The Korean daily media headlines and humor
The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Wednesday, September 20, 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


Korea Post Media


Your Excellency:

We have a very interesting Diplomat Tour coming up on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

How would Your Excellency and Madam wish to see the exciting National Food Show to be presented by your Colleagues? On the opening day, the National Food Show is presented by the Madams of the Ambassadors of Iran and Azerbaijan on the Opening Day and by the Madams of the Ambassadors of Spain, Vietnam, Italy, the Philippines, Poland, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan on the following days.

Here is the final schedule of the Namyangju Slow Life International Food Festival for the Ambassadors and Spouses:

0900 hours, Friday, Sept. 2017: Meet at the Grand Hyatt Seoul (near the water fountain).

1000-1030 hours: Attend Opening Ceremony with Mayor and Mrs. Lee Seok-woo of the Namyangju City.

1030-1200 hours: Watch the Lee Sang-bong Fashion Show.

1200-1330 hours: Attend luncheon hosted by Mayor and Mrs. Lee of Namyangju City.

1330-1400 hours: Tour the Slow Life Festival exhibition.

1400-1500 hours: Attend a "Food Talk Show" of 10 Countries with Food and Dance.

1500-1600 hours: Tour exhbition booths of over 40 different countries of the world.

1600-1630 hours: Move back to Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Very Respectfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik


The Korea Post media

For inquiries, please call Ms. Sua Kim (010-7584-5873) and/or Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik (010-5201-1740).

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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.


Trump Warns of 'Total Destruction' for N. Korea at UN

U.S. President Donald Trump has delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly, warning that his country would destroy North Korea if it is forced to defend itself or its allies. He also called for cooperation from the global community in efforts to stop the North Korean provocations. Alannah Hill has more. In his debut speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump criticized North Korea's serious human rights violations, citing the death of American college student Otto Warmbier and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother Kim Jong-nam, who was assassinated in February.

7.1 Earthquake Strikes Mexico, Killing Over 100

A powerful earthquake has struck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, killing more than one-hundred people. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the seven-point-one magnitude quake occurred in the state of Puebla, 123 kilometers southeast of Mexico City at around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, with a depth of 51 kilometers. The exact number of casualties has not been released yet. The earthquake came less than two weeks after an eight-point-two magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico, killing dozens and causing widespread damage. The latest quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake in the country.

Parties to Vote on Confirmation Motion for Supreme Court Chief Nominee

Rival parties have agreed to hold a plenary session to vote on a motion regarding the appointment of Supreme Court chief justice nominee Kim Meong-su. National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun and floor leaders of four main parties reached the decision during a meeting Tuesday. Ruling Democratic Party Floor Leader Woo Won-sik said they tentatively agreed to put a confirmation motion on Kim to a vote at 2 p.m. on Thursday.


Yonhap (

Trump warns of total destruction for N. Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea on Tuesday, saying he could "totally destroy" the regime in the face of its nuclear and ballistic missile threats. In an address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, broadcast live, Trump singled out North Korea as a "depraved regime" with a leader on a "suicide mission." He also made clear his commitment to defend the U.S. and its allies from North Korean provocations."The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," Trump said in his first speech to the world body.

S. Korean, British leaders agree to seek peaceful resolution of N.K. nukes

The leaders of South Korea and Britain agreed Tuesday to work together for a peaceful and fundamental resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and expand their countries' economic relations through a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). South Korean President Moon Jae-in and British Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the need to sternly deal with North Korean provocations, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said. The two met here on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly as Seoul and its allies were seeking to find ways to punish Pyongyang for its latest nuclear test staged earlier in the month.

Leaders of S. Korea, Czech agree to strengthen, expand bilateral cooperation

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Czech counterpart, Milos Zeman, agreed Tuesday to strengthen their countries' strategic partnership while also expanding their cooperation to new areas, including bio, artificial intelligence and information, and communications technology. In a bilateral summit on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Moon also asked the Czech president to help make the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's PyeongChang a success.


The Korea Herald (

Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the UN General Assembly, threated the "total destruction"' of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons. Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the murmuring crowd at the UN that "it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront" Kim Jong Un and said that Kim's "reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons" poses a threat to "the entire world with an unthinkable loss of human life.

More countries sever ties with North Korea

Blindly pursuing weapons of mass destruction, North Korea is facing further isolation from the outside world, as a growing number of nations are declaring Pyongyang’s ambassadors and officials “persona non grata.” Spain on Monday decided to expel North Korea’s ambassador on the reclusive nation’s unwillingness to halt its nuclear and missile provocations. The envoy, Kim Hyok-chol, is to leave by the end of this month.

