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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

S. Korea, Czech Republic upgrade ties to strategic partnership

South Korea and the Czech Republic agreed Thursday to upgrade their relations to a strategic partnership to deepen cooperation in political, economic and other issues.  "I am confident that bilateral relations will be further expanded and deepened" on the occasion of (my) trip to South K...

Updated : 2015.02.26 12:12

China set to ease rules on kimchi inspection, open room for S. Korean exports

China is soon expected to ease its regulations on pickled foods that have long worked against imports of South Korea's traditional side dish kimchi, officials said Thursday.  China's national council on health and family planning has posted an administrative notice that will significantl...

Updated : 2015.02.26 12:11

Seoul eyes sending officials to Syria's neighbors for safety checks

South Korea is seeking to dispatch government officials to Syria's neighboring countries in the coming months to assess the situation in a bid to prevent its citizens from illegally entering the Middle Eastern country, government sources said Wednesday.  The government is considering sen...

Updated : 2015.02.25 13:23

S. Korea seeks to boost rice exports amid possible oversupply

South Korea will work to increase its exports of rice, the government said Tuesday, as a way of developing the local industry while also protecting the sector that's now facing a possible oversupply.  To help assist local producers and exporters, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rur...

Updated : 2015.02.24 11:16

N. Korea's economy minister heads to Russia

North Korea's economy minister left Monday for Russia, according to Pyongyang's media, amid signs of improved ties between the neighboring countries.  Ri Yong-nam, minister of external economic relations, is leading a government delegation, the Korean Central News Agency said in a brief ...

Updated : 2015.02.23 18:23

S. Korea summons Japan envoy over islet ceremony

South Korea summoned a senior Japanese diplomat here Monday to protest a Japanese prefecture's hosting of an annual event to promote its territorial claim to Seoul's easternmost islets of Dokdo.   Japan's Shimane Prefecture, which claims administrative sovereignty over the rocky islets, ...

Updated : 2015.02.23 11:12

S. Korea's 2nd Ebola relief team set to return home

The second batch of South Korea's Ebola response team returned home Monday after completing their one-month relief mission in Sierra Leone, the foreign ministry said.  The team of four doctors and five nurses was sent to the African country late last month to replace the country's first ...

Updated : 2015.02.23 10:06

New legislation introduced in U.S. House for professional visas for S. Koreans

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a new bill calling for granting non-immigrant U.S. visas for highly-skilled workers from South Korea, Congressional records showed Sunday.  The 20 lawmakers, led by Rep. Peter J. Roskam (R-IL), submitted...

Updated : 2015.02.23 09:11

Park to travel to 4 Middle East nations next month

South Korean President Park Geun-hye plans to visit Saudi Arabia and three other Middle Eastern countries next month to discuss energy and security issues with their heads of state, the presidential office said Sunday.The nine-day trip to the Middle East, starting on March 1, will take Par...

Updated : 2015.02.22 15:14

S. Koreans condemn Japan's Dokdo ceremony

Scores of South Koreans assembled in central Seoul on Sunday to denounce Japan for holding a ceremony that promotes Tokyo's territorial claim over South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo.In 2005, Japan's Shimane Prefecture, which claims administrative sovereignty over the islets, designa...

Updated : 2015.02.22 15:00

Interoperable missile defense architecture : official

Building an interoperable missile defense system is a major focus the United States places on trilateral cooperation with its two key Asian allies, South Korea and Japan, a senior American diplomat sa...

Updated : 2015.02.22 10:04

Australian FM calls Indonesia to ease tensions: reports

SYDNEY, (AFP) -- Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Indonesia to give two Australians on death row an "indefinite stay of execution" as she clarified her Prime Minister's comments linking their fate to aid, media reports said Saturday.Tensions between the two nations have grown after ...

Updated : 2015.02.21 16:58