<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio]]]> 15 en <![CDATA[BTS Becomes First K-pop Artist to Top UK Official Albums Chart ]]> K-pop boy band BTS has topped the UK Official Albums Chart, the first South Korean artists to do so. According to the UK Officials Charts on Friday, BTS' new album "Map of the Soul: Persona" released on April 12th has topped the Albums Chart Top 100. The single "Boy With Luv" has also charted at ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:25:29 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[$5.7 Mln in Global Aid for N. Korea Pledged This Year]]> World countries and international organizations have pledged over five-point-seven million dollars in humanitarian aid for North Korea so far this year. This is according to data from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. By amount, Switzerland accounts for nearly half of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 20 Apr 2019 13:17:16 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[NYT: Sanctions Testing Loyalty of N. Korean Elite]]> The New York Times reported Friday that North Korea's state-run economy was faltering under global sanctions and the loyalty of the elite class was being tested. Citing economists and North Korean defectors, the report said that American-led sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program are ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:47:07 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA['US Arrests Ex-Marine Linked to N. Korea Embassy Raid in Spain']]> Reuters has reported that U.S. authorities have arrested a former U.S. Marine who is a member of a group that allegedly raided the North Korean embassy in Madrid in February and stole electronics. Citing sources familiar with the arrest, Reuters said that Christopher Ahn was arrested Thursday and appeared ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:25:28 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[VOA: Malaysia Begins Probe into Ship Carrying N. Korean Coal]]> Voice of America reports that Malaysia has begun to look into a Panamanian vessel suspected of carrying North Korean coal. Citing local sources and shipping tracking data, VOA said the vessel "Dong Thanh" suspected of carrying coal unloaded from a North Korean ship left Indonesia last Saturday and reached ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:22:56 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[N. Korea Unresponsive to Joint Team Plans for Tokyo Olympics]]> South and North Korea's plan to field joint teams for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics has ground to a halt as the North has not responded to recent requests, but South Korea will continue to push for a joint team first and foremost in women's hockey. An official at the Korea Hockey Association told KBS that ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:20:42 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Pompeo to Continue to Lead Nuke Talks with N. Korea]]> U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he will continue to lead nuclear talks with North Korea, dismissing the regime's call for his replacement.    In a news conference held after a meeting between U.S. and Japanese foreign and defense ministers, Pompeo said "nothing's changed," ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:17:29 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[US, Japan Affirm Full Sanctions Enforcement on N. Korea]]> The top diplomats and defense chiefs of the U.S. and Japan held "two plus two" talks in Washington on Friday and called for the final and fully verified denuclearization or FFVD of North Korea, as well as the implementation of sanctions against North Korea.  In a joint news conference after the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:15:53 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[Gov't Expects Improving Exports in 2nd Half of Year ]]> The South Korean government expects the country’s exports will gradually recover in the latter half of the year.  The projection was issued during a meeting of macroeconomy and finance-related government agencies at the government complex in Seoul on Friday.  First Vice Economy and Finance Minister Lee ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:59:18 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[S. Korea to Open Pavilion at Saudi Arabia's Major B2B Event ]]> The government will open a Korea Pavilion to help export South Korea’s entertainment and amusement-related contents at a B2B marketing event to be held in Saudi Arabia.  The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Creative Content Agency on Friday announced their joint plans for the 2019 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:51:30 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korea Seeks to Create Inter-Korean Women's Hockey Team for Tokyo Olympics]]> South Korea has launched follow-up efforts to implement inter-Korean agreement to form unified teams for the Tokyo Olympics despite North Korea's silence on the matter. The two Koreas initially agreed to field joint teams in four disciplines, but Seoul is seeking to create a team in women’s hockey first, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:48:22 +0900 Sports
<![CDATA[Finance Minister Hong Discusses Cooperation with Chinese Envoy]]> Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki has met with China’s top diplomatic envoy to discuss economic cooperation between the two countries.  In a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Qiu Guohong at the government complex in Seoul on Friday, Hong sought more active cooperation from Beijing on forming ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:34:46 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Koreans Mark 59th Anniversary of 4.19 Revolution]]> A ceremony marking the 59th anniversary of the April 19th Revolution was held at the April 19th National Cemetery in northern Seoul on Friday.   Around two-thousand-500 people gathered at the event, including leaders from various sectors, bereaved families and citizens, to remember those who lost their ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:24:55 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[S. Korea, Russia Hold Talks on Fishing Quotas]]> The Korea-Russia Fisheries Commission meeting is drawing attention as it will determine how much fish South Korea will be able to catch in Russian waters this year.  The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said it held the 28th commission meeting with its Russian counterpart in Moscow for three days since ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:21:13 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Unification Minister Optimistic N. Korea Will Respond to Proposed 4th Summit]]> Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul says he expects North Korea will respond to Seoul’s proposal to hold another inter-Korean summit.  The minister expressed his optimism in a meeting with reporters on Friday, noting the top leaders of the two Koreas are continuously affirming their mutual ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:50:26 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[LKP Disciplines 2 Lawmakers for Denigrating 1980 Gwangju Uprising]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has decided to impose a three-month suspension of membership for one of its Supreme Council members due to her disparaging remarks regarding the 1980 Gwangju pro-democracy movement. The conservative party said on Friday that its ethics committee met earlier in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:40:09 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Meeting of Inter-Korean Liaison Office Chiefs Not Held for 8th Week]]> North Korea has skipped a weekly inter-Korean liaison office meeting for the eighth straight week. The meeting of the two Koreas' co-chiefs who lead the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Gaeseong did not take place on Friday. Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman Lee Sang-min said earlier ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:38:40 +0900 Inter-Korea
