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Chinese Fisherman Kills South Korea Coast Guard Officer

Posted December 12th, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korean officials say a Chinese fishing boat captain killed a coast guard officer and wounded a second during an operation to stop a vessel illegally fishing off the Korean Peninsula. The chief investigator for the coast guard station at Incheon said the Chinese vessel was halted Monday morning in the Yellow Sea for fishing […]

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Sony to Bar Play Station Use for South Korean Youths

Posted November 16th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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Video game company Sony Computer Entertainment says it will prohibit South Koreans under the age of 16 from using its PlayStation online network. Sony says it is taking the action rather than try to comply with a controversial new night-time national gaming ban. Regulations to go into effect next week will prohibit South Koreans below […]

New US Envoy Arrives in Seoul, Looking to Pyongyang

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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A new U.S. ambassador arrived in South Korea Thursday pledging to do his utmost to upgrade relations between the two countries. Korean-born Sung Kim is the first Korean-American to be named to the post since diplomatic relations were established 129 years ago. The former State Department official served previously as Washington’s envoy to six-nation talks […]

Seoul Delays US Trade Pact Vote Amid Violence Fears

Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 3:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s legislature has postponed a crucial session in which it was expected to take up ratification of a far-reaching trade pact with the United States. Officials said Thursday that the session now is not expected to take place until November 10 at the earliest. The delay comes amid fears that opposition lawmakers would resort […]

US Soldier is Jailed for South Korean Rape

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 1:35 am (UTC-5)
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A South Korean court has sentenced an American soldier to 10 years in prison for raping a teenage girl, the heaviest sentence handed a U.S. serviceman in the country in almost 20 years. The court said Tuesday the unidentified soldier had committed sadistic and sexually perverted acts in which he repeatedly raped the 18-year-old girl […]

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Seoul Pushes US Trade Pact Despite Stiff Opposition

Posted October 31st, 2011 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s finance minister says he believes it is time for the National Assembly to move ahead with “swift action” to ratify a controversial trade agreement with the United States. Opposition members have raised the prospect of physical violence on the floor of the Assembly if the ruling Grand National Party tries to use its […]

Seoul Envoy Flies to Moscow Amid Accelerating Nuclear Diplomacy

Posted October 26th, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea’s top nuclear envoy is on his way to Russia amid accelerating efforts to set terms for a resumption of six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programs. South Korean officials said Lim Sung-nam left Wednesday for Moscow to discuss the latest progress with his Russian counterpart, Alexei Borodavkin. The visit follows what were described […]

South Korea to Host Southeast Asian Economic Talks

Posted October 25th, 2011 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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South Korea is set to host diplomats from Southeast Asia’s five Mekong River nations this week as part of a push to deepen economic cooperation with the resource-rich region. The Yonhap news agency says Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan will welcome counterparts from Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand for meetings Thursday and Friday. A South […]

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China’s Li Keqiang to Visit South Korea Next Week

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang will make back-to-back visits to North and South Korea next week. North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said Li will arrive in Pyongyang Sunday for a three-day visit. It did not offer details of an agenda for Li, who is widely expected to succeed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao […]

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China’s Li Keqiang to Visit South Korea Next Week

Posted October 19th, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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Officials say Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang will travel to Seoul next week on his first visit to South Korea since taking office in 2008. South Korea’s foreign ministry said Li will arrive October 26 for a two-day visit. The vice premier is widely expected to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao after a ruling party congress […]

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