The Korean daily media headlines and humor
The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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Thursday, February 8, 2018

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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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Trump wishes S. Korea well for PyeongChang Olympics

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday wished South Korea well for the PyeongChang Olympics, saying it will be a chance to showcase the "great nation.""Best wishes to the Republic of Korea on hosting the Olympics! What a wonderful opportunity to show everyone that you are a truly GREAT NATION!" he tweeted.The message was accompanied by a video clip of the president speaking before the National Assembly in Seoul in November.In the clip, Trump talks about the devastation brought by the 1950-53 Korean War and South Korea's rise from the ashes.The president tweeted again hours later, this time with a clip of the part of the speech where he praised South Korean golfers.

N. Korea set to hold military parade on eve of PyeongChang Olympics' opening

North Korea is set to hold a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces' foundation Thursday, one day before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics' opening.North Korea has recently designated Feb. 8 as its armed forces' day, sparking concerns that the event may dampen a rare reconciliatory mood created by its participation in the Feb. 9-25 Olympics in the South.The North has used military parades on important national days to flex its military muscle by displaying newly developed weapons, including missiles.North Korea set up the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Feb. 8, 1948, and celebrated the date as the founding anniversary until 1977. But the following year, the country switched the anniversary to April 25, the date when the late founder, Kim Il-sung, created anti-Japanese guerrilla forces in 1932.

Hockey coach tells bench players to hold heads high, work for ice time

More than a dozen players will be on the outside looking in whenever the joint Korean women's hockey team plays at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. And given the way head coach Sarah Murray has been running her practices, the starting lineup appears to be all but set.There are 23 South Koreans and 12 North Koreans on Murray's team. Under the terms set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the unified team is allowed to carry those 35 players -- all other teams have 23 -- but the actual game roster remains the same for everyone at 22. That's 20 skaters and two goaltenders, and at least three players must be from North Korea.

N.K. to send leader Kim Jong-un's sister to S. Korea this week

North Korea has offered to send the younger sister of leader Kim Jong-un as a member of its high-level delegation for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Seoul officials said Wednesday.The North informed the South that Kim Yo-jong, the first vice director of the ruling party's propaganda and agitation department, will be included in the high-level delegation led by ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, according to South Korea's unification ministry.It would mark the first time that a member of the Kim family, from the Mount Paektu bloodline, comes to the South.

Pence says U.S. will work closely with allies to denuclearize N.K.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday the United States will "stand shoulder to shoulder" with its allies, including Japan and South Korea, to achieve its goal of denuclearizing North Korea, foreign media reported.Pence made the remarks at the start of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. He is in Tokyo before coming to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics."We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Japan, the people of South Korea and our allies and partners across the region until we achieve the global objective of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," Reuters quoted him as saying.



N. Korea set to Hold Military Parade on Eve of Olympics' Opening

North Korea is set to hold a massive military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces' foundation Thursday on the eve of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics' opening ceremony.According to the South Korean military, about 50-thousand North Koreans including some 13-thousand troops, are practicing for the parade at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang. North Korean Air Force's AN-2 low-altitude infiltration aircraft and SU-25 fighters are also reportedly practicing for a celebratory air show.

Artillery and tanks that will likely be mobilized for the parade were seen at the Mirim airfield near the square, but the transport erector launcher(TEL) carrying an intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM) has reportedly not been detected yet.

Seoul Welcomes Planned Visit by N. Korean Leader's Sister

Seoul has welcomed a planned visit to the South by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister, saying it shows Pyongyang’s will to ease inter-Korean tensions.Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyum said in a media briefing on Wednesday that it is significant that the regime is sending Kim Yo-jong, who plays an important role in the North’s ruling Workers’ Party.

The spokesman said the top office also assesses that her upcoming visit reflects the the North's will to ease tensions on the peninsula and to congratulate the South on its hosting of a Winter Olympics. He added the government will make sure that she and other members of the high-ranking delegation from Pyongyang will suffer no inconvenience during their stay in South Korea.

