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, May 15, 2018

Your Excellency:

What’s ticking in Korea and around the world today?

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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I am pleased to inform that President Cho Dong-sung of Incheon National University (INU) cordially invites the Ambassador and Madam, and also the senior education officers at the Embassies (on behalf of the Ambassadorsa unable to attend) to a tour of his University on Monday May 28, 2018.

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(A slight change could occur to the schedule depending on situation of the day.)

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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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N. Korea has started dismantling nuclear test site: 38 North

Satellite imagery shows that North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site in line with its promise, a U.S. website monitoring the reclusive regime said Monday.According to 38 North, the imagery from May 7 provides "definitive evidence" that dismantlement of the Punggye-ri test site is "well underway."North Korea said last month that it would close its nuclear test site and halt nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests ahead of a planned meeting between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

S. Korea diversifies LNG import sources in 2017

South Korea eased its dependence on the Middle East and Southeast Asia for imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2017 as it sharply increased purchases from the United States and Australia, data showed Monday.South Korea, Asia's fourth-biggest economy, is one of the largest consumers of natural gas in the world, with the bulk of its imports coming from the Middle East.According to the data by the International Energy Agency (IEA), LNG exports by the members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) spiked 39 percent on-year to 100.6 billion cubic meters last year.

S. Korea's leading economic indicator drops below break-even line: OECD

A leading index that gauges the direction of South Korea's economy fell below the break-even 100 mark in the first two months of this year, which could bode ill for Asia's fourth-largest economy going forward, official data showed Sunday.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's composite leading indicator (CLI), Seoul's reading stood at 99.8 in both January and February.The last time South Korea's CLI had dipped below 100 was in September 2014, when it stood at 99.8.The Paris-based OECD uses the index to gauge economic conditions six to nine months down the line.It takes into account numbers provided by the Bank of Korea and Statistics Korea in such areas as trade, manufacturing sentiment, interest rates, manufacturing inventory and the main bourse.



38 North: N. Korea Has Begun Dismantlement of Nuclear Test Site

A U.S. Web site monitoring North Korea says that the North has begun dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.38 North said on Monday that commercial satellite imagery from May seventh shows the first definitive evidence that the dismantlement of the test site was already well under way.It noted that several key operational support buildings, located just outside the North, West and South Portals, have been removed since its last analysis. The report said that some of the rails for the mining carts, which had led from the tunnels to their respective spoil piles, have apparently been removed. It added that some carts seem to have been tipped over or disassembled, and several small outbuildings around the site had been removed.38 North, however, noted that other more substantial buildings around the facility remain intact, and no tunnel entrances appear to have been permanently closed.

White House: Trump's Rhetoric Matches Kim's Actions

The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump's shift in rhetoric on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reflects changes in Kim's actions. Deputy press secretary Raj Shah said during a regular news briefing on Monday that Kim has stepped forward and made pledges to halt nuclear and ICBM tests and has released three prisoners, adding these are signs of good faith, and the U.S. hopes to build on that.Shah also stressed that the U.S. policy has been to pursue the complete, irreversible and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Late last month, Trump praised the North Korean leader for being "very open and honorable." Last week he called the North's plan to dismantle its nuclear test site a "very smart and gracious gesture."

55 Protesters Killed in Gaza Clashes as US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Israeli forces on Monday killed at least 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border as tens of thousands of Palestinians are protesting the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.According to the Associated Press(AP), the Palestinian authorities said that at least 55 protesters were killed by Israeli forces and over two-thousand-700 were wounded during the demonstrations. The Israeli military reportedly said that one of its fighter jets had struck five targets at a Hamas training facility in Gaza.U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman announced the opening of the new U.S. embassy in a ceremony held in Arnona in southern Jerusalem on Monday, the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation.


Yonhap (

Japan firmly denies 'East Sea' name in diplomatic paper

The Japanese government on Tuesday intensified its denial of the name "East Sea" to describe the body of water lying between the country and Korea, throwing cold water on expectations of improved Seoul-Tokyo ties amid brisk diplomacy on North Korea.Japan's Foreign Ministry added a claim to its annual diplomatic blue book that, "The East Sea is the only name established by international law."It also wiped out the expression that South Korea is the most important neighbor to share strategic interests in the Diplomatic Blue Paper reported to the Cabinet.

