<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Politics]]> 15 en <![CDATA[BTS to Showcase New Single on CBS Talk Show]]> K-pop super group BTS will appear on U.S. broadcaster CBS' "The Late Late Show with James Corden" later this month to showcase their new single.  The band's management agency said Saturday that they will appear on the U.S talk show on January 28 and perform "Black Swan," a track from the band's upcoming ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:21:50 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Ruling Party Vows Swift Efforts on Police Reform]]> The ruling Democratic Party(DP) is continuing its drive to complete the reform of law enforcement agencies. Following the passage of a bill on adjusting powers between the prosecution and police, the DP is now calling for police reform. President Moon Jae-in echoed a similar view during a meeting ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:17:22 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Pres. Official: Inter-Korean Cooperation to be within Framework of Denuclearization]]> South Korea's presidential office has reassured that there is no rift in Seoul-Washington coordination.  This comes after the top office criticized remarks by U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris, who expressed concern over inter-Korean cooperation plans pursued by Seoul. A senior presidential official ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:12:10 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[4 S. Korean Trekkers Missing in Nepal After Avalanche]]> Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that four South Korean climbers have gone missing in Nepal's Himalayas after an avalanche hit the trekking route of Annapurna. The incident took place between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. Friday local time when they were passing through the Deurali area located ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 18 Jan 2020 14:01:01 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Main Opposition Names Satellite Party 'Future Korea Party' ]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has chosen “Future Korea Party” as the provisional name for its satellite party to be created ahead of the general elections.  The decision on Friday comes after the National Election Commission(NEC) disapproved of the previously planned name, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:51:52 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Cheong Wa Dae Calls US Ambassador Harris' Remarks Inappropriate]]> South Korea's presidential office has critically responded to U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris' view that Seoul needs to consult with the U.S. before pushing for inter-Korean cooperation.  An official of Cheong Wa Dae said in a meeting with reporters on Friday that it is “very inappropriate” ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:41:06 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Disability Advocates Take Issue with DP Chief's Alleged Disparaging Remarks]]> A civic advocacy group has filed a petition with the National Human Rights Council against ruling Democratic Party Chairman Lee Hae-chan over derogatory remarks he allegedly made about people with physical and mental disabilities.  The Solidarity Against Disability Discrimination held a press conference ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:13:29 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Japan Says Wartime Forced Labor Is S. Korean Issue]]> Japan has responded negatively to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s New Year proposal for the two sides to put their heads together to resolve the longstanding wartime forced labor issue.  Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi asserted during a press conference Friday that the ball is in South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:48:19 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korean Groups Demand US Ambassador's Apology over Remarks]]> South Korean civic groups supporting inter-Korean exchanges have criticized remarks by U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris who appeared to have put in check the Seoul government's push for cross-border projects including individual tours to North Korea. A civic solidarity comprised of some ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:20:29 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[LKP Issues Election Pledges on Education ]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party has unveiled educational pledges for the April general elections. The five-point list includes sharply expanding the percentage of regular university admissions centered on the college entrance exam and revoking the government policy on abolishing foreign language ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:06:20 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Cho Kuk Indicted on Charges of Illegally Suspending Probe on Ex-Vice Mayor]]> The prosecution has indicted without detention former Justice Minister Cho Kuk on charges of suspending a probe into a former vice mayor of Busan when he was serving as presidential secretary on civil affairs. The Seoul Eastern District Prosecutors Office on Friday announced the indictment of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:23:01 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Unification Ministry: N. Korea Policies Matter of S. Korea's Sovereignty]]> South Korea said its policies on North Korea are a matter of sovereignty after U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris urged Seoul to consult closely with Washington about its engagement plans with Pyongyang. Unification Ministry spokesperson Lee Sang-min said on Friday that the U.S. has repeatedly said it ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:16:13 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Pompeo, Esper Jointly Urge S. Korea to Pay More Upkeep Costs for US Forces]]> The top U.S. diplomat and defense chief have jointly called on South Korea to shoulder more of the upkeep costs for stationing American troops on the Korean Peninsula. In a rare joint commentary in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:00:10 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Gov't to Provide $200,000 in Aid to Help People Displaced by Taal Eruption]]> South Korea will provide 200-thousand dollars in humanitarian aid to help some 45-thousand people in the Philippines displaced by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.  The Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the aid will be provided through the Philippines’ Red Cross. The ministry said it hopes the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:17:00 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea, US at Odds over Moon's Push for Inter-Korean Projects]]> Anchor: Seoul and Washington are struggling to reconcile differing opinions on South Korea's push to resume tours to Mt. Geumgang in North Korea. Seoul's chief nuclear envoy met his U.S. counterpart in Washington to discuss plans to rekindle inter-Korean projects but the U.S. has so far only underlined a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:56:08 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Court Finds Rep. Kim Sung-tae Not Guilty of Bribery]]> A Seoul court has issued a “not guilty” verdict for main opposition Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Kim Sung-tae who was accused of bribery for pulling strings to get his daughter hired by telecom operator KT Corporation.  