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U.S. under secretary of state to visit Seoul

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will visit South Korea next week for discussions on North Korea and the alliance between Seoul and Washington, the State Department announced Friday.Sherman will be in Seoul on Jan. 28-29 for meetings with senior officials a...

Updated : 2015.01.25 21:31

Xi vows to deepen tourism with S. Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for more efforts to bolster tourism and cultural exchanges with South Korea, expressing his eagerness to further strengthen the already-robust economic ties between the two countries, an official Chinese government website said Saturday.Xi made the r...

Updated : 2015.01.25 21:30

Azerbaijan marks ‘Black January’

On Jan. 19, 1990, Ilham, an Azerbaijani newlywed, took to the streets of Baku to protest against the Soviet invasion. Unarmed, he yelled, “Stop firing at innocent civilians.” Soviet soldiers shot hi...

Updated : 2015.01.25 21:26

N.K., Japan to play cat-and-mouse on abductions

While South Korea is hopeful of an inter-Korean family reunion this year, Japan is jittery over the return of its citizens kidnapped by North Korea during the Cold War.For Japan, the abductions have b...

Updated : 2015.01.25 21:18

Denmark and Korea sow seeds of future fashion

Towering models walked down the runway in Seoul on Tuesday wearing uniquely designed fur coats. The “Future Fur” fashion show at Seoul National University’s Museum of Art featured mink and fox coat...

Updated : 2015.01.25 21:16

Japan condemns 'outrageous' hostage murder

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants "outrageous and impermissible" on Sunday and demanded the release of a second hostage, amid a growing global chorus of revulsion.Abe spoke as the grieving father of self-employed security contract...

Updated : 2015.01.25 13:26

China's Xi vows to deepen tourism, cultural exchanges with S. Korea

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for more efforts to bolster tourism and cultural exchanges with South Korea, expressing his eagerness to further strengthen the already-robust economic ties between the two countries, an official Chinese government website said Saturday.Xi made the r...

Updated : 2015.01.25 09:14

Top economic policymakers call for concerted efforts to ratify S. Korea-China FTA

Top economic policymakers of South Korea and China agreed Friday to work closely together to quickly ratify the bilateral free trade pact reached last year.In a meeting held in downtown Seoul, South Korea's Deputy Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said the f...

Updated : 2015.01.23 10:52

U.S. seeks to establish formula for implementing intelligence

The United States is seeking to establish a formula for implementing a three-way military intelligence sharing deal with South Korea and Japan aimed at better coping with North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, a source familiar with the matter said Thursday.The issue was a key topic wh...

Updated : 2015.01.23 09:24

U.S. pointman on N. Korea to visit Tokyo, Beijing next week

The U.S. pointman on North Korea will visit Japan and China next week for discussions with his counterparts over how to deal with Pyongyang, the State Department announced Thursday.Amb. Sung Kim, special representative for North Korea policy, will be in Tokyo on Jan. 27-28 for a trilateral...

Updated : 2015.01.23 09:22

Seoul, Washington, Tokyo to meet over N.K. nukes next week

The top nuclear negotiators from South Korea, the United States and Japan will meet in Tokyo next week to discuss ways to resume the long-stalled six-party talks on North Korea‘s denuclearization, officials said Thursday.Seoul’s top nuke envoy, Hwang Joon-kook, will meet with his U.S. an...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:47

2,091 more S. Koreans confirmed as victims of Japan's forced labor

An additional 2,091 South Koreans have been confirmed as victims of forced labor by imperial Japan who ruled the Korean Peninsula as a colony during the first half of the 20th century, the Seoul government said Thursday.The new victims were discovered after new records were found kept at t...

Updated : 2015.01.22 17:27

S. Korea inks financial cooperation MOUs with Costa Rica, Peru

South Korea has inked memorandums of understanding to promote financial cooperation with Costa Rica and Peru, the finance ministry said Thursday.The pacts, reached during Vice Finance Minister Bang Moon-kyu's visit to the Latin American countries, call for comprehensive cooperation aimed a...

Updated : 2015.01.22 15:45

S. Korea, U.S. vow close cooperation in cybersecurity

The defense chiefs of South Korea and the United States agreed Thursday to boost military cooperation to better deter security threats in cyberspace, Seoul's defense ministry said.During a 20-minute telephone conversation, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo and the U.S. Secretary of...

Updated : 2015.01.22 14:12

U.S. envoy to Seoul gives Korean middle name to his newborn son

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert said Thursday that he has given his newborn son the Korean middle name of Sejun, literally meaning "clean and excellent."Lippert said on his Twitter account that his son who was born Monday in Seoul has been named as James William Sejun Lippert, ...

Updated : 2015.01.22 11:59