What it takes to keep a startup up and running

While the former Park Geun-hye administration’s slogan of “creative economy” may have seemed somewhat abstract to many, the incumbent Moon Jae-in government narrowed the concept down to a distinct keyword -- startups. Such a message was clear in the promotion of the former Small and Medium Business Administration into the Ministry of SMEs and Startups, as well as the incoming launch of a presidential committee to promote the “fourth industrial revolution.”


The Korea Times (

US 'will totally destroy' North Korea if necessary

U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear provocation in his first address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Tuesday (local time).
It was his most direct threat to attack the reclusive state for belligerent acts including the Sept. 3 nuclear test and launching of ballistic missiles. Trump singled out the North a "rogue regime" and mocked its leader Kim Jong-un as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

Korea has worst air of advanced economies, report shows

Korea has the worst air quality of any advanced country, with its fine dust level soaring over the past 17 years, according to an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report released Sunday.The report shows Korea had the worst level 12 times over the period with a fine dust level of 32 micrograms per cubic meter in 2015, compared with a 13.7 micrograms average for the OECD countries.
The fine dust exposure level refers to ultrafine particles or particle matter in one cubic meter of air.

Seoul mayor asks for probe of Lee Myung-bak

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon filed a complaint with the prosecution against former President Lee Myung-bak, accusing him of defamation, abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Park said the National Intelligence Service (NIS) systematically conducted illegal surveillance on him and spread groundless rumors about him and his family during the 2008-2013 Lee Myung-bak administration. The prosecution has already been looking into the spy agency over allegations it worked to serve the former president's interest, breaching the NIS Law that prohibits intervention in domestic politics.


DongA Ilbo (

EU trade commissioner: It is wrong to blame KORUS FTA for US trade deficits

The European Commissioner for Trade said it is wrong to blame the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement for U.S. trade deficits with regard to the Trump administration’s demand for the revision of the trade agreement. In other words, U.S. trade deficits are not caused by the unfair trade agreement, but rather the deficits are the result of consumers’ choices. Cecilia Malmström, a European Commissioner for Trade, had an email interview with the Dong-A Ilbo ahead of her visit to Korea on Thursday. “U.S. companies should ask themselves why they exported fewer cars to Korea.”

Pres. Moon: ‘S. Korea–U.S. ties are iron fist’  

“Of course, South Korea and the U.S. cannot have completely same positions. (However) the ties are iron fist,” President Moon Jae-in said commenting on the two allies’ cooperation against North Korea’s nuclear weapons. President Moon has refuted controversy and concern raised by those who suspected over the two countries’ differences in stance, such as South Korea passing in solutions to the North Korean nuclear issue.

Corpse of a guerilla fighter in Korean War returns home in 66 years

The Ministry of National Defense Agency for KIA (Killed in Action) Recovery and Identification held a returning ceremony for delivering his remains to his son Han Yoon-sik Tuesday. The identity confirmation report, consolation award delivered by the defense minister and the article left were also delivered. "It is the first time that a war dead of a guerilla fighter was confirmed since the launch of the defense ministry unit in 2000,”a Defense Ministry official said, Han is the 122nd return as a military soldier of the Korean War.


Chosun Ilbo (

U.S. Fighter Jets Buzz Border with N.Korea

Four U.S. F-35B stealth fighter jets and two B-1B strategic bombers buzzed the aerial border with North Korea in a show of force on Monday amid colorful rhetoric from U.S. President Donald Trump. The jets carried out a live-fire drill at a firing range in Taebaek, Gangwon Province, a military spokesman here said Monday. The B-1B bombers dropped a conventional MK-84 bomb each and the F-35Bs an inert GBU-32 joint direct attack munition (JDAM). South Korean F-15K fighter jets dropped two inert MK-82 bombs.

Ex-Park Aide in Emotional Court Appearance

Former Cheong Wa Dae secretary Jeong Ho-seong wept on Monday as he was testifying in the corruption trial of disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye. It was the first time Park and Jeong, who is separately on trial for acting as the ex-president's bag man in passing state secrets to her confidante Choi Soon-sil, faced each other since he was arrested in November last year. Jeong bowed to Park as he entered the court room, and she nodded in response. Taking the witness stand, Jeong said, "What can I possibly say in this wretched trial of a president whom I served for a long time?" He added, "I refuse to offer my testimony due to the tremendous emotional pain I feel."

Chinese Firm Smuggles Missile Parts to N.Korea

A private Chinese firm smuggled materials needed to develop missiles to North Korea sometime in April, the Asahi Shimbun reported Monday. Camouflaged as materials for expressway construction, "high-grade tungsten and aluminum alloy was sent by the Chinese company to North Korea's central science, technology and trade company," the Japanese daily added. The smuggled materials were sent by ship.

