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Touring DMZ with North Korean defector

Touring DMZ with North Korean defector

“I’m a dead man in my hometown,” a North Korean defector, who uses the alias Jeong Sang-soo to protect his identity, said during a Korea Times interview in the middle of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) tour. “I had to fake my own death so that my wife and children who are still in the […]

Moon: Trump-Kim summit to produce ‘specific, substantial’ outcomes

Moon: Trump-Kim summit to produce ‘specific, substantial’ outcomes

President Moon Jae-in expressed the hope Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can build off their first meeting to make “more specific and substantial progress” at their second summit, which he believes could help advance inter-Korean relations. “Beyond bringing a lasting peace with no threat of war threat, the […]

Korean man who died in Mexico returned with missing organs

Korean man who died in Mexico returned with missing organs

The body of a Korean man who died in Mexico has been returned to his family ― without his brain, stomach and heart. Mexican authorities claim that the man, 35, surnamed Kim, died of natural causes despite a scuffle with other people just before his death. His widow fears that someone is trying to cover […]

Germany launches educational project on DMZ, Berlin Wall

Germany launches educational project on DMZ, Berlin Wall

PAJU, Gyeonggi Province — Young South Koreans, according to recent surveys, have been less open than older generations to reunification of the Korean Peninsula. The situation is similar in Germany. Knowledge and interest in division and reunification of the country has been declining among the young who were born after the fall of the Berlin […]

South Korea: Daegu skate punk band set for British invasion

South Korea: Daegu skate punk band set for British invasion

Although Seoul is often seen as the central hub for culture in Korea, U.K. indie label Damnably has now signed two acts from outside the capital. Daegu-based skatepunk band Drinking Boys & Girls Choir (DBGC), formed in 2012, signed recently to Damnably, which already counts Busan’s Say Sue Me on its international roster. The label is […]

Naver, Kakao fleeing to Japan for new businesses

Naver, Kakao fleeing to Japan for new businesses

Naver and Kakao are fleeing to Japan and other countries to start new businesses because of growing regulatory risks here amid conflicts with existing players, industry officials said Monday. The moves reflect the latest trend that not only manufacturing but also services companies are increasingly leaving Asia’s fourth largest economy to seek new opportunities abroad. […]

Seoul-Tokyo radar row risks derailing military cooperation

Seoul-Tokyo radar row risks derailing military cooperation

An ongoing military spat between Seoul and Tokyo is casting a shadow on bilateral exchanges. According to Japanese media reports, Tokyo is likely cancel the planned dispatch of a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer to Busan for a joint maritime exercise in April. Japan planned to deploy the MSDFS Izumo to take part in the ASEAN plus […]

Why foreigners buying Korean stocks in 2019

Why foreigners buying Korean stocks in 2019

Foreign investors have been rushing to buy Samsung Electronics, SK hynix and other stocks since the beginning of the year as global funds shift to emerging markets on the easing of U.S.-China trade tensions and other favorable conditions. Stock prices have yet to rise above certain levels predicted by brokerages due to mounting fears about […]

Goryeo: The Glory of Korea

Goryeo: The Glory of Korea

From December 4, 2018, to March 3, 2019, the National Museum of Art present “Goryeo: The Glory of Korea”, a comprehensive overview of art in the Goryeo Dynasty. The special exhibition brings together 450 artworks, including works on loan from 45 institutions, 11 of them in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and Japan.   […]

North Korea slams UN rapporteur over human rights comment

North Korea slams UN rapporteur over human rights comment

North Korea’s party organ Rodong Sinmun on Monday criticized the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur of human rights Tomas Ojea Quintana’s recent visit to South Korea, saying it triggered unnecessary conflict between the two Koreas. “The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) has interrupted inter-Korean relations […]

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