China expert pessimistic on N. Korea's 'diplomatic offensive'

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China expert pessimistic on N. Korea's 'diplomatic offensive'

North Korea's "diplomatic offensive" this year, including a visit by a special envoy of the North's leader Kim Jong-un to Russia, is unlikely to help Pyongyang escape isolation unless it changes course on nuclear weapons, a Chinese expert said Monday.    Zhang Liangui, a professor of K...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:23

U.S. senators call for inclusion of Korean-Americans in family reunions

A group of U.S. senators has introduced a resolution calling for family reunions between Korean-Americans and their long-lost relatives in North Korea, according to a diplomatic source and Congressional data Sunday.   Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Mark Warner (D-VA) submitted the "resoluti...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:22

S. Korea's int'l air passenger traffic jumps 16.2 pct in Oct.

South Korea's international air passenger traffic surged to a record high in October with international air cargo also growing significantly from a year earlier, the government said Monday.   The number of international passengers to and from South Korea spiked 16.2 percent on-year to s...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:19

Seoul to double contribution to cooperative fund with Pacific Islands

South Korea plans to double its contribution to a cooperation fund with Pacific Island countries (PICs) from next year in a bid to cope with climate change, Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.   Seoul has provided US$500,000 to the Korea-Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Cooperation Fund th...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:18

S. Korea conducts military drill to defend Dokdo

The South Korean military carried out a drill to deter trespassers on its easternmost islets of Dokdo on Monday, the defense ministry said.    The drill began earlier in the day on the rocky outcroppings in the East Sea and in its surrounding waters with an aim to repel non-military fo...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:16

Gov't pushing to elevate cyber warfare into military operations

The government has been pushing to categorize cyberspace operations as de facto military ones under the control of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) commander as part of efforts to boost capabilities to counter growing security threats online, defense ministry officials said Monday.   Cur...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:14

Seoul, L.A. to boost cooperation in disaster prevention, tourism

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon and his Los Angeles counterpart Eric Garcetti signed an agreement Monday to expand cooperation in disaster prevention and tourism, the Seoul metropolitan government said.   The agreement also calls for the two cities to cooperate further in urban security, cult...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:13

More people forced to change jobs in 2013: data

The number of people who were forced to change jobs after being laid off or for other unwanted reasons jumped in 2013, reflecting tough economic conditions, data showed Monday.   According to the data from Statistics Korea, the Financial Supervisory Service and the Bank of Korea, some 7...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:10

Agency recognizes multiple answers for disputed exam questions

 Korea’s education authorities decided to accept multiple answers for two questions on this year’s college entrance exam, known here as the Suneung, officials said Monday.The questions, from the bi...

Updated : 2014.11.24 11:06

Senators introduce resolution calling for including Korean-Americans in family reunions

A group of U.S. senators have introduced a resolution calling for family reunions between Korean-Americans and their long-lost relatives in North Korea, according to a diplomatic source and Congressional data Sunday.  The website of Congress also showed the resolution (S.RES.587) was int...

Updated : 2014.11.24 09:14

N. Korean leader guides joint military drill

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un guided a joint military drill to highlight improved combat readiness, the country's official news agency said Sunday, amid the North's repeated threats of retaliation against a recent United Nations resolution on its human rights situation.   Kim guided t...

Updated : 2014.11.24 09:12

Competition heats up for tanker procurement deal

SEATTLE/GETAFE, Spain ― Competition for Seoul’s project to procure four aerial tankers is heating up as contenders highlight the ways they can help enhance South Korea’s air defense with several mo...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:44

Budget bill battle to reach full fury

The ongoing battle over next year’s budget bill between rival parties is expected to reach a climax this week as the deadline set by law approaches, forcing the two sides to finish their reviews.According to the Constitution, legislators must complete their reviews by Dec. 2. Seldom have ...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:42

(Photo News) Strong quake strikes central Japan

People view the damage on Sunday after a strong earthquake hit Hakuba, Nagano prefecture, central Japan, the night before, destroying more than half a dozen homes in the ski resort town and injuring a...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:42

‘Korea’s sex ratio to shift next year’

South Korea is set to see the number of women overtaking that of men from next year, indicating that the country is turning into an aged society, a government study showed Sunday.According to a report on population forecast conducted by the state-run Statistics Korea, the female population...

Updated : 2014.11.23 21:26