<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio]]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Activists Urge S. Korea to Give More Assistance to Laos Dam Collapse]]> Activists from Southeast Asian countries are calling on South Korea to play a more active role the aftermath of a massive dam collapse in Laos in July.    The activists from Thailand and Cambodia held a press conference in Seoul on Thursday, saying the damage from the fatal dam incident is more ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:08:08 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139511
<![CDATA[Moon: Kim Jong-un Wants to Meet Trump as Soon as Possible]]> President Moon Jae-in says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hopes to hold his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump as soon as possible for swifter progress on denuclearization.  The South Korean president relayed the North Korean leader's stance during a press briefing in Seoul on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:56:43 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139510
<![CDATA[Moon: N. Korea Hopes to Achieve Denuclearization Quickly ]]> President Moon Jae-in says North Korea is hoping to complete denuclearization at an early date so it can focus on economic development.  Moon made the remark at the main press center at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul on Thursday, as he gave a briefing on the outcome of the inter-Korean summit in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 19:27:20 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139509
<![CDATA[Assembly Committee Passes Tax Reduction Bill for Leasing Operators]]> A parliamentary standing committee has passed a bill to provide tax reduction for long-term leasing operators.   The National Assembly’s Strategy and Finance Committee held a meeting on Thursday and approved a revision to cut the income tax and corporate tax by five percent for those ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:46:15 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=139508
<![CDATA[China Calls for Further US-N. Korea Dialogue]]> Beijing is calling on Washington and Pyongyang to strengthen their bilateral communication in order to facilitate denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang relayed the Chinese government’s stance during a regular media briefing on Thursday, after ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:33:51 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139506
<![CDATA[Court Turns Down Bail Request by Two Ex-Spy Chiefs ]]> The court has refused two former spy chiefs' requests to stand trial without detention on charges related to their delivery of spy agency funds to former President Park Geun-hye.   The Seoul High Court on Thursday denied the requests for release on bail for former National Intelligence Service ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:22:19 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139505
<![CDATA[PM Lee Calls for China's Support for Denuclearization ]]> Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has called for China's continued support for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and peace-building efforts for the region.  Lee made the request during a meeting with Ding Zhongli, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:11:31 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139504
<![CDATA[Gender Equality Minister Nominee Grilled in Confirmation Hearing]]> The National Assembly held a confirmation hearing for Gender Equality and Family Minister nominee Jin Sun-mee on Thursday. She was grilled in particular on her views on homosexuality and why she left out an evaluation process on her stock holdings which aims to prevent conflict of interest for ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:08:36 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139503
<![CDATA[Gov't Downplays Criticism Over No Hostile Activity Zone in Yellow Sea]]> The Defense Ministry has dismissed criticism that a zone in the Yellow Sea the two Koreas agreed to halt hostile activities in was not in favor of South Korea based on the Northern Limit Line. A ministry official told reporters Thursday South Korea is not at a disadvantage because the North’s coastline in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:41:59 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139501
<![CDATA[KOSPI Closes Thursday Up 0.65%]]> The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) rose 14-point-99 points, or point-65 percent on Thursday. It ended the day at two-thousand-323-point-45.      The tech-heavy KOSDAQ fell, losing five-point-78 points, or point-70 percent. It closed at 821-point-13. On the foreign ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:03:40 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=139500
<![CDATA[Moon Leaves for Seoul, Kim Sends Mushroom Gift ]]> President Moon Jae-in has left for Seoul, ending his three-day summit trip to North Korea. Presidential secretary for public relations Yoon Young-chan told a briefing Thursday afternoon that the plane carrying Moon, the first lady and the official delegation is currently heading for Seoul. He also said ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:44:20 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139499
<![CDATA[Moon and Kim Highlight Korean Unity at Mt. Baekdu]]> Anchor: The leaders of the two Koreas tried to highlight the unity of Korean people on the last day of their third summit while visiting Mount Baekdu. The mountain is regarded as the sacred origin of Koreans. President Moon Jae-in wrapped up his three-day trip to North Korea by visiting the mountain before ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:37:15 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139498
<![CDATA[Abe Wins Another Term as LDP Chief]]> Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has secured his third term as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. In the leadership election held Thursday, Abe comfortably beat his only contender, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, by clinching 553 out of a total 810 votes.  The victory will extend ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:30:39 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=139497
<![CDATA[Koreas to Soon Begin Talks on Repairing War-Separated Family Reunion Center]]> Seoul said it will begin consultations with related ministries and Pyongyang to open a permanent facility for inter-Korean family reunions at North Korea's Mount Geumgang as agreed by the leaders of the two Koreas Wednesday. An official at the Unification Ministry in Seoul said Thursday the ministry will ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:22:31 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139496
<![CDATA[Justice Ministry Announces Revisions to Permanent Residency Rules ]]> Foreigners will be restricted from obtaining permanent residency in Korea if less than three years have passed since they received a fine and paid the penalty.    The Justice Ministry said Thursday that a revised immigration control act specifying foreigners' eligibility for permanent ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:01:10 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139495
