<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio]]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Pence: Trump Believes Peace will be Possible]]> Ahead of a second summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said that Trump is full of hope and believes peace will be possible. The vice president made the remarks on Saturday in a speech at the Munich Security Conference in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:22:31 +0900 International
<![CDATA['Kim Jong-un's Aide Checks Areas Surrounding Samsung's Smartphone Plants in Vietnam]]> A close aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly checked the areas around the smartphone manufacturing facilities of Samsung Electronics in Vietnam on Sunday. A source said that Kim Chang-son, the North Korean leader's de facto chief of staff, departed the Vietnamese government's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 17 Feb 2019 14:05:10 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Gov't to Provide 530,000 Temporary Jobs for Elderly in Q1]]> The government will provide 535-thousand temporary jobs for elderly people in the first quarter. The Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Employment and Labor said on Sunday that the government will spend three-point-eight trillion won to provide temporary jobs for 960-thousand people this year. Under ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 17 Feb 2019 13:58:04 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korean Parliamentary Leaders Return from US Trip Ahead of Summit]]> A group of South Korean parliamentary leaders returned home Sunday after visiting the United States ahead of a second summit between the U.S. and North Korea later this month. National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang and the chiefs of five political parties flew back home early Sunday after making an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 17 Feb 2019 13:19:14 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA['Japan's Top Diplomat Expresses Regret over S. Korean Assembly Speaker's Remarks']]> Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has reportedly expressed regret over South Korean National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang's recent remarks seeking an apology from Japan's Emperor Akihito to Korean victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery. According to Japan's Kyodo News and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:55:45 +0900 International
<![CDATA[N. Korea, US Likely to Hold Pre-Summit Talks This Week in Hanoi]]> North Korea and the United States are expected to hold working-level talks this week in Vietnam to discuss agenda and preparations for their second summit set for late this month in Hanoi. A source in Vietnam said on Saturday that U.S. officials in charge of the summit's agenda will arrive on Tuesday ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:06:50 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Long-Term Unemployment Hits 19-Year High in January]]> The number of long-term unemployed people in South Korea marked the largest growth in 19 years in January. According to data by Statistics Korea on Sunday, people who have been searching for a job for over six months came to 155-thousand last month, up eight thousand from a year earlier. That is the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 17 Feb 2019 12:02:10 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA['Kim Jong-un to Arrive in Vietnam on Feb. 25 Ahead of Trump Summit']]> North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will reportedly arrive in Vietnam on February 25th for a state visit ahead of a planned second summit with United States President Donald Trump. Reuters issued the report on Saturday, quoting three sources with direct knowledge of Kim's schedule. Trump and Kim are set ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 17 Feb 2019 11:57:36 +0900 International
<![CDATA[N. Korean Delegation in Hanoi to Prepare for Kim's Visit]]> A close aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is in Hanoi ahead of the planned second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim. A delegation of 12 North Korean officials led by Kim Chang-son, the North Korean leader's de facto chief of staff, arrived at Noi Bai International Airport ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 16:27:24 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Xi Touts Progress in Trade Talks with US]]> Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that China and the U.S. have made important progress in trade talks held in Beijing and that negotiations will continue next week in Washington. According to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, Xi made the remarks while meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:43:46 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Seoul to Send Experts to Probe S. Korean Death in Indonesia]]> A team of six experts will be dispatched to Indonesia to investigate the death of a South Korean man in his 50s who was found dead at his home in Kalimantan on Borneo Island. According to the South Korean embassy in Jakarta and the bereaved family, the National Police Agency will dispatch investigators, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:35:12 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Base Fare for Seoul Cabs Rises to 3,800 Won]]> The base taxi fare in Seoul rose to 38-hundred won starting Saturday. The hike took effect from 4 a.m. The base fare has risen about 27 percent from three thousand won. The base rate for late hour rides applied from midnight to 4 a.m. has also jumped from 36-hundred to 46-hundred won. The starting fare ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:21:45 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Two Koreas Announce Bid to Host 2032 Olympics at IOC Meeting ]]> Anchor: The two Koreas have launched a campaign to host the 2032 Summer Olympics together in Seoul and Pyongyang. At a meeting with IOC chief Thomas Bach in Lausanne, Switzerland, the two sides’ sports ministers also agreed to field unified teams in four events at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. KBS was ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 13:48:10 +0900 Sports
