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Analysis indicates massive changes in North Korean education since Kim Jong-un’s rule

North Korea has been implementing large-scale changes to its educational curriculum to achieve “fundamental innovations and a complete break with past frameworks” since Kim Jong-un took over as leader.. …

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Industry Minister: Seoul to Actively Deal with "Unreasonable" Trade Regulations

[Economy] : Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Paik Un-gyu says the government will continue to actively deal with what he calls unreasonable trade measures against South Korean imports. Paik told local steel companies Friday Seoul will seek the mediation of the World Trade Organization(WTO) on the matter.  He …[more…] …

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(LEAD) S. Korea's public broadcaster KBS says 2 reporters detained in Singapore

(ATTN: UPDATES with KBS report; TRIMS; CHANGES headline; ADDS photo) SEOUL, June 8 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s public broadcaster KBS said Friday that two of its reporters have been detained in Singapore ahead of the landmark summit between North Korean …

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Press center for US-NK summit to be set up in Singapore

A press center for both Korean and non-Korean media outlets will be open between June 11 and 13 in Singapore for their coverage of the June 12 U.S.-North Korea Summit. Pictured is the Main Press Cente …

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Gov't Vows Deregulation to Support Corporate Investment Projects

[Economy] : Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said Friday that the government will actively ease regulations to help companies swiftly launch massive investment projects that will create more jobs.  Speaking at a meeting of heads of economy-related ministries in Seoul, Kim said that the government will focus its efforts …[more…] …

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Over Half of Government Workers Are Women

Women account for more than 50 percent of all government workers for the first time ever. Kim Pan-suk of the Ministry of Personnel Management at a press conference on Thursday announced that the proportion of women in the public sector stands at 50.2 percent. The figures do not include workers hired… …

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(EDITORIAL from Korea JoongAng Daily on June 8)

A strange turn With only four days left before the historic summit between the United States and North Korea, a strange development has arisen. U.S. President Donald Trump may propose a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at his Mar …

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Non-citizen residents given limited voting rights

Non-citizen residents in Korea practice voting at the Namgu Multicultural Family Support Center in Busan on April 16. (Yonhap News) By Kang Gahui and Kim Young Shin The seventh nationwid …

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Global Pop Stars Make Beeline for Inter-Korean Border

American pop star Katy Perry uploaded a picture and video of her visit to the Korean demilitarized zone on Instagram right after the inter-Korean summit on April 27. She visited the inter-Korean border when she came to Seoul for a concert in early April. “Perry mentioned several times that she wante… …

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Press. Office: 3-Way Summit in Singapore Getting Less Likely

[International] : Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom says it's looking less likely that President Moon Jae-in will travel to Singapore to join U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.   Speculation has been high that Moon would join a trilateral declaration formally ending the Korean war, …[more…] …

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(LEAD) (News Focus) Key economic, political events could rock local stock market

(ATTN: UPDATES last para with market’s end price, minor edits throughout) SEOUL, June 7 (Yonhap) — Investors are keeping close tabs on various scenarios that could potentially lead to a “June crisis” amid key global market-moving and political event …

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U.S. Lawmakers Slam Reported ZTE Deal

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday slammed a reported deal between the Trump administration and Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE, which has been crippled since the United States punished the firm in April for selling American technology to Iran and North Korea.”If the reports are true about a sweethear… …

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Court acquits Seoul police commissioner charged with manslaughter of victim of water cannons

A court has acquitted former Seoul police commissioner Ku Eun-su of charges connected with the death of a farmer named Baek Nam-ki at a demonstration in 2015. The police officers who blasted a water c.. …

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(2nd LD) Moon to push for recovery of remains of war dead in DMZ

(ATTN: ADDS details in 6-11 paras) SEOUL, June 6 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he will push for the recovery of the remains of fallen soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the Koreas in line with the improvement of ties …

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Most Elderly People Don't Want to Live with Their Children

The vast majority of elderly Koreans do not want to live with their children as traditional family ties erode. According to a survey released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare last week, the proportion of senior citizens who favor the traditional arrangement of moving in with their children drop… …

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Senator: Trump Agrees Congress Must Approve N. Korea Deal

[Politics] : A Republican senator says the Trump administration has assured that any nuclear deal with North Korea would be submitted to Congress for approval.  According to NBC News, Senator James Risch of Idaho made the comments Tuesday during a Foreign Relations Committee hearing ahead of next week's summit …[more…] …

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NK-US summit to be held at Sentosa’s Capella Hotel

The first NK-U.S. summit in history will take place at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12. (Yonhap News)By Park Gil-ja and Hahm Hee-eunThe NK-U.S. summit, the so-called “nucle …

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Survey indicates South Korean average life quality scores 6.4  

South Koreans rated satisfaction with their quality of life at an average score of 6.4 points out of 10, a recent survey showed. The findings also showed a close relationship between work-life bal.. …

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U.S. not paying for N. Koreans' stay in Singapore: State Dep't

WASHINGTON, June 5 (Yonhap) — The United States is not paying for North Korean officials to stay in Singapore for next week’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the State Department said Tuesday. Paying …

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NHK: Kono, Pompeo to Gather in Seoul Next Week

[International] : Japan’s NHK reports foreign ministers of the United States and Japan plan to visit South Korea next week after a U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore.  The public broadcaster says Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to meet with his South Korean counterpart Kang Kyung-wha.  According to the report, …[more…] …

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