<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | International]]> 15 en <![CDATA[S. Korean PM to Deliver Moon's Letter to Abe ]]> Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon will deliver a letter from President Moon Jae-in when he meets this week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  Prime Minister Lee's press secretary confirmed on Tuesday that Moon’s letter will be delivered to Abe during a roughly 10-minute meeting set for Thursday in ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:44:38 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Trump: 'Very Interesting Information' on N. Korea]]> U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that there is "very interesting information" on North Korea and that there will be a "major rebuild" at some point. Trump made the comments during a Cabinet meeting at the White House in his first remarks on North Korea since the breakdown of bilateral ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:19:37 +0900 International
<![CDATA['Seoul Officials Flew to Tokyo to Help Arrange PM Lee's Visit to Japan']]> Seoul has confirmed that it sent high-level officials to Japan to help arrange South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon’s scheduled visit to the country this week. Lee will depart for Tokyo on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Unification ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:59:55 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korea Issues Travel Alert for Chile ]]> Seoul’s foreign ministry has issued a travel alert for Chile as anti-government protests in the South American country continue to grow increasingly violent.  The second lowest warning of South Korea's four-phase travel advisory system was issued Monday, advising nationals to refrain from ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:37:22 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korean Nuclear Watchdog Asks Japan for Info on Fukushima Waste Bags]]> South Korea’s nuclear safety watchdog says it has requested the Japanese Embassy in Seoul to hand over documents concerning radiation-filled bags that were said to have been swept away from the Fukushima disaster site during a recent typhoon.  Uhm Jae-sik, the chairman of the Nuclear Safety and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:47:52 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Gov't Denounces Afghan Mosque Bombing ]]> South Korea has strongly denounced a mosque bombing in Afghanistan that claimed at least 73 lives. In a statement issued on Sunday, the government expressed condolences to the victims and families who lost their loved ones in the deadly mosque attack in eastern Nangarhar province last Friday.   The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:39:31 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Int'l Veterans of Korean War to Visit S. Korea]]> Veterans from overseas that participated in the Korean War will visit South Korea this week. The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs said that 140 Korean War veterans and their families from 12 countries, including the United States and Britain, were invited ahead of the 74th United Nations Day on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:33:44 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korea, China to Hold Strategic Defense Talks in 5 Years]]> South Korea and China will hold strategic defense talks this week for the first time in five years after the annual dialogue was suspended in 2014 due to tensions over Seoul's decision to host an advanced U.S. missile defense system. Seoul's Defense Ministry said on Sunday that Vice Defense ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:58:36 +0900 International
<![CDATA[US Bans Assistance to N. Korea after Naming Worst Human Trafficking Nation]]> The United States has banned providing certain types of assistance to North Korea as a follow-up measure of its designation of the regime as one of the worst human trafficking nations for the 17th consecutive year. According to the White House, President Donald Trump on Friday sent a memorandum to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:24:26 +0900 International
<![CDATA[FAO: Food Crisis in N. Korea to Worsen due to Typhoon, ASF]]> The UN Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) forecasts that the food supply in North Korea will further dwindle in the fourth quarter of the year due to the impact of Typhoon Lingling and the outbreak of African swine fever(ASF). Voice of America reported Saturday the UN agency included North Korea among ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:49:58 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Washington Pressures Seoul to Pay More for US Forces Korea]]> Washington is pressing Seoul to pay more for the upkeep of American troops stationed on the Korean Peninsula.  In a press release Friday, a U.S. State Department spokesperson stressed that allies and partners share the responsibility for America's military presence. While noting that the U.S. ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:37:05 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Yomiuri: Seoul Reviewing Moon-Abe Summit Next Month]]> A Japanese daily reports that the South Korean government is reviewing arranging a summit between President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a global meeting scheduled to take place in Korea next month.  Citing a source familiar with Seoul-Tokyo relations, the Yomiuri ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:23:06 +0900 International
<![CDATA[UN Rapporteur Urges Nuclear Negotiators to Press N. Korea on Human Rights]]> The United Nations(UN) special rapporteur says the human rights situation in North Korea should be addressed in denuclearization negotiations with the regime. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the special rapporteur on the North's human rights situation, made his case Friday at an event in Washington hosted by a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 Oct 2019 14:02:53 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Another Japanese Minister Visits Yasukuni Shrine in Autumn Festival]]> Another member of Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet has paid a visit to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Class-A war criminals along with the war dead.  Japan’s Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Sanae Takaichi joined some 100 lawmakers on Friday, according to Kyodo News, the second ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:00:54 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Finance Minister Meets IMF Chief, Raises Japan's Export Curbs]]> Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki met with the chief of the International Monetary Fund in Washington on Thursday and raised issue with Japan's export restrictions against South Korea, saying they violate WTO regulations. During talks with IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, Hong said ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:42:45 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Activists Urge S. Koreans to Support HK Pro-Democracy Movement]]> Hong Kong activists are urging South Koreans to support their ongoing pro-democracy movement. The Korea office of Dialogue China, a think tank made up of democracy activists from the Greater China region, relayed the call on Thursday made by Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the Hong Kong pro-democracy ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 Oct 2019 15:20:12 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korean Man Convicted of Murder Escapes from Authorities in Philippines]]> A South Korean man convicted of shooting three Koreans to death in the Philippines three years ago has escaped from custody.  According to the South Korean embassy in the Philippines on Thursday, the 40-year-old identified by his surname Park escaped from his guards after a trial in Tarlac province on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 Oct 2019 11:05:37 +0900 International
