The Korean daily media headlines and humor

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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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Here are The Korea Post notices and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media of Korea today:

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Lee Kyung-sik


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Round-up of important news stories from major Korean dailies today:

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'Why don't we ask Amb. Timonin to bridge gaps to realize a Moon-Kim meet?’

The Republic of Korea (south) and North Korea are coming closer to each other these days mainly thanks to the tireless efforts of President Moon Jae-in to end the status of stand-off between the two Koreas. Especially with the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics not very far away, government representatives of Seoul and Pyongyang are meeting with each other for the facilitation of the participation of the North Korean team in the largest international winter sports event.

World skating body says N. Korea has met 'technical requirements' for PyeongChang Olympics

The world's skating governing body said Thursday that North Korea has met the "technical requirements" to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The International Skating Union (ISU) also said it will refer the matter of North Korea's late entry in figure skating to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Trump hopes inter-Korean talks lead to 'success for the world'

U.S. President Donald Trump voiced hope Wednesday that recent high-level talks between South and North Korea will lead to "success for the world." The two Koreas met for the first time in more than two years Tuesday and agreed to hold military talks to ease tensions along their border.

S. Korean envoy vows 'watertight' coordination with U.S. on N. Korea

South Korea will coordinate closely with the United States on all matters related to the Korean Peninsula, including the North's nuclear weapons program, Seoul's top negotiator for the issue said Wednesday. Lee Do-hoon, special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, arrived in Washington for a three-day visit during which he plans to meet with U.S. officials and share the results of this week's high-level inter-Korean talks.



Moon, Trump: Inter-Korean Talks May Lead to Talks between US, N. Korea

The leaders of South Korea and the United States have agreed that inter-Korean talks may lead to talks between the U.S. and North Korea for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the telephone at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the day after the two Koreas held high-level talks on the North's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

IOC to Host Talks on N. Korea's Olympic Participation on Jan. 20

The International Olympic Committee(IOC) will hold a meeting with officials from the two Koreas next week to discuss details about the North's participation in the Winter Olympics in the South. IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement on Wednesday that the IOC will convene a four-party meeting next Saturday at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, with representatives from the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics organizing committee and the national Olympic committees of both South and North Korea.

Trump Hopes Inter-Korean Talks will Lead to Success for the World

U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed hope that recent high-level talks between South and North Korea will lead to "success for the world." Trump voiced such hope on Wednesday at the start of a Cabinet meeting at the White House.


Yonhap (

S. Korea's exports rise 17.6 pct from Jan. 1-10

South Korea's exports rose 17.6 percent during the first 10 days of January on-year, due to a robust gain in shipments of semiconductors and wireless telecommunication equipment, data showed Thursday. Total goods worth US$13.7 billion were shipped overseas from Jan. 1-10, according to the data from the Korea Customs Service.

Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa to enter nat'l competition for final Olympic tuneup

South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa will enter a national competition this week for her final tuneup for the 2018 Winter Olympics, her coach said Thursday. National speed skating head coach Baek Chul-gi said Lee and other skaters bound for PyeongChang 2018 will enter the National Winter Sports Festival starting Friday. All races will take place at Taereung International Skating Rink in Seoul.

Mobile carriers likely performed modestly in Q4

Local mobile carriers are estimated to have performed modestly in the fourth quarter last year, with their sales falling slightly but compensated by boosted operational profit, financial tracker FN Guide said Thursday.


The Korea Herald (

Dialogue and pressure’ in dealing with NK: Moon

President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that South Korea will approach the North Korean nuclear issue with both engagement and pressure, and that cooperation with the US has been critical in inter-Korean relations.

Samsung privately unveils QLED TV with deeper blacks

Samsung Electronics privately unveiled its quantum dot display TV that displays deeper blacks at a similar level to its rival LG Electronics’ organic light-emitting diode TV during the Consumer Electronics Show that opened Tuesday.

Two Koreas set for military talks, but challenges remain

With the two Koreas gearing up for military talks to ease tensions, the focus is now on how much progress they will be able to make, as the US continues to raise concerns over North Korea’s motive behind its diplomatic overture.


The Korea Times (

Trump to follow up on inter-Korean talks

United States President Donald Trump welcomed South Korea and North Korea resumed talks this week, saying his country will also likely hold a dialogue with the North under the right timing and conditions. Trump talked to South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a telephone conversation on Wednesday.

7 foreign workers sacked following minimum wage hike

The South Korean government's decision to raise the hourly minimum wage has forced cash-strapped employers to sack staff, with job agencies for foreigners the first workplaces affected. Several employees across 34 recruiters for foreigners nationwide have fallen victim to the policy as the job agencies struggled to balance government funds and increased wages.

Foreign workers should file tax returns now

Foreign workers earning income in Korea should file a tax settlement for 2017 by February 28. The year-end tax settlement is required for all foreign workers regardless of their term of stay and income generated here.


Chosun Ilbo (

Park's Lawyer Entrusted with Lonely Client's Money

Ex-President Park Geun-hye seems to be one of the loneliest people in Korea now that she is estranged from her lifetime confidante Choi Soon-sil, whose antics led to her spectacular fall. When the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Monday asked a court to freeze Park's assets over a new bribery charge, it was revealed that she has entrusted her lawyer Yoo Yeong-ha with W4 billion in 30 checks worth W100 million each and W1 billion in cash.

