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베트남 출신 학생, 전체 어학연수생의 80% 넘어..

주한 베트남 응웬 부 뚜 대사, 인천대학교 방문

인천대학교 한국어학당 어학연수생의 수가 1500명을 넘어선 가운데, 베트남 출신 학생이 전체 어학연수생의 80% 넘어섰다.

인천대는 주한 베트남 응웬 부 뚜 대사가 인천대학교를 방문해 베트남에서 인천대학교에 유학 온 어학연수생과 학부 및 대학원생 천여명을 격려했다고 4일 밝혔다.

주한 베트남 응웬 부 뚜 대사가 인천대를 방문했다.

이미 한국어학당에는 세계 30여개국에서 한국어를 배우기 위해 찾아오고 있으나 지난 몇 년간 가장 많은 유학생 국가였던 중국을 제치고 지난해부터 베트남 유학생이 가장 많은 수를 차지하고 있다.

이날 인천대학교를 방문한 베트남대사는 먼 나라 베트남에서 한국을 찾아 온 유학생들을 직접 찾아 학생들이 공부하는 모습을 하나 하나 확인하면서 먼 타국에서의 유학이 길고 힘든 여정이지만 여러분의 꿈과 희망을 향해 다가가는 기쁨과 도전의 힘찬 여정이라 생각하고 최선을 다해 학업에 매진해 줄 것을 당부했다.

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Round-up of important news from major Korean dailies and from international media today

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

S. Korean mobile carriers celebrate 5G network services opening

South Korea's three major mobile carriers on Apr. 3, 2019 celebrated the world's first commercialization of a 5G network as they opened new mobile services for honorary customers. According to industry insiders, SK Telecom Co. the nation's top mobile carrier, began its 5G mobile service at 11 p.m., and several of its 5G service promotion ambassadors had the honor of experiencing the upgraded technology first.

SK Innovation ranks among world's top 10 EV battery makers

SK Innovation Co., a latecomer to the electric vehicle battery market, joined the ranks of the world's top 10 players in terms of sales, industry data showed on Apr. 4, 2019. According to the data by SNE Research, a market researcher on renewable energy, SK Innovation, also the country's leading oil refiner, reported 206 megawatt hours of capacity sold in the first two months of 2019. This put it in 10th place among battery suppliers.

N.K. leader visits late father's birthplace before possible announcement on nuclear talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a northern county known to be the birthplace of his late father, state media reported on Apr. 4, 2019, amid speculation that he could soon announce his next steps after the breakdown of his February summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Kim inspected Samjiyon County of Ryanggang Province bordering China, according to the Korean Central News Agency. North Korea claims that Samjiyon, near Mount Paekdu, the sacred highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, is the birthplace of Kim Jong-il.

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

Main Opposition, Minor Opposition Parties Win One Seat Apiece in By-elections

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and the minor opposition Justice Party each won one parliamentary seat in Wednesday's by-elections. The elections were held to pick two lawmakers and three local councilors in three provinces, including South Gyeongsang Province. Yeo Young-guk of the Justice Party won in the Changwon-Seongsan district after the minor party and the ruling Democratic Party merged their candidates last week.

Parties Issue Responses after Wednesday's By-elections

Rival parties have issued their responses regarding the results of Wednesday's by-elections, in which the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) and the minor Justice Party each secured one parliamentary seat. Yeo Young-guk of the Justice Party won in the Changwon-Seongsan district after the minor party and the ruling Democratic Party merged their candidates last week, while Jeong Jeom-sig of the LKP secured the seat in the Tongyeong-Goseong district. In a statement following the election results, DP Chairman Lee Hae-chan called Yeo's win in Changwon a joint victory for the ruling and justice party and vowed their best efforts to revitalize the economy and stabilize people's livelihoods.

S. Korean Mobile Carriers Launch World's First 5G Network Services

South Korea's three major mobile carriers commercially launched the world's first full-fledged fifth-generation(5G) network services. According to industry insiders, SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus opened 5G mobile services for their first customers at 11 p.m. on Wednesday. The three telecom firms will recruit new subscribers from Thursday with Samsung Electronics' new 5G-enabled Galaxy S10 smartphone.

