News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] http://world.kbs.co.kr/rss/rss_news.htm?lang=e 15The latest news from home and abroad, with a close eye on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular en <![CDATA[Speed Skater Lee Seung-hoon Wins Gold in Inaugural Olympic Mass Start Event]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134225 South Korean speed skater Lee Seung-hoon won gold in the inaugural Olympic mass start event at the PyeongChang Winter Games on Saturday. In the men’s final at the Gangneung Ice Arena, Lee finished with a total of 60 points to finish in first place ahead of Bart Swings of Belgium. Koen Verweij of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:30:16 +0900 Sports http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134225
<![CDATA[Speed Skater Kim Bo-reum Claims Silver in Mass Start]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134224 South Korea’s speed skater Kim Bo-reum won a silver medal in the inaugural Olympic mass start event at the PyeongChang Winter Games on Saturday.   In the event held at the Gangneung Ice Arena, Kim finished in second place with 40 points behind Japan’s Nana Takagi who earned 60 points. Irene Schouten of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:45:36 +0900 Sports http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134224
<![CDATA[Alpine Snowboarder Lee Sang-ho Wins Silver in Men's Parallel Giant Slalom]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134223 Alpine snowboarder Lee Sang-ho has become the first South Korean to win an Olympic medal in skiing sports.  Lee won silver in the men's parallel giant slalom at Phoenix Snow Park at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in his native Gangwon Province on Saturday.  Nicknamed Napa Cabbage Boy, Lee came behind ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:56:50 +0900 Sports http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134223
<![CDATA[Seoul: US Sanctions Affirm Its Will to Peacefully Resolve Nuke Issue ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134222 South Korea said Saturday that the latest package of U.S. sanctions on North Korea have reaffirmed Washington's determination to peacefully and diplomatically resolve the North Korean nuclear issue. Disclosing the government’s stance on the additional sanctions Washington introduced Friday, a Foreign ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:34:56 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134222
<![CDATA[Top Office: Olympics Raised GDP by 0.2%p in Q1]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134221 The PyeongChang Winter Games are believed to have raised the nation's GDP growth by zero-point-two percentage points in the first quarter.  According to the presidential office on Friday, the Bank of Korea and the Finance Ministry estimate that the Olympics generated an increase of one-point-four ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:28:32 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134221
<![CDATA[S. Korean Killed by Gunmen in Philippines ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134220 A 41-year-old South Korean was shot to death in the Philippines' Cebu island. According to local Korean residents on Saturday, the victim was driving Friday evening in Mandaue near Cebu City when he was shot by two assailants riding a motorbike at around 10 p.m. He was rushed to the hospital but did not ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:17:14 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134220
<![CDATA[Earned Income of 40-Something Households Posts Sharp Fall ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134219 The earned income of South Korean households headed by 40-somethings posted the sharpest drop ever in the fourth quarter of last year since such data has been compiled. According to Statistics Korea on Saturday, the earned income of domestic households headed by people in their 40s fell more than three ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:03:43 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134219
<![CDATA[Families of Cheonan Victims Urge Government to Scrap N. Korean Official's Visit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134218 Bereaved family members of the victims of the 2010 sinking of a Navy corvette held a news conference Saturday to protest the planned visit by a senior North Korean official suspected of having orchestrated the attack. Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the North's ruling Workers' ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:42:11 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134218
<![CDATA[Trump Announces 'Heaviest Ever' Sanctions on N. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134217 Anchor: The United States has unveiled new sanctions on North Korea – the “heaviest ever” in the words of President Donald Trump. The president said the United States would move to “phase two” if sanctions don’t work.  Kim In-kyung has more.  Report: The United States announced the largest ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:18:19 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134217
<![CDATA[Moon, Ivanka Differ on N. Korea Solution Between Dialogue, Pressure ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134216 President Moon Jae-in met with White House senior adviser and President Donald Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump at his office on Friday. Their meeting confirmed the importance of a steadfast bilateral alliance but also pointed to differences between the two allies regarding how to handle North ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:06:55 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134216
<![CDATA[Sanders: No Plan to Contact N. Korea at Closing Ceremony]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=134215 White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has reaffirmed that the U.S. delegation has no plans to meet with North Korean officials during the PyeongChang Olympics closing ceremony. Sanders, who is visiting South Korea as part of the U.S. delegation to the Olympics, held a press conference Saturday at Team ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 24 Feb 2018 11:38:25 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=134215
<![CDATA[S. Korean Women's Curling Team Advances to Finals]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134214 The South Korean women’s curling team has advanced to the finals at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics with a dramatic 8-7 win over Japan on Friday. The quartet, led by skip Kim Eun-jung, defeated their rivals at the Gangneung Curling Center in an extra end after Japan tied up the score in the 10th. With ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:11:38 +0900 Sports http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134214
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Kim Tae-yun Wins Bronze in Men's 1,000-Meter Speed Skating]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=134213 South Korea's Kim Tae-Yun has won bronze in the men's one-thousand meter speed skating at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.  In the final held at the Gangneung Oval Friday night, the 23-year-old clocked in at one-minute eight-point-22 seconds. Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands clinched gold, crossing the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:24:16 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=134213
<![CDATA[Ivanka Trump Arrives in S. Korea, Aims to Reaffirm Commitment to Ally]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134212 U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, has arrived in South Korea for a four-day trip.   The White House senior adviser is leading the American delegation to the closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics set for Sunday.   The delegation also includes U.S. Senator James Risch and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:51:07 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134212
<![CDATA[Govt' to Announce Measures to Root out Sexual Misconduct ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134211 The government is gearing up to announce comprehensive measures next month to counter incidents of sexual misconduct, as allegations of harassment and assault against high-profile cultural figures are rocking the nation. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family said it is beefing up consultations with ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:19:59 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134211