N.Korea Agrees to Send Athletes to Olympics

North and South Korean officials met in the border truce village of Panmunjom on Tuesday and agreed that North Korean athletes will take part in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. North Korea will also send a delegation of cheerleaders and observers.

Tokyo Says It Won't Move an Inch on Sex Slavery Deal

Tokyo flew into a fury on Tuesday after Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha confirmed that a 2015 deal to compensate Korean wartime sex slaves "cannot be a genuine solution to the issue." Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the 2015 deal was struck by the foreign ministers of the two countries, confirmed by the leaders of the two countries, and supported by the international community, including the U.S.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

Future inter-Korean dialogue to encompass family reunions, military talks

The two sides agreed to expand topics of discussion following successful initial session at Panmunjeom. Just 10 hours after the beginning of the first inter-Korean talks in over two years, North and South Korea had finalized a joint press statement containing three points and agreed to hold more talks in the future about sports and military issues.

Moon administration will not renegotiate 2015 comfort women agreement

SK Foreign Minister requests that Japan acknowledge the past and make an apology to surviving women. Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha announced on Jan. 9 that Seoul would “not request renegotiation” of the South Korean and Japanese government’s 2015 agreement on the Japanese military comfort women issue.

Japanese government rules out further action on comfort women agreement

The Abe administration termed the decision not to implement the deal as “utterly unacceptable”. The Japanese government blasted as “utterly unacceptable” South Korea’s announcement that a 2015 intergovernmental agreement on the comfort women issue was not a true resolution to the matter.


JoongAng Ilbo (

Moon stands firm on sanctions on North

South Korea has no intention of curtailing its sanctions on North Korea unless there is progress in resolving the nuclear crisis, President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday, dismissing speculation that Seoul may lift the punishments as inter-Korean talks resume.

President gives assembly deadline on Constitution change

President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday made a strong push for a constitutional amendment in June, telling the National Assembly that his administration will draft a bill if lawmakers don’t by March.“Holding local elections and a referendum on a constitutional revision on the same day is a pledge to the people,” Moon said in his New Year’s address.

Militaries of two Koreas prepare for round of talks

A day after Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to hold the first military talks under the Moon Jae-in administration to diffuse tension on the peninsula, South Korea’s National Defense Ministry said Wednesday it has begun internal discussions on the agenda and delegates.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

Inter-Korean Talks] Opened the Way to Ease Tensions Using PyeongChang as Priming Water

On January 9, North and South Korea agreed on measures to ease military tension on the Korean Peninsula in addition to North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in a high-level government meeting. South Korea also requested additional military talks to ease military tensions and asked to resume dialogue to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue.

Comfort Women Agreement Not Annulled, But This Does Not Grant Japan Indemnity

On January 9, the Moon Jae-in government announced its plans on handling the 2015 comfort women agreement between South Korea and Japan. Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha stated that the 2015 agreement could not be a true solution to the problem, but said the government would not demand another negotiation since it was an official agreement between two states.

Letting the Controversial UAE Envoy Issue Quietly Fade Away

The controversy surrounding the dispatch of a special envoy to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appears to be quietly fading out without any clear explanation. Khaldoon Khalifa, chairman of the UAE Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, who holds the key in this controversy visited South Korea on January 8, but the Liberty Korea Party, which had cried of a nuclear power plant scandal took a step back saying, "The diplomatic disaster now seems to be under control."


AJU Business Daily (

President Moon refuses to disclose secret military accords with UAE

President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that South Korea and the United Arab Emirates have signed a series of military accords that allegedly contained a secret clause on Seoul's automatic involvement in an armed conflict in the Middle East country.

Boy group BTS wins advertising deal with South Korean bank

Popular boy band BTS has signed an advertising contract with a South Korean commercial bank. It was the first K-pop boy group to model for a major financial company. KB Kookmin Bank said in a statement on Wednesday that BTS members would appear in a commercial film advertising "Liiv", the bank's online digital financial service platform.

SK Telecom forges strategic alliance with Dutch map provider HERE

South Korea's top mobile carrier SK Telecom has forged an alliance with Dutch digital map producer HERE to develop 5G network-based mapping services and technology related to autonomous driving.

Researchers develop self-healing polymer for 4th Industrial Revolution

South Korean researchers claimed to have developed an elastomer with self-healing characteristics that can be applied to smartphones and other products related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The state-run Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology said Wednesday that its research team has fabricated "remarkably tough and room-temperature self-healable thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers".


Maeil Business News Korea (

SK Telecom teams up with map provider HERE to develop 5G HD maps

South Korea’s leading mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. established a strategic partnership with HERE, a global provider of digital maps, to cooperate in developing fifth-generation (5G) network-based mapping services and technology, the company said on Wednesday.

Korean consumers to file class-action suit against Apple for slowing down iPhone

South Korean consumers will file a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc. facing a slew of lawsuits in the U.S. and elsewhere after admitting that it slowed down older iPhones through operating system software updates to prevent abrupt shutdown.

LG Display to invest $19 bn to ramp up OLED capacity

LG Display Co. will inject 20 trillion won ($18.7 billion) over the next few years to make organic light emitting diode (OLED) its mainstay product by 2020 and cement its leadership in the next-generation TV screen and other displays. t.


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