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China premier says to swiftly sign free trade deal with S. Korea

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that Beijing will spare no effort to formally sign a bilateral free trade agreement with South Korea "as soon as possible." After effectively concluding free trade negotiations last November, South Korea and China completed the "initialing" of the d...

Updated : 2015.03.05 14:15

U.S. 'strongly condemns' attack on Amb. Lippert

The United States said Wednesday it strongly condemns the attack on its ambassador to South Korea after Amb. Mark Lippert was taken to a hospital with wounds to his face and wrist.""We can confirm that U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Mark Lippert was assaulted Thursday morning in ...

Updated : 2015.03.05 10:13

Obama calls injured ambassador after S.Korea attack

U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called a former aide and now U.S. ambassador in South Korea to wish him well following a bloody attack that Washington strongly condemned.  The president called Mark Lippert "to tell him that he and his wife Robyn are in his thoughts and prayers, ...

Updated : 2015.03.05 09:35

U.S. forfeiting $1.2 million in assets of ex-President Chun

The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday it is forfeiting about $1.1 million in U.S. assets traceable to proceeds from corruption accumulated by former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan and returning it to Seoul.The assets, seized on two occasions last year, consist of $726,000 in pro...

Updated : 2015.03.05 09:21

Signing of Korea-China trade deal possible within H1: minister

South Korea and China could formally sign a bilateral free trade agreement within the first half of this year, Chinese Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng has said.Gao made the remarks on Tuesday, state-run China Securities Journal said. South Korea and China completed the "initialing" of the de...

Updated : 2015.03.04 15:50

Park to meet with Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed

South Korean President Park Geun-hye was to meet with Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday on the second and last day of her visit to the oil-rich kingdom, Park's office said.The meeting is set to take place at 3 p.m., Park's office said, without giving any further deta...

Updated : 2015.03.04 09:51

S. Korea, Saudi Arabia sign agreement on maritime transport

South Korea and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement on maritime transport that will, in part, help ensure a safe and steady supply of oil to South Korea from the Middle East country, the Seoul government said Wednesday.The bilateral agreement was signed in Riyadh on Tuesday, the same day...

Updated : 2015.03.04 09:48

Park leaves for Saudi Arabia for talks with new king

South Korean President Park Geun-hye left for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for talks with newly enthroned King Salman to discuss how to boost security and economic cooperation.The meeting is the first time since Salman inherited the throne to the oil-rich kingdom following the death of his brot...

Updated : 2015.03.03 18:03

S. Korea sends special troops to UAE

The South Korean Army held a send-off ceremony Tuesday for 128 elite troops set to leave for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to replace a military contingent tasked with training the Middle East country's special forces, officers said.The South Korean unit "Akh," meaning brother in Arabic, ...

Updated : 2015.03.03 11:27

U.S. seeks to calm S. Korea upset over Sherman's remarks

The United States sought to calm an upset South Korea on Monday after a top American diplomat made remarks seen as taking sides with Japan in a historical row, saying Tokyo's wartime sexual enslavemen...

Updated : 2015.03.03 10:39

S. Korea to pledge more than $5M in aid to Syrian refugees

South Korea will pledge more than $5 million to help millions of Syrians who were displaced by the four-year-long civil war, a senior official said Monday.South Korea will make an official announcement at a donors conference in Kuwait later this month, Ju Chul-ki, senior presidential secre...

Updated : 2015.03.03 09:53

Hyundai Motor recalls 263,000 cars in U.S., Canada

South Korea's top carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday it is recalling some 263,000 units of its Elantra compact in the United States and in Canada for a programming error in the model's electronic power steering function. "The current setting for the cars may have turned off the power s...

Updated : 2015.03.02 10:58

Park leaves for Kuwait on first leg of four-nation Mideast tour

South Korean President Park Geun-hye left for Kuwait on Sunday on a nine-day, four-nation trip to the Middle East expected to focus on wide-ranging economic cooperation beyond energy and construction.The trip, which will also take Park to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, c...

Updated : 2015.03.01 17:01

S. Korea, China, Japan to hold high-level talks ahead of FM meeting: gov't sources

South Korea, China and Japan have agreed to hold a meeting of high-ranking diplomats in Seoul ahead of the three nations' foreign ministerial meeting, multiple government sources here said Sunday.The sources said Lee Kyung-soo, South Korea's deputy foreign minister for political affairs, w...

Updated : 2015.03.01 15:50

Ranking diplomats from Koreas to address U.N. rights council

South Korea's vice foreign minister plans to make a speech at a United Nations meeting on human rights in Geneva next week to raise awareness of North Korea's dismal human rights conditions and Japan's wartime sex slaves, officials said Thursday.  South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Cho T...

Updated : 2015.02.26 14:10