Archive for May, 2018

KOCIS corrects false information about Korea worldwide

The Facts Korea website, operated by the Korean Culture & Information Service (KOCIS), provides correct information about Korea. (Facts Korea)By Hahm Hee-eunThe Korean Culture & Information Service (K …

(LEAD) Revised bill on minimum wage draws mixed reactions

(ATTN: ADDS Hyundai Motor’s planned partial strike in paras 10-12) SEOUL, May 25 (Yonhap) — The passage of a bill that counts some regular bonuses and welfare allowances as minimum wage by a parliamentary committee early Friday drew mixed reactions f …

Pompeo: N. Korea Wasn't Replying to Summit Preparation Efforts

[Domestic] : U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that President Trump canceled his planned summit with North Korea in part because the U.S. did not receive replies from Pyongyang on preparations for the meeting. According to Reuters and AFP, Pompeo said Thursday that Washington was not in a position to believe …[more…] …

Landmark Abortion Vote in Ireland May Change Constitution

An abortion debate that has inflamed passions in Ireland for decades will come down to a single question on Friday: yes or no?The referendum on whether to repeal the country’s strict anti-abortion law is being seen by anti-abortion activists as a last-ditch stand against what they view as a European… …

China’s attempts to isolate Taiwan spill over into private sector

Most airlines have altered their labeling for Taiwan ahead of a looming deadline for “corrective action” demanded by China, which has taken issue with the way foreign airlines refer to Taiwan. The.. …

(3rd LD) Trump cancels N. Korea summit

(ATTN: UPDATES with Trump’s remarks at White House, Moon’s remarks in Seoul) WASHINGTON, May 24 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, citing the latter’s “tremendous anger a …

Korean Air Heiress Grilled Over Hiring Illegals

Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah appeared for a questioning at the Korea Immigration Service in Seoul at lunchtime Thursday, some three years after she made global headlines with the “nut rage” scandal.This time, she is being questioned on charges of illegally hiring Filipino housemaids.Cho and her mo… …

N. Korea Dismantles Main Nuclear Test Site

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea has dismantled its nuclear test site.  According to the South Korean press corps invited to observe the event, the North set off a series of explosions at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in Kilju County in North Hamgyong Province on Thursday, beginning with the second tunnel and an observatory …[more…] …

President Moon returns from Washington summit

President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook deplane at the Seoul Base Airport in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do Province, on May 24 after the president's summit with his U.S. counterpart, Donald …

(2nd LD) Opposition boycott scuttles Moon's bid for constitutional revision

(ATTN: UPDATES with more info in paras 6-8) SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in’s proposal for a constitutional revision was scuttled Thursday as opposition parties boycotted a parliamentary vote to pass the controversial motion. The N …

Police Probe Hanjin Group Chief's Alleged Illegal Use of Security Guards

[Domestic] : Police are looking into fresh allegations that Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho and his wife caused financial losses for a subsidiary of the group by forcing it to pay for security services at their Seoul residence.   The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Wednesday said it launched an investigation …[more…] …

South Korean journalists head to NK nuclear test site

The 22 international journalists who are to witness the closing of the North Korean nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, Hamgyeongbuk-do Province, connect their devices under the direction of the North Ko …

Trump says he has “great confidence” in Moon’s role as mediator

During a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in prior to their tête-à-tête at the White House on May 22, US President Donald Trump responded to a question by a South K.. …

Police begin probe into Hanjin's suspicious assignment of security personnel

SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) — Police are carrying out a preliminary probe into allegations that Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho made security personnel hired by one of the conglomerate’s affiliates work at his home at the expense of the company, police s …

Chinese Sanctions Against N.Korea Weaken

Chinese trucks are the latest of a slew of small signs that China is relaxing sanctions against North Korea. Although banned for export to North Korea under UN sanctions, Chinese trucks were on prominent display at a trade fair in Pyongyang, NK News reported Tuesday.The report comes a day after U.S…. …

Finance Minister Calls for Flexibility on Gov't Goal on Minimum Wage

[Economy] : Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon has implied that the government may be readjusting its initial goal on a minimum wage hike.  In a press conference at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center on Wednesday, Kim called for “flexible thinking” on the issue considering the impact of a minimum wage hike …[more…] …

South Korea to withdraw all police personnel for ex-presidents

The South Korean police announced on May 21 that they would be withdrawing all security personnel near the homes of former Presidents Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo as of next year. At the same time.. …

(4th LD) Trump says N. Korea summit may not happen June 12

(ATTN: UPDATES with White House press briefing, background in paras 16, 24, 26) WASHINGTON, May 22 (Yonhap) — U.S. President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may not happen next month. T …

Pro-N. Korea Newspaper: Inter-Korean Ties, US-N. Korea Dialogue Separate Issues

[Inter-Korea] : A Japan-based newspaper considered to represent North Korea's stance overseas has indicated that Pyongyang is treating inter-Korean relations separately from its dealings with the United States.  In an article posted on its Web site Tuesday, the Choson Sinbo said that having progress on dialogue …[more…] …

LG Group’s quiet and swift transition to fourth-generation inheritor

The LG Group plans to launch a full-scale transition to a new management system centering on fourth-generation ruling family member and LG Electronics vice president Koo Kwang-mo, 40, following a fune.. …