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South Korea moves to address growing concerns over earthquake

  South Korea has started to roll out measures to address the increasing public concern over the risk of earthquakes, after the nation was hit by two of the strongest earthquakes over the past two years. Korea has long been regarded as an earthquake-free country but the latest record-high quakes in Pohang and Gyeongju have triggered concerns over future quakes on the peninsula, with experts here forecasting possibilities of stronger quakes hitting in the future. Primary concerns are over the low rate of seismic safety features for buildings here, citing the wide range of damages suffered by the quake-hit cities located in the southeastern part of the nation. Accordin...Keep on reading: South Korea moves to address growing concerns over earthquake.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 1st, 2018

South Korea wants new heights for ASEAN ties amid North Korea threat

MANILA, Philippines – South Korea on Monday, November 13, said it is “determined” to bring its ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to “new heights” amid growing concerns over persistent threats from its neighbor North Korea . South Korean President Moon Jae-in made the statement during the ASEAN-South Korea ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

    WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump said that although he's looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it's "not going to be fruitful."   Trump said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Kim "got along really well" in their recent secret meeting, and he declared, "We've never been in a position like this" to address worldwide concerns over North Korea's nuclear weapons.   But speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, after the allies met at Trump's Florida resort, he made clear that he'd still be ready to pull the plug on what is be...Keep on reading: Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim.....»»

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Japan FM to voice NKorea concerns in rare Seoul visit

SEOUL: Japan’s foreign minister was in South Korea for a rare visit on Wednesday, armed with a list of issues Tokyo wants to push onto the agenda of a looming summit between North and South Korea. The first such visit in more than two years comes at a time of frenetic diplomatic activity in Northeast [...] The post Japan FM to voice NKorea concerns in rare Seoul visit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

NKorea FM in rare Moscow visit amid diplomatic thaw

MOSCOW: North Korea’s foreign minister will hold rare talks with his Russian counterpart in Moscow on Tuesday, as Pyongyang moves to improve strained ties with its neighbors. Ri Yong Ho’s visit comes ahead of planned nuclear summits between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and the presidents of South Korea and the United States in [...] The post NKorea FM in rare Moscow visit amid diplomatic thaw appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Boracay stakeholders wait for closure guidelines

  BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA---The dismay over the temporary closure of Boracay later this month has spread far beyond the world-famous island's idyllic shores to this country which, until recently, was among the top sources of Boracay's foreign visitors.   "It was big news here," said Brian Son, who spent his honeymoon in Boracay three years ago. "It's sad for us."   President Duterte, who once called the island a "cesspool," approved the closure of Boracay for six months starting April 26 to address environmental and law enforcement issues.   2 million visitors   The government said it would set aside a P2-billion fund for workers affecte...Keep on reading: Boracay stakeholders wait for closure guidelines.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

China to merge bank, insurance regulators in massive overhaul

BEIJING — China unveiled plans on Tuesday for the biggest shake-up of government in recent years, including the merger of its banking and insurance regulators to better handle financial risks as leaders look to address concerns over a growing debt pile. The proposed changes create new bureaus, do away with others, and shift around responsibilities. […] The post China to merge bank, insurance regulators in massive overhaul appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Warns North Korea Talks Could Be Ploy

Japan’s Prime Minister has warned that North Korea’s offer of denuclearization talks with South Korea and the US could be designed to buy time. Beijing urged the US and the North to hold talks as soon as possible. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers in Tokyo on Thursday that North Korea’s recent moves to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

South Korea s Moon supports 'MeToo, urges stern punishment for abusers

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Monday, February 26. threw his support behind the #MeToo campaign spreading across the country, urging measures to combat the widespread abuse of women and punish offenders.  The remarks came as a growing number of South Korean women accused prominent figures of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

Earthquake, wind and fire: extreme conditions hit Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – An earthquake triggered an alert and high winds disrupted competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday, February 11 as officials warned of a severe freeze and urged fans to wrap up warm. After a bitterly cold first night of competition, a shallow 4.6-magnitude earthquake jolted the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

South Africa s embattled president won t give key speech

JOHANNESBURG — South African President Jacob Zuma will not give the state of the nation address in parliament this week because of concerns that lawmakers wo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2018

