South Korea police admit response to Itaewon crush was inadequate

South Korea's police chief has said their emergency response to the Itaewon crush was "inadequate" - the first acknowledgement from officials that they did not do enough to prevent it. Amid growing calls for accountability, Yoon Hee-keun said he felt "limitless responsibility about public safety" over what happened. He vowed a full investigation. Interior Minister … Continue reading South Korea police admit response to Itaewon crush was inadequate

SOUTH KOREA DISASTER: 140 killed and 150 hurt in Seoul Halloween crush

At least 140 people were killed and 150 more were injured as they were crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities in the capital of Seoul, South Korean officials said. Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan fire department, said the death toll could rise and that an unspecified … Continue reading SOUTH KOREA DISASTER: 140 killed and 150 hurt in Seoul Halloween crush

South Korea prepares to counter North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats

South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol has ordered an update to the military's operational plans, aimed at countering North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats. Yoon said he wanted updated plans this week while visiting a military bunker that would serve as a command post in the event of a war. The announcement coincided with the … Continue reading South Korea prepares to counter North Korea’s growing nuclear and missile threats

Barbie Hsu makes first social media appearance since wedding DJ Koo

Taiwanese actress Barbie Hsu has posted her first photo on social media since her surprise announcement in March that she has married South Korean musician DJ Koo. Posing with a friend, the 45-year-old looked happy and radiant in the picture posted on Friday morning. Her friend even called her "Benjamin Button", the character who ages … Continue reading Barbie Hsu makes first social media appearance since wedding DJ Koo

Gong Hyo-jin confirms relationship with singer Kevin Oh

South Korean actress Gong Hyo-jin and Korean-American singer Kevin Oh have confirmed they are dating, although Gong did not say if marriage was on the cards. They were reacting to a report by South Korean media outlet Sports Chosun, which disclosed their relationship and said they would be tying the knot some time in 2022 … Continue reading Gong Hyo-jin confirms relationship with singer Kevin Oh

North Korea: What you should know about the Supreme Leader’s sister, Kim Yo-jong

When the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, called for an end to the war on the Korean peninsula recently, the initial response was a rebuff from North Korea's vice foreign minister. This has been the standard response from Pyongyang whenever the idea has been raised of turning the 1953 armistice between the two warring Koreas into an actual peace … Continue reading North Korea: What you should know about the Supreme Leader’s sister, Kim Yo-jong

President Moon Jae-in

Trump’s leadership failed South Koreans – President Moon Jae-in

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said former President Donald Trump "failed" in his dealings with North Korea because he "beat around the bush" during negotiations, a stunningly undiplomatic public assessment of a fellow world leader delivered during a New York Times interview published Wednesday. Moon said the denuclearization of North Korea is a "matter of survival" for South Korea, and stressed that … Continue reading Trump’s leadership failed South Koreans – President Moon Jae-in

Cronavirus

South Korea confirms record-high increase in coronavirus death toll

South Korea on Saturday reported more than 100 new coronavirus cases for the first time in four months while South Africa announced a surge in infections and some U.S. states tightened anti-disease controls. South Korea's 113 new cases included 36 workers returning from Iraq and 32 crew members of a Russian freighter, the government said. … Continue reading South Korea confirms record-high increase in coronavirus death toll

North Korea laughing at the United States

North Korea has taken note of the George Floyd protests, and it's not exactly sending a note of support. "Demonstrators enraged by the extreme racists throng even to the White House," says a statement in one of the main state-run newspapers. "This is the reality in the US today." The context: The North says the … Continue reading North Korea laughing at the United States

Japan and South Korea taking stringent measures against the coronavirus

South Korea raised its disease alert to the highest level on Sunday after a surge in coronavirus infections and two more deaths, while China state media warned the outbreak there had yet to reach a turning point despite some signs of easing. South Korea’s president said he was putting the country on “red alert” due … Continue reading Japan and South Korea taking stringent measures against the coronavirus

South Korea links spread of COVID-19 to a church gathering

South Korea’s president said he was putting the country on “red alert” due to the rapid rise in new cases, which are largely being traced back to church services. Health officials reported 169 new infections, bringing the total to 602, having doubled from Friday to Saturday. The last time South Korea raised the alert to … Continue reading South Korea links spread of COVID-19 to a church gathering

6,000 couples wed in South Korea amid coronavirus outbreak

A mass wedding of has taken place in South Korea, with 6,000 couples getting married or renewing their vows. The event saw many of the 30,000 attendees wearing face masks amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak - South Korea has seen 24 confirmed cases. Couples and observers attended gathered at the Cheong Shim Peace World … Continue reading 6,000 couples wed in South Korea amid coronavirus outbreak

Did the US postpone military drills with S. Korea to ‘please’ Kim Jong Un?

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an “act of goodwill” toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan’s defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated North Korean missile launches, told Esper “no one could be optimistic about” changing … Continue reading Did the US postpone military drills with S. Korea to ‘please’ Kim Jong Un?

The DPRK demands new conflict-resolution stand from South Korea and the US

The United States and South Korea must produce new solutions for the current standoff on the Korean Peninsula, a senior North Korean military official said on Monday, warning that hostile policies towards Pyongyang would lead to serious consequences. The remarks add to recent comments from Pyongyang expressing discontent at the lack of progress in its … Continue reading The DPRK demands new conflict-resolution stand from South Korea and the US

Why Koreans born every 31 December are 2 years older

Just two hours after Lee Dong Kil's daughter was born on New Year's Eve, the clock struck midnight, 2019 was ushered in, and the infant became 2-years-old. She wasn't alone, though it happened for her quicker than most: Every baby born in South Korea last year became two on January 1. According to one of … Continue reading Why Koreans born every 31 December are 2 years older