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

Tuesday, January 30, 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:

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Lee Kyung-sik


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

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President to meet top gov't officials over policy objectives

President Moon Jae-in was set to hold a special meeting with top government officials Tuesday to share his policy objectives and discuss ways to implement them, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.The meeting will start at 2 p.m., involving ministers and vice ministers from all major government ministries. It is scheduled to end at 7 p.m. after dinner, according to Cheong Wa Dae officials.It is largely aimed at discussing the government's main policy objectives for the year and ways to implement them, they said.

S. Korea eyes opportunities in China's growing service market

South Korea's trade ministry said Monday it will hold talks with China to expand the scope of the two countries' free trade agreement (FTA) to the service and investment sector in a way to create new business opportunities for local companies in the tourism, culture, legal and medical industries.The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy held a meeting with industry officials and trade experts to collect their opinions before launching the follow-up FTA negotiations with Beijing.South Korea and China implemented the FTA focused on lowering tariffs on goods in December 2015 and are set to engage in talks to include the service and investment sectors.

Ukraine wins int’l support to uphold independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity

The following are excerpts from an interview with Ambassador Olexander Horin of Ukraine in Seoul recently conducted by The Korea Post media for publication.—Ed. Question: Please introduce Ukraine’s major achievements in 2017. Answer:Ukraine has completed the year 2017 with a number of important achievements, one of which is the support of the international community in the struggle to uphold the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

INU extends scholarships to foreign students

Starting this year, foreign students enrolled at Incheon National University (INU), will get scholarships from honorary consuls in Korea in the framework of international partnerships. Work In this regard, INU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Corps of 148 Honorary Consuls in Korea on January 17, 2018. The signing was made between INU President Cho Dong-sung and Kim Yoon-shik, honorary consul of Madagascar, who serves as dean of Korean honorary consuls corps.The scholarships, which will take effect in September this year, will be made available for foreign students for up to four years, regardless of their nationality, gender, race and religion. They will be only required to meet the enrollment requirements laid out by honorary consuls.

Moon orders inspections of all public facilities for fire safety

President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered thorough inspections of all public and private facilities frequented by the people, also calling for new methods to inspect and ensure the safety of such facilities. The call came after a fire at a large hospital in the southeastern city of Miryang left 37 people dead and more than 140 others injured. The latest tragedy came a few days after a fire at a sports complex in the central city of Jecheon killed 29 people."The people are feeling very sad to see large casualties caused by a series of fires," the president said in a weekly meeting with his aides at his office Cheong Wa Dae.



N. Korea Calls off Joint Cultural Event at Mt. Geumgang

North Korea has abruptly cancelled a joint cultural event with South Korea scheduled to be held ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. South Korea's Unification Ministry said Pyongyang notified Seoul late Monday that it was calling off the event set to take place at the North’s Mount Geumgang on February fourth. North Korea reportedly said in the notice that South Korean media was fanning public opinion that insults the North's sincere efforts made for the PyeongChang Olympics, leaving it with no choice but to cancel the agreed-upon event. It also took issue with reports on the North's internal celebratory event, an apparent reference to a military parade planned for February eighth to mark the 70th anniversary of its army.

IPC Approves Joint Entrance, Unified Korea Flag at Paralympics

South and North Korean Paralympic athletes will make a joint entrance under a unified Korea flag for the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics set for March 9th. The governing board of the International Paralympic Committee(IPC) approved the measures during a meeting on Monday in Bonn, Germany. An official from South Korea's Korea Paralympic Committee(KPC) said on Monday that the IPC board allowed two North Korean athletes and six officials to participate in the PyeongChang Paralympics. Further details will likely be decided after working-level discussions between the two Koreas.

Moon Orders Drafting of New Fire Prevention Measures

President Moon Jae-in has instructed his officials to draft new protection measures that can prevent deadly fires across the country in the wake of the fatal hospital fire in Miryang last week. Moon made the order during a meeting with his secretaries at the presidential office on Monday, asking them to discuss the creation of a task force within the top office to help come up with new fire prevention measures.The president said regional governments' failure to regulate improper safety management procedures and parliament’s inaction to legislate related bills are only partly to blame for large-scale fires. He said the ultimate responsibility for such incidents lies in the government, noting complacency or a lack of responsibility as the very evil that the country needs to root out.


