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Focus on Headline 04/11/2024

1. The main opposition Democratic Party retained a majority in the National Assembly in Wednesday's general elections. Including proportional seats, the Democratic Party and its satellite party garnered 175 seats, while the People Power Party and its satellite party clinched 108 seats out of a total of 300. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday vowed to reform state affairs to reflect people's will following the ruling party's crushing defeat in the parliamentary elections. Han Dong-hoon, leader of the ruling People Power Party, resigned the same day to take responsibility for the election results. 3. U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday called for North Korea to return to dialogue during a summit in Washington. In a joint statement, the leaders also vowed to strengthen defense cooperation and establish a joint command structure.
4/12/202437 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/10/2024

1. South Korean voters on Wednesday headed to the polls for the country's 22nd parliamentary elections. Voter turnout for this election was higher than the last general election. 2. A senior U.S. official said Tuesday that the United States is considering including South Korea as a partner in Pillar Two advanced military technology development projects under the AUKUS security partnership, which comprises the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. 3. The Booker Prize Foundation on Tuesday announced that South Korean novelist {황석영}Hwang Sok-yong’s novel “Mater 2-10” has been shortlisted for the 2024 International Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world.
4/11/202436 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/09/2024

1. On the eve of the 22nd general elections Tuesday, both ruling and opposition parties headed to key battleground areas in Seoul and the nearby metropolitan regions to make their final pitch to voters. 2. South Korea's foreign ministry on Monday said that 11 citizens from Haiti evacuated via helicopter due to deteriorating security. The ministry said the citizens were airlifted to the neighboring Dominican Republic, and withheld further details to ensure the safety of other South Koreans in Haiti. 3. Citing sources, Reuters reported on Monday that the Biden administration plans to announce it is awarding more than 6 billion U.S. dollars to South Korea's Samsung next week to expand its chip output in Taylor, Texas.
4/10/202436 minutes, 46 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/08/2024

1. According to the National Election Commission, a record 31-point-28 percent of voters cast their ballots during the two days of early voting for the upcoming 22nd general elections, marking the first time early-voting turnout for general elections exceeded 30 percent. 2. South Korea's defense ministry said Monday that the nation successfully launched its second indigenous spy satellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the U.S. Kennedy Space Center. The reconnaissance satellite succeeded in communicating with an overseas ground station at 10:57 a.m. 3. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said during an interview on Sunday that his government is making "high-level approaches" to North Korea to hold a summit with Kim Jong-un. Tokyo reportedly seeks to resolve "outstanding issues" and promote stable relations between the two nations.
4/9/202437 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/05/2024

1. Early voting began Friday ahead of next week's parliamentary elections, with turnout reaching a record high just three hours after the polls opened. Leaders of rival parties visited polling stations, urging voters to exercise their rights. 2. According to the Bank of Korea on Friday, South Korea logged a current account surplus for the 10th straight month in February on the back of an increased trade surplus and dividend income. The country's current account surplus reached 6-point-86 billion U.S. dollars in February. 3. A foreign ministry official said Friday that South Korea is in talks with China and Japan to host a trilateral summit next month at the "earliest time convenient" for all sides. A summit of the three nations was last held more than four years ago in December 2019.
4/8/202437 minutes, 39 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/04/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday vowed to support people’s livelihoods by completing as many revisions to lower-level laws as he can within the year, while speaking at a government meeting reviewing the 24 government-public debate sessions held so far this year. 2. South Korean security sources said Wednesday that the government had seized a stateless vessel allegedly involved in violating UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea. The ship was reportedly en route to Russia from North Korea before it was caught last Saturday in waters off the country’s south coast. 3. Gold prices surged to an all-time high on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve hinted that it was preparing to cut interest rates later this year even as inflation remains above the central bank’s target.
4/5/202437 minutes, 46 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/03/2024

1. A memorial service marking the 76th anniversary of the Jeju April 3rd Incident was held Wednesday morning at the Jeju 4.3 Peace Park. Around 15-thousand people attended the ceremony. Prime Minister Han Duck-soo delivered a commemorative address on behalf of the government. 2. According to data by Statistics Korea released Wednesday, the inflation rate for dining out in March was 3.4%, surpassing the average inflation rate for overall consumer prices for 34 consecutive months. The inflation rate for processed foods was below the average for two consecutive months. 3. Taiwan was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday morning, the strongest the country has seen in 25 years. Taiwanese authorities said the earthquake struck the country's east coast with the depth of the epicenter estimated at 20 kilometers. At least seven people have died and 700 are reportedly injured.
4/4/202436 minutes, 43 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/02/2024

1. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that North Korea fired what appeared to be an intermediate-range ballistic missile, possibly equipped with a hypersonic warhead, at 6:53 a.m. The South Korean military said the missile flew about 600 kilometers before landing in the East Sea. 2. The National Election Commission said Tuesday that overseas voting turnout for the April 10 general elections was at an all-time high of 62.8 percent on the final day. A total of 92-thousand-923 people out of more than 147-thousand eligible voters abroad had cast their ballots. 3. According to data from Statistics Korea on Tuesday, South Korea's consumer prices, a key gauge of inflation, rose 3.1 percent on-year in March on record prices of fruits and rising global oil prices. Prices spiked 88.2 percent for apples and 87.8 percent for pears, a record surge for both since the agency began compiling data in 1980.
4/3/202436 minutes, 15 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/01/2024

1. During an address to the nation on Monday, President Yoon Suk Yeol said a hike of 2-thousand in medical school admissions is the minimum needed to reform the healthcare system, and apologized to the public for failing to resolve the ongoing standoff between the government and the medical community. 2. According to data released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday, South Korea's exports rose for the sixth consecutive month in March on the back of the robust performance of chips. Exports of chips marked the highest amount since June 2022. 3. South Korea's Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul will attend a foreign ministers’ meeting of NATO to be held in Belgium this Thursday. South Korea was invited to the ministerial meeting for the third year as one of NATO’s four Asia-Pacific partners which includes Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
4/2/202437 minutes, 11 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/29/2024

1. The Korea Meteorological Administration said Friday a yellow dust storm blanketed South Korea with fine dust advisories issued across many regions. Most central regions recorded fine dust levels exceeding the "very bad" level of over 151 micrograms per cubic meter in the morning. 2. Ambassador to Australia Lee Jong-sup stepped down Friday, less than a month after he was named for the job. The announcement came amid criticism of his appointment and departure that came despite the fact that he was subject to an investigation. 3. During a session of the U.N. Security Council on Thursday, Russia vetoed a resolution to extend the mandate of a panel of experts monitoring sanctions on North Korea for a year, with China abstaining. Without the resolution, the panel's mandate is set to expire on April 30th.
4/1/202437 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/28/2024

1. With official campaigning for the April 10 general elections starting on Thursday, South Korea's government issued a statement vowing to punish all illegal acts related to the elections under a zero tolerance principle. 2. Unionized bus drivers in Seoul returned to work 11 hours after going on a general strike Thursday for the first time in 12 years to demand a wage hike, causing delays for commuters in the morning rush hour. The Seoul Bus Labor Union reached a deal on a 4-point-48 percent wage hike plus holiday bonuses with their employers. 3. In coordination with South Korea, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday it had imposed new sanctions on six North Korean nationals and two third-country entities for their role to help finance Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction programs.
3/29/202437 minutes, 36 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/27/2024

1. North Korea's state-run KCNA reported on Tuesday that Kim Yo-jong, vice department director of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, said North Korea will refuse all contact with Japan, after Tokyo took issue with the problem of Japanese abductees and the North's nuclear program. 2. According to the Bank of Korea on Wednesday, business sentiment slightly improved in March with the Business Survey Index for all industries at 69, up one point from the previous month. This marks a slight improvement from February, when it posted the lowest figure since September 2020. 3. China on Tuesday initiated dispute settlement proceedings against the United States at the World Trade Organization to safeguard its interests in the electric vehicle industry. China said it was contesting "discriminatory subsidies" under the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act.
3/28/202437 minutes, 15 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/26/2024

1. South Korea's Ministry of Economy and Finance said Tuesday that the government will focus next year's fiscal policy on better promoting next-generation research and development projects, boosting the country's low birthrate, and bolstering necessary medical services. 2. The National Election Commission said Tuesday that overseas voting for the April 10th general elections is set to begin on the 27th and run for six days. A total of 147-thousand-989 people are eligible for overseas voting at 220 polling stations across 115 countries between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. everyday. 3. The United Nations Security Council on Monday called for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of all hostages, while the U.S. abstained from the vote. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the U.S. of having "abandoned" its previous policy.
3/27/202435 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/25/2024

1. Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong said Monday relevant ministries have begun work to hold talks with the medical community, a day after President Yoon Suk Yeol on Sunday called for a "flexible" measure over the government's move to suspend licenses of defiant trainee doctors. 2. Kim Yo-jong, vice department director of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, said Monday that Japan had proposed summit talks. In response, Kishida later said that while he is not aware of the specific statement, a summit between the two countries is "important" to resolve many pending issues. 3. South Korea's foreign ministry on Saturday expressed condolences to the victims and their families of a tragic terror attack at a concert hall in Moscow. At least 137 have been killed after gunmen opened fire on Friday. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
3/26/202437 minutes, 19 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/22/2024

1. Candidate registration for the 22nd general election, which will be held on April 10th, closes on Friday at 6 PM. The order number on ballots for parties and candidates will be determined as of the deadline. 2. South Korean poet {김혜순}Kim Hye-soon on Thursday became the first Korean ever to win the National Book Critics Circle Award for her work "Phantom Pain Wings." The National Book Critics Circle, an American nonprofit association, announced Kim as the winner in the poetry category. 3. A senior U.S. official on Thursday said South Korean companies' reported move to stop selling used semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China is "encouraging," and that the U.S. is making sure that they have "parity" with allied nations, as Washington seeks tighter export controls on key technologies.
3/25/202437 minutes, 48 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/21/2024

1. The Third Summit for Democracy hosted by South Korea closed in Seoul on Wednesday. The U.S.-led annual summit was held for three days starting on March 18th. In his closing remarks, President Yoon Suk Yeol said the "journey for democracy" will continue. 2. Candidate registration for the April 10 parliamentary elections opened on Thursday. The ruling People Power Party called for voter support in the face of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, while the main opposition Democratic Party urged voters to pass stern judgment on the Yoon administration. 3. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday held its benchmark lending rate steady in the 5.25 to 5.50 percent range for a fifth consecutive time, and signaled that it could lower the rate three times this year in line with policymakers' previous projections.
3/22/202438 minutes, 13 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/20/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol and the leaders of Denmark and Kenya will jointly open the leaders' plenary during the third Summit for Democracy, which is scheduled to be held virtually on Wednesday. President Yoon will host the second session on "Technology, Elections, and Fake News." 2. South Korea's Education Minister Lee Ju-ho said Wednesday the government allocated an additional 2,000 medical school admission seats to universities nationwide, pushing ahead with the medical reform initiative, despite threat of a general strike from the doctors' group. 3. The Korean Central News Agency reported on Wednesday that North Korea successfully conducted a ground jet test of a solid-fuel engine for its new type intermediate-range hypersonic missile amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
3/21/202437 minutes, 51 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/19/2024

1. The second day of the third Summit of Democracy hosted by South Korea opened on Tuesday with a civil society and youth event. A North Korean defector called for more global attention on the North's human rights situation during the opening ceremony. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday reaffirmed his determination to push ahead with medical reform, calling it the demand of the people and a task for the good of the public. 3. Oil prices climbed about 2 percent to a four-month high on Monday on lower crude exports from Iraq and Saudi Arabia as well as signs of stronger demand and economic growth in China and the U.S. / U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 2-point-1 percent to nearly 83 U.S. dollars.
3/20/202434 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/18/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday called for participants in the Summit of Democracy to share their experiences and pool their wisdom to ensure artificial intelligence and new digital technologies protect the safety of individuals and society while promoting democracy. 2. South Korea’s Second Vice Health Minister Park Min-soo on Monday told reporters that the government plans to revamp a scheme to help doctors in essential medical fields receive more fees from the national health insurance through the adoption of a value-based payment system. 3. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday claimed a landslide election victory, as predicted, securing a fifth term. This means Putin will overtake Joseph Stalin and become Russia’s longest-serving leader in more than 200 years.
3/19/202435 minutes, 39 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/15/2024

1. Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong on Friday said health authorities will have top-tier medical emergency centers to prioritize patients in critical condition, while addressing concerns over delays in emergency treatment amid the prolonged walkout by junior doctors. 2. South Korea's finance ministry announced Friday that the economy has been recovering on the solid growth of exports, but disparities among sectors remain wide amid weak consumption and investment. The ministry's assessment report also said the slowdown in inflation has become stagnant. 3. People across Russia and the annexed regions of Ukraine began three days of voting on Friday to decide the country's next president. Incumbent President Vladimir Putin is largely expected to win and secure a fifth term as leader.
3/18/202437 minutes, 34 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/14/2024

1. Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announced Thursday that South Korea and the United States wrapped up the annual Freedom Shield combined military exercise designed to reinforce deterrence against North Korean threats, amid a month-long pause in Pyongyang's missile launches. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday pledged to quickly establish a transportation network in Jeollanam-do Province, by injecting 2.6 trillion won, or around two billion U.S. dollars, to build a superhighway connecting Yeongam and Gwangju that resembles Germany's Autobahn. 3. European Union lawmakers on Wednesday approved the world’s most comprehensive legislation yet on artificial intelligence. The Artificial Intelligence Act establishes obligations for AI based on its potential risks and level of impact, and will take effect in roughly two years.
3/15/202436 minutes, 46 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/13/2024

1. South Korea's trade minister Cheong In-kyo said Tuesday that South Korean companies will receive subsidies under the U.S. CHIPS Act and that the U.S. government is expected to make a related announcement soon. 2. According to data released by Statistics Korea on Wednesday, South Korea added more than 300-thousand jobs for the second consecutive month in February, led by solid job growth in the manufacturing sector on the back of rising exports. 3. Former special counsel Robert Hur on Tuesday testified before the House Judiciary Committee about his report that questioned U.S. President Joe Biden’s age and mental competence. Lawmakers turned the hearing on Biden’s handling of classified documents into a proxy campaign battle.
3/14/202439 minutes, 2 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/12/2024

1. According to data from Statistics Korea on Tuesday, the increase in fruit prices last month outpaced the overall inflation rate by a record margin. Fruit prices surged 40.6% on-year in February, which was 37.5 percentage points higher than the country's consumer price index. 2. The health ministry on Tuesday vowed to swiftly implement a set of measures to reform and improve the state medical system, which aims to ease the burden on trainee doctors. One of the measures includes hiring more fellow doctors by counting two trainee doctors as one specialist. 3. South Korea's foreign ministry said Tuesday it has been providing consular assistance to a South Korean national arrested in Russia on espionage charges. Russia's TASS news agency reported Monday that a South Korean citizen has been held in a Moscow detention facility since late February
3/13/202437 minutes, 57 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/11/2024

1.President Yoon Suk Yeol pledged Monday to ease regulations to boost the tourism industry in Gangwon-do Province, emphasizing that additional cable car systems could be constructed according to the wishes of local residents. 2. South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission announced last Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency will participate in cross-verification of samples from the fifth discharge of treated radioactive water from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and that it hopes to participate in future cross-verification. 3. Palestinians in Gaza made preparations to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Sunday under Israeli siege that has severely restricted food to millions in the besieged enclave, as talks to secure a ceasefire stalled among mediators in Cairo.
3/12/202437 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/08/2024

1. South Korea’s foreign ministry said late Thursday it will replace the Office of Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs with the Office of Strategy and Intelligence, downsizing the bureau handling the North Korean nuclear issue to create a department focused on foreign policy intelligence-gathering. 2. According to data released by the Bank of Korea on Friday, South Korea's current account surplus reached 3-point-05 billion U.S. dollars in January on the back of strong exports of semiconductors and automobiles. 3. A Montenegro court on Thursday ruled that {권도형}Kwon Do-hyeong, the co-founder of cryptocurrency firm Terraform Labs, should be extradited to South Korea to face trial for financial crimes, reversing an earlier decision to send him to the U.S.
3/11/202438 minutes, 58 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/07/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol vowed Thursday to boost the aviation industry through projects to expand infrastructure in the city of Incheon. He also promised the government will develop the airline service industry by making sure that Korean Air’s acquisition of Asiana Airlines creates good synergy. 2. The North Korean state-run Korean Central News Agency said Thursday that its leader Kim Jong-un called for intensifying "practical actual war drills" during a visit to a military training base, as South Korea and the United States hold its annual combined military exercises. 3. The European Union's Digital Markets Act came into effect at midnight Wednesday. The DMA is a set of regulations passed to reign in the dominance of the six big tech companies classed as “gatekeepers” — Amazon, Apple, Google parent Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft and TikTok owner ByteDance.
3/8/202437 minutes, 10 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/06/2024

1. According to data from Statistics Korea on Wednesday, South Korea's inflation increased to 3.1 percent on-year in February on high prices of fresh food items and energy. Prices of 18 major kinds of fruits combined surged 41.2 percent last month, the largest increase in more than 32 years. 2. The chief spokesperson of the Korean Medical Association appeared before police for questioning Wednesday in connection with the trainee doctors’ walkout. President Yoon Suk Yeol called the doctors’ collective action an act that “shakes the foundations of liberalism and the rule of law.” 3. President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump dominated Super Tuesday primaries across the U.S. on Tuesday, setting up a rematch in November's general election despite low approval ratings for both candidates.
3/7/202436 minutes, 45 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/05/2024

1. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters for doctors’ collective actions announced Tuesday that 40 medical schools nationwide applied for a combined 3,401 additional admission seats, a number that exceeds the government's planned increase of 2,000 more slots. 2. The Bank of Korea announced Tuesday that the nation's gross national income per capita came to 33-thousand-745 U.S. dollars in 2023, up two-point-six percent from a year earlier. 3. South Korea and the United States announced Tuesday their chief negotiators for talks on the sharing of the costs for the upkeep of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. Lee Tae-woo, a senior diplomat and former consul general in Sydney, will lead the South Korean delegation, while Linda Specht will lead the U.S. side.
3/6/202435 minutes, 36 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/04/2024

1. The health ministry said Monday it started taking procedures to suspend the licenses of around 7-thousand trainee doctors who have defied the government’s order to return to work after walking off their job in protest of plans to increase the medical school quota. 2. South Korea and the United States started the annual Freedom Shield exercise on Monday. The joint military exercise will run for 11 days until March 14th amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s provocations. 3. China’s largest political event, the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, opened on Monday. China’s parliament is expected to unveil economic targets and policies to reenergize the economy during the Two Sessions.
3/5/202438 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/01/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol said Friday that South Korea and Japan are partners in the pursuit of global peace and prosperity as they work to overcome their "painful past" and move toward a new future, as he marked the 105th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement. 2. According to data compiled by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Friday, South Korea's exports advanced 4.8 percent on-year to 52-point-4 billion U.S. dollars in February, as the outbound shipments of chips continued to grow. 3. Han Kang's latest novel "I Do Not Bid Farewell" won a French literary award, the {에밀 기메}Emile Guimet Prize for Asian Literature, on Friday. The novel was published in September 2021, and depicts the tragedy of a 1948 civilian massacre on South Korea's southern island of Jeju.
3/4/202437 minutes, 30 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/29/2024

1. According to the Health Ministry, roughly 300 trainee doctors who walked off their jobs to protest the government's plan to increase medical school admissions returned to work as of Thursday - the deadline set by the government for them to return to work before potentially facing punitive measures. 2. Rival parties on Thursday agreed on an electoral district map for the upcoming parliamentary elections in April. The number of seats chosen by direct votes in North Jeolla Province will be maintained at 10, while the total number of seats picked through a proportional representation system will be decreased by one to 46. 3. Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held their first bilateral in-person meeting in Washington on Wednesday. Cho stressed that the U.S. and South Korea "are one in condemning North Korea's increasingly provocative rhetoric and actions."
3/1/202437 minutes, 2 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/28/2024

1. Four lawmakers left the main opposition Democratic Party on Wednesday amid an escalating dispute over what they perceive as unfair candidate nominations for the April 10 parliamentary elections. The factional rift peaked when Im Jong-seok, a former chief of staff for President Moon Jae-in, was not nominated on Tuesday. 2. Health ministry officials on Wednesday started visiting the homes of trainee doctors to deliver the government's back-to-work order, in a final step that would allow the government to file a criminal complaint over the doctors' mass walkout. 3. The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant on Wednesday started releasing a fourth batch of treated radioactive water into the sea. As in previous rounds, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings will discharge 7,800 metric tons of treated water over about 17 days.
2/29/202437 minutes, 49 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/27/2024

1. The health ministry on Tuesday said the number of new patients has fallen 24 percent at general hospitals, while the number of surgeries performed has plunged 50 percent since trainee doctors began the mass walkout in protest of the government's plan to increase the medical school admission quota. 2. The price of bitcoin topped the 55-thousand U.S. dollar level on Tuesday, trading at its highest value in 27 months since November 2021. 3. Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said Monday that North Korea appears to be receiving food and other necessities, as well as raw materials and parts used in weapons manufacturing, for supplying weapons to Russia.
2/28/202436 minutes, 38 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/26/2024

1. The health ministry on Monday warned that trainee doctors who refused to return to work by Thursday could start facing punishment next month. The number of trainee doctors who submitted resignations topped 10-thousand against the government's plan to raise the medical school admission quota. 2. The South Korean government will introduce a system to regulate stress debt service ratio for household loans starting from this week for the first time. The move is aimed at strengthening household debt management by reducing the limit of loans. 3. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday that some 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since Russia’s full-scale invasion began two years ago, acknowledging for the first time in the war, a concrete figure for Ukraine’s toll.
2/27/202432 minutes, 19 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/23/2024

1. The top diplomats of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan held a meeting on Thursday on the margins of a foreign ministerial meeting of the Group of 20 nations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,...and highlighted the importance of trilateral coordination to respond to North Korea's provocative acts and its military support for Russia's war against Ukraine. 2. In response to the prolonged collective action by trainee doctors nationwide, the South Korean government on Friday raised the state health crisis warning to the highest "serious" level and decided to fully extend telemedicine services at hospitals on a temporary basis. 3. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both surged to record closing highs on Thursday, powered by investors piling into growth and technology stocks the day after artificial intelligence leader Nvidia reported much stronger-than-expected quarterly results.
2/26/202435 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/22/2024

1. The monetary policy board of the Bank of Korea kept its policy rate unchanged at 3.5 percent for the ninth straight session Thursday, amid woes over slower-than-expected inflation moderation and high household debts. It also maintained its growth outlook for the year at 2.1 percent. 2. At the 14th round of the New Year’s presidential public debates on Thursday, President Yoon Suk Yeol pledged to boost the nuclear power industry by providing three-point-three trillion won, or around two-point-five billion U.S. dollars, worth of projects and 1 trillion won worth of special financing. 3. The top diplomats of South Korea and Japan on Wednesday agreed to continue bilateral cooperation to address North Korea issues, during talks held on the sidelines of a foreign ministerial meeting of the Group of 20 nations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2/23/202437 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 02/21/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday held phone talks with German and Danish leaders to explain his decision to postpone his visits to the European countries. The presidential office did not give an official reason for Yoon postponing his trip four days before his scheduled departure. 2. Japan's engineering company Hitachi Zosen and the country's government on Tuesday expressed “extreme regret” over a Korean victim of Japan's wartime forced labor receiving Hitachi Zosen’s court deposit money as compensation in accordance with South Korean Supreme Court ruling. 3. Second Vice Health Minister Park Min-soo told reporters that, as of Tuesday, a total of 8,816 trainee doctors had submitted their resignations and 7,813 of them left their work sites, in protest against the government's plan to expand the medical school enrollment quota.
2/22/202437 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/20/2024

1. The Ministry of Health and Welfare on Tuesday ordered 831 trainee doctors to return to work. More than 6,400 trainee doctors have submitted their resignations in protest of the government's plan to add 2,000 to the country's medical school enrollment quota next year. 2. Former prime minister Lee Nak-yon who left the main opposition Democratic Party ahead of April's general elections, said Tuesday he will retract a recent decision to merge with the New Reform Party led by former People Power Party chairman Lee Jun-seok. 3. The family of a South Korean victim of Japan's wartime forced labor on Tuesday received compensation from Hitachi Zosen Corporation in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling, marking the first such move from a Japanese company.
2/21/202435 minutes, 59 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/19/2024

1. Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Monday that the government will fully expand telemedicine services in the event of a massive walkout by doctors. Trainee doctors have been warning of a large-scale strike in opposition to the government's decision to add 2,000 to the country's medical school enrollment quota next year. 2. The National Assembly began the February extraordinary session on Monday. The rival parties are expected to clash over two motions on special counsel investigations into the Daejang-dong development scandal and a stock manipulation case allegedly involving first lady Kim Keon-hee. 3. Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's most formidable domestic opponent, fell unconscious and died on Friday after a walk at the "Polar Wolf" Arctic penal colony where he was serving a three-decade sentence.
2/20/202436 minutes, 49 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/16/2024

1. {김여정}Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, said Thursday the regime is open to improving its relationship with Japan, and that the Japanese leader may visit Pyongyang if Tokyo does not raise the longstanding issue of Japanese abductees. 2. Worries over doctors' collective action in protest of a plan to increase medical students mounted Friday as trainee doctors at major hospitals decided to resign early next week. In response, the Health Ministry reaffirmed its pledge to deal sternly against the move by ordering 221 training hospitals to ban mass leave. 3. Chung Mong-gyu, president of the Korea Football Association, on Friday fired Jurgen Klinsmann as head coach of the South Korean men's national football team, days after the team made a disappointing exit at the top Asian tournament.
2/19/202436 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/15/2024

1. South Korea established diplomatic relations with Cuba on Wednesday, its mission to the United Nations said, in a surprise announcement that could pose a setback to North Korea that has long boasted brotherly ties with the Latin American country. 2. The Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised the test-firing of a new surface-to-sea missile, named {바다수리}Padasuri-6, and ordered a tighter defense posture near the western maritime border. 3. The Korean Medical Student Association announced Thursday that medical students will take collective action against the government's planned expansion of the quota for medical school admissions, with a survey of 20-thousand students nationwide set to be conducted on whether to take a leave of absence en masse.
2/16/202434 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/14/2024

1. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said North Korea fired several cruise missiles off the east coast Wednesday. The South Korean military detected the missiles launched at around 9 a.m. into waters northeast of Wonsan on the east coast. It marked the North's fifth cruise missile launch this year. 2. The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, on Tuesday conditionally approved a merger deal of 1.8 trillion-won, or roughly 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, between Korean Air and Asiana Airlines. The companies are now waiting for the final approval from the United States, out of 14 countries. 3. South Korean swimming star {황선우}Hwang Sun-woo claimed gold in the men's 200-meter freestyle at the World Aquatics Championships in Qatar on Tuesday. {김우민}Kim Woo-min also won the gold medal in the men's 400-meter freestyle at the world championships on Sunday.
2/15/202436 minutes, 35 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/13/2024

1. An association of trainee doctors formed an emergency committee on Tuesday in protest of the government's plan to increase the number of medical students by 2-thousand. The association made no announcement about collective action after all-night discussions earlier in the day. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday appointed former Industry Minister {주형환}Joo Hyung-hwan as vice chairman of the Presidential Committee on Aging Society and Population Policy, and {윤오준}Yun Oh-jun as the third deputy director of the National Intelligence Service. 3. The price of bitcoin traded above 50-thousand U.S. dollars on Monday for the first time since 2021. The cryptocurrency has gained almost 15 per cent since the start of the year, largely driven by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission approval of several spot bitcoin exchange traded funds.
2/14/202437 minutes, 34 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/09/2024

1. According to the Korea Expressway Corp., some 5.2 million cars are expected to hit the road nationwide Friday, the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday. The Transport ministry designated over 130 locations on highways and roads for special management to ease congestion. Highway tolls will be exempt from Friday through Monday. 2. Four third-party forces which broke away from the ruling and opposition parties, have agreed to merge into one new party ahead of the April general elections. Related officials announced Friday that the envisioned party will be named the Reform Party. 3. According to North Korea's state media on Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again called South Korea the North's "primary foe" and vowed to guard the country through power rather than negotiations.
2/12/202437 minutes, 31 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/08/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol’s Lunar New Year holiday interview with KBS TV aired on Wednesday night. During the 90-minute interview Yoon revealed his administration’s policies for the new year. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol pledged Thursday to implement various policy support measures to assist small business owners struggling with loan repayments. The government will work to refund the interest, averaging 1 million won, or 753 U.S. dollars, per person, with the total refunded amount reaching 2.4 trillion won. 3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a Wednesday briefing dismissed Hamas’ proposals for a ceasefire and hostage deal in Gaza, calling them “delusional” in a setback to diplomatic efforts to pause the war.
2/9/202436 minutes, 7 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/07/2024

1. South Korea’s Foreign Minister (조태열)Cho Tae-yul spoke by phone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Tuesday to discuss North Korea and bilateral issues. In the first such talks between the two diplomats since Cho’s inauguration, Wang Yi extended an invitation for Cho to visit Beijing. 2. South Korea and Saudi Arabia’s defense ministries announced Tuesday that the two countries have secured a three-point-two billion dollar deal to export a mid-range surface-to-air missile defense system to Saudi Arabia. 3. The Korea Medical Association is set to hold meetings Wednesday to discuss actions against the government’s plan to expand medical school admissions quota. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said it is bracing for a potential strike by doctors and establishing contingency plans.
2/8/202438 minutes, 19 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/06/2024

1. The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Tuesday it plans to increase the number of medical students by 2,000 next year, in a bid to address the chronic shortages of doctors in rural areas and the essential health care field. The plan is expected to draw fierce protests from doctors. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday granted special pardons to more than 450-thousand people on the occasion of the Lunar New Year, including former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin and former presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon. 3. The Ministry of Economy and Finance said Monday the OECD revised down its outlook for South Korea's economic growth this year to 2.2 percent, from its projection of 2.3 percent made in November. The projection was on par with that by the South Korean government.
2/7/202434 minutes, 46 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/05/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday reiterated the importance of public education in childcare, while vowing to ensure that the after-school child care program expands to two-thousand elementary schools in the first half of this year, and all elementary schools by 2026. 2. The Seoul Central District Court acquitted Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Jae-yong on Monday after he was indicted on charges of involvement in the controversial 2015 merger of Cheil Industries Incorporation and Samsung C&T Corporation to solidify his managerial control of the group. 3. According to the foreign ministry on Sunday, Russian deputy foreign minister Andrey Rudenko visited Seoul last Friday. Rudenko’s visit came a day after Moscow's Foreign Ministry spokesperson publicly criticized President Yoon Suk Yeol for his remarks on North Korea as being "blatantly biased."
2/6/202436 minutes, 22 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/02/2024

1. According to data from Statistics Korea on Friday, South Korea's inflation fell below 3 percent for the first time in six months in January. Consumer prices, a key gauge of inflation, rose 2.8 percent on-year last month, compared with a 3.2 percent increase a month earlier. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol is expected to hold a pre-recorded interview scheduled two days before the Lunar New Year holidays with public broadcaster KBS, as pressure builds to address the alleged graft scandal involving first lady Kim Keon Hee. 3. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday that North Korea fired several cruise missiles off the west coast at around 11 a.m. in the latest in a series of the North's cruise missile launches this year.
2/5/202436 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/01/2024

1. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday held its benchmark lending rate steady between 5.25 and 5.50 percent for a fourth consecutive time. After the two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that a rate cut in March is "probably not the most likely case." 2. The main opposition Democratic Party on Thursday rejected the ruling party’s proposal that would have granted small businesses an additional two-year grace period from the Serious Accidents Punishment Act. The application of the act was expanded to businesses with fewer than 50 employees last Saturday. 3. The fourth Winter Youth Olympics will conclude on Thursday with a celebration of feats accomplished by teenage athletes over the past two weeks. Organizers of Gangwon 2024 said Tuesday that the closing ceremony will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday under the theme, "Shine Again."
2/2/202436 minutes, 32 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/31/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol said Wednesday that the North Korean regime is an "irrational group" that has legalized the preemptive use of nuclear weapons and will likely carry out multiple provocations to interfere with South Korea's April parliamentary elections. 2. The finance ministry said Tuesday that the International Monetary Fund projected the South Korean economy to grow two-point-three percent this year, up zero-point-one percentage point from its previous forecast made last October, in light of the recovery of the global economy. 3. South Korea defeated Saudi Arabia 4-2 on Tuesday in a penalty shootout to advance to the quarterfinals of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup. The national football team will face Australia on Saturday as the side seeks their first Asian Cup title since 1960.
2/1/202436 minutes, 41 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/30/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday vetoed a special bill mandating a new investigation into the 2022 Itaewon crowd crush. President Yoon exercised his veto power by endorsing a motion demanding the National Assembly reconsider the legislation. 2. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that North Korea fired several cruise missiles off the west coast at around 7 a.m., just two days after it test-fired submarine-launched cruise missiles from the east coast. 3. An Israeli intelligence dossier that have prompted several countries to halt funds for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East includes allegations that some 190 employees took part in abductions and killings during the October 7th raid that sparked the Gaza war.
1/31/202436 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/29/2024

1. The Korean Central News Agency said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has overseen the test-fire of the new submarine-launched Pulhwasal-3-31 strategic cruise missile and reviewed a project to build a nuclear-powered submarine. 2. Former Democratic Party leader Lee Nak-yon and a group of ex-DP lawmakers declared Sunday that they would merge into a new single party, tentatively named the "Future Reform Party.” 3. The U.S. military said Sunday three American service members were killed and dozens more injured in a drone strike in Jordan. President Biden blamed the attacks on "radical Iran-backed militant groups operating in Syria and Iraq,” and vowed the U.S. "will hold all those responsible.”
1/30/202434 minutes, 49 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/26/2024

1. The ruling and main opposition parties on Friday condemned the attack against People Power Party lawmaker Bae Hyun-jin. Bae was hit in the head by a teenager in Seoul's southern district of Gangnam Thursday afternoon, and was transferred to a hospital and is in stable condition. 2. The Korean Central News Agency said Friday that a delegation of Chinese diplomats, led by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Sun Weidong, arrived in North Korea Thursday, as the two countries are marking the 75th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations this year. 3. The Chinese foreign ministry announced Friday that U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet in Bangkok on Friday and Saturday, building on a commitment by the two countries' leaders to deepen dialogue.
1/29/202435 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/25/2024

1. North Korea said Thursday it test-fired a new strategic cruise missile, named {불화살}“Pulhwasal-3-31," for the first time on Wednesday in what was seen as an effort to strengthen capabilities to fire nuclear weapons. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol vowed Thursday to make sweeping improvements to commuter transport in the Seoul metropolitan area by extending express rail networks and adding new bus lanes and double-decker electric buses. 3. According to data from the Bank of Korea on Thursday, South Korea's real gross domestic product -- a key measure of economic growth -- increased 1.4 percent last year, slowing to the lowest in three years due to a slump in exports amid tightening monetary policies worldwide.
1/26/202438 minutes, 45 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/24/2024

1. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday that North Korea fired several cruise missiles toward the West Sea around 7 a.m., the latest provocations amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. 2. South Korean ambassador to the U.N. office in Geneva on Tuesday called on Beijing to provide North Korean defectors with the required protections and humanitarian support at China's fourth universal periodic review held under the auspices of the United Nations Human Rights Council. 3. Former President Donald Trump rolled to victory in the Republican Party's second presidential nomination contest in New Hampshire on Tuesday. President Biden scored a win as a "write-in" candidate in Tuesday's Democratic primary in New Hampshire.
1/25/202436 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/23/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol and ruling party chief Han Dong-hoon met Tuesday in Seocheon to inspect a market destroyed by a fire the previous night. Their meeting came after the two reportedly clashed over allegations involving the first lady and party nominations for the upcoming general elections. 2. South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said Tuesday it has launched talks with Britain to discuss ways to improve their bilateral free trade agreement. The meeting will focus on updating the latest global trade norms in areas, including the digital industry and supply chains. 3. South Korea's top envoy to the U.N. on Monday renewed Seoul's criticism of arms transactions between North Korea and Russia during a U.N. Security Council meeting, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized the West's weapons support to Ukraine.
1/24/202436 minutes, 10 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/22/2024

1. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration on Monday, the cold snap that has gripped the nation will likely persist throughout this week. Most areas nationwide are forecast to witness a further decline in morning temperatures on Tuesday. 2. North Korea's Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his willingness to visit Pyongyang at an early date and the country is ready to greet him with the greatest sincerity. Putin last visited North Korea in July 2000. 3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday rejected calls for Palestinian sovereignty following talks with U.S. President Joe Biden about Gaza’s future, suggesting Israel’s security needs would be incompatible with Palestinian statehood.
1/23/202436 minutes, 55 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/19/2024

1. The U.N. Security Council held closed-door consultations on North Korea-related issues on Thursday in New York, amid tensions heightened by Pyongyang's recent claim of launching a hypersonic missile and its hardening rhetoric against Seoul. 2. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Friday that it will implement an emergency quarantine system ahead of next month's Lunar New Year holiday in response to outbreaks of norovirus and respiratory infections. 3. U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen will continue as the group’s attacks on Red Sea shipping have not halted.
1/22/202437 minutes, 2 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/18/2024

1. The ruling People Power Party and main opposition Democratic Party on Thursday each announced a set of measures aimed at resolving the country's critically low birthrate, as they gear up for April’s parliamentary elections. 2. South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Thursday the top nuclear envoys of South Korea and the United States held talks in Seoul and condemned North Korea's continued military provocations, belligerent rhetoric and its deepening military cooperation with Russia. A three-way talk also took place with Japan. 3. Pentagon officials confirmed Wednesday night that the U.S. carried out another round of strikes against the Houthis in Yemen, marking the fourth time the U.S. has struck the Iran-backed rebel group in less than a week. The strikes come amid escalating tensions in the Middle East and the Red Sea.
1/19/202436 minutes, 18 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/17/2024

1. South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the government has imposed independent sanctions on 11 vessels and five individuals and entities engaged in illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil and other products to North Korea, tightening the sanctions against the North's maritime activities. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol said Wednesday the government will expand eligibility for individual savings accounts, or ISAs, and raise the limit on the non-taxable amount. 3. Prime Minister Han Duck-soo on Tuesday attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he delivered a speech about South Korea's capabilities and policy in the nuclear energy and artificial intelligence sectors.
1/18/202437 minutes, 43 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/16/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday said North Korea’s recent definition of South-North relations as those between “hostile” nations amounted to an acknowledgement of the regime’s nature as an “anti-national and anti-historical group.” 2. North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui arrived in Russia on Monday at the invitation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, as the Kremlin said it aims to further develop ties with the North in all areas. The two Ministers are set to hold talks on Tuesday. 3. Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday won a landslide victory in the Iowa caucuses, cementing his status as the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in a distant second.
1/17/202436 minutes, 31 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/15/2024

1. North Korea said Monday it successfully test-fired a solid-fuel intermediate-range ballistic missile. The Korean Central News Agency said the missile loaded with a hypersonic maneuverable controlled warhead was launched Sunday afternoon as part of regular activities to develop powerful weapons systems. 2. South Korea on Monday unveiled plans to establish a "semiconductor mega cluster" in southern Seoul by promoting a total investment of 622 trillion won, or roughly 472 billion U.S. dollars. President Yoon Suk Yeol said Monday it is expected to create at least 3 million jobs over the next 20 years. 3. Taiwan's current vice president and leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, Lai Ching-te, was elected Taiwan's president on Saturday, defeating his China-friendly rival from the main opposition party.
1/16/202437 minutes, 33 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/12/2024

1. South Korea’s new Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul, who assumed office this week, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held their first phone conversation on Thursday. The two agreed to work together to address North Korean threats and support peace in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. 2. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld another appellate court ruling that ordered Nippon Steel to compensate the family of a late South Korean victim forced into wartime labor during Japan’s colonial rule. 3. The Ministry of Economy and Finance said Friday that South Korea has shown growing signs of an economic recovery led by exports, though domestic demand remains weak.
1/15/202436 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/11/2024

1. In a widely expected decision, the monetary policy board of the Bank of Korea on Thursday kept its policy rate unchanged at 3.5 % for the eighth straight session, amid woes over a still weak economic recovery and slower-than-expected inflation moderation. 2. Lee Nak-yon, former leader of the Democratic Party, announced his departure from the party Thursday. Lee delivered his plans to join forces with three other non-mainstream lawmakers who quit the party a day earlier to launch a new party ahead of April's parliamentary elections. 3. South Korea’s UN Ambassador Hwang Joon-kook said Wednesday during a U.N. Security Council session that Russia's recent launches of North Korean ballistic missiles into Ukraine give Pyongyang military insights and could encourage it to export weapons to other countries.
1/12/202437 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/10/2024

1. North Korea’s state media reported Wednesday that Kim Jong-un called South Korea the country’s “principal enemy” and said he has “no intention of avoiding war.” 2. The Busan Metropolitan Police Agency announced Wednesday that the assailant who stabbed opposition leader Lee Jae-myung in the neck last week committed the crime out of “subjective political beliefs.” Lee Jae-myung left the hospital Wednesday, eight days after the attack. 3. President Yoon Suk Yeol said Wednesday his government will allow the reconstruction of homes 30 years or older even if they meet safety requirements in order to improve housing conditions and increase home supply.
1/11/202437 minutes, 54 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/09/2024

1. A heavy snow advisory was issued across the greater Seoul area on Tuesday morning, with up to 10 cm of snow expected to accumulate in the region. The Korea Meteorological Agency said up to 3 cm of snow per hour is forecast to hit Seoul during the evening rush hour. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday called for prioritizing the improvement of people’s livelihoods in the new year during a Cabinet meeting. He listed increased support for vulnerable groups and new transportation systems as some of the government’s latest projects. 3. Wissam Tawil, a senior Hezbollah commander has been killed in an apparent Israeli drone attack in southern Lebanon. Tawil’s death is the latest incident to fuel concerns that the October 7th attack against Israel is now escalating into wider regional conflict.
1/10/202436 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/08/2024

1. The JCS said Monday the zone designated for the cessation of hostile actions effectively no longer exists with North Korea breaching the September 19th military agreement. Military sources said Sunday that some artillery shells fired by Pyongyang last Friday fell as close as 7 kilometers above the Northern Limit Line. 2. The parliamentary science committee passed a set of bills Monday aimed at establishing an independent space and aerospace agency, named the Korea Aerospace Administration. KASA will operate under the Ministry of Science and ICT and be overseen by the presidential science advisory committee. 3. Korean American actor Steven Yeun won Best Actor for Netflix original "Beef" at the 81st Golden Globe Awards Sunday. He made history as the first actor of Asian descent to receive the "Best Actor" award in the category.
1/9/202433 minutes, 27 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/05/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Friday vetoed two opposition-led special investigation proposals, one of which involves allegations against first lady Kim Keon Hee. The Presidential Office called the opposition party's unilateral passage of the two special counsel bills "evil laws meant for the general elections." 2. South Korea's finance ministry said Thursday it expects the country's economy to grow 2.2 percent this year on the back of a rebound in the semiconductor cycle and a recovery of exports. Inflation is projected to be 2.6 percent in 2024. 3. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that North Korea fired some 200 artillery shells into waters off its western coast Friday morning. The shells fell into the maritime buffer zone north of the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border in the Yellow Sea.
1/8/202435 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/04/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday received the first government policy report of the year and said the ban on stock short selling will remain in place until measures are devised to resolve short selling's harmful effects on retail investors. 2. The South Korean Army said Thursday that South Korea and the United States held their first joint training of the year by staging a live-fire exercise near the border with North Korea to bolster their joint combat readiness. 3. At least 95 people have been killed by two explosions near the burial site of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on the fourth anniversary of his assassination by the U.S. The Iranian Health Minister revised the death toll down to 95 from 103 Thursday and said 211 people had been injured.
1/5/202433 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/03/2024

1. President Yoon Suk-yeol hosted a New Year's meeting on Wednesday at the Blue House, inviting representatives from various sectors. In his address, he stated that the people and their livelihoods will be prioritized in the new year. 2. According to data from the education and interior ministries on Wednesday, South Korea’s student enrollment in elementary schools nationwide is expected to drop below 400-thousand for the first time this year due to the country’s low birth rate. 3. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said Wednesday a 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula at 10:54 AM. A series of aftershocks have been observed in Ishikawa prefecture following a devastating quake on New Year’s day and at least 65 people have been killed since then.
1/4/202438 minutes, 23 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/02/2024

1. Main opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung was stabbed in the neck during a visit to Busan on Tuesday morning. Officials said he was airlifted to Seoul for surgery and the wound is not life threatening. The male suspect was arrested at the scene. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol said Tuesday during a ceremony marking the first trading day of 2024 that he will push to scrap the financial investment income tax which is planned to be implemented in 2025, and resolve the “Korea Discount.” 3. A powerful magnitude 7-point-6 earthquake struck Japan’s Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on New Year’s Day. According to local media reports, at least 30 people have been killed and thousands have evacuated following tsunami waves hitting South Korea’s east coast.
1/3/202436 minutes, 20 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/01/2024

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol said Monday in a New Year's Day address that South Korea and the U.S. will complete a strengthened "extended deterrence" regime in the first half of 2024 to seal off North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. 2. The Korean Central News Agency reported Monday that North Korea began discussions on dismantling agencies in charge of inter-Korean relations after leader Kim Jong-un said there is no point in seeking reconciliation and unification with South Korea. 3. According to data released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Monday, South Korea's exports decreased 7.4 percent on-year in 2023 amid sluggish performance of chips coupled with global economic uncertainties.
1/2/202437 minutes, 22 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/29/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol appointed four ministers and the chief of the broadcasting watchdog on Friday. Finance Minister {최상목}Choi Sang-mok, Agriculture Minister {송미령}Song Mi-ryung, Ocean Minister {강도형}Kang Do-hyung and SMEs Minister {오영주}Oh Young-ju were appointed. 2. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld two separate rulings in favor of South Koreans forced into wartime labor under Japan's colonial rule. The top court handed down the decisions on two suits filed against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Nippon Steel Corporation between 2013 and 2014. 3. According to Statistics Korea on Friday, consumer prices rose 3.6 percent on-year in 2023, slowing from a 5.1 percent gain in 2022. Inflation in December ticked down for a second consecutive month in signs that price pressure is easing.
1/1/202435 minutes, 33 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/28/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol nominated {이관섭}Lee Kwan-sup, the director of national policy at the presidential office, as his new chief of staff. According to sources on Thursday, Lee will be replacing outgoing presidential chief of staff {김대기}Kim Dae-ki. 2. South Korea on Thursday struck a free trade agreement with a group of Arab countries known as the Gulf Cooperation Council. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said the move is expected to strengthen Seoul's export competitiveness and boost energy security. 3. Japan's NHK reported Thursday that South Korea, China, and Japan are considering holding a summit after February next year to discuss North Korea and pursue regional stability.
12/29/202336 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/27/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol carried out a partial Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday. {김윤상}Kim Yoon-sang was named as the second vice finance minister, Shin Young-sook as the vice gender equality minister, and {손영택}Son Young-taek as the chief secretary of the Office for Government Policy Coordination. 2. South Korea on Wednesday imposed independent sanctions on eight North Korean individuals, including the chief of the North's spy agency {리창호}Ri Chang-ho, for their involvement in arms trade and cyberattacks. 3. According to a survey by the Bank of Korea on Wednesday, South Korea's general public expect consumer prices to rise 3.2 percent for the year ahead, down from the previous month's 3.4 percent.
12/28/202336 minutes, 37 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/26/2023

1. During a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, President Yoon Suk Yeol called for approaching the issue of South Korea's rapidly declining birthrate from a fundamentally different perspective, emphasizing the need to identify its causes and find effective solutions. 2. According to Statistics Korea on Tuesday, South Korea’s population of those in their 40s in November was a little over 7.9 million, decreasing 139-thousand from a year earlier. The fall has also led to a lower number of employed individuals in their 40s. 3. Kim Jin-pyo, Speaker of the National Assembly, conducted bilateral talks on Tuesday in Tokyo with the Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives, Fukushiro Nukaga. Kim said the two countries’ improvement in relations has become a positive opportunity for creating security cooperation among South Korea, the U.S., and Japan.
12/27/202338 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 12/25/2023

1. The Presidential Office said Monday that President Yoon Seok Yeol visited Chungdong First Methodist Church in Jung-gu, Seoul on the morning of Christmas day to participate in the Christmas service. 2. "12.12: The Day," a historical saga about South Korea's military coup in 1979, topped 10 million admissions on Sunday. According to the film's local distributor, Plus M Entertainment, the periodic drama became the second film to hit the milestone this year, following "The Roundup: No Way Out.” 3. Palestinian officials said Sunday at least 78 people were killed in an Israeli attack in central Gaza on Sunday. Strikes that began hours before midnight persisted into Christmas Day on Monday.
12/26/202334 minutes, 52 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/22/2023

1. The Korea Meteorological Administration said the season’s strongest cold wave peaked early Friday, causing disruptions in daily life nationwide. A heavy snow advisory effect in Jeju Island caused Jeju International Airport to completely suspend its runway operations in the morning. 2. The National Assembly on Thursday passed a tax law amendment that includes deducting up to 300 million won, or roughly 230-thousand U.S. dollars, in gift tax during marriage and childbirth, and increasing the monthly rent tax deduction limit to 10 million won, or about 7,600 U.S. dollars. 3. According to Czech Police on Thursday, a 24 year-old student shot dead his father, then killed at least 14 people and wounded 25 others at a university in Prague, marking the country’s worst mass shooting.
12/25/202337 minutes, 20 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/21/2023

1. An arctic cold wave swept across South Korea Thursday, sending apparent temperatures in Seoul to minus 22 degrees Celsius on the coldest morning of the season. According to forecasts, the cold will continue through Friday. 2. Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon agreed Thursday morning to take over as chairman of the ruling People Power Party's emergency leadership committee, and will leave office as minister Thursday afternoon. 3. The U.N. General Assembly has passed a resolution on North Korean human rights for the 19th consecutive year. This year's resolution highlights concerns over the safety of North Korean escapees who were repatriated from China.
12/22/202340 minutes, 15 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/20/2023

1. The ruling People Power Party and the main opposition Democratic Party finalized the national budget for next year on Wednesday, and agreed to pass it through the National Assembly later this week. The two sides also agreed to hold a vote on the budget at 10 AM Thursday. 2. The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday ended its meeting on North Korea’s latest test-firing of ICBMs without a joint response. Kim Song, North Korea’s envoy to the United Nations, warned the allies will face consequences if they continue military cooperation. 3. A group of countries led by the U.S., including South Korea, members of NATO and the EU, released a joint statement on Tuesday denouncing the repeated attacks by Yemen’s Houthi rebels on commercial shipping in the Red Sea.
12/21/202336 minutes, 57 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/19/2023

1. The defense ministry said Tuesday that South Korea, the United States and Japan launched a system to share North Korean missile warning data in real time, in the latest effort to bolster trilateral security cooperation against the North. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday named National Security Adviser Cho Tae-yong to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of National Intelligence Service Director Kim Kyou-hyun last month. Former Second Vice Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul was tapped to replace Foreign Minister Park Jin. 3. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit rural Gansu province in north-west China just before midnight on Monday, killing at least 118 people and injuring hundreds.
12/20/202335 minutes, 27 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/18/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Sunday named Ahn Duk-geun as the new minister of trade, industry and energy. Ahn's appointment comes three months after incumbent minister Bang Moon-kyu assumed the post in September. Bang is widely expected to run in the general elections in April. 2. The South Korean military said North Korea fired a long-range missile into the East Sea on Monday morning, in its fifth intercontinental ballistic missile launch this year. The latest launch came hours after the North fired a short-range missile from Pyongyang late on Sunday. 3. The Korea Meteorological Administration said Monday that temperatures are forecast to further dip later this week. Monday's morning lows ranged from minus 18 to minus 3 degrees Celsius nationwide.
12/19/202336 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/15/2023