N. Korea's party officials visiting China amid thawing relations

A group of North Korea's ruling party officials is visiting China, the North's state media said Tuesday, amid signs of thawing relations between the two countries following recent summits between their leaders."A friendship visiting group of the Workers' Party of Korea led by Pak Thae-song, member of the Political Bureau and vice chairman of its Central Committee, left here Monday to visit the People's Republic of China," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The KCNA did not provide information on the nature and purpose of the trip and details on who was included in the delegation.It has been said that the delegation includes Ryu Myong-son, department director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), and Kim Nung-o, head of the party's North Pyongan Central Committee. They were seen arriving at a Beijing airport earlier Monday and getting into vehicles prepared for them by China before leaving for the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

3-way contest surfaces for S. Korea's navy procurement project

A three-way competition appears to be shaping up for South Korea's US$1.7 billion project to procure naval patrol aircraft, with the state procurement agency set to determine how to proceed with the bidding process in the coming weeks.

Two foreign defense firms -- Boeing of the United States and Sweden's Saab -- have already expressed their intentions to join the first major defense acquisition project since the Moon Jae-in government took office a year ago.In addition, Europe's Airbus Defense & Space is also seen moving to throw down the gauntlet, with a plan to host a press conference here on Thursday to promote its C295MPA aircraft built based on its C295 military transport aircraft."We will welcome it should we get the opportunity to join the bidding process," a Airbus D&S official said on condition of anonymity.


The Korea Herald (

Seoul welcomes US hints at private sector involvement in denuclearized NK

US private sector investment in North Korea following complete denuclearization would be a welcome development, a top Cheong Wa Dae official said Monday.Speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, a Cheong Wa Dae official said that measures to allow US private sector investment in the North would be the “sooner the better,” in relation to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s television interview. On Sunday, Pompeo hinted that Washington would allow private sector investment in the North after complete denuclearization. “This will be Americans coming in -- private-sector Americans, not the US taxpayer – private-sector Americans coming in to help build out the energy grid. They need enormous amounts of electricity in North Korea,” Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News.

Air pollution causes more panic than North Korea’s Kim Jong-un

The worsening level of airborne dust particles here causes more panic among South Koreans than North Korea’s artillery cannons and rocket launchers lined up along the border, as they fear that air pollution is a potential health hazard, according to a report released by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs. The report, which surveyed 3,839 adults last year, indicates that air pollution was the No. 1 source of concern for South Koreans. It scored 3.46 points out of 5, the highest in the survey, among other sources of concern.

N. Korea has started dismantling nuclear test site: 38 North

Satellite imagery shows that North Korea has begun dismantling its nuclear test site in line with its promise, a US website monitoring the reclusive regime said Monday.According to 38 North, the imagery from May 7 provides "definitive evidence" that dismantlement of the Punggye-ri test site is "well underway."North Korea said last month that it would close its nuclear test site and halt nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests ahead of a planned meeting between its leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in June.


The Korea Times (

Fate of 10,000 Pyongyang nuclear scientists up in the air

North Korea has taken to the road to complete denuclearization ― at least superficially ― after announcing it would demolish its nuclear test site in front of invited international media outlets. However, while the communist state's unexpected step has raised expectations of peace across Northeast Asia, the objective will take longer than many have hoped because the future whereabouts of North Korean scientists ― the cerebral foundation behind North Korea's nuclear weapons ― remains a critical point as Pyongyang waits for the June summit with the U.S. and further meetings with leaders from other countries involved in the geopolitical issue. Experts in Korea and other countries say that "dismantlement of intelligence" involving up to 10,000 scientists ― including 200 core leaders, 2,000 experts and 6,000 technicians ― is required along with the demise of test site in Punggye-ri scheduled for May 23-25.