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

S. Korea's current account surplus edges down in Feb.

South Korea's monthly current account surplus edged down in February from a year earlier amid sluggish exports, central bank data showed Thursday. The country's current account surplus came to US$3.6 billion in February, down from $3.9 billion a year earlier, according to the preliminary data from the Bank of Korea (BOK). But it rose from the previous month's $28.2 billion. The current account has been in the black for 82 straight months since May 2012.

Lending by insurers increases 7.6 percent in 2018

Loans extended by insurance companies last year hit 223.5 trillion won (US$196.93 billion), an increase of 7.6 percent from the end of the previous year, regulator's data showed Thursday. Household lending gained 4.6 percent (5.3 trillion won) to 121.8 trillion won, while corporate loans rose 11.1 percent (10 trillion won) to 100.6 trillion won, according to the data from the Financial Supervisory Service. Among increased borrowings by households, 5 trillion won was collateralized by insurance premiums and 700 billion won by homes. Loans to large conglomerates and midsized companies each gained 5 trillion won.

Universal Pictures to create content under Samsung's video standard

American film studio Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will collaborate with Samsung Electronics Co. to create new content under its latest high dynamic range (HDR) video platform, the South Korean tech giant said Thursday. Under the partnership, Samsung Electronics and Universal Pictures will work on a wide selection of new releases and catalog fare with HDR10+ technology, an open standard for HDR video. Introduced in 2017, HDR10+ is Samsung's next-generation standard technology for picture processing, which optimizes brightness levels and contrast for each scene. HDR10+ is available on Samsung's premium TV lineup and advanced displays by other manufacturers.

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

Main opposition, leftist parties win seat apiece in parliamentary by-elections

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and the leftist Justice Party each won one parliamentary seat in Wednesday's by-elections, in what could be a barometer of public sentiment ahead of next year's general elections. The elections were held to pick two lawmakers and three local councilors in three provinces, including South Gyeongsang Province in the country's southeastern region. Voter turnout for the by-elections as a whole reached 48 percent, according to the election watchdog. The turnout for parliamentary elections came to 51.2 percen.

German automaker Mercedes opens new Russia factory

Germany's Daimler AG has opened a new Mercedes factory in Russia, part of a 250 million euro ($281 million) investment it says will create 1,000 jobs. CEO Dieter Zetsche said Wednesday the Moscow-area plant will produce Mercedes sedans and SUVs for the local market, and is part of a strategy to move production closer to customers.

S. Korean tanker detained under suspicion of violating N. Korea sanctions: official

Samsung Electronics seems to be on track to reinforce its goal of realizing the “intelligence of things” -- instead of the internet of things -- by conducting a major organizational reshuffle between the company’s mobile device and home appliance divisions, according to the industry on Wednesday. Some of approximately 1,000 software engineers -- about a third of the total workforce -- who had devoted their capabilities to developing various applications for smartphones within the IT and mobile communications division were told Tuesday they would be reassigned to a software development group under the consumer electronics division starting officially from April 16.

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

Main opposition, leftist parties win seat apiece in parliamentary by-elections

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and the leftist Justice Party each won one parliamentary seat in Wednesday's by-elections, in what could be a barometer of public sentiment ahead of next year's general elections. The elections were held to pick two lawmakers and three local councilors in three provinces, including South Gyeongsang Province in the country's southeastern region. Voter turnout for the by-elections as a whole reached 48 percent, according to the election watchdog. The turnout for parliamentary elections came to 51.2 percent.

Gov't steps up preparation for video reunions of separated families

The government is speeding up preliminary works for the video reunions of families separated during the 1950-53 Korean War, starting repairs and maintenance on designated venues for the event. The Ministry of Unification started work Wednesday on 13 reunion venues across the country. It will be completed by the end of this month, the ministry said. Work includes replacing and repairing some outdated telecommunications devices here, as the two Koreas have not had video family reunions since November 2007.