Yonhap (

Washing machine exports on decline with more blows expected from U.S. safeguard

South Korea's washing machine exports have nearly halved over the past five years, customs data showed Tuesday, with more declines likely from new U.S. safeguard measures.Last year's tally from the Korea Customs Service said washer exports last year amounted to US$118.6 million, down $4.56 million from the previous year. Shipments of the home appliance have been dropping for eight years after peaking at $392.4 million in 2009. Figures comparing the last five years show that last year's exports were about half of the $209.59 million in 2012.Imports, however, jumped more than 40 percent from 2016 to $50.15 million last year, spurred by offshore relocation of production plans and cheap products from China, the data showed.

IOC to hold key meetings in PyeongChang

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold a series of key meetings prior to and during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

The IOC announced on Tuesday schedules for its Executive Board meeting and the 132nd IOC Session. PyeongChang will host these meetings, as is the custom for all Olympic host cities.The board meeting is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the International Broadcasting Centre (IBC). During the first day, international sports federations for both summer and winter sports will deliver their reports to the board. PyeongChang's organizing committee and the IOC's Coordination Commission on PyeongChang will also report on their activities leading up to the Feb. 9-25 competition.

Inje ice fishing fest successful

The Inje Ice Fishing festival is gaining popularity, with 110,000 people flocking to rural Inje County on the event's first day to catch smelts through holes pierced in a frozen lake, the county office said Tuesday.The annual festival opened Saturday for a nine-day run after a four-year hiatus due to unseasonably warm winter weather.The lake, located 165 km northeast of Seoul, was packed with people all day long Sunday despite one of the strongest cold spells in the country's history. Some 6,000 people can enter the fishing area, which reaches 53,000 square meters, at the same time.

More than 230,000 people are estimated to have visited the festival over the weekend, the office said.


The Korea Herald (

N. Korea calls off joint Olympic event at Mount Kumgang: Seoul

North Korea abruptly called off a joint cultural event scheduled to be held in its country to celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, Seoul officials said Monday.In a telegram, the North said it was canceling the event slated to be held at Mount Kumgang on Feb. 4, Seoul's unification ministry said.The communist state was known to have cited what it claimed to be "biased" media reports about the upcoming event.

Korean celebrities find it difficult to break silence on sexual exploitation

American movements against pervasive sexual harassment -- #MeToo and Time’s Up -- have led to a slew of allegations against some of the world’s most powerful men.What started out as a tweet from a Hollywood actress encouraging those who have been victims of sexual harassment to use the hashtag #MeToo soon evolved into a global movement, starting with the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

S. Korea to turn Sejong, Busan into safe, smart cities by 2023

he South Korean government confirmed Monday its plan to develop smart cities over the next five years, choosing Sejong and Busan as test beds.

The Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution said it selected districts in the administrative hub city Sejong and port city of Busan as places to apply innovative technologies, including autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, smart energy management and virtual reality, in order to make them world-renowned smart cities by 2023.


The Korea Times (

North Korea calls off joint cultural event with South

North Korea abruptly called off a joint cultural event with South Korean artists ahead of the forthcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics, blaming Seoul's media for encouraging "insulting" public sentiment regarding the North, Seoul's unification ministry said on Monday.In a telegram, the North said it was canceling the event planned to be held at Mount Gumgang on Feb. 4, the ministry said.The ministry said in a statement issued Monday night: "The North, in the notice, said our press was fanning public opinion that insults the North's sincere efforts made for the PyeongChang Olympics, and even took issue with the North's internal celebratory event, leaving the North no choice but to cancel the agreed-upon event."