<![CDATA[N. Korea-China Trade Falls to Lowest since June 2014]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134210 Monthly trade between North Korea and China has hit the lowest level since June 2014.  Reuters reported on Friday, based on figures from China’s General Administration of Customs, that China exported 168-point-nine million U.S. dollars worth of goods to North Korea last month, down 34-point-five ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:05:19 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134210
<![CDATA[Two Koreas to Discuss N. Korea's Participation in PyeongChang Paralympics ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134209 South and North Korea will hold a working-level meeting next week to discuss North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Paralympic Games.   The Unification Ministry said Friday that the North sent a fax during the day informing of its agreement with the South’s proposal that they hold talks at ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:04:26 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134209
<![CDATA[NIS: Kim Yong-chol Cannot Be Directly Pinpointed as Mastermind of Cheonan Sinking]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134208 The National Intelligence Service(NIS) is said to have assessed that Kim Yong-chol, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the North Korean Workers' Party, cannot be clearly pinpointed as the one who ordered the attack on a South Korean warship in 2010. According to lawmaker Kang Seok-ho of the main ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:54:18 +0900 Inter-Korea http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_IK_detail.htm?No=134208
<![CDATA['N. Korea's Peaceful Gesture Sign of Desperation']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134207 U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley claims Pyongyang’s peaceful overture toward the South leading up to and during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics shows that the regime is desperate for survival under strengthened international sanctions.  According to the Washington Post and Reuters, Haley made the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:50:50 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134207
<![CDATA[No. of Foreign Tourists Decreases by 22% in Jan. ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134206 The number of foreign tourists visiting South Korea dropped by more than 20 percent last month from the same period last year.    The Korea Tourism Organization said about 956-thousand foreigners visited South Korea last month, down by 21-point-seven percent from the same month last year.  In ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:37:44 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134206
<![CDATA[S. Korea, US to Initiate Talks on Sharing Defense Cost in March]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134205 South Korea and the U.S. will initiate negotiations on sharing defense costs in Hawaii next month.  An official of Seoul’s Foreign Ministry told reporters on Friday that Seoul expects to sit down with the U.S. for the Special Measures Agreement(SMA)-related talks in Honolulu in the second week of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:31:24 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134205
<![CDATA[Seoul Issues Ultrafine Dust Advisory ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134204 The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Friday issued an ultrafine dust advisory as the level of microscopic particles remains high throughout the capital city. The advisory was upgraded as of 1 p.m. as ultrafine dust levels stayed above the 90-microgram-per-cubic-meter threshold for more than two hours. A ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:30:11 +0900 Domestic http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Dm_detail.htm?No=134204
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Net External Assets Rise to Record High]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134203 South Korea’s net external assets hit a record high last year.  The Bank of Korea said net external assets, or external assets subtracted by external liabilities, stood at 456-point-seven billion dollars at the end of last year, marking an annual growth of 60 billion dollars. External assets surged to a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:48:31 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134203
<![CDATA[KOSPI Closes Friday 1.54% Higher]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134202 The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) on Friday climbed 37-point-24 points, or one-point-54 percent, closing the day at two-thousand-451-point-52.  The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also rose, gaining four-point-56 points, or point-52 percent. It closed the day at 874-point-78.  On the foreign ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:42:25 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134202
<![CDATA[Reuters: Trump Administration to Reveal New Sanctions on N. Korea Friday ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134201 The Trump administration is planning to announce new sanctions against the North Korean regime on Friday, in a bid to increase pressure on Pyongyang.  Reuters reported on Friday that a senior administration official said U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to talk about the new sanctions package ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:18:17 +0900 International http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_In_detail.htm?No=134201
<![CDATA[Figure Skater Choi Da-bin Earns Personal Best Scores at PyeongChang]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134200 South Korean figure skater Choi Da-bin put on a strong performance in the ladies’ free skate at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, setting two new personal best scores.    Choi performed a near-clean routine at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Friday to earn a score of 131-point-49 and finish in seventh place ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:17:48 +0900 Sports http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134200
<![CDATA[Teenage Figure Skating Star Secures OAR’s First PyeongChang Gold]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134199 Teenage figure skating star Alina Zagitova put on a superb performance in the ladies’ free skate on Friday to secure the first gold medal for Olympic Athletes from Russia(OAR) at the PyeongChang Games.  At the Gangneung Ice Arena, Zagitova earned a total score of 239-point-57 to finish just ahead of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:54:22 +0900 Sports http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134199
<![CDATA[GM Defers 700 Bln Won Loan Repayment, Retracts Demand for Collateral]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134198 General Motors(GM) has deferred recovering a 700 billion won debt from its Korea division, and has also reportedly withdrawn its demand to put up its Bupyeong plant as collateral. According to industry sources, GM officials decided at a board meeting on Friday that the firm would not collect the 700 billion ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:45:59 +0900 Economy http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Ec_detail.htm?No=134198
<![CDATA[Rival Camps Clash over Impending Visit of Top N. Korean Official]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=134197 Lawmakers are clashing sharply over the impending visit of Kim Yong-chol, vice chairman of North Korea's Workers' Party Central Committee, amid suspicions he played a key role in the sinking of South Korea's Cheonan warship in 2010. The ruling Democratic Party cited the Defense Ministry's official ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:27:57 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=134197
<![CDATA[Canadians Seal Gold and Silver in Ladies’ Ski Cross]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134196 Canada dominated the ladies’ ski cross final at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Friday as Kelsey Serwa and compatriot Brittany Phelan won a gold and silver medal respectively. Serwa’s comfortable victory at Phoenix Park ensured that Canada has now won all of the ladies’ ski cross events at the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:11:37 +0900 Sports http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Sp_detail.htm?No=134196