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[Weekender] ‘Spirit of March 1 movement lives on’

This Sunday, South Korea marks the 96th anniversary of the March 1 independence movement in which millions of people across the peninsula waved their national flag and bravely rose up against Japan’s...

Updated : 2015.02.27 20:24

S. Korea offers talks with N. Korea on Kaesong complex

South Korea on Friday proposed talks with North Korea on the Kaesong Industrial Complex in mid-March, three days after the communist neighbor announced a unilateral decision to raise wages for its workers there by more than 5 percent.  The unification ministry accused Pyongyang of runnin...

Updated : 2015.02.27 12:55

Five middle powers set to hold senior officials' meeting

South Korea and four other middle powers held a senior officials' meeting in Seoul on Friday in the run-up to a meeting of the countries' foreign ministers slated for late May, Seoul's foreign ministry said.  The so-called MIKTA is an informal cooperative body that was created by Mexico,...

Updated : 2015.02.27 09:29

Five nations agree on ways to reopen N.K. nuke talks: source

South Korea and four nations involved in the six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear program have reached a consensus on conditions for resuming the long-stalled talks, a source said Thursday.  South Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia have shared the need to have e...

Updated : 2015.02.26 18:06

PM says sanctions removal can be discussed if Koreas hold talks

South Korea is ready to discuss the possible removal of its sanctions on North Korea if the rival countries hold talks, Seoul's prime minister said Thursday.  The remark by Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo was seen as reflecting Seoul's growing willingness to mend fences with North Korea as we...

Updated : 2015.02.26 16:29

S. Korea, Turkey ink FTA in service, investment

South Korea and Turkey on Thursday signed a free trade agreement in the investment and service sectors that will complement their bilateral trade pact that went into effect nearly two years ago.  "As the chapters in service and investment have been signed, the Korea-Turkey FTA that has b...

Updated : 2015.02.26 13:16

N. Korea says Park gov't to blame for icy bilateral ties

North Korea claimed Thursday South Korea's Park Geun-hye administration is fully responsible for frosty ties between the two sides, calling its inter-Korean policy over the past two years a total failure.  The Rodong Sinmun, Pyongyang's key propaganda organ, accused the Park government o...

Updated : 2015.02.26 11:25

Seoul to consider West Germany’s money-for-prisoner model

Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo said Wednesday he will look into the money-for-prisoner scheme used by former West Germany in tackling the issue of South Korean abductees in North Korea, rekindling concerns about its feasibility.In his debut facing parliamentary questions, Lee pledged to sustai...

Updated : 2015.02.25 19:15

China urges Japan to 'honestly' deal with wartime aggression

China called for Japan on Wednesday to "honestly" deal with its history of aggression during World War II as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is preparing for a speech marking the 70th anniversary of Tokyo's surrender in the war.   China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hong Lei made the...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:26

U.S. believes S. Korea, Japan will find middle ground: official

A senior U.S. diplomat handling relations with South Korea and Japan said Tuesday he is confident the two Asian allies will ultimately find a solution to long-running tensions over historical issues as both sides understand the strategic interests they have in improved ties.  Amb. Sung K...

Updated : 2015.02.25 11:40

S. Korea, China initial bilateral free trade pact

South Korea and China initialed their free trade agreement Wednesday, taking a step closer to implementing what South Korean officials hail as the most significant trade deal for the country.   The initialing came about three months after the two countries concluded their FTA negotiation...

Updated : 2015.02.25 11:37

S. Korea, Russia hold talks on N. Korea's nuke issue

South Korea's top nuclear envoy met with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Tuesday to explore ways to resume the long-stalled six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear program, officials said.  The meeting between Hwang Joon-kook and Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mo...

Updated : 2015.02.25 09:12

Kuwait, Korea diversify partnership

February is a joyous month for the State of Kuwait as it celebrates its 54th National Day on Feb. 25 and the 24th anniversary of Liberation Day on the following day. I am grateful to be able to celebr...

Updated : 2015.02.24 20:25

Koreas to spar over N.K. human rights at U.N. session

South and North Korea are expected to clash over the communist country's human rights conditions at a United Nations meeting in Geneva next week, sources here said Tuesday.  The high-level segment of the 28th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, scheduled from March 2-5, will draw k...

Updated : 2015.02.24 14:28

Five middle powers to hold senior officials' meeting this week

South Korea and four other middle powers will hold a senior officials' meeting in Seoul this week in the run-up to a meeting of their foreign ministers slated for late May, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday.  MIKTA is an informal cooperative body created by Mexico, Indonesia, the Rep...

Updated : 2015.02.24 14:26