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Koreans' case of split personality
How could South Koreans ooh and aah in appreciation of every smile or grimace made by Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, during her recent visit for the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics? Rather, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's “ungentlemanly” behavior toward Kim and her entourage looked normal. Pence came late for the pre-opening reception an...
Task force to rummage through Lee's accounts
Financial authorities have set up a task force to investigate borrowed-name accounts that allegedly belong to Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, who has remained comatose. For the next two weeks, the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) will investigate Samsung Mirae Asset, Shinhan and Korea Investment and Securities. The main task is to confirm whether the 27 accounts belong to Le...
IOC ignores Korean organizers' request, sends Pengilly home
What happened in the assault case involving British International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Adam Pengilly in PyeongChang last week? This much has been confirmed. The IOC admitted Saturday that it ignored the Korean organizers’wish to keep Pengilly in Korea and decided to send him home through its ethics committee discussion.
Koreans here, in US organizing Starbucks boycott
SEOUL and DALLAS - In Korea, people are trying to organize boycotts online against Starbucks products after it was revealed an NBC Sports commentator who belittled Koreans while broadcasting the PyeongChang Olympics belonged to the global coffee maker’s board. Momsholic Baby, an internet cafe with over 2.6 million members, most of them housewives, had its chat board abuzz wit...
'Lee Joon didn't try to kill himself'
The agency for Lee Joon, actor and former member of boy band MBLAQ, Wednesday denied reports Lee now in mandatory military service tried to commit suicide. Prain TPC said it confirmed with Lee's family that reports of him cutting himself or being sent to the “Green Camp” for soldiers who are mentally unstable or otherwise are unfit for service were not true.
Moon Jae-in tries to charm China with New Year greeting
President Moon Jae-in staged a charm offensive to Chinese people by sending them his Lunar New Year greetings. It was broadcast on China's state-run CCTV Thursday morning. Moon started a seasonal greeting in Chinese and said he conveyed warm New Year greetings from the Korean people.
Majority of South Koreans back summit with North Korea
Six in 10 South Koreans favored holding an inter-Korean summit, a recent opinion poll showed. The survey of 500 people by pollster Realmeter for tbs radio Wednesday showed 61.5 percent approved of the summit as a starting point for establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula. Another 31.5 percent backed the view that pressure and sanctions should be given a priority so opposed...
GM tells Korea to back its plan by February end or it could leave
GM Korea said it would close its factory in Gunsan, the smallest of its three factories in South Korea, by May. By all indications, the GM decision is the first salvo in the game of chicken between the U.S. automaker and Korean stakeholders such as the Korea Development Bank, its key shareholder, the unionized workers and the government. “We have proposed to other stakeholder...
It's not Olympics but Polympics
Different from the case of NBC, the U.S. main Olympic broadcaster which mistook the host city, PyeongChang, as being in North Korea, there is a conspicuous reason that the quadrennial event in the South Korean city is not what is expected of a typical Olympics. It deserves to be called “Polympics” with a capital P standing for politics of a complicated brand - with fierce, di...
Kim Yo-jong - weapon of choice in North Korea's charm offensive
Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un, has hijacked the media's attention after the PyeongChang Winter Olympics started Friday. During her two-day stay by Saturday, Kim, believed to be 31 years old, showed a kaleidoscope of facial expressions captured on video and in photos. Often, she looked cheerful and was caught suppressing a smile, and at ...
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