior staff writer for the Hankyoreh newspaper as his spokesperson.  The presidential office said Monday that Kim Eui-kyum will replace Park Soo-hyun, who has expressed his intention to resign to run in the local elections in June.  Kim, who is from …[more…] …

Defense Minister says NK's use of nuke would be 'suicidal'

South Korea’s top defense official voiced doubt Monday that North Korea will use its nuclear weapons, saying that such a …

Abe Wants to Meet Moon Just Before Pyeongchang Olympics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to meet with President Moon Jae-in on the opening day of the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, Japanese media reported Friday. Korean and Japanese diplomatic sources said Seoul and Tokyo are talking about scheduling the summit just before the opening ceremony. C… …

Twenty-six foreign leaders to visit S. Korea during PyeongChang Olympics

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) — A total of 26 leader-level officials from 21 countries, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, will visit South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday. Presiden …

95 Killed in Kabul Bombing

[International] : A suicide car bomber killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in an attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday. ​ ​According to Reuters and AFP on Sunday, the attacker, driving an ambulance packed with explosives, detonated the bomb at a check point near a hospital in the center of the …[more…] …

Reuters: North Korea exports coal to South Korea and Japan through Russia

North Korea exported coal to South Korean and Japan through Russia even after UN sanctions went into effect last year imposing a full-scale embargo on North Korean coal, a Reuters report claims. The r.. …

Two Koreas finalize plans for joint pre-Olympics events

 With South and North Korean delegates wrapping up inspections of venues for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics, t …

4 S. Koreans injured in fire at Russian guesthouse: foreign ministry

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) — Four South Koreans were injured in a deadly fire that broke out at a tourist facility on Russia’s Olkhon Island, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Sunday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said eight South Koreans were staying …

[Column] Conservative labeling of “Pyongyang Olympics” is height of irony

I had lunch once with a high-ranking Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism official back in the summer of 2008, in the early days of the Lee Myung-bak administration. The official told me, “The comp.. …

S. Korea, U.S. defense chiefs reaffirm 'no wedge' in alliance

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) — The defense chiefs of South Korea and the United States have reaffirmed that North Korea will not succeed in driving a wedge in the bilateral alliance, the Pentagon said Saturday. During a meeting in Hawaii Friday, S …

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Defense chiefs of S. Korea, US vow strong deterrence to denuclearize NK

The top defense officials of South Korea and the United States have agreed to further build the countries’ joint deterre …

S. Korea, US Reaffirm Cooperation for N. Korea's Denuclearization

[International] : Top defense officials of South Korea and the United States have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation on denuclearizing North Korea.  South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reached the agreement during a meeting Friday at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters …[more…] …

(LEAD) N. Korean delegation returns home after inspection visit to S. Korea

(ATTN: RECASTS dateline, headline and lead; UPDATES on delegation’s departure) PAJU/SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) — An official North Korean delegation returned home Saturday after a three-day visit to inspect venues for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games …

Steep Tariffs Force LG to Hike Washer Prices in U.S.

LG will hike prices of washing machines in the U.S. after the U.S. government decision to impose steep tariffs on the imports. The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday said LG notified U.S. retailers that “as a result of trade situation, we will be initiating pricing actions, which will be sent under se… …

US expands sanctions on Chinese and North Korean business entities

The US government under President Donald Trump has added nine Chinese and North Korean organizations and companies, 16 North Korean nationals and six vessels registered in North Korea to its independe.. …

Moon Orders Thorough Post-Disaster Management After Deadly Hospital Fire

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has ordered related government ministries to do their best in post-fire management after dozens of people were killed in a hospital fire on Friday. According to his press secretary, Moon first gave the order to Minister of the Interior and Safety Kim Boo-kyum during a telephone call …[more…] …

Moon Orders Thorough Post-Disaster Management After Deadly Hospital Fire

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has ordered related government ministries to do their best in post-fire management after dozens of people were killed in a hospital fire on Friday. According to his press secretary, Moon first gave the order to Minister of the Interior and Safety Kim Boo-kyum during a telephone call …[more…] …

Former German leader Schroeder visits inter-Korean border with Korean fiance

PAJU — Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Friday expressed his support for fresh inter-Korean rapprochement …

(8th LD) Hospital fire kills at least 37, injures over 140

(ATTN: UPDATES with police briefing in paras 3-9) MIRYANG, South Korea, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) — A fire gutted the ground floor of a hospital in southeastern South Korea on Friday and sent toxic fumes raging through the six-story building, killing at least …