1. Principal Deputy National Security Adviser Kim Tae-hyo on Thursday raised the possibility of North Korea launching an intercontinental ballistic missile this month,... upon arriving in Washington for a South Korea-U.S. security meeting designed to discuss nuclear issues. 2. The Ministry of Economy and Finance said Friday that the South Korean economy continues to show signs of gradual recovery for the second consecutive month driven by a rebound in the manufacturing sector. 3. Hungary on Friday blocked the European Union from approving a financial aid package for Ukraine, just hours after E.U. leaders agreed to officially open accession negotiations for Ukraine to join the bloc.
12/18/202336 minutes, 25 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/14/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday ended his four-day state visit to the Netherlands, which focused on ensuring a stable supply chain of key materials and expanding bilateral semiconductor industry cooperation. 2. The ruling People Power Party said Thursday that the party will transition to an emergency leadership committee system, following the resignation of party leader Kim Gi-hyeon. 3. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday held its benchmark lending rate steady between 5.25 and 5.50 percent for a third consecutive time after a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The central bank also hinted at cutting the rate by a quarter percentage point three times next year.
12/15/202334 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/13/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday pledged to provide full support for semiconductor cooperation between South Korea and the Netherlands, as he visited the headquarters of Dutch chipmaking equipment company ASML. 2. According to data compiled by Statistics Korea on Wednesday, South Korea's on-year employment grew at a slower pace for the first time in four months in November. The number of employed people rose by 277,000 from a year earlier, slowing from the previous month's 346,000. 3. The U.S. Department of the Treasury said Tuesday it imposed sanctions on more than 250 individuals and entities, including a South Korean national, for involvement in Russia’s arms procurement. South Korea on Wednesday said an investigation has been launched into the individual.
12/14/202338 minutes, 21 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/12/2023

1. The preliminary candidate registration for the April 10th general elections opened Tuesday, signaling the start of a four-month race. Prospective candidates can register their preliminary candidacies with the national Election Commission until the official candidate registration opens on March 21st. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol began his state visit to the Netherlands on Monday by meeting with a group of Korean residents and vowing to upgrade the two countries’ relations to a “semiconductor alliance.” 3. According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Tuesday, there are eight measles patients in South Korea as of Monday. Health authorities are urging people to check their vaccination history before traveling abroad as measles is becoming prevalent worldwide.
12/13/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/11/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol departed Monday on a state visit to the Netherlands to strengthen semiconductor cooperation between the two countries. 2. The Finance Ministry said Monday that South Korea will establish a government-wide commission for the comprehensive management of supply chains of items necessary for major industries, amid growing supply chain risks. 3. The World Health Organization Executive Board adopted a resolution on Sunday in order to improve the “catastrophic” humanitarian crisis in the war-torn Gaza strip, urging prompt and unobstructed humanitarian aid access to the region.
12/12/202332 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/08/2023

1. South Korea’s main rival political parties have agreed to hold a 30-day extraordinary session starting next Monday. Three plenary sessions will be held on December 20th, 28th, and January 9th. Lawmakers aim to finalize next year’s budget during the session on the 20th. 2. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency announced Friday that it will launch a pan-governmental task force to address concerns about the increasing number of children with respiratory illnesses. This comes as cases of mycoplasma pneumoniae have risen in recent weeks. 3. The national security advisors of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will meet in Seoul on Saturday to discuss North Korea’s growing military threat and global security issues, as they continue to promote trilateral cooperation in Asia.
12/11/202336 minutes, 49 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/07/2023

1. The ruling People Power Party and the main opposition Democratic Party agreed Thursday to open an extraordinary National Assembly session on December 11th, and hold two plenary meetings on December 20th and 28th to deal with the 2024 national budget and pending bills, respectively. 2. Paek Kee-bong, a South Korean lawyer, was elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court for the 2024-2033 period on Wednesday, during a session of the Assembly of State Parties at U.N. headquarters in New York. This marks the third time a South Korean national has secured a seat at the court. 3. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a rare move on Wednesday by invoking Article 99 of the UN Charter to formally warn the Security Council of an impending “humanitarian catastrophe” in Gaza, and urged its members to demand an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.
12/8/202335 minutes, 10 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/06/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday named Kim Hong-il as the new head of the Korea Communications Commission. Kim is the current head of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, and is to replace Lee Dong-kwan as chairman of the state broadcasting watchdog. 2. South Korea's Ministry of Health and Welfare announced Wednesday that it held an expert advisory meeting with the Presidential Committee on Aging Society and Population Policy in response to the nation's low birth rate. 3. Israel said Tuesday that its troops had entered Gaza’s second-largest city in a new phase of the war. The military said its forces were “in the heart” of Khan Younis, which has emerged as the first target in the expanded ground offensive into southern Gaza.
12/7/202338 minutes, 10 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/05/2023

1. According to data from the Bank of Korea, South Korea's economy grew 0.6 percent in the third quarter of the year on the back of reviving exports and domestic demand. 2. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that the restoration of relations between South Korea and Russia depends on Seoul, and that Moscow is "ready." Putin made the remarks during a ceremony to receive the credentials of new ambassadors from 21 countries at the Kremlin Palace. 3. The Korea Children's Hospital Association on Monday urged the South Korean government to prepare measures against pediatric cases of mycoplasma pneumonia, a respiratory disease that has recently been spreading in China, adding that health authorities are "responding too complacently" to the disease.
12/6/202335 minutes, 59 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/04/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday replaced the finance minister and five other members of the Cabinet. Choi Sang-mok, former senior presidential secretary for economic affairs, was named the new finance minister. 2. According to the Defense Ministry on Monday, South Korea successfully conducted a third test flight of a solid-fuel space rocket. This test flight comes after South Korea launched its first spy satellite into orbit on Friday. 3. Israel’s military on Sunday expanded its ground offensive to every part of the Gaza Strip, as it ordered more evacuations and vowed to hit South Gaza. The new orders come three days after the collapse of a weeklong truce.
12/5/202334 minutes, 38 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/01/2023

1. The President Yoon Suk Yeol on Friday approved a motion requesting parliamentary reconsideration of the "yellow envelope law" and three other contentious measures unilaterally passed by opposition parties last month. 2. According to data from the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the National Tax Service on Wednesday, the number of comprehensive real estate tax payers in South Korea for residential properties this year has gone down by 66 percent from last year, marking the first decline in 10 years. 3. President Yoon Suk Yeol is scheduled to visit the Netherlands from December 11th to the 14th at the invitation of Dutch King Willem-Alexander, becoming the first South Korean president to pay a state visit to the European nation since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1961.
12/4/202337 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/30/2023

1. South Korea's central bank held its key interest rate steady at 3-point-5 percent for the seventh straight time Thursday, while cutting its growth outlook for next year. 2. South Korea's weather agency said Thursday a 4.0 magnitude earthquake struck the southeastern city of Gyeongju early Thursday, but no damage has been reported. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration the quake struck the city at around 4:55 a.m. 3. Israel and Hamas agreed on Thursday to extend the ceasefire by at least one more day, minutes before the six-day truce was due to expire. The truce, extended from its initial four days, will see 10 more Israeli hostages released for 30 Palestinians.
12/1/202336 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 11/29/2023

1. South Korea's Busan came up short in its bid to host the 2030 World Expo on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia's Riyadh won over Busan and Italy's Rome without a runoff vote. 2. The Ministry of Education announced Wednesday that a sample of a new set of education rules has been distributed to the Office of Education. The new rules are aimed at increasing teachers' rights and authority, and replacing the current Ordinance of Student Rights. 3. According to sources on Wednesday, the South Korean military is considering restoring a disarmed guard post in Goseong in response to North Korea's latest move to rebuild its own and redeploy weapons in the Demilitarized Zone.
11/30/202337 minutes, 52 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/28/2023

1. The 182 members of the Bureau International des Expositions will vote for the host city of the 2030 World Expo on Tuesday local time. The results of the voting should come out by midnight Wednesday Korea Standard Time. 2. After it announced it will scrap the inter-Korean military agreement, North Korea has been seen installing temporary guard posts on the DMZ, with North Korean soldiers seen with pistols at the Joint Security Area in Panmunjom. 3. Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend their ceasefire for two more days. Hamas agreed to release a total of 20 hostages during the two days.
11/29/202336 minutes, 12 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/27/2023

1. Seoul's Foreign Minister Park Jin said Sunday that South Korea, China and Japan agreed to accelerate preparations to resume the long-stalled summit among the leaders of the three countries at an "earliest, mutually convenient" time. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Friday that the international community should work together to confront North Korea's continued nuclear and missile provocations. 3. President Yoon Suk Yeol accepted the resignations of the chief of the National Intelligence Service Director Kim Kyou-hyun and his two deputies on Sunday in the wake of controversy over personnel affairs.
11/28/202335 minutes, 46 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/24/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol vowed Thursday to make the 2030 World Expo a platform to spread and create synergy between each nation’s culture, skills and beliefs if Busan is chosen as the host. 2. Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Friday the top diplomats of South Korea, China, and Japan will hold trilateral talks in Busan on Sunday. The gathering is expected to focus on ways to boost trilateral cooperation along with other regional and global issues. 3. Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas started a four-day truce on Friday at 7AM. The truce involves a ceasefire in north and south Gaza, the release of a first group of 13 Israeli women and child hostages later in the day, and aid to flow into the enclave.
11/27/202336 minutes, 47 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/23/2023

1. North Korea said Thursday it will immediately restore all military measures halted under the Comprehensive Military Agreement signed in 2018, after South Korea suspended part of the tension reduction deal following the North's launch of a military spy satellite on Tuesday night. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signed the "Downing Street Accord" on Wednesday, raising the two countries' security and economic ties to the highest level. 3. The South Korean government announced a set of measures on Wednesday to tackle illegal drug trafficking and usage. The Office for Government Policy Coordination said the latest measures involve suppressing drug smuggling, overseeing medical-purpose drugs, and expanding rehabilitation programs.
11/24/202336 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/22/2023

1.South Korea suspended part of a 2018 inter-Korean military tension reduction agreement Wednesday in response to North Korea's latest launch of a military spy satellite on Tuesday night. 2.President Yoon Suk Yeol said in a speech before the British parliament on Tuesday, that South Korea and Britain will deepen and broaden their partnership to tackle various security and digital challenges together. 3.Israel and Hamas agreed on Wednesday to a four-day pause in fighting to allow the release of 50 hostages held in Gaza in exchange for 150 Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, and the entry of humanitarian aid into the besieged enclave.
11/23/202337 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 11/21/2023

1. According to the presidential office on Monday, South Korea and Britain will adopt the "Downing Street Accord" on the occasion of President Yoon Suk Yeol's state visit to London to upgrade the two countries' relations to a "global strategic partnership.” 2. Reuters reported Monday that North Korea notified Japan of plans to launch a space rocket between November 22nd and December 1st. North Korea is preparing for its third attempt to put a military spy satellite into orbit. 3. Labor and management of Seoul Metro held last-minute negotiations over manpower reduction on Tuesday. Unionized Seoul subway workers said last week they will go on a general strike starting Wednesday in protest against their company's downsizing plans.
11/22/202335 minutes, 10 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/20/2023

1. The South Korean government's administrative network was restored on Sunday and operating normally Monday… after the {새올}Saeol administrative network, a system used by public workers, and the online Government 24 portal experienced a system failure last Friday. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol embarked on a weeklong trip to Britain and France on Monday. President Yoon will first visit the U.K. for a state visit at the invitation of King Charles III, then go to France for a final diplomatic campaign to bring the 2030 World Expo to Busan. 3. South Korea's T1 won the 2023 League of Legends World Championship on Sunday. T1 defeated China's Weibo Gaming, earning a record fourth title in the e-sport tournament.
11/21/202338 minutes, 11 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/17/2023

1. South Korea’s presidential office said Thursday that leaders of the 14 member states of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework agreed to launch a dialogue channel tasked with building stable supply chains in critical minerals. 2. South Korea’s Finance Ministry said Friday the country’s economy has shown signs of gradual recovery, led by improvement in exports, production and employment. This is the first time the government has mentioned economic recovery since June last year. 3. Seoul City’s “Climate Card” initiative will see the participation of Incheon city, according to the mayors of both cities on Friday. Seoul City had announced plans in September to introduce an unlimited public transportation pass next year to promote eco-friendly traveling.
11/20/202339 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/16/2023

1. About half a million students in South Korea took the College Scholastic Ability Test on Thursday. The head of the exam board previously said the 2024 CSAT was designed to ensure fairness without extremely difficult questions, or the so-called “killer questions.” 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday called for enhancing the connectivity of the world economy in areas that include trade and supply chains, during a keynote speech delivered at the APEC CEOs Summit in San Francisco. 3. A United Nations General Assembly committee on Wednesday passed a resolution on North Korean human rights for the 19th consecutive year. The passage comes amid growing concern for the safety of North Korean defectors who are reportedly forcibly repatriated from China.
11/17/202337 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/15/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol departed for San Francisco on Wednesday to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. This is President Yoon’s first attendance at an APEC summit. 2. South Korea's Finance Ministry on Wednesday announced plans to implement 1 trillion won, or roughly 766.52 million U.S. dollars, in extensive tailored programs to encourage more young people to join and stay in the labor market. 3. Nearly half a million students are expected to take the annual College Scholastic Ability Test on Thursday. The South Korean government said Tuesday that aircraft takeoffs and landings across the nation will be temporarily prohibited to regulate noise, among other measures.
11/16/202337 minutes, 27 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/14/2023

1. South Korea and the United Nations Command member states held their first meeting of defense chiefs and representatives Tuesday. In a message delivered by the Deputy Minister for Defense Policy, President Yoon Suk Yeol praised the UNC's contribution to overseeing the armistice and promoting peace on the Korean peninsula. 2. The South Korean government announced Monday that they will relax the maximum 52-hour weekly work hours for certain business sectors with heavy workloads. 3. The 2023 KBO League season ended Monday night with the LG Twins claiming their first championship in 29 years. The Twins defeated the KT Wiz 6-2 in Game 5 of the Korean Series at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul.
11/15/202336 minutes, 27 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/13/2023

1. South Korea's Defense Minister Shin Won-sik and his U.S. counterpart, Lloyd Austin, on Monday signed the revised document of the "tailored deterrence strategy," during the 55th Security Consultative Meeting,... as part of efforts to better counter North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threats. 2. South Korea's National Assembly began deliberations on Monday of the government’s 656-point-nine-trillion won budget for next year. The parliament’s Special Committee on Budget and Accounts will operate subcommittee sessions starting Tuesday. 3. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has designated the Jeju {해녀}Haenyeo Fisheries System on the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems, according to Jeju City last Friday. The Haenyeo Fisheries System is a unique fishing style of female divers on Jeju Island who dive without oxygen masks.
11/14/202336 minutes, 49 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/10/2023

1. South Korea’s Constitutional Court President Yoo Nam-seok retired on Friday, leaving a leadership vacuum at the country’s two top courts. The Supreme Court has been without a head since September after former Chief Justice Kim Myeong-su retired. 2. The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting will be held in San Francisco, California starting from the 11th to the 17th. U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping are expected to hold their first talks in a year on the sidelines of the event. 3. South Korean author Han Kang won the prestigious Prix Medicis award Thursday with her novel “I Do Not Bid Farewell” (작별하지 않는다). The 2021 book was named the winner of the French literary award for foreign literature. Her win marks the first time that a Korean author has won the award.
11/13/202337 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/09/2023

1. The main opposition Democratic Party on Thursday passed a pro labor bill, better known as the "yellow envelope bill," and three other bills on broadcasting laws through the National Assembly. 2. The state-run electricity supplier Korea Electric Power Corporation, or KEPCO, increased power prices for "large-capacity" industrial uses by 10.6 won per kilowatt-hour starting Thursday. Electricity prices for households and small and medium-sized firms were maintained. 3. South Korea’s Foreign Minister Park Jin and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks Thursday in Seoul. The two discussed further actions to pressure Russia not to transfer military technology to North Korea.
11/10/202336 minutes, 30 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/08/2023

1. According to a report by the U.S. Treasury on Tuesday, South Korea has been removed from the U.S.' list of countries to monitor for their foreign exchange policies. This marks South Korea's first exclusion since it was put on the list in April 2016. 2. The environment ministry on Tuesday called off a plan to ban disposable paper cups at cafes and restaurants, while also extending the grace period for another ban on plastic straws at cafes. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol held a summit with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Yongsan presidential office on Wednesday. Mattarella arrived in South Korea the day before for a three-day state visit at Yoon’s invitation.
11/9/202335 minutes, 45 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/07/2023

1. South Korea's Interior Ministry said Monday that municipal governments will regularly report on bed bug cases amid an increase in cases. The government's joint countermeasures headquarters set up a nationwide status board on Tuesday to prevent the spread of the insect.2. According to NSC spokesperson John Kirby, U.S. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the potential for "tactical pauses" in fighting in Gaza for humanitarian reasons and possible hostage releases in talks on Monday.3. A cold wave hit South Korea on Tuesday, as Seoul saw the coldest weather of this fall at 3.8 degrees celsius, and morning temperatures dipped below zero in some areas of Gyeonggi-do and Gangwon-do Province. Temperatures are likely to fall further on Wednesday according to forecasts.
11/8/202338 minutes, 7 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/06/2023

1. South Korea's Financial Services Commission said Sunday that it will temporarily ban stock short selling until the start of July 2024. The move is effective starting Monday, and comes amid efforts to crack down on illegal short selling by global investment banks. 2. The South Korean government on Monday finalized a blueprint to build a theme park in the reclaimed land of {새만금}Saemangeum by 2026, with private sector investments worth 144-point-3 billion won, or roughly 110.2 million U.S. dollars. 3. The Israeli military claimed on Sunday it has encircled Gaza City and divided the coastal strip into two, as Gaza came under its third total communications outage since the start of the war. Israeli media reported that troops are expected to enter Gaza City within 48 hours.
11/7/202337 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/03/2023

1. While speaking at a ceremony celebrating Daedeok R&D Special Zone’s 50th anniversary on Thursday, President Yoon Suk Yeol addressed criticism for cutting the state budget for research and development by declaring plans to expand related funding. 2. President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a law withdrawing Russia's ratification of the global treaty banning nuclear weapons tests. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed deep concern about Russia's decision and said it was a step in the wrong direction. 3. South Korea's foreign ministry said Friday that a Japanese aircraft carrying 15 South Koreans departed from Israel on Thursday, local time, and is on its way to Haneda International Airport in Tokyo.
11/6/202338 minutes, 33 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/02/2023

1. South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lower courts’ acquittal of nine former officials of the Korea Coast Guard, who were all charged with failing to carry out their duty in the rescue operation for the sinking of the Sewol ferry in April 2014. 2. According to Statistics Korea on Thursday, South Korea’s inflation grew at a faster pace in October, staying above 3 percent for the third straight month. Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho said that “inflation is expected to ease at a slower pace than expected.” 3. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Thursday began its 3rd release of treated wastewater into the sea. The plant operator discharged 7,800 tons of treated water in each of the first two batches, and plans to release the same amount this time through November 20th.
11/3/202336 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/01/2023

1. The National Assembly on Wednesday began reviewing the South Korean government’s 2024 budget proposal of 657 trillion won, or roughly 487 billion U.S. dollars. President Yoon Suk Yeol delivered a budget speech the day before saying he will stick to a sound fiscal policy next year. 2. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Wednesday it has applied for product approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety for the world's first recombinant protein-based anthrax vaccine developed to prepare for national crises like bioterrorism. 3. According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, South Korea's exports increased on-year for the first time in 13 months in October, driven by robust automobile shipments and signs of improvement in the chip sector.
11/2/202337 minutes, 48 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/31/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday delivered a budget speech, pledging to stick to a sound fiscal policy next year and put top priority on stabilizing people’s livelihoods. He also called for bipartisan support on passing the government’s budget proposal. 2. According to data by Statistics Korea on Tuesday, South Korea’s industrial output rose for the second consecutive month in September on the back of a turnaround in the semiconductor sector. Retail sales and facility investment also logged an on-year growth last month. 3. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected calls for a ceasefire, saying it would be “equivalent to surrendering to Hamas and terrorism” even as UN agencies call for a humanitarian ceasefire. Netanyahu said Israel would press ahead with its plans to wipe out Hamas in Gaza.
11/1/202330 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/30/2023

1. Marking the first anniversary of the tragic Itaewon crowd crush on Sunday, bereaved families held memorial events throughout the day. People marched from Itaewon station to Seoul Plaza for a memorial ceremony held in front of City Hall. 2. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation on Sunday presented South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida with the special International Profile in Courage Award for improving bilateral relations between the two countries. 3. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Saturday night that the military has opened a “second stage” in the war against Hamas, as ground forces pushed into Gaza over the weekend.
10/31/202336 minutes, 31 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/27/2023

1. The South Korean government on Friday announced plans to “gradually” raise the national pension premium rate to improve the financial soundness of the system as the population ages,... but stopped short of presenting detailed reform measures. 2. South Korea’s Prime Minister Han Duck-soo will embark on a five-nation tour of Africa and Europe next week to rally support for South Korea’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo and strengthen bilateral ties. 3. While on an official media tour, the Israeli military said Thursday that a portion of the weapons used by Hamas in the October 7th attacks were manufactured in North Korea and Iran.
10/30/202334 minutes, 9 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/26/2023

1. South Korea’s Presidential Office said Wednesday that President Yoon Suk Yeol and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani agreed to upgrade the two countries’ relations to a “comprehensive strategic partnership” as they held a summit in Doha. 2. South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the legislative procedures for the so-called “Yellow Envelope Bill'' and a revision to the Broadcast Act are not invalid. Both laws were directly presented to a plenary session of the National Assembly. 3. Data from the Bank of Korea released on Thursday shows that South Korea’s economy recorded a slight growth, as real gross domestic product rose 0-point-6 percent on-quarter during the July to September period.
10/27/202336 minutes, 57 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/25/2023

1. In a speech during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh on Tuesday, President Yoon Suk Yeol pitched South Korea’s appeal as an investment and business partner for the Middle East. 2. South Korea’s health authorities and agriculture ministry said Wednesday that it has planned to vaccinate all of the nation’s cattle by early next month to prevent the spread of lumpy skin disease. Confirmed cases of the disease have increased to 29 as of Wednesday. 3. According to UNICEF on Tuesday, the humanitarian situation for children in Gaza is becoming increasingly dire, with a reported 2,360 fatalities and 5,634 injuries over the past 18 days. More than 30 Israeli children reportedly have lost their lives.
10/26/202338 minutes, 2 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/24/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman adopted a joint statement on Monday to boost bilateral cooperation. The two leaders agreed to enhance strategic partnership in a wide range of areas to boost economic ties. 2. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that a group of four unidentified individuals from North Korea expressed their will to defect to South Korea after crossing the eastern maritime inter-Korean border on a wooden boat in the early morning. 3. The 78th UN Day Ceremony took place at the Busan UN Cemetery on Tuesday morning. About 400 people, including diplomatic envoys from countries that participated in the Korean War, attended a memorial ceremony to honor Korean War veterans and fallen soldiers.
10/25/202335 minutes, 3 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/23/2023

1. South Korea’s Presidential Office said Sunday that President Yoon Suk Yeol and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman agreed to deepen and develop the strategic partnership between the two countries as they held a summit in Riyadh. 2. The ruling People Power Party on Monday approved Yohan Ihn, South Korea’s first special naturalized citizen and doctor, as the chairman of the party’s innovation committee. Speaking to reporters, Ihn vowed to push for “unity” and complete change within the PPP. 3. South Korea’s agricultural ministry on Monday reported four additional cases of lumpy skin disease (LSD), bringing the total number of cases nationwide to 14. The country reported its first LSD case in South Chungcheong Province last Friday. LSD affects cattle and buffalo, but not humans.
10/24/202335 minutes, 17 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/20/2023

1. South Korea's new Defense Minister Shin Won-sik held phone talks with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for the first time Friday. Seoul's defense ministry said the two discussed the allies' efforts to deter North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, as they are set to meet in Seoul next month for the annual Security Consultative Meeting. 2. The ruling People Power Party said Friday it will launch a task force to discuss policy measures to improve medical services, and support the government's commitment to increasing the enrollment quota of medical schools. 3. South Korean stocks traded 1.94 percent lower on Friday morning over concerns of the U.S. central bank's monetary tightening. The benchmark KOSPI shed 40.8 points to close at 2,375.
10/23/202337 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/19/2023

1. The Bank of Korea held its key interest rate unchanged at 3.5% for the sixth straight time Thursday, amid a slowdown in growth and heightened uncertainties, such as the conflict in the middle-east and rising household debts. 2. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, held a press conference Thursday after talks with North Korean foreign minister Choe Son-hui, and said that Russia supports the establishment of negotiations without preconditions to discuss security issues on the Korean peninsula. 3. U.S. President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the blast at a Gaza Strip hospital appeared to be from “an errant rocket fired by a terrorist group.” President Biden also pledged support to Israelis and humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank.
10/20/202336 minutes, 33 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/18/2023

1. The United States’ chief nuclear envoy said Tuesday the country is “deeply concerned” about what North Korea will get in return for its suspected delivery of military equipment to Russia. 2. Palestinian officials say at least 500 people have been killed by a blast at a Hospital in Gaza on Tuesday. Gaza health officials attributed the blast to an Israeli air raid, but the Israel Defense Forces “categorically” denied any involvement, blaming instead the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The PIJ denied the allegation. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday called for restructuring the police in a way that will place public safety at the center of its responsibilities and enhance its ability to respond to the scene, during a ceremony for the 78th National Police Day.
10/19/202337 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/17/2023

1. The Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2023 opened at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam on Tuesday, and will run until Sunday,... featuring aerial displays of the homegrown KF-21 fighter jet and U.S. strategic bomber B-52. 2. The revised enforcement decree of the Assembly and Demonstration Act went into effect Tuesday, allowing the police to prohibit rallies near the presidential office for traffic control purposes. 11 streets have been additionally designated as "main streets" where police can restrict rallies. 3. China is hosting its third Belt and Road Forum for two days beginning on Tuesday, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative led by President Xi Jinping. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Beijing Tuesday morning as a guest of honor for the forum, and is set to meet Xi this week.
10/18/202335 minutes, 42 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/16/2023

1. Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said that the top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan are set to meet in Indonesia on Monday to discuss North Korea’s nuclear and missile developments. 2. South Korea’s Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho said Monday the tax cut on fuel consumption will be extended through December amid concerns about inflationary pressure caused by the Israel-Hamas conflict. The discount was originally set to expire at the end of October. 3. In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, U.S. President Joe Biden said any move by Israel to occupy Gaza would be a “big mistake.” President Biden added that he believes the Hamas militant group must be eliminated, but supports the creation of a humanitarian corridor.
10/17/202333 minutes, 50 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/13/2023

