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Moon Jae-in Camp Denounces Move to 3-way Merger by Rival Parties

Park Gwang-on, chief press secretary to Minjoo Party presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, criticized on April 25 the decision by the Bareun Party to merge with the People’s Party and the Korea Liberal Party with the purpose of unifying candidates to confront Moon. He put out a statement on the same day and said, “The sole purpose of merging the parties was to keep our party’s contender Moon Jae-in from winning the race.” He added, “The three-way merger is a move against people’s desire for us … …

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Nuke envoys from S. Korea, U.S., Japan meet to coordinate ways to reign in North

SEOUL, April 25 (Yonhap) — Senior diplomats of South Korea, the United States and Japan sat together in Tokyo on Tuesday seeking to chart ways to rein in North Korea as the communist country appears to be preparing another military provocation. Th …

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Presidential candidates evasive on issue of LGBT rights

“I dream of a day when we can love and not be hassled. But the reality now is one where you get arrested for loving.” These lines from Hwang In-chan’s poem “Forest of Figs” were quoted on a poster pu.. …

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N. Korea defense chief says deployment is over to strike US

North Korea’s defense chief said Monday that “precise and advanced striking means” have already been deployed to strike …

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Warmer May, More Rain Forecast for June, July

[Domestic] : Next month is forecast to be unseasonably warm with frequent bouts of heavy rain in June and …[more…] …

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Oil Exploration Requires CEO's Mind of Looking 10 or 20 Years Forward

Kim Tae-won, head of SK Innovation’s oil exploration business for North America, said, “If the management withdraws from the business simply due to short-term losses, it would definitely fail to retain the related talent and know-how.” In an interview held on April 18 at his office in Houston, Texas, he said, “What matters most in oil exploration business is to take a long-term view,” adding that his business is not something that can be successful within such a short period of two or… …

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Moon unveils blueprint to relocate presidential office

SEOUL, April 24 (Yonhap) — Presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in on Monday announced the details of his longstanding pledge to move the presidential office to downtown Seoul to improve communication with the public. During a press conference, the …

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'We plan to develop new industries, services for the future'

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn speaks during the 2017 Science Day ceremony at Seoul’s Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) on April 21. (Prime Minister’s Office) By Lee Hana “Usi …

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Moon's campaign sues former foreign minister over memoir controversy

Liberal presidential nominee Moon Jae-in’s campaign on Monday filed a complaint with the prosecution against a former fo …

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USFK to Stage Evacuation Drill in June

The U.S. Forces Korea will practice evacuating American civilians from Korea in June. The drill comes amid growing rumblings from Washington of a possible preemptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear or missile facilities.But the USFK carries out the drill, awkwardly dubbed “Courageous Channel,” as a … …

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DoubleUGames Acquires Global Social Casino Game Developer DDI

It took just one month for Korean game software developer DoubleUGames to acquire DoubleDown Interactive, a global social casino game developer, worth about 1 trillion won. DoubleUGames completed the largest M&A deal in the history of the Korean game industry within such a short period of time mainly thanks to the strong resolution of its CEO and its close cooperation with advisors and financial investors. DoubleUGames announced on April 18 that it would acquire the 100-p… …

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(EDITORIAL from Korea Times on April 24)

OK with fewer Chinese Visitors from other nations jump; no ‘tourism cliff’ occurs The fear of a “tourism cliff” triggered by China’s decision to block its people from visiting Korea has by and large not materialized. The shortage of Chinese tour …

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Presidential candidates focus on past scandals in TV debate

The five major presidential candidates pose before their third round of TV debate on Sunday. The next debate is schedule …

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N. Korea Issues Threat over US Aircraft Carrier

[Politics] : North Korea has issued a fresh threat over the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier, which is expected to arrive in the waters near the Korean Peninsula around Tuesday.[more…] …

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Rival parties want parliament to look into front-runner Moon's controversies

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) — Presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in’s rivals are pushing for parliamentary meetings to be held over the controversies engulfing the Democratic Party nominee, party officials said Sunday. The conservative Liberty Korea …

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Carl Vinson to arrive in East Sea in days: Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that his country’s aircraft carrier could arrive in the East Sea within day …

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Fruit Imports Hit Record High in 2016

[Economy] : Fruit imports in South Korea reached an all time high last year.[more…] …

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Police arrest bank heist suspect after manhunt

GYEONGSAN, South Korea, April 22 (Yonhap) — Police said Saturday it has arrested a suspect in an armed bank robbery that took place in the country’s southeastern provincial county two days earlier. The Gyeongsan Police Station in North Gyeongsang …

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Possible US import restriction sounds alarm for South Korean steel producers

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order at the White House on Apr. 20 for a probe into whether the US needs to restrict imports of steel for national security purposes. The US’s growing i.. …

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