South Korean vessel investigated for transferring oil to North

The prosecution is investigating a South Korean vessel that was allegedly used to violate United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea. The ship is being detained in Busan as its crew is suspected of transferring oil to a North Korean tanker in 2017, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wednesday. The ministry said it impounded the vessel last October to look for evidence to prove that it was involved in the illegal activity.

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

N.Korea Exports Coal in Violation of Sanctions

North Korea blatantly violates international sanctions by continuing to export coal, new evidence suggests. The website 38 North at Johns Hopkins University on Monday published photos apparently documenting North Korea's coal supply networks through the ports of Nampo and Rajin. The UN Security Council has banned all North Korean coal exports due to concerns that the proceeds are being used to finance the country's nuclear weapons program. But a satellite captured images of 21 vehicles transporting coal in Nampo on March 13, and another satellite photo from March 24 shows what appear to be cargo transport ships anchored there.

S.Korean Ship Grounded for Transporting Oil for N.Korea

A South Korean-flagged ship that is believed to have transferred oil onto a North Korean tanker has been grounded for almost six months in Busan. A Foreign Ministry official on Tuesday said the ship has been kept from leaving Busan port since last October on charges of violating UN Security Council resolutions. The government embarked on an investigation based on a tip-off from U.S. intelligence that the ship transferred refined oil to a North Korean tanker on the high seas. The ship was built in 2000 and can carry around 7,850 tons of cargo.

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

Pompeo says he hopes for 3rd North Korea-US summit within a few months

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that while he hopes a third North Korea-US summit will be held within a few months, there’s no set timetable for such a meeting. This reaffirmed the US’ basic position that it remains open to dialogue but is waiting for North Korea to take action on denuclearization. Pompeo made the remarks in a interview with WHP 580, a radio station in Pennsylvania, that took place on Mar. 29. When asked if Pompeo had a timeframe in mind for North Korea’s denuclearization, Pompeo said, “I try to be careful when it comes to making predictions about timing.”

Romance between Yemeni refugee and Jeju woman blossoms into marriage
Last November, Jeju resident Ha Min-gyeong (“Warda”), 39, and Yemeni Mohammad Al-Mamari, 36, opened a small restaurant together at the entrance to a narrow side street in Jeju City’s Samdo #2 neighborhood. Ha was in charge of taking orders and serving food, while “Amin” (Al-Mamari) prepared food in the kitchen. The restaurant was called Warda, after the name given to Ha by the Yemenis who arrived in Jeju last year. In Arabic, the word “warda” means “flower.” This April, Warda and Amin are set to marry under the spring sunshine in Jeju.

South Korea-US military leaders meet to assess requirements for OPCON transfer
Last month, South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Park Han-ki and US Forces Korea (USFK) Commander Robert Abrams held the first meeting of the Special Permanent Military Committee (SPMC), which was set up to assess the requirements for the transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) from the US to South Korea. The special committee was activated despite the existence of the Permanent Military Committee (PMC), which already convenes the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman and the USFK commander every six months, with the apparent goal of speeding up the OPCON transfer.

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The Dong-A Ilbo (http://english.donga.com/)

You’re not ready for a deal,’ Trump tells Kim

U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly told North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the second U.S.-North Korea summit held in Hanoi, Vietnam, “You are not ready for a deal.” Despite this comment, President Trump stressed that he was on good terms with Kim, hinting intentions to continue dialogue with the North. According to AP on Tuesday (local time), President Trump said in a speech at the spring dinner for the NRCC that the comments were made while he was taking a walk with Kim in Hanoi. “I am the first person to have talked to him like this. It was the first time in his life,” said Trump.

