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Park urges military readiness against N. Korean provocations

President Park Geun-hye called on the military Tuesday to maintain its readiness to deter any possible provocation from North Korea amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.  She said South Korea cannot predict what type of provocations the North may stage, citing North Korea's thre...

Updated : 2015.06.30 15:38

Defense chief: odds of N. Korea's provocation growing

Defense Minister Han Min-koo warned North Korea on Tuesday not to test South Korea's combat readiness, saying it would face "resolute retaliation" in case of any attack.  Han stressed that the likelihood of a provocation by the unpredictable nation is growing, as he presided over a biann...

Updated : 2015.06.30 11:05

Two Koreas meet over ex-first lady's proposed N.K. visit

Aides to late former President Kim Dae-jung visited North Korea on Tuesday for talks on a proposed trip there by Kim's widow but returned home without finalizing a specific date.  Lee Hee-ho, who was the South's first lady during Kim's five-year tenure till 2003, is seeking to visit the ...

Updated : 2015.06.30 11:04

UNESCO decision on Japan sites due this week

The ongoing session of the World Heritage Committee is drawing keen attention here, as it will determine whether to put Japan’s controversial Meji-era industrial sites, linked to wartime slave labor, on its heritage list later this week.The session opened in Bonn, Germany, Sunday amid tal...

Updated : 2015.06.29 15:17

S. Korean, U.S. nuclear envoys to discuss N. Korea

The U.S. special envoy for North Korea policy will meet with his South Korean counterpart Monday for talks on North Korea and its nuclear weapons program, officials said.  Ambassador Sung Kim will hold a closed-door meeting with Hwang Joon-kook, special representative for Korean Peninsul...

Updated : 2015.06.29 11:55

S. Korea OKs meeting with N. Korea over ex-first lady's visit

South Korea has approved a civilian group's visit to North Korea this week for discussions on a planned trip there by the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, an official at the Unification Ministry said Monday.  Lee Hee-ho, who was the South's first lady during Kim's five-year tenure...

Updated : 2015.06.29 11:51

Defense chief Han vows retaliation against N. Korean provocations

Defense Minister Han Min-koo vowed Monday to sternly retaliate against any provocations from North Korea as South Korea commemorates a deadly inter-Korean naval clash that took place more than a decade ago.   Triggered by a North Korean patrol boat crossing the de facto sea border, the N...

Updated : 2015.06.29 11:51

S. Korea holds significant stakes in South China Sea issue: Burns

South Korea has significant stakes in ensuring freedom of navigation and global commons around the world, including disputed waters in the South China Sea, a former top American diplomat said.   Former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who is now president of the Carnegie Endowmen...

Updated : 2015.06.28 21:50

Japanese embassy to hold military event at ambassador's residence

The Japanese embassy will hold a military anniversary event at the Japanese ambassador's residence here to prevent the ceremony from stoking anti-Japanese sentiment, diplomatic sources said Sunday.   The embassy plans to mark the 61st anniversary of the establishment of Japan's Self-Defe...

Updated : 2015.06.28 21:26

Indian officials take ‘Miracle on the Han’ cruise

Indian civil servants visited Korea last week to benchmark its development experience, starting their tour on a cruise along the Han River for inspiration. One-hundred and twenty members of the India...

Updated : 2015.06.28 20:20

Korea-Malawi Friendship Society launched

Malawi, a small landlocked country in southeast Africa, awaits greater exchanges with Korea following the establishment of the Korea-Malawi Friendship Society last week, a leading Malawian civil activ...

Updated : 2015.06.28 20:17

Danish ambassador discusses N.K. visit

The international community must sustain its humanitarian assistance to the people of North Korea, while pressing the regime to improve its dismal human rights situation, Danish Ambassador Thomas Lehm...

Updated : 2015.06.28 20:14

British writer brings Korean War to life

Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the start of the Korean War (1950-53), a British journalist has published a Korean-language edition of his book vividly depicting the sacrifices made by British...

Updated : 2015.06.28 20:11

U.S. 'absolutely' committed to preventing nuclear N. Korea: Work

   The United States is confident it can stay ahead of North Korea's nuclear capabilities and is "absolutely committed" to preventing the communist nation from acquiring a nuclear weapon, a top U.S. defense official said.    Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work made the remark duri...

Updated : 2015.06.27 10:10

S. Korea to offer $41 mln loan for Vietnam waterworks project

South Korea will provide $41 million in soft loans to Vietnam so the Southeast Asian country can expand its waterworks infrastructure, the finance ministry said Thursday.The money, to come from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund, will be used in the second phase of the Thien-Tan pro...

Updated : 2015.06.25 15:33