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Thursday, January 18, 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


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

The Korea Post media (www.koreapost.com) in English, (www.koreapost.co.kr) in Korean.

Koreas agree to march together at PyeongChang, field first joint Olympic team

South and North Korea agreed Wednesday to field a joint women's ice hockey team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and march together under a "unified Korea" flag at the opening ceremony.

North Korea is expected to send a delegation of at least 400 to the Feb. 9-25 games in the South after the two sides discussed details of the North's participation in the Olympics.

Trump builds global consensus on N.K. pressure, sows confusion over policy

U.S. President Donald Trump's first year in office established a global pressure campaign to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Many have credited the new administration with coordinating the international sanctions regime against Pyongyang.

White House: Joint Olympics march could give N. Koreans taste of freedom

The White House expressed hope Wednesday that North Koreans will get "a small taste of freedom" when they march together with South Koreans at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The two Koreas agreed earlier in the day to march under a "unified Korea" flag and field a joint women's ice hockey team for the Feb. 9-25 Games in the South.

S. Korean, Japanese FMs discuss N.K., historical issues

The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan met to discuss cooperation on North Korea and other issues of mutual concern, including friction over Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, the foreign ministry here said Wednesday.

Kang Kyung-wha met with her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono over breakfast on the sidelines of a meeting of foreign ministers in Vancouver, Canada, on Tuesday (local time), according to the ministry.


KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

Trump: S. Korea Dumping Washing Machines in US

President Donald Trump has accused South Korea of dumping washing machines in the U.S.

In an interview with Reuters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said it's destroying American industry which once created good jobs.

Trump is set to make a decision by February second on whether to impose tariffs on imported South Korean washing machines as recommended by the U.S. International Trade Commission(ITC).

Lee Myung-bak Criticizes Prosecution's Probe into His Ex-aides

Former President Lee Myung-bak has criticized the prosecution’s ongoing investigation into allegations that his close aides received bribes from the National Intelligence Service when he was in power.

In a statement he read at his office in southern Seoul Wednesday, Lee said the prosecution’s ultimate target is him, and urged they take aim at him rather than his former aides, whom he described as devoted public officials.

Hyundai Motor to Invest 23 Trln Won in New Industries

Hyundai Motor says it will invest 23 trillion won in new business areas and hire 45-thousand people over the next five years.

Chung Eui-sun, vice chairman of the South Korean automaker announced on Wednesday a plan designed to help the government’s job creation and innovative growth initiatives.


Yonhap (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr)

S. Korea, U.S. affirm no daylight between sides

South Korea and the United States said Thursday that there will be no letup in the rotational deployment of high-profile U.S. defense assets to and around the Korean Peninsula.

The two sides affirmed the position at their vice ministerial two-plus-two Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) talks in Washington, D.C., according to the Ministry of National Defense.

Koreas agree to march together at PyeongChang, field first joint Olympic team

South and North Korea agreed Wednesday to field a joint women's ice hockey team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and march together under a "unified Korea" flag at the opening ceremony.

North Korea is expected to send a delegation of at least 400 to the Feb. 9-25 games in the South after the two sides discussed details of the North's participation in the Olympics.

Gov't urged to increase ceiling for individual investment in P2P lenders

A business lobby of peer to peer (P2P) finance firms said Thursday it has asked financial regulators to raise the annual ceiling on individual investment in P2P lenders.

P2P lending refers to a new type of loan extension to individuals or businesses through social network services or the Internet and covers a wide range of services, including loans to startups and self-employed businessmen.


The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)

Koreas to march under unification flag at Olympics

The two Koreas have agreed to jointly march under the “Korean Unification” flag at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics next month, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Wednesday, after the two Koreas sat down to discuss the North’s participation in the games.

Lee Myung-bak cries foul as investigations close in

Former President Lee Myung-bak on Wednesday called on the prosecution to question him in various investigations, accusing the Moon Jae-in administration of taking revenge for the death of former President Roh Moo-hyun.

Samsung nearly completes development of AI chips for servers, mobile phones: sources

South Korean tech titan Samsung Electronics has nearly completed its development of neural processing units, or “AI chips,” to help boost capabilities of artificial intelligence software for servers and mobile devices, according to sources Wednesday.


The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)

Two Koreas to march together at Olympics opening ceremony; field united ice hockey team

South and North Koreas agreed that their athletes will make a joint entrance at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics under a white "unification flag" showing the Korean Peninsula in blue, a joint press statement released by Seoul's unification ministry said on Wednesday.

The two Koreas also agreed to field a united women's ice hockey team, the statement said.

