Police to intensify readiness against N. Korea's possible provocations

Police said Friday they have strengthened security measures as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's recent nuclear and long-range rocket tests.Kang Sin-myeong, the National Police Agency (NPA) Commissioner...

[Weekender] Readiness key to crisis management: expert

With disaster risks, social media and other mounting challenges, the government and businesses should strive for a systematic, across-the-board change to better forecast crisis and improve their readiness, a leading crisis managem...

[Weekender] Social media amplifies risks

123rfKang Min-woo’s social media accounts were once filled with snippets of his everyday life. He would post selfies, details of his daily activities and share about coffee shop and restaurants that he frequented. This has since...

[Weekender] Ready or not? Korea fails in crisis management

In April 16, 2014, ferry Sewol plunged to the bottom of the sea, leaving 304 dead or missing. The nation’s spirit shattered and authorities were humiliated in their search for answers on why they were unable to save most of the p...

[Weekender] Ferry, germs and nuts: Korea’s risky management of crisis

123rfThousands of stranded travelers sprawled languidly on the frosty floors of the snowbound Jejudo Island airport late last month, awaiting their flights and wrapped in thin blankets or even cardboard boxes with no promise of wh...

Korea urges Japan to stop provocation on Dokdo

South Korea called on Japan Friday to stop its provocative territorial claim to Dokdo, a set of rocky islets in the East Sea.Dokdo is South Korea's territory that fell prey to Japan's aggression and occupation of the Korean Penins...

Lawmaker calls for removal of N. Korean leader

A South Korea's ruling party lawmaker called Friday for the removal of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a sign that underscores growing impatience in dealing with the dictator pursuing missile and nuclear programs."Everybody will ...

Political feuds intensify over Gaeseong

While inter-Korean relations stiffened rapidly over the closure of the Gaeseong industrial park, political parties here continued to lock horns over the South Korean government’s hard-line policy towards the North and its measure...

Inter-Korean ties frozen with all channels cut

The relationship between the two Koreas is plunging towards rock bottom as their joint industrial complex -- the last bastion of their reconciliation -- has turned into a military zone with all its communication channels severed....

Allies to begin THAAD talks next week

The South Korean Defense Ministry said Friday that Seoul and Washington will begin discussing the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system from next week.“South Korea and the U.S. are in the final stage of sealing...

Korea to consider military efficacy over THAAD, not China, Russia

The South Korean military will strategically focus on picking a candidate site for the U.S.missile defense system THAAD, rather than on a backlash from China and Russia, a high-ranking defense ministry official said Friday, as Seo...

Ex-navy chief gets reduced four-year jail term for bribery

An appeals court on Friday handed down a four-year prison term to a former Navy chief for taking bribes from local firms in return for business favors while in office.The Seoul High Court convicted retired Adm. Jung Ok-geun for po...

Pyongyang to seek measures for Gaesong workers: experts

North Korea is apparently in a bind over what to do with tens of thousands of workers suddenly out of work due to the shutdown of the factory zone, analysts here said Friday.North Korea expelled all South Korean nationals on Thurs...

Average crime rate for foreigners lower than locals, murder and robbery rates higher: gov't report

The average crime rate for foreign residents in South Korea is lower than Korean citizens, but the rates for murder and robbery are higher, a public entity under the justice ministry said Friday.The IOM Migration Research and Trai...

Korea to push for expanding prescreening of passengers

South Korea said Friday it will push for expanding a system for prescreening passengers to keep potential terrorists from entering the country.The move is designed to analyze passenger information before airlines issue boarding pa...