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Unification minister says S. Korea will lead peninsula’s peace process

Unification minister says S. Korea will lead peninsula’s peace process

Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said Wednesday that South Korea will play a leading role in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue and establishing a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. Kim made the remark during a forum on inter-Korean relations in Seoul, saying there is still a “long way to go” and many “obstacles” to […]

Scholar discovers original copies of 1919 Swiss resolution calling for Korean independence

Scholar discovers original copies of 1919 Swiss resolution calling for Korean independence

A South Korean scholar said Wednesday he has discovered the original copies of a resolution adopted at the 1919 International Socialist Conference in the Swiss town of Lucerne that show the Korean provisional government’s diplomatic efforts to call for Korean independence from Japan. Although the resolution itself has been known to Korean scholars due to […]

Female voices, feminism increase dominance on Korean literary scene

Female voices, feminism increase dominance on Korean literary scene

  “Kim Ji-young, Born in 1982,” a revealing feminist novel, made a splash on the literary scene late last year, selling more than 1 million copies in South Korea, the country’s first million-seller novel since “Please Look After Mom” in 2009 by Shin Kyung-sook. The book by Cho Nam-joo debuted rather modestly in October 2016 […]

President Moon calls for joint action with China to reduce fine dust

President Moon calls for joint action with China to reduce fine dust

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered his government Wednesday to work together with China to fight fine dust pollution, his office Cheong Wa Dae said.   South Korea has suffered from the worst particulate matter pollution this week with a large portion of the fine dust believed to be blown from China. The president told […]

(2nd LD) (US-NK summit) Kim’s train runs in inland China for summit with Trump

(2nd LD) (US-NK summit) Kim’s train runs in inland China for summit with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s special train arrived in the central Chinese town of Changsha on Monday on its way to Vietnam for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump later this week, a source said. The train arrived in Changsha of Hunan Province around 1:10 p.m. after passing through the city of Wuhan earlier […]

South Korea: exhibition pays tribute to independence fighters

South Korea: exhibition pays tribute to independence fighters

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the March 1 Movement, a crucial turning point in Korea’s independence movement as it provided a catalyst for the resistance, an exhibition sheds light on the known and unnamed people who fought for Korea. “A Hundred Years Ago in the Cultural Heritage” is held at Seodaemun Prison History Hall, […]

South Korea: gov’t under fire for ‘China-style’ internet censorship

South Korea: gov’t under fire for ‘China-style’ internet censorship

The Korean government is under massive criticism after blocking access to hundreds of porn and gambling sites by opening up user data packets ― a method some people believe opened the door to China-style internet censorship. The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC), an internet censorship body, said on Feb. 11 that it had blocked access […]

China, Japan seek to increase military clout over Korea

China, Japan seek to increase military clout over Korea

China and Japan appear to be trying to step up their military presence around the Korean Peninsula amid a debate between South Korea and the United States over defense cost-sharing. Diplomatic and security sources say Beijing and Tokyo are preparing for a possible realignment of U.S. troops in South Korea and a reduced U.S. military […]

Seoul plans marathon at DMZ in Olympics with Pyongyang

Seoul plans marathon at DMZ in Olympics with Pyongyang

Olympic runners and cyclists may be able to compete inside the heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ), according to a working draft of Seoul’s bid to co-host the 2032 Olympics with Pyongyang. The Seoul Metropolitan Government says the DMZ ― a symbol of painful division and the ongoing military standoff between the two Koreas ― is […]

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 […]

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