China still matters

On May 4, a week after the Inter-Korean Summit, President Moon Jae-in and President Xi Jinping finally held their first phone conversation. No one knows whether Moon had tried to phone earlier, but the result was quite pleasing because both agreed on close cooperation during the process of "Declaration of the end of war" and "Peace Treaty."Although the recent online conversation eased the controversy regarding the "China Passing (isolation)," we again witnessed how challenging and susceptible the road to peace can be; what we went through with China this time has become an effective vaccination for the further big picture, the "Peace Regime."

Were North Korean restaurant workers 'kidnapped' to South?

A two-year-old controversy around 12 North Korean restaurant workers, who fled a state-controlled restaurant in China, has been rekindled, following a media report in which three of them claimed they were "kidnapped." In the news report aired Thursday by cable channel JTBC, four of the "defectors" said they never intended to come to Seoul in April 2016. "The restaurant manager surnamed Huh said the restaurant would move to another area. I figured out we were heading for South Korea, once we arrived at the South Korean embassy in Malaysia," she was quoted as saying. Huh verified their remarks, saying South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) orchestrated the group defection. "An NIS agent lured me, saying then-President Park Geun-hye was waiting for me. He said a post in the NIS was confirmed for me, but the promise was never fulfilled," Huh said.


Chosun Ilbo (

N.Korea Demands Return of Defectors
A North Korean mouthpiece in Japan on Monday demanded the return of a group of North Korean women who defected from a restaurant in China in 2016. In a reunion of families separated by the Korean War scheduled for August, "their sorrow of separation should be alleviated. And the victims of an abduction, a plot to make the political use of them, should be sent immediately back" to their families, the Choson Sinbo newspaper said. In high-level cross-border talks in January, North Korean delegates also demanded their return and that of another female defector from Pyongyang, identified as Kim Ryon-hi, as a precondition to resume the family reunions. North Korea claims the women were abducted by South Korea's National Intelligence Service, and the restaurant manager has suggested on TV that they did indeed have help from intelligence agents. Kim arrived in South Korea in 2011 but has been asking the government here to send her back to the North, claiming that she was duped by a broker. The Choson Sinbo also called for Kim's immediate return Monday.

Kim-Trump Summit Poses Logistical Challenge
North Korea is faced with a logistical challenge trying to fly leader Kim Jong-un to Singapore for his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on an outdated plane that has so far barely chuffed to Beijing. The North will also probably want to transport a Mercedes-Benz sedan for Kim as well as secure communications equipment. Singapore is about 4,828 km from Pyongyang.

Japanese Media Snubbed in N.Korea Nuke Site Closure
Japan has been snubbed by North Korea in sending out invitations to international press for the closure of its nuclear test site in Punggye-ri, North Hamgyong Province later this month. Japan was a member of the long-defunct six-party talks, and back in June 2008 Japanese broadcaster TBS covered the demolition of a cooling tower at North Korea’s nuclear facility in Yongbyon. North Korea said media from only five countries were invited because of lack of space at the nuclear test site. But instead of Japan, the U.K., which was not a member of the six-party talks, was included in the list besides South Korea, the U.S., China and Russia. That has led to speculation that North Korea deliberately wants to freeze Japan out of future denuclearization and disarmament talks. Japan has called for North Korea's short and mid-range ballistic missiles to be included in the denuclearization agenda, which none of the other partners seem too worried about.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

North Korea’s announces details for closing nuclear test site

On the evening of May 12, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry announced that the North would be detonating tunnels from May 23 to 25 to “completely close” the nuclear test site at Punggye Village, Kilju County, North Hamgyong Province, where it has conducted all six of its nuclear tests between 2006 and 2017, and that it would allow the press from South Korea, the US, China, the UK and Russia to be present.The story received heavy coverage on the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the Korean Central Broadcasting Station, Korean Central Television and the Rodong Sinmun from the evening of May 12 through May 13.

Pompeo pledges US economic aid in return for denuclearization

If North Korea denuclearizes boldly and quickly, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, the US would take steps to help North Korea enjoy prosperity on the level with the South. The remark is kindling hopes about a “grand bargain” with just one month left before to the North Korea-US summit on June 12.By eagerly dangling economic incentives before North Korea, the US appears to be shifting from its previous stance of “maximum pressure” to “maximum conciliation.”