PyeongChang Opening Ceremony to Be Held amid Usual Cold

The opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics is expected to be held amid average winter temperatures.According to the Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA), during the opening ceremony of the sporting event between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday, the mercury is forecast to hover between minus five and minus two degrees Celsius. Conditions will be similar to or higher than the seasonal average for this time of year.However, the wind chill will make it feel like it is around minus ten, but the weather agency noted it will likely pose no significant health issues for those attending the ceremony. The PyeongChang Olympic Plaza, where the opening ceremony will be held, is an open-air stadium, which has raised concerns about exposing athletes to freezing cold conditions.


Yonhap (

Moon to hold series of meetings with global leaders attending Olympics

President Moon Jae-in will hold a series of meetings Thursday with global leaders visiting to attend the PyeongChang Olympic Games.He is expected to seek support for his efforts to make the Winter Games a success and peacefully denuclearize North Korea, the presidential office said.Moon plans to hold bilateral summits with Presidents Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany, Andrzej Duda of Poland and Alain Berset of Switzerland. He will also meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Han Zheng, chief of China's official delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics and member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party.

Dutch PM says exemptions to N.K. sanctions possible if they further intended objective

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Thursday that exemptions to U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea would be possible if they help further the resolutions' intended objective.He made the remarks in a written interview with Yonhap News Agency in response to a question as to concerns the global sanctions regime could be undermined in the process of permitting North Korean athletes and its high-ranking officials to cross into the South to join the Feb. 9-25 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.The Netherlands chairs the UNSC's North Korea Sanctions Committee that monitors multiple sanctions that have been imposed on the North since 2006, when it conducted its first nuclear test. Rutte is to visit South Korea in time for the opening of the games scheduled for Friday."As the chair of the Security Council's North Korea Sanctions Committee, we will focus on the timely and full implementation of the sanctions. We plan to reach out to countries that might need assistance or more information about the details of this complex sanctions regime," he told Yonhap News Agency in a written interview.

Gov't to bolster chip, display industries, improve localization

The industry ministry launched a project Thursday to bolster the country's semiconductor and display sectors through new technology development and localized production.The project will be driven by the "Gap 5" strategy, under which South Korea will try to maintain a five-year lead compared to emerging economies in the two sectors while at the same time closing the gap with advanced nations.The underlying consensus is that while South Korean companies are the leaders in the global semiconductor and display businesses, the key supporting industries, such as facilities and materials, are dominated by the United States, Japan and Europe, limiting production localization. The firms also need to move on from memory chips and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) to newer markets, the ministry said.


The Korea Herald (

NK leader’s sister Kim Yo-jong to come to S. Korea this week

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong will come to South Korea as part a high-level delegation for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the Ministry of Unification said Wednesday. Headed by its ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, the 22-member delegation also includes Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country. Pyongyang notified Seoul on Sunday that the high-level delegation led by Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, would arrive to South Korea on Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the Feb. 9-25 PyeongChang Olympics.

NK cheerleaders return after 13 years

A 280-member North Korean delegation, including 229 cheerleaders, arrived in South Korea on Wednesday to participate in events leading up to and throughout the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The delegation, headed by Sports Minister Kim Il-guk, crossed the border to the South via a western land route -- which goes through a now-closed inter-Korean industrial complex in Kaesong -- at 9:28 a.m., according to a pool report. The delegation also includes four officials from the National Olympic Committee, 26 taekwondo demonstrators and 21 journalists.

NK asks S. Korea to provide fuel for ship that transported art troupe

North Korea has requested South Korea provide additional fuel for its vessel currently docked in the South, as it serves as accommodation for its art troupe visiting the South, Seoul‘s Ministry of Unification said Wednesday, in a move likely to present the South with complications linked to international sanctions. North Korea’s Mangyongbong-92, serving as both means of transportation and accommodation for the 140-member Samjiyon art troupe has been docked at the South Korean eastern port of Mukho since its arrival Tuesday. Seoul has already agreed to temporarily exempt the ship from its unilateral sanctions that ban North Korean vessels from entering its waters.


The Korea Times (

North Korean cheerleaders travel to South Korea ahead of Olympics

Hundreds of North Korean female cheerleaders arrived in South Korea on Wednesday for a trip that will mark their first appearance in 13 years at an international sports event hosted by the South.A total of 229 cheerleaders were among the 280-member delegation that came to the South via a western cross-border land route at 9:31 a.m., according to a pool report.

