<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio]]]> 15 en <![CDATA[BTS to Showcase New Single on CBS Talk Show]]> K-pop super group BTS will appear on U.S. broadcaster CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" later this month to showcase their new single.  The band's management agency said Saturday that they will appear on the U.S talk show on January 28 and perform "Black Swan," a track from the band's upcoming ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:21:50 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Ruling Party Vows Swift Efforts on Police Reform]]> The ruling Democratic Party(DP) is continuing its drive to complete the reform of law enforcement agencies. Following the passage of a bill on adjusting powers between the prosecution and police, the DP is now calling for police reform. President Moon Jae-in echoed a similar view during a meeting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:17:22 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Pres. Official: Inter-Korean Cooperation to be within Framework of Denuclearization]]> South Korea's presidential office has reassured that there is no rift in Seoul-Washington coordination.  This comes after the top office criticized remarks by U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris, who expressed concern over inter-Korean cooperation plans pursued by Seoul. A senior presidential official ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:12:10 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA['US Expects S. Korea to Make Best Decision on Inter-Korean Ties']]> U.S. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus held an interview with KBS at the State Department on Friday and said the U.S. expects South Korea to "make the best decision" regarding Seoul's push to improve inter-Korean relations. She said it's important to U.S. President Donald Trump and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:07:57 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[4 S. Korean Trekkers Missing in Nepal After Avalanche]]> Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that four South Korean climbers have gone missing in Nepal's Himalayas after an avalanche hit the trekking route of Annapurna. The incident took place between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. Friday local time when they were passing through the Deurali area located ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:01:01 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[ASEAN Urges Resumption of Stalled Nuclear Talks]]> Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations(ASEAN) have urged resumption of the stalled nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea. According to the Vietnam News Agency on Saturday, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh told reporters after chairing an ASEAN foreign ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:58:06 +0900 International
<![CDATA[US, Japan Issue Joint Statement on Anniversary of Security Treaty]]> The United States and Japan issued a joint statement vowing to strengthen their alliance on Friday, two days before the 60th anniversary of the signing of the bilateral Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. The statement was signed by four officials: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:56:00 +0900 International
<![CDATA[UN Report: N. Korean Economy Grew 1.8% in 2019]]> North Korea's economy appears to have posted positive growth for the first time in three years in 2019 despite global sanctions. According to a report released Thursday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, North Korea's gross domestic product grew an estimated ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:53:43 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[US Official Conveys Full Confidence in Defending against New N. Korea Missiles]]> The vice chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that he has "100 percent confidence" in the U.S.' ability to defend itself from new North Korean missiles.  Air Force General John Hyten made the remark during a seminar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:48:58 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Main Opposition Names Satellite Party 'Future Korea Party' ]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has chosen “Future Korea Party” as the provisional name for its satellite party to be created ahead of the general elections.  The decision on Friday comes after the National Election Commission(NEC) disapproved of the previously planned name, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:51:52 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Cheong Wa Dae Calls US Ambassador Harris' Remarks Inappropriate]]> South Korea's presidential office has critically responded to U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris' view that Seoul needs to consult with the U.S. before pushing for inter-Korean cooperation.  An official of Cheong Wa Dae said in a meeting with reporters on Friday that it is “very inappropriate” ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:41:06 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Disability Advocates Take Issue with DP Chief's Alleged Disparaging Remarks]]> A civic advocacy group has filed a petition with the National Human Rights Council against ruling Democratic Party Chairman Lee Hae-chan over derogatory remarks he allegedly made about people with physical and mental disabilities.  The Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination held a press conference ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:13:29 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Japan Says Wartime Forced Labor Is S. Korean Issue]]> Japan has responded negatively to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s New Year proposal for the two sides to put their heads together to resolve the longstanding wartime forced labor issue.  Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi asserted during a press conference Friday that the ball is in South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:48:19 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korean Groups Demand US Ambassador's Apology over Remarks]]> South Korean civic groups supporting inter-Korean exchanges have criticized remarks by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris who appeared to have put in check the Seoul government's push for cross-border projects including individual tours to North Korea. A civic solidarity comprised of some ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:20:29 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[LKP Issues Election Pledges on Education ]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party has unveiled educational pledges for the April general elections. The five-point list includes sharply expanding the percentage of regular university admissions centered on the college entrance exam and revoking the government policy on abolishing foreign language ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:06:20 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Vietnam Drops Out of Olympic Qualifying Tournament After 1-2 Loss to N. Korea]]> Vietnam's men's national football team on Thursday suffered a one-two loss against North Korea during their final Group D match at the Asian Football Conference(AFC) U-23 Championship in Thailand, falling short of punching a ticket to this year's Summer Olympics. Vietnam, led by South Korean coach Park ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:49:14 +0900 Sports
