The Korean daily media headlines and humor
The Korean daily media headlines and humor
  • Lee Kyung-sik
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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Friday, September 15, 2017

Your Excellency:

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:

Very Respectfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik


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What’s ticking in Korea today? Here is a quick roundup of important news stories from the major Korean news media today:

The Korea Post media ( in English, ( in Korean.


N. Korea Fires Missile from Pyongyang

The South Korean military says that North Korea launched an "unidentified" missile eastward from Sunan in Pyongyang around 7 a.m. Friday morning. The Joint Chiefs of Staff(JCS) said the missile soared as high as some 770 kilometers and flew some three-thousand-700 kilometers over Japan to the North Pacific. The JCS said that South Korea and the U.S. are analyzing additional information of the launch to figure out the type of the projectile, based on its trajectory and range. South Korea's presidential office immediately convened a National Security Council meeting at 8 a.m. to discuss the North's latest provocation and check the military’s readiness.

President Moon Convenes NSC Meeting

President Moon Jae-in convened a full session of the National Security Council(NSC) at 8 a.m. Friday to discuss North Korea's latest missile launched an hour earlier. The presidential office initially said that NSC chief Chung Eui-yong would preside over the meeting, but quickly revised its announcement to say that the president would oversee it. It is the fifth time that Moon is supervising a full session of the NSC. The last time was 12 days ago, immediately after the North’s sixth nuclear test on September third. Moon has presided over full NSC sessions when the North conducted intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM), intermediate range ballistic missile(IRBM) or nuclear tests. It is said that there is a strong possibility that the latest provocation was an IRBM or more powerful projectile.

Lotte Mart to Close Business in China over THAAD Retaliation

Lotte Group has begun the process of selling its retail stores in China after bearing the brunt of Beijing's economic retaliation over the deployment of a U.S. THAAD antimissile system. Lotte, which provided the site for THAAD in South Korea, initially planned on keeping its doors open in China, however, it is believed to be pulling out now after it was forced to suspend operations of its large-sized Lotte Mart chain for more than six months, with future prospects looking bleak. According to investment banks(IBs) in China on Thursday, Lotte Mart selected Goldman Sachs to manage the sale on its behalf, but is still deciding on whether it will sell all its Chinese branches or just some.


Yonhap (

N. Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan: S. Korea

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan again on Friday in defiance of the international community's warnings, according to South Korea's military. The latest in a series of the Kim Jong-un regime's provocations came three days after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution aimed at cutting the North's oil imports by a third. The "unidentified" missile fired from Pyongyang flew around 3,700 kilometers over Japan into the North Pacific Ocean, said the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). It reached a maximum altitude of some 770 km, added the JCS. The missile was launched "at around 6:57 a.m. today from the vicinity of Sunan in Pyongyang," it said.

Trump briefed on N.K. missile launch: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday was briefed shortly after North Korea launched a ballistic missile, the White House said. Trump's chief of staff John Kelly gave the briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. The missile was launched from Pyongyang and flew some 3,700 kilometers over Japan into the North Pacific Ocean, according to South Korea's military.

Tax breaks lead to more hiring of regulars

South Korean companies increased hiring of regular workers by more than 14,000 in 2015 in return for government tax benefits, a report said Friday. A total of 2,164 large businesses and smaller companies applied for tax credits after employing a combined 14,109 young regular workers that year, according to the report from the Korea Institute of Public Finance. The companies hired an average 3.2 young regular employees, with large companies increasing the most with 16.4 workers. The amount of total tax credit applications was estimated at 54.1 billion won (US$47.6 million) for 2016, which is anticipated to increase to 87.7 billion won this year.


The Korea Herald (

North Korea fires missile from Pyongyang over Japan

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan again on Friday in defiance of the international community's warnings, according to South Korea's military. The latest in a series of the Kim Jong-un regime's provocations came three days after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution aimed at cutting the North's oil imports by a third. The "unidentified" missile fired from Pyongyang flew around 3,700 kilometers over Japan into the North Pacific Ocean, said the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). It reached a maximum altitude of some 770 km, added the JCS.