Koreas combined women s hockey team debuts in friendly

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Wearing a powder-blue logo of a map symbolizing peace between the Koreas, the most talked-about team at this year's Olympics finally saw game action Sunday in a friendly that drew thousands of spectators in a country that never previously showed much passion for ice hockey. The North and South Korean women's hockey players, who only began practicing together about a week ago as a combined team, showed plenty of fight in their first competitive test, crashing the boards and throwing their bodies to stop pucks and opponents, but never really threatened in a 3-1 loss to world No. 5 Sweden in Incheon, South Korea. The Koreans will play Sweden again on Feb. 12 during the Olympic tournament. But the outcome didn't seem to matter to the capacity crowd of 3,000 at the Seonhak International Ice Rink. Fans waved miniature white-and-blue flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula — the same mark on the players' uniforms — and chanted "We are one" while screaming whenever the Koreans got on the break. The arena thunderously erupted when South Korean forward Park Jong-ah cut the deficit to 2-1 during the first period. The Korean players stood to the Korean traditional tune of "Arirang" at the start of the game, instead of their respective national anthems, and received warm applause as they left the arena after the contest. "I think that the North Korean players played really well — this is one of the biggest crowds they played in front of," said Sarah Murray, the joint team's Canadian head coach. "Being added 12 days ago and not getting to practice together all that much, they played our system pretty well, so I am proud of them." The team's North Korean coach, Pak Chol Ho, said the Koreas "can do anything if they do things as one." He left the postgame news conference without taking questions. The joint Koreas team highlights a series of conciliatory measures the war-separated rivals took for the Pyeongchang games, which South Korea sees as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea following an extended period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over the North's nuclear program. The Olympics begin Friday, with Pyeongchang, a relatively small South Korean ski resort town, hosting the skiing, snowboarding and sliding events, and Gangneung, a coastal city about an hour's drive away, hosting the hockey, skating and curling events. North Korea plans to send hundreds of people to the games, including athletes, officials, artists and a 230-member cheering group. Skeptics think the country is trying to use the games to weaken U.S.-led sanctions and pressure and buy more time to advance its nuclear weapons and missiles arsenal. The decision to create the joint hockey team, which wasn't reached until January, triggered heated debate in South Korea, where many people thought the South Korean players were being unfairly asked to sacrifice playing time to their North Korean teammates, who are seen as less skilled and experienced. Murray, who coached South Korea before taking over the combined team, had also expressed concerns over team chemistry. Sunday's friendly was Murray's only opportunity to experiment with potential lineups in game situations before the start of the Olympics. She previously said the North Koreans' hard-hitting style would be suited for her fourth line, a group of players asked to provide physical play in short bursts while giving their teammates with greater scoring responsibilities a chance to rest. But after seeing them in practice and now in game action, she sees potentially bigger roles for some of the North Koreans, including Jong Su Hyon, a forward who Murray says has broken onto her second line. "They are eager to learn and get better," Murray said about the North Koreans. "We have been having team meetings with them and they ask so many questions. The meeting's supposed to be 15 minutes, and an hour later we are still talking and we are still watching video." The Korean players, at least on the surface, appear to be getting along. They arrived at the arena Sunday relaxed and playful, stretching and jumping in the hallway to get loose before gathering in a scrum and shouting "Team Korea!" Seven of the players later formed a circle and started kicking around a rubber ball, giggling whenever the ball bounced away from them. Amid a heavy police presence, hundreds of supporters began gathering outside the stadium hours before the game despite the icy weather, including dozens who danced to music in matching white parkas and hoodies with the peninsula logo and shouted "Win, Korea!" "I don't even care about the results, I just want to cheer for them and see them work together and help each other out on the ice," said Kim Hye-ryeon, 42, who brought her two children, 8 and 6, to the game. Kim Won-jin, a 33-year-old who made a several-hour trip to the game with his wife and 3 1/2-year-old son from the city of Daejeon, hoped the Korean players had overcome any uneasiness they may have had over the distribution of playing time. "If we ever get unified again, these young players of the South and North will be able to look back and be proud that what they did contributed to a historic change," he said. Not everyone was happy. Across the street from the arena, dozens of anti-Pyongyang activists glumly waved South Korean and U.S. flags to denounce what they said had become the "Pyongyang Olympics." They roared as one of the protesters ripped the banner of the peninsula logo atop a van......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

Extremely worried Olympics body threatens to expel boxing

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The International Olympic Committee threatened to axe boxing from the Tokyo 2020 Games on Sunday, February 4, as it opened an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and said concerns lingered over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016. The IOC's executive board also froze contacts with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

North Korea slams Trump s sinister State of the Union address

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea hit back at US President Donald Trump on Sunday, February 4 after he slammed rights abuses under the hermit regime in his State of the Union address, with Pyongyang describing the speech as "screams of Trump terrified" by the North's power. The comments follow months ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

Korean tourism banks on PyeongChang Olympics to boost popularity of K-food

Promoters of Korean gastronomy have set out an ambitious goal for themselves: to make K-food as popular and ubiquitous as Japanese sushi around the world, over the next five years. It's a tall but, perhaps, not impossible order, given the momentum of Hallyu, or Korean culture and the growing acceptance of kimchi in all its pungent, spicy forms at restaurants around the world. Next month, the country's gastro-diplomacy efforts will get a major boost when the PyeongChang Olympics bring the world to South Korea's doorsteps and shine the spotlight brightly on its rich and varied culture, including its cuisine. As part of outreach efforts to elevate Korean gastronomy to the same ...Keep on reading: Korean tourism banks on PyeongChang Olympics to boost popularity of K-food.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Trump shows allies not shielded from ‘America First’ trade moves