Daehangno expected to be ‘carless on Sundays’ in 30 years

Daehangno will once again become a “carless road” on Sundays in 30 years. A carless road will be designated in Gangnam as well. The Seoul metropolitan government announced on Wednesday it plans to implement “carless roads.” The Seoul government is planning to introduce a temporary “carless road” in June and determine later whether to regularly hold the event after considering citizens’ satisfaction and impact on traffic congestion. From May 1985, Daehangno had banned cars on its roads from 12:00 pm to 10:00 p.m. to hold cultural events, but the city removed this restriction in September 1989 for the Miari road expansion project. If the ‘carless road’ event becomes regular, it will be the first time in 29 years, nine months for Daehangno to return as a “carless road.”

Chinese bombers cross through Miyako Strait, provoking Taiwan

Two Chinese H-6 jet bombers and one H-9 reconnaissance plane crossed through the Strait of Miyako east of Taiwan on Monday, putting a strain on the Taiwanese military. The Ministry of National Defense of Taiwan says it has remained alert and prepared to respond to any threats posed by China. A day before that, two Chinese J-11 fighter jets unprecedentedly passed through the median line of the Taiwan Strait west of Taiwan, forcing Taiwan to scramble jets. Seven Chinese military aircraft crossed the Miyako Strait on Saturday as well.

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

Korea Likely to Resume Import of Seafood from Fukushima, But Radioactive Cesium Still Detected in 680 Cases

Radioactive materials are still detected in the marine products from the area near Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Concerns are mounting because the import of seafood from Fukushima could resume, if South Korea fails to win the dispute raised by Japan at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The Korea Federation for Environmental Movements and Korean Radiation Watch analyzed the test results of agricultural and marine products for radioactive material released by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in 2018, and on April 2 announced that cesium, a radioactive material, was detected in eighteen species of fish.

71st Anniversary of April 3 Jeju Uprising: Amendment of Special Law Pending for a Year and Fourth Months

April 3 has returned with the spring this year without fail. But in Jeju, there is no news of spring. The people who fell victim to state violence cannot rest in peace even now, 71 years after the incident. As politicians neglect to comfort the victims, the amendment of the Special Act on Discovering the Truth of the Jeju 4·3 Incident and the Restoration of Honor of Victims continues to drift in the National Assembly. At a memorial for the victims on the 70th anniversary of the Jeju April 3 incident last year, President Moon Jae-in said, "The government will do its utmost to heal the wounds and pains of the surviving victims and the bereaved families and actively cooperate with the National Assembly on necessary legislation." However, efforts to revise the special bill on the April 3 incident wasted away the past year.

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

Kospi recovers above 2,200 in 1 month led by large cap stocks

South Korea’s benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index, Kospi, on Wednesday ended above 2,200 for the first time in one month led by foreign and institutional buying of heavyweight stocks on expectations for a recovery in the tech and manufacturing industries. The country’s main Kospi index on Wednesday gained 26.09 points, or 1.2 percent, to finish at 2,203.27, the highest level since 2,234.79 closing on Feb. 27. The Kospi began the session 0.37 point lower from Tuesday at 2,176.81, but soon rebounded on foreign and institutional buying.

Korea’s SK Innovation ranks No. 10 in electric vehicle battery usage

South Korea’s SK Innovation Co. that had been heavily investing to expand capacity joined the list of the world’s top 10 secondary battery manufacturers in terms of actual usage for the first time, better positioning itself in the bourgeoning electric vehicle battery cell market. According to data released by renewable energy market research SNE Research on Wednesday, SK Innovation supplied total battery capacity of 206.1 megawatt hours (MWh) for electric vehicles that were actually used and sold in the market in the first two months of this year, up 232.2 percent from a year ago.

Imported car sales in Korea dn 31.5% in March, share lowest since Dec 2016

The frenzy over imported cars in Korean continued to fizzle out in March, with sales plunging more than 30 percent from a year-ago period on delayed process of certification for changed emission standard in Europe and shipments as well as against aggressive new releases in domestic brands. According to Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association (KAIDA) on Wednesday, a total of 18,078 units of foreign brand vehicles were sold in Korea in March, down 31.5 percent from the same month a year ago.

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