Archive for March, 2018

Korea condemns Japanese textbook guidelines

On March 30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the Japanese government for approving textbook guidelines that claim sovereignty over Dokdo Island. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) By Kim …

Identity Thieves Use French First Lady's Name to Seek Perks

An aide to French first lady Brigitte Macron has filed a legal complaint over identity theft, after his accounts were apparently used to seek luxury hotel service, Formula One tickets and other VIP treatment.The Paris prosecutor’s office said Friday it opened a fraud investigation based on the compl… …

S. Korea, US to Begin Joint Exercise from Sunday

[Politics] : The South Korean and U.S. militaries will begin their large-scale joint exercise known as the Foal Eagle on Sunday as scheduled. A South Korean military official said Saturday troops and equipment will be deployed in phases according to the timetable of the exercise. The Foal Eagle is a field training …[more…] …

3 S. Koreans presumed to have been kidnapped off Ghana

SEOUL, March 31 (Yonhap) — Three South Koreans are presumed to have been kidnapped in seas off Ghana, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Saturday. According to the ministry, a fishing boat with crew, including the three South Koreans, aboard is believe …

Moon Calls for China's Cooperation over Fine Dust Issue

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has called for China’s cooperation in easing worsening fine dust levels in South Korea.  During a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy Yang Jiechi at the presidential office on Friday, Moon emphasized the seriousness of the alleged impact of the Chinese …[more…] …

Blue House refutes concerns about Kim Jong-un’s remarks for a “gradual and simultaneous” approach to denuclearization

On Mar. 29, the Blue House distanced itself from the argument made in some quarters in South Korea that the “gradual and simultaneous implementation of peace and denuclearization” mentioned during the.. …

Minimum Wage Hike Prompts Restaurants to Give up Deliveries

A growing number of restaurants are charging customers delivery fees or halting deliveries as they struggle with the minimum wage hike.Hwang Doo-hyun (31), who lives in northeastern Seoul, has had to cut down on ordering in because few restaurants will deliver cheap meals. “I can only have food deli… …

(LEAD) U.N. blacklists dozens of ships, businesses over N.K. smuggling

(ATTN: UPDATES with details) NEW YORK, March 30 (Yonhap) — The United Nations Security Council on Friday blacklisted 27 ships, 21 companies and a businessman for helping North Korea evade sanctions, according to news reports. The council’s North …

Seoul Must Stay the Course in Negotiations with N.Korea

The government announced Thursday that an inter-Korean summit will take place in the border peace village of Panmunjom on April 27, though it did not say what exactly will be on the agenda, which one might have thought was the most important question. Cheong Wa Dae mumbled something about difference… …

Gov't Stresses Safety Management to Local Self-Driving Car Developers

[Domestic] : The South Korean government has urged local developers of autonomous vehicles to thoroughly check safety management following a recent fatal accident in the U.S. involving a self-driving car.  The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Friday held a meeting with representatives of 18 companies …[more…] …

PM meets with Turkmenistan's deputy PM, discusses economic cooperation

SEOUL, March 30 (Yonhap) — Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon met with Turkmenistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Rashid Meredov on Friday and discussed ways to strengthen economic and other relations between the two countries, Lee’s office said. Lee and Meredo …

Two Koreas agree to summit on April 27

Korean Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-Gyon answers questions by the press before he attends high-level talks on the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit at the Panmunjeom Tongilgak Pavilion on March 29. (Mini …

South Korea denies that foreign exchange policies were included in KORUS FTA talks

The US government reported receiving a promise from Seoul to refrain from future foreign exchange market intervention during its recent negotiations on steel tariffs and amendment of the South Korea-U.. …

Leaders of 2 Koreas to Meet on April 27

President Moon Jae-in will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Peace House in the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, according to a joint statement announced after high-level talks between the two Koreas on Thursday.Officials from the two Koreas met to discuss a scheduled inter-Korean s… …

N. Korean Media Reveals Video of Kim Jong-un's Visit to China

[Inter-Korea] : A North Korean broadcaster has unveiled video clips showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to China this week and his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.  The North’s Korean Central Television on Thursday aired scenes of Kim’s secretive four-day visit to China that lasted through …[more…] …

(LEAD) S. Korea, China exchange views on N. Korean nukes ahead of summit

(ATTN: UPDATES with additional details, more background in paras 10-14) SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) — Ranking officials from South Korea and China met in Seoul on Thursday to exchange views on how to rid North Korea of its nuclear ambitions, while the t …

Schedule unveiled for South Korean Pyongyang concerts

South Korean composer Yoon Sang (left), who will lead a delegation of performers in Pyongyang, holds working-level talks with Hyun Song-wol, director of the North Korean Samjiyon Orchestra, at the Pan …

Gov't: 26 out of 35 S. Koreans in Bus Accident Discharged from Hospital

[International] : The Foreign Ministry says 26 out of 35 South Koreans who had been hospitalized in Austria after a bus accident have been discharged. A ministry official said Thursday that a tour bus carrying 35 South Koreans slipped on an icy road at around 9 a.m. Wednesday in Gosau, Austria. The official said the …[more…] …

Kim Jong-un's China Visit Highlights Bumpy Road Ahead

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Monday proposed to Chinese President Xi Jinping “phased and simultaneous steps for peace.” That sounds suspiciously like the salami-slicing tactics of his father Kim Jong-il of eking out small tit-for-tat concessions to string the international community along. Wi … …

Top court clears 4 current, ex-lawmakers of illegal confinement of spy agency official

SEOUL, March 29 (Yonhap) — The Supreme Court on Thursday cleared four incumbent and former lawmakers of illegally locking up a spy agency official in her residence ahead of the 2012 presidential election over a political meddling scandal. The top …