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Park asks China to help dissuade N. Korea from nuclear test

South Korean President Park Geun-hye asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to help persuade North Korea not to carry out a nuclear test, her office said Wednesday, a day after Seoul reported increased activity at the North's nuclear test site.Park made the request when she spoke by phone with...

Updated : 2014.04.23 15:47

S. Korean jailed for spying in Iran released

A South Korean citizen who was jailed in Iran on spying charges last year has been released and plans to return home soon, a government source said Wednesday.The 43-year-old South Korean man, surnamed Kim, was convicted of espionage in an Iranian court last September for taking pictures of...

Updated : 2014.04.23 13:50

[Ferry Disaster] More irregularities emerge as Sewol death toll hits 139

The number of bodies recovered from the sunken ferry Sewol continued to rise Wednesday, further dampening hopes of finding survivors inside the wreck.The rescue workers resumed their search early Wednesday and recovered eight more victims from the ship, pushing the death toll up to 139.Of ...

Updated : 2014.04.23 10:40

U.S. notes possibility of N. Korean nuke test any time

While South Korea's military made public some sensitive intelligence on North Korea's activity at its nuclear test site, the U.S. government maintained a cautious approach, at least outwardly.Speaking formally to reporters, U.S. officials did not rule out the possibility of another nuclear...

Updated : 2014.04.23 09:36

[Ferry Disaster] S. Korean official sacked over remarks on ferry rescue effort

A South Korean coast guard official was relieved of his duties on Tuesday for comments deemed insensitive to the grieving families of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster.The official told reporters last week that "Is there anything the coast guard couldn't do? Wouldn't it be wonderful ...

Updated : 2014.04.23 09:28

S. Korea's railway chief apparently in N. Korea

The head of South Korea's railway company apparently arrived in North Korea on Tuesday for a conference meant to boost international cooperation between railway operators.Choi Yeon-hye, president and CEO of the Korea Railroad Corp., is included in an international delegation of rail offici...

Updated : 2014.04.23 09:25

[Ferry Disaster] Four ferry crew members issued arrest warrants

Investigators intensified their probe on Tuesday into what caused the ferry Sewol to list and capsize and arrested more crew members allegedly responsible for the tragic accident. Four crew members we...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:27

N.K. nuke test site shows more signs of activity

North Korea has stepped up activity at its nuclear site, Seoul’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday, in a fresh sign that the communist country may push ahead with a fourth atomic test in breach of intern...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:23

[Reporter's Column] Disaster weighs on national economy

As the death toll from the sunken ferry Sewol continues to mount, many government offices and public organizations have either canceled or scaled down scheduled events this week to show respect to the victims.But questions are now cautiously surfacing about how the government expects to br...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:20

[Newsmaker] Thin line between G-men and Mafia

Government men and women ― affectionately called G-men in the past ― had once been looked upon with respect and often portrayed in movies as heroes and protagonists who take on bad guys such as gang...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:20

UD United Dental slapped with 9.4 billion won of fines

The National Tax Service has slapped UD United Dental with fines worth 9.4 billion won ($8.9 million) for tax evasion, according to industry sources on Tuesday.UD United Dental, which operates a chain of dental clinics, was found to have dodged taxes for three years between January of 2010...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:20

[Graphic News] Ferry did not take sharp turn

The ferry Sewol did not take a sharp turn before it sank, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Monday after analyzing data recovered from the vessel’s automatic identification system.Since the s...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:19

[Ferry Disaster] Heroism highlighted at funerals

The grief escalated Tuesday as more relatives and friends bade farewell to loved ones in dozens of funerals held in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province, where most of the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol lived....

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:17

[Ferry Disaster] Parents urge faster rescue, media restraint

The families of Sewol survivors urged the government to step up search and rescue efforts and the media to minimize their invasive reports on the families of victims and survivors in a statement made ...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:16

Obama to pay respects to Sewol victims on Seoul trip

U.S. President Barack Obama will devote a major part of his trip to Seoul later this week to expressing condolences to victims of the sunken ferry Sewol and assuring assistance to the Korean government during search and rescue operations, the White House said Monday.“I can certainly expec...

Updated : 2014.04.22 21:16