Seoul eyes $8m humanitarian aid to Pyongyang

South Korea said Thursday that it is planning an $8 million humanitarian aid package for North Korea, to be delivered via international organizations, amid a toughening mood globally toward the defiant communist regime. The announcement, which came days after the United Nations adopted a tougher set of sanctions against the North, was met with immediate backlash from both within and outside the county. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reportedly expressed his opposition, saying it is not the time to provide aid, but to increase pressure. Earlier in the day, Pyongyang had threatened to sink Japan with nuclear weapons.

Lotte Duty Free takes on Incheon Airport over rent

Korea’s largest duty-free store operator officially requested that the country’s gateway airport lower its rents, as the tax-free industry continues to struggle, sparking speculation as to whether the move will lead to a downward trend in airport duty-free rents across the board. According to Lotte Duty Free on Wednesday, the company sent an official letter to Incheon International Airport Corp. asking that the airport adjust its rent prices to be proportional to its sales. “Right now, we are paying out about 60 percent of our sales revenue from the airport outlet as rent,” said an official with Lotte Duty Free. “If the rent is not adjusted, we really have no choice but to close down those outlets.”


The Korea Times (

N. Korea fires another missile over Japan

North Korea fired another missile over Japan and into the Pacific on Friday, officials from Seoul and Tokyo said. The launch came after the United Nations Security Council imposed new sanctions against the country over its missile and nuclear provocations. "North Korea fired an unidentified missile from near Sunan, Pyongyang, around 6:57 a.m. It flew over Japan to the North Pacific," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement. The missile flew some 3,700 km, with its maximum altitude reaching some 770 kilometers, the JCS said. South Korea and the United States are jointly studying further information, it said.

Personnel affairs dragging down Moon gov't

Personnel affairs have become a major obstacle to the Moon Jae-in government as it faces problems in appointing ministers and other top policymakers. Not only the opposition but also the ruling party are demanding Cheong Wa Dae overhaul its personnel screening system. A slew of failures to appoint desired picks for each post are derailing the President's state management and reform plans, coupled with the opposition's disapproval of top justice nominees for political reasons. On Wednesday, the National Assembly concluded the SMEs and startups minister nominee Park Seong-jin was unfit for the post because of his controversial religious and historical views along with ethical lapses.

Adoptees struggling to find birth families

For many adoptees, finding their birth families is a way to mend their past and move forward. In Korea, the process is especially long and costly, lonely and upsetting ― and, more often than not, unfruitful. What further troubles many of them is the feeling that Korea, the country they were born into, had sold them off. This may not be just a feeling. In a 1975 letter issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, now the Ministry of Health and Welfare, then-Minister Ko Jae-pil wrote, "We forego somewhat our plans for social welfare and the interests of our children." This, he defended, was inevitable to secure a stronger national defense in dealing with constant threats from North Korea.


DongA Ilbo (

N. Korea shows signs of making further ICBM provocations

South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly detected on Thursday signs indicating that North Korea is set to make additional missile provocations. According to South Korean government sources, U.S. spy satellites and other surveillance equipment had detected movements of a transporter erector launcher (TEL) and other military vehicles preparing to get deployed to an unidentified location. Reportedly, signs of the possible provocations have been detected in an area near Pyongyang and in North Pyongan Province.

Samsung partners up with WeChat Pay for Note 8 in China

Samsung Electronics is seeking to turn the tide of business in China with the launch of its new smartphone Galaxy Note 8. The South Korean electronics giant held a ceremony on Wednesday at 798 Art Zone in Beijing, China, to showcase their latest smartphone model Galaxy Note 8 with some 900 officials from the local media outlets and business partners present. Ko Dong-jin, the head of Samsung Electronics’ Wireless Business Department, gave a keynote speech, saying that Samsung will “make a continued effort to earn trust and love from Chinese consumers based on our technological prowess." He called China “the most important market." The Galaxy Note 8 will be officially launched in China on September 29.