1. South Korea's Ministry of Economy and Finance said Friday the country’s economic slowdown has been gradually easing as production and exports of semiconductors show improvement, ... but warned of uncertainties caused by international conflict and higher oil prices. 2. The Israeli Air Force said Thursday that it has dropped around 6,000 bombs on the Gaza Strip since last Saturday. As of Friday morning local time, Israel's military reported more than 1,300 deaths, while the Gaza Ministry of Health reported more than 1,500 deaths. 3. South Korea's National Teachers' Association will gather for a rally outside the National Assembly Building in Seoul on Saturday. The teachers are to demand amendments to the Child Welfare Act to better protect teachers' rights.
10/16/202336 minutes, 58 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/12/2023

1. Prosecutors on Thursday indicted opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung without physical detention over corruption charges, two weeks after a court rejected an arrest warrant sought for him. 2. South Korea’s unification ministry said Thursday it is working to verify speculation that China forcibly repatriated around 600 North Korean defectors on Monday night. The ministry added that North Korean refugees should not be sent back to the North against their will. 3. The Gaza strip could be facing its worst humanitarian crisis after Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant ordered the “complete siege” of the area on Monday. Gaza officials said Wednesday that Gaza’s only power station has stopped working after fuel ran out.
10/13/202337 minutes, 48 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/11/2023

1. The National Intelligence Service said Tuesday that South Korea's election systems may be vulnerable to foreign hacking threats and are in need of fortification ahead of next year’s general election. 2. South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said Wednesday the country has signed a joint statement on the conclusion of negotiations for the Strategic Economic Cooperation Agreement, a type of free trade deal, with Ecuador. This is South Korea's 23rd FTA. 3. The armed conflict between Israel and Hamas continued for a fifth day on Wednesday, claiming at least 2,100 lives on both sides. The Gaza Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday nearly 1,000 deaths since Saturday, while Israel's Defense Forces reported at least 1,200 deaths.
10/12/202335 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/10/2023

1. The death toll of the Israel-Hamas armed conflict rose to nearly 1,600 on both sides as of Monday. Israel previously reported 900 deaths while Palestinian authorities reported 700 deaths in Gaza and the West Bank. A senior Hamas official said the group is holding more than 100 people captive. 2. South Korea’s Presidential Office said Monday that the U.S. has decided to allow exports of its semiconductor manufacturing equipment to Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix factories in China without a separate approval process. 3. South Korea’s new Defense Minister Shin Won-sik said Tuesday that he will push for the suspension of the 2018 inter-Korean military tension reduction agreement, citing its impact on limiting Seoul’s surveillance capabilities against North Korean military activities.
10/11/202338 minutes, 20 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/09/2023

1. As the war between Israel and Palestine enters its third day, the death toll has reportedly surpassed 1,100 on both sides, and continues to rise. Lebanon’s State-run National News Agency said Sunday, Hezbollah fighters fired dozens of rockets at three Israeli positions. 2. The Taliban administration said on Sunday that more than 2,400 people were killed in Afghanistan after an earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hit the west of the country on Saturday. 3. A celebration for the 577th Hangul Day was held in Sejong City on Monday. Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, who is currently overseas, delivered a speech through Lee Sang-min, Minister of the Interior and Safety, saying “Hangul will be the language that leads the world in the era of AI.”
10/10/202335 minutes, 14 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/06/2023

1. The National Assembly, which has a controlling majority by the main opposition Democratic Party, rejected Supreme Court Justice nominee Lee Gyun-ryong on Friday, marking the first such rejection in 35 years. 2. CBS news reported on Thursday that North Korea has begun transferring artillery to Russia, citing a U.S. official. CBS news said it was not immediately clear whether the transfer is part of a new, long-term supply chain or a more limited consignment. 3. South Korea's Ministry of Employment and Labor said Friday it will make amendments to the law so that if parents take childcare leave together to care for a child under 18 months of age, each parent may receive 100% of their regular wage as childcare leave pay for the first six months.
10/9/202336 minutes, 6 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/05/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday met with global Korean community leaders in a ceremony marking the 17th World Korean Day. President Yoon vowed to widen the “playing field” for overseas Koreans. 2. Japan on Thursday morning began the second phase of discharging wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. Japanese media reported the second phase to last until October 23rd, and estimated the total discharge amount at 7,800 tons. 3. FIFA on Wednesday revealed plans for the 2030 FIFA World Cup, which will be hosted by six countries across three continents to celebrate its 100th anniversary as Uruguay, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco will co-host, with Uruguay, Paraguay, and Argentina each holding an opening match.
10/6/202336 minutes, 35 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/04/2023

1. According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, South Korea’s industrial output advanced 2-point-2 percent in August from a month earlier on the back of a robust recovery in the chip sector. 2. Japan’s local news reported on Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power Company has begun preparation to release the second batch of wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, starting on Thursday 3. The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to unseat Republican Speaker Kevin McCarthy, following a backlash over the weekend passage of a stopgap measure meant to avert a government shutdown. The 216-to-210 vote marked the first time in history that the House removed its leader.
10/5/202336 minutes, 3 seconds
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Focus on Headline 10/03/2023

1. Key government figures, including Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, gathered at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday morning to attend a ceremony marking the 4,355th National Foundation Day. 2. According to the International Monetary Fund’s Global Debt Database, South Korea’s household debt-to-GDP ratio increased to 108-point-1 percent last year from 92 percent in 2017. South Korea experienced the largest increase among 26 nations. 3. The U.S. government avoided a federal shutdown after both the House and Senate agreed on a short-term funding deal. The bill allows the government to stay open for 45 days, and was signed into law by President Joe Biden just minutes before the deadline.
10/4/202337 minutes, 29 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/28/2023

1. South Korea's Disease Control and Prevention Agency said ahead of the Chuseok holiday that confirmed patients of COVID-19 "should refrain from gatherings with relatives.” This year is the first Chuseok that confirmed patients are not obligated to isolate since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2. Senior U.S. administration officials said Wednesday that Private Travis King, the American soldier who crossed the inter-Korean border into North Korea in July, is in U.S. custody. His release comes shortly after the Korean Central News Agency reported Pyongyang decided to "expel" him. 3. Oil prices surged 3% on Wednesday to the highest settlement in 2023, after a steep drop in U.S. crude stocks intensified worries of tight global supplies. Data showed that crude stocks at the delivery point for U.S. crude futures, fell to the lowest since July 2022.
9/29/202335 minutes, 14 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/27/2023

1. The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday rejected an arrest warrant sought for opposition leader Lee Jae-myung, over corruption charges. 2. At the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song accused South Korea and the U.S. for the Korean Peninsula’s "current dangerous situation." The deputy U.N. ambassador of South Korea dismissed all of North Korea’s claims as "groundless, illogical and absurd." 3. South Korean stocks finished slightly higher Wednesday following recent sharp losses amid concerns over the Federal Reserve’s further interest rate hikes. The local currency ended at 1,349.3 won against the U.S. dollar, the weakest against the greenback this year.
9/28/202336 minutes, 45 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/26/2023

1. South Korea’s military showcased “high-power” missiles and other key weapons systems on Tuesday… as the country held a large-scale military parade on the streets of Seoul for the first time in ten years to mark the 75th founding anniversary of its armed forces. 2. Opposition leader Lee Jae-myung attended a court hearing Tuesday on an arrest warrant request against him over corruption charges. The Seoul District Court is expected to make a decision as early as Tuesday night if the hearing proceeds as scheduled. 3. South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said Tuesday that it will supply 120-thousand public homes in addition to the existing plan to deliver 2-point-7 million new homes by 2027, …to offset the declining private-sector home supply amid higher lending rates.
9/27/202337 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/25/2023

1. South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on the sidelines of the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China on Saturday. During the meeting, Xi said he would consider visiting South Korea to strengthen the relations between the two countries. 2. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced mandatory installation of surveillance cameras in operating rooms will take effect starting Monday. The revised medical law requires hospitals performing surgery on unconscious patients due to anesthesia to install CCTVs in operating rooms. 3. South Korea’s Supreme Court will be led by an acting chief justice for the first time in three decades as parliamentary confirmation of Chief Justice nominee {이균용}Lee Gyun-yong has been delayed. Ahn Chul-sang will reportedly take on the role of acting chief justice from Monday.
9/26/202336 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/22/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday called for establishing a universal digital order during a speech at New York University while visiting the city to attend the UN General Assembly.  President Yoon said the spread of disinformation through malicious misuse of digital technologies could threaten liberal democracy. 2. Judicial officials said Friday that an arrest warrant hearing for opposition leader Lee Jae-myung will be held next Tuesday. If the hearing proceeds as scheduled, the court's decision on whether to detain Lee will likely be made late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. 3. According to a South Korean government official on Friday, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo will meet with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping in Hangzhou, China later this week, on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Asian Games. The location and timing is yet to be finalized.
9/25/202336 minutes, 19 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/21/2023

1. During a keynote address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, President Yoon Suk Yeol issued a warning against military cooperation between North Korea and Russia, saying any arms deal between the two would be considered a “direct provocation” against South Korea. 2. The National Assembly on Thursday voted on two separate motions seeking the arrest of opposition leader Lee Jae-myung and the dismissal of Prime Minister Han Duck-soo. Both  motions passed, but the motion against PM Han is widely expected to be rejected by President Yoon Suk Yeol. 3. The U.S. Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to maintain interest rates at a 22-year high, holding its key policy rate at between 5.25 percent and 5.50 percent. The Fed also projected another rate increase by the end of the year.
9/22/202336 minutes, 57 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/20/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. President Yoon expressed his wish to work with the UN to deter North Korea’s provocations and improve its human rights conditions. 2. The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday maintained its growth outlook for South Korea’s economy at 1.3%, and suggested the country will experience weaker than expected inflation. The ADB lowered its 2023 growth forecast for Asia to 4.7% from 4.8% in July. 3. South Korean athletes and officials for the Hangzhou Asian Games departed for China on Wednesday. South Korea will have a record delegation of 1,140 athletes and officials competing in 39 of 40 sports. The Hangzhou Asian Games will run from September 30th to October 8th.
9/21/202335 minutes, 58 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/19/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol held summits with the leaders of more than 9 nations after arriving in New York on Monday. President Yoon is scheduled to address the UN general Assembly on Wednesday and hold at least 30 bilateral summits on the sidelines. 2. A U.S. district court on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by American nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric Corp. to stop Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power and Korea Electric Power Corp. from exporting its own nuclear reactors. 3. The Presidential office said Tuesday that President Yoon Suk Yeol signed off on a motion requesting parliamentary consent to opposition leader Lee Jae-myung’s arrest. Lee has been accused of bribery and other charges in connection with a land development project.
9/20/202339 minutes, 27 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/18/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday embarked on a five-day visit to New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly. During the annual U.N. gathering, President Yoon will meet with world leaders, and hold bilateral summits on the sidelines to win support for South Korea's bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan. 2. According to officials, opposition leader Lee Jae-myung was taken to the hospital on Monday due to deteriorating health as his hunger strike entered the 19th day. Lee was almost unconscious after showing a sharp drop in blood sugar levels and was brought to a nearby hospital at 7:10 a.m. 3. The Gaya Tumuli, which consists of seven tomb clusters dating back to Korea's ancient Gaya confederacy, will be added to UNESCO's World Heritage list,... making it South Korea's 16th site to be inscribed on the list. The decision was made during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee, held in Riyadh on Sunday.
9/19/202334 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/15/2023

1. The Ministry of Economy and Finance said Friday that South Korea has signed an agreement with Ukraine to offer low-interest loans and rebuild the infrastructure of the war-torn country. Officials from the South Korean government as well as a business delegation visited Kyiv between September 13th and 14th to support Ukraine’s rehabilitation efforts. 2. The Ministry of Economy and Finance said Friday that South Korea’s economic slowdown appears to be gradually easing as exports show signs of recovery, including semiconductors. The ministry said volatility in the price of raw materials is still a threat. 3. Libyan Red Crescent Societies said Thursday that the death toll from the devastating floods that struck Libya’s eastern port city of Derna has risen to 11-thousand-300, while another 11-thousand remain missing.
9/18/202339 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/14/2023

1. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit North Korea during their recent summit. According to North Korean state news agency KCNA, Putin accepted the invitation, though there was no immediate confirmation from the Kremlin. 2. The Korean Railway Workers’ Union went on a four-day general strike Thursday, after failing to reach an agreement with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport regarding the operations of high-speed KTX trains at Suseo Station in Seoul. In response, the Transport Ministry activated an Emergency Response Headquarters to ensure stable train operations. 3. An official at Libya’s Ministry of Health in the Government of National Unity said Wednesday that the death toll from the devastating floods in eastern Libya had surpassed 6-thousand, and is expected to rise further. The South Korean government on Wednesday expressed condolences and promised close support and cooperation from the international community.
9/15/202336 minutes, 17 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/13/2023

1. According to Russian news media, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin began their rare talks at Russia's Vostochny space center on Wednesday. The talks come amid concerns that the two leaders may advance an arms negotiation and bolster military cooperation. 2. South Korea's military reported Wednesday that North Korea had fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea just before Kim Jong-un's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected the launches from an area in or around {순안}Sunan in Pyongyang between 11:43 a.m. and 11:53 a.m. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday announced new ministers in a partial Cabinet shakeup. A presidential chief of staff said during a press briefing that Rep. {신원식}Shin Won-sik is to replace the current Defense Minister, {유인촌}Yoo In-chon was named the new culture minister, and {김행}Kim Haing was named the new minister of gender equality and family.
9/14/202337 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/12/2023

1. An official at South Korea’s defense ministry said Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia early Tuesday to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Korean Central News Agency confirmed Tuesday that Kim had left for Russia on Sunday afternoon, accompanied by Pyongyang’s foreign minister and top military officials. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday vowed during a Cabinet meeting to actively seek a trilateral summit with Japan and China. The comments come as President Yoon met with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida and Chinese Premier Li Qiang on the sidelines of the ASEAN and G20 summits last week. 3. Morocco’s Interior Ministry said Monday that at least 2-thousand-8-hundred-62 people have died and more than 2500 injured from the earthquake that hit the country last Friday. The quake was the strongest to hit the nation’s center in more than a century, and the epicenter was not far from Marrakech.
9/13/202336 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/11/2023

1. A powerful 6-point-8 magnitude earthquake struck Morocco on Friday night. It’s state TV reported that more than 2,100 people are confirmed dead as of Monday, and rescuers warn the toll is expected to rise. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake was the strongest to hit the region around the ancient city of Marrakech in a century. 2. According to a South Korean government official, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un departed for Vladivostok to take part in summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 3. Several ruling party sources said Sunday that South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is likely to replace three to four ministers, including defense and gender equality ministers, as early as this week. The announcement comes as President Yoon makes efforts to keep his policy momentum going in preparation for general elections slated for next April.
9/12/202332 minutes, 58 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/08/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed Friday to strengthen their countries’ security and economic partnership. President Yoon also said Friday that he is looking forward to his second G20 summit which will take place in New Delhi, India this weekend. 2. North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency, said Friday that North Korea has launched a newly built “tactical nuclear attack submarine” capable of carrying out an underwater nuclear attack. The submarine’s launching ceremony was held Wednesday, ahead of the country’s 75th founding anniversary. 3. South Korea’s current account was in the black in July for the third consecutive month. According to preliminary data from the Bank of Korea on Friday, the country’s current account surplus reached 3-point-58 billion U.S. dollars in July as imports dropped more than exports.
9/11/202335 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/07/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday attended the East Asia Summit which brought together the ASEAN bloc, China, the U.S. and others in Jakarta, Indonesia. Meanwhile on Thursday President Yoon and China’s Premier Li Qiang began talks on the sidelines. 2. The Korea Communications Commission announced Thursday that it will conduct an inspection of the fact-check systems of KBS, MBC, and JTBC in connection with the fake news reporting that caused controversy during the last presidential election. This inspection may expand to other broadcasters or broadcasting outlets if deemed necessary. 3. Samsung Electronics has not been included in the European Union’s new set of regulations designed to rein in the dominance of Big Tech companies. The European Commission announced on Wednesday that six multinational tech companies have been designated as so-called “gatekeepers” that must abide by strict rules under the bloc’s Digital Markets Act.
9/8/202334 minutes, 14 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/06/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday attended a South Korea-ASEAN summit in Jakarta to check on the current state of practical cooperation between the two sides. The same day, he will attend an ASEAN Plus Three summit involving the 10 member states, along with South Korea, Japan, and China. 2. The Japanese government has requested discussions with China regarding Beijing’s recent ban of all seafood imports from Japan, based on the provisions of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. The Japanese foreign ministry also said on Monday that it submitted a counterargument to the World Trade Organization against China’s measures. 3. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Education, the September mock exam of the 2024 College Scholastic Ability Test, known as “{수능}suneung,” began nationwide on Wednesday. Wednesday’s mock evaluation is the only evaluation left before the actual CSAT, after the government announced its policy of excluding “killer questions.”
9/7/202338 minutes, 9 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/05/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday departed for Indonesia to attend annual summits involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) before traveling to India for a summit with leaders of the G20 major economies.2. The U.S. ambassador in Seoul said Tuesday that North Korea and Russia appear to have sought closer military ties. The New York Times also reported that Kim Jong-un may travel to Russia next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discuss a possible arms deal.3. The Bank of Korea reported Tuesday that South Korea’s economy grew at a slightly faster pace in the second quarter of this year than three months earlier, despite a slump in exports. The country’s GDP, a key measure of economic growth, increased 0-point-6 percent on quarter in the April-June period.
9/6/202336 minutes, 45 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/04/2023

1. School teachers held a demonstration in Seoul on Monday following the recent suicide of fellow teachers and to call for measures to prevent such tragedies. Some 30 elementary schools nationwide designated Monday a temporary holiday as too many teachers wanted to take a day off for the collective action, called "Public Education Stoppage Day."2. The South Korean government on Monday introduced an all-encompassing support strategy that aims to diversify export items, markets, and strengthen the existing infrastructure. The measure comes as South Korea saw 11 consecutive months of declining exports, lasting from October 2022 to August 2023.3. In a written interview with the Associated Press published Monday, South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol said he will urge world leaders to faithfully enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korea and deter the country’s illicit activities to fund its weapons program when he attends the ASEAN and G20 summits this week.
9/5/202336 minutes, 37 seconds
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Focus on Headline 09/01/2023

1. The final regular session of the 21st National Assembly began Friday afternoon to end on December 9th. The session will include the annual parliamentary inspection and interpellation along with a review of next year’s budget proposal. This regular session is the last such meeting ahead of April’s general election.2. South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said Friday that the nation’s exports fell for the 11th consecutive month in August, mainly due to weak demand for semiconductors. Meanwhile, the country reported a trade surplus for the third straight month.3. South Korea’s foreign ministry said Friday that the government has imposed unilateral sanctions on a North Korean company and five individuals involved in illicit financing for Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development programs. North Korea’s {류경}Ryukyong Program Development and its chief were among those newly added to Seoul’s sanction list.
9/4/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/31/2023

1. South Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance said Thursday that October 2nd has been designated as a temporary holiday. The decision creates a six-day break, starting with the day before the Chuseok holiday and ending with National Foundation Day on October 3rd.2. According to data from Statistics Korea, South Korea’s industrial output, retail sales, and facility investment all fell in July by point-seven percent from a month earlier. The three indicators lost ground at the same time for the first time since January.3. South Korea’s military said Thursday that North Korea had fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea, in apparent protest against combined military drills between South Korea and the U.S. The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected the launches from an area around Sunan in Pyongyang late Wednesday night.
9/1/202336 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/30/2023

1. South Korea will lower the infectious disease level of COVID-19 to the lowest Level 4, the same as the influenza. The measure takes effect on August 31st. Following the transition, the rapid antigen test and PCR tests conducted at doctor’s offices will become paid services. 2. A revision of the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act which eases restrictions on the gifts prices that can be provided to public officials will be enforced starting Wednesday. According to the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission on Tuesday, the price ceiling for the law will be raised to 300-thousand won, or roughly 227 U.S. dollars, from 200-thousand won. 3. According to Russian state news agency TASS on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to visit China in October, in time for the Belt and Road Forum. This would mark the first time Putin leaves Russia since the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for his arrest on alleged war crimes in Ukraine.
8/31/202336 minutes, 37 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/29/2023

1. North Korea’s state-run KCNA reported Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for bolstering naval forces. Kim visited the country’s navy command Sunday ahead of Navy Day, and stressed the navy should become a component of the country’s nuclear deterrence. 2. South Korea announced Tuesday its plan to seek a 656-point-9 trillion won, or roughly 495 billion U.S. dollar, budget for 2024. This is a 2-point-8 percent increase from the amount allocated for this year, and marks the lowest on-year rise since 2005 amid declining tax revenue and economic uncertainties. 3. The Korea Meteorological Administration said Tuesday that rain is expected nationwide until Wednesday as three typhoons are on course to pass waters near China and Japan. While the typhoons are expected to have no direct influence on the peninsula, their proximity may bring heavy rainstorms.
8/30/202337 minutes, 31 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/28/2023

1. The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said Sunday that radiation levels in the waters near South Korea remain below the standards for drinkable water defined by the World Health Organization. This is according to the first radiation tests conducted Friday after Japan began releasing wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean last Thursday. 2. Military authorities of South Korea and the United States on Monday began the second phase of the Ulchi Freedom Shield joint exercise. The second phase will be conducted solely by the military until the 31st, and may possibly involve U.S. strategic assets. 3. The newly appointed head of the Korea Communications Commission, Lee Dong-kwan, officially took office Monday. In his inaugural address, Lee emphasized that his top priority will be “reforming the public broadcasting structure.”
8/29/202332 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/25/2023

1. Japan’s Kyodo News reported Friday that the nation’s Environment Ministry started collecting seawater samples around the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The sampling began a day after the release of treated wastewater into the sea was initiated, despite concern among local fisherman and neighboring countries.and exploitation.2 President Yoon Suk Yeol on Friday approved the appointment of Lee Dong-kwan as head of the Korea Communications Commission, despite controversy over his son’s alleged bullying and suspicions that he exercised undue influence over media firms.3. The BRICS bloc of developing nations agreed on Thursday to admit Saudi Arabia, Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Argentina, and the United Arab Emirates. This is the bloc’s first expansion in 13 years, while dozens more countries voiced interest in joining.
8/28/202339 minutes, 22 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/24/2023

1. Japan on Thursday started releasing treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean at 1 PM, despite concerns raised by neighboring countries. The controversial move comes a month after the International Atomic Energy Agency gave final approval to the discharge last month. 2. North Korea said Thursday its second attempt to launch a spy satellite has ended in failure. According to the Korean Central News Agency, the launch failed due to “an error in the emergency blasting system during the third-stage flight.” 3. The Bank of Korea said Thursday it will hold its key interest rate steady for the fifth straight time. The monetary policy board of the Bank of Korea kept the benchmark seven-day repo rate unchanged at 3-point-5 percent, as the economy faces the prospect of slowing down and household debts increase.
8/25/202338 minutes, 15 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/23/2023

1. According to Japan’s Kyodo News Wednesday, the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) are in talks to start discharging wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean as early as 1 PM Thursday. 2. South Korea’s Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Wednesday the government will actively consider reinstating the system of allowing military conscripts to serve in the police force as part of measures to tackle heinous crimes targeting random people. 3. South Korea’s health authorities said Wednesday that the country will lower the infection level of COVID-19 to the lowest category, Class 4 diseases. The measure will take effect on August 31st, and is aimed at implementing a full transition to pre-pandemic normalcy for the medical system.
8/24/202337 minutes, 32 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/22/2023

1. The South Korean government said Tuesday that it sees no scientific or technical problems with Japan’s plan to release wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. Japanese Prime Minister Kishida announced earlier that the release of the Fukushima wastewater will begin Thursday. 2. Japanese media reported on Tuesday that North Korea has notified Japan’s coast guard of its intention to launch a satellite between Thursday and August 31st, ahead of the 75th anniversary of the regime’s founding on September 9th. This period overlaps with the annual Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise between South Korea and the U.S. 3. The presidential office announced Tuesday that President Yoon Suk Yeol nominated Lee Gyon-ryong, a judge at the Seoul High Court, as the new Supreme Court chief justice. Bang Moon-kyu, minister of government policy coordination, has also reportedly been chosen to replace the current Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy.
8/23/202334 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/21/2023

1. President Joe Biden on Friday signed agreements with the leaders of South Korea and Japan with promises of strengthening each nation’s economic and national security interests. It was President Biden’s first summit hosted at Camp David, and he said the location symbolized a “new era” of cooperation for the three countries. 2. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday will meet fishermen to convince them of releasing treated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific. The leader of a Japanese fisheries industry group told officials on Monday he was “greatly concerned” about the discharge. 3. South Korean officials said the country’s Air Force staged air defense drills Monday to reinforce its combat readiness as tensions linger over North Korea’s continued missile launches. The Air Force plans to stage various combined field exercises with the U.S. Air Force during the Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise.
8/22/202336 minutes, 4 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/18/2023

1. The UN Security Council on Thursday convened an open meeting on North Korea’s human rights situation, the first such discussion since 2017. Meanwhile, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol arrived in Washington the same day to attend a trilateral summit on Friday with U.S. President Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida. 2. An independent corporate compliance committee of Samsung Group recommended Friday the company rejoin the Federation of Korean Industries again, but will leave if another corruption case occurs. Samsung withdrew from the Federation years ago following a corruption scandal during the Park Geun-hye administration. 3. Lee Dong-kwan, nominee for head of the broadcasting watchdog, the Korea Communications Commission, attended a parliamentary confirmation hearing on Friday. He denied allegations about his role in influencing the media and claims of his son’s past school violence.
8/21/202337 minutes, 7 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/17/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol is set to depart for the United States on Thursday to attend a trilateral summit with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The summit will be held at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland on Friday. 2. Opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung appeared before prosecutors Thursday for questioning over suspicions surrounding a land development project in Seongnam during his previous term as the city's mayor. 3. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety announced Thursday that starting next year, the acquisition tax will be exempted within the limit of 5 million won on houses for families with children. The special property tax rate for households that have only one house with a public price of 900 million won or less will also be extended until 2026.
8/18/202337 minutes, 6 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/16/2023

