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Kerry didn't mean to downplay N.K. provocations: State Department

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is clearly concerned about North Korea's provocative actions and did not mean to downplay the seriousness of the issue when he said Pyongyang is "quieter" than before, a government official said Monday. "The secretary and we all have been very clear in c...

Updated : 2014.07.22 08:11

U.S. bans commercial flights over N. Korean airspace

The United States on Monday restricted its commercial aircraft from flying over North Korea and adjacent waters, citing the risk that the communist nation could launch ballistic missiles without warning.North Korea was one of six countries that the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration desi...

Updated : 2014.07.22 08:09

Korea, Portugal to boost business ties

The leaders of South Korea and Portugal agreed Monday to forge strategic partnerships and seek ways together to enter markets in Portuguese-speaking countries in Latin America and Africa.Presidents Pa...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:37

Assembly restarts ferry bill task force

An extraordinary parliamentary session started Monday but rival political parties failed to work out their differences over a special bill aimed at identifying the causes of April’s ferry disaster.Th...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:31

Parties clash over asset reports by opposition candidate

The controversy surrounding former police officer Kwon Eun-hee is growing into a full-blown row between the ruling and opposition parties. Kwon, who is running for Gwangju’s Gwangsan-B constituency in the July 30 by-elections, has been linked to a string of wrongdoings ranging from plagia...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:31

Opposition party struggles to shore up support for by-elections

The opposition on Sunday said it faced a difficult fight in the July 30 by-elections as ominous opinion surveys and allegations against a key candidate threatened to damage its public image.“It will ...

Updated : 2014.07.20 21:42

[Newsmaker] P.M. vows key role in state reform

Prime Minister Chung Hong-won vowed to continue to play a pivotal role in Korea’s reform drive, despite widespread concerns that the designation of ruling party bigwigs as deputy premiers will reduce...

Updated : 2014.07.20 21:38

‘Princess’ and ‘bossman’ in decadelong battle of wills

As an idealistic “princess” and a realistic “bossman,” President Park Geun-hye and Saenuri Party chairman Rep. Kim Moo-sung are an odd couple with a long-but-complicated relationship. Their relati...

Updated : 2014.07.20 21:34

Opposition party demands adoption of special law on ferry tragedy

The main opposition party on Sunday stepped up its demand for an adoption of a special law aimed at determining the cause of April's deadly ferry sinking amid partisan wrangling over whether to give investigative power to a parliamentary inspection team.The proposed law calls for the creat...

Updated : 2014.07.20 14:39

Korea asks trade partners for cooperation in rice tariff talks

South Korea has asked its major trade partners including China and the United States for cooperation in its upcoming negotiations to set tariff rates on its rice imports, the trade ministry said Sunday.South Korea on Friday announced that it will open its rice market to tariffed imports, e...

Updated : 2014.07.20 10:56

New, yet incomplete Cabinet sets off

President Park Geun-hye urged new ministers to make the utmost efforts in carrying out state reform agendas at a conferment ceremony that marked the final launch of her new, yet incomplete Cabinet. “...

Updated : 2014.07.18 20:52

New NIS chief vows political neutrality

Lee Byung-kee, the new director of the National Intelligence Service, emphasized Friday his agency should stay away from politics, as he took up the post following a series of political scandals involving the intelligence agency.Lee, a former career diplomat, said that political neutrality...

Updated : 2014.07.18 20:52

Korea opts for double-engine platform for fighter project

South Korea has decided to adopt a double-engine platform for its indigenous warplane project, which would boost combat capabilities and ensure long-term economic feasibility, the Defense Ministry said Friday.The Joint Chiefs of Staff reached the decision to take the C-130 twin-engine plat...

Updated : 2014.07.18 20:51

1 more body retrieved from Sewol

One more body was recovered Friday from the sunken passenger ferry Sewol, after no progress was made over the past three weeks, officials said. The body, presumed to be that of a female cook, was found in the cafeteria of the submerged ship around 6:20 a.m., according to officials from the...

Updated : 2014.07.18 20:51

13 liberal leaders join hunger strike for ferry victims

A group of leading progressive activists joined a hunger strike by family members of victims of April's ferry disaster on Friday, demanding the early adoption of a special law on the disaster.Thirteen leaders of liberal civic, labor and religious groups joined the protest to show their sym...

Updated : 2014.07.18 15:47