<![CDATA[US Repeats Calls for S. Korea to Pay More for American Troops]]> A U.S. senior defense official has stressed that South Korea should pay more for shared defense, while calling on Seoul to renew its military intelligence sharing agreement with Japan.  David Helvey, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific security affairs, made the call on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 Oct 2019 10:12:07 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Japan Likely Stepping up Promotion of Imperial Flag ]]> Japan is moving to increase efforts to justify the use of a controversial imperial flag during the Tokyo Olympics despite South Korea's demand to ban its use as a cheering tool during the Summer Games. According to Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:27:08 +0900 International
<![CDATA[IOC Chief Promises to Double Check Tokyo Olympics Radiation Concerns]]> The President of the International Olympic Committee(IOC) Thomas Bach said he is well aware of the radiation-related safety concerns ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics and promised to carry out inspections. Lee Kee-heung, the president of South Korea's Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, said ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:52:31 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Abe Sends Offering to Controversial Yasukuni Shrine]]> Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukini Shrine, a place that honors Japan's war dead including Class-A war criminals. Japan's Kyodo News reported that Abe sent a masakaki tree to Yasukuni on Thursday, the first day of the annual autumn festival of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 Oct 2019 10:00:31 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Report: S. Korean Prime Minister to Hold Talks with Abe Next Thursday]]> South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon is likely to meet one-on-one with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe next Thursday during his trip to Tokyo next week.  Japan's Tokyo Shimbun daily made the report on Thursday quoting a senior Japanese official. Citing multiple government officials in South Korea ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 Oct 2019 09:16:22 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korean Forensic Psychologist Named among BBC's 100 Women of 2019]]> A South Korean criminal profiler has been included in the BBC's list of the 100 most influential and inspirational women of the year. The British broadcaster on Wednesday unveiled its "100 Women 2019" list, and Lee Soo-jung, a forensic psychology professor at Kyonggi University in Seoul, was included. The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 Oct 2019 09:05:27 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Child Porn Website Bust Leads to over 300 Arrests Worldwide]]> More than 300 people have been arrested in a global investigation of a South Korea-based dark web child pornography site.  The Cyber Bureau of the Korean National Police Agency said on Wednesday that 310 people in 32 countries were arrested for using the site, which has been operated by a South Korean ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 Oct 2019 09:00:28 +0900 International
<![CDATA['US Stands Ready to Resume Nuclear Talks with N. Korea']]> A senior U.S. official said on Wednesday that the United States remains ready to resume negotiations with North Korea on dismantling its nuclear weapons program. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs David Stilwell made the remarks in a written statement submitted to the Senate ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 Oct 2019 08:11:55 +0900 International
<![CDATA[US Calls for China's Thorough Enforcement of N. Korea Sanctions]]> A senior U.S. defense official has called for China's thorough enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, reaffirming the U.S. will continue its pressure campaign while seeking diplomatic solutions to North Korea issues. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 16 Oct 2019 09:06:40 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korea, Japan to Hold Director-level Foreign Ministerial Talks ]]> Foreign ministry officials of South Korea and Japan will meet in Seoul Wednesday for director-level talks. Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that Kim Jung-han, the ministry's director-general for Asia and Pacific affairs will hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Shigeki Takizaki and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:06:58 +0900 International
<![CDATA[S. Korea Raises Concern on Fukushima Water Discharge at WHO Meeting]]> South Korea's Health and Welfare Ministry has expressed concern at a global meeting over Japan's possible plan to release contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site into the ocean. The ministry attended the 70th session of the World Health Organization's Regional ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:35:07 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Typhoon Hagibis Claims at Least 40 Lives, Injures 189]]> Japan has begun recovery and cleanup efforts after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into the country over the weekend, killing dozens of people and destroying infrastructure. Japanese public broadcaster NHK said Monday that at least 40 were killed and 189 injured, with another 16 listed as missing. NHK said up ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:12:54 +0900 International
<![CDATA[Fukushima Radioactive Bags Swept away During Typhoon]]> Bags filled with contaminated waste from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster site were reportedly swept away by heavy rains as Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan over the weekend.  According to Japan's public broadcaster NHK, officials from Tamura city in Fukushima Prefecture said on Sunday that the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:19:04 +0900 International