"It is possible that Chinese government officials turned a blind eye to the transaction," the daily quoted a source as saying.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

Shenyang’s Lotte World latest casualty of THAAD retaliation

On September 16 at the construction site of the Shenyang Lotte World Theme Park in China's Liaoning Province, the sounds of work in progress were ceaseless, and tall cranes busily moved materials from place to place. The construction had been stopped last December 1 by the Shenyang municipal authorities on the grounds that Lotte had not adequately followed through on administrative procedures. This was after Lotte turned over its Seongju Golf Course to the Defense Ministry to serve as the site for deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system.

South Korean companies suffering heavy losses due to THAAD retaliation

Chinese economic retaliation for the THAAD deployment is driving South Korean companies in China to the brink, with many now moving to sell off or restructure their business ventures. Companies that previously sought to make inroads into the vast Chinese market are seeing their efforts potentially go up in smoke amid a wholesale crisis of THAAD retaliation and anti-South Korean sentiment. Experts are calling for Seoul to set up a dialogue channel with Beijing to search for a resolution.

U.S Air Force scrambles aircraft in response to latest NK missile test

The U.S. military scrambled two B-1B long-range bombers and four F-35B stealth fighters over the Peninsula on Sept. 18. in response to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test and launch of the Hwaseong-12 IRBM. That afternoon, the Ministry of National Defense said, “On September 18th, four of our Air Force’s F-15K fighters participated in a joint exercise with two U.S. Air Force B-1B strategic bombers and four F-35B stealth fighters.” It has been 18 days since both the F-35B and B-1B were simultaneously dispatched over the peninsula on Aug 31. At the time, the South Korean and U.S. Air Forces conducted a joint bombing drill.


JoongAng Ilbo (

Mattis talks up a military option

Washington’s rhetoric about military options for dealing with North Korea reached a new phase as U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters Monday that one military option wouldn’t put Seoul at grave risk. But Mattis did not elaborate. South Koreans are now asking themselves what that option would be, as local military experts speculate about an electromagnetic pulse attack, a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy that wipes out power grids, a cyber attack or other possibilities.

Lee Myung-bak gov’t accused of blacklisting

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on Tuesday sued former President Lee Myung-bak for abuse of power and obstructing the public duties of the Seoul city government.“I have decided to sue Lee and others behind this document written in 2011 against me, and will be filing the lawsuit this afternoon,” Park said in a press briefing at City Hall in central Seoul. “Those behind this crime have incessantly harassed me, my family and the Seoul Metropolitan Government. A task force at the National Intelligence Service has also shown that it wasn’t just one person behind these acts.”

Four countries expel North Korean diplomats

North Korea is often called the most closed and isolated nation in the world. Its diplomatic isolation is, in fact, deepening after defying United Nations Security Council resolutions by carrying out 14 missile tests this year alone and a nuclear experiment earlier this month. On Monday, Spain’s foreign ministry announced that North Korean Ambassador Kim Hyok-chol was a persona non grata, a foreign national no longer welcome in that country, due to the North’s repeated refusals to stop developing nuclear weapons.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

Postpone Funding of $8 Million for Aid to North Korea

On Monday, Defense Minister Song Young-moo said, "I heard that the government planned to adjust and significantly delay the funding," referring to the government's plans to fund US$8 million for humanitarian aid to North Korea. This day, Song attended a plenary session of the parliamentary committee for national defense and gave such a reply when the People's Party lawmaker Kim Dong-cheol asked, "Is it true that the government is going to provide humanitarian aid to North Korea?"

NK Missile Launch: South Korea and U.S. Leaders Agree to Strictly Implement Existing Resolutions
In a phone conversation on September 17, President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to concentrate on faithfully implementing existing resolutions rather than adopt a new United Nations Security Council resolution in response to North Korea‘s recent launch of Hwasong-12, an intermediate-range ballistic missile. The two leaders spoke over the phone before their fifth meeting since they entered office, scheduled during the UN General Assembly. Compared to the recent phone calls made each time North Korea engaged in provocations, this time, the tone was moderate and the conversation short.

Ruling Party Ready to Eradicate Past Wrongdoing, While Opposition Set to Show the Power of the Majority
The first regular session of the National Assembly after the launch of the Moon Jae-in government has entered its course following an initial schedule of speeches by the floor leaders of the negotiating parties and an interpellation. The session stumbled to start with the Liberty Korea Party boycotting parliamentary schedules, and tensions ran high as major issues surfaced inside and outside parliament, such as North Korea’s sixth nuclear test and their launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, and the rejection of Kim Yi-su, nominee for the president of the Constitutional Court.