<![CDATA[S. Korea Unearths 9 More Pieces of Remains from Korean War]]> The South Korean military has found more remains from the Korean War.  According to the Defense Ministry on Friday, nine pieces of thigh, hip, cranial and shin bones as well as teeth were unearthed between Tuesday and Thursday in the Demilitarized Zone(DMZ).  The findings raise the number of pieces of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:23:40 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Seoul, Tashkent Upgrade Bilateral Ties ]]> South Korea and Uzbekistan have decided to upgrade their bilateral ties, seeking to find more collaboration in the energy industry.  South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks with his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in Tashkent on Friday, establishing a special strategic partnership with the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:22:54 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Gov't: No Casualties from Donghae Earthquake ]]> The government says the four-point-three magnitude earthquake that hit off the east coast on Friday morning is not believed to have caused casualties or any property damage.  An official of the Ministry of the Interior and Safety said the epicenter of the tremor was deep underwater and relatively far away ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:10:44 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[BTS Breaks 3 Guinness World Records with 'Boy With Luv' Music Video]]> K-pop boy band BTS has broken three Guinness World Records with "Boy With Luv," the title song of their latest album "Map of the Soul : Persona," which was released on April 12th.  Guinness World Records posted on its Web site earlier this week that “Boy With Luv” has achieved the titles of “most ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 16:00:20 +0900 Culture
<![CDATA[KOSPI Ends Friday Up 0.11%]]> The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) gained two-point-38 points, or point-11 percent, on Friday. It ended the week at two-thousand-216-point-15.  The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also rose, gaining nine-point-05 points, or one-point-20 percent, to close at 762-point-57. On the foreign exchange, the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:54:23 +0900 Economy
<![CDATA[DP Criticizes LKP's Political Offensive Against Constitutional Justice Nominees]]> The ruling Democratic Party(DP) has criticized the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) for its political offensive against the appointments of two Constitutional Court justices on Friday. In response to the LKP's plan to stage a massive rally this weekend against the nominees, DP floor leader Hong ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:54:06 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[K League Expands Foreign Players Quota]]> South Korea’s professional football clubs will be allowed to bring in up to five foreign players starting next year.  The K League, the nation's professional football league, convened a meeting of its board of directors on Thursday and decided to add a “Southeast Asia” quota starting from ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 15:20:17 +0900 Sports
<![CDATA[Main Opposition Party to Stage Massive Rally on Saturday]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) is planning to hold a massive rally on Saturday to condemn the Moon Jae-in government’s handling of state affairs.  The rally will be held in front of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Seoul with the participation of some ten-thousand ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:55:53 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon Pushes Ahead with Controversial Appointments Despite Opposition Objections]]> Anchor: Despite strong objections from the opposition bloc, President Moon Jae-in appointed two controversial Constitutional Court justice nominees without parliamentary consent. Choi You Sun reports. Report: According to senior presidential public relations secretary Yoon Do-han, President Moon ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:55:21 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Abe to Visit Washington Next Week, Trump to Visit Tokyo in Late May]]> U.S. President Donald Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House next week ahead of his own planned visit to Japan at the end of May. The White House revealed on Thursday that Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, will be in Washington from April 26th to the 27th. The two leaders will ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:19:01 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[4.3 Magnitude Quake Strikes Off S. Korea's Eastern Coast]]> A four-point-three-magnitude earthquake struck off the country's eastern coast near the city of Donghae. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration on Friday, the quake was observed at 11:16 a.m. in waters 54 kilometers northeast of the city. An analyst from the weather agency said despite the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:06:20 +0900 Domestic
<![CDATA[Moon Appoints Justices Despite Objection from Opposition]]> President Moon Jae-in has pushed ahead with appointing two Constitutional Court justice nominees without parliamentary consent. Senior presidential public relations secretary Yoon Do-han said on Friday that Moon, who is currently touring Central Asia, electronically approved the appointments of Lee Mi-sun ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:05:28 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[[KBS World] US Lawmakers Warn N. Korea against Dictating Who Represents Talks]]> *US Representatives Mike Kelly (left) and Ami Bera (right) Anchor: American lawmakers have responded to recent complaints from Pyongyang that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is responsible for the stalled nuclear negotiations and should be removed from talks. In an interview with KBS World Radio, U.S. ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 19 Apr 2019 13:50:55 +0900 Politics