1. South Korea’s Board of Audit and Inspection said Wednesday it has initiated preparations to look into what went wrong in the hosting of the 25th World Scout Jamboree. The Board vowed to conduct a thorough inspection from the winning of the right to host the event to its closure. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said to Bloomberg News on Wednesday that the world would never accept North Korea as a nuclear weapons power. He further said the door is open to a possible breakthrough in cooperation on deterrence with the U.S. and Japan during the trilateral summit this Friday. 3. Maui County officials said Tuesday the death toll in the Maui wildfires has risen to 106, a week after flames burned through the Hawaiian island. Authorities said only five of the dead had been identified and released two names.
8/17/202337 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 08/15/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said during his Liberation Day address Tuesday that South Korea and Japan are now partners sharing universal values and pursuing common interests. He further called for strengthening trilateral security cooperation with Japan and the U.S. to counter threats from North Korea. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday designated two areas hit hard by last week's Typhoon Khanun as special disaster zones. The presidential office said the two towns are Gunwi in Daegu, and parts of Goseong in Gangwon Province. 3. Britain's air force said Monday that British fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers north of Scotland. The UK's Defense Ministry said the Russian Tu-142 Bear-F and Tu-142 Bear-J, which are used for maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare, were in airspace that is part of NATO's northern air policing area.
8/16/202335 minutes, 22 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/14/2023

1. The South Korean government granted special presidential pardons Monday on the occasion of the Liberation Day anniversary tomorrow. A total of 2-thousand-176 people, including business tycoons such as Park Chan-koo, honorary chairman of Kumho Petrochemical Group, were given special pardons that will legally take effect at the beginning of Tuesday. 2. The U.S. State Department said Sunday that top diplomats of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will hold discussions virtually on Monday evening. U.S. President Joe Biden is set to host a trilateral summit among leaders of the three nations at Camp David on August 18th. 3. At least 93 people have died from the wildfires in Maui, Hawaii, according to an August 12th update from the County of Maui, making it the U.S.’ deadliest wildfire outbreak in more than a century. Officials said Saturday night that canine teams have been able to scout only three percent of the disaster zone.
8/15/202335 minutes, 35 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/11/2023

1. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said Friday that South Korea had suffered a total of 361 cases of facility and flooding damage nationwide from Typhoon Khanun. A total of 15-thousand-862 people were evacuated due to the typhoon and 9-thousand-741 of them have returned to their homes so far. 2. The United Nations Security Council will meet publicly to discuss human rights abuses in North Korea next week, a move requested by South Korea, the U.S., and Japan. It will be the first formal public meeting on the issue since 2017. 3. Iran may free five detained U.S. citizens as part of a deal under which 6 billion U.S. dollars of Iranian assets in South Korea would be unfrozen. Iran's mission to the United Nations said the U.S. would release some Iranians from U.S. prisons as part of the deal.
8/14/202336 minutes, 47 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/10/2023

1. The Korea Meteorological Administration said Typhoon Khanun made landfall on South Korea Thursday morning and is slowly moving north. The typhoon caused flooding and facility damage, and forced cancellations of 450 flights, 161 KTX high-speed trains, and closures of more than 490 roads and 178 sea routes nationwide. 2. U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order that will prohibit some U.S. investment in sensitive technology in China. South Korea said Thursday that the latest ban is expected to have only a limited impact on South Korean companies. 3. North's state media said Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for bolstering war preparations in an "offensive" manner. Kim made the remarks while presiding over an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea the previous day.
8/11/202335 minutes, 14 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/09/2023

1. The Korea Meteorological Administration said Wednesday that about 140 flights in South Korea were grounded on Jeju Island due to the approaching Typhoon Khanun. All passenger boat services from and to the island were also suspended. 2. South Korea’s Justice Ministry convened on Wednesday to begin a review of candidates for special pardons given by President Yoon Suk Yeol in time for Liberation day. A number of people that were convicted for bribery connected to the Park Geun-hye administration are speculated to be considered. 3. Belarus began military exercises Monday near its border with Poland and Lithuania, increasing tensions. Both NATO nations have said they are braced for provocations from Moscow and Minsk, while Poland sent additional troops to the border with Belarus on Tuesday.
8/10/202336 minutes, 25 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/08/2023

1. South Korea’s culture ministry said Tuesday that the K-pop concert and closing ceremony for the 25th World Scout Jamboree will be held at Seoul World Cup Stadium on Friday. The announcement came after about 36-thousand Jamboree participants left Saemangeum and relocated to new accommodations nationwide. 2. The Korea Meteorological Administration said Tuesday that typhoon Khanun is expected to make landfall on South Korea’s southern coast this week. Following nationwide heatwaves, the typhoon will put the entire country under its influence and dump heavy rains nationwide. 3. The Japanese government said Monday that they’re considering releasing wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean as early as late August. The specific date is expected to be determined after the trilateral summit between South Korea, the United States, and Japan.
8/9/202335 minutes, 36 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/07/2023

1. The World Organization of the Scout Movement said Monday that an early departure will be planned for all participants in the 25th World Scout Jamboree due to inclement weather. The scouts are expected to leave the campsite in Saemangeum sequentially from Tuesday morning. 2. The South Korean police announced that they are investigating 187 online murder threats posted nationwide as of 7 AM, Monday, amid concerns of copycat crimes following a recent stabbing rampage in Seoul. 59 people are reportedly arrested in connection with posting such threats, of which 34 are minors. 3. Pope Francis announced on Sunday that South Korea’s capital Seoul will host the 2027 World Youth Day. World Youth Day brings together young Catholics from around the world in celebration of their faith.
8/8/202338 minutes, 14 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/04/2023

1. Prime Minister Han Duck-soo presided over an extraordinary Cabinet meeting on Friday to approve the spending of reserve government funds to protect participants of the 25th World Scout Jamboree from the scorching heat wave. President Yoon Suk Yeol finalized the spending of 6-point-9 billion won or 5.2 million USD. 2. Former special counsel Park Young-soo was arrested late Thursday over corruption allegations connected to a high-profile property development scandal. Park is suspected of taking 800 million won or 610-thousand USD from private developers. 3. The United Nations Command said Thursday that North Korea has “responded” to efforts by the Command to discuss American soldier Travis King, who crossed into North Korea last month and is believed to be detained by Pyongyang.
8/7/202337 minutes, 4 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/03/2023

1. Former special counsel Park Young-soo attended a court hearing on Thursday to determine whether to issue an arrest warrant for him over corruption allegations connected to a high-profile property development scandal. 2. Global financial stocks slumped on Wednesday, while U.S. 10 year Treasury yields ticked up, after Fitch Ratings downgraded the United States’ credit rating one notch from AAA to AA+ on Tuesday. 3. South Korea’s weather agency said Thursday that high temperatures climbed to 33 to 38 degrees Celsius nationwide. Lawmakers from both main parties called on the government to seek safety measures for participants at the 25th World Scout Jamboree.
8/4/202335 minutes, 58 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/02/2023

1. Cho Hee-yeon, superintendent of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education said Wednesday that starting next month parents in Seoul will be required to make a reservation before meeting or talking by phone with teachers to prevent teacher harassment by parents. The education office will also launch a pilot project to install camera monitored waiting rooms at some schools. 2. According to data from Statistics Korea on Wednesday, South Korea’s consumer price growth slowed for the sixth straight month in July to the lowest level in 25 months on the back of lower oil prices. Consumer prices rose 2-point-3 percent in July from a year earlier. 3. Intense heat continued to take over South Korea on Wednesday, sending daytime temperatures as high as 36 degrees Celsius. The weather agency reported that the heat warning remains at the highest level of “serious.” The 25th World Scout Jamboree, currently being held amid heat wave concerns, reported 400 cases of heat related illnesses.
8/3/202336 minutes, 42 seconds
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Focus on Headline 08/01/2023

1. According to the South Korean Ambassador to the U.S. Cho Hyundong, the upcoming trilateral summit between the leaders of S. Korea. U.S. and Japan at Camp David will serve as an opportunity for the leaders to have a casual meet up. The meeting will likely address a range of security and economic agenda, and whether or not the three countries will hold the trilateral summit on a regular basis. 2. South Korea's trade balance continued to stay in the black for the second straight month in July. According to data by the Industry Ministry on Tuesday, this is mainly because of rising auto exports and falling raw material prices. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol pledged to eradicate “cartels” with vested interest in the construction industry, citing them as a reason behind poor construction practices. The pledge follows revelations that not enough reinforcing rods were used in building underground parking lots at apartment complexes nationwide.
8/2/202335 minutes, 34 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/31/2023

1. According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance on Monday, in the first half of 2023, South Korea’s tax revenue decreased by almost 40 trillion KRW or 31.4 billion USD ompared with the previous year. 2. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Sunday that the recent heatwave had killed at least 12 people from Wednesday to Friday last week. Meanwhile, at least 5 lives were lost due to a drowning accident during the same period across the nation. 3. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday said that the war is returning to the territory of Russia. This statement came after Russia accused Ukraine of drone attacks in Moscow.
8/1/202336 minutes, 48 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/28/2023

1. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, along with delegations from China and Russia, oversaw a huge military parade on Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of the armistice or what Pyongyang calls "Victory Day". The parade featured North Korea’s Hwasong-17 and Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missiles. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, on Friday, nominated his special advisor for external affairs, Lee Dong Kwan, for the role of Chairman of the Korea Communications Commission, and appointed Kim Yung-ho, as the country’s new unification minister. 3. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, a heat wave warning on Friday was issued for most parts of South Korea, as steaming heat started in earnest after the monsoon season came to an end.
7/31/202338 minutes, 39 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/27/2023

1. The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key interest rates by 25 basis points to 5.25% to 5.5% range on Wednesday, widening the rate gap with South Korea to a new high of 1.75 to 2.0 percentage points. 2. North Korea invited delegations from China and Russia amid their preparation for huge celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice on Thursday. Pyongyang displayed weapons, including the Hwasong intercontinental ballistic missile, during massive military parades. 3. According to South Korea’s Science Ministry on Thursday, the country’s own upcoming aerospace agency will not house the existing Korea Aerospace Research Institute that has been leading Korea’s space missions such as the Nuri rocket program.
7/28/202338 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 07/26/2023

1. Interior Minister Lee Sang-min pledged Wednesday to completely overhaul the country's disaster management system to better deal with disasters caused by climate change a day after he was reinstated as the interior minister as the Constitutional Court rejected the National Assembly's impeachment of him on Tuesday. 2. The International Monetary Fund cut its 2023 economic growth outlook for South Korea on Tuesday, to 1.4%, down 0.1 percentage point from its previous estimate of 1.5% in April. 3. Commercial Satellite imagery has shown that North Korea has been preparing for a parade and may conduct a military parade as early as midnight on Wednesday to mark the country’s Victory Day which is the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice.
7/27/202337 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/25/2023

1. North Korea late on Monday fired two ballistic missiles into the sea off the east coast. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that it detected two ballistic missiles fired from areas near Pyongyang at 11:55 PM on Monday and at midnight on Tuesday. 2. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday rejected the National Assembly’s impeachment of Interior Minister Lee Sang-min over last year’s crowd crush on October 29, which took the lives of 159 people. Lee has been reinstated to the minister of the interior and safety. 3. Data from the Bank of Korea released on Tuesday shows that the country's gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation, rose 0.6% on-quarter during the April to June period of this year on the back of the rise in net exports.
7/26/202335 minutes, 50 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/24/2023

1. According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff on Saturday, North Korea fired several cruise missiles toward the West Sea at around 4 AM on Saturday. Meanwhile, this Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. 2. South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Sunday revealed 55 data related to the Seoul-Yangpyeong Expressway project amid controversy over the cancellation of the highway project. 3. According to the National Police Agency on Sunday, a total of 2,058 reports of suspicious parcels have been filed with the police as of 5 PM Sunday. Seoul's foreign ministry has reached out to the Chinese foreign ministry and requested a confirmation of the details regarding the suspicious packages.
7/25/202337 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/21/2023

1. North Korea has heavily criticized the docking of the USS Kentucky in South Korea and the launch of the S. Korea-U.S. Nuclear Consultative Group as a blatant and direct nuclear threat. South Korea’s defense ministry on Friday has warned that a nuclear weapons assault by Pyongyang will result in the regime’s demise. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s nominee to become the next unification minister, Kim Young-ho, appeared before the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee for his confirmation hearing on Friday. 3. Japan on Friday returned South Korea to its “white list” of preferential trading partners after about 4 years, as ties between the two countries continue to improve after years of acrimony over wartime issues.
7/24/202337 minutes, 52 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/20/2023

1. According to the presidential office on Thursday, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will hold a trilateral summit with the U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at Camp David, near Washington, on August 18. 2. The Ministry of Justice’s Attorney Disciplinary Committee held a meeting on Thursday to determine whether it was appropriate for the bar association to prohibit attorneys from using the LawTalk app. 3. Heat wave warnings were issued across the nation, including Seoul, as sweltering temperatures prompted the city to raise its crisis alert from "caution" to "vigilance." Meanwhile, sweltering heat and infrequent rain is expected across the country on Friday, which is Jungbok, known to be the peak of the hottest time of the year.
7/21/202338 minutes, 38 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/19/2023

1. North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles or SRBMs toward the East Sea from the Sunan area on Wednesday. The launch comes after South Korea and the U.S. held their first Nuclear Consultative Group meeting, and after the USS Kentucky, a U.S. nuclear-capable ballistic missile submarine, arrived in South Korea, on Tuesday. 2. South Korea has decided to raise next year's minimum wage by 2.5% to 9 thousand 860 won or roughly 7 dollars and 80 cents. The decision was made early Wednesday morning by the Minimum Wage Commission after a record 110 days of negotiations. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday has first-handedly declared special disaster zones for 13 areas that have been seriously damaged by the torrential rain, including Yecheon-gun County in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province and Cheongju City in Chungcheongbuk-do Province.
7/20/202338 minutes, 3 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/18/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Tuesday called for strengthening extended deterrence to the point that North Korea dares not to use nuclear weapons during the inaugural session of the South Korea-U.S. Nuclear Consultative Group. 2. According to the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, as of 6 AM Tuesday, nationwide, 44 people have died and 6 are still missing as a result of the recent heavy rains. 3. The South Korean government on Tuesday announced that it has filed a suit to reverse an international tribunal's order to pay 107.8 million USD in damages to hedge fund Elliott Investment Management in a dispute related to the controversial 2015 merger of two Samsung Group affiliates.
7/19/202336 minutes, 51 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/17/2023

1. The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters on Monday said that the recent flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains have left at least 49 people nationwide dead and missing while torrential rain is forecasted on Tuesday. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Saturday he agreed to provide Ukraine with a package of security, humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a surprise visit to Ukraine. 3. South Korea, the United States, and Japan held a joint naval missile defense exercise to counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, in a response to Pyongyang’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile launch.
7/18/202335 minutes, 41 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/14/2023

1. South Korea and Poland on Thursday established a three-way system with Ukraine to support its post-war reconstruction efforts during a bilateral summit between South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, in Warsaw. 2. South Korea’s Foreign ministry on Friday slapped sanctions on four individuals and three institutions involved in North Korea’s nuclear and missile development in response to Pyongyang's launch of a Hwasong-18 ICBM this week. 3. The Korea Meteorological Administration forecasted rainfall of as much as 50-100 millimeters per hour in the greater central Chungcheong and Jeollabuk-do provinces throughout Friday night until Saturday morning.
7/17/202335 minutes, 45 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/13/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol asked Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday to include South Korean experts in monitoring the planned release of wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Yoon also asked that the discharge be halted immediately if the concentration of radioactive material in the water exceeds standard levels. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday pledged continued support for Ukraine by increasing cooperation with Poland. Yoon made the pledge in a contribution to a Polish media outlet as he embarked on a three-day official visit. 3. The Bank of Korea on Thursday decided to freeze its key interest rate at 3.5% for the fourth consecutive time as inflation seems to have slowed down.
7/14/202338 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/12/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will meet Wednesday on the sidelines of the NATO summit, following controversy over Japan's plan to release waste water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea. 2. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that North Korea fired a long-range ballistic missile, toward the East Sea at around 10 A.M. Wednesday. The launch comes a day after Pyongyang threatened to take military action, after the regime accused the U.S. of illegally intruding into the sky above its economic exclusive zone with a spy plane. 3. According to Statistics Korea, the number of employed people reached 28.81 million in June, up around 333,000 from a year earlier. However, the job market remained challenging for the younger workforce, as older workers took up most of the growth.
7/13/202337 minutes
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Focus on Headline 07/11/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol arrived in Lithuania on Monday for the NATO Summit during which South Korea and NATO plan to adopt documents for bilateral cooperation across 11 sectors, including nonproliferation. 2. North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong said on Tuesday that a US spy aircraft which violated Pyongyang’s airspace twice had retreated when North Korea sent its warplanes. Kim said that the US forces would “experience a very critical flight” if the United States continues its reconnaissance activities. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol electronically approved the Cabinet’s decision on Tuesday to split the TV transmission fee from monthly household electricity bills. The approval came after the Korea Communication Commission amended the enforcement ordinance on the Broadcasting Act last week.
7/12/202336 minutes, 18 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/10/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol departed on Monday for Lithuania to attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit. He will go to Poland for an official visit later this week after the summit. 2. The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, arrived in South Korea on Friday and met with head of South Korea's Nuclear Safety and Security Commission, Yoo Guk-hee, Foreign Minister Park Jin on Saturday, and lawmakers from the main opposition Democratic Party on Sunday. 3. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, hot weather persisted during the daytime on Monday, and frequent rain is in the forecast for the whole week.
7/11/202338 minutes, 18 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/07/2023

1. The South Korean government said Friday that the release of contaminated water from its crippled Fukushima plant would meet international standards if carried out as planned as it announced the country’s own scientific analysis of the discharge plan. 2. According to the Bank of Korea, South Korea’s current account surplus in May returned to the black by reaching 1.93 billion USD in May, up from a deficit of $790 million in April, owed to trade surplus and increased dividends. 3. United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen arrived in Beijing on Thursday. Soon after her arrival, she said that the United States seeks better communication with China on Twitter.
7/10/202339 minutes, 33 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/06/2023

1. According to first deputy chief of the Office for Government Policy Coordination Park Ku-yeon on Thursday, the South Korean government will announce its own analysis of Japan's plan to discharge contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Friday. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday named Yoo In-chon, an actor who served as culture minister during the former Lee Myung-bak administration as his special adviser for culture and sports in a reshuffle. 3. According to the Financial Services Commision on Wednesday, the South Korean government will lower barriers in the banking sector to stimulate competition. DGB Daegu Bank has expressed its intentions to apply for a change of status to a nationwide commercial bank to become Korea’s first new commercial bank in 31 years.
7/7/202336 minutes, 33 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/05/2023

1. South Korea's Office for Government Policy Coordination on Wednesday morning said that it respects the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report, but as for its content, South Korea is conducting an independent review. 2. The Korea Communications Commission on Wednesday approved an amendment to an enforcement ordinance to collect license fees for state broadcasters separately from electricity bills. 3. According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Wednesday, South Korea has retrieved a North Korean spy satellite wreckage and concluded it has no military utility.
7/6/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/04/2023

1. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, on Tuesday met Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to deliver the agency's comprehensive report on Tokyo's plan to release wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean which contains information about the discharge complying with global standards. 2. According to Statistics Korea, the Consumer Price Index rose by 2.7 percent compared to the same month last year. This is the first time that on-year hikes fell to the 2 percent range in 21 months. 3. China imposed export controls on two rare elements essential for manufacturing semiconductors as a response to chip export restrictions imposed on China by the United States and Europe. According to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on Monday, measures which will come into effect as of August 1st.
7/5/202337 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 07/03/2023

1. The Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation announced that the annual College Scholastic Ability Test, often called "suneung" in Korean, will take place on November 16. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s new vice ministers and anti-corruption commissioner took office on Monday with an inauguration ceremony at the Yongsan Presidential Office. The presidential office announced two minister-level and 13 vice minister-level appointments Thursday. 3. More than 700 people were arrested nationwide in France on the 5th straight night of nationwide violence on Saturday, sparked by the police killing of a teenager of North African descent last Tuesday.
7/4/202338 minutes, 6 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/30/2023

1. Days of torrential rain killed a 14 month old baby when her home was hit by a landslide in Yeongju City, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province early Friday morning. The city saw more than 230 millimeters of rain through Thursday night and Friday morning 2. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6 to 3 that U.S colleges and universities can no longer apply affirmative action as a specific basis for granting admission, meaning race can no longer be taken into consideration in tertiary-level applications. 3. Three South Korean musicians–Kim Gye-hee in violin, Lee Young-eun in cello, and Son Ji-hoon in the voice category–won first prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition which is held once every four years.
7/3/202336 minutes, 46 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/29/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday named Kim Yung-ho as the new unification minister and Olympic weightlifting gold medalist, Jang Mi-ran, for vice culture minister in a reshuffle, also affecting one other ministerial post and 11 other vice ministers. 2. South Korea’s Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho and his Japanese counterpart Shunichi Suzuki held a bilateral meeting in Tokyo on Thursday, and agreed to restart the currency swap agreement that expired back in 2015. 3. Heavy monsoon rain is soaking central parts of the country, dropping up to 60 millimeters an hour of downpours into tonight. The monsoonal front has been moving south, pounding down on southern regions from this afternoon into tomorrow.
6/30/202333 minutes, 58 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/28/2023

1. Starting Wednesday, South Korea is scrapping its unique way of counting age as the country adopts the global standard system. However, South Koreans can buy cigarettes and alcohol from the year and not the day they turn 19. 2. South Korea’s foreign ministry announced on Wednesday that the government slapped sanctions on a Russian national of Korean descent, Choi Chon Gon, for helping North Korea in its illicit financial activities. 3. Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday has begun a 3-day mandatory safety inspection of all equipment needed for the release of treated radioactive wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant.
6/29/202337 minutes, 54 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/27/2023

1. The South Korean government decided on Tuesday to provide all elementary, middle and high schools with 24 million won or 18,474 USD each to alleviate the burden of air-conditioning bills. 2. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday said that he had let the mutiny caused by Wagner’s mercenary group on Saturday proceed as long as it did to avoid bloodshed while Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin said he never intended to overthrow the government. 3. The Japanese government on Tuesday during a cabinet meeting approved a motion to revise an administrative order on trade, adding South Korea back to its whitelist of preferential trading partners after about 4 years.
6/28/202334 minutes, 55 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/26/2023

1. South Korea’s Education Minister Lee Ju-ho on Monday announced that the government will cut the vicious cycle of killer questions in exams which leads to the country’s excessive spending on private education. 2. The forces from the Wagner Group, a private army led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, advanced within 200 km to the capital Moscow but turned back on Saturday, de-escalating a major threat to President Vladimir Putin's power. 3. Marking the 73rd anniversary of the Korean War on Sunday. President Yoon Suk Yeol said at the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History that neither the devastation caused by the war nor the veterans from South Korea and the U.S should be forgotten.
6/27/202337 minutes, 31 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/23/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his Vietnamese counterpart Vo Van Thuong agreed Friday to strengthen cooperation against North Korea's nuclear threat while expanding economic ties. Yoon also agreed to provide Vietnam with 4 billion dollars in soft loans by 2030 as part of official development assistance. 2. The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs this Friday announced to hold an event commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the Korean War on June 25th. (Also on the Korean Peninsula) North Korea started its annual mass rally against the U.S. on Thursday. 3. U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday downplayed the impact of his recent comments comparing Chinese President Xi Jinping to a dictator, saying at a news conference that the remarks he made did not undermine Washington's relationship with Beijing.
6/26/202338 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/22/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol kicked off his state visit in Vietnam this Thursday. He is accompanied by a 205-member business delegation–the largest ever for an overseas presidential trip, since Yoon took office. 2. The education ministry on Wednesday revealed a plan to adopt a credit system in high schools from 2025 to improve the competitiveness of public education. The ministry, however, decided to maintain the relative grading system for subjects in the first year of high school. 3. The United States and European countries on Wednesday announced billions of dollars in new recovery assistance to Ukraine, aimed at addressing the destruction caused by Russia’s invasion.
6/23/202336 minutes, 12 seconds
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Focus on Hedaline 06/21/2023

1. President Yoon Suk-yeol gave a 30-minute presentation to boost South Korea's bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan at the BIE general assembly in Paris on Tuesday. He ended the presentation with the bid slogan, “Busan is ready.” 2. An international tribunal ordered South Korea to pay tens of millions of dollars to U.S. hedge fund Elliott Investment Management, marking an end to a legal battle dating back to 2015. 3. The Korea Electric Power Corporation said Wednesday that it decided to keep the fuel cost-adjusted rate at 5 won per kilowatt hour for the July-September period amid public concerns over soaring electricity prices.
6/22/202339 minutes, 18 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/20/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol is scheduled to hold a summit with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and boost South Korea's bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan at the BIE General Assembly this Tuesday. 2. Failed crypto entrepreneur, Do Kwon, on Monday has been sentenced to 4 months in prison in Montenegro for passport forgery. 3. Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting in Beijing, during which the two agreed on the need to stabilize U.S.-China ties. However, it remains to be seen whether the two sides can resolve long-standing issues involving Taiwan, trade, and human rights.
6/21/202333 minutes, 20 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/19/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday embarked on a diplomatic trip to France and Vietnam. One of the highlights will be a 30-minute speech by the President in Paris, in hopes to boost Busan's bid for the 2030 World Expo. 2. South Korea's ruling People Power Party and the Yoon Suk Yeol administration decided to exclude the so-called “killer” test questions from the nation's annual college entrance exam, which deal with materials not covered by public education. 3. Seoul issued its first heat wave advisory this year, as the capital’s daytime high climbed up to 34 degrees Celsius, marking the hottest temperature so far this year. Some regions in Gyeonggi-do Province even reached up to 37 degrees.
6/20/202338 minutes, 9 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/16/2023

1. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed that North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea on Thursday. In response, the national security advisors of South Korea, the U.S., and Japan issued a joint statement condemning North Korea's missile launches. 2. According to the latest economic trends report released by the Ministry of Economy and Finance on Friday, exports fell by over 15 percent on-year. However, despite global economic uncertainties, consumer and business sentiment improved and price increases slowed. 3. A Korean woman who was 8 months pregnant was killed in what appears to have been a random shooting in downtown Seattle this week.
6/19/202337 minutes, 32 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/15/2023

1. After 10 straight rate hikes, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday that it would freeze its rate hike campaign at between 5.0% and 5.25%., however, most officials estimate that there might be as many as two more quarter-point hikes this year. 2. The South Korean government began daily briefings on Japan's planned release of wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant on Thursday in a bid to alleviate public anxiety. 3. South Korea filed a 44.7 billion won, or 35 million USD, damage suit against North Korea on Wednesday for blowing up the joint liaison office in 2020.
6/16/202336 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/14/2023

