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Friday May 12, 2017
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CIA establishes 'Korea Mission Center' to focus on N. Korea threats
The Central Intelligence Agency has created a special team dealing exclusively with North Korea in an unusual move underscoring the seriousness the United States attaches to the nuclear and missile threats from the communist nation.
The Korea Mission Center was established to "harness the full resources, capabilities, and authorities of the Agency in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea," CIA said in a statement. "The new mission center draws on experienced officers from across the agency and integrates them in one entity to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target."
A veteran CIA operations officer has been selected as the new assistant director for Korea and presides over the mission center, the statement said without identifying the officer, adding that the team will work closely with the intelligence community and the entire U.S. national security community.
"Creating the Korea Mission Center allows us to more purposefully integrate and direct CIA efforts against the serious threats to the United States and its allies emanating from North Korea," CIA Director Mike Pompeo said. "It also reflects the dynamism and agility that CIA brings to evolving national security challenges."
Pompeo said during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he created the center to "draw the best minds, the most innovative, create people from across our agency."
"I'm sure we'll have others join in from across the intelligence community to try and focus this effort so that we can get back on our front foot with respect to foreign intelligence collection against the North Koreans and the capacity, the impact what Kim Jung Un is actually doing," he said. (Yonhap)
What’s ticking in Korea today? Here is a quick roundup of important news stories from the major Korean news media today:
Moon Holds Phone Talks with US, Chinese, Japanese Leaders
In the first presidential phone call with Trump, Moon emphasized that the South Korea-U.S. alliance has been the foundation of Seoul’s diplomatic and national security policies and that it will continue under his leadership. While identifying the Seoul-Washington ties as a great alliance, Trump invited Moon to the U.S. for bilateral talks and the South Korean president expressed hope for a visit at the earliest possible date. During the 30-minute telephone talks, the two leaders agreed to closely cooperate with each other to resolve the security crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
Top Office Revamped, Policy Czar Reinstated
President Moon Jae-in revamped the organization of the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae Thursday, reinstating a policy chief and scrapping the post of senior secretary on foreign affairs and security. The three offices and ten senior secretaries will be restructured into four offices, eight senior secretaries and two aides. The four offices include the secretariat, the presidential security service and offices on policy-making and national security.
Top Prosecutor Tenders Resignation
Prosecutor-general Kim Soo-nam tendered his resignation on Thursday. In a statement to the press, the top prosecutor said that he believes he has fulfilled his duties to a certain degree with the conclusion of the investigation related to former President Park Geun-hye as well as the presidential election followed by the inauguration of a new president. He said that he had thought about stepping down ever since the investigation into the political scandal began last fall.
CIA establishes 'Korea Mission Center' to focus on N. Korea threats
The Central Intelligence Agency has created a special team dealing exclusively with North Korea in an unusual move underscoring the seriousness the United States attaches to the nuclear and missile threats from the communist nation.The Korea Mission Center was established to "harness the full resources, capabilities, and authorities of the Agency in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea," CIA said in a statement. "The new mission center draws on experienced officers from across the agency and integrates them in one entity to bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target."
S. Korea beat Uruguay 2-0 in U-20 World Cup tune-up
South Korea beat Uruguay 2-0 on Thursday in a friendly match ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup at home. FC Barcelona Juvenil A forward Lee Seung-woo and second half-substitute Kang Ji-hun scored a goal apiece to lift the U-20 World Cup host past the South American qualifying champions at Cheongju Stadium in Cheongju, some 140 kilometers south of Seoul. South Korea, led by head coach Shin Tae-yong, allowed Uruguay's first shot on target in the fifth minute, but they answered back with Cho Young-wook's left footed strike four minutes later.
U.S. putting together delegation to S. Korea
The United States is believed to have started putting together a delegation of officials to be dispatched to South Korea to lay the groundwork for the first summit between President Donald Trump and South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in, sources said Thursday. Trump said in his first phone call with Moon on Wednesday that he will send a high-level delegation to Seoul to discuss Moon's first visit to Washington as president. Moon also said he would send a special envoy to Washington to lay the groundwork for his first meeting with Trump.