The delegation, led by Sports Minister Kim Il-guk, also includes three other officials from the National Olympic Committee, 26 taekwondo demonstrators and 21 journalists.With smiles on their faces, female cheerleaders who look to be in their 20s showed up at the inter-Korean border checkpoint in Paju, just south of the border, wearing red coats with a small North Korean flag on the left chest and black fur hats.

N. Korea's star skaters

The North Korean figure skating pair of Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik, who arrived here last week as part of their country's Olympic delegation, are emerging as the stars of PyeongChang 2018. The pair is unlikely to medal in PyeongChang but have been making a splash in the media. The local press has been hounding them during the practice sessions and will surely focus on them on the day of the pairs competitions Feb. 14-15. When the North Korean athletes arrived at the athletes' village, the reporters could not take their eyes off Ryom. Unlike her stone-faced teammates, the 19-year-old's friendly smile left a strong impression on the South Korean public.

Gangneung athletes village welcomes Team Korea

The South Korean Olympic team paraded at Gangneung Athletes Village Wednesday, taking part in a welcoming ceremony for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.Seventy-four athletes took part in the ceremony including two-time Olympic gold medalist speed skater Lee Sang-hwa along with short track skaters Choi Min-jeong and Shim Suk-hee. "I hope all of you can fulfill your best abilities and the beautiful spirit of sportsmanship," said Kim Ki-hoon, a former short track speed skater who serves as the head administrator of the village.The ceremony included both traditional and modern performances including street dance and traditional Korean percussion.


Chosun Ilbo (

Kim Jong-un's Sister Coming to Pyeongchang Olympics

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yo-jong will come to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She is the first vice chairwoman of the Workers Party Central Committee.The delegation also includes Choe Hwi, the chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, who chairs the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland and headed the North Korean delegation to the latest cross-border talks.

Pyongyang sent the list on Wednesday, according to the Unification Ministry. "The North Korean delegation consists of officials from the Workers Party, the government, and sports circles," a ministry spokesman said.

N.Korean Troops Mass for Parade Rehearsal

North Korea is stepping up preparations for a military parade to celebrate its army founding day on Thursday. Analysis of Planet satellite imagery shows that "there are now approximately 13,000 troops practicing on the training grounds (up from 12,000 on Jan. 28)," according to the 38 North website at Johns Hopkins University on Monday. "There are still no signs of ballistic missile or unmanned aerial vehicle launchers on the parade ground or at the heavy equipment storage area," it added. "This is not unusual as some of these are likely stored at nearby military facilities."

N.Korean Orchestra Refuses to Come off the Boat

North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra arrived in South Korea by ferry on Tuesday but did not get off and refused to attend a welcome dinner hosted by the South Korean government. They also refused to look around the venue in Gangneung, Gangwon Province where they are scheduled to perform on Thursday. The Unification Ministry did not say exactly why the North Koreans behaved with such bad grace, but they may have been upset by anti-North Korean protests in Mukho port, where their ship is docked.

Instead, the 114-strong orchestra including bandleader-cum-apparatchik Hyon Song-wol spent their first night in South Korea holed up on the Mangyongbong-92, which also serves as their accommodation during their stay.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

Pence’s attendance at Pyeongchang Olympics may create difficulties for South Korean government

Day after day, the Trump administration has been using Vice President Mike Pence’s attendance at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to underscore North Korea’s human rights abuses and to signal that it will put more sanctions and pressure on the North. This is expected to create significant difficulties for the South Korean government under President Moon Jae-in, which is working to create a virtuous cycle in which inter-Korean dialogue leads to US-North Korea dialogue during the Pyeongchang Olympics.Pence’s itinerary in South Korea, which is gradually coming to light, is largely focused on the North Korean human rights issue and on the North’s “bellicosity.” The Voice of America reported on Feb. 6 that Pence will be meeting with defectors in Seoul before he attends the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics on Feb. 9. Pence’s meeting with the defectors is reportedly nearly finalized.