The Korea Economic Daily (

Moon Government's Approval Rating Hits Low of 67.1%

The approval rating of the Moon Jae-in government has hit a low of 67.1 percent largely due to North Korea nuclear issues. The rating has fallen for three consecutive weeks. As for the approval rating of the ruling Minjoo Party has declined for four weeks in a row to 49.3 percent. Pollster Realmeter said on September 18 that a survey commissioned by CBS-TV revealed that the ratio of those who thought positively about the way the current government has performed was 67.1 percent, down by 2.0 percentage points from the previous week.

Semiconductor and Display Industries Set to Invest 52 Tril. Won by 2024

Chief executives of the nation's leading companies like Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, and LG Display have made a request to the government to relieve the problem of labor shortage in the area of semiconductor and display.Kwon Oh-hyun, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, said on September 18 in a discussion session held in Kensington Hotel in Seoul's Yoido presided over by Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy Baek Woon-gyu, "Skilled workers are in short supply in fast-growing industries like semiconductor. The government must step in and help the industry foster experienced hands in semiconductor materials and equipment."

Oil Refiners See Good Times ahead due to Rising Oil Prices

International oil prices have hit a record high in seven months as they went up over US$50 a barrel. The domestic oil refining sector raised its hopes of improving their profitability in the third quarter after suffering poor results for two consecutive quarters. The spot price for Dubai crude as compiled by the Korea National Oil Corp. was $53.64 a barrel on September 16, up by 7 cents from the previous day. This is the highest level since February this year when the figure was $54.39.


AJU Business Daily (

Seoul Mayor sues conservative ex-president for malicious smear campaign

South Korea's former conservative president Lee Myung-bak will face a criminal probe after the mayor of Seoul sued him as the mastermind of a covert political smear campaign led by intelligence officials.
The suit came on the heels of an investigation into a political campaign by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to blacklist, gag and bring social disadvantages to outspoken figures and artists critical of the conservative government during Lee's presidency.

Trump warns of total destruction for N. Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric against North Korea on Tuesday, saying he could "totally destroy" the regime in the face of its nuclear and ballistic missile threats. In an address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, broadcast live, Trump singled out North Korea as a "depraved regime" with a leader on a "suicide mission." He also made clear his commitment to defending the U.S. and its allies from North Korean provocations.

Saudi nuclear project reignites S. Korean ambitions for reactor export

Under President Moon Jae-in's clean energy policy, South Korea is reducing its heavy dependence on nuclear energy, but ambitions to export home-made reactors have never been abandoned. South Korea, which has almost no reserves of fossil fuels on its territory, has actively pushed for a nuclear energy program. A 2009 $20 billion contract to build four reactors in the United Arab Emirates paved the way for South Korea's first exports of reactors.


Maeil Business News Korea (

Samsung Elec reputation sharply falls after leadership and Galaxy Note7 debacle

A series of disgraceful setbacks - largest-ever technology recall and imprisonment of the de facto head over bribery charges - cost South Korea’s top company Samsung Electronics Co. dearly in its international image. According to industry insiders on Tuesday, Samsung Electronics ranked 89th in the 2017 Global corporate social responsibility (CSR) RepTrak 100 announced by Reputation Institute, a private global consulting firm based in Boston, the United States.

FTC may require Samsung and Lotte change their legal heads

South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission will consider requiring Samsung Group and Lotte Group to change legal representatives to someone who can actually be accountable for conglomerate management, said its chief Kim Sang-jo. Local antitrust law requires a corporate to designate a single individual representative who has either controlling stake in the company or actual decision-making power in management to take legal and other responsibilities related to the company.

S. Korean pharma and biotech firms rush to burgeoning cosmeceutical market

South Korean pharmaceutical companies are jumping into cosmeceutical market as the marriage between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals is in the limelight as a new blue ocean to follow a boom in the health supplement market. A relatively low barrier of market entry and rosy expectations about the fast-growing market are fueling their hope.


What’s ticking around the world at this second?

See what the world media around the world have to report:

USA Today

The New York Times

Wall Street Journal,

Financial Times

The Times

The Sun

Chinese People's Daily

China Daily


Japan's Yomiuri



Le Monde

Italy LaRepubblica

Germany Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung


Australia Brisbane Times

Sydney Morning

Colombia Reports

Bogota Free Planet

El Universal


Ecuador Times

The Jordan Times

The Baltic Times,,

El Pais

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Daily News Hungary

Budapest Times


The Korea Post is running video clips from the different embassies.


Sri Lanka:


And many other countries.

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