Latest news from South Korea, in Korean newspapers

[Column] Patent Profits and Drug Pushers
Last month the Attorney General of the State of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, one of the country’s leading pharmaceutical companies. The suit alleges that the company (...)
The Hankyoreh - 17 February 2019
[News analysis] The marketization of North Korea
“Markets are a stronghold and hotbed of capitalistic elements.” That was the gist of a statement that former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il delivered on June 18, 2008, to the top managers of (...)
The Hankyoreh - 17 February 2019
Silent restructuring in S. Korean mobile phone manufacturing as industry declines
“When our managers made us work without a day off for more than a decade, they always told us we wouldn’t have a job without the company. And now they give us a pink slip right before the Lunar New (...)
The Hankyoreh - 17 February 2019
Majority of S. Korean women support decriminalization of abortion
Survey results show that seven-and-a-half out of ten South Korean women aged 15 to 44 think Articles 269 and 270 (crime of abortion) of the Criminal Act, which punish women and medical professionals (...)
The Hankyoreh - 17 February 2019
[News analysis] The mysteriousness of Trump’s figures for South Korea’s defense costs
“Right now, it costs us US$5 billion a year to defend [. . .]South Korea [. . .] and they were paying about US$500 million.” Trump made these remarks on Feb. 12, just two days after South Korea (...)
The Hankyoreh - 17 February 2019
[Reportage] The struggle to identify the remains of Korean victims lost in the Battle of Okinawa
“This is a piece of skull.” Takamatsu Gushiken, 65, dug up a small fragment of bone on Feb. 15 from one meter down in the earth in Sokei, a district in the central Okinawa Prefecture village of (...)
The Hankyoreh - 17 February 2019
Head of N. Korean delegation arrives in Beijing to prepare for 2nd NK-US summit
Kim Chang-son, chief secretary of the North Korean State Affairs Commission secretariat and de facto chief of staff to leader Kim Jong-un, arrived in Beijing on the afternoon of Feb. 15, apparently (...)
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
South and North Korea to form unified teams for 4 events at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
South and North Korea finalized a decision to field unified teams in four events at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (July 24–Aug. 9): women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, rowing, and (...)
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
US State Dept. considers waiving sanctions and travel bans for humanitarian aid to N. Korea
On Feb. 14, the US State Department announced that it was considering the option of waiving sanctions and the travel ban on relief groups that provide humanitarian aid to North Korea. The UN Security (...)
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
Presidential advisor stresses need for 2nd NK-US summit to produce roadmap and timetable
Moon Chung-in, special advisor to the South Korean President for unification, foreign affairs and national security, said that the second North Korea-US summit needs to produce a roadmap and (...)
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
Pompeo publicly hints at possible sanctions relief for first time
The analysis suggested the remarks were meant conditionally to provide a “carrot” to urge larger denuclearization measures from Pyongyang. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibilit..
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
[Editorial] Pompeo’s sanctions remarks hopefully lead to concrete results
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned easing sanctions while talking about North Korea and the US’ denuclearization negotiations. In an interview with the press on Feb. 13, Pompeo said that (...)
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
[Photo] Goheung County reemerges as domestic coffee producer
Goheung County, South Jeolla Province, known mainly for its production of yuza citrus, is reemerging as a hotspot for local coffee. The county, in response to climate change, has resolved to (...)
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
[Photo] Seoul builds facilities for recycling rainwater
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is setting up facilities throughout the city that collect rainwater and convert it into usable water. Rainwater conventionally runs along urban gutters into (...)
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
[Photo] Deep sea search for Stellar Daisy begins 2 years after sinking
The deep sea search for the Stellar Daisy, a a South Korean very large ore carrier (VLOC) that sank off the coast of Uruguay in the South Atlantic on Mar. 31, 2017, has begun. Infinity, a US next (...)
The Hankyoreh - 16 February 2019
Attorneys of forced labor victims to visit Nippon Steel headquarters to demand compensation
Legal representatives of victims of forced labor mobilization during the Japanese occupation plan to visit the Tokyo headquarters of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal on Feb. 15 to deliver a request (...)
Hangyore Sinmun - 15 February 2019
Attorneys of forced labor victims to visit Nippon Steel headquarters to demand compensation
Legal representatives of victims of forced labor mobilization during the Japanese occupation plan to visit the Tokyo headquarters of Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal on Feb. 15 to deliver a request (...)
The Hankyoreh - 15 February 2019
Uzbeks affiliated with Islamic extremists seek deportation to South Korea from Turkey
Uzbek nationals affiliated with an Islamic extremist group involved in the Syrian civil war are seeking deportation to South Korea, a UN report states. A Feb. 14 examination of the latest report (...)
Hangyore Sinmun - 15 February 2019
Uzbeks affiliated with Islamic extremists seek deportation to South Korea from Turkey
Uzbek nationals affiliated with an Islamic extremist group involved in the Syrian civil war are seeking deportation to South Korea, a UN report states. A Feb. 14 examination of the latest report (...)
The Hankyoreh - 15 February 2019
Biegun reportedly being advised by two separate teams ahead of 2nd N. Korea-US summit
US State Department Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun may be hearing advice from the so-called “Stanford team” and “Carnegie team” as he spearheads working-level negotiations with (...)
Hangyore Sinmun - 15 February 2019
Biegun reportedly being advised by two separate teams ahead of 2nd N. Korea-US summit
US State Department Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun may be hearing advice from the so-called “Stanford team” and “Carnegie team” as he spearheads working-level negotiations with (...)
The Hankyoreh - 15 February 2019



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