North Korean musical performance group arrives in Gangwon Province

At 4:20 pm, with the temperature down to -2 degrees Celsius, the North Korean flag on the smokestack of the Mangyongbong 92 came into view between the breakwater and the pier at Mukho Harbor in Donghae, Gangwon Province. As the Mangyongbong drew closer to the pier, the members of conservative groups near the passenger terminal became more boisterous, and their shouting grew louder and louder. Mistaking the 300 or so conservative protesters as a welcome party, North Koreans came out of their cabins and waved at the protesters. When the North Koreans saw them burning the North Korean flag, however, they started taking snapshots with their cameras.

Survey shows 20% of women in Korean film industry forced into unwanted sexual contact

One out of every ten women working in South Korean film – including acting, directing, writing, and staff positions – has experienced “unwanted sexual demands,” a survey shows. Around 20% also reported being forced into unwanted sexual contact. The findings emerged from a “survey of sexual assault (sexual discrimination) conditions for the sake of gender-equal environment for film professionals,” conducted between June and October of last year by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) and Women in Film Korea. A total of 749 people from various job classes in the cinema world were surveyed.


JoongAng Ilbo (

Jong-un sending sister to Games

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong, first vice-director of the Central Committee within the ruling Workers’ Party, will visit South Korea on Friday as part of a high-level delegation for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Pyongyang informed Seoul Wednesday afternoon.Seoul considers Kim Yo-jong the closest person to Kim Jong-un in the North Korean regime, making Pyongyang’s decision to send her to the South a possible sign of better ties ahead. A South Korean government official said chances were high that Kim might carry a message from her brother, which would be the closest thing to a one-on-one discussion between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un.

GM’s CEO says Korean unit may not make it

General Motors CEO Mary Barra put in doubt the future of the company’s Korean unit, which may suffer the fate of GM’s Indian, European and Australian factories.During a conference call with analysts on Tuesday, Barra described Korea as a “challenge” and said it may go through “rationalization actions or restructuring.”“Korea is clearly a challenge for us,” the 56-year-old CEO said. “The current cost structure has become challenging and we are going to have to take action forward to have a viable business.”Under Barra, General Motors has gone through radical restructuring outside its U.S. home turf since 2014.

Nasty virus breaks out in venues for Olympics

The PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee is struggling to contain an outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus, which has infected 86 people at Olympic venues as of Wednesday, just two days before the opening of the Games. Eighty-six people were confirmed to have contracted the norovirus, which causes stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting following an incubation period of up to 50 hours, putting the Olympic committee on high alert to prevent the virus from spreading into the athletes villages, where some 3,000 athletes and coaches from 92 nations will be settled for the next few weeks. The total number of 86 came as the organizing committee reported Wednesday that 54 people were newly discovered to be infected.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

Bitcoin, the Mirage Appears to Be Vanishing

At one time on February 6, the value of the bitcoin fell to the mid six million won level. The value has crashed to nearly a quarter of its peak value last month, and with nearly no new funds flowing into the virtual currency market, analysts believe that the "orderly exit" that the financial authorities had intended has begun.At Bithumb, a virtual currency exchange, the price of the bitcoin fell to 6.6 million won at 2 p.m. this afternoon. The price of the bitcoin rebounded after it fell to 7.6 million won on the afternoon of February 2, which turned out to be a "black Friday," but on the morning of February 6, the value crashed below 7 million won. Given that the value of the bitcoin had exceeded 25 million won early last month, the value has dropped 73% in a month.

Pence Focuses on Anti-North Korean Events, Then Why Is He Coming to PyeongChang?

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who will be visiting South Korea on February 8 as the chief delegate of the senior-level delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, will concentrate on pressuring North Korea during his stay. Vice President Pence plans to invite the father of Otto Warmbier, who died after being detained in North Korea, and attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics together. During his stay, he will visit the ROKS Cheonan Memorial and attend a meeting with the North Korean refugees in Seoul. CNN reported that Vice President Pence would block any attempt by North Korea to restore relations with the outside world and send a firm message to Kim Jong-un during the Olympic Games.