Seoul's Subway No. 9 opens its 3rd section in Oct. next year

The third section of Subway Line No. 9, a stretch between the Sports Complex Station in Songpa district and the VHS Medical Center in Gangdong district, will open in October next year. According to the Seoul metropolitan government, 85 percent of the 9.2-kilometer section has been completed as of August. In the entire stretch of a tunnel, railways and stations have been all constructed. Electricity began to be supplied from Jamsil, Seokchon and Sangil subway substations. Safety facilities will be in place and signal systems and the electricity supply for trains will be tested.


Chosun Ilbo (

Moon Opposes Deployment of U.S. Nukes in S.Korea
President Moon Jae-in on Thursday ruled out the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea. In an interview with CNN on the eve of his trip to the UN General Assembly in New York, Moon warned the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons here could lead to a nuclear arms race in Northeast Asia. He said his government will continue to make thorough preparations for North Korean provocations until Pyongyang freezes its nuclear and missile programs and reiterated that the North is developing such weapons to guarantee the safety of the regime.

Trump to Visit Korea on Asia Tour in November
U.S. President Donald Trump may visit Korea during his Asia tour in November as he attends regional summits. "Washington and Seoul discussed Trump making a stop in Korea when he visits China in November," a Cheong Wa Dae official said Wednesday. Trump will attend the ASEAN summit on Nov. 10-11 and the APEC summit on Nov. 11-12, both in Vietnam, as well as the East Asia Summit in the Philippines on Nov. 13-14. China and the U.S. on Tuesday agreed to hold a summit within the year in China, which would fit into the extended schedule.

Korea to Take China to WTO Over THAAD Boycott

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Wednesday decided to take China to the World Trade Organization over its unofficial boycott of South Korean goods and services. The ministry is also weighing other legal options against China's drastic retaliation over the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. here. After the full deployment of the THAAD battery was completed last week, the government sent another letter to the Chinese government voicing Seoul's concerns over snowballing losses suffered by South Korean businesses in China due to the boycott. It decided to bring up the matter in a WTO meeting next month.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

Comfort women continue long quest for justice

What began as a lonely protest on Jan. 8, 1992, marked its 1,300th event on Sept. 13. Attended by around 300 people, the occasion included a dance routine by sixth grade elementary school students and chants by other students in uniform. It was the 1,300th of the weekly Wednesday demonstrations for a resolution to the Japanese military sexual slavery issue, an event held every Wednesday afternoon across from the former Japanese embassy building in Seoul’s Junghak neighborhood. The Japanese military comfort women survivors’ calls for the Japanese government to acknowledge criminal actions and provide lawful compensation remain unanswered.

Tokyo court rules against pro-North Korean high school

On the afternoon of Sept. 13, a group of Korean-Japanese in front of the Tokyo District Court in Kasumigaseki, a Tokyo neighborhood that houses many government offices, were chanting a song called “Let the Voices Gather, Let the Songs Come,” which contains a mixture of Japanese and Korean words. This was the day when the Tokyo District Court was scheduled to make a decision on the legality of the Japanese government’s decision to exclude a “Chosen Gakko” (pro-North Korean school) from a government program to provide free high school education. Unlike the hope expressed in the song, the voice of the Korean-Japanese did not reach the ears of the Japanese government or court. When the legal team raised banners that said “unfair ruling” and “the Korean high school students’ voices were not heard” – implying they had lost the case – the singing turned into wailing and screaming: “How much longer will they keep up this discrimination?” and “This is unfair!”

Trump expected to make first Asian trip in November

A plan for US President Donald Trump to visit South Korea, China and Japan around the time of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that will be held in Vietnam in mid-November is reportedly on the table. If confirmed, this would be Trump’s first trip to Asia since his inauguration as president, which some think could be the turning point for affairs on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia. The discussion about Trump’s visit to China has apparently moved far enough along to get into the details. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Sept. 12, China’s People’s Daily Online reported on Sept. 13.


JoongAng Ilbo (

North Korea launches another missile over Japan

North Korea launched a ballistic missile Friday morning that flew over Japan and landed in the northern Pacific, according to South Korea’s Joints Chiefs of Staff. No damage has been reported. The missile was fired from the Sunan airfield in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang at 6:57 a.m., reaching a peak altitude of 770 kilometers (478 miles) before landing about 3,700 kilometers away. South Korean military officials said they were analyzing the type of the missile. A National Security Council meeting in the Blue House was scheduled for 8 a.m.