"If Chairman Kim chooses the right path there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people,” Pompeo said during a joint press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha after the two met at the State Department in Washington on May 11.

Real-life heroes of “A Taxi Driver” pass away without having reunited

Jürgen Hinzpeter, the reporter with German broadcaster ARD who covered the May 18 Democratization Movement in Gwangju in 1980, declared upon winning the second Song Kun-ho Press Award presented by the Cheongam Press Culture Foundation and the Hankyoreh in 2003 that he wished he could “meet again with the brave taxi driver Kim Sa-bok.” But in 2016, Hinzpeter passed away without ever having the change to reunite with his “partner.”


JoongAng Ilbo (

Kim must send his nukes to U.S.: Bolton

John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, said Sunday that North Korea’s denuclearization would entail the dismantling of its nuclear weapons and delivering them to an American nuclear research facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. “We want to see the denuclearization process so completely underway that it is irreversible,” said Bolton in an interview with ABC News Sunday, before Pyongyang will be able to reap any sort of benefits.

Banks put heads together on hiring practices

Following a series of hiring scandals, Korea’s banks are coming together to implement changes in recruitment to make it more fair and transparent. Major banks including Woori Bank and Shinhan Bank were found to have employed the unqualified children of company executives, lawmakers and financial regulators over qualified job applicants. As these scandals surfaced, the Korea Federation of Banks drafted a set of new standard recruitment procedures - including written exams - to prevent hiring through connections. The exams are expected to offer a standardized method of assessing candidates, something that document screenings and interviews have failed to do. Currently, only a few banks including KB Kookmin, KEB Hana and NH Nonghyup ask applicants to sit in for written exams. Woori Bank reintroduced written exams for the first time in 10 years this spring.

America, China share goals on North: Envoy

The United States and China share the goals of denuclearizing North Korea and integrating it into the global economy, said the U.S. acting ambassador to South Korea in an interview with the JoongAng Ilbo on Friday. “We have challenges in our relationship with them [China] over the South China Sea and trade,” said Marc Knapper, charge d’affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. “But when it comes to North Korea we have shared goals and will continue to find overlapping interests.” In an interview at Habib House - the residence of the U.S. ambassador in downtown Seoul - Knapper emphasized the importance of an international coalition in bringing Pyongyang to the negotiating table. “China has played an important role and we appreciate their role in participating in the international pressure campaign and we expect them to continue to enforce resolutions as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.”


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

Why the Controversy over the Unusually Swift Investigation of Candid Pictures of the Hongik Univ. Nude Model?
The arrest of a female model who secretly took pictures of a male nude model during a nude croquis class at Hongik University and released the pictures on the Internet stirred controversy with people asking, "Why did the police, capable of such a quick investigation, show such a slow response to other cases involving illegal photography in the past?"

U.S. Claims It Is Ready to Cooperate for the Prosperity of North Korea
In a joint press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha on May 11, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends." Secretary Pompeo also said, "If Chairman Kim (Jong-un) chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity for the North Korean people." It is notable how Pompeo, who has led the prior negotiations for the summit with North Korea as one of President Trump's closest aides, used the word "prosperity" twice when referring to North Korea. This suggests the possibility that North Korea and the U.S. may have discussed in depth the lifting of sanctions and economic compensations as well as the guarantee of the regime safety, if North Korea achieved denuclearization at a level satisfying the United States during Pompeo's stay in North Korea. Some experts also suggest that the U.S. may have in mind measures to lift its individual sanctions or revise U.S. legislation that has prevented North Korea from borrowing money from international organizations and foreign companies from investing in North Korea, if North Korea reaches a certain stage in denuclearization.