1. Data from Statistics Korea released on Wednesday shows that there were 28.83 million people in employment last month, up more than 351 thousand compared to the previous year, bringing the employment rate for those aged 15 to 64 to its highest ever. 2. A director at the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights, Song Han-na, on Tuesday said that satellite imagery has been released, showing that China is expanding detention centers where about 2 thousand North Korean defectors are reportedly being detained. 3. According to the U.S. Labor Department on Tuesday, the country’s consumer price index in May increased by 4 percent compared to the same month last year, showing the smallest on-year gains since 2021. Stocks rallied on rising anticipation of a rate freeze by the central bank.
6/15/202336 minutes, 48 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/13/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit France and Vietnam next week to participate in the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris to rally international support for the 2030 Busan World Expo bid and hold a bilateral summit with his Vietnamese counterpart. 2. According to the Ukraine's deputy defense minister on Monday, Ukraine's military forces successfully conducted counteroffensive operations over the weekend, recapturing 7 villages from Russian occupation. 3. The U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan Estevez announced last week that he would extend the suspension of U.S. semiconductor equipment export controls to South Korean and Taiwanese companies for the time being.
6/14/202336 minutes, 19 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/12/2023

1. The officials from the Yoon Suk Yeol administration are questioned by lawmakers at the National Assembly starting Monday for three days. The session runs through Wednesday with the focus on political and diplomatic issues gripping the country. 2. Starting Monday, Japan is carrying out a two-week test run on the process for discharging contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant despite concerns of the local fisheries representatives. 3. Ukraine on Sunday claims to have liberated three frontline villages in the western Donetsk region, marking its first successful results of its counter-offensive which began a week ago.
6/13/202336 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/09/2023

1. South Korea’s ruling and main opposition parties have agreed on Thursday to establish a special committee on Japan’s Fukushima wastewater release. The committee will be holding parliamentary hearings that could involve the 21-member team of Korean experts who returned from the inspections of the plant’s water treatment facilities. 2. According to the Bank of Korea on Friday, South Korea’s current account has again marked a deficit in April due to decreased dividend payments from overseas and a deficit in the tourism-related account. 3. South Korea lost to Italy in the semifinals of FIFA U-20 World Cup 2-1. South Korea’s third-place match against Israel kicks off on Sunday at 2:30 PM in La Plata.
6/12/202335 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/08/2023

1. The Yoon Suk-Yeol administration on Wednesday revealed a National Security Strategy highlighting the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. 2. The Federation of Korean Trade Unions, one of South Korea's two main umbrella labor unions, decided Wednesday to boycott the presidential advisory board for labor policies. 3. As of Wednesday, some 400 wildfires are burning in Canada and more than half of them are yet to be controlled, burning areas as large as about 30% of South Korea.
6/9/202336 minutes, 18 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/07/2023

1. South Korea was elected to the UN Security Council on Tuesday as a non-permanent member, winning the support of more than two-thirds of the UN General Assembly. The two-year term kicks off at the start of next year. This marks the country's return to the UNSC after 11 years. 2. Japan has started releasing seawater into an underwater tunnel built to release the contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean according to the country’s local media on Tuesday. 3. According to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report released Tuesday, the latest global growth outlook for this year has been set at 2.1%, up from 1.7% of the previous report in January. It also raised concerns over the possibility of a further economic slowdown caused by stress in the banking sector.
6/8/202336 minutes, 47 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/06/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said Tuesday that the South Korea-U.S. alliance has now been elevated to a 'nuclear-based' alliance during his Memorial Day speech delivered at Seoul National Cemetery. 2. The International Maritime Organization said on Monday that it will respond to North Korea if the country does not offer the organization any advanced notices for future satellite launches. This came after North Korea slammed the organization for adopting its first resolution last Wednesday, criticizing the country over its recent attempt to launch a satellite. 3. Ukrainian forces on Monday attacked along the frontline in the Donetsk region to punch through Russian defensive lines as military analysts said this appears to be Ukraine’s long-anticipated counteroffensive.
6/7/202337 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/05/2023

1. Seoul's Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup and his US and Japanese counterparts, Lloyd Austin and Yasukazu Hamada, held a three-way talks on Saturday in Singapore during which the three defense chiefs agreed to establish a real-time data warning sharing system on North Korean missiles. 2. The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs is boosted in its status from sub-ministry to full-fledged ministry level as of Monday. Meanwhile, the Overseas Koreans Agency was launched in Incheon City on the same day. 3. South Korean baritone Kim Tae-han won the Queen Elisabeth Competition for voice in Belgium on Saturday, becoming the first Asian male singer to win the competition. The Queen Elisabeth Competition is one of the world’s three most prestigious classical music contests.
6/6/202336 minutes, 42 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/02/2023

1. Data from Statistics Korea released on Friday shows that the Consumer Price Index  rose 3.3% on-year. However, electricity, gas, and water prices surged more than 23%, marking the second consecutive month that the utility fee increases have been in the 20 percent range. 2. According to South Korea’s foreign ministry, South Korea on Friday imposed unilateral sanctions on a North Korean hacking group known as Kimsuky as a response to the North's botched space rocket launch to put its military spy satellite into space. 3. The US Senate on Thursday passed a bill to lift the debt ceiling for two years, averting a US default with just days before the June 5th deadline.
6/5/202338 minutes, 30 seconds
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Focus on Headline 06/01/2023

1. South Korea downgraded the COVID-19 crisis status from "serious," the highest level, to "alert"on Thursday. The COVID-19 isolation period of seven days is now shortened to five days and is no longer compulsory. 2. According to South Korea’s industry ministry on Thursday, the country’s exports dropped for the 8th consecutive month by 15.2% in May, driven by low demand for semiconductors. The country’s exports of semiconductors plunged 36.2% in May. 3. South Korea on Tuesday. succeeded in the fourth test of the Long-range Surface-to-Air-Missile, also known as L-SAM, which is a key homegrown missile interceptor under development. The country’s defense ministry said that it plans to embark on the mass-production phase in 2025.
6/2/202339 minutes, 3 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/31/2023

1. North Korea launched a space rocket on Wednesday, a day after announcing its schedule for sending a military reconnaissance satellite into orbit. According to the country’s state media KCNA this morning, the launch came short, falling into the West Sea after losing its momentum due to an “abnormal flight”. 2. The head of the South Korean inspection team that returned home after examining the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Yoo Guk-hee, said at a briefing on Wednesday that "meaningful progress" was made in terms of a scientific and technological review of the plant's facilities, but "further analysis" will be needed. 3. Data released by Statistics Korea shows that last month's industrial production was down 1.4% compared to the month before. It had risen in the two previous months and the fall in April was the biggest on-month drop in 14 months.
6/1/202336 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/30/2023

1. High-ranking North Korean military official Ri Pyong-chol announced in a statement released by the country's state media KCNA on Tuesday that the country is planning to launch a military spy satellite as soon as June. 2. The National Assembly on Tuesday voted down the nursing act which was put for a re-vote after it was vetoed by President Yoon Suk Yeol earlier this month. 3. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday said that decisions have been made on the timing of when Ukrainian troops will push forward which implies that the country is now ready to launch its long-awaited counteroffensive.
5/31/202338 minutes, 36 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/29/2023

1. According to Japan’s Kyodo News on Monday, North Korea notified both the Japanese government and the International Maritime Organization of its plan to launch a military reconnaissance satellite between May 31 and June 11. 2. According to the Bank of Korea on Monday, South Korea’s economic growth recorded under the OECD average for three straight quarters, signaling towards Bank of Korea’s governor Rhee Chang-yong’s warning that South Korea has already entered the stage of low growth in the long term, now being a reality. 3. Turkiye's Election Board on Sunday confirmed that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has secured yet another term in office by winning the country’'s 2023 presidential election with 52.14% of the votes in a runoff vote on Sunday, extending his rule into a 3rd decade.
5/30/202334 minutes, 15 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/26/2023

1. According to the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, South Korea on Thursday succeeded in launching its homegrown space rocket, Nuri, placing 8 satellites, including the next generation small satellite, the NEXTSAT-2 satellite, into Earth’s orbit. 2. South Korea’s main opposition, Democratic Party, launched a signature campaign on Friday to oppose Japan’s planned release of radioactive water from its Fukushima nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, South Korea’s 21-member inspection team returned home in the afternoon to report their inspection results. 3. South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group and LG Energy Solution announced Friday to invest 5.7 trillion won (or 4.3 billion USD) in a battery cell plant in the United States as a response to the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law by the U.S. President Joe Biden.
5/29/202339 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/25/2023

1. According to the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, South Korea will launch its homegrown space rocket Nuri on Thursday at 6:24 p.m. at the Naro Space Center in the southern coastal village of Goheung. 2. South Korea’s 21-member inspection team on Thursday held a meeting with Japanese officials after concluding its 2-day inspection of the cripple Fukushima nuclear power plant on Wednesday. The South Korean inspection team is scheduled to return to Korea on Friday. 3. A Montenegro high court has annulled a decision by a lower court to release Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon on bail, accepting the Montenegrin prosecutors’ claim that the bail is far short of their actual wealth.
5/26/202337 minutes, 10 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/24/2023

1. According to the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, the launch of South Korea's homegrown rocket, Nuri, would be delayed until later this week. The Nuri rocket was originally scheduled to embark on a journey into orbit about 550 km above the earth at 6:24 PM on Wednesday with a total of 8 satellites. 2. According to a U.S. public filing on Tuesday, South Korea submitted a request to the United States Department of Commerce to double its proposed limit on the expansion of production by South Korean chips manufacturers in China, and redefine several of its terms in the CHIPS and Science Act. 3. The South Korean government and the ruling People Power Party agreed on Wednesday to review the possibility of disallowing downtown rallies by organizations with a history of unlawful acts and restricting downtown rallies and demonstrations during commuting hours.
5/25/202338 minutes, 55 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/23/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol presided over a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to share his accomplishments achieved before and after attending the Group of Seven Summit in Hiroshima, and vowed to further roll out Korea’s vision of becoming a global pivotal state. 2. South Korea’s first domestically developed Nuri space rocket has been transported to a launch pad at the Naro Space Center in the southwestern county of Goheung on Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday’s launch. 3. South Korea on Monday defeated France 2-1 in its first group match of this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Mendoza, Argentina. Team Korea’s Captain Lee Seung-won scored the opener and Lee Young-jun added another.
5/24/202337 minutes, 13 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/22/2023

1. During the Group of Seven Summit from May 19th to 21st, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol promised that Korea, as a “global pivotal country”, will support vulnerable and developing countries in solidarity and cooperation with the Group of Seven. 2. The South Korean government on Sunday revealed its plan to send a 21-member safety inspection team to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant for six days to focus on checking on the ALPS facility. 3. South Korea’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs on Monday began toughening quarantine checks on U.S. beef imports after the U.S. announced an atypical case of the so-called “mad cow disease” in a beef cow at a plant in South Carolina last week.
5/23/202334 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/19/2023

1. The Group of Seven summit kicked off on Friday in Hiroshima. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol will be in the Japanese city for 3 days for the G7 Summit and a series of sideline meetings. He will be the fourth South Korean leader to participate in the multilateral event. 2. The EU Commission released an examination report on Wednesday, stating concerns about the proposed merger of Korean Air and Asiana, citing price increases and service quality decline in passenger and cargo transportation on four routes between Korea and France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. 3. South Korea's records related to the April 19 Revolution and the Donghak Peasant Revolution were added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register on Thursday.
5/22/202336 minutes, 44 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/18/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol vowed Thursday during a ceremony marking the 43rd anniversary of the Gwangju Democratization Movement to stand against any challenges to freedom and democracy. 2. South Korea and Japan failed to reach an agreement after the second round of talks held on Wednesday to discuss the details of the Fukushima wastewater inspection. South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said that it is the IAEA and Tokyo's job to inspect the wastewater onsite and that Seoul will check their inspection process. 3. According to the World Meteorological Organization on Wednesday, there is a 66% likelihood that the annual average near-surface global temperature between 2023 and 2027 will be more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels for at least one year.
5/19/202336 minutes, 34 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/17/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in South Korea on Wednesday to boost cooperation on security and critical minerals used in batteries. 2. South Korea’s main opposition Democratic Party decided Wednesday to refer a former party member, Kim Namkuk, to the Special Committee on Ethics over his dubious cryptocurrency dealings amid growing criticism that Kim is attempting to evade responsibility by simply leaving the party. 3. According to the White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden canceled his visit to Australia for the Quad summit and Papua New Guinea over the debt ceiling talks, but he will visit Japan for the G-7 Summit in Hiroshima.
5/18/202333 minutes, 25 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/16/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol vetoed the controversial nursing act against the backdrop of strong protests from doctors and nursing assistants in his second veto of a bill since he took office. 2. The UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women raised questions to the Chinese delegations concerning the situation of North Korean defectors in China on Monday during the review of China in its 85th session. 3. The United Kingdom announced on Monday that it would deliver long-range attack drones and air-defense missiles to Ukraine after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
5/17/202337 minutes, 11 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/15/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will visit Hiroshima later this week to attend the Group of Seven summit. Before embarking on his trip to Japan, he will hold talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Seoul on Wednesday, and is also scheduled to meet the leaders of Germany and EU in Seoul after the G7 Summit. 2. According to South Korea’s energy minister Lee Chang-yang on Monday, electricity and gas rates are to increase by 5.3% from Tuesday. 3. Turkiye is set to hold a runoff vote slated for May 28 after its President Tayyp Erdogan failed to secure more than 50% of the votes on Sunday.
5/16/202338 minutes, 29 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/12/2023

1. A director-general level meeting between South Korea and Japan was held at Seoul’s foreign ministry on Friday to discuss the details of a South Korean inspection into the wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant. 2. Korea Electric Power Corporation announced a 25 trillion won, or 18.8billion USD restructuring plan to restore its fiscal soundness. Meanwhile, Cheong Seung-il, the CEO of Kepco, offered to resign on the same day. 3. The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that a U.S. debt default which was caused by the country’s failure to raise its borrowing limit could have very serious consequences for not only the U.S. but also the global economy.
5/15/202336 minutes, 39 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/11/2023

1. South Korea on Thursday lowered its crisis level for COVID-19 and announced that the 7-day quarantine will no longer be required from June. 2. According to Japan's Sankei Shimbun daily on Thursday, Japan is planning to hold a bilateral summit with South Korea, and a trilateral summit with South Korea and the U.S. on May 21 which is the last day of the G7 summit in Hiroshima. 3. According to the Cultural Heritage Administration on Thursday, The Gaya Tumuli, which is the seven tomb clusters from Korea's ancient Gaya confederacy, has been recommended for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
5/12/202337 minutes, 11 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/10/2023

1. South President Yoon Suk Yeol visited the National Cemetery in Seoul on Wednesday on the occasion of his first anniversary in office. He wrote in a guest book that he will make a country of freedom and innovation. 2. South Korea’s foreign ministry on Wednesday said that the upcoming Fukushima water inspection is an opportunity to assess its safety, while Japan’s Trade Minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura said that it will only be an explanation session without assessment. 3. According to data released by the Bank of Korea on Wednesday, South Korea logged a current account surplus of $270 million USD in March due to an increase in dividend payments from overseas. It was the first surplus in three months.
5/11/202338 minutes, 25 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/09/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol said during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday that improving ties between South Korea and Japan will open the door to a new future where the two, along with the US, could bolster the current coalition working on North Korea’s denuclearization and the path to regional peace. 2. The Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for Kang Rae-gu, a key suspect in an election bribery scandal, who has been accused of distributing cash envelopes and providing illegal funds to the main opposition Democratic Party members before the party chair election in May 2021. 3. Russia has been holding muted Victory Day celebrations on Tuesday, with many mass events canceled due to security concerns after a possible Ukrainian sabotage.
5/10/202336 minutes, 29 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/08/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sought deeper ties during their face-to-face meeting on Sunday, acknowledging their ongoing efforts to bolster security and economic cooperation. Yoon and Kishida agreed on a South Korean inspection into the wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant. 2. According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency Commissioner Jee Young-mee on Saturday, South Korea plans to lower its national crisis level for COVID-19 this month. 3. Nine people were killed  and seven others injured in a shooting at an outlet mall near Dallas, Texas on Saturday.
5/9/202337 minutes
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Focus on Headline 05/05/2023

1. S.Korea's top office spokesperson Lee Do-woon told reporters Thursday that South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida would discuss issues of common interest such as security, high-tech industries, science and technology, youth exchanges, and cultural cooperation. 2. According to South Korea’s industry ministry on Friday, the government is discussing a slight increase of less than 10 won per kilowatt hour of the new electricity and gas prices for the second quarter next month. 3. In celebration of the rainy Children's Day on Friday, various activities are being held indoors, welcoming many families.
5/8/202338 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/04/2023

1. The U.S. Federal Reserve raised its interest rates by 25 basis points on Wednesday, widening the rate gap with South Korea to a new high of 1.75%p. This marks the 10th consecutive rate hike since March last year. 2. According to the secretary general of Japan’s National Secretary Secretariat, Takeo Akiba, on Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that he decided to visit South Korea to return Yoon's determination aimed at moving toward a future-oriented relationship between South Korea and Japan. 3. Strong winds and about 125mm of heavy rain have been hitting Jeju Island’s mountain areas since Wednesday. That rain will gradually spread nationwide today.
5/5/202337 minutes, 36 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/03/2023

1. A group of medical professionals with the exception of professional nurses on Wednesday began a collective action against the Nursing Act which was introduced last Thursday. The action began with shortening clinical and practicing hours, and holding rallies which started near the National Assembly. 2. South Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service on Wednesday launched its investigation into Kiwoom Securities Co. for an alleged stock price manipulation which caused a recent sell-off caused by contract for different trading by Societe Generale Securities. 3. The secretary general of Japan’s National Secretary Secretariat, Takeo Akiba, arrived in South Korea on Wednesday to meet with his South Korean counterpart, Cho Taeyong, to prepare for the S.Korea-Japan summit slated for Sunday.
5/4/202337 minutes, 50 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/02/2023

1. South Korea’s presidential office said Tuesday that Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will embark on a two-day visit to South Korea on May 7th to meet with President Yoon Suk Yeol. 2. According to Statistics Korea on Tuesday, South Korea’s consumer prices jumped 3.7 % on year in April, rising at the slowest pace in more than a year on falling global oil prices. April’s figure is the latest signal that the inflation has receded. 3. First Republic Bank’s 84 branches in 8 different states reopened on Monday as branches of JPMorgan Chase Bank, as regulators sold most of its operations to JP Morgan Chase Bank to stem the spread of the banking crisis in the U.S.
5/3/202337 minutes, 23 seconds
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Focus on Headline 05/01/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol and first lady Kim Keon Hee returned home on Sunday to South Korea from Yoon’s state visit to the United States. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is set to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Seoul this month to consolidate the cooperation between South Korea, US, and Japan. The two countries will both announce the specific date of the meeting on Tuesday. 3. According to South Korea’s industry ministry on Monday, South Korea's exports dropped for the 7th consecutive month by 13.3% in April, driven by falling global demand for semiconductors.
5/2/202337 minutes, 38 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/28/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Wednesday delivered a 43-minute address in English to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, emphasizing the cooperation of South Korea and the United States. During his address he uttered the word, “freedom”, 46 times. 2. The National Assembly on Thursday passed motions designating two special investigation proposals as "fast-track" bills. One of them is on bribery suspicions involving the Dae Jang-dong development scandal and the other is on stock manipulation allegations involving first lady Kim Keon Hee. 3. According to data from Statistics Korea on Thursday, South Korea’s industrial output grew 1.6% on-month in March, and the nation’s retail sales increased 0.4% over the same period.
5/1/202337 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/27/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden released a joint statement after their summit in Washington on Wednesday that outlines the future cooperation of the two nations. It states that the next 70 years of the South Korea-U.S. alliance “will be the brightest yet”. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a joint statement dubbed the "Washington Declaration", which is aimed at strengthening extended deterrence against North Korea's evolving threats. 3. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had their first phone call on Wednesday. During the call, Xi promised to dispatch a “special envoy” to Ukraine and other countries for talks about a possible “political settlement”.
4/28/202337 minutes, 6 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/26/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon said with NBC regarding the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine on Tuesday that South Korea will not ignoreUkraine when it’s the right time to help them. 2. U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday formally declared his reelection bid for 2024 which is poised to see a re-match between Biden and Trump. This announcement came just a day before the South Korea-U.S. Summit. 3. According to the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday, British American Tobacco has agreed to pay $635 million to settle allegations that it engaged in a scheme to circumvent U.S. sanctions on North Korea and sell tobacco products to Pyongyang.
4/27/202337 minutes, 9 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/25/2023

1. A U.S. streaming service, Netflix, announced on Monday that it will invest 2.5 billion USD in South Korea over the next 4 years to produce Korean TV shows and movies. This announcement came after the meeting between South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos in Washington. 2. A South Korean military aircraft carrying 28 nationals from Sudan have arrived in South Korea on Tuesday. The KC-330 tanker transport plane landed in Seoul Air Base, capping the carefully coordinated mission involving elite forces from Army, Air Force, Navy and front-line diplomats. 3. According to the Bank of Korea, South Korea’s economy grew 0.3% in the first quarter compared to the previous quarter, avoiding a recession in the first quarter thanks to the increased domestic demand. A recession is defined by two consecutive quarters of economic contraction.
4/26/202336 minutes, 4 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/24/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and first lady Kim Keon-hee embarked on a state visit to the United States on Monday. The summit between South Korea and the U.S. is slated for Wednesday this week. 2. Former chair of the main opposition Democratic Party, Song Young-gil said on Sunday in Paris that he will try to solve the issue quietly. Song left Paris to return home to undergo a prosecution probe on the alleged distribution of illicit money to lawmakers before an election for a new Democratic Party leader in 2021. 3. Countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom evacuated their diplomats and citizens from Sudan on Sunday while South Korea began the evacuation of 28 Korean nationals from the conflict-hit nation.
4/25/202335 minutes, 42 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/21/2023

1. Ahead of the S.Korea-U.S. summit slated for next week, tensions between South Korea and China, and South Korea and Russia are escalating. This follows South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s remarks regarding Taiwan and provision of lethal aid to Ukraine. 2. South Korea will decide on the new electricity and gas prices for the second quarter next month. This announcement came on Friday after the South Korean government once again failed to reach an agreement with the National Assembly on the new rates of utility bills. 3. According to the defense ministry on Friday, South Korea has decided to dispatch military transport aircraft to evacuate its nationals in Sudan. The ongoing conflict in Sudan killed more than 330 people and injured 3200 others.
4/24/202335 minutes, 5 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/20/2023

1. The presidential office said Thursday that South Korea’s decision on the provision of lethal aid to Ukraine will depend on Russia. 2. President Yoon Suk Yeol will pay a state visit to the United States for 7 days from April 24 to hold a summit with U.S. President Joe Biden on the 26th and to deliver an address before a joint session of Congress on the 27th. 3. The prosecution has sought an arrest warrant for Kang Rae-gu, a key suspect in the “cash envelope” bribery scandal for allegedly distributing a total of 94 million won, or roughly $72,000, to lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party to make then-lawmaker Song Yong-gil be elected as the party chair during its national convention in May 2021.
4/21/202335 minutes, 35 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/19/2023

1. According to North Korea’s state-led Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the launch of a military spy satellite after he paid a visit to the National Space Development Agency. 2. Speaking to Reuters in an exclusive interview, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol for the first time expressed a willingness to provide weapons to Ukraine, marking a change in Seoul's position on providing lethal aid to Kyiv ahead of the S.Korea-U.S. summit. 3. The EU agreed on Tuesday to a 47 billion U.S. dollar plan for its semiconductor industry, in a move to catch up to both the U.S. and Asia, while reducing its dependency on regions outside the bloc for its semiconductor needs.
4/20/202336 minutes, 23 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/18/2023

1. The U.S. government announced on Monday that 16 electric vehicles would be eligible for subsidies of up to 7500 U.S. dollars in accordance with the Inflation Reduction Act. Hyundai and Kia by Hyundai Motor Group that were originally eligible for subsidies have been excluded from the list. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol addressed different agendas such as housing fraud, illicit drugs, working hours, and hereditary employment during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. 3. According to the United Nations special representative for Sudan, as of Tuesday, at least 200 people have been killed in a fighting between rival armed factions in Sudan.
4/19/202337 minutes, 4 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/17/2023

1. South Korea and Japan held a so-called, two-plus-two meeting, a joint meeting of senior diplomats and defense director generals on Monday to discuss security cooperation in the region against the backdrop of North Korea’s escalating threats. 2. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday visited a port in Wakayama to support the ruling party's candidate in a local election during which what appeared to be a smoke bomb was thrown at him. 3. South Korean prosecutors on Monday started investigating suspicions that more than 20 envelopes containing cash worth 94 million won, or roughly $72,000, were distributed to the members of the then ruling Democratic Party of Korea to make then-lawmaker Song Yong-gil be elected as the party chair during its national convention in May 2021.
4/18/202335 minutes, 54 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/14/2023

1. According to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday, an arrest has been made in connection to the leaked Pentagon documents scandal that shook the world last weekend. The suspect is a 21-year-old U.S. air national guardsman from Massachusetts. 2. South Korea's Unification Ministry on Friday released the latest version of its White Paper on Korean unification. Noteworthy is the use of the term "North Korea's denuclearization" instead of "Korean peninsula's denuclearization" in the document. 3. According to the Finance Ministry’s latest economic assessment report, the Green Book, released on Friday, the country continues to face an economic slowdown despite a rise in domestic demand due to weak exports and facility investment.
4/17/202336 minutes, 17 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/13/2023

1. South Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator, Kim Gunn, and his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Sung Kim and Takehiro Funakoshi on Thursday held phone consultations on North Korea’s provocations, following the firing of North Korea’s intermediate-range ballistic missile towards the East Sea earlier in the day. 2. The South Korean government announced on Wednesday that students with a history of bullying will have their disciplinary records reflected in the regular college admissions process starting from the year 2026. 3. South Korea reported an additional case of the mpox which is formerly known as monkeypox virus on Thursday, bringing the county's total to nine.
4/14/202337 minutes, 10 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/12/2023

