National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is politicizing the “comfort women” issue as part of efforts to win supporters at home.“It is shameless. Prime Minister Abe is in a corner (in Japan), so he is politicizing the issue for domestic politics,” Moon said in an interview Friday during a US visit. “A greater politician would think about strengthening cooperation between Korea, the US and Japan ahead of the second US-North Korea summit,” Moon added.National
The suspended tourism program to North Korea's Mount Kumgang will likely be the first to be resumed in a post-sanctions era, President Moon Jae-in said Monday, while also asking the country's Buddhist leaders to consider resuming an exchange program with their North Korean peers.In a meeting with the country's top religious leaders, the president said the resumption of a temple stay program at a North Korean Buddhist temple in Mount Kumgang may help restart the people's exchange with the North.
President Moon Jae-in on Monday criticized those taking issue with the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, saying that the controversial claims are damaging to democracy and undermining the country’s foundations. “Some in the National Assembly and political arena who are raising claims, such as North Korean soldiers being sent to the South, and referring to the May 18 Democratization Movement as a riot, are denying our history of democracy and the Constitution,” Moon said at a meeting Monday with
Shoo, a member of once popular girl group S.E.S., received a suspended prison term Monday for habitual gambling. The Seoul Eastern District Court sentenced Yoo Soo-young, Shoo's real name, to six months in jail, suspended for two years.The court also ordered her to perform 80 hours of community service. (Yonhap)The court ruled that her acts, although they may be seen infractions by an individual, need to be held accountable given her reputation and the frequency and amount of gambling. Shoo, 37,
North Korea is facing a "historic turning point," the country's main newspaper said Monday, in an apparent reference to next week's summit between leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump.The Rodong Sinmun made the comment as it called for greater economic development efforts."Our country is facing a historic turning point," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling party, said in a commentary. "It is time for us to tighten our shoe strings and run fast, looking for a higher tar
The Greenland International Medical Center, conditionally approved last year as South Korea's first for-profit hospital, has recently filed an administrative lawsuit to have a condition of its operation revoked, officials said Monday.In the suit filed by its holding company, Greenland Holdings Corporation Ltd., with the Jeju District Court on Feb. 14, the medical center said that it is illegal for the government of Jeju to ban it from treating domestic patients. (Yonhap)The Greenland medical cen
A deep-sea search ship has retrieved a voyage data recorder (VDR) and a bridge of the ill-fated South Korean bulk carrier Stellar Daisy that sank in the South Atlantic two years ago, Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.The discovery on Sunday morning (local time) came three days after the search ship, Seabed Constructor, arrived at the scene of the sinking and launched its operations employing four autonomous underwater vehicles.(Yonhap)Stellar Daisy sank in the South Atlantic, some 3,700 kilom
An employee at a nightclub affiliated with a famous K-pop singer has been detained in connection with suspected using and trafficking of drugs, police said Monday. A Seoul court approved the warrant Sunday to hold the suspect, whose identity is withheld, under custody, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said. The police have also taken measures to temporarily impose a travel suspension on a Chinese woman, who's accused of dealing the banned substances at the club. The club has been shut down s
An elementary school student was found unconscious in a swimming pool at a hotel in Busan, local media reported Monday.According to Busan Haeundae police, the 13-year-old student surnamed Lee was spotted at the children’s pool at around 5:17 p.m. Sunday with his left arm stuck between the rungs of a pool ladder. The pool is about 60 centimeters deep. This photo is not related to the article. (Yonhap)Lee was rushed to a nearby hospital after receiving CPR at the pool but remains unconscious. Lee
The body of a 51-year-old man was found inside an oil pipeline in Incheon on Sunday. The body, identified by police to be that of a nearby resident, was discovered by a worker during a pipeline company inspection. The body was found in a long-sleeved shirt and pants. (Yonhap)According to Incheon Seobu police, the body was not badly decomposed, but it was difficult to immediately determine the cause of death. Police are looking into the possibility of homicide considering that the dead man was n
An American expert called for a different yardstick to measure the success of next week's summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, insisting that the US policy objective is not denuclearization but peace on the Korean Peninsula.The argument from Daniel DePetris, a fellow at the Defense Priorities think tank, appears in part to be aimed at shielding Trump from possible criticism he could face if the Feb. 27-28 summit in Vietnam's Hanoi doesn't yield concrete r
A North Korean propaganda website claimed Sunday that Pyongyang-Washington ties could experience "a major breakthrough," with the second summit between the two countries fast approaching.(Yonhap)Meari touched upon progress that the two Koreas have made over the past year or so and added, "There's no reason North Korea-US relations can't have a major breakthrough, as we have seen in inter-Korean relations."The site also said North Korea has not built or tested nuclear weapons of late, nor does it
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A total of 2.9 million tourists used Airbnb, a global house-sharing platform, here last year, up 56 percent from a year earlier, the company said. Seven out of 10 Airbnb users, or some 2.02 million, were locals, with 156,200 Chinese tourists to South Korea staying at Airbnb accommodations, accounting for 17 percent of all foreign tourists using the house-sharing platform, it added. Airbnb hosts earned an average of 4.94 million won ($4,400) last year, according to the company.
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Analysts here have downplayed the possibility that the US might only seek to avoid a nuclear attack from North Korea directed at the country during their upcoming summit, following US President Donald Trump’s remarks that he is not in a rush to denuclearize North Korea.While taking credit for averting a war with Pyongyang, Trump said he expects the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, slated for Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam, to as successful as the first, where the two leaders had pledge