The Korean daily media headlines and humor
The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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April 30, 2014

The Korean daily media headlines and humor
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Here are The Korea Post news, notice, humor from Korean-language economic dailies and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:


Lee Kyung-sik
Korea Post Media

The Korea Post News:

Highlight topics in the April issue of The Korea Post
- Will South Korea go nuclear?
- 2017 Presidential Hopeful Chung Mong-joon forefront in demanding S. Korea’s nuclear armament.
- Polls show 64% of South Koreans wanting independent nuclear armament while 28% say no.
- With whom will China take sides between North Korea and NE Asian US allies in the face of imminent 4th N. Korean nuclear test?
- Pres. Park Chung-hee almost finished nuclear weapons in 1979, but he was killed. Who was behind the assassin widely suspected as henchman?
- How correct is the book, “Mugungwa Flowers Have Now Come Out,” concerning the collaboration between President Park Chung-Hee and noted Korean-born nuclear physicist, Dr. Benjamin W. Lee, and the real cause of their mysterious deaths?
- “South Korea can persuade the US, allies to acquiesce at its development of nuclear weapons as it’s for self-defense and survival from N. Korea nuke attack.”
- Wives of ambassadors show off their outstanding live flower arrangement works at Seoul Garden Club exhibition.
- Ambassadors, spouses attend Wangin Culture Festival of Baekje Dynasty (BC18-AD660) in Yeongam County, Jeollanam-do Province.
- Ambassadors, spouses join Dangjin Tug-of-War Culture Festival, visit Hyundai Steel and Catholic martyr Sacred Land.
- National Day, Armed Forces Day, wine-tasting, tourism promotion and various other functions hosted by Poland, Slovakia, Oman, Myanmar, Senegal and Bulgaria.
- President Park Geun-hye has a summit meeting with President Obama of the United States in Seoul for increased ROK-US cooperation.
- Korea and Australia are set to increase bilateral cooperation in trade and security areas.
- President Park: Korea plans to build a ‘Korea Street’ in Dresden in Germany.
- President Park visits the Netherlands and Germany
- President Park discloses plans for peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula.
- “The Demilitarized Zone will become the symbol of peace in Korea and the world: President Park.
- KEPCO dedicates 433MW gas-burning power plant in Mexico.
- SK Hynix develops world’s first highest-density module.
- Korea Agro-fisheries & Food Trade Corps set to increase export.
- Do you wish to have windmill power plants in your country? Why not cooperate with Korea Wind Energy Industry Association for technology and investment?
- Ambassador Krzysztov Majka of Poland receives an honorary doctorate from Keimyung University in Daegu.
- Gwangyang Port is equipped with such optimal environment for logistics business for domestic and international business organizations.
- Azerbaijan: Armenia invades Kalbajar of Azerbaijan, kills 511, captures 321, and displaces 58,000 persons.
- Simone Hearts of Vision Chamber Orchestra presents performance.
- Traveltalk: BBQ Happy Hour at the Oak Room Garden at Millennium Seoul Hilton?

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The Korea Post Notices:

The Ansan International Street Festival on May 3, 2014, to which we have invited the Excellencies and Madans, has been cancelled due to the sinking of the Sewol-Ho Ferry Ship. This is because most 300 students of the Ansan Danwon Highschool were on board of the ill-fated Ship and many of them have become the victims. We pray for the safe rescue of the missing students as well as our deepest condolences for the victims.

We have stories and photos on the following events:

Yeongam Wangjin Culture Festival: /news/view.html?section=161&category=181&no=504Dangjin Tug-of-War Festival in English: /news/view.html?section=165&category=192&no=503Dangjin Tug-of-War Festival in Korean: Flower Arrangement Exhibition: /news/view.html?section=162&category=182&no=497----------

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▲ Above photo shows President Park Chung Hee (right) speaking with President Gerald R. Ford of the United
States at the Presidential Office of Cheong wa Dae in Seoul. President Ford visited Korea in November 1974.

Humor from Korean economic dailies:

Seoul Kyungje

A doctor taking care of his last appointment of the day gives this man a thorough exam and finds him in optimal health.
As the man is going out the door, he had a heart attack and died. The doctor looks at the man and tells the nurse,
"Help me turn him around so it looks like he was just coming in."

