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North Korea says nukes defensive in nature

North Korea defended its possession of nuclear weapons Sunday, saying it is "a means to protect peace and security in the region, not an object of contention."Earlier this week, Pyongyang claimed it has developed nuclear warheads small enough to fit on a missile, further escalating tension...

Updated : 2015.05.24 11:38

Saudi IDs bomber after kingdom's deadliest attack in years

RIYADH, (AFP) -- Saudi Arabia on Saturday confirmed the suicide bomber who killed 21 worshippers at a Shiite mosque had links with the Islamic State group, in what the interior ministry called an attempt to promote sectarian strife.It was the deadliest attack in years to strike the Sunni-d...

Updated : 2015.05.24 11:29

'Purged' official absent in Kim Jong-un's field visit

North Korea's defense chief who South Korea believes was purged last month was not present during one of leader Kim Jong-un's routine field inspections, the North's state media suggested Sunday.Earlier this month, South Korea's intelligence agency said Hyon Yong-chol, the chief of North Ko...

Updated : 2015.05.24 10:36

Number of personal bailout applicants dips in Q1

The number of people applying for a personal bailout program declined nearly 10 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from a year earlier, court data showed Sunday.A total of 25,775 people applied for a personal bailout in the January-March period, down 9.6 percent during the same period a ...

Updated : 2015.05.24 10:32

S. Korea, Japan agree to strengthen economic, financial cooperation

South Korea and Japan have agreed to expand economic and financial cooperation at a finance ministers meeting in Tokyo, the government said Saturday.The talks between Choi Kyung-hwan and his Japanese counterpart, Taro Aso, mark the resumption of bilateral dialogue that had been suspended s...

Updated : 2015.05.23 15:59

Court rejects arrest warrant request for ex-POSCO E&C VP

A local court on Saturday rejected a prosecution request for an arrest warrant for a former vice president of POSCO Engineering & Construction Co., who allegedly created a slush fund abroad.The Seoul Central District Court turned down the request made Wednesday to formally arrest Chung Don...

Updated : 2015.05.23 11:32

S. Korea announces bid for recovery of sunken ferry

South Korea has announced an open bid to select a company that will salvage the passenger ship that sank last year, killing over 300 people, the government said Saturday.The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said it has allocated 100 billion won ($91.6 million) for the bid announced late Fr...

Updated : 2015.05.23 11:00

S. Korea urges Japan to address slave labor in UNESCO row

South Korea demanded Friday that Japan address Seoul‘s concerns over Tokyo’s attempt to win world heritage status for industrial facilities linked to wartime Korean slave labor.Choi Jong-moon, South Korean ambassador for cultural and UNESCO affairs, said he delivered the concerns during ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 21:42

Two Korean wetlands added to list of Ramsar sites

Two South Korean wetlands were registered with an intergovernmental treaty on protecting wetlands, officials said Friday, in the latest recognition of the country‘s nature conservation areas.Sumeunmulbaengdui, a natural mountainous peat wetland on the southern resort island of Jeju, and t...

Updated : 2015.05.22 21:05

‘Nut rage’ exec’s jail term suspended

An appeals court Friday freed Cho Hyun-ah, former vice president of Korean Air, clearing her of charges that she changed the plane’s route in the so-called “nut rage” case. The Seoul High Court sen...

Updated : 2015.05.22 19:32

Korea, U.S., Japan nuke envoys to meet

The chief nuclear negotiators of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan plan to gather next week in Seoul to discuss ways to jointly cope with the escalating tension amid North Korea’s growing military threats, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Friday. Hwang Joon-kook, special representative for Ko...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:53

NPAD reform panel struggles to set sail

The main opposition party on Friday officially proposed a former top Gyeonggi Province educator to head the new panel tasked to end factional feuds within the party, after failed attempts to initiate the party reform.Kim Sang-kon, former chief of Gyeonggi Provincial Education Office, said ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:45

[Herald Interview] ‘N.K. may not put nukes on sub missile'

JEJUDO ISLAND ― North Korea may not place a nuclear warhead on a submarine-launched ballistic missile, as the underwater launch goes against the principle that only its supreme leader has “central c...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:41

A life driven by curiosity, justice

For Pyo Chang-won, 50, Sherlock Holmes was not just a fictional character.Describing himself as a violent child, Pyo said he used to vent his anger “out of frustration” after seeing many adults whos...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:18

S. Korea, Japan hold talks over UNESCO row

South Korea and Japan began talks Friday to resolve a row over Tokyo's push to win world heritage status for industrial facilities linked to wartime Korean slave labor.Japan has applied to list a package of 23 coal mines, shipyards and other early industrial zones as UNESCO world heritage ...

Updated : 2015.05.22 15:36