1. South Korea's presidential office has dismissed concerns that the United States has been wiretapping the country's National Security Office during an interview on Tuesday, following media reports over alleged Pentagon documents leaked online. 2. The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its 2023 economic growth outlook for South Korea to 1.5%, down 0.2 percentage points from its estimate in January, as it expects the global economy to face 'rocky' economic recovery this year. 3. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, heavy yellow dust spread across the nation on Wednesday and will blanket the nation until Thursday. Meanwhile, a fine dust advisory was also issued nationwide.
4/13/202334 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/11/2023

1. Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup and the U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin held phone talks on Tuesday during which Austin explained to Lee about media reports on leaked U.S. military documents and affirmed that the U.S. will cooperate with the South Korean government in handling the issue. 2. South Korea’s foreign ministry on Tuesday called in the deputy chief of mission at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, Naoki Kumagai, to deliver a formal protest to Japan’s latest edition of the Blue Book of Foreign Affairs in which Japan renewed its territorial claim to Dokdo. 3. A level 3 wildfire, fanned by strong winds, spread along the east coast in Gangneung, Gangwon-do Province, on Tuesday, destroying dozens of homes and forcing residents to relocate. Level 3 is the second-highest level in the four-notch system.
4/12/202334 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/10/2023

1. According to the Pentagon on Sunday, a new batch of photos of wrinkled documents was shared online on Friday which revealed information that was seemingly obtained by spying on the presidential office of South Korea. 2. House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Representative Michael McCaul has said on Saturday that the U.S. may send troops to Taiwan if it is invaded by China. 3. Starting Monday, the Committee of the Whole House will discuss ways to change South Korea’s current electoral system for four days.
4/11/202336 minutes, 25 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/07/2023

1. According to the latest data released by the Bank of Korea on Friday, South Korea posted a current account deficit for 2 straight months in February, marking the first ever to record a 2-month consecutive deficit in 11 years, amid soaring import prices. 2. South Korea, the United States, and Japan called for the member states of the United Nations on Friday to repatriate all North Korean overseas workers that are key sources of foreign currency that goes into the development of Pyongyang's nuclear program. 3. Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held a meeting on Thursday during which Xi emphasized on enhancing cooperation between China and the EU.
4/10/202335 minutes, 20 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/06/2023

1. According to a new report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency Task Force on Wednesday, Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company has a reliable and sustainable radiation protection program for the wastewater discharge of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. 2. US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy met Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in California on Wednesday. After their meeting McCarthy said that the U.S. should speed up their weapon sales to Taiwan in a timely manner. 3. According to South Korea’s Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho on Thursday, South Korea plans to create investment projects worth 13 trillion won, or 9.8 billion US dollars by working with the private sector to preemptively respond to the threats of the economic slowdown.
4/7/202334 minutes, 51 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/05/2023

1. South Koreans started to cast their ballots on Wednesday morning in local elections and parliamentary elections. Pundits say that the results will reinforce or weaken the mandate of the Yoon administration. 2. Korea Electric Power Corporation saw an increasing demand for its corporate bonds after the company issued more bonds on Tuesday, raising concerns that it will negatively affect the debt market. 3. The United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution denouncing North Korea's human rights violations. The resolution was co-sponsored by South Korea for the first time in 5 years.
4/6/202337 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/04/2023

1. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol called for the revised Grain Management Act to be reconsidered, saying it was pushed through forcefully without proper discussion. 2. According to data released by Statistics Korea on Tuesday, South Korea’s Consumer Price Index jumped 4.2% on-year last month, 0.6 percentage points lower than the month before. 3. NASA announced the 4 astronauts who will take part in the first human mission to the Moon in more than 50 years. Female astronaut, Christina Koch, and the first black astronaut, Victor Glover, were assigned to the lunar mission.
4/5/202336 minutes, 50 seconds
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Focus on Headline 04/03/2023

1. The Korea Forest Service reported at least 35 forest fires across the country on Saturday and Sunday, amid strong spring winds and warmer temperatures causing humidity levels to drop below 20 percent. 2. A three-way naval drill which lasts for 2 days kicked off Monday between South Korea, the U.S., and Japan. It’s aimed at countering advancing underwater threats by North Korea. 3. An explosion tore through a cafe in the second-largest city of Russia on Sunday, taking the life of a prominent military blogger, Vladlen Tatarsky who was also known for his blogging from the Ukraine frontline, along with 24 others.
4/4/202334 minutes, 9 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/31/2023

1. According to Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Lee Chang-yang on Friday, South Korea will decide on the new electricity and gas prices for the second quarter in the next few days. This announcement came after the South Korean government failed to reach an agreement with the National Assembly on the new rates of utility bills. 2. The South Korean Ministry of Unification on Thursday unveiled a 450-page report which features interviews with 508 North Korean defectors who had witnessed or experienced serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial executions, torture, and state censorship of expression and media. 3. Former US President, Donald Trump, became the first president to be indicted on Thursday. He is being investigated on the alleged hush money payment to Stormy Daniels.
4/3/202335 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 03/30/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden formally announced that South Korea will be hosting the 3rd Summit for Democracy. 2. A bill that provides tax incentives to South Korean chipmakers is expected to pass the National Assembly on Thursday to boost the country’s semiconductor industry. 3. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the country’s news agencies on Wednesday that Russia had suspended all information exchanges with the U.S., following the suspension of its participation in the New START nuclear arms treaty last month.
3/31/202336 minutes, 57 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/29/2023

1. The Summit for Democracy hosted by Washington aimed at enhancing global solidarity for democracy while countering the growing influence of Russia and China kicked off on Tuesday. Topping the meeting on the first day was a call for peace in Ukraine. 2. South Korea on Wednesday decided to include families with two children in the multi-children family bracket, and increase the infertility treatment leave to 6 days. This decision comes after President Yoon Suk Yeol ordered a reevaluation of low birth rate policies and an inquiry into the reasons for their failure. 3. According to Prime Minister Han Duck-soo on Wednesday, the mandatory COVID-19 self-quarantine period for people infected in South Korea could soon be shortened from seven to five days as the government considers downgrading the COVID-19 alert level. The decision will be made in early May.
3/30/202337 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/28/2023

1. The South Korean government on Tuesday expressed deep regrets over the Japanese government’s authorization of primary school text books which diluted the forced nature of wartime Korean laborers and reinforced territorial claims to the Dokdo islets. 2. European and U.S. stocks climbed on Monday after the Silicon Valley Bank became a division of the First Citizens Bank. 3. According to South Korea’s Finance Ministry on Tuesday, the country will draw up a national budget of around 670 trillion won (or 523.96 billion USD) for next year to focus on underpinning defense and public safety, and creating more jobs for young people to prop up the economy.
3/29/202336 minutes, 32 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/27/2023

1. North Korea fired off two fresh rounds of short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea on Monday, marking the regime's second missile test in just eight days in its latest series of protests against the ongoing Seoul-Washington joint military drills. 2. According to the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov in a tweet on Sunday, Russia has made a 'nuclear hostage' out of Belarus, and taken "a step towards the internal destabilization of the country." 3. Germany’s Deutsche Bank stocks took a nosedive on Friday amid growing investor fears about the banking sector once again, dragging down other major banks across Europe.
3/28/202336 minutes, 6 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/24/2023

1. According to the North's state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea tested a new nuclear underwater attack drone under leader Kim Jong Un's guidance this week from March 21st to 23rd for three days. 2. Terraform Labs co-founder Kwon Do-Hyung, more commonly known as Do Kwon, has been charged with fraud by U.S. prosecutors several hours after his arrest on Thursday local time in Montenegro. 3. More than a million people in France joined the 9th nationwide protests on Thursday to reject the government's proposed pension reform bill that would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.
3/27/202337 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/23/2023

1. The Fed raised its key rate by 25 basis points to a range of 4.75 percent to 5 percent on Wednesday, lower than a 50 basis points hike forecasted by analysts. 2. The National Assembly on Thursday passed a revised grain management act that obligates the South Korean government to purchase rice when rice production exceeds 3 percent of estimated consumption or when the price drops by more than 5 percent.  3. South Korea on Thursday decided to drop a complaint it filed with the World Trade Organization against Japan over Japan's export curbs on high-tech materials as Japan started its procedures to put South Korea back onto its “white list”.
3/24/202335 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/22/2023

1. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Chips and Science Act will limit the expansion of semiconductor producing capacity in foreign countries of concern, including China, to 5 percent for companies that receive funds under the new act. 2. The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin ended on Tuesday. After their meeting, the two leaders signed and released a joint statement at the Kremlin in Moscow. 3. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office on Wednesday indicted Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung without arrest for his alleged profiteering scandals regarding the Wirye and Daejang-dong development project.
3/23/202337 minutes, 12 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/21/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol said on Tuesday during a Cabinet meeting that South Korea and Japan have to overcome history to normalize relations with Japan. Yoon also said there “still exist forces that hail exclusive nationalism, shout anti-Japanese sentiments, and take political gains”. 2. According to the latest climate report released by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Earth’s temperature will rise 2.8 degree Celcius by 2100 if countries continue to maintain their current ways of acting. 3. South Korea revised down its 2030 targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector on Tuesday from 14.5% to 11%.
3/22/202337 minutes, 32 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/20/2023

1. A U.S. B-1B strategic bomber came back to South Korea for joint exercises on Sunday, as North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the East Sea. 2. The South Korean government lifted the indoor mask mandate on public transportation starting from Monday which means the mask requirement is lifted for most indoor facilities with the exception of hospitals and high-risk areas. 3. Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first state visit to Russia on Monday, stirring speculations from the global community on his intentions.
3/21/202337 minutes, 13 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/17/2023

1. In regards to the South Korea-Japan summit, the ruling party gave a positive evaluation, stating that a new era of mutual prosperity between the two countries have opened, while the opposition party criticized the meeting as "the most humiliating moment" in the country's diplomatic history. 2. South Korea's finance ministry said Friday that the country continues to experience an economic slowdown amid sluggish exports and a slowdown in the recovery of domestic demand due to the tightening of monetary policy. 3. According to South Korea's industry ministry Friday, the latest acts announced by the European Union on critical raw materials and net-zero goals do not contain discriminatory clauses against foreign companies, unlike the United States' Inflation Reduction Act.
3/20/202337 minutes, 6 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/16/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met for a summit in Japan today signaling a significant warming of long-strained relations between the two countries. The summit will be followed by a joint press briefing and a state dinner. 2. According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Thursday, North Korea fired a long-range ballistic missile, presumed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, toward the East Sea, hours before President Yoon Suk Yeol is to embark on a two-day visit to Japan. 3. Fears of a banking crisis spread into Europe, with stocks of Credit Suisse crashing on the back of recent bank failures of Silicon Valley Bank in the U.S.
3/17/202336 minutes, 49 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/15/2023

1. The South Korean government announced Wednesday that it will end the mask mandate for public transportation next week, while the mandate will remain in place for medical facilities, pharmacies and other vulnerable facilities. 2. Just a day ahead of South Korea-Japan's Presidential summit, South Korea's leading steelmaker POSCO Holdings has donated four billion won, or around three million U.S. dollars, to a fund providing compensation to victims of Japan's wartime forced labor. 3. According to the U.S. Pentagon Tuesday, a Russian jet struck a U.S. spy drone over the Black Sea and knocked it out of the sky, in one of the first direct military confrontations between the two nations’ forces since the war in Ukraine began more than a year ago.
3/16/202337 minutes, 42 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/14/2023

1. According to Seoul's military Tuesday, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea on Tuesday, a day after South Korea and the United States kicked off its Freedom Shield exercise. 2. The United States released the details of its largest-ever defense budget on Monday as it increased its missile defense budget in preparation for the hypersonic and ballistic missile threats from China, Russia and North Korea. 3. According to statistics released by the Bank of Korea on Tuesday, the import price index as of February rose 2-point-1 percent from January. This figure was due to last month's increase in international oil prices and a rise in the won-dollar exchange rates.
3/15/202337 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 03/13/2023

1. South Korea and the United States kicked off its Freedom Shield exercise Monday amid heightened tensions caused by North Korea's missile tests and hardening rhetoric against the allies. 2. According to South Korea's finance minister Monday, the collapse of the U.S.-based Silicon Valley Bank is expected to have limited impact on the global financial market, although uncertainties will linger amid monetary-tightening moves. 3. The takeover battle of SM Entertainment, which has heated up the entertainment industry and the stock market for the past month, has come to an end with Kakao acquiring the management rights of SM, while HYBE and SM agreeing to collaborate on platforms.
3/14/202337 minutes, 24 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/10/2023

1. North Korea announced Friday its leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a "fire assault drill" of an artillery unit on Thursday as he stressed the need to "overwhelmingly respond" to any war preparations by its "enemy." Kim reportedly also took his daughter Kim Ju-ae, to the artillery training. 2. Chinese President Xi Jinping secured an unprecedented third term as his country’s head of state, completing a transition into the second decade of his rule as he seeks to reassert himself as a global statesman and navigate an increasingly fractious rivalry with the U.S. 3. According to South Korea's central bank data Friday, South Korea posted the largest ever current account deficit in January as exports sharply dwindled amid growing worries over a global economic recession.
3/13/202336 minutes, 3 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/09/2023

1. According to South Korea’s presidential office on Thursday, President Yoon Suk Yeol will visit Japan next week for a summit with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Yoon's trip from March 16 to 17 comes at the invitation of the Japanese government. The visit of the South Korean leader to Japan takes place for the first time in almost 4 years. 2. South Korea's Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun said Wednesday that there exist concerns over the United States' Chips and Science Act that it may require too much information in exchange for U.S. government subsidies. 3. The massive wildfire that broke out in the country's southeastern county of Hapcheon has been brought under control. According to authorities, the fire has been contained as of 10 AM on this Thursday with no casualties.
3/10/202337 minutes, 42 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/08/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol is set to make a state visit to the United States in late April. In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the South Korea-U.S. alliance, the two leaders will discuss a range of issues, from extended U.S. deterrence and cooperation in economic security to cutting-edge technology and people-to-people exchanges. 2. Four-term lawmaker Kim Gi-hyeon was elected new leader of the ruling People Power Party on Wednesday in a landslide result. 3. According to the OECD website on Wednesday, as of 2021, the proportion of female managers in South Korea was 16-point-3 percent, ranking 35th out of 36 OECD member countries. This means that South Korea's proportion of female managers is the lowest among OECD member countries, except for Japan.
3/9/202336 minutes, 37 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/07/2023

1. President Yoon Suk Yeol said Seoul's forced labor compensation plan announced on Monday is the outcome of respecting the positions of the victims while considering the shared interests and future development of South Korea and Japan. 2. South Korea's per capita income in dollars decreased by nearly eight percent last year on the back of the won’s depreciation against the U.S. currency. 3. North Korea's Kim Yo-jong warns of war in the case of any action aimed at obstructing Pyongyang's missile tests as Seoul and Washington remain committed to joint defense drills.
3/8/202335 minutes, 52 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/06/2023

1. The South Korean government formally proposed Monday compensating more than a dozen victims of Japan's wartime forced labor through a Seoul-backed public foundation, instead of direct payment from responsible Japanese firms. 2. China set this year's growth target at around 5 percent, in a cautious forecast after the pandemic-hit economy. Pundits say, as the Korean economy is highly dependent on China, a chain shock to the overall economy, including exports to Korea, is inevitable. 3. The government plans to adjust the current maximum 52-hour workweek as part of a massive restructuring of the current labor system. The change will allow employees to manage their hours flexibly, enabling them to work up to 69 hours weekly and reduce their hours at other times.
3/7/202335 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/03/2023

1. For the first time in 5 years, South Korea and the U.S. will hold a large-scale combined field training exercise called ‘Eulji Freedom Shield’ for 11 days from March 13th to the 23rd to reinforce allied defense and response capabilities. 2. China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, begins its annual Two Sessions this weekend, months after President Xi Jinping secured his third term as the nation’s supreme leader. 3. According to Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong on Friday, authorities will be taking into consideration the COVID-19 situation as well as medical response capabilities before deciding on whether to downgrade COVID-19 to the category of a common infectious disease.
3/6/202335 minutes, 21 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/02/2023

1. Elementary, middle and high schools nationwide are returning for the new school year on Thursday without the mask mandate for the first time in 4 years since the outbreak of COVID-19. 2. Data from Statistics Korea on Thursday shows that South Korea’s overall industrial production stood at 109.7, up 0.5 percent from the previous month. However, retail sales edged down 2.1 percent on-month. 3. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Wednesday sanctioned three companies and two individuals for “illicitly” generating income for the North Korean government.
3/3/202336 minutes, 22 seconds
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Focus on Headline 03/01/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Wednesday said Japan has transformed into a partner in tackling security and economic challenges during his first speech marking the March 1 Independence Movement at the Memorial Hall of Yu Gwan-sun. 2. According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Wednesday, South Korea’s exports fell for 5 straight months in February mainly due to weak global demand for semiconductors. 3. Two trains carrying hundreds of people collided in northern Greece on Tuesday, killing at least 32 people and injuring more than 85 others.
3/2/202336 minutes, 39 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/28/2023

1. Four ministerial-level figures of the previous Moon Jae-in administration, Chung Eui-young, Noh Young-min, Suh Hoon, and Kim Yeon-chul, were indicted on Tuesday on charges related to forced repatriation of two North Korean fishermen in 2019. 2. Russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova [마리아 자카로바] issued a statement on Monday saying that the South Korean government’s decision to expand existing export restrictions against Russia will damage bilateral relations and cooperation to resolve security issues on the Korean Peninsula. 3. A new earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.6, hit southeastern Turkiye on Monday, adding one more person to the death toll, and over a hundred others injured.
3/1/202336 minutes, 3 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/27/2023

1. The National Assembly voted on Monday on the government’s request for consent to arrest Democratic Party leader, Lee Jae-myung, over allegations of corruption. 2. The local currency on Monday ended at 1,323.0 won against the US dollar, up 18.0 won from the previous trading day, breaching the 1,320 won mark for the first time since December 7, 2022. 3. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday that he hopes South Korea will find an opportunity to provide military support to Ukraine. He also said he is preparing to invite South Korean leadership to Ukraine.
2/28/202338 minutes, 18 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/24/2023

1. A motion requesting parliamentary consent for the arrest of Democratic Party leader, Lee Jae-myung, over allegations of corruption was reported at a plenary session of the National Assembly on Friday. The motion will be put to a vote in the National Assembly on Feb 27. 2. Pentagon spokesperson Sabrina Singh said in a press briefing on Wednesday that South Korea and the United States conducted the eighth Deterrence Strategy Committee Table-Top Exercise on Tuesday. The United States warned Pyongyang that using any level of nuclear weapons would mean the end of the regime. 3. The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to approve a resolution calling for an end to Russian aggression against Ukraine.
2/27/202337 minutes, 12 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/23/2023

1. The Bank of Korea decided on Thursday to freeze its benchmark interest rate at 3.5% after a 17 month rate-hike campaign to deal with an economic slowdown. 2. According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, South Korea’s fertility rate has dropped to another record low of 0.78 in 2022, down from 0.81 the previous year. The country’s population suffered a natural decrease of 123 thousand 800 last year. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday announced a labor reform agenda to normalize unions by supporting newly formed unions with 50% of this year’s related budget.
2/24/202335 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/22/2023

1. The local currency on Wednesday ended at 1,304.9 won against the US dollar, up 9.0 won from the previous day, breaching the 1,300 won mark in two months. 2. South Korea’s Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup and UAE’s Minister of State for Defense Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi held talks in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to discuss bilateral cooperation in joint investment, research, and technology development. 3. U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday vowed to support Ukraine and said that Russia will never win, in a speech in Warsaw to mark the coming one-year since Russia invaded Ukraine.
2/23/202337 minutes, 20 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/21/2023

1. The United States on Monday criticized the United Nations Security Council for not holding North Korea accountable for its recent missile provocations due to opposition from China and Russia. 2. The U.S. President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv on Monday for the first time since Russia invaded Ukraine almost a year ago. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his state of nation speech at noon Tuesday. 3. According to the Bank of Korea on Tuesday, South Korea’s expected inflation stood at 4 percent in February. The expected inflation rose for two consecutive months due to rising utility costs.
2/22/202336 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/20/2023

1. According to South Korea’s military, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Monday, following a long-range ballistic missile on Saturday. 2. South Korea’s Foreign Minister Park Jin said he urged Japan’s top diplomat, Yoshimasa Hayashi, to make a political decision during a bilateral meeting between two countries in Munich on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. 3. The government of Turkiye announced that it will end rescue efforts  in all but two areas struck by a devastating earthquake two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the death toll climbed up to more than 46 thousand.
2/21/202336 minutes, 46 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/17/2023

1. South Korea and Japan’s Foreign Ministers Park Jin and Hayashi Yoshimasa are expected to attend the Munich Security Conference which will be held from Feb 17 to 19. The two top diplomats will hold a bilateral talk on the sidelines of the Conference. 2. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance on Friday, South Korea’s economy slowed against the backdrop of high inflation and persistent slumps in exports. 3. At least 43,885 people have died across Turkiye and Syria due to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Turkiye’s Hatayi province forced people onto the streets again as they feared the collapse of additional buildings.
2/20/202335 minutes, 51 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/16/2023

1. South Korean prosecutors on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Lee Jae-myung, the leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, over the Daejang-dong real estate corruption. 2. According to the Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho on Thursday, South Korea will continue its endeavors to diversify the country’s export portfolio and improve its trade balance. 3. The South Korean government decided on Wednesday to dispatch an additional team of 21 relief personnel and deliver 55 tons of relief supplies to Turkiye which was struck by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
2/17/202335 minutes, 41 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/15/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeol said on Wednesday that the government will slow down the increase of public utility bills, and urged telecommunication companies and banks to join the efforts to curb skyrocketing costs for the nation’s most vulnerable people. 2. The National Assembly agreed on Tuesday to endorse a government reorganization scheme under which the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs will be elevated to the ministry level and a sub-ministry-level agency which handles consular affairs to be newly established. 3. The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck Turkiye and Syria is Europe’s worst natural disaster in a century. Meanwhile, the death toll has crossed 41,000.
2/16/202337 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 02/14/2023

1. Vice foreign ministers of South Korea, United States, and Japan reaffirmed their joint objective to completely denuclearize North Korea and enhance communication and cooperation between allies. 2. South Korea’s National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution to fast forward support measures for Turkiye and Syria which were hit by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol urged Monday for putting a limitation on excessive profits of banks to alleviate the suffering of the people under high interest rates.
2/15/202335 minutes, 25 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/13/2023

1. VIce Foreign Minister Cho Hyun-dong said Sunday that South Korea and Japan are both continuing to discuss ways to resolve their differences over how to deal with the issue of Japan’s wartime forced labor. 2. According to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pfizer vaccines made specifically for children aged 6 months to 4 years old will be offered from today. The vaccines will be administered in three doses at intervals of 8 weeks. 3. Over 34,000 people have lost their lives across Turkiye and Syria since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck a week ago on Monday.
2/14/202337 minutes, 4 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/10/2023

1. HYBE, the entertainment agency behind global K-pop phenomenon BTS on Friday, officially confirmed that it’ll be acquiring a 14-point-8 percent stake in its rival K-pop agency SM Entertainment, by signing a deal with SM's founder Lee Soo-man. 2. Starting Saturday, the South Korean government has decided to resume issuing short-term visas to travelers from China. The announcement comes after South Korea suspended the issuance of visas in January. 3. According to the officials and Syrian civil rescue team White Helmets, the earthquake that hit Turkiye and Syria took the lives of at least 21-thousand. Korean companies continue to offer relief support to the area.
2/13/202334 minutes, 52 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/09/2023

1. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a display of a new, solid-fuel Intercontinental ballistic missile during a nighttime military parade on Wednesday which marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army. 2. A motion to Minister Lee Sang-min passed the plenary session of the National Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, with 179 lawmakers voting in favor. Lee is now suspended from his duties as interior minister. 3. The death toll from the devastating earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria has risen to more than 15,000. Korean disaster relief personnel arrived in the area and reported the rescue of four survivors.
2/10/202337 minutes, 40 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/08/2023

1. The National Assembly voted on Wednesday to impeach Interior and Safety Minister Lee Sang-min for his mishandling of the Itaewon crowd crush. 2. According to the Korean Central News Agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited the barracks of Pyongyang’s military to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army. 3. A team of 118 South Koreans arrived in Turkiye on Wednesday to support the country's search and rescue operation after a deadly earthquake that struck the nation and killed more than 8000.
2/9/202337 minutes, 55 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/07/2023

1. According to the Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Military Commission to discuss ways to boost readiness posture for war. 2. South Korean top diplomat Park Jin said Tuesday that the country will dispatch a 60-person search and rescue team and medical supplies to Turkey. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Turkiye and Syria and killed at least 5000 people. 3. According to the spokesperson of the European Council on Monday, EU’s chief, Charles Michel, invited Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Brussels to participate in person at a summit of the 27 EU nations on Thursday.
2/8/202337 minutes, 10 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/06/2023

1. After holding a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin said yesterday that there will be a stronger alliance between the two countries this year based on the achievements of the recent trip to the US. 2. The main opposition Democratic Party decided on Monday to introduce an impeachment motion against the Interior Minister Lee Sang-min. This comes a day after the 100th day of the Oct. 29 Itaewon tragedy. 3. A deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit South-eastern Turkey near the Syrian border on Monday, killing at least 500 people.
2/7/202336 minutes, 31 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/03/2023

1. Former Justice Minister Cho Kuk was sentenced to 2 years in prison and a fine of 6 million won on charges related to document forges of his children among others. 2. The Korea Economic Research Institute revised down its economic outlook for South Korea from 1.9% to 1.5%, lower than the outlook report released by the International Monetary Fund at 1.7%. 3. South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin will hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington D.C. on Friday local time.
2/6/202336 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/02/2023

1. The Federal reserve delivered a small rate hike of 25 basis points on Wednesday, implying that its combat against inflation is showing effect. Meanwhile, according to Statistics Korea, South Korea’s consumer prices grew 5.2% in January compared to the same period last year. 2. The White House on Wednesday has rejected North Korea’s claim that conducting joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula is a provocation, and made it clear that the United States has no hostile intent toward Pyongyang. 3. Japan’s radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant is planned to be released soon, raising global concerns.
2/3/202335 minutes, 51 seconds
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Focus on Headline 02/01/2023

1. South Korea posted the worst on-year decline in January with exports falling for 4 consecutive months, triggered by weak demand in semiconductors and other flagship items. 2. The South Korean government announced measures on Wednesday to reduce the burden of heating bills on underprivileged or lower-income households. About 2.1 million households, therefore, will receive a heating bill subsidy of 592 thousand won for December to March. 3. South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin departed for the United States on Wednesday to engage in talks on reinforcing the U.S.-South Korea relations.
2/2/202336 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 01/31/2023

