Archive for July, 2018

[Reportage] Seoul hanok village suffering from tourism fatigue

The neighborhood of Gahoe is home to around one-quarter of all the traditional hanok houses in Seoul’s Jongno district. Every Saturday since April, residents have staged rallies at Donmi Pharmacy, loc.. …

U.S.-N. Korea working-level talks on transfer of war remains to begin Monday

WASHINGTON, July 15 (Yonhap) — Working-level talks between the United States and North Korea will begin Monday to coordinate the next steps in repatriating the remains of American soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War, U.S. Secretary of State Mike …

Choo Shin-soo Reaches Base for 50th Consecutive Game

[Sports] : South Korean slugger Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers has extended his on-base streak to 50 games, the longest record among active players in Major League Baseball. The Rangers' designated hitter extended his streak with his first-inning walk on Saturday night against Baltimore Orioles at Camden …[more…] …

U.S.-N. Korea summit medallions to be up for sale

SEOUL, July 15 (Yonhap) — Medallions that commemorate the historic U.S.-North Korea summit will be sold here, a local TV shopping channel operator said Sunday. The Singapore Mint will present the U.S.-North Korea summit 2018 medallion to commemora …

Jeon Jong-seo Talks About Her Step into Spotlight with Debut Film

Actress Jeon Jong-seo spent more time in movie theaters than in the classroom while a film major at Sejong University because she felt she could not learn what she wanted at school. She skipped most of her lectures, she admits, and instead immersed herself in films, which comforted and helped her to… …

Nuclear Envoy: US Forming Working Group for Next Round of Talks with N. Korea

[Politics] : South Korea's chief nuclear envoy says the U.S. is stepping up preparations for another round of follow-up negotiations with North Korea on denuclearization. Lee Do-hoon, who is currently visiting the U.S., spoke to reporters Friday at the South Korean embassy in Washington. Lee said the U.S. was …[more…] …

Embassies of 13 countries partake in 19th Seoul Queer Culture Festival

The 19th edition of the Seoul Queer Culture Festival was held at Seoul Plaza on Saturday, July 14. Nine of the 105 event booths at the plaza was manned by 15 government bodies: the embassies of 13 cou.. …

(2nd LD) S. Korea summons Russian military envoy over violation of air defense zone

(ATTN: ADDS Russia’s defense ministry in last 2 paras; AMENDS dateline) SEOUL/MOSCOW, July 14 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s defense ministry said Saturday it summoned a Russian military envoy over Russian planes’ violation of the country’s air defense ide …

Inter-Korean economic cooperation to be boosted by denuclearization: president

President Moon Jae-in speaks as part of the Singapore Lecture series at the Orchard Hotel in Singapore on July 13. He is now only the second Korean president to ever give a Singapore Lecture, followin …

South Korean reconciliation and cooperation council to visit Pyongyang

A delegation from the South Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation will be visiting North Korea, while North Korean table tennis athletes will be coming to South Korea. President Kim Ho.. …

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to hit S. Korean Market on Aug. 24

[Economy] : Samsung Electronics plans to begin selling the Galaxy Note 9 in South Korea late next month.   According to industry insiders on Friday, Samsung’s new signature phablet product, which is expected to be unpacked in New York on August ninth, will be available for preorder sales from August 14th and sold …[more…] …

Moon Presses Trump, Kim for Breakthrough in Nuclear Talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday urged President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try harder to achieve a breakthrough in their nuclear negotiations.Moon said at a forum in Singapore that Trump and Kim would “face the stern judgment of the international community” if t… …

N.Korea Gets Away with Unacceptable Behavior

Officers from the U.S. and North Korea were scheduled to meet in the border truce village of Panmunjom on Thursday to discuss the handover of the remains of U.S. soldiers who died in the 1950-53 Korean War, but the North Koreans failed to show up. This is unimaginable elsewhere in international dipl… …

KOSPI Gains 1.13% Friday

[Economy] : South Korean stocks rebounded Friday on the back of gains on Wall Street fueled by expectations of strong U.S. earnings, as well as Washington and Beijing signaling they are open to resuming negotiations over trade. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) gained 25-point-84 points, or …[more…] …

(LEAD) Probe team launched to verify allegations surrounding key military unit

(ATTN: RECASTS headline, lead; UPDATES throughout) SEOUL, July 13 (Yonhap) — A military investigation team was launched Friday to look into a set of alleged misdeeds by a key defense unit that have further eroded public trust in the country’s armed s …

Koreans Brace for Season of Tropical Nights

Sweltering heat and tropical nights are poised to rob Koreans of sleep.The Korea Meteorological Administration on Wednesday issued a heat wave alert for inland areas like Seoul, Gyeonggi Province, North Chungcheong Province, and Gangwon Province, meaning temperatures will not drop below 33 degrees C… …

[Photo] Playground designed by kids

On July 11, the “Playground of Dreams” officially opened on the grounds of Sinhyeon Elementary School, in Seoul’s Jungnang District. Opinions and ideas gathered from children were reflected in the pla.. …

S&P: US-China Trade War to Deal Blow to Export-Driven Economies

[Economy] : Standard & Poor's has warned the rejuvenated trade battle between the U.S. and China could deal a greater blow to export-driven economies, including South Korea, than the two superpowers themselves.  S&P sovereign analyst Kim Eng Tan made the assessment on Thursday during a seminar in Seoul.  He …[more…] …

Full text of N.K. leader's letter to Trump

WASHINGTON, July 12 (Yonhap) — The following is the full text of a letter sent by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to U.S. President Donald Trump on July 6, 2018. Trump revealed the note in a Twitter message on Thursday. —————- H. …

End to the Korean War within the year: president

President Moon Jae-in gives an interview to The Straits Times. (Cheong Wa Dae)  By Min-Jeung Kim President Moon Jae-in said on July 12 that declaring a formal end to the Korean War is “a signpos …