<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio]]]> 15 en <![CDATA[S. Korea's 26th Nuclear Reactor Gearing Up to Launch Service]]> South Korea’s state-run nuclear reactor operator has begun final maintenance checks on a new reactor ahead of its scheduled service launch later this year.  According to Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Corp.(KHNP), a test run of the Shin Kori 4 was suspended last Saturday for a month of maintenance. On ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 19:03:47 +0900 Science
<![CDATA[Sampling Shows Tap Water in Incheon Close to Drinkable ]]> The Ministry of Environment says the tap water in Incheon now meets the criteria for drinking water quality, however, there some households that are still getting murky water. A task force under the ministry announced on Monday interim results of its inspection into a massive water contamination problem ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:58:26 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[LKP Backtracks on Agreement to Normalize National Assembly]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has backtracked from a bipartisan agreement to normalize the parliament, hours after they agreed on it.  The LKP on Monday held a general party meeting and decided not to ratify the agreement made earlier in the day among the floor leaders of the three ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:19:50 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[PM Lee Calls for Swift Passage of Extra Budget to Ride out Downturn]]> Anchor: Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon has urged parliament to pass the government's six-point seven trillion won supplementary spending bill, citing hostile external economic conditions. He warned the export-driven Korean economy will suffer more if the extra budget is not injected on time to ride out the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:17:30 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Beijing Welcomes Trump-Kim Letter Exchange ]]> China has welcomed the recent exchange of letters between the leaders of the United States and North Korea.  Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang said in a media briefing on Monday that China has taken notice of the active attitudes of both sides, adding his country has always thought dialogue ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:11:34 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Main Opposition Party Criticizes Gov't over N. Korean Boat Crossing]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has criticized the government and the military for their roles and failure regarding a North Korean boat reaching deep into South Korean waters. A group of lawmakers from the conservative party, including its floor leader Na Kyung-won, voiced the criticism ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:31:18 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Beigun to Visit S. Korea Ahead of Moon-Trump Summit]]> Washington's top nuclear envoy will visit South Korea this week to help prepare for a South Korea-U.S. summit slated to be held in Seoul on Sunday. According to multiple diplomatic sources on Monday, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun will arrive in South Korea on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:00:41 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea Draws up Package Benefits for Korean War Veterans, Descendants ]]> Korean War veterans and their families will be given special travel privileges in honor of their sacrifices and commitment to the nation. The Ministry of Justice on Monday announced a series of preferential policies a day before the 69th anniversary of the breakout of the deadly war. Under the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:49:52 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Lawmaker Found Not Guilty in Kangwon Land Illegal Hiring Case]]> Main opposition Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Kweon Seong-dong has been found not guilty of abuse of power and business interference in connection to the Kangwon Land casino hiring scandal. The Seoul Central District Court on Monday acquitted Kweon, saying the charges against him were not proven beyond a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:34:22 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Think Tank Lowers 2019 Growth Forecast for S. Korea to 2.4%]]> A state-run think tank forecasts the South Korean economy will grow two-point-four percent this year, which is lower than last year's two-point-seven percent growth. The Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade issued on Monday its economic outlook for the second half of the year and also ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:15:43 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Moon Vows Efforts to Establish Lasting Peace to Honor Korean War Veterans' Sacrifices]]> President Moon Jae-in said establishing lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula would be the way to honor the sacrifices and devotion by Korean War veterans and those who lost their lives in the three-year conflict. Inviting war veterans and their families to his office on Monday, a day ahead of the 69th ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:07:21 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Rival Parties Set to Normalize Parliamentary Proceedings ]]> Ruling and opposition parties have agreed to normalize the operation of parliament.  The floor leaders of the ruling Democratic Party, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party and the minor Bareunmirae Party on Monday held a meeting at the National Assembly, mediated by Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang, to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 16:06:17 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Searching for Whereabouts of Ex-Hanbo Chief After Son's Extradition]]> Anchor: Prosecutors are searching for the whereabouts of Chung Tae-soo, the former head of the now-defunct Hanbo Group, who stands accused of embezzling billions of won in funds from a school where he served as chairman of the board. This comes after his son, who had been in hiding for more than two ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:58:51 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[KOSPI Closes Monday Up 0.03%]]> The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) gained point-71 point, or point-03 percent, on Monday. It ended the day at two-thousand-126-point-33. The tech-heavy KOSDAQ fell, losing four-point-95 points, or point-68 percent, to close at 717-point-69. On the foreign exchange, the local ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:58:29 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[Foreign Tourists to S. Korea Up 20% in May ]]> The Korea Tourism Organization(KTO) has released data showing a 20 percent jump in the number of foreign tourists to South Korea in May compared to the same month last year. More than one-point-48 million foreigners visited Korea last month with Chinese tourists accounting for the largest group at over ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:54:40 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[Identification of Body Found in Danube on Saturday Likely to Take at Least 3 Days]]> It is likely to take at least three days to identify a body presumed to be that of a Korean recovered from the Danube River over the weekend. According to a South Korean response team on the ground in Budapest on Sunday, decomposition of the body had made visual or fingerprint identity confirmation ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:28:03 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Trump to Visit S. Korea on Saturday for 2-Day Stay]]> U.S. President Donald Trump will make a two-day official visit to South Korea on Saturday and hold a summit with President Moon Jae-in on Sunday.  ​Presidential spokesperson Ko Min-jung said in a news briefing on Monday that the two leaders will discuss ways to strengthen the alliance and to cooperate ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 15:23:33 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Psy Questioned Regarding former YG CEO Sexual Favors Scandal]]> K-pop singer Psy, who’s 2012 mega-hit “Gangnam Style” became the most-watched YouTube video for a time, was questioned by police as part of an ongoing investigation into a former CEO of one of South Korea’s largest entertainment companies. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said on Monday that it ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:50:55 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Seoul's Second Heat Wave Advisory of Year to be Issued on Tues.]]> A heat wave advisory is set to be issued for Seoul for the second time this year.  The Korea Meteorological Administration announced on Monday that the heat advisory will take effect for Seoul, parts of Gyeonggi Province, including Gwacheon and Goyang, as well as some regions in Gangwon Province, including ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:12:45 +0900 Science
<![CDATA[Hopes Run High for Nuclear Dialogue after Trump-Kim Letter Exchange]]> Anchor: U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appear to be leaving behind their discord at the Hanoi summit in February. Kim received a reply from Trump after sending him a letter earlier this month, and Trump is expected to visit the truce village of Panmunjeom at the inter-Korean ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:10:42 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Gov't Reiterates Desire To Hold Inter-Korean Summit Ahead of S. Korea-US Summit]]> The Unification Ministry has reiterated its desire for an inter-Korean summit before the G20 forum and a South Korea-U.S. summit are held later this week.  Ministry spokesperson Lee Sang-min stressed the view on Monday during a news briefing when asked about the possibility of an inter-Korean summit being ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:59:39 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[National Assembly To Convene Session Without LKP]]> Lawmakers have decided to convene a plenary session at the National Assembly without the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) to hear a speech by Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon on a proposed supplementary budget bill.  According to lawmakers on Monday, Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang proposed a floor ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:48:00 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Safety Commission Says Human Error Caused Malfunction of Hanbit 1 Reactor]]> Human error is to blame for a malfunctioning nuclear reactor in South Korea’s southeast. According to an interim report released on Monday by the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission and the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, workers at the reactor in Yeonggwang, South Jeolla Province miscalculated the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:39:46 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[White House Confirms Trump Sent Letter to N. Korean Leader]]> The White House has confirmed that U.S. President Donald Trump sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made the confirmation in a statement on Sunday, saying “correspondence between the two leaders has been ongoing.”  However, she stopped short of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 12:00:05 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea Starts Administrative Procedures to Review Rice Aid to N. Korea]]> South Korean administrative procedures have begun regarding a proposed 50-thousand ton rice donation to North Korea via the World Food Program(WFP). According to a government official on Monday, the Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Promotion Council, a joint government and civilian committee, has begun ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:44:47 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[KCTU Announces Anti-Gov't Resistance Campaigns Following Arrest of Chairperson Kim]]> Korea's second-largest umbrella labor union has vowed all-out resistance to the government, including a general strike, following the arrest of its chairperson, Kim Myeong-hwan, last week. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions(KCTU) made the announcement in a news conference held in front of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:32:43 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Over 90% of S. Koreans Reside in Urban Areas]]> Nine out of ten South Koreans reside in urban areas that account for just some 17 percent of landmass in the country, according to new government statistics. The Land Ministry released on Monday figures from 2018 that suggest 91-point-eight percent of the country's 51-million-820-thousand residents live in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea Mulls Abolishing Retirement System in Long Term]]> The government is considering abolishing the mandatory retirement system in the future to combat a decline in the working age population. A senior government official said on Sunday that expanding employment for retirees, extending the retirement age and eliminating mandatory retirement together make up a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:51:19 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[N. Korea Launches Election Committees Ahead of Local Elections]]> North Korea has reportedly formed regional election committees ahead of nationwide rubber-stamp elections set for next month. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) reported on Monday that election committees were launched for the July 21st elections to determine new officials at the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:26:05 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Son of Former Hanbo Group Chief Extradited after 21 Years as Fugitive]]> Chung Han-keun, who was implicated in the now-defunct Hanbo Group’s bribery and embezzlement scandal in the late 1990s, has been apprehended in Panama and was extradited to South Korea on Saturday after 21 years on the run. Chung is the fourth son of the group’s former Chairman Chung Tae-soo, who was ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:11:44 +0900 Economy