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Ban recommended for GGGI chief
The government recommended former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as chief of Seoul-based international organization Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), according to diplomatic sources, Monday. Sources said Ban’s competitors for the post include a former president of a country, without elaborating.
Two Koreas to hold working-level talks on art troupe's visit to Olympics on Monday
The two Koreas will meet Monday to discuss the North Korean performers’ participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next month, the Ministry of Unification said Saturday. Following the first inter-Korean talks in nearly two years, Jan. 9, the South proposed holding vice-ministerial working-level talks to the North regarding various issues related to its Olympic participa...
People's Party, Bareun Party may announce merger next week
The People's Party and the Bareun Party may announce their merger as early as next week, according to sources Thursday. People’s Party Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo is spurring the merger, despite the severe factional dispute whether to merge with the conservative Bareun Party. Ahn will convene the party’s executive committee on Friday, which will decide when and how to organize the...
Gangwon governor proposes 'floating hotel' for North Korea delegates
Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon proposed Wednesday using a cruise ship to accommodate North Korean athletes and delegates during the Winter Olympics to be held next month. “We can send a cruise ship to Wonsan, North Korea, to bring them in,” Choi told reporters, Wednesday. “The ship would be docked at Sokcho Port (near the athletes’ village) during the Olympics. This...
Tricky issues may hamper inter-Korea military talks
The two Koreas agreed to resume talks between their militaries at their high-level meeting, Tuesday, but tricky issues may hamper the progress of the envisioned meetings, analysts said Wednesday. The Ministry of National Defense said it is preparing for the meeting with the North Koreans which is likely to take place as early as next week.
[INTERVIEW] Entrepreneur wants to bridge Korea, Denmark
For most of Koreans, Denmark is a faraway country with an unimaginable welfare system that Korea does not dare imitate. That's not the case for Bruce Kim, 33, founder of KOPAN, a Korean restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. Seven years ago, Kim arrived in the Scandinavian country as a student majoring in engineering. As one of a handful Koreans staying there, he was often contac...
Moon watched inter-Korean talks live
President Moon Jae-in and his aides watched the progress of the inter-Korean talks held at the border village of Panmunjeom via television at Cheong Wa Dae, Tuesday. This was possible because of a surveillance camera installed in the room where the talks were held. Citizens also waited for updates on the negotiations, which may bring a breakthrough in relations on the divided peninsula.
Anti-merger faction of People's Party seeks to create new party
A group of People's Party lawmakers opposing Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo's plan to merge the minor liberal party with the minor conservative Bareun Party said Monday they will leave and create a new party if the merger goes through. Ahn is pushing for the merger with the Bareun Party in preparation for local elections in June, but around 18 lawmakers primarily from the liberal Jeolla provinces are against it, calling for the maintenance of the “reformist” values of the party.
[INTERVIEW] 'Stronger ties with China, Russia will promote peace'
Stronger economic ties with China and Russia will help North Korea open up to the outside world, said Song Young-gil, the head of the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation.“In resolving the North Korea nuclear issue, South Korea's economic cooperation with Russia and China can ease military tension and promote economic partnership between the two Koreas,” So...
Support for NK's Olympic delegation may breach world sanctions
South Korea's pledge to support a North Korean delegation likely to participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics has drawn controversy over its possible breach of international sanctions against the nuclear-armed country. After North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced the country's willingness to send a delegation to the sport event, the South Korean government said it would support the visit. And the support may include financial incentives, such as providing accommodation, transport and services.