Hankuk Kyungje

Tag Sale

Preparing for a tag sale, the couple decided to put out a mirror they had received as a wedding gift.
Because of its garish plastic frame they just couldn’t find a room in their house where it looked good.
Shortly after the tag sale started, a man looking for something to decorate his apartment bought it for one dollar.
“This is a great deal,” he said excitedly. “It still has the plastic covering on it.”
Then he peeled off the protective covering to reveal a beautiful gold finished frame.


Search and Rescue Efforts for Missing Sewol Passengers Enters 15th Day
Search efforts are continuing for the 15th day for the missing passengers of the sunken Sewol ferry.

N.Korea Conducts Live-fire Drills in the Yellow Sea
North Korea conducted a live-fire drill near the maritime border in the Yellow

Sea on Tuesday afternoon spurring South Korea to stay on high alert.

Namhansanseong to be Added to UNESCO World Heritage ListThe Cultural Heritage Administration says that a mountain fortress southeast of Seoul will more than likely be added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Judgment on Samsung-Apple Patent Lawsuit Handed to Jury

S.Korea, Australia to Boost Cooperation in Energy, Resources

KOSPI Ends Lower for 5th Session

KORAIL Chief Returns After Rare Visit to N. Korea

N. Korea Informs S. Korea of Live-Fire Drill Plans

Close Aide of N. Korean Leader Promoted to Vice Marshal

Argentina Eases Permanent Residency Standard for Ethnic Koreans

China Holds Event to Promote Ahn Jung-geun Memorial Hall

IMO to Devise Measures to Improve Ferry Safety

Yonhap (

More bodies recovered from sunken ferry amid high tides
Rescue workers retrieved 12 more bodies from a sunken ferry late Tuesday amid desperate search operations against rising tides and strong currents for the nearly 100 passengers still missing.

S. Korea's industrial output grows 0.9 pct on-month in March
South Korea's industrial output grew slightly on-month in March, rebounding from a drop in the previous month, helped by increased production by manufacturers, a government report showed Wednesday.

Korean manufacturers' confidence for May stays flat
Business sentiment among South Korean manufacturers for May stayed flat for the second straight month as the local economy remains on recovery track, the central bank said Thursday.

S. Korea begins work to improve food security in ASEAN
South Korea will help improve food security in Southeast Asian countries, using its advanced technology to provide detailed information on regional and global food cond..

U.S. says N. Korea still bound by NPT rulesA senior U.S. government official said Tuesday North Korea is still obliged to follow rules under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) despite ..

U.S. monitors N. Korea's artillery drills, nuke test possibilityThe U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday maintained a firm but rather cautious approach toward North Korea's continued saber-rattling, saying the pr..

The Korea Herald (

N.Korea conducts live-fire drills near maritime border
North Korea fired some 50 coastal artillery shells near the Northern Limit Line, a de facto inter-Korean sea border, dur...

Ferry firm CEO quizzed as inquiry speeds upProsecutors questioned Kim Han-sik, CEO of Chonghaejin Marine Co., on Tuesday as the scandal su...

Park apologizes over ferry disasterPresident Park Geun-hye on Tuesday apologized to the public for the government’s failures duri...

Growing number of Koreans depressed by SewolEver since the Sewol ferry disaster, Song Eun-jin, a 56-year-old business woman, sometimes burs...

Obama hits back at foreign policy criticsU.S. President Barack Obama’s frustration is spilling over as he makes the most strident...

Heroes and unityIt seems that the entire nation is in mourning. Although the government has yet to declare a...

Revolving doorThe grim picture of how and why the Sewol ferry capsized and sank is gradually emerging as t...

Disputed TerritoriesDuring the U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent state visit to Japan, the U.S. leader sided with the Japanese in a dispute with China over a group of small islands in the East China Sea. Here are oth...

Kwangjuyo devoted to high-end Korean cuisine
Korean food is gaining popularity abroad and is acclaimed for being healthy, but there is a def...

American mothers publish book on traditional Korean handicraftsAfter adopting children from Korea more than 20 years ago, two American mothers and longtime fr...

