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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

Political feuds intensify over Gaeseong

While inter-Korean relations stiffened rapidly over the closure of the Gaeseong industrial park, political parties here continued to lock horns over the South Korean government’s hard-line policy tow...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:44

Inter-Korean ties frozen with all channels cut

The relationship between the two Koreas is plunging towards rock bottom as their joint industrial complex -- the last bastion of their reconciliation -- has turned into a military zone with all its c...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:41

Allies to begin THAAD talks next week

The South Korean Defense Ministry said Friday that Seoul and Washington will begin discussing the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system from next week.“South Korea and the U.S. are...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:38

Korea to consider military efficacy over THAAD, not China, Russia

The South Korean military will strategically focus on picking a candidate site for the U.S.missile defense system THAAD, rather than on a backlash from China and Russia, a high-ranking defense ministry official said Friday, as Seoul and Washington are poised to begin formal talks next week...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:38

Ex-navy chief gets reduced four-year jail term for bribery

An appeals court on Friday handed down a four-year prison term to a former Navy chief for taking bribes from local firms in return for business favors while in office.The Seoul High Court convicted retired Adm. Jung Ok-geun for pocketing kickbacks from two former affiliates of STX Group in...

Updated : 2016.02.12 16:37