N. Korea denies consular access to American detainees: State Department
North Korea routinely delays or denies consular access to U.S. citizens detained in the communist nation, the State Department said Thursday, after Pyongyang threatened to "mercilessly punish" the Americans it's accusing of unspecified "crimes" against the country. The North's Foreign Ministry made the threat earlier Thursday, claiming it is the "legitimate right of a sovereign state to deal with the criminals according to its law" and rejecting criticism the country's holding the Americans to use as a bargaining chip.
The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)
Seoul seeks inter-Korean talks at PyeongChang Olympics: Moon adviser
With South Korea hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the Moon Jae-in government is seeking to use the event as a platform to kick-start dialogue with the North and set the tone for a nuclear moratorium in return for a restart of economic cooperation, a presidential adviser told The Korea Herald. But Choi Jong-kun, a professor in political science and international studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, emphasized that any thaw in relations with Pyongyang should be premised on its “explicit steps” toward denuclearization such as a halt in further nuclear and missile tests, as well as public consensus at home.
Former LG Uplus chief joins Huawei
Lee Sang-chul, South Korea’s former communications minister and chief of mobile carrier LG Uplus, is currently advising China’s Huawei, according to industry sources Thursday. On the official homepage of Huawei, Lee is named as chief adviser of Huawei, The Korea Herald confirmed. The website also described Lee as standing adviser of LG Uplus and LG Group. But LG Group denied the indication, saying he had never been an adviser to the group. “Huawei might have intended to enjoy the halo effect of LG‘s brand name (by recruiting Lee),” said a group official.
Moon Jae-in vows to mend ties with Xi, rejects sex slavery deal with Abe
President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Thursday agreed to take steps to restore the two countries’ relations strained by a dispute over Seoul’s decision to house a US missile shield. In their first, 40-minute phone call, Moon raised the issue of China’s economic retaliation over the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system here, offering to dispatch a delegation to solely discuss the matter. Xi, who requested the call in celebration of Moon’s inauguration, invited the Korean president to a summit in Beijing.
The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
Moon hints at scrapping 'comfort women' deal in phone talks with Abe
South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday hinted at possibly scrapping an agreement with Tokyo over Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II, insisting that most South Koreans could not accept the deal reached by the former Seoul government. "President Moon noted the reality was that most of his people could not accept the agreement over the sexual slavery issue," Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said of the president's telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Moon urged to develop rapport with Trump
For new President Moon Jae-in, resolving the North Korean nuclear issue must be the top priority. This is not just to secure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula but also to settle social conflict and provide an impetus for the South Korean economy. It is an essential prerequisite for the country to move forward. Against this backdrop, Sohn Sung-won, a professor at California State University, called on the new president to place top priority on building mutual trust with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Xi invites Moon to Beijing
Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested holding an early summit in Beijing to South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in, Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday. The heads of the two countries had a 40-minute phone conversation to discuss various issues in Northeast Asia, including North Korea's nuclear program and the installation of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea. This was the first time for a Chinese president to give a congratulatory call to a newly-elected South Korean president, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
CIA opens Korea Mission Center to handle N.K. nuke weapons
The Central Intelligence Agency of the U.S. has opened a Korea Mission Center, a special unit in charge of dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, the U.S. media reported on Wednesday (local time). The Donald Trump administration, which has used hardline measures and sent overtures alternatively, is thus effectively resorting to stick in lieu of carrot this time around. The CIA has been operating 10 cross-cutting mission centers that go beyond the boundary of individual units to cope with imperative security crises since October 2015, but it is the first time that the U.S. spy agency is establishing a mission center exclusively responsible for a certain country.
Lindberg glasses and campaign jersey worn by President Moon
It was a title frequently spotted at online secondhand goods communities on Wednesday, right after President Moon Jae-in was elected. Online used stores were filled with selling advertisements with a near-circular "President Moon's glasses" priced from 300,000 to 500,000 won, originally sold at 600,000 won at opticians. A Special Forces uniform tagged with the name "Moon Jae-in" was sold in just 30 minutes, and there were even dolls made with 3D printers which resembled the new president.
