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Headlines, November 25, 2019

기사승인 2019.11.25  09:59:47

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Round-up of important news from major Korean dailies and from international media today

The Korea Post (http://www.koreapost.com/)

Top diplomats of S. Korea, U.S. hold phone talks on GSOMIA, defense cost sharing

The top diplomats of South Korea and the United States held telephone talks late Thursday and discussed a soon-to-expire military information-sharing pact between Seoul and Tokyo, and their ongoing defense cost-sharing negotiations, Seoul's foreign ministry said. The phone talks between Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo came just ahead of the planned expiration of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), set for Saturday.

S. Korea ready to support Asia's second-largest theme park: minister

South Korea's finance minister said Thursday that the government will spare no effort for the completion of a multi-billion-dollar project to build Asia's second-largest theme park in the country. South Korean retail giant Shinsegae is set to break ground for the 4.57 trillion-won (US$3.8 billion) project to build a theme park in Hwaseong, about 45 kilometers southwest of Seoul, in 2021, with an initial opening in 2026 and the full opening in 2031.

OECD cuts growth outlook for S. Korea to 2 percent

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Thursday slashed its growth outlook for South Korea's economy this year to 2 percent amid a slowdown in global trade. The OECD's outlook represented a drop from its previous forecast of 2.1 percent in September. It said the South Korean economy would grow 2.3 percent in 2020, unchanged from its previous forecast. "Economic growth will remain subdued, as the global slowdown and trade tensions hold back exports, while high uncertainty weighs on investment," the OECD said in its report.

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KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

S. Korea-Japan Summit Likely in December

A diplomatic source said on Saturday that the two nations have agreed to coordinate efforts to enable a summit between President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on December 24 on the sidelines of their planned trilateral summit with China late next month.

Railway Union, Management Resume Negotiations amid Strike

The labor union and management of Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) are holding negotiations on Sunday as the unionized railway workers continued their general strike for the fifth consecutive day.

Son Heung-min Scores Season's Ninth Goal in Mourinho's Debut Game

South Korean forward Son Heung-min of the Premier League's Tottenham Hotspur scored his ninth goal of the season on Saturday.

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Yonhap (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)

S. Korea-ASEAN summit to open in Busan, prologue to 'New Southern Policy 2.0'

A special group summit between South Korea and the 10 Southeast Asian nations will get under way in Busan on Monday, which Seoul views as another milestone in bilateral partnerships amid its signature New Southern Policy.

Railway workers end strike with deal with management

Unionized railway workers decided Monday to end their strike, after reaching a deal with the Korea Railroad Corp. (KORAIL) over working conditions, the union and the company said.

After marathon talks, the two sides struck an agreement to withdraw their no-time-limit work stoppage that started Wednesday. Striking workers will start to return to work at 9 a.m.

K-pop diva Goo Ha-ra found dead at her home

Goo Ha-ra, a K-pop diva and member of girl band KARA, was found dead Sunday at her home, police said.

An acquaintance of the 28-year-old found her dead at around 6 p.m. at her home in Seoul's Gangnam Ward and notified the police and firefighters, the police said.

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The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)

Moon begins week of ASEAN diplomacy with Brunei, Singapore summits

President Moon Jae-in held summit meetings with the leaders of Brunei and Singapore over the weekend, kicking off a flurry of bilateral and multilateral summits held on the occasion of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit and the first Mekong-Korea summit.

Connectivity to bring Korea’s relations with ASEAN to next level

South Korea expects to take a leap in its relations with Southeast Asian countries by revisiting the achievements of the past 30 years and developing a new vision for the future.

During the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in Busan, Korea and the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations member states will adopt a joint vision statement on coexistence and prosperity.

South Korea forges close ties with Southeast Asia amid ‘fourth industrial revolution’

South Korea is building stronger ties with the young and fast-growing economies of Southeast Asia in hopes of creating opportunities and seeking a breakthrough in a world facing new challenges amid the “fourth industrial revolution.”

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The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)

Cheong Wa Dae criticizes Abe remarks on GSOMIA

A senior presidential aide strongly criticized recent comments by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regarding South Korea's decision to temporarily put off the expiration of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).

Moon begins bilateral talks with ASEAN leaders

President Moon Jae-in on Sunday arrived in Busan _ the host city of the third Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit and the inaugural Korea-Mekong Summit scheduled from Monday to Wednesday.

Robots replace humans at Korean restaurants

The food and beverage industry here has seen an increasing use of robots to serve food and beverages and even complete basic tasks such as making noodles in less than a minute.

Industry officials said Sunday that more robots will be used in restaurants with the development of robotic technologies and soaring demand to utilize robots for routine and repetitive tasks, replacing human employees.