Moon rules out nuclear weapons in South Korea

President Moon Jae-in on Thursday dismissed the idea of a nuclear-armed South Korea, rejecting growing public discussion of whether atomic weapons are needed to counter threats from the North. “I agree that the South needs to bolster its defense capabilities against the North’s advancing nuclear and missile programs,” Moon said in an interview with CNN. “But I do not agree that we need to develop our own nuclear weapons or bring back [U.S.] tactical nuclear weapons to respond to the North’s nuclear capabilities.”

Seoul mulls $8 million in aid to Pyongyang

The South Korean government said it was considering an $8 million aid package for North Korea via two UN-backed organs that would help young children and pregnant women, stressing it would keep humanitarian assistance separate from political and military affairs when dealing with the Kim Jong-un regime. The decision will be finalized next Thursday after a vote in the Consultative Meeting on Promotion of Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation under the government’s Unification Ministry, which handles South-North affairs. The group is chaired by the unification minister and includes five experts from the private sector as well as the country’s 13 vice ministers. Approval from a majority of participants is needed for a motion to pass. If this one does, it will be the first time since the left-leaning Moon Jae-in administration started in May that the South will offer aid to the North.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

"There Is More to Be Done" U.S. Presses China to Implement Sanctions on North Korea
After the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2375 on sanctions on North Korea, the U.S. once again took aim at China, pressuring Beijing to strictly implement the sanctions. China repeatedly stressed the need to resolve this issue with negotiations. Meanwhile, diplomatic officials from the U.S. met with their counterparts in China and Russia. On September 12 (local time), U.S. President Donald Trump referred to the adoption of the latest resolution and said, "We think it's just another very small step a big deal," and added, "But those sanctions are nothing compared to what will ultimately have to happen."

Conservative Opposition Calls Incumbent Judge and Asks Irrelevant Questions on Ideology

In the confirmation hearing of Kim Myeong-su (58), nominee for the chief justice of the Supreme Court, held at the National Assembly on September 13, the conservative opposition party called in an incumbent judge for the first time in history and poured questions to verify his ideology. Despite that the only link between the judge and Kim was that they worked together at the same court some ten years ago, the judge was summoned at the hearing because he posted an article on the court's intranet claiming, "In some ways, we can say that a trial is politics." Some ruling party lawmakers argued that the act of summoning an incumbent judge as a witness violated the independence of the judiciary and forfeited their time to ask questions.

Cheong Wa Dae Announces "Opposition" As Public Opinion Calls for Redeployment of Tactical Nuclear Weapons
On September 12, Cheong Wa Dae announced its opposition to the redeployment of US Forces Korea's tactical nuclear weapons through Lee Sang-chul, first deputy director of the National Security Office, after it deemed that the recent public opinion on the issue had gone too far. This day, Lee appeared at the Cheong Wa Dae press room, organized a press briefing and explained why the president opposed the redeployment of nuclear weapons claiming that it not only violated the basic principle of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which has been maintained since 1991, but that it would also rob us of an excuse for denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.


The Korea Economic Daily (

Korea-China Current Swap Deal Won't Be Part of Agenda in Sept. 13-14 Governors Meeting

Central bank governors of three East Asian countries including China, Japan, and Korea will get together and discuss issues such as debt and macroeconomic soundness. But the issue of the Korea-China currency swap deal which will expire on October 10 won't be one of the official agendas in the meeting. Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol, People's Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan, and Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will meet in Incheon's Songdo for two days on September 13-14 in the Korea-Japan-China central bank governors meeting. The fast-rising debt balance will be the main topic of the meeting. The problems of household debt, corporate debt, and government debt are at issue in Korea, Japan, and China, respectively.

Youth Unemployment Rate Hits Record-low in 18 Years

The youth unemployment rate has hit a record-high level in August since the Asian financial crisis. As for the number of net job increase, it fell to a low of 54 months. Even though the government is doing everything it can to create jobs, jobs-related figures won't budge. According to a report "August 2017 Employment Trend" published by the National Statistical Office on September 13, the jobless ratio of those aged between 15 and 29 was 9.4 percent, up 0.1 percentage point from a year ago.

