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N. Korea again vows to bolster war deterrence over U.N. resolution

North Korea bashed the United States for its alleged role in adopting the United Nations' resolution condemning the North's dire human rights situation, vowing to bolster war deterrence to counter "hostile powers."   Earlier this week, the U.N. passed a highly symbolic resolution calling...

Updated : 2014.11.22 15:15

S. Korea, China, Japan to adopt joint statement on Ebola fight

BEIJING -- The health ministers of South Korea, China and Japan were poised to sign a joint statement this weekend on trilateral cooperation to help fight the deadly Ebola virus, a Seoul diplomat said Saturday.  The joint statement will be announced after a three-way meeting of the minist...

Updated : 2014.11.22 13:59

Ex-U.S. detainee says he traveled to N. Korea to get arrested

WASHINGTON-- Matthew Todd Miller, one of two Americans released from North Korea earlier this month, said he traveled to the communist nation with the purpose of getting arrested so that he could interact more with ordinary people in the North. That's why he damaged his tourist visa durin...

Updated : 2014.11.22 11:24

N. Korea conducts ejection launcher test for submarine missile: report

 WASHINGTON-- North Korea has conducted a test of an ejection launcher that helps fire missiles from submarines in a sign that the communist nation is making progress in its efforts to develop a submarine-based ballistic missile, a news report said Friday.   The land-based test simulate...

Updated : 2014.11.22 10:53

County agrees to build new nuclear plant

The government struck an agreement with a southeastern coastal county Friday to build a new nuclear power plant there, the Prime Minister’s Office said.Uljin County, some 330 kilometers southeast of ...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:48

Korea, Japan to resume sex slavery talks

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday that Seoul and Tokyo plan to hold a fresh round of talks next week to resolve the issue of Japan’s sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II, as they strive to taper differences in their historical perceptions. Lee Sang-deok, direct...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:33

‘Putin ready for summit with Kim’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after holding talks with Kim’s special envoy.Russia confirmed that it is ready for contact with North Korea at various levels, includin...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:33

Accusations fly as child care budget row deepens

The row over the Nuri Curriculum budget expanded further Friday with the ruling and opposition parties hurling accusations of underhanded manipulations and being the administration’s puppet. Nuri Curriculum is a free child care program for children aged 3 to 5. The program became the bigg...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:32

Ex-first lady Lee to make overland trip to N. Korea

North Korea agreed Friday to former South Korean first lady Lee Hee-ho’s plan to make an overland trip to the communist country, one of her aides said.The North also promised to allow the wife of late former President Kim Dae-jung to stay at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang, a...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:32

180,000 Koreans in America are undocumented

About 180,000 Koreans are estimated to be living as undocumented immigrants in the United States, making them the eighth-largest ethnic group among the country’s 11.3 million illegal residents, according to U.S. think-tank Pew Research Center.Depending on their eligibility, some of the il...

Updated : 2014.11.21 21:32

15 Chinese boats seized for poaching in S. Korean waters

Fifteen Chinese boats were seized for fishing illegally in South Korean waters in an overnight crackdown conducted by a new Seoul ministry in charge of national safety and security, officials said Friday.The special crackdown was held simultaneously in four areas off the country's west and...

Updated : 2014.11.21 16:18

Rival parties girding for passage of NK human rights bills

South Korea's rival parties are gearing up to pass bills aimed at helping improve human rights conditions in North Korea, sources said Friday, amid growing international pressure on Pyongyang over the issue.Those bills have been pending at the National Assembly for years due to wrangling b...

Updated : 2014.11.21 16:16

Republicans vow to fight 'illegal' Obama immigration plan

US Republicans offered strident reaction Thursday to President Barack Obama's unilateral plan to bring millions of undocumented non-citizens out of the shadows and make them eligible for work permits."That's just not how our democracy works," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement ...

Updated : 2014.11.21 15:43

Former Lotte Shopping chief gets 2-yr prison term for graft

A former head of Lotte Shopping, the country's largest department store chain, was sentenced to two years in prison by a Seoul court on Friday for receiving kickback from suppliers. Shin, who headed television-based retailer Lotte Homeshopping Co. from 2008 to early 2012, resigned from th...

Updated : 2014.11.21 15:42

Hungarian leader to visit S. Korea next week

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban plans to visit Seoul next week for talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on boosting bilateral ties, Park's office said Friday.Orban is set to meet with Park on Friday, a day after he makes a three-day trip to the Asian country, the office sa...

Updated : 2014.11.21 15:40