Lower the Voting Age to 18 and Allow Children to Start School at 7”

On February 1, Liberty Korea Party floor leader Kim Sung-tae (60) announced that he agreed to lowering the voting age from the current nineteen to eighteen.This day, as he addressed the National Assembly as a representative of a negotiating body, Kim said, "As a political party seeking social reforms in order to fulfill its responsibility to the future generation, the Liberty Korea Party will not neglect lowering the voting age and expanding equal rights in our society."He suggested lowering the voting age to eighteen and also lowering the age at which children enter school to seven. Kim said, "We can resolve the concerns of politics invading our schools due to the younger voting age by lowering the age at which children start school." He also said, "Having children start school a year earlier will prevent eighteen-year-old voters from voting in their school uniforms, and it can greatly ease the burden of childcare shouldered by the parents."


AJU Business Daily (

N. Korea to send 229 cheerleaders for charm offensive in S. Korea

North Korea will send a 229-member cheering squad to South Korea this week for a charm offensive following an inter-Korean thaw brought by the North's abrupt and strategic decision to take part in the Winter Olympics.

A 280-member delegation led by North Korea's Olympic Committee President and sports minister Kim Il-guk will cross the border on Wednesday, the South's unification ministry said, adding the delegation includes four sports officials, 229 cheerleaders, 26 martial arts demonstrators and 21 journalists.

Dubbed "an army of beauties", North Korean cheerleaders, mostly in their 20s, often received widespread attention and media coverage when they sing and dance in the stands. Defectors say North Korea handpicks young cheerleaders with good ideological and family background.

N. Korean art trope changes attitude and appearance for charm offensive

North Korean art troupe members underwent a visible change in their attitude and appearance for an apparent charm offensive Wednesday after they took a lunch break aboard a ferry anchored in a port on South Korea's east coast.The change came after the ferry lowered a giant national flag and hoisted the so-called unification flag which represents all of Korea when North and South Korea participate as one team in sporting events. Against the white background, there is a blue silhouette of the Korean peninsula in the center. The unification flag was first used in 1991 when the two countries competed as a single team in the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan. South and North Korean athletes will use it for a joint march at the opening ceremony of the Olympics in the eastern ski resort of Pyeongchang.

Asiana Airlines posts record net profit in six years

Asiana Airlines, South Korea's second-largest airline company, posted a record net profit in six years in 2017 thanks to increased long-distance and cargo flights.Asiana said Wednesday that its net profit soared 325 percent on-year to 223.3 billion won (205.4 million US dollars) in 2017. Last year, Asiana was struck hard by reduced flights on its key air route between Seoul and Beijing when China imposed a ban on group travels to South Korea in March in a retaliatory action against the deployment of an American missile defense system.


Maeil Business News Korea (

Samsung Elec to add a second next-generation fab in Pyeongtaek

Samsung Electronics Co. will erect another multibillion-dollar next-generation fabrication line at its semiconductor base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province by 2020 next to the 64-layer V-NAND memory fabrication line, operational since July last year and budgeted for 30 trillion won ($27.7 billion) expansion by 2021. The world’s top chipmaker’s management committee that decides mergers and acquisition and spending plans approved the project on Wednesday, the first investment decision after Jay Y. Lee, vice chairman, was released on Monday from prison after nearly a year-long imprisonment as his sentence had been cut and suspended by an appeals court determining a bribery case connected to ousted President Park Geun-hye.

Samsung Forum kicks off in Rome focusing on AI, IoT technologies

South Korea’s tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. said on Wednesday it is hosting its annual forum that targets different reigonal markets with tailored products and strategies in Rome, Italy for this year. The forum dubbed Samsung Forum is the ninth of its kind this year, and it is a convention where Samsung Electronics introduces new and innovative products to its global business partners and shares its business strategies with them. It kicked off on Feb. 5 with the first regional forum that focuses on the European market with appliances and TV products that are customized to meet special needs of European consumers.

Hyundai Mobis to apply remote parking assist to hydrogen fuel cell car

Korean auto parts supplier Hyundai Mobis announced on Tuesday Hyundai Motor’s hydrogen-powered vehicle NEXO will be the first commercial model equipped with its advanced remote smart parking assist (RSPA) next month.

Hyundai Mobis is set to begin the mass production of RSPA modules at its plant in the southern city of Jincheon in Chungnam Province. A vehicle equipped with RSPA employs 12 different ultrasound sensors to spot a parking space and the driver can remotely park or release the car by pressing down on a button of a smart key.


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