North Korea 'spooked' by Trump's military threats: ex-CIA official

North Korea appears to have reached out to South Korea after being "spooked" by U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of a military strike, a former CIA official said Monday.North Korea's willingness to hold talks with South Korea about its participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics was driven in part by Trump's tough rhetoric, according to Jung Pak, former portfolio manager at the CIA's East Asia and Pacific Mission Center."North Korea is spooked, or at least takes the Trump administration's threats about military strikes seriously enough that it warranted some sort of outreach," Pak said at a forum. "And this outreach on this Olympics is (at) no cost. They just show up, right? So I think there is an element, a sign of vulnerability that the North Koreans are feeling about what the Trump administration might do."

Reuters spoils PyeongChang's Olympic flame secret

Global news agency Reuters mistakenly leaked photos of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics flame being tested during a rehearsal Sunday, spoiling the event's signature moment.Between midnight and 1 a.m. Monday, the agency wired nine high-definition photos of the flame being lit in a cauldron-shaped sculpture. The rehearsal was for the Feb. 9 opening ceremony.The photos show the flame dramatically spreading up an elevated rod inside the cauldron that sits several meters high on a five-pronged foundation. The sculpture represents a moon pot held by five fingers, meaning traditional Korean beauty, participation and partnership, according to the Pyeongchang Olympics Committee.


Chosun Ilbo (

N.Korea Cancels Performances at Mt. Kumgang

North Korea has abruptly canceled cultural performances with South Korea that were planned for Feb. 4 at the Mt. Kumgang resort. According to the Unification Ministry, the cancellation came at around 10 p.m. Monday night in a fax from Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland. Ri said the North had "no choice but to cancel the agreed event" since the South Korean media "continues to propagate popular opinion that insults the sincere measures we are undertaking in relation to the Pyeongchang Olympics."

U.S. Envoy Slams N.Korean Parade on Eve of Olympics

The acting U.S. ambassador in Seoul on Sunday condemned North Korea's plan to hold a massive military parade in Pyongyang on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang. Marc Knapper, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, called the parade a direct challenge to the international community. South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myung-gyon said, "It is likely to be an intimidating parade." It appears North Korea deliberately changed the date of its army anniversary so the parade gets maximum publicity from the Olympics. South Korea and the U.S., by contrast, postponed annual joint military drills until after the games.

Thousands Turn out as Apple Store Opens in Seoul

Thousands of customers braved subzero temperatures on Saturday as the first Apple Store in Korea opened in Seoul's Gangnam. Over 300 ardent Apple fans formed a queue from early morning to be the first ones to get in, and over 10,000 people visited on the first and second day. So far there had only been authorized resellers in Korea.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

North Korea likely to stage large scale military parade on eve of Pyeongchang Olympics

The growing likelihood of North Korea staging a large-scale military parade just before the Pyeongchang Olympics opening ceremony for the 70th anniversary of its armed forces on Feb. 8 is raising questions about the potential impact on the reconciliation climate taking shape on the peninsula. The administration has downplayed the connection between the parade and the Olympics, calling the former an “internal North Korean event.” Commenting on the parade’s timing in a Jan. 27 press interview, Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon said, “It has nothing to do with the Pyeongchang Olympics – the dates just happened to coincide.” “It’s an event in response to internal demand in North Korea, not something that's suddenly being staged to target the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics,” Cho argued, stressing that the parade and Olympics should “properly be viewed as separate.”

Top South Korean and US defense officials meet in Hawaii

The South Korean Defense Minister and the US Secretary of Defense welcomed the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue and North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics, while agreeing to closely cooperate to ensure peace and security during the Games. Song Young-moo and James Mattis also agreed to beef up a strong, effective, and reliable response posture to provide military support for diplomatic efforts toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. “Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo and US Secretary of Defense James Mattis held defense minister talks on Jan. 26 at the US Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii, and reaffirmed the solidity of the South Korea-US alliance and its mission of defending the Republic of Korea and maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” the South Korean Ministry of National Defense said on Jan. 27.

