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Seoul to Join China-led AIIB

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The South Korean government has announced its decision to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure …

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Resettlement Program for Defectors Needs Total Overhaul

The most pressing issue for North Korean defectors is speedy resettlement in South Korean society. The Unification Ministry operates a resettlement center called Hanawon, where defectors undergo a three-month training program.

But many North Korean defectors are unhappy with the training. … …read more

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DMZ Fire Contained after Burning 1 Million ㎡ Forest

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A wildfire at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas has been contained after burning …

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Korea Fares Poorly in Managing Social Conflict

Korea is one of the most scrappy societies in the OECD but the government’s ability to handle social conflicts ranks among the lowest.

In a recent report by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Korea came fifth with 1.043 in the social conflict index as of 2011, after Turkey… …read more

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Radioactive Cesium Found in Japanese Agro-Fishery Products

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It has been confirmed that some Japanese agricultural and fishery products are contaminated …

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Chilly Weather, Dirty Air to Blanket Korea

A brief cold snap and sandstorms from China are ending clear and relatively warm weather this week.

The mercury fell to -1 degree Celsius in Seoul on Monday morning, about four degrees colder than normal.

Morning lows dropped below zero throughout the country, except for South Jeol… …read more

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S. Korea to Seek Public Input on 74 Policies in 2015

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The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs said it will seek public input on 74 policies throughout 41 government agencies this year.

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Difficulty of Mending Ties at Trilateral Ministerial Talks, Japanese Media

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The Japanese media said that the foreign ministers’ talks between South Korea, China and Japan have shown that the three nations have a long way to go in order to restore their strained relations.

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S. Korea, China, Japan Agree to Hold Summit as Early as Possible

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South Korea, China and Japan held foreign ministers’ meetings in Seoul on Saturday and agreed to make efforts to hold trilateral summit talks as early as possible.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry: S. Korea Actively Reviewing AIIB Issue

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With the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) spurring a tug-of-war between China and the …

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China Sends Anti-Aircraft Weapons to South Sudan

China has supplied South Sudan with Chinese-made anti-aircraft weapons to protect its oil fields, according to a news report Thursday.

South Sudanese troops were given Qianwei-2 anti-aircraft missiles, which though small are equipped with an infrared tracking system and capable of interce… …read more

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S. Korea to Double Halal Food Exports by 2017

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The government said it aims to double exports of Halal foods to Islamic countries by …

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Supercars Buck Recession

Sales of imported cars set new records every month despite the recession, with so-called “supercars” making considerable inroads.

Status-consciousness, it seems, is recession-proof, and the very rich are always very rich, whatever the economic climate.

The Bentley, which costs ove… …read more

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Gaeseong Biz Delegation Discuss Wage Hike with N. Korean Officials

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Representatives of South Korean companies operating factories at the inter-Korean Gaeseong …

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Stielike Announces Lineup for Int'l Friendlies

Korean national football manager Uli Stielike on Tuesday announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming friendlies here late this month.

Korea faces Uzbekistan in Daejeon on March 27, and New Zealand in Seoul on March 31.

Cha Du-ri of FC Seoul, who retires from the national squad aft… …read more

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Heads of Gaeseong Firms to Decline North's Wage Notice

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Approximately twenty heads of companies operating in the inter-Korean government complex have …

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Seoul Must Stand Up to Chinese Pressure Over THAAD

China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao met his South Korean counterpart Lee Kyung-soo in Seoul on Monday and told reporters that they had “candid and free discussions” over the issue of deploying U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense missiles on the Korean Peninsula.

Liu expre… …read more

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US Sends Assistant Secretary to Seoul for Consultations

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United States’ Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel has …

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Korea Has to Stop Global Dithering

The U.K. has decided to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to fund development projects in Asia, the first G7 nation to do so.

U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said in a statement last week that the move would offer an “unrivalled opportunity” for both … …read more

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N. Korea Demands Repair of Gaeseong Facilities before Wage Hike

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North Korea is said to have insisted on wage hikes for its workers at the Gaeseong Industrial …

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