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

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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


Has Your Excellency and Madam reserved a seart for the Lotte Tower Tour on Friday 19 January?

For details of invitation, please scroll down to the bottom of this Headlines.


Round-up of important news stories from major Korean dailies today:

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

U.S. to continue to put maximum pressure on N. Korea: White House

The United States will continue to put "maximum pressure" on North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program, the White House said Tuesday amid the possibility of inter-Korean talks next week.

Speed skater Lee Sang-hwa chasing 3rd straight gold at PyeongChang 2018

When she takes the ice at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games next month, South Korean speed skater Lee Sang-hwa will be chasing a rare piece of Olympic history. Lee will try to become just the second speed skater to win three straight Olympic gold medals in the women's 500 meters.

Trump says N.K. wanting talks with S. Korea could be good news

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korea's willingness to hold talks with South Korea could be "good news," although he also expressed skepticism. A day earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country is open to dialogue with Seoul and could take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang next month.

IOC 'welcomes' Koreas' interest in talks on North's participation in PyeongChang 2018

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday welcomed the interest taken by the two Koreas in having talks on the North's participation in the upcoming Winter Games south of the border.



Trump Responds to Potential Talks between Two Koreas

Following North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s proposal for dialogue with the South during his New Year’s address, U.S. President Donald Trump has said the talks hold mixed potential. Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, reiterated that the U.S. will not accept North Korea as a partner until it gives up its nuclear weapons.

S. Korea Welcomes Kim Jong-un's New Year's Speech, Proposes Dialogue

President Moon Jae-in has welcomed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's suggestion of sending a team to the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Following up on the president's remark, Seoul's unification minister proposed holding a high-level inter-Korean dialogue next Tuesday.

Political Parties Show Mixed Reactions to Seoul's Talks Proposal

South Korea's political circle has offered mixed responses to Seoul’s proposal for high-level dialogue with North Korea. In a statement on Tuesday, the ruling Democratic Party said it welcomed the move, adding that the Moon Jae-in administration is quickly and appropriately responding to the New Year's address by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.


Yonhap (

UAE raised holdings of S. Korean equity by 7.8 pct last November

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) purchased a net 967 billion won (US$908.6 million) worth of South Korean stocks last November, raising its holdings of local equity by 7.8 percent from a month earlier, data showed Wednesday.

KDB sets up task forces to deal with Kumho Tire restructuring, M&A

The Korea Development Bank (KDB) said Wednesday it has established three task forces to handle the reconstruction, and merger and acquisition of the financially troubled Kumho Tire Co.

Sports minister says PyeongChang 2018 will lead to peace, prosperity on Korean Peninsula

South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan said Tuesday the upcoming Winter Olympics in the country will usher in an era of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.

In his New Year's address to Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism employees, Do also welcomed North Korea's show of interest in participating in the Feb. 9-25 PyeongChang Winter Games.


The Korea Herald (

Controversy escalates over Moon’s chief of staff visit to UAE

Controversy over a top presidential aide’s visit to the United Arab Emirates last month escalated Tuesday, with speculation emerging that the trip was aimed at resolving bilateral disputes concerning a secret military pact signed during the Lee Myung-bak administration.

Hit by battery woes, Apple belatedly begins replacement discount

Bombarded by unprecedented criticism and multiple lawsuits, Apple Korea on Tuesday said it would also begin offering a battery replacement discount for the controversial devices designed to slow down in time.

Trump says NK wanting talks with S. Korea could be good news

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that North Korea's willingness to hold talks with South Korea could be "good news," although he also expressed skepticism. A day earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country is open to dialogue with Seoul and could take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang next month.


The Korea Times (

Seoul offers high-level talks with Pyongyang on Jan. 9

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon proposed Tuesday holding high-level talks with North Korea, Jan. 9, to discuss its participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Cho's offer came in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's message, in which he said he was willing to send a delegation of athletes to the South's first Winter Olympics.

Working age population to drop by 19% over two decades

Korea's working age population (between 15 and 60 years old) is expected to decline by 18.9 percent by 2037, much faster than anticipated and much higher than the OECD average, a survey showed Tuesday.

Will working hours go down this year?

Koreans' long-awaited dreams of a work-life balance did not come true again last year despite the change of the government as both labor and management were not satisfied with proposals for reduced working hours for different reasons.


Chosun Ilbo (

Seoul Proposes Talks with Pyongyang Next Week

The government on Tuesday proposed high-level talks with North Korea to discuss its participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The offer came in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un saying in a New Year’s address that he is willing to send a delegation to the Olympics and added both Koreas "could urgently meet" to discuss the matter.

Birthrate Likely to Fall Below 300,000 in 2022

The number of births fell below 400,000 in 2017 for the first time. If the trend continues, fewer than 300,000 babies will be born in 2022, a study projects. The study, led by Cho Young-tae at Seoul National University and released Sunday, reveals that the marriage rate is closely correlated to the following year's birthrate.

24,000 Volunteers on Hand to Ensure Success of Pyeongchang Olympics

An army of more than 24,000 volunteers on Tuesday started work to help ensure the success of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. The organizing committee of the Olympics recruited 24,449 volunteers for the Olympics and Paralympics, 117 percent of the estimated voluntary manpower needed, to ensure there is no staff shortage if some volunteers quit.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

Kim Jong-un: “Prepared to send delegation to Pyeongchang, could hold urgent inter-Korean meeting”

New Year’s address wishing for “successful Olympics” sends signal inter-Korean relations could improve. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Jan. 1 that North Korea was “prepared to take necessary measures, including the sending of a delegation” for the Winter Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang on Feb. 9 to 25.