Juilliard names former ballet star as its new president
The Juilliard School made an unconventional choice to nominate a former ballet star as its next leader. The new president-designate of the prestigious music school is Damian Woetzel (50, pictured), who successfully transformed himself from a New York City Ballet star into an art administrator. The Juilliard board announced Wednesday that it chose Woetzel as the school’s 7th president to succeed Joseph W. Polisi, the incumbent president stepping down from his post in 2018.
KOSPI index rally hits new all-time high
The joint turnaround in KOSPI and KOSDAQ has pushed the indices to its record-high levels, with KOSPI rising close to the 2,300 range. KOSPI closed the market on Thursday at 2,296.37, up by 1.16 percent than the previous day. While the index slowed down after the market opened on Thursday, it soon rebounded thanks to strong foreign buying, and propelled near the 2,300 level. A 444.2 billion won worth of stocks were sold as day-trades by individual investors, but that did not stop the index from rising, backed by aggressive buying trends from institutions at 331.7 billion won and foreign investors at 105.1 billion won.
Moon to Move Presidential Office Out of Cheong Wa Dae
President Moon Jae-in vowed in his inaugural address on Wednesday to move the presidential office out of the palatial Cheong Wa Dae compound and into the far less-glamorous government headquarters in Gwanghwamun, downtown Seoul. The move is symbolic of plans to end the quasi-imperial status of the presidency and share more powers with other democratic institutions. "I will leave Cheong Wa Dae as soon as preparations are done, and it will herald a new era of a humble presidency," Moon said.
Trump, Moon to Meet 'as Soon as Possible'
President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a phone conversation Wednesday vowed to meet as early as possible to discuss North Korea and other pending issues.Trump congratulated Moon on his election victory and promised to invite him to Washington. "The South Korea-U.S. alliance is more important than at any other time given the growing uncertainties over the security situation of the Korean Peninsula," Moon was quoted as saying in their 30-minute phone call.
Moon Makes Job Creation His 1st Task
President Moon Jae-in's first order of business on taking office Wednesday was to sign a directive setting up a presidential job creation committee. The move follows Moon's campaign pledge to fight chronic youth unemployment and create 810,000 public-sector jobs. He promised to set up a score board in his office to keep track of the number of jobs created. The committee will be headed by the president, with the prime minister serving as vice chairman. It will be staffed with 10 private-sector advisors and 10 from the government.
Declaring an end to authoritarianism, Moon Jae-in sworn in as president
Moon Jae-in was sworn in for a five-year term as the 19th President of the Republic of Korea in an oath-taking ceremony at the National Assembly on May 10. Following the ceremony at the Central Hall of the National Assembly Building in Seoul’s Yeouido neighborhood at noon, Moon delivered a message to the public stressing “unity and coexistence.” “My heart beats with a passion to create a country that we have never before experienced,” Moon said. “In this election, there are no winners or losers. We are companions who must usher in a new Republic of Korea together,” he added.
As president, Moon must now address South Korea‘s diplomatic isolation
One of the challenges awaiting the administration of South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in, who took office on May 10, is the country’s isolation in diplomacy and security. During the administrations of Lee Myung-bak (2008-13) and Park Geun-hye (2013-2016), inter-Korean relations were completely severed and North Korea significantly improved its nuclear and missile capabilities. The South Korea-US alliance, which is the linchpin of South Korea’s diplomacy, has come under scrutiny since the inauguration of President Donald Trump in connection with the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA).
Now in power, will Moon Jae-in restart economic cooperation with North Korea?
Following the launch of a new government in South Korea led by president Moon Jae-in, expectations are increasing about the possibility of restarting inter-Korean economic cooperation, including the Kaesong Industrial Complex and tourism to Mt. Keumgang. Hyundai Asan and tenant companies at the Kaesong Complex are urging the government to quickly resume such cooperation. “During the conservative administrations of the past nine years, inter-Korean relations have taken a giant step backwards. Reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex is the starting point for a peaceful economy on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon, Trump agree to meet very soon
U.S. President Donald Trump invited newly-elected Korean President Moon Jae-in to Washington at the earliest possible date in their first phone call Wednesday, and Seoul is working to arrange a bilateral summit as soon as next month. Trump and Moon held a 30-minute phone call at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in which the two leaders agreed to hold a summit soon to discuss North Korea and other pending issues. They also agreed to freely call each other if a crisis arises before they meet.
