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The National Intelligence Service had provided a conservative civic group with the Norwegian Nobel Committee's address during the previous Lee Myung-bak administration as they worked together to have the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to former President Kim Dae-jung revoked, investigators said Saturday.Prosecutors have found that after Kim's death in 2009, the NIS and the rightist group discussed a plan to petition the Norwegian Nobel Committee to strip Kim of the prize in a bid to block nation
Two former senior officials of the National Intelligence Service were arrested Saturday for their alleged roles in the spy agency’s interference in domestic politics during the past two conservative administrations.The Seoul Central District Court issued arrest warrants for the two -- Shin Seung-kyun, a former chief of the NIS’ office for national interest strategy, and Yoo Sung-ok, who served as chief of the agency’s psychological warfare team -- saying they may attempt to flee or destroy evide
South Korea chose to complete the construction of two nuclear reactors on Friday in a symbolic decision between stability and a drastic change in economy and environment. Construction of Shin Kori nuclear reactors No. 5 and 6 have been suspended since June 27 at 29.5 percent completion under the new Moon Jae-in administration’s nuclear phase-out drive. About 1.6 trillion won ($1.4 billion) had already been spent on the project.“We hereby announce our decision to recommend to the government the r
Citizens expressed mixed reactions Friday toward a state commission's recommendation to resume the construction of two nuclear reactors. An independent commission announced the proposal earlier in the day based on a survey of 471 people selected as a jury on whether to abandon or continue the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors.Nearly 60 percent of the jury voted for the resumption of the construction near the southeastern city of Ulsan that began last year. (Yonhap)Scrapping the project was o
The number of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients nearly tripled over the past 10 years, data showed Friday.A total of 13,584 people were diagnosed with AIDS in 2016, up from 5,316 tallied in 2007, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data submitted to the National Assembly.By age, patients in their 30s accounted for 27.2 percent of the total, followed by those in their 20s with 25.9 percent and 40s with 21.3 percent, and between 10-20 with 3.1 percent
An average income earner who pays into the national pension for 30 years would still get far less in return than what he or she needs for the most basic sustenance in senior years, data showed Friday.A worker who makes 2.18 million won ($1,924) a month, the average income as of 2016, would receive a monthly 670,000 won after a 30-year subscription, far short of the 1.04 million won needed to meet basic needs, according to the data released by the office of Rep. Nam In-soon. The figures were deri
An event attended by K-pop band Apink’s member Son Na-eun was disrupted as a bomb threat targeting her was reported to the police Thursday. The threat comes from a fan of the band who sent similar threats to the band members several times over the past several months, according to Plan A Entertainment, the band’s agency.An alumni event at Dongguk University in Seoul, was halted for 20 minutes while the police searched the venue following a bomb threat targeting Son Na-eun of Apink at the event.
A 12-year-old has been suffering from severe vision loss after being shot in his eye with an arrow by his classmate.According to the North Gyeongsang Province Education Office on Tuesday, the incident happened among students of a local elementary school on a field trip in July.The students on the trip stayed together at a youth hostel in Gyeonggi Province, where they were “playing” with a set of toy bow and arrows.The victim was reportedly shot in his eye with one of the toy arrows, the tip of w
With the final decision on the construction of the Shin Kori No. 5 and 6 nuclear reactors expected Friday, a survey showed Thursday that the Korean public is still split on the issue by a thin margin. YonhapAccording to the poll conducted by Realmeter on 526 people on Wednesday, 43.2 percent supported resumption of the construction, while 43.8 percent said they would like to see the project aborted altogether. Construction of the Shin Kori No. 5 and 6 reactors, located in the southeastern city o
A woman who was arrested for prostitution in August this year turned out to be infected with HIV, according to Busan Nambu Police Station on Thursday.The 26-year-old woman confessed that she had sold sex to at least 10 men in Busan to pay for the cost of living. She met the men through a chatting app and did not use any protection during intercourse. (Yonhap)The suspect was living with her 28-year-old boyfriend, who brokered the prostitution deals despite knowing that she was infected with HIV.
South Korea’s energy industry is at a crossroads, with the decision on the fate of two nuclear reactors already under construction due Friday. But more than arguing over how fast the country’s energy policy should shift, the country must focus more on finding the right energy mix, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s secretary-general. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria. YonhapSouth Korea is about to see a “very drastic and accelerated changing of energy cos
South Korea and Japan agreed Thursday to work together to tackle the increasingly low birthrate trend in a bid to boost the growth potential of two of Asia's largest economies.Health and Welfare Minister Park Neung-hoo and his Japanese counterpart, Masaji Matsuyama, met in Seoul to discuss the pressing issue facing both countries.The Seoul government plans to carefully study the case of Japan, as the neighboring country has been coping with a rapidly aging population and related side effects for
A South Korean doctor in his 40s was indicted Wednesday for sexually assaulting a female intern at the hospital, according to local media outlet Dailian.Daegu District Court sentenced the doctor to 3 years in prison, 4 years of probation, 240 hours of community service and 40 hours of sexual abuse treatment sessions. The court also ordered that his identity be made public for 5 years. Daegu District Court (Yonhap)According to police records, the doctor drank alcohol with the intern and two hosp
South Korea has confiscated a combined 23.4 tons of smuggled wildlife products as part of the global movement against illegal trading of endangered species, the customs agency said Thursday. (Yonhap)Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, a number of live animals and plants, including rhinos, lions and elephants, and wildlife products, such as leather goods, wooden instruments and medicines, are banned from trading.The Korea Customs Service has
Former President Park Geun-hye, who is standing trial for bribery and abuse of power, will not attend her court hearing Thursday, court officials said. She cited health issues as the reason for her absence in a statement submitted to the Seoul Central District Court. (Yonhap)The ousted leader expressed mistrust of the court last week, after it extended her detention for another six months. Her initial arrest warrant expired Monday. She said she would renounce her right to counsel in protest at