Working-level preparations for inter-Korean events entering final stages

A North Korean advance review team including Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports deputy director-general Yun Yong-bok returned home on the afternoon of Jan. 27, effectively marking the end of working-level preparations for North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the staging of inter-Korean joint events. Exchanges are now predicted to begin in earnest, starting with joint training by South and North skiers at the Masikryong Ski Resort around Jan. 31 and continuing with visits to the South and North by an estimated 800 people before the Olympic opening ceremony on Feb. 9. “Procedures have been completed for the sending of a preliminary review team for North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics as agreed upon by the two sides at vice minister-level talks on Jan. 17, and the practical preparations have entered their final stages,” a senior Ministry of Unification official said on Jan. 28.


JoongAng Ilbo (

North drops out of joint cultural event at Mount Kumgang

North Korea notified the South late Monday night it would ditch the joint cultural event both Koreas agreed upon at Mount Kumgang, originally planned to be held this Sunday, after accusing South Korean media of “insulting” its sincerity towards the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and taking issue with its “domestic celebrations.”The South’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, said in a statement that it was “very regretful” Pyongyang decided to call off an event that was bilaterally agreed upon, urging the regime to carry out their joint agreements based on mutual respect and understanding. North Korea’s mentioning of “domestic celebrations” appears to be in reference to its upcoming military parade, as suggested by multiple South Korean officials in the past weeks, though the regime has yet to confirm the speculation.

Royalty, VIPs coming to PyeongChang

The Blue House announced Monday that 26 heads of states and top-level foreign dignitaries from 21 countries are scheduled to attend the PyeongChang Olympics, which kick off in Gangwon next week and are expected to be the largest Winter Games to date. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the only leader from the four major regional powers - also including the United States, China and Russia - to attend the Games, which kick off on Feb. 9. President Moon Jae-in will hold a summit with Abe during the Japanese prime minister’s visit. Spearheading the U.S. delegation is Vice President Mike Pence, announced by the White House earlier this month, while Chinese President Xi Jinping will send as a special envoy Han Zheng, a member of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee, the nation’s top decision-making body and the Shanghai party secretary.

South Korean skiers to spend 2 days in the North this week

A team of South Korean skiers will take a chartered plane to North Korea’s Kalma Airport in Wonsan, Kangwon Province this week to train with North Korean athletes at the Masikryong Ski Resort, the Unification Ministry announced Monday.The overnight visit to the ski slope is expected to start this Wednesday, which would be the first pre-Olympic joint event between the two Koreas. The ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, was originally planned to release details of the training program, including the date, to local media on Monday morning but didn’t, saying both sides have yet to fully wrap up consultations.The North has so far confirmed it would cover overall costs for the visiting South Koreans, said Baik Tae-hyun, the ministry’s spokesman, such as lodging and food. Seoul won’t pay any money for using Kalma Airport.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

MB Expected to Stand before Prosecutors After the PyeongChang Olympics

The Prosecution Service's investigation of former President Lee Myung-bak (77, illustration) is accelerating as it narrows in on the former president from all sides, and the questioning of Lee is gradually coming into sight. Given the progress made in the investigation and the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, it is likely for former President Lee to stand before the "photo line" at the Prosecutors' Office late next month or in early March.

According to the law enforcement authorities on January 28, prosecutors are considering calling in former President Lee for questioning after the PyeongChang Olympics given the progress made in the investigation of the special activity expenses of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and the investigation of DAS, a automobile parts maker.

Clients Need an Account at the Same Bank as the Exchange: Banks Strengthen Procedures to Open New Account

From January 30, clients will have to verify their real name when trading virtual currency. Since opening a new bank account to trade cryptocurrency will be difficult, it will not be easy for clients to begin a new transaction. According to financial authorities and commercial banks on January 28, the real-name trading of virtual currency will begin on January 30 as scheduled in order to enhance transparency in the trade of cryptocurrency and to prevent damage from crimes. Virtual currency exchanges like Bithumb and Upbit have also been notifying their clients that they will begin verifying the clients' real name beginning January 30.