Blue House vows new broom for prosecution
President Moon Jae-in appointed Cho Kuk, a progressive law professor and critic of the criminal justice system, as the new senior secretary for civil affairs on Thursday, demonstrating a determination to make changes to how prosecutors work in Korea. The senior secretary for civil affairs is a powerful post that supervises prosecutors, police and the National Intelligence Service. It is usually held by former prosecutors - insiders - and the appointment of Cho reflects Moon’s promise to overhaul the criminal justice system to make it less political.
Employment stats worsen as focus shifts to more jobs
Recent government data backs the notion that the new Moon Jae-in administration should focus first on jobs, especially for the young. During his presidential campaign, President Moon vowed to pass a 10 trillion won ($8.8 billion) supplementary budget to create 810,000 jobs in the public sector. Insiders say they believe Moon’s Democratic Party will announce a bill for such a budget as early as this month. According to Statistics Korea Thursday, the youth unemployment rate, or jobless Koreans between the ages of 15 and 29, hit 11.2 percent last month, 0.3 percentage points higher than the previous year. The 11.2 percent figure was the highest for April since 1999, when the government started to compile data in its current form.
Hyundai global leaders unite on sales strategy
Hyundai Motor invited executives of its dealerships around the world to its Global Distributors Convention event in Korea to discuss ways to rejuvenate the carmaker’s stagnant sales. The biannual global event was held under the theme “50 Years and More - Wonderful Journey Together” from May 10 to 13 in Seoul and on Jeju Island, the company said Thursday. A total of 300 people from 105 dealerships as well as Hyundai Motor headquarters participated in the event.
Moon Jae-in, “Build a Powerful Nation with Humble Power”
On May 10, President Moon Jae-in said, “From this day on, I will become the president of all the people. Each and every one of the people who did not support me is also my people and our people.”
This day, at the inauguration of the nineteenth president held at Rotender Hall in the National Assembly, Moon addressed the nation and said, “Today, May 10, 2017 will be recorded in history as the beginning of true national integration.” He presented integration as the first agenda.
Two Bones Presumed to Be Human Found in the Sewol Hull
On May 10, two bones believed to be human bones were discovered in the Sewol, currently at Mokpo New Port. On May 5, remains, which were presumed to be human bones, were discovered during an underwater search of the area where the boat had sunk, but this is the first time that remains have been discovered from the hull. This day, the field operation headquarters announced, “While clearing out the mud and obstacles in one of the two entryways that we pierced from the floor on the fifth floor to the fourth floor, we recovered two bones one at 8:10 a.m. and the other and 9:25 a.m.” This was the first discovery of human remains in twenty-two days since the search of the hull began on April 18, after the Sewol came to land, and in 1,121 days since the accident occurred.
The Korea Economic Daily (http://english.hankyung.com/)
Cheongwadae to Revive Presidential Policy Coordination Section
The new President of Korea Moon Jae-in has revived the policy coordination section within Cheongwadae (Presidential Palace) while merging the foreign policy and national security senior advisor function with that of national security advisor. Cheongwadae said on May 11 that it has passed an agenda on changing the Presidential Palace organization with a cabinet meeting. With the latest organizational change, Cheongwadae will have four sections (secretary, policy coordination, national security, and presidential security service), eight senior advisors, and two policy aides instead of three sections and ten senior advisors previously.
Former Yongsan Garrison Site to Be Sold to Commercial Developers
Yongsan Garrison, located at the center of Seoul, will soon be sold to commercial developers. The site will be developed as luxury homes, office-residence complexes, and commercial streets. Korea Land & Housing Corp. said on May 11 that it would offer the 44,935-square-meter former Yongsan Garrison site for sale. The land is fit for building apartments, office-residence complexes, commercial buildings, and public parks. Of these, upscale apartments can be built up to 780 units with the size of 85 square meters or up.