Sewol Stands Upright: An Opportunity to Reveal the Truth Behind the Sinking
The hull of the Sewol finally stood upright for the first time in four years since it sank and a year and a month since it was placed at Mokpo New Port. Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, commissioned by the Committee for the Investigation of the Hull of the Sewol, began turning the Sewol at 9 a.m. on May 10 and finished the work in three hours and ten minutes. Turning the Sewol was a difficult project, just like bringing the Sewol on land. If the 10,000-ton marine cranes failed to maintain balance, the hull could collapse or be twisted. Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries connected 66 steel beams and the marine cranes with wires and succeeded in slowly turning the hull to stand upright at 94.5 degrees.


AJU Business Daily (

Hollywood action star Reynolds shocks viewers of S. Koreran music show

Hollywood action film star Ryan Reynolds, known for his role in Deadpool, a 2016 superhero movie, made a surprise appearance as a special guest at South Korea's popular TV music show, wearing a unicorn mask instead of his trademark "Deadpool" mask.King of Masked Singer is a TV show in which celebrities wearing masks to hide identities compete in a tournament in front of a panel of special judges from the entertainment community and about 100 selected ordinary judges.On Sunday, a special guest wearing a unicorn mask performed "Tomorrow" from Annie, a 1982 movie. Unaware that the hidden celebrity is Reynolds, many complimented the unicorn with his English pronunciation and one said jokingly that he must be US president Donald Trump.

Some facilities remain intact at nuclear test site for showcase event: 38 North

The dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear test site has been well underway, but tunnel entrances and some buildings were left intact apparently for a showcase event ahead of a historic summit with the United States, according to 38 North, the website of a U.S. research institute.Satellite imagery from May 7 provided the "first definitive" evidence that dismantlement at the North's Punggye-ri test site near the border with China was already well underway, 38 North said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to shut down the test site at his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on April 27. Pyongyang promised to invite foreign journalists who would witness dismantlement between May 23 and 25.

President Moon praises Kim for fulfilling promise sincerely

South Korean President Moon Jae-in praised North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Monday for fulfilling his promise one by one, saying the professed shutdown of the North's nuclear test site would mark the start of complete denuclearization.
Kim agreed to shut down its nuclear test site at his summit with Moon on April 27. Pyongyang said journalists from South Korea, China, Russia, the United States and Britain would be invited to cover the dismantlement of its Punggy-ri test site near the border with China between May 23 and 25.


Maeil Business News Korea (

GS E&C’s new city project back on track in Vietnam, stock at 52-week high

South Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction Corp. said on Monday it expects to resume the construction to build a new city in Nha Be, Ho Chi Minh City late this year after Vietnamese authorities finally cleared hurdles related to compensation for land expropriation for affected dwellers. The builder said the Ho Chi Minh City People`s Committee recently agreed to transfer the Nha Be project site to GS E&C by the end of May after removing high-voltage facilities remaining on the site. The Nha Be project calls for the establishment of a 3.4 million square meter new city, about 5km away from the economic center of Vietnam. It is the first city construction project led by a single Korean company in Vietnam.

Brisk sales in emerging mkts to offset Hyundai, Kia’s weak sales in China, U.S.

South Korea’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor Co. and its smaller sibling Kia Motors Corp. grappling with slow sales in the world’s two biggest auto markets would heave a sigh of a relief with brisk sales in four major emerging markets Brazil, Russia, India, and Mexico. According to Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors on Monday, Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors sold combined 427,408 vehicles in Brazil, Russia, India, and Mexico in the first four months of this year, up 15.1 percent from the same period a year ago. The on-year increase in sales in the four emerging markets is notable considering that their total global sales grew 1.9 percent on year during the same period.

FTC chief: Samsung Life stake in Samsung Elec should be addressed this year

Samsung Group should at least come up with an outline on how to resolve Samsung Life Insurance’s excessive equity holding in Samsung Electronics by the end of the year as a show of commitment to separate financial from non-financial operation and to facilitate the government reforms in holding and insurance regulations, said the chief of Korea’s antitrust agency. “How much exceptions the government can make for Samsung’s case depends on the will from the conglomerate. The government cannot make a judgment unless we see action from Samsung first. It should come up with a plan within the year,” said Kim Sang-jo, chairman of the Fair Trade Commission, in an exclusive interview with the Maeil Business Newspaper.


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