The Korea Times (

Park apologizes
President Park Geun-hye apologized Tuesday for the government’s mishandling of the Sewol disaster, which left more than 300 dead or listed as missing after the ferry sank off the southwestern coast, April 16. She also visited a ...

NK conducts live fire drills near NLL
North Korea conducted a live-fire drill near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Tuesday. “The firing began at 2 p.m., hours after it delivered a notification,” JCS spokesman Eom Hyo-sik said. Air...

In mourning
Mourners were queuing up to pay their respects at a memorial altar in front of Seoul City Hall for those who died in the sinking of the ferry Sewol. The Sewol sank off the southwestern coast, with 476, most of them students, onb...
Our hearts are with you (8) 
Any diplomats, businesspeople and others can send short messages to our email,,... 

Chonghaejin head questioned  
Chonghaejin President Kim Han-sik, 72, was grilled at the Incheon District Prosecutors’ Office, Tu... 

Samsung's net profit tops W7.57 trillion  
Samsung Electronics beat market expectations for its first-quarter net profits on the back of stro... 

Rescue firm draws fire  
Undine Marine Industries, a private salvage company, has come under fire following a media report ... 

Search operations slow 
Divers searching the sunken ferry Sewol wrestled with strong tides and bad weather conditions, Tue... 

Coast Guard under fire  
The joint prosecution-police task force investigating the sinking of the ferry Sewol is probing th...

Dong A (

Pres. Park offers apology for government’s failures during ferry disaster
President Park Geun-hye apologized to the public on Tuesday. She said, “(We) lost so many noble lives. I feel sorry to the people and my heart is heavy.” This is the president’s first apology made in 13 days after the... 
Pres. Park consoles bereaved families
President Park Geun-hye offers words of condolences while visiting the official mourning center for victims of the Sewol ferry accident, which has been installed at Hwarang Park in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday....
Korean farm products succeed in U.S.
A woman came to buy farm produce at a Korean supermarket in LA, California, late afternoon on April 18 for weekend treat for her family. She said she came to buy mushrooms, laver and oysters. "I come here about twice a...
Two young Korean golfers grab PGA and LPGA titles 

Amid rain, portraits move to a new memorial site 

Assisted by sister, Noh Seung-yul charms PGA 

Brazilian media introduces unique demands by countries for World Cup 

Pitcher Ryu to seek 4th win anew at game against Colorado 

Obam gives `security gift` to Japan but nothing for trade pact 

Chinese take up majority of foreign wives in Seoul-----------------------------------------------

Chosun Ilbo (

Footage Reveals Half-Hearted Rescue Efforts in Ferry Disaster
Around 10 minutes of footage of the initial rescue efforts after the ferry Sewol capsized off the southwest coast on April 16 shows that attempts to save passengers were half-hearted at best. >> Full Text

Salvage Efforts Run Into Serious Trouble
Efforts to look for more bodies trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol hit a serious snag as currents intensified and mountains of debris clogged up the narrow passageways of the ferry. Rescue workers on Sunday proposed using explosives and metal cutters as well as moving the sunken ferry in order to reach the bodies. >> Full Text

New China Envoy Urges Restraint in S.Korea-U.S. Drills
Seoul and Washington should refrain from conducting joint military exercises that agitate North Korea and those drills should not target a specific country, the new Chinese ambassador to Seoul urged Monday. Qiu Guohong made the remarks in his first press conference at the Chinese Embassy in Myeong-dong, Seoul. >> Full Text

The Rapid Rise of Obscure N.Korean Apparatchik

Cheong Wa Dae Mulls Official Apology for Ferry Disaster

N.Korea Hits Back Over Int'l Condemnation

Abe Pays Tribute to Ferry Disaster Victims

Lydia Ko's First Pro LPGA Win Sends Her to No. 2

Noh Seung-yul Picks Up First PGA Tour Win in Louisiana---------------------------------------------

Hankyoreh (

Online post criticizing Pres. Park over Sewol response goes viral
Park is lambasted for her failure to take responsibility in dealing with fallout from ferry sinking
A bulletin board on the Blue House website was slowed or blocked by heavy traffic on Apr. 27 and 28 after a post criticizing President Park Geun-hye’s response to the Sewol sinking resulted in two to three times the site’s regular number of visitors.