<![CDATA[Pompeo: US Ready to Re-engage in Dialogue with N. Korea]]> Anchor: Washington is resuming its nuclear dialogue with Pyongyang after leaders of the two Koreas agreed that the North will take further denuclearization steps. With U.S. President Donald Trump lauding the inter-Korean summit, his state secretary said a meeting is being arranged between the U.S. ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:59:13 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139494
<![CDATA[Moon: Confident Day Will Come When S. Koreans Can Tour Mt. Baekdu]]> President Moon Jae-in says he is confident the day will come when ordinary people in South Korea can visit Mount Baekdu. He made the remark on Thursday when he reached the peak of Mount Baekdu with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Moon said the first step has been taken and that more people will be ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:51:44 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139493
<![CDATA[Mt. Baekdu Holds Significance for Leaders of Both Koreas]]> On the last day of his three-day trip to Pyongyang Thursday, President Moon Jae-in visited Mount Baekdu with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Moon had previously expressed hope to visit the mountain, such as during the first inter-Korean summit in April, where he said it has been his long dream to visit ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:50:28 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139492
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Growth in Household Debt 8 Times Faster than OECD Average]]> New data shows South Korea’s household debt grew nearly eight times faster compared to member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) following the 2008 global financial crisis. According to data released by the Bank of Korea Thursday, the pace of growth in South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:24:36 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=139491
<![CDATA[N. Korean Media Covers Pyongyang Declaration ]]> North Korean media on Thursday extensively covered the latest joint declaration between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.     A day after they signed the Pyongyang Declaration, the North's Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) carried its full text and reported on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:04:48 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139490
<![CDATA[S. Korea Mulls Meeting of Top Diplomats of Two Koreas, US]]> South Korea will consider arranging a meeting of the top diplomats of the two Koreas and the U.S. on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week.  South Korea's chief nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon said in a news briefing Thursday that talks among the foreign ministers of the three countries are crucial, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:47:05 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139489
<![CDATA[Seoul City Unveils Tourism Promotion Plans ]]> The Seoul city government will foster 20 must-visit tourist destinations with a goal to attract 50 million tourists to the capital city per year by 2023.   The metropolitan government unveiled plans to promote tours to Seoul city on Thursday.   It aims to nearly double the number of tourists visiting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:24:33 +0900 Culture http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Cu_detail.htm?No=139488
<![CDATA[Moon, Kim Stroll Around Mount Baekdu's Crater Lake]]> President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reached the peak of Mount Baekdu on Thursday and strolled around the famous crater lake called Heaven Lake or “Chonji.” The presidential office said the two leaders and their wives arrived at the mountain's summit by car then ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:52:04 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139487
<![CDATA[Supreme Court Chief Justice to Scrap Nat'l Court Administration]]> Supreme Court Chief Justice Kim Myeong-su says he will scrap the National Court Administration(NCA) which has been at the center of judicial power abuse allegations. On the top court’s internal communication network Thursday, Kim said he will eliminate the controversial office, while setting up a judicial ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:49:46 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=139486
<![CDATA[Top Office: New Process Has Begun with Pyongyang Declaration]]> The presidential office says a new process supported by related countries is being introduced with the Pyongyang Declaration which was signed by the leaders of the two Koreas Wednesday. Senior presidential press secretary Yoon Young-chan told reporters on Thursday a "new time has begun," as he introduced ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:10:09 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139485
<![CDATA[Pres. Moon to Head Home from Airport Near Mt. Baekdu]]> President Moon Jae-in is set to head straight home from an airport near North Korea’s Mount Baekdu on Thursday. Moon’s senior press secretary Yoon Young-chan told reporters that after visiting Mount Baekdu with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Moon will get on a plane at Samjiyon Airport and return ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:40:18 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=139484
<![CDATA[Parliament to Vote on Key Bills in Plenary Session]]> The National Assembly will vote on a number of key bills during its plenary session on Thursday. The rival parties recently agreed to act on these bills which failed to pass last month's extraordinary assembly session. One of the bills will allow nonfinancial firms to hold up to a 34 percent stake in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:33:03 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=139483
<![CDATA[US Exempts S. Korean Steel Product from Tariffs]]> A South Korean steel product has been exempted from U.S. tariffs for the first time since Washington imposed an import quota on South Korean steel in May. According to industry sources Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department on Monday accepted a request from American medical equipment maker Micro Stamping to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:11:18 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=139482
<![CDATA[Korean Air Chief Summoned over Additional Embezzlement Allegations]]> Hanjin Group Chairman Cho Yang-ho has been summoned again for questioning over fresh allegations of embezzlement.   Cho appeared at the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, saying he would cooperate with the investigation.  The prosecution plans to grill him on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:58:11 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=139481
<![CDATA[Moon Calls for Taking Great Step toward Peace in Speech to N. Koreans]]> President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday called for inter-Korean efforts to end 70 years of hostility and to take a great step toward peace.  Moon made the call during a speech before some 150-thousand North Koreans after watching a large-scale gymnastic and artistic show at the May Day Stadium on the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:44:21 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=139480