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Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)

More Pressure Put on Seoul to Pay Exorbitant U.S. Defense Bill

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, has joined other senior American officials in putting pressure on Seoul to contribute more for the upkeep of U.S. troops here.

Exports Likely to Plunge for 12th Month Running

Exports in the first 20 days of November dwindled nearly 10 percent on-year, suggesting that outbound shipments for the whole month will be down for the 12th month in a row.

Exports were worth US$28.21 billion from Nov. 1 to 20, down 9.6 percent on-year, according to the Korea Customs Service on Thursday.

S.Korea Reverses Course, Will Still Share Intel with Japan

In a major policy reversal, South Korea said Friday it has decided to continue a 2016 military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan that it previously said it would terminate amid ongoing tensions over wartime history and trade.

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HanKyoReh Shinmun (http://english.hani.co.kr)

Blue House expresses disappointment in Kim Jong-un’s rejection of ASEAN summit invitation

On Nov. 21, the Blue House expressed disappointment that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had rejected South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s invitation to attend the South Korea-ASEAN summit in Busan.

Stephen Biegun asks for Choe Son-hui as his N. Korean counterpart in negotiations

The US sent a message on Nov. 20 calling on North Korea to return to denuclearization talks while proposing that working-level talks take place at a higher echelon between US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun and North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui. The aim is to achieve substantive progress ahead of a summit between the two leaders by assigning more weight to talks between vice minister-level officials holding practical authority.

Seoul continuing to seek diplomatic solution ahead of GSOMIA termination

Up until Nov. 21, shortly before the scheduled termination of South Korea and Japan’s General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), Seoul was feverishly seeking a solution across all diplomatic channels. Even so, it seems likely that the two countries’ military information-sharing agreement will ultimately be scrapped.

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The Dong-A Ilbo (http://english.donga.com/)

S. Korea plans to export smart city technology to ASEAN nations

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Busan Eco Delta Smart City (EDC) was held Sunday in Busan with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and ASEAN countries leaders in attendance including Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The ASEAN countries leaders’ participation in the ceremony ahead of the South Korea-ASEAN summit that kicks off Monday reveals their interest in urban infrastructure.

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over East Sea on day of GSOMIA announcement

On Friday when South Korea announced its decision to stay in an intelligence sharing pact between Seoul and Japan, a U.S. B-52 bomber flied near the Korean Peninsula and Japan, a month after it was spotted near Seoul.

Armitage, Victor Cha: ‘Trust between Seoul and Washington already damaged’

Leading experts have raised concern that trust between South Korea and the U.S. has been already damaged and the alliance have also suffered deep injury despite conditional extension of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between Seoul and Tokyo.

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The KyungHyang Shinmun (http://english.khan.co.kr/)

"Mr. President, How about a Platform Linking Day Laborers to Jobs?" "What about a Solution to Stop Passing Inequality Down to the Next Generation?"

Jeong Ho-chang (51), a day laborer residing in Gwangju, boarded a bus for Seoul early in the morning of November 19. He was going to attend the TV show, "The People Ask: 2019 Conversation with the People," at the MBC Media Center in Mapo-gu, Seoul that evening. He was one of the three hundred people selected on the panel.

Household Income Polarization Eases for the First Time in 4 Years

The income of the bottom-tier households increased in the third quarter of this year, reducing the gap with the top-tier households for the first time in four years. It appears the government's policies to support the low-income households, such as the expansion of earned income tax credits, were effective.

Government to Consider Visit to Mount Kumgang by Separated Families and a Complete Renovation of the Reunion Center

The government is considering a complete renovation of the reunion center for separated families along with a visit to Mount Kumgang by separated families as a creative solution in connection to resuming tourism of Mount Kumgang. Minister of Unification Kim Yeon-chul, who is visiting the United States, met with U.S. officials and discussed exemptions to the sanctions concerning this issue.

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Maeil Business News Korea ( http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/)

Indonesian President Widodo reaches out to Korean firms for more investment

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who began his second five-year term last month, has encouraged more South Korean companies to invest in the Southeast Asian country boasting the world’s fourth largest population while pledging to create a more business-friendly environment in the country.

Seoul saves GSOMIA, stops WTO suit vs Tokyo on condition

Seoul makes surprsing suspension on its decision to walk out of a military intelligence-sharing pact dubbed GSOMIA with Tokyo six hours before it woul otherwise become invalid by 12 a.m. Saturday as well as its World Trade Organization suit over Japan`s export curbs, offering an olive branch to end the standoff with the neighboring country over past and trade issues that have come to undermine longstanding security alliance among Seoul, Tokyo and Washington.

Samsung to launch new AI-enhanced self-upscaling TVs next year

Samsung Electronics will apply self-upscaling program based on deep learning AI (artificial intelligence) technologies to all 8K TV products to be rolled out from next year.

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