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South Korea says North Korea used Gaeseong wages to develop weapons

South Korea's point man on inter-Korean affairs said Sunday he believes that North Korea has used wages paid to its workers at the joint inter-Korean factory complex to develop nuclear and other military weapons.In a television appearance, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said "70 percen...

Updated : 2016.02.14 13:34

Pyongyang launches new ICBM unit: sources

North Korea has formed a new military unit to deploy a road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), multiple South Korean government sources said Sunday.They said the KN-08 Brigade, designat...

Updated : 2016.02.14 10:48

South Korea, EU share need for strong sanctions on North Korea

South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reached the consensus that the U.N. Security Council and the European Union should impose strong and effective sanctions on North Korea, an official said Saturday.Mogherini said the EU will join the ...

Updated : 2016.02.14 09:34

Pro-North Korean group in Tokyo urges Japan to retract sanctions on North

A pro-North Korean organization in Japan pressed Tokyo to immediately roll back sanctions on North Korea, blaming Japan for scrapping the 2014 deal between Pyongyang and Tokyo on easing sanctions.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier this week that Japan is working to impose its ...

Updated : 2016.02.14 09:33

Candidates competing to run in April parliamentary race hit 1,426: NEC

The number of candidates running to win a seat at the upcoming parliamentary race stands at 1,426, the National Election Commission said Saturday.The number represents an average competition ratio of 5.8 to 1, with some 60 days remaining before the April 13 election.The candidates will com...

Updated : 2016.02.14 09:27

N. Korea leader promotes general officers ahead of late father's birthday

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un promoted 35 general officers ahead of his late father's birthday, a major holiday in the North, the country's official media outlet said Saturday.  The move takes place just three days before the isolationist country celebrates Kwangmyongsong Day, the birt...

Updated : 2016.02.13 15:04

Political parties lock horns over gov't decision to shut down Gaeseong complex

The ruling and opposition parties locked horns on Saturday over the government's decision to close down the Gaeseong Industrial Complex in North Korea.The ruling Saenuri Party said the Minjoo Party of Korea and other opposition parties are turning the shutdown into a tool to win votes in t...

Updated : 2016.02.13 13:51

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russ...

Updated : 2016.02.13 11:40

Police to intensify readiness against N. Korea's possible provocations

Police said Friday they have strengthened security measures as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's recent nuclear and long-range rocket tests.Kang Sin-myeong, the National Police Agency (NPA) Commissioner-General, has ordered local police agencies and stations to ...

Updated : 2016.02.12 20:06

[Weekender] Readiness key to crisis management: expert

With disaster risks, social media and other mounting challenges, the government and businesses should strive for a systematic, across-the-board change to better forecast crisis and improve their readi...

Updated : 2016.02.12 18:06

[Weekender] Social media amplifies risks

123rfKang Min-woo’s social media accounts were once filled with snippets of his everyday life. He would post selfies, details of his daily activities and share about coffee shop and restaurants that ...

Updated : 2016.02.12 18:04

[Weekender] Ready or not? Korea fails in crisis management

In April 16, 2014, ferry Sewol plunged to the bottom of the sea, leaving 304 dead or missing. The nation’s spirit shattered and authorities were humiliated in their search for answers on why they wer...

Updated : 2016.02.12 17:59

[Weekender] Ferry, germs and nuts: Korea’s risky management of crisis

123rfThousands of stranded travelers sprawled languidly on the frosty floors of the snowbound Jejudo Island airport late last month, awaiting their flights and wrapped in thin blankets or even cardboa...

Updated : 2016.02.12 17:49

Korea urges Japan to stop provocation on Dokdo

South Korea called on Japan Friday to stop its provocative territorial claim to Dokdo, a set of rocky islets in the East Sea.Dokdo is South Korea's territory that fell prey to Japan's aggression and occupation of the Korean Peninsula during its militaristic past, the Foreign Ministry in a ...

Updated : 2016.02.12 17:44

Lawmaker calls for removal of N. Korean leader

A South Korea's ruling party lawmaker called Friday for the removal of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a sign that underscores growing impatience in dealing with the dictator pursuing missile and nuclear programs."Everybody will be happy if Kim Jong-un is removed," Ha Tae-keung of the rul...

Updated : 2016.02.12 17:20