The Seoul Southern District Court on Friday also declared former KT Chair Lee ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:11:59 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea, US Discuss Fukushima Wastewater, Marine Issues]]> South Korea and the U.S. held a director-level meeting on maritime and environment issues in Seoul on Thursday.  According to the Foreign Ministry on Friday, the two sides discussed the possibility of Japan releasing contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster site into the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 11:57:10 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea, China Hold Working-Level Defense Talks]]> South Korea and China held working-level defense talks in Seoul on Thursday to discuss the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and bilateral cooperation. Seoul's Defense Ministry said its director general of international policy, Lee Won-sik, and his Chinese counterpart Song Yan Chao held the 18th ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:40:42 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA['S. Korea, US Not Discussing Troop Deployment in Defense Cost-Sharing Talks']]> South Korea's chief negotiator in defense cost-sharing talks with the U.S. said Thursday that the two sides are not discussing the possible deployment of South Korean troops to the Strait of Hormuz in the talks. Jeong Eun-bo made the remark to reporters at Dulles International Airport as he departed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:34:37 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" Coming as US TV Series]]> Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film “Snowpiercer” will come back as an American television drama this year.  U.S. entertainment outlet Deadline reported on Wednesday that a television adaptation of the South Korean director’s Hollywood debut film will be aired on Warner Media cable channel TNT from May ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:55:37 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[New Conservative Party Urges LKP to Swiftly Discuss Possible Merger]]> The minor opposition New Conservative Party is urging the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) to swiftly respond to its proposal to create a joint consultative body over a possible merger plan.  The new minor party’s chief, Ha Tae-keung, said on Facebook on Thursday that public expectation is ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:29:05 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[LKP Files Constitutional Petition over Naming Ban on Satellite Party]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has filed a constitutional petition over the election watchdog’s refusal to allow it to give a satellite party a name similar to the mother party. The conservative party’s committee preparing the provisionally named Proportional LKP said on Thursday that it ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:26:45 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Active Duty Soldier Undergoes Sex Change, Hopes to Continue Service]]> A non-commissioned officer underwent gender reassignment surgery last year during a vacation overseas and the Army will now deliberate on whether to discharge the person from the military. The individual has reportedly expressed her desire to continue serving as a female soldier. This is the first ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:32:25 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Justice Minister Meets Rank-and-File Prosecutors for the First Time]]> Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae met with rank and file prosecutors on Thursday for the first time since taking office 13 days ago. The meeting drew keen attention following her controversial reshuffle of senior prosecutors and as a reshuffle of mid-ranked prosecutors is also expected in the coming ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 17:09:43 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Minister: Court Ruling Affirms Public Nature of Childcare Support]]> The minister of Gender Equality and Family said that the court ruling that found the operator of the website "Bad Fathers" not guilty is meaningful in emphasizing that paying childcare support is a citizen's public duty. In a New Year's news conference on Thursday, Minister Lee Jung-ok referred ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:53:39 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Ministry: Troop Dispatch Not Discussed during Defense Cost Talks]]> Seoul's Foreign Ministry said that the possible dispatch of South Korean troops to the Strait of Hormuz was not discussed during defense cost sharing negotiations with the U.S. Ministry spokesman Kim In-chul said in a regular briefing on Thursday that no discussions on the troop dispatch whatsoever ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:32:23 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Nuke Envoys to Discuss Resuming Inter-Korean Projects at DC Meeting]]> Anchor: In line with President Moon Jae-in's resolve to resume inter-Korean cooperation projects in the new year, Seoul's top nuclear envoy is set to discuss the matter with U.S. officials in Washington. The envoy said Seoul is seeking to find space for the projects within the framework of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:32:35 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea to Increase Investments to Spur Innovation in Data, Network, AI Sectors]]> The South Korean government will increase investments in the new year to spur innovation in the areas of data, network and artificial intelligence(AI) that form the base of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In its annual policy report to President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, the Ministry of Science and ICT ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 13:19:45 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korean Envoy: Seoul to Secure Understanding from US on Individual Cross-Border Tours]]> South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lee Do-hoon said on Wednesday that he will discuss with the United States the issue of inter-Korean cooperation projects such as individual tours.  Lee made the remarks to reporters after arriving in Washington for talks with his U.S. counterpart, Deputy Secretary of State ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:06:06 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon to Receive New Year's Policy Reports]]> President Moon Jae-in will begin to receive annual policy reports from government agencies on Thursday. The presidential office said the New Year's reports are aimed at encouraging ministries to achieve their policy goals and thus pave the way for "clear change" in 2020 that is tangible to the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:37:49 +0900 Politics