Parliament passes 11.03 tln won extra budget bill

South Korea‘s parliament on Saturday passed an 11.03 trillion won (US$9.8 billion) extra budget bill after marathon negotiations over what President Moon Jae-in has promoted as a vital tool to create jobs and prop up economic gro...

U.S. to ban citizens' travel to N. Korea: State Department

The United States will ban its citizens from traveling to North Korea amid concerns about their safety in the communist nation, the State Department said Friday. The announcement comes after the death of U.S. college student Otto...

Chinese ambassador calls for quick solution over missile row

 China‘s top envoy to South Korea called Saturday for a solution to quickly end a monthslong diplomatic row over the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in South Korea. Chinese Ambassador Qiu Guohong said the ...

Basic pension recipients short of gov‘t target

The number of basic pension recipients who are older than 65 and belong to the bottom 70 percent of income earners totaled 4.72 million as of March this year, government data showed Saturday. The figure represents 66.6 percent of...

Hawaii announces preparedness plan for N.K. missile attack: reports

The U.S. state of Hawaii announced a set of measures Friday to keep its people safe from a potential North Korean missile attack, news reports said. The plan involves making public service announcements about staying inside, scho...

Moon says job creation a fundamental solution to boosting birth rate

President Moon Jae-in again stressed the importance of creating new jobs Friday, calling it a fundamental solution to most serious problems facing the country, including its low birth rate.His remarks came in a meeting involving s...

Judge arrested for taking photos of woman on subway

An active judge was caught secretly snapping photos of a woman at a Seoul subway station on Tuesday, police said Friday. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, the judge whose name is being withheld, allegedly approach...

President appoints two new ministers

President Moon Jae-in formally appointed two new ministers Friday, nearly completing the list of his first Cabinet.Paik Un-gyu was appointed the new minister of trade, industry and energy in a ceremony at Cheong Wa Dae, with Park ...

UN envoy warns Koreas against ‘politicizing’ defectors

With unabated controversy over the defection of 12 North Korean restaurant workers, a UN rights envoy on Friday said the two Koreas should not “politicize” the issue and focus on fulfilling the needs of the women and their famil...

Government to begin discussions on tax hike next week

Cheong Wa Dae on Friday said discussions on tax reform will begin in earnest next week, amid controversy over President Moon Jae-in’s job creation and welfare expansion plans that critics say will eventually lead to a tax hike. “...

US to ban citizens' trip to N. Korea: tour agency

A tour agency which has arranged tour programs to North Korea said Friday that the United States will ban its citizens from traveling to the North soon following the death of an American detainee in the repressive regime."We have ...

Seoul urges Pyongyang to accept dialogue offer

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to accept its offer of military talks and move to defuse tension as its initial plan for dialogue fell apart in the face of Pyongyang’s aloofness. Seoul’s Ministry of National Defense has ...

Korea dismisses diplomat in Ethiopia suspected of raping female worker

South Korea's foreign ministry meted out its heaviest punishment on Friday against a diplomat in Ethiopia suspected of having sexually assaulted a female subordinate.The dismissal, the strongest punishment under the ministry's dis...

NK state media confirms appointment of new vice foreign minister

North Korea's state media confirmed Friday that senior diplomat Ho Yong-bok has become the country's vice foreign minister, as Seoul's spy agency earlier reported.Ho visited the Egyptian Embassy in Pyongyang for the African countr...

UN human rights envoy welcomes S. Korea's push for engagement with N. Korea

A UN point man on the human rights situation in North Korea welcomed the South Korean government's decision to seek dialogue with Pyongyang on Friday, saying that it is a "reassuring step forward" lowering tensions between the two...