1. South Korean defense minister Lee Jong-sup and U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met on Tuesday to discuss means to reinforce the U.S. extended deterrence. 2. The International Monetary Fund revised its 2023 economic growth forecast for South Korea down from 2.0% to 1.7%. This was according to the agency’s World Economic Outlook Update released on Tuesday. 3. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol ordered the Cabinet to create measures to reduce the burden of heating bills on not only the vulnerable but also the middle class households during a Cabinet meeting on Monday. The president also approved the emergency use of 100 billion won in reserve funds to support the vulnerable.
2/1/202336 minutes, 19 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/30/2023

1. South Korea lifted its indoor mask mandate for most of its facilities after more than 2 years on Monday. Meanwhile, the country reported 7,416 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. 2. A working level meeting between Director general for Asia and Pacific affairs at South Korea’s foreign ministry, Seo Min-jung and her Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, was held on Monday to discuss ways to compensate Korean victims of Japan’s wartime forced labor. 3. A group of bipartisan national assemblymen was launched on Monday to discuss ways to reform South Korea’s current electoral system.
1/31/202336 minutes, 48 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/27/2023

1. South Korea’s human rights record was put under the microscope on Thursday as part of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review. While welcoming South Korea’s improvements on human rights, the member states requested the nation to resolve issues such as the abolition of the death penalty. 2. According to Health Minister Cho Kyoo-hong on Friday, South Korea will reduce the number of COVID-19 beds to 3900. 3. The U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday that in the fourth quarter, the country's GDP rose at a 2.9 percent annualized pace despite global economic hardship.
1/30/202333 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/26/2023

1. South Korea’s gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of last year shrank by 0.4% from the previous quarter due to weak exports. The nation’s economy grew 2.6% in 2022 which still exceeded the Bank of Korea’s annual growth outlook. 2. The U.N. Command led by the United States has concluded on Wednesday that both South and North Korea breached armistice by flying drones into each other’s territory last month. 3. The Biden Administration announced Wednesday that the U.S. will send 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. This came after Germany’s announcement earlier that it will send 14 Leopard 2 tanks.
1/27/202335 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/25/2023

1. A cold spell from Siberia has hit South Korea since yesterday, the last day of the Seollal holiday, leading to cold alerts being issued almost everywhere across the country. 2. Former South Korean lawmaker Na Kyung-won, said on Wednesday that she will not run for leader of the ruling People Power Party because she does not want her party to be divided. 3. According to the Korea Internet & Security Agency, a Chinese hacking group attacked websites of 12 state-run Korean agencies over the Seollal holiday.
1/26/202337 minutes, 53 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/24/2023

1. According to the White House on Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden nominated Julie Turner to serve as a new special envoy for North Korean human rights. 2. Cold wave alert has been issued on Tuesday as Seoul saw the coldest weather of this season. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration the morning low tomorrow in Seoul is predicted to hit -18. 3. A gunman took the lives of 11 people and injured 10 more in a shooting on Saturday in Los Angeles during the city’s Lunar New Year festival. The suspected gunman was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
1/25/202338 minutes, 21 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/20/2023

1. According to South Korea’s Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters, the country’s indoor mask mandate will be lifted from January 30th with the exception of hospitals and public transportations. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol wrapped up his overseas tour on Friday after visiting the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. He is returning on Saturday morning which is the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday. 3. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, an icy blast will freeze much of the country during the Seollal holiday, with rain and snow in the forecast across Korea. Heavy snow is expected in Jeolla-do province and Jeju.
1/23/202336 minutes, 27 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/19/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol gave a special speech on cooperation in crises to business leaders of Korean and global companies Wednesday during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 2. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency Thursday raided a dozen construction union offices, including those affiliated with South Korea’s two largest umbrella labor unions, to carry out a probe into an alleged wrongdoing at construction sites. 3. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her intention to step down on Thursday. Her last day in the office will be Feb 7.
1/20/202336 minutes, 9 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/18/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and first lady Kim Keon Hee attended a meeting with South Korean residents in Switzerland on Tuesday. During the meeting Yoon said South Korea will cooperate with advanced technology powerhouses like Switzerland. 2. According to South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the nation’s homegrown KF-21 fighter prototype achieved supersonic speeds in a test flight on Tuesday. 3. Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc resigned on Tuesday for being responsible for several amid high-profile corruption scandals. This comes after the dismissal of two deputy prime ministers in early January.
1/19/202337 minutes, 5 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/17/2023

1. South Korean companies and the United Arab Emirates signed a 6.1 billion U.S. dollar contract to reinforce cooperation on energy and new industry sectors. 2. The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting began on Monday without U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, accompanied by a large number of business leaders, attended the forum. 3. South Korea’s health authorities started their discussion regarding the removal of the indoor mask mandate on Tuesday. The indoor mask mandate is the last remaining antivirus measure left in the country.
1/18/202338 minutes, 25 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/16/2023

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol met with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during his state visit to the United Arab Emirates. The UAE announced its decision to invest 30 billion U.S. dollars in South Korea's industries, the largest investment ever by the UAE in a single nation. 2. The director-general for Asia and Pacific Affairs at Seoul's Foreign Ministry, Seo Min-jung, met with her Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, at Japan's Foreign Ministry to discuss compensation for Korean victims of Japan's wartime forced labor. 3. At least 68 people including 2 South Koreans have lost their lives in a tragic plane crash in Nepal on Sunday. Hundreds of responders scoured the region but had to call off the search after dark on Sunday, and left it to be resumed on Monday.
1/17/202336 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/13/2023

1. The Bank of Korea raised its policy interest rate by 25 basis points to 3.5% which is the highest since December 2008. This is the BOK’s 10th rate hike since its rate hike campaign began in August 2021. 2. US president Joe Biden on Friday will highlight in a statement, marking Korean-American Day, the significance of the U.S.-South Korea alliance and the importance of the Korean American community which was first introduced to the U.S. 120 years ago. 3. The special police investigation team for the Itaewon tragedy ended its 74-day-long investigation on Friday. The investigation ended with the arrest of 6 figures.
1/16/202335 minutes, 29 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/12/2023

1. According to the director general for Asia and Pacific affairs at South Korea’s foreign ministry on Thursday, the South Korean government is reviewing a method to compensate the victims of Japan’s wartime forced labor through a third party entity. 2. The United States and Japan on Wednesday agreed to reinforce their strategic alliance and outlined actions in a joint statement designed to deter growing Chinese military threats. 3. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration temporarily grounded all domestic flights across the country on Wednesday because of a crucial alert system outage, creating thousands of flight delays and cancellations.
1/13/202335 minutes, 33 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/11/2023

1. The World Bank has slashed the global growth outlook for 2023 to 1.7 percent, down from its previous forecast of 3 percent back in June last year. 2. According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, 62.5% of overseas COVID-19 infections reported on Wednesday, were from China. 3. At the Golden Globes 2023, Park Chan-wook’s “Decision to Leave” lost out to Argentinian contender ‘Argentina, 1985’ in the best film category. It is however still competing in the best foreign film category for the Critics Choice Award, along with five other films.
1/12/202334 minutes, 34 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/10/2023

1. According to Seoul's foreign ministry on Monday, South Korean Foreign Minister Park offered his congratulations to China's new top diplomat, Qin Gang on his recent inauguration. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, China halted the issuance of short-term visas in South Korea as its first COVID-19 related retaliation. 2. South Korea’s main opposition Democratic Party leader, Lee Jae-Myung, attended the extraordinary parliamentary session on Tuesday. Lee being summoned for investigation marks the first summoning of a leader of a main opposition party in modern history. 3. French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida agreed and announced on Monday to reinforce cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region against the backdrop of rising tensions in China and North Korea.
1/11/202335 minutes, 19 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/09/2023

1. Two out of four conditions that need to be satisfied for the indoor mask mandate to be lifted are currently met. South Korea is the only OECD member state that has an indoor mask mandate. 2. South Korea’s two main political parties clashed on the first day of January’s extraordinary parliamentary session on Monday, as the ruling People Power Party accused the main opposition Democratic Party of attempting to protect its party leader Lee Jae-myung from indictment by abusing lawmakers' immunity from his arrest. 3. Supporters of the former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who refused to accept his presidential election defeat, invaded the Congress, the Supreme Court, and the presidential palace of Brazil on Sunday.
1/10/202336 minutes, 47 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/06/2023

1. The National Assembly on Friday passed a motion to extend the parliamentary probe into the deadly Itaewon crowd crush by 10 days. 2. The Chinese embassy in Seoul criticized South Korea on Thursday for sending a delegation, led by PPP Representative Cho Kyung-tae, to Taiwan at the end of last year to meet with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lim Soo-suk declined to comment on the matter. 3. According to quarantine authorities, 1 in every 8 arrivals from China were confirmed positive with COVID-19 at the airport as of midnight Friday.
1/9/202336 minutes, 51 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/05/2023

1. The floor leaders of the ruling People Power Party and the main opposition Democratic Party agreed on Thursday to vote on Friday on the extension of the parliamentary probe into the Itaewon crowd crush by an additional ten days until January 17. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered officials to review suspending the September 19th inter-Korean military agreement if North Korea carries out provocations involving incursion into our territory. 3. Starting Thursday, all travelers arriving from China are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test result before entering South Korea.
1/6/202334 minutes, 46 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/04/2023

1. The first parliamentary hearing is being held starting from Wednesday morning to investigate how the Itaewon tragedy happened and to prevent similar future incidents. The second hearing is scheduled to take place on Friday. 2. South Korea’s Ministry of Economy and Finance has vowed on Wednesday to spend more than 60 percent of the budget in the first half of the year. That's the largest proportion ever spent for the first six months. 3. The 118th U.S. Congress began on Tuesday with Republicans in control of the House of Representatives and Democrats securing the majority of the Senate.
1/5/202337 minutes, 31 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/03/2023

1. The spokesperson of the White House National Security Council said on Monday the U.S. President Joe Biden and S.Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered their militaries to plan for an “effective coordinated response to a range of scenarios, including nuclear use by North Korea”. 2. According to the Ministry of Economy and Finance on Tuesday, South Korea will apply a tax credit rate of up to 25% on facility investment in the chip industry to boost its competitiveness amid global economic slowdown. 3. As of Monday, 1 out of every 5 travelers into South Korea from China tested positive for COVID-19, following mandatory PCR testing upon arrival.  According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, those from Hong Kong and Macao will also be required to get a PCR or a quick antigen test before boarding flights to S. Korea starting from Saturday.
1/4/202334 minutes, 23 seconds
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Focus on Headline 01/02/2023

1. In his New Year’s speech on Sunday South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol pledged to remain vigilant regarding the economy and to support exports to make sure South Korea's economy recovers this year. 2. North Korea fired one short-range ballistic missile into the sea on New Year’s Day, after firing three of them on the last day of 2022. 3. According to Kristalina Georgieva, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, 2023 is going to be a tough year for much of the world economy as the major drivers of the economy, the United States, Europe and China, all experienced weakening economic activity.
1/3/202337 minutes, 16 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/29/2022

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered the South Korean military on Thursday to prepare overwhelming war capabilities for peace on the Korean peninsula. This came as a response to the North Korean drones that crossed into South Korea on Monday. 2. South Korea's Finance Minister Choo Kyung-ho said Thursday that the government will seek to frontload about 65% of the next year’s national budget in the first 6 months to overcome the ongoing economic challenges. 3. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday that it will require travelers from China to show a negative COVID-19 test before entering the U.S. territory. South Korea will announce related measures tomorrow.
12/30/202238 minutes, 12 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/28/2022

1. South Korea on Wednesday unveiled the details of its Indo-Pacific strategy which emphasizes the importance of boosting freedom, peace and prosperity through a rules-based order and cooperation on human rights. 2. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT on Wednesday, the nation’s unmanned space vehicle Danuri successfully entered the moon’s orbit on Tuesday. This success comes after three rounds of lunar orbit insertion maneuvers. 3. Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree on Tuesday to ban the sales of oil to countries that agreed to put a price cap on Russian oil in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 
12/29/202237 minutes, 45 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/27/2022

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol pledged on Tuesday that he will strengthen the military’s surveillance capabilities by establishing a drone unit after 5 North Korean drones crossed into South Korea on Monday. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol granted special pardons to 1,373 people, including former President Lee Myung-bak. 3. Starting from January 8, 2023, China will remove quarantine for inbound travelers and adjust PCR tests to voluntary testing.
12/28/202237 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/26/2022

1. According to the South Korean military, suspected North Korean drones trespassed across inter-Korean borders on Monday. 2. South Korea reported 25-thousand-545 new COVID-19 infections on Monday. Meanwhile, as the government is urging people to get updated variant-specific booster vaccines, an additional Modera vaccine has received emergency approval from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety,... meaning there will be 4 different types available starting today. 3. Freezing temperatures were accompanied by heavy snow in the southern parts of the country, including Jeolla province and Jejudo Island. Meanwhile, extreme winter storm across the U.S. have led to at least 37 deaths over the Christmas weekend.
12/27/202238 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/23/2022

1. After a weeks-long impasse, the Yoon administration's first budget plan is to be approved by lawmakers at the National Assembly in the coming hours. 2. The South Korean government has decided to lower the indoor mask mandate from "mandatory" to "advised". However, the timing of the roll-out has yet to be decided. 3. According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, North Korea on Friday launched a ballistic missile toward the East Sea for the first time in 5 days.
12/26/202237 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/22/2022

1. The two rival parties have agreed on Thursday to pass the budget bill for 2023 and will be put to a vote tomorrow. 2. According to the Finance Ministry on Thursday, S. Korea's economy will grow 1.6 percent next year, as the country faces economic and global uncertainties. The outlook is lower than those previously published by other organizations, including the Bank of Korea and the IMF. 3. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited Washington on Wednesday and pledged that the war would end once his country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are restored.
12/23/202235 minutes, 43 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/21/2022

1. The National Assembly's special bipartisan probe committee for the Itaewon tragedy has embarked on its first on-site inspection on Wednesday. The on-site inspection comes a day after members of the ruling People Power Party rejoined the committee. 2. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Washington on Wednesday to meet U.S. President Joe Biden. This is the first time Zelenskyy has left his country after the war in Ukraine broke out. 3. Elon Musk said in a tweet on Tuesday that he will step down from the role of Chief Executive of Twitter once he finds his successor.
12/22/202236 minutes, 7 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/20/2022

1. The Bank of Korea said Tuesday that it forecasts inflation to remain at around 5% for the time being, but expects the pace to eventually slow. 2. South Korea reported 87 thousand 559 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday–the highest number in 97 days, putting a pressure on South Korea’s Special Response Center of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters as it plans to announce the results of yesterday's discussion about lifting the nation’s indoor mask mandate. 3. The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Yo-jong hinted at the possibility that North Korea will launch an ICBM at a normal angle to verify its technology.
12/21/202234 minutes, 41 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/19/2022

1. North Korea said it fired a launch vehicle carrying a "test-piece satellite" at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on Sunday. This contradicts South Korean military's report of mid-range ballistic missile launches detected that day. 2. Japan approved a new national security strategy on Friday. Under the strategy, Japan’s defense spending will boost to about 2% of Japan’s GDP, marking one of the country’s biggest military buildups since the second World War. 3. South Korea’s three opposition parties, Democratic Party, Justice Party, and the Basic Income Party, on Monday agreed on the details of a parliamentary probe into the Itaewon tragedy, without the participation of the ruling People Power Party.
12/20/202236 minutes, 8 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/16/2022

1. The UN General Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution condemning grave human rights violations in North Korea. It is the 18th consecutive year the UN has adopted a resolution on the topic. 2. The European Central Bank on Thursday hiked its borrowing costs, by 50 basis points,slowing down the pace of increase, but pledged to keep clamping down on inflation. 3. South Korea's unmanned space vehicle Danuri will perform its first lunar orbit insertion maneuver tomorrow to enter the orbit around the moon.
12/19/202237 minutes, 35 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/15/2022

1. The U.S. Federal Reserve has announced a seventh consecutive rate hike on Wednesday. The Fed slowed the pace to 50 basis points from the 75 basis point hikes in each of the previous four meetings. 2. President Yoon Suk-yeol on Thursday presided over a 100-minute-long meeting which was held to assess the key policy tasks of his administration. The meeting was broadcasted live on national television, and 100 members of the public took part in it. 3. Bereaved families of the 76 victims of the deadly Itaewon tragedy opened a mourning altar near the site of the tragedy in Itaewon on Thursday.
12/16/202237 minutes, 56 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/14/2022

1. The U.S. consumer price index rose 7.1% from a year ago, less than what was expected in November. This is the most recent sign that inflation is starting to loosen up. 2. South Korea reported 84,571 new COVID-19 infections. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said it will give a briefing on its indoor mask mandate readjustment plan on December 23rd. 3. The allies of Ukraine pledged LED bulbs and more than 1 billion U.S. dollars in aid on Tuesday as the country’s infrastructure has been damaged by the prolonged war to help Kyiv go through the winter season.
12/15/202238 minutes, 30 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/13/2022

1. South Korea's Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, Kim Gunn is holding a trilateral meeting on North Korea’s nuclear issues in Indonesia with his American and Japanese counterparts, Sung Kim and Takehiro Funakoshi. 2. Starting in January, parents with children less than one year old will receive up to 700-thousand won a month from the South Korean government. 3. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office investigating the 'West Sea Civil Servant Shooting Case’ summoned Noh Young-min, a former presidential chief of staff, on Tuesday. Noh was responsible for reporting the result of the investigation to then President Moon Jae-in.
12/14/202235 minutes, 11 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/12/2022

1. The opposition-majority National Assembly passed a motion calling for the dismissal of Interior and Safety Minister Lee Sang-min over the Itaewon tragedy on Sunday. The motion was backed by the Democratic Party which controls the parliament whereas the members of the ruling People Power Party boycotted the vote. 2. South Korea started administering bivalent vaccines designed for Omicron subvariants to teenagers aged 12 to 17 on Monday. 3. Special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, Kim Gunn, embarked on a trip to Indonesia on Sunday to discuss North Korean nuclear issues with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts. He will meet with U.S. special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim today.
12/13/202235 minutes, 43 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/09/2022

1. Striking truckers voted Friday to put their 16-day long strike to an end after 62% voted in favor of ending the strike. This comes after their walkouts caused major supply disruptions across industries and the South Korean government invoked return-to-work orders. 2. The UN General Assembly adopted several resolutions urging North Korea to refrain from additional nuclear tests on Wednesday. China and Russia also voted in favor of resolution 52 which stipulates condemning the six previous nuclear tests by North Korea. 3. China's President Xi Jinping visited Saudi Arabia for a summit with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. On Thursday, the leaders of the two countries signed a “comprehensive strategic partnership agreement”.
12/12/202237 minutes, 3 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/08/2022

1. The South Korean government has invoked return-to-work orders for striking truckers in the steel and petrochemicals sectors on Thursday. The strikes have already cost some 2.6 billion U.S dollars of losses to related industries. 2. During a plenary session of the National Assembly today, the parliament passed a bill that requires the use of the international age counting system, rather than the"Korean age" counting system. 3. The United States' Senate and the House of Representatives have reached an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for the 2023 fiscal year released Tuesday, as the US Congress reaffirms its commitment to security on the Korean Peninsula.
12/9/202236 minutes, 51 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/07/2022

1. According to Interior Minister Lee Sang-min on Wednesday, the South Korean government will decide whether to lift the indoor mask mandate, which is the last remaining COVID-19 restriction, by the end of this month. Meanwhile, South Korea reported 74,714 new Covid-19 infections on Wednesday. 2. Polish President Andrzej Duda said that the first shipment of weapons including K-2 tanks and K-9 howitzers, purchased from South Korea arrived in the country on Tuesday. 3. The UN Security Council will discuss the human rights situation in North Korea behind closed doors on December 9th for the third consecutive year.
12/8/202236 minutes, 34 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/06/2022

1. South Korea's miracle run at the 2022 Qatar World Cup came to a halt after a 4-1 loss to Brazil during their round of 16 game. South Korean team’s head coach Paulo Bento said that he will not be renewing his contract. 2. South Korea plans to revive the ‘enemy’ expression for the North Korean regime and its military in its defense white paper which will be published next month under the Yoon Suk-yeol administration. It’s been 6 years since North Korea has been referred to as an ‘enemy’. 3. Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said Tuesday that the government will firmly deal with an ongoing strike by unionized truckers without compromising with illegality, as the nationwide strike has entered its 13th day, disrupting the national economy.
12/7/202237 minutes, 3 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/05/2022

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has told his Cabinet on Sunday to prepare to issue an imminent back-to-work order on striking truck drivers in the oil and steel industries. The Cargo Truckers Solidarity Union's strike has entered its 12th day Monday. 2. According to the presidential office, President Yoon Suk Yeol met with his Vietnamese counterpart on Monday for a summit to discuss measures to further develop the relations between South Korea-Vietnam. 3. The South Korean men’s national football team reached the round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup for the third time in history, after beating Portugal 2-1 on Friday with a dramatic last-grip goal. They will play Brazil in its first match of the knockout round at 4am on Tuesday Korea time.
12/6/202237 minutes, 26 seconds
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Focus on Headline 12/02/2022

1. According to the Foreign Ministry on Friday, the South Korean government decided to impose additional sanctions on 8 individuals and 7 institutions linked with North Korea’s weapons programs. 2. South Korea’s rival political parties, the ruling People Power Party and the main opposition Democratic Party, continue their negotiations to approve next year’s budget plan on Friday which is the legal deadline for the National Assembly to pass next year’s budget bill. 3. U.S. President Joe Biden hinted at a possible adjustment to the Inflation Reduction Act. Signed into law, the act has triggered apprehension that South Korean electrical vehicles might lose their competitiveness in the U.S. market.
12/5/202237 minutes, 1 second
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Focus on Headline 12/01/2022

1. Trade ministry data on Thursday shows South Korea's on-year exports declined for 2 consecutive months. November’s exports plunged by 14% compared to the same period last year, following October’s  5.7% on-year fall. 2. A nationwide strike by South Korea's truckers union Cargo Truckers Solidarity Union is now into its eighth day. Observers said South Korea’s government may convene a Cabinet meeting on Friday to invoke the back-to-work order on fuel tanker drivers. 3. Vietnam's President will make a three-day state visit to South Korea next week for talks with the South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on Monday. He will be the first state guest to the country since President Yoon Suk-yeol took office.
12/2/202236 minutes, 39 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/30/2022

1. The South Korean government met with the Cargo Truckers Solidarity Union for more negotiations on Wednesday, however, the 40-minute long negotiations broke down. This came after President Yoon Suk-yeol issued an executive order to force cement truckers to return to work on Tuesday. 2. The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea decided to pass a bill to impeach the Minister of Interior and Safety Lee Sang-min if the safety minister doesn’t resign himself.  3. According to South Korea’s presidential office on Wednesday, President Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold the second Summit for Democracy on March 29, 2023 for 2 consecutive days to seek opportunities to reinforce the resiliency of the democracies worldwide.
12/1/202234 minutes, 15 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/29/2022

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol stressed to the Cargo Truckers Solidarity Union that there is no choice for the government but to issue a return-to-work executive order for those refusing to transport goods in the cement sector, as the strike is threatening the livelihoods of many. 2. South Korea's second World Cup group match against Ghana ended in 3-2 loss against Ghana, despites Cho Gue-sung’s two goals, marking the first time a South Korean player scored twice in a single World Cup match. 3. Protests across China against the government's ‘zero–COVID-19’ policy, demonstrated mostly by aggressive lockdowns, have triggered worldwide concerns over the country’s economy.
11/30/202236 minutes, 57 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/28/2022

1. After the strike by the Cargo Truckers Solidarity Union entered its fifth day Monday, the South Korean government held its first talks with the unionized truckers on Monday as their walk-out poses a serious threat to the supply chain and the national economy. 2. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol announced a “future space economy” roadmap on Monday which includes plans to establish an aerospace agency.  3. The South Korean football team will face off against Ghana at 10 p.m. Korea Standard Time on Monday. The team looks to improve its chances of moving to the round of 16 if it beats Ghana. 
11/29/202234 minutes, 39 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/25/2022

1. South Korea opened its World Cup campaign on Thursday night, Korea time, with a scoreless draw against the favored Uruguay in Qatar. Meanwhile in the same Group H, Portugal defeated Ghana 3-2 to sit atop the group standing. 2. As Korea Electric Power Corporation looks to run up a record deficit of 30 trillion won, the Office for Government Policy Coordination held a Regulatory Reform Committee to discuss raising the standard fuel cost. 3. The European Union once again failed to reach an agreement to introduce price caps on natural gas prices to mitigate the energy crunch on Thursday. Meanwhile, the EU is pressing ahead with its 9th sanctions package on Russia according to European Commision chief Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday.
11/28/202236 minutes, 12 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/24/2022

1. The Bank of Korea raised its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent on Thursday in a bid to control soaring prices, implementing six consecutive hikes for the first time. 2. South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup asked China Wednesday to play a "constructive" role in addressing North Korea's nuclear and missile threats during talks with China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe. 3. Russia fired 67 cruise missiles on Wednesday at Ukraine’s power-generating facilities, causing energy outages across Ukraine.
11/25/202235 minutes, 2 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/23/2022

1. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and Kenyan President William Ruto met face-to-face for a bilateral summit. The two will discuss trade and investment between the two countries. It is the first visit by a Kenyan president to South Korea in 32 years. 2. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, which is one of South Korea's two umbrella labor unions, declared Tuesday that it will go on a general strike for increased labor rights from Wednesday. Unionized workers of Seoul Metro and Korea Railroad Corp. are also scheduled to go on strike the following week. 3. South Korea will provide five-hundred thousand U.S. dollars worth of emergency aid to Indonesia to help with recovery efforts following the recent earthquake. According to Indonesia’s Disaster agency on Tuesday, an earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Java took the lives of at least 268 people.
11/24/202237 minutes, 28 seconds
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Focus on Headline 11/22/2022

1. The UN Security Council which held an open meeting on Monday to discuss North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test ended with the Council failing to reach a unified response. 2. Families of the victims in the October 29 accident held their first press conference, urging the government to give a sincere apology and punish those who are responsible for the accident. 3. South Korea reported 72-thousand 8-hundred-73 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday. The number of critically ill patients came to 461, down four from the previous day.