North and South Korean Players Shake Hands, "We Are One"

Applause broke out when the North Korean women ice hockey players who will join the South in a single Team Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games arrived at the athlete's village in Jincheon on January 25. The North Korean players, who had remained silent amidst the attention from the public slightly bowed as they shook hands with the South Korean players, who handed them wreaths and said, "Welcome. You must have had a hard time coming all the way here in this cold." The athletes, quite frozen in this bitter cold, smiled as they greeted the other athletes. The North and South Korean players gathered for a commemorative photo and shouted the slogan, "We are one," three times. This was the first event for Team Korea, which is expected to turn the PyeongChang Olympics into a "peace Olympics."


AJU Business Daily (

S. Korea proposes Olympic visa waiver for tourists from China and Southeast Asia

South Korea proposed a temporary no-visa entry Monday for tourists from China and Southeast Asia as ticket sales abroad remain stagnant despite North Korea's sudden participation in next month's Winter Olympics.

The proposal, which came at a meeting of policymakers from the government and the ruling party, reflects growing jitters among Olympic organizers that the number of foreign spectators and tourists, especially from China, Japan and others Asian countries, may fall short of their target. As of January 18, about 70 percent of Olympic tickets have been sold.

Next month, Chinese visitors can stay for up to 15 days if they have Olympics tickets worth more than 200,000 won (188 US dollars), and groups of more than five tourists from Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam will be given a visa-free entry for 15 days.

S. Korea proposes nationwide safety check-up of public facilities

South Korea on Monday proposed a special safety inspection of 290,000 public facilities, including hospitals, which are considered vulnerable to disasters, after nearly 70 people were killed in two deadly fires in a month.

The proposal came at a meeting of top policymakers from the government, the office of President Moon Jae-in and his ruling Democratic Party, as the death toll rose to 39 in the blaze last week at a hospital specializing in senior patients in Milyang, some 280 kilometers (173 miles) southeast of Seoul.An 86-year-old woman who had suffered from asthma and Alzheimer, died in hospital on late Sunday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 39. The fire left 151 others injured, and many victims suffocated after inhaling toxic fumes.

N. Korea calls off joint Olympic event at Mount Kumgang

North Korea has called off a joint cultural event scheduled to be held in its country to celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, Seoul officials said. The abrupt notification came in a telegram sent to South Korea at 10:10 p.m., saying the North was canceling the event scheduled to be held on February 4, according to Seoul's unification ministry. The communist state was known to have cited what it claimed to be "biased" media reports about the upcoming event. The unification ministry said the North also took issue with South Korean reports about its "internal event," apparently referring to reports about a possible military parade marking the 70th anniversary of its military on February 8, one day before the start of the Winter Olympic Games.


Maeil Business News Korea (

Amid Chung Hyeon fever, Kia Motors extends Australian Open sponsorship

South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp. extended sponsorship to global tennis tournament Australian Open for another five years on the windfall in media exposure to home and international audience due to the surprising feat of Chung Hyeon who made the first-ever Korean to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam. Kia Motors said on Sunday it would continue to be the Major Sponsor of the Australian Open until 2023 by extending the contract at Melbourne Park in Australia.

Samsung Engineering settles dispute with Oman over contract failure

South Korea’s Samsung Engineering Co. has reportedly settled its dispute with the Omani government over the failed contract it had preliminarily won from Oman’s state-run Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (ORPIC).

According to industry sources on Sunday, the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank recently announced that Samsung Engineering and the Omani government had reached out-of-court settlement for the delayed payment.

S. Korea and China’s economic policy chiefs to meet on Feb. 2

Top economic policymakers of South Korea and China are meeting this week for regular cooperation talks held for the first time since May 2016 in further steps to normalize business and economic ties and move past the conflict over the installment of a U.S. antimissile system. Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon and his Chinese counterpart He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission of China, will meet in Beijing on Friday. The meeting is a follow-up of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s state-visit to China in December when the heads of the two nation agreed to normalize bilateral relations that have frayed following Seoul’s decision to host the U.S. anti-missile system Terminal high Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in 2016.


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