Parties blast Hong over Islam-insulting term

Political parties criticized main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) leader Hong Joon-pyo for calling President Moon Jae-in's supporters "Moonslam" ― a term coined to ridicule them as "followers with blind faith."

Moon backs joint Korean ice hockey team for Olympics

President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that he fully supported forming a joint South-North women's ice hockey team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics during a visit to the Jincheon National Training Center in North Chungcheong Province.


Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)

Olympic Athletes to Train in N.Korean Ski Resort

North and South Korea will hold a celebration in the North's scenic Mt. Kumgang resort on the eve of the 2018 Winter Olympics, and have skiers from both sides will train in the Masikryong Ski Resort on North Korea's east coast.

South Korean officials made the proposal during talks in the border truce village of Panmunjom on Wednesday and North Korea agreed.

China to Send Politburo Bigwig to Pyeongchang Olympics

The Chinese government is expected to send Han Zheng, the seventh-highest-ranking Communist Party official, to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, according to diplomatic sources on Tuesday.

Samsung to Unveil Galaxy S9 in Barcelona Next Month

Samsung's new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, will be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month, and the company is starting to leak details to stoke the hype.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (http://english.hani.co.kr)

Prosecutors may finally be catching up with former president Lee Myung-bak

Testimony by former president Lee Myung-bak’s closest associates is gradually backing him into a corner. While he has dodged numerous allegations over the past few years, there is reason to think he won’t be able to escape from the prosecutors’ current investigation.

IOC president grants wild card for North Korean participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

“The goal of the Olympics is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.” The fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter state that peace is central to the Olympics movement. It is a profoundly political motto that suggests using sports, the most apolitical of fields, to heal conflicts, strife, and enmity and achieve a better world.

North Korean Samjiyon Band to perform during Pyeongchang Olympics

North Korea has agreed to send the Samjiyon Band, an orchestra with more than 140 members, to South Korea to perform in Seoul and in Gangneung, a city in Gangwon Province, during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. South and North Korea reached this agreement during a working-level meeting at the Tongilgak (Unification Pavilion) on the North Korean side of Panmunjeom on Jan. 15 that was held to arrange a visit to South Korea by a group of North Korean artists. Vice minister-level chief negotiators from the two sides will be attending working-level talks scheduled for Jan. 17.


JoongAng Ilbo (http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/)

Koreas agree to field first joint team at Olympics

North and South Korea agreed to form a joint women’s ice hockey team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next month and march side-by-side during the opening ceremony on Feb. 9 behind a white flag with a blue shape of the Korean Peninsula in the middle, a historic symbol of reconciliation after a year of rising tensions over the regime’s missile and nuclear tests.

North to send 230 cheerleaders to South

North Korea proposed to send nearly 230 members of a cheerleading squad to the South next month for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, as part of a larger delegation that will include high-level government officials, athletes, taekwondo demonstrators, spectators, reporters and orchestra artistes.

Lee Myung-bak cries foul over corruption investigations

Former President Lee Myung-bak said Wednesday that investigations into alleged corruption in his administration are political payback to hold him accountable for the suicide of his predecessor, Roh Moo-hyun.

Lee held a press conference at his office in southern Seoul Wednesday evening and read a statement addressing prosecutorial probes into his associates. Speculation is growing that Lee will soon be investigated for corruption.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (http://english.khan.co.kr/)

Senior NIS Official Requested Private Meeting with MB and Reported, “Special Activity Expenses Could Cause a Disaster”

On January 16, it was confirmed that former President Lee Myung-bak (77) was aware of the fact that the special activity expenses of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) were delivered to Kim Baek-jun (78), the former official overseeing general affairs at Cheong Wa Dae and also one of the former president’s closest aides often referred to as the “butler.” This has some people arguing that a prosecutors’ investigation of the former president will be inevitable. In particular, the NIS agent who delivered the money at the time is a close acquaintance of former President Lee, and he personally reported to the president that the whole thing could become a problem (legally).

Opposing the Korean Peninsula Flag Is an Irresponsible Attempt to Incite the Public Using Cold War Tactics

On January 15, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-hwan told the National Assembly that the government was working to have North and South Korean athletes enter together holding the Korean Peninsula flag at the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, triggering opposition from the conservative groups. The Liberty Korea Party and the Bareun Party argue that we should use the Taegeukgi since South Korea is hosting the international sporting event. Bareun Party leader Yoo Seong-min said, “A minister of the Republic of Korea is fueling conflict within South Korea,” and demanded that Do withdraw his comment. However, such an argument is nothing but stubbornness, ignoring the peace-seeking value of the Olympics and the history of the Korean Peninsula flag.

