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: Lee Min-hyung
Thu, June 20, 2019 | 22:47
'Independent peace' to be theme for Kim Jong-un's New Year address
“Independent peace” will become the key phrase for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year address next year, as the phrase conveys his efforts for peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, experts said. “It is likely Kim will underline that a new era of peace has arrived on the peninsula during his 2019 New Year address, as he hopes to take most of the credit fo...
| 2018-12-27 17:42
Musician-turned-businesswoman engages in 'economic diplomacy'
Shin Yung-sook, vice chairwoman at the Korea-China Friendship Association (KCFA), is serving as an “economic diplomat” between the two countries, allowing dozens of Korean companies to make smooth inroads into Chinese territory each year. Shin shifted her career into business after spending more than half her life as a pansori singer. Pansori is a traditional Korean genre of ...
| 2018-12-26 17:25
Seoul under pressure to increase burden for defense cost sharing
The United States is intensifying diplomatic pressure against South Korea to gain the upper hand in their ongoing negotiations for defense cost sharing. On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated his discomfort over the dialogue, expressing his determination to continue pushing the South to increase its share of the burden.
| 2018-12-26 17:25
Cheong Wa Dae vows stern countermeasures on surveillance claims
Cheong Wa Dae has vowed to “sternly” deal with any unverified claims surrounding the widening allegations that it carried out illegal surveillance on civilians and politicians. The controversy reached a climax last week when the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) unveiled the so-called “surveillance documents” allegedly written by Kim Tae-woo, a former special investig...
| 2018-12-24 17:06
Seoul, Tokyo escalate diplomatic tension
Seoul and Tokyo are escalating diplomatic tensions, with both sides showing any sign of coming to terms on conflicting agendas, such as the former's recent court ruling on Korean forced laborers during the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. To deal with the mounting conflict, both sides on Monday held a director-level meeting to narrow their differences o...
| 2018-12-24 17:05
Foreign minister 'invisible' in inter-Korean affairs
The foreign ministry is losing ground in a decision-making process on the ongoing inter-Korean affairs, as it is failing to win support from President Moon Jae-in's inner circle. This comes at a critical time when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should play an active role as a mediator for peace with other countries. But National Security Office (NSO) chief Chung Eui-yong hol...
| 2018-12-23 16:59
Era of hydrogen cars on the way: Moon
Korea should make concerted efforts to preoccupy the market for hydrogen cars, as the industry is still in its infancy and the government is willing to turn the business into the nation's next growth engine, President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday. “The government remains firm in its willingness to back up industries, such as hydrogen or electric vehicles, as the nation's next-gen...
| 2018-12-18 17:02
Military intelligence unit vows to abide by law
The Defense Security Support Command (DSSC) vowed Tuesday not to carry out any illegal and non-defense-related activities, months after its predecessor was disbanded in the wake of its involvement in political scandals. The replacement military intelligence unit - headed by Lieutenant General Nam Young-sin - started operations Sept. 1, after President Moon Jae-in ordered a co...
| 2018-12-18 16:09
US-NK stalemate likely to continue
The ongoing stalemate between the United States and North Korea shows no signs abating, as both sides continue to engage in a war of nerves ahead of their possible second summit. The latest in a series of bilateral conflicts came last week when the U.S. slapped heightened human rights sanctions on key North Koreans, boding ill for rapid progress in their negotiation on the me...
| 2018-12-17 16:39
Moon calls for pump-priming measures
President Moon Jae-in has presided over a meeting with economic minister-level officials, calling for them to come up with measures to revitalize the sagging economy, Cheng Wa Dae said Monday. This is the first time the President held an extended meeting with top economy policymakers here since taking office in May last year.
| 2018-12-17 16:32
Gov't vows to revive private investment
S. Korea's economy to grow 2.6 pct-2.7 pct in 2019: gov't
Opposition leader vows to introduce lower minimum wage for foreigners
Ronaldo to play against Korean All-Stars in July
40% of old Koreans supportive of 'grey divorce'
Muslim, Arabs denied refugee status through 'rigged' interviews
Criticism rises over leniency towards child rapist
Man jailed for repeated acid attacks on woman
Opposition leader backs off on 'discriminatory' foreign worker wage call
'Sweet fever' sweeping Korea
Woman caught trespassing at deserted Yongsan US army base
Korea to invest W8.4 tril. in future mobility, bio, non-memory chips
Celebrating Korea-Czech relations
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