Families in Jindo nearing breaking point from exhaustion and stressOn the thirteenth day after the accident, the families of the missing in the Sewol disaster, who are staying at the Jindo gymnasium and Paengmok Port, are growing weary, physically and mentally exhausted. Inside Jindo gymnasium, which is illuminated 24 hours a day by fluorescent lights, an increasing number of people are asking for sleep masks, eye drops, and sleeping pills because of trouble getting to sleep at night.

Family members of Sewol’s missing getting called back to work“I don’t appreciate it when my colleague calls to ask me if there has been any news. This puts pressure on me because they seem to be hinting that I should come back to work, even though they don’t come out and say it,” the man said at the Jindo gymnasium in South Jeolla Province on Apr. 28.

Court lifts demonstration ban for Sewol candlelight vigilA court moved to prevent the police from banning a planned candlelight march to commemorate victims of the Sewol ferry sinking.
The fifth administrative division of Seoul Administrative Court, under judge

Kim Kyung-ran, announced on Apr. 28 that it had decided to lift the ban on outdoor demonstrations temporarily after civic groups filed suit against Jongno Police Station in Seoul to ask for an injunction to suspend its enforcement.

In N. Korea, Hwang Pyong-so’s speedy rise to vice-marshal
One of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s right-hand men has been promoted to vice marshal for the Korean People’s Army (KPA). Hwang Pyong-so, 65, first deputy director of the Workers’ Party of Korea Organization and Guidance Department, was promoted to the position of vice marshal, according to the North Korean news reports. The move, which comes less than two weeks after he was confirmed to have been promoted to four-star general, has many observers watching closely to predict his future role in the regime.

Joong Ang (conservative): (

Park faces grief and ire of Sewol victims’ relatives Some relatives curse presidentAfter offering her condolences yesterday morning at a mourning altar in Ansan for the victims of the Sewol ferry accident, President Park Geunhye apologized …

Videos at ferry disaster give glimpses of doomTwo videos released to the public have given the most detailed look yet at the capsizing of the Sewol ferry …

North holds another live drill in area around NLLNorth Korea conducted a live-fire drill near the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the disputed western maritime border between the two Koreas, …

January-March financials mixed bag for Samsung, LGSamsung Electronics solidified its status as the world’s largest smartphone seller for the ninth consecutive quarter, …

SK Telecom posts big 1st-quarter operating lossThe nation’s No. 1 mobile carrier, SK Telecom, announced poor first-quarter earnings yesterday, after the third-largest operator, …

Edaily (

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[Closed]KOSPI 1,934.94p( 15.42p) slightly up, KOSDAQ 546.83p( 5.04p) slightly upKOSPI & KOSDAQ Index Closed KOSPI closed slightly up 15.42p( 0.80%) at 1,934.94p from yesterday. KOS...

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[Midday]KOPSI 1,931.41p( 11.89p) slightly up, KOSDAQ 546.56p( 4.77p) slightly upKOSPI & KOSDAQ Index KOSPI slightly up 0.62%(11.89p) to 1,931.41p at 14:01. KOSDAQ slightly up 0....

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Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (

Park apologizes to public over Sewol ferry disaster
South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologized over the Sewol disaster Tuesday, saying “I am sorry to the people and feel heavy-hearted for losing many precious lives to this accident.”Earlier, the President visited the ‘governmental memorial altar honoring victims of the Sewol disaster’ in Ansan, Gyeonggi, and paid tribute to the victims in the morning of Tuesday. Afterwards, she said “I am at a loss for words to apologize for the failure to pr.....

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S. Korean PM resigns over ferry disaster response

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All crew of Sewol to face prosecution

The Korea Post notice:

Here are more portrait paintings by Artists Chung Hyung-Mo and Kim Dong-Hyun:

▲ Prime Minister Winston Churchill of the United Kingdom

▲ Founder Chairman Lee Byung-chul of the Samsung Business Group

Artist Kim Dong-Hyun (right) poses with Cartoonist Ranan Raymond Lurie of The New York Times.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations

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