S. Korea’s Unification Minister proposes high-level inter-Korean talks at Panmunjeom on Jan. 9

The proposal comes as a swift response to Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s address. The South Korean government moved quickly to propose holding high-level talks with North Korean government officials.

Kim address “signals new state of affairs on peninsula,” inter-Korean dialogue could begin

“Pyeongchang Peace Olympics” push gains momentum, cautious Blue House sends welcome message six hours later. The Blue House sent a message of welcome on Jan. 1 in response to a New Year’s address by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un indicating his willingness to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and proposing meetings between South and North Korean authorities.


JoongAng Ilbo (

Seoul proposes Tuesday talks with North

Restoration of hotline in Panmunjom is suggested as first step. Seoul proposed high-level talks with Pyongyang next Tuesday on South Korea’s side of the Joint Security Area to discuss North Korea’s participation in the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Analysts say Kospi and Kosdaq will thrive in 2018

Can the bull market keep going in 2018? Market analysts’ answer is a resounding yes, as Korean companies will probably enjoy strong corporate earnings and policy support. In line with such optimism, both the main Kospi bourse and the bio- and tech-heavy Kosdaq closed higher on the first trading day of the new year.

Several meetings led to Olympics breakthrough: Sources

The two Koreas had undisclosed contacts last year before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered to send athletes to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in a New Year’s address on Monday, multiple sources close to the Moon Jae-in administration told the JoongAng Ilbo on Tuesday.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

Three Major Issues to Spice up the Political Circle: None Are Easy

Major political and social issues are lined up in 2018, the second year of the Moon Jae-in government. Among them, the constitutional amendment, the June local elections, and labor issues are cited as the top three. These are central issues concerning institutional reforms, the dynamics of the ruling and opposition parties, and social conflicts (labor) respectively.

Challenges for President Moon in Order to Put Quality of Life First

In his New Year's address, President Moon Jae-in said, "I will set the improvement of the people's quality of life as the primary goal of state affairs." He also said that our economy was moving forward, with the trade volume surpassing US$1 trillion again and with the economy growing at a rate higher than 3%.


AJU Business Daily (

President Moon welcomes N. Korean leader's peace overture

South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed Pyongyang's peace overture, urging his government to take swift steps for the resumption of frozen inter-Korean dialogue and North Korea's participation in next month's Winter Olympics.

Hyundai auto group sets modest sales target for 2018

Car sales of South Korea's Hyundai auto group hit a four-year low last year, falling far short of its earlier goal due to poor performances abroad, prompting the world's fifth-largest carmaker to set a modest target for 2018.

S. Korea proposes high-level inter-Korean talks next week

South Korea proposed high-level inter-Korean talks next week on North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics and other issues aimed at seeking a breakthrough in frozen cross-border relations


Maeil Business News Korea (

Hyundai, Kia set conservative sales target for 2018

South Korea’s automaking Hyundai Motor Group having suffered a tough year in 2017 set a conservative global sales target of 7.6 million units - 4.7 million for Hyundai Motor and 2.9 million for its smaller sibling Kia Motors - for this year.

Korean tech giant chiefs to attend CES 2018

Leaders of South Korea’s top conglomerates will be making their annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the Jan. 9-12 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 that exhibits the newest innovations and guidance to future technologies.

Saemangeum project to pick up speed in 2018 as hotbed for renewable energy

The budget for redevelopment in the reclaimed land around lengthy seawall Saemangeum in North Jeolla Province would exceed 890 billion won ($834.8 million) for the first time this year to groom the area as a hotbed for renewable energy sources and industry.


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Australia Brisbane Times

Sydney Morning

Colombia Reports

Bogota Free Planet

El Universal


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The Jordan Times

The Baltic Times,,

El Pais

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Daily News Hungary

Budapest Times


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Hat of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France

Time is running out, and there are only 14 days left to the Lotte Tower tour.

Has Your Excellency made reservation yet—for the Ambassador Tour of the Lotte World Tower on Friday 19, January 2018?

As we have already informed the Excellencies, the Host (President and Mrs. Dongki Park of the Lotte World Tower Company) has included in the list of ‘What to See’ that day the treasured Hat of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France (1808-1873).

Lotte World recently won a bidding for it for nearly 2.6 billion Won, and puts it on display for the Ambassadors

To see on Friday 19 January 2018!

President and Mrs. Dongki Park of the Lotte World Tower Company cordially invite Your Excellency and Madam, together with other Ambassadadors and Madams, to a Special VVIP Tour of the famed Lotte World Tower on the morning of Friday 19 January 2018.

The exhibits on that day include the Hat of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte of France. Please visit:

The Tour is orgaized by The Korea Post media at invitation of President and Mrs. Dongki Park of the Lotte World Tower Company.

The tour schedule is as follows:

09:30 hours Friday 19 January 2018: Meet at the Cartier of the Avenuel Hall on the 1st Floor of the Lotte World Jamsil builing. (Cars may be parked at the Parking Lot of the Lotte World Tower Building.)

09:40-10:10 hours: Vivit the Public Information Center, view video presentations.

10:20-11:00 hours: Tour the Lotte World Tower Observation hall.

11:00-12:00 hours: Vivist the 123 Lounge and attend a snack-beverage meeting hosted by President Park and the other leaders of the Lotte World Tower.

12:00 hours: Leave the Lotte World Tower.

Note: The Visitor's Car may be parked at the Parking Lot of the Lotte World.

To make reservation, please call Ms. Kim Jung-mi at 010-3388-1682 or Ms. Shin Eugene at 010-6589-4378.

Very Resepctfully Yours


Lee Kyung-sik


The Korea Post media

Scary? Yes, right down below your feet sprawl the downtown Seoul as you stand on the

Observation Tower on the 123rd floor of the Lotte Tower.

Picturesque garden and surrounding areas of the Lotte Tower Building.

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