HONG KONG — A long-standing security alliance is not enough to protect countries from US President Donald Trump’s first big protectionist move. The Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines hit China, but also US allies like South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. All three have decades-old security treaties […] The post Trump shows allies not shielded from ‘America First’ trade moves appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

North Korea calls Trump nuclear button boast the bark of a rabid dog

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea on Tuesday, January 16, denounced President Donald Trump's tweeted message that he has a bigger nuclear button than its leader Kim Jong-Un as the "spasm of a lunatic" and the "bark of a rabid dog". Kim used his annual New Year address to warn he ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea --- The rival Koreas agreed Saturday that their talks next week will address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes. Pyongyang wanted talks on sending its athletes and other officials to the February Olympics to be held at a later date so that Monday's talks can focus primarily on its art troupe's participation in the Games, Seoul's Unification Ministry said. The South agreed to the North's proposal, the ministry said. Officials from the two Koreas met earlier this week in the border village of Panmunjom, their first talks in more than two years. At that meeting they ...Keep on reading: Rival Koreas agree to talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes. Pyongyang wants talks on sending its athletes and other officials to the February Olympics to be held at a later date so that next Monday's talks can focus primarily on the North Korean art troupe's participation in the Games, Seoul's Unification Ministry said. Officials from the rival Koreas met earlier this week in the border village of Panmunjom, their first talks in more than two years. At that meeting they agreed to hold mili...Keep on reading: North Korea offers talk on art troupe’s visit to Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Two Koreas agree to hold military talks to defuse tension – Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea –  North and South Korea agreed on Tuesday, January 9, to hold military talks to ease growing tension on the peninsula, the two sides said after the first civilian cross-border talks in more than two years.  The rivals agreed to "defuse the current military tension and to hold ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Seoul: North Korea to send delegation to Olympics in South

By Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea agreed Tuesday to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials said, as the bitter rivals sat for rare talks at the border to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics and improve their long-strained ties. The Koreas' first talks in two years were arranged after North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un recently made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea after a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North. During the talks, the North Korean delegation said it would send an Olympic delegation, which includes officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others, South Korea's Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue for the talks. The South Korean delegation, for its part, proposed North Korea send a big delegation and conduct a joint march during the Feb. 9-25 Game's opening and closing ceremonies, Chun, one of the five South Korean negotiators, said. He said South Korea also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and offering military talks designed to reduce animosities in frontline areas. South Korea also stressed the need to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chun said. North Korea responded by saying the two Koreas must try to promote peace and reconciliation through dialogue, he said. The two sides were to continue their negotiations later Tuesday at Panmunjom, the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just feet away from each other. A North Korean soldier late last year defected to the South across Panmunjom amid a hail of bullets fired by his comrades. He was hit five times but survived. The meeting began with an amicable atmosphere Tuesday morning, with chief North Korean delegate Ri Son Gwon saying he hopes the talks would give "a New Year's first gift — precious results (of the talks) to the Korean nation." Ri's South Korean counterpart, Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, said he also hopes they would come up with a "good gift" for people in both Koreas. The overall prospect for the negotiations was still unclear. The two Koreas have a long history of ending key talks without any agreement and failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. An agreement on the North's Olympic participation had been widely expected before the talks began, but the Koreas remain sharply at odds over how to improve their overall ties. North Korea is expected to demand rewards in return for South Korea's offer for family reunions and military talks, like Seoul halting propaganda broadcasts and scaling back or halting military drills with the U.S., observers say. Suspension of the military drills would be unacceptable for Seoul because that would seriously undermine the alliance with its chief ally the United States, which wants to put more pressures on Pyongyang. The North views the drills as a rehearsal for a northward invasion. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said the U.S. administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea, saying Kim would first need to stop weapons testing for a "significant amount of time." In his New Year's Day address, Kim said there is an urgent need to improve inter-Korean ties and that he is willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. He urged Seoul to halt the military drills with the U.S. and said he has a "nuclear button" to launch missiles at any target in the United States. South Korean liberal President Moon Jae-in, who favors dialogue as a way to defuse the North Korean nuclear standoff, welcomed Kim's outreach and proposed talks at Panmunjom. Kim quickly accepted. "As President Moon has said, the improvement of relations between North and South Korea cannot advance separately from resolving North Korea's nuclear program," Brian Hook, a chief adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, told reporters in a conference call late Monday Washington time. "And so, we remain focused on our global pressure campaign. That campaign is designed to bring Kim Jong Un to the table for meaningful negations." The Trump administration agreed last week to delay springtime military drills with South Korea until after the Games. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis insisted the delay was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics, not a political gesture. Trump and Kim traded bellicose warlike rhetoric and even crude insults last year, as the North conducted it sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the Games. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the registration deadline has been extended and that the Switzerland-based committee supports North Korean athletes in the qualification process, while respecting U.N. sanctions against North Korea......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018