Archive for July, 2018

Court Recognizes State Liability for Sewol Ferry Disaster

[Domestic] : The Seoul District Court has recognized the government’s responsibility over the deadly Sewol ferry disaster.  The lower court on Thursday ruled on the damage suit brought by some 350 bereaved family members against the operator of the sunken ferry and the government. In the ruling that came more than …[more…] …

Young Conservatives Step into the Limelight

Young conservatives are coming out of hiding and are increasingly speaking their minds on topics ranging from welfare to national security.They meet regularly in defiance of a largely progressive mood to discuss all the ways they believe the country is going down the drain — from what they see as e… …

Reports allege KDCI involvement in early stages of defection of Ryugyong employees

The Republic of Korea Defense Intelligence Command (KDIC) was involved in the early stages of the process as the manager and 12 female employees of the North Korean restaurant Ryugyong in Ningbo, Chin.. …

Pompeo: N.K. nuclear deal 'may take some time'

WASHINGTON, July 18 (Yonhap) — Negotiations to dismantle North Korea’s nuclear weapons program “may take some time,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Pompeo’s assessment comes about a month after U.S. President Donald Trump and …

NK to return US war dead remains: US gov't

U.N. military personnel transport three sets of remains of U.S. soldiers that went missing in North Korea during the Korean War (1950-1953), carrying them across the border at the Panmunjeom Truce Vil …

N.Korea Expert Forecasts Long and Winding Talks Over Denuclearization

North Koreans believe they have the initiative in denuclearization talks with the U.S., because their leader Kim Jong-un’s decision made the dialogue possible, according to a North Korea expert, suggesting a long and winding road ahead in denuclearization talks.Lee Sang-soo (45), head of the Korea C… …

Main Opposition Party's Interim Chief Opposes 'Backward-looking' Reform

[Politics] : The newly appointed chief of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party’s reform committee says he will find a way to navigate who to work with among members of the conservative party. In his inaugural press conference as chairman of the LKP’s emergency task force at the National Assembly on Wednesday, Kim …[more…] …

Marine chopper crash expected to affect procurement plan

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) — This week’s deadly military chopper crash could affect the Marine Corps’ plan to deploy dozens of its indigenous helicopters, an official said Wednesday, amid a probe into whether it was caused by technical defects or pilot e …

EU, Japan Sign Massive Free Trade Deal

The European Union and Japan on Tuesday signed a “landmark” free trade deal that comes as Washington imposes new tariffs and threatens a trade war with China. The deal signed in Tokyo by the EU’s top officials and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the biggest ever negotiated by the EU and creates… …

High-school students continue to express cleverness and wit in satirical graduation photos

The latest graduation photos by third-year students at Uijeongbu High School in Gyeonggi Province, who have drawn notice in the past for their clever parodies and amusing costumes, include a recreatio.. …

(5th LD) 5 killed, 1 injured in military helicopter crash in Pohang

(ATTN: ADDS manufacturer’s statement at bottom) POHANG/SEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) — A Marine Corps helicopter crashed at a military airport in the southeastern city of Pohang on Tuesday, killing five of the six Marines aboard and injuring the other, off …

Modern Delicacies Replacing Samgyetang as an Rejuvenating Summer Dish

Tuesday was Chobok, the first of the three dog days in the traditional Korean calendar, or the three hottest days of the year. The second day is called Jungbok and the third Malbok, and they are each 10 days apart and collectively called Sambok. Koreans traditionally treat themselves to healthy foo… …

Stars&Stripes: N. Korea to Return up to 55 US War Remains on July 27

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea reportedly plans to repatriate the remains of 50 to 55 American soldiers killed during the Korean War later this month. The American military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported on the North’s plan on Tuesday citing a U.S. official, who said the North will allow the U.S. to …[more…] …

North Korea, US agrees to resume repatriation of remains

Three sets of remains of U.S. soldiers that went missing in North Korea during the Korean War (1950-1953) cross the border at the Panmunjeom Truce Village in July 1998. (Yonhap News) By Kim Youn …

(LEAD) President names new head of human rights watchdog

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details, additional information in paras 5-7) SEOUL, July 17 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in named a new female head of the human rights watchdog Tuesday, amid growing public demand to better protect women’s rights and those …

Kim Byong-joon Chosen to Lead Troubled Main Opposition Party

[Politics] : Kim Byong-joon, a professor who served as a key aide to late President Roh Moo-hyun, has been chosen to take the helm of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party.  Kim will lead the troubled opposition party as it undergoes major changes as chairman of the party's emergency reform task force if he is …[more…] …

North Korean artists undergo rigorous training from a young age

How are artists trained in North Korea?  In many cases, early gifted education is provided for young North Koreans showing precocious talent in the area of music. The Kyongsang, Changgwang, and Taedo.. …

(LEAD) Main opposition party picks professor to lead internal reform

(ATTN: UPDATES with details; ADDS photo) SEOUL, July 16 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s main opposition party on Monday announced its choice of Kim Byong-joon, a professor who served as a key aide to late President Roh Moo-hyun, as its new leader. If th …

N.Korea to Hand Over U.S. Soldiers' Remains Next Week

Generals from the U.S. and North Korea agreed in the truce village of Panmunjom on Sunday that the North will hand over the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War next week.North Korea finally agreed to hand them over on July 27, the 65th anniversary of armistice that halted fighting in t… …

Moon Apologizes for Failing to Keep Minimum Wage Promise

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in has apologized to the public over the increasing difficulty in realizing his campaign promise of achieving an hourly minimum wage of ten-thousand won an hour by 2020. Chairing a meeting of his top aides on Monday, Moon said it's become practically impossible to realize the goal …[more…] …