Careful Approach Needed for Relocation of Presidential Office to Gwanghwamun
New South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised to relocate the presidential office to the government complex in Gwanghwamun in the center of Seoul. This promise reflects his desire to have more communication with the public. Opinion leaders, however, recommended that such an idea should be approached more carefully, saying that although the purpose is commendable, more priority should be given to security issues. About 60 percent of those who participated in the survey expressed concerns about the plan, while the remaining 40 percent supported the idea.
Korea's Domestic Manufacturing Supply Surges in 1Q
Korea's total output of manufacturing goods both locally produced and imported recorded the highest growth in seven years in the first quarter of this year mainly thanks to the semiconductor boom. According to the National Statistical Office on May 10, the manufacturing industry's domestic output marked a positive year-on-year growth of 7.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, the highest since the data were compiled in the first quarter of 2010. The manufacturing industry's domestic output is an indicator of overall supply trend and structural change for the domestic market.
AJU Business Daily (http://eng.ajunews.com/korea)
Moon voices negative view on sexual slavery deal in talks with Abe
South Korea's liberal President Moon Jae-in took a negative stance over a controversial agreement on Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of women, telling his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, that many Koreans do not endorse the deal forged by his conservative predecessor. In a telephone conversation, Moon stressed that many South Koreans do not endorse the deal to resolve the emotional issue of "comfort woman" sexually enslaved by Japan's imperial army during World War II, the president's office said. "The reality is that most people here are not accepting the agreement emotionally," Moon was quoted as saying.
Liberal law professor named as Moon's senior aide for judicial reform
President Moon Jae-in revealed his strong will to push ahead with judicial reforms Thursday by selecting a liberal law professor advocating human rights as his senior aide who will supervise the office of state prosecutors accused of abusing power to support previous conservative rulers. Cho Kuk, a 52-year-old professor at Seoul National University, was named the senior presidential secretary for civil affairs. The professor, seen as one of Moon's confidants, has been actively involved in a social and legal campaign to promote civil and human rights. He joined Moon's camp in the 2012 presidential race.
Images of purported next iPhone SE leaks online
The leaked image showed four rear plates of iPhone SE's purported new version with no mention on its origination. The image is probably from China or Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer which operates an iPhone factory in China. The image also suggests the new iPhone SE will have "Jet Black", a glossy black color, as an option and the glass rear plate is made of Ion-X Glass, the same material used for the screen of Apple Watch Sport model.
Maeil Business News Korea (http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/)
Korea’s exports up 4.5% in May 1-10, imports gain faster at 12.2%
outh Korea’s exports kept up growth pace in May for the six month in a row - the longest winning streak in five years and a half - gaining 4.5 percent on year to reach $9.7 billion in the first 10 days, according the Korea Customs Service Thursday. The 10-day growth against a year-ago period significantly slowed from double-digit gains in recent months due to fewer working days in the first week of May. But daily shipment averaged $2.16 billion, up 27.7 percent from the same period last year.
POSCO Energy wins Vietnamese govt’s approval to build another coal power plant
South Korea’s leading energy producer POSCO Energy Co. has received a go-ahead from the Vietnamese government to construct its second coal-fired thermal power in Vietnam at a cost of about $2.5 billion. The company said on Thursday that it has gotten the green light from the Vietnamese government to carry out its project of establishing a new coal-fired power plant in the Southeast Asian country proposed since 2015. The new Quynh Lap Ⅱ coal-fueled power plant will be built in Dong Hoi, Nghe An Province in northern central Vietnam, about 270 kilometers away from Hanoi.
Korea’s resort operator Emerson teams up with China Minsheng to go global
South Korea’s boutique hotel and golf resort developer Emerson Pacific Inc. will join hands with China’s largest private investment company to aggressively tap into overseas markets. According to multiple sources from the financial investment industry on Thursday, Emerson Pacific - widely known for its hotel and golf resort brand Ananti - will establish a joint venture with China Minsheng Investment Group (CMIG) in the second half of this year to advance into overseas markets.
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