<![CDATA[FM Kang Meets Russian Counterpart in Germany ]]> Seoul's Foreign Ministry says Minister Kang Kyung-wha held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany and discussed bilateral relations and Korean Peninsula affairs. Kang briefed Lavrov on Seoul's efforts to realize complete ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 13:16:46 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Kang, Kono Hope for Success in N. Korea-US Summit]]> Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha held talks with her Japanese counterpart Minister Taro Kono on Friday on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany. Seoul's Foreign Ministry said the two sides discussed cooperation to achieve denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 13:00:24 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Defense Chief Visits S. Korean Troops in UAE]]> Seoul's Defense Ministry said Saturday that Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo visited South Korean troops stationed overseas in the Cheonghae and Ahk units on Friday and offered words of encouragement. The Ahk unit in the United Arab Emirates(UAE) helps to train special forces and conduct joint military drills ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:47:28 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Trump: No Rush for Speed, Sanctions to Remain on N. Korea]]> Anchor: U.S. President Donald Trump said sanctions will remain on North Korea and he is not in a rush to remove the regimes' nuclear arsenal. Instead, ahead of his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump tried to highlight what the North can achieve through denuclearization.  Kim ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 12:15:59 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Koreas to Field Joint Teams in 4 Sports in Tokyo Olympics]]> South and North Korea will field unified teams in four sports at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan and his North Korean counterpart Kim Il-guk held talks with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 16 Feb 2019 11:30:58 +0900 Sports
<![CDATA[Right-Wing Japanese Threaten Lawyers of Forced Labor Victims]]> A Japanese ultranationalist group has threatened the legal representatives of South Korean victims of wartime forced labor as they visited a Japanese firm to call for talks.  On Friday, the South Korean lawyers went to the headquarters of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Corporation in Tokyo for the third time ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:37:54 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Household Lending Marks First Decline on Record]]> Combined household loans provided by South Korean lenders have decreased for the first time on record as the government’s policies to curb real estate speculation took effect.  According to the Bank of Korea and other local financial authorities, households extended by banks and secondary lenders dropped ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:24:08 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Two Koreas Discuss Pending Issues of Cooperation]]> South and North Korea have discussed pending issues between them at the joint liaison office in the North's border city of Gaeseong South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung met director of the North Korea Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Hwang Chung-song on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:21:04 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Bomb Threat Delays Flights Bound for Mongolia From Incheon]]> Local authorities have searched two airplanes scheduled to depart from Incheon International Airport for Mongolia in response to a bomb threat.  The airport’s operator said an e-mail threatening to blow up a plane bound for Mongolia was received on Friday by the airlines operating the Incheon-Mongolia ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:12:50 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[USFK Chief Clarifies Troop Presence Not Related to Peace Treaty]]> U.S. Forces Korea(USFK) Commander General Robert Abrams says the issue of U.S. troop presence in South Korea is not connected to any potential declaration of an end to the Korean War or a peace treaty with North Korea. In a press release issued by USFK headquarters on Friday, the general said that ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:09:00 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Samsung Targets $4 Billion of Sales for New Galaxy-A Series in India ]]> Samsung Electronics is reportedly aiming to sell four billion dollars worth of new Galaxy-A series smartphones in India this year.  Ranjivjit Singh, Samsung India’s Chief Marketing Officer, revealed the goal to Reuters and other Indian media outlets.   The Galaxy-A phones accounted for around 70 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 17:00:48 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[S. Korea to Push for Trilateral Treaty on Fine Dust Reduction with China, Japan]]> South Korea will push for the signing of a trilateral treaty with China and Japan to reduce fine dust pollution in Northeast Asia during their environment ministers' meeting in November. The decision was made during the first meeting of a government-civilian fine dust policy deliberation committee ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:54:10 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Senior N. Korean Official Responsible for US Relations Unveiled to Public]]> A senior North Korean official in charge of handling relations between Pyongyang-Washington has received publicity for the first time since being appointed to the post.  The Russian Embassy in Pyongyang posted on its Facebook page about a reception it hosted at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Club on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:51:10 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Top Diplomats of S. Korea, Poland Discuss Developing Ties, Inter-Korean Peace Efforts]]> The top diplomats of South Korea and Poland discussed ways to develop bilateral ties and peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula on Thursday. South Korea's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Minister Kang Kyung-wha and her Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz met in Warsaw on the sidelines of an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:49:57 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Floor Leaders of 4 Parties Urge Expulsion of LKP Lawmakers]]> The floor leaders of four ruling and opposition parties have reiterated the call to expel lawmakers of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party responsible for remarks disparaging the 1980 Gwangju pro-democracy movement. An emergency debate was held in parliament on Friday jointly organized by 143 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:33:50 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Court Finds Poet, Media Not Liable for Compensation Filed by Disgraced Poet Ko Un]]> A poet and a media company who accused South Korea's world-renowned poet Ko Un of sexual harassment were found not liable for compensation. The ruling comes after the 85-year-old poet filed a one-billion-won compensation suit against poets Choi Young-mi, Park Jin-sung and the media company that reported ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:19:05 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Vice Minister: Export Conditions Not So Good in February, Too]]> A senior government official said Friday that exports continue to face challenging conditions in February as well because of the Lunar New Year holiday, among other reasons. First Vice Minister of Economy and Finance Lee Ho-seung chaired meetings on Friday related to inflation and innovative growth ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 15 Feb 2019 16:04:16 +0900 Economy