Hanwha Chemical an Unexpected Beneficiary of Coal Price Hike

As international coal prices are on the rise, Hanwha Chemical's prospect is getting brighter. That's because the Korean company uses naphtha to produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) while its rivals in China are largely based on coal, which will make it more price competitive vis-a-vis the Chinese chemical producers. According to Korea Resources Corp. and chemical industry sources on September 10, the freight-on-board (FOB) price of bituminous coal out of the Chinese port of Qinhuangdao was US$95.06 as of September 1 per ton from $81.58 on June 2, up 16 percent in three months. Accordingly, the supply of PVC has strained with its price rising. The average PVC price in Asia has increased about 10 percent to $955 as of September 7 from $868 in June.


AJU Business Daily (

N. Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan in apparent show of force

North Korea fired a ballistic missile that flew over Japan before landing in the North Pacific in an apparent show of force that followed fresh UN sanctions in retaliation for the country's powerful nuclear test, military authorities said. The missile, launched near Pyongyang at 6:57 am (22:57 GMT), flew about 3,700 kilometers (2,294 miles) after surging as high as 770 km, the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called a high-level security council. South Korean and US military authorities are analyzing the type of the projectile, which appeared to an intermediate range ballistic missile called Hwasong-12. Japan's media reported the missile appeared to have been launched toward the northeastern region of Japan.

Samsung establishes $8 mln fund to develop technology for connected cars

Samsung Electronics took another step to firm its ground in the competitive next-generation automotive market by creating a 300 million-dollar fund aimed at developing technology for connected cars. It is Samsung's second largest investment in the sector since it completed the eight billion-dollar acquisition of US-based Harman International, a major connected technology and lifestyle audio solution company, in March."The Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund will focus on connected car and autonomous technologies," Samsung said in a statement on Thursday. Related technologies include smart sensors, machine vision, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, connectivity solutions, automotive-grade safety solutions, security, and privacy.

Moon's office urges 'strategic communication and cooperation' with Beijing

The office of South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for strengthened "strategic communication and cooperation" between Seoul and Beijing, saying it's not the time to divert attention from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
China's informal trade and economic retaliation intensified after US troops brought in a missile shield to intercept North Korean ballistic missiles in April. Chinese consumers have shunned South Korean products. China's concerted campaign against South Korea fueled public calls for strong government action and some pundits in Seoul mentioned the idea of taking China to arbitration by the World Trade Organization.


Maeil Business News Korea (

S. Korean government mulls providing humanitarian aid to North

The South Korean government is considering contributing $8 million in international humanitarian aid to North Korea to help improve maternal and child care conditions despite the scurry of UN and individual state sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s repeated missile and nuclear protests. According to an unnamed official from South Korea’s Ministry of Unification on Thursday, the government plans to discuss whether to provide $8 million in aid as requested by international agencies under the United Nations including UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Food Programme (WFP) at a meeting on inter-Korean cooperation on September 21.

Kakao and Samsung Elec cooperate in voice recognition and AI technologies

Leading mobile app operator Kakao Corp. said it teamed up with South Korea’s top hardware producer Samsung Electronics in voice-enabled smart technology. Kakao said it would merge its artificial intelligence platform Kakao I with Bixby, the voice-activated personal assistant of Samsung Electronics. Kakao’s services including Kakao Talk now can be activated by Bixby mounted on Samsung Electronics premium phones.

Hyosung ups airbag cushion output to 40 mn units in Mexico

South Korea’s leading chemical and textile company Hyosung Corp. will be ramping up annual airbag cushion output to near 40 million units from Mexico, having begun activating a new plant there. According to Hyosung on Wednesday, it has completed the building of an airbag cushion textile factory in Torreon, Mexico that will churn out textile enough to make 30 million units of airbag cushion every year. The company kicked off the factory operation one year and five months after it broke ground in April, 2016.


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Australia Brisbane Times

Sydney Morning

Colombia Reports

Bogota Free Planet

El Universal


Ecuador Times

The Jordan Times

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El Pais

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Daily News Hungary

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