<![CDATA[Gov't to Support Korean Firms in SE Asia on Wages, Rights Protection]]> The government will step up monitoring and support efforts regarding South Korean firms operating in Southeast Asian nations in the areas of wage management and human rights violations. The move is to prevent Korean businesses from infringing on human rights or delaying wage payments for local ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:48:36 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Cho Kuk Indicted on Charges of Illegally Suspending Probe on Ex-Vice Mayor]]> The prosecution has indicted without detention former Justice Minister Cho Kuk on charges of suspending a probe into a former vice mayor of Busan when he was serving as presidential secretary on civil affairs. The Seoul Eastern District Prosecutors Office on Friday announced the indictment of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:23:01 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[KOSPI Closes Friday Up 0.11%]]> The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) gained two-point-52 points, or point-11 percent, on Friday. It ended the week at two-thousand-250-point-57.  The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also rose, gaining one-point-89 points, or point-28 percent, to close at 688-point-41.  On the foreign exchange, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:50:17 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Gov't: Sluggish Exports, Construction Investment Continue to Weigh on Economy]]> The South Korean government said sluggish exports and weaker construction investment continue to weigh on the domestic economy, despite recent gains in service output and consumption. In its monthly assessment report on Friday, the Finance Ministry said exports and construction investment are still in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:49:09 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Seoul Plans to Waive 2010 Sanctions on N. Korea for Cross-Border Tourism]]> Anchor: Seoul has confirmed it will waive sanctions imposed on Pyongyang in 2010 that bans border-crossings by South Koreans. By lifting its own penalty measures on the North, South Korea wants to allow individual trips to Mt. Geumgang as part of a wider campaign to promote inter-Korean relations. Kim ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:32:47 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Unification Ministry: N. Korea Policies Matter of S. Korea's Sovereignty]]> South Korea said its policies on North Korea are a matter of sovereignty after U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris urged Seoul to consult closely with Washington about its engagement plans with Pyongyang. Unification Ministry spokesperson Lee Sang-min said on Friday that the U.S. has repeatedly said it ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:16:13 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Pompeo, Esper Jointly Urge S. Korea to Pay More Upkeep Costs for US Forces]]> The top U.S. diplomat and defense chief have jointly called on South Korea to shoulder more of the upkeep costs for stationing American troops on the Korean Peninsula. In a rare joint commentary in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:00:10 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Court Orders Sewol Ferry Operator's Family to Pay 170 Bln Won in Indemnities]]> A Seoul court has ordered three children of the operator of the ill-fated Sewol ferry to cover 70 percent of recovery costs incurred by the state related to the ferry's sinking. The Seoul Central District Court on Friday ruled that the children of Yoo Byeong-eun, the late owner of Chonghaejin Marine, should ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:42:12 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Gov't to Provide $200,000 in Aid to Help People Displaced by Taal Eruption]]> South Korea will provide 200-thousand dollars in humanitarian aid to help some 45-thousand people in the Philippines displaced by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.  The Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the aid will be provided through the Philippines’ Red Cross. The ministry said it hopes the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:17:00 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea, US at Odds over Moon's Push for Inter-Korean Projects]]> Anchor: Seoul and Washington are struggling to reconcile differing opinions on South Korea's push to resume tours to Mt. Geumgang in North Korea. Seoul's chief nuclear envoy met his U.S. counterpart in Washington to discuss plans to rekindle inter-Korean projects but the U.S. has so far only underlined a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:56:08 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Court Finds Rep. Kim Sung-tae Not Guilty of Bribery]]> A Seoul court has issued a “not guilty” verdict for main opposition Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Kim Sung-tae who was accused of bribery for pulling strings to get his daughter hired by telecom operator KT Corporation.  The Seoul Southern District Court on Friday also declared former KT Chair Lee ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:11:59 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon's Chief of Staff Says Tours to N. Korea Don't Violate UN Sanctions]]> President Moon Jae-in's chief of staff says inter-Korean tours to North Korea's Mount Geumgang or South Korean individual visits to the North are not bound by international sanctions and can resume at any time. Speaking to a local radio program on Thursday, Noh Young-min said Seoul and Washington are ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:10:27 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[S. Korea Reportedly Looking to Allow Individual Tours to N. Korea]]> The government is reportedly considering the possibility of permitting South Koreans to visit the North through a third country, such as China. Government officials made the revelation on Friday amid stated efforts by Seoul to initiate inter-Korean cooperation projects not bound by international ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:04:55 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[S. Korea, US Discuss Fukushima Wastewater, Marine Issues]]> South Korea and the U.S. held a director-level meeting on maritime and environment issues in Seoul on Thursday.  According to the Foreign Ministry on Friday, the two sides discussed the possibility of Japan releasing contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster site into the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:57:10 +0900 Politics