NK to Send over 140 Members of the Samjiyon Orchestra to Perform in Gangneung and Seoul

North Korea decided to send the Samjiyon Orchestra, with over 140 members, to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. Reportedly, the Samjiyon Orchestra is a comprehensive artist troupe comprised of singers, dancers and more than eighty orchestra members. The orchestra will perform once in Gangneung and once in Seoul.


AJU Business Daily (http://eng.ajunews.com/korea)

Two Koreas hold talks on N. Korean Olympic delegation

The two Koreas held talks Wednesday on the dispatch of North Korean athletes to next month's Winter Olympics as the American coach of South Korean female hockey players expressed concern over a unified Korean team.

The meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom was the second of its kind since North Korea agreed to send athletes, high-ranking officials, cheerleaders, performing artists, taekwondo demonstration teams and journalists for the Winter Games in South Korea's eastern ski resort of Pyeongchang.

Conservative ex-president Lee Myung-bak slams 'political retaliation'

South Korea's conservative ex-president Lee Myung-bak on Wednesday slammed a widening investigation by state prosecutors into alleged wrongdoing under his tenure as political retaliation targeting him.

In a brief televised speech, Lee denied any wrongdoing and accused prosecutors of "harassing" public officials who served for his administration. "The ultimate responsibility of all that happened during my tenure is in me."

Hyundai vows to invest $21 billion in next-gen car technology

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Aju News) -- Hyundai Motor earmarked a five-year investment of 23 trillion won (21.6 billion US dollars) in next-generation technologies such as AI, autonomous driving and hydrogen fuel-cell cars to raise its competitiveness in the fast-changing global market.

Vice president Chung Eui-sun disclosed the planned investment at talks with Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon Wednesday at a Hyundai laboratory in Yongin, 31 kilometers (19 miles) south of Seoul


Maeil Business News Korea ( http://www.pulsenews.co.kr/)

Two Koreas to march together under united flag in Winter Olympics

South and North Koreas have agreed to march together under a one united flag during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next month, moving another step closer to easing tensions on the Korean peninsula heightened in the wake of Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests in the last year.

KT develops AI-based network monitoring, controlling platform

South Korea’s telecom giant KT Corp. has developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based operations intelligence platform that helps analyze data and prevent network failures with an aim to set up an AI network control center by 2020.

Hyundai Motor Group to invest $21.6 billion over five years in new mobility

South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group said on Wednesday that it plans to invest 23 trillion won ($21.6 billion) in smart car technology and new businesses and hire 45,000 employees over the next five years.


What’s ticking around the world at this second?

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

USA Today www.usatoday.com aallman@gannett.com

The New York Times www.nytimes.com inytletters@nytimes.com

Wall Street Journal www.wsj.com support@wsj.com,service@wsj-asia.com

Financial Times www.ft.com ean@ft.com

The Times www.thetimes.co.uk help@timesplus.co.uk

The Sun www.thesun.co.uk talkback@the-sun.co.uk

Chinese People's Daily www.people.com.cnkf@people.cn

China Daily www.chinadaily.com.cn circulation@chinadaily.com.cn

GwangmyeongDaily www.gmw.cn webmaster@gmw.cn

Japan's Yomiuri www.yomiuri.co.jp japannews@yomiuri.com

Asahi www.asahi.com customer-support@asahi.com

Mainichi www.mainichi.jp

Le Monde www.ilemonde.com

Italy LaRepubblica www.quotidiano.repubblica.it vittorio.zucconi@gmail.com

Germany Frankfurter AllgemeineZeitung www.faz.net anzeigen.ausland@faz.de

SüddeutscheZeitung www.sueddeutsche.de forum@sueddeutsche.de

Australia Brisbane Times www.brisbanetimes.com.au syndication@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Sydney Morning Heraldwww.smh.com.au

Colombia Reports http://colombiareports.com

Bogota Free Planet http://bogotafreeplanet.combfp@bogotafreeplanet.com

El Universal http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/english

Andes http://www.andes.info.ec/en

Ecuador Times http://www.ecuadortimes.net

The Jordan Times https://www.jordantimes.com

LSM.lv http://www.lsm.lv/en

The Baltic Times http://www.baltictimes.comlithuania@baltictimes.com, estonia@baltictimes.com, editor@baltictimes.com

El Pais http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html

Philippine Daily Inquirer https://www.inquirer.net

Daily News Hungary http://dailynewshungary.com

Budapest Times http://budapesttimes.hu


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

Azerbaijan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR8CBpcQ4WM

Sri Lanka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hByX92Y2aGY&t=22s

Morocco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfFmp2sVvSE

And many other countries.



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