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 2022-01-05 09:52 

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N. Korea Reports Test Launch of Hypersonic Missile...

[Inter-Korea] : North Korea said Thursday that it test-fired what it called a "hypersonic" missile a day earlier.According to the North's official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA), the Academy of Defense Science conducted the test launch on We...

 2022-01-04 20:11 

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KBS Presidential Poll: Lee Grows Lead Against Yoon at 39.1% to 26%...

[Politics] : Democratic Party's Lee Jae-myung leads his main rival Yoon Suk Yeol of the People Power Party by a wider margin as minor People's Party candidate Ahn Cheol-soo moves up in support, KBS' first presidential poll of the new year has ...

 2022-01-04 18:06 

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Plastic Cups to Disappear from Cafes Beginning in April...

[Science] : Starting in April, single-use plastic cups will be completely banned from cafes.The Ministry of Environment said Wednesday revised enforcement regulations on the use of disposable products will be posted on the government gazette on Thursday.U...

 2022-01-04 18:00 

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Moon: Repeated Border Security Failure a 'Grave' Problem, Countermeasures Needed...

[Inter-Korea] : President Moon Jae-in has expressed his concerns over a recent military failure to detect a North Korean defector crossing the fortified border, despite surveillance cameras catching the man on five separate occasions. According his spokes...

 2022-01-04 16:57 

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Unification Ministry Stresses Efforts to Make Progress in Inter-Korean Ties...

[Inter-Korea] : Following North Korea's launch of what is suspected to be a ballistic missile, Seoul's unification ministry said it will continue efforts so that progress in the peace process and inter-Korean relations reach an irreversible stage....

 2022-01-04 16:52 

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KTX Train Traveling from Seoul to Busan Derails in Yeongdong County...

[Domestic] : A KTX bullet train traveling from Seoul to Busan derailed in the central North Chungcheong county of Yeongdong on Wednesday, injuring seven passengers. According to the Korea Railroad Corporation(KORAIL), a passenger car of the KTX-Sancheon t...

 2022-01-04 16:48 

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Military Fails to Stop Border Crosser Despite CCTV Cameras Detecting Him 5 Times...

[Inter-Korea] : The military failed to act on a North Korean defector crossing the eastern inter-Korean border to the North over the weekend, despite surveillance cameras catching him five times.According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff(JCS) on Wednesday, th...

 2022-01-04 16:40 

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KOSPI Ends Wednesday Down 1.18%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) fell 35-point-27 points, or one-point-18 percent, on Wednesday, closing the day at two-thousand-953-point-97.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ also fell, losing 22-point-04 points, or two-point-14 per...

 2022-01-04 16:39 

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S. Korea, US Nuke Envoys Discuss N. Korea's Projectile Launch over Phone...

[Inter-Korea] : The chief nuclear envoys of South Korea and the U.S. held phone talks on Wednesday to discuss North Korea's firing of a projectile presumed to be a ballistic missile. Seoul's foreign ministry said Noh Kyu-duk and his U.S. counterpa...

 2022-01-04 16:20 

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Weekly Protest on Wartime Sex Slavery Marks 30th Anniversary...

[Domestic] : A weekly protest held nearly every Wednesday by the former Japanese Embassy site in Seoul demanding a resolution of Tokyo's wartime sex slavery marks its 30th anniversary this week.At the one-thousand-525th rally, protesters cried out the...

 2022-01-04 16:08 

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S. Korean Drama Airs in China for First Time in 6 Years...

[Economy] : China aired a South Korean drama on an official broadcasting platform for the first time in six years.The Korean Cultural Center in China said "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors" began to air on the Hunan TV channel and online Mango TV from T...

 2022-01-04 15:55 

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DP Candidate Joined by Fmr. DP Leader Lee Nak-yon in Gwangju in Show of Unity...

[Politics] : Ruling Democratic Party(DP) presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung was joined by his primary rival, former DP Chairman Lee Nak-yon, during his visit to the southwestern city of Gwangju on Wednesday.In a show of unity, the two co-chairs jointly ...

 2022-01-04 15:30 

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Moon Attends Groundbreaking for Railway Linked to N. Korea...

[Politics] : President Moon Jae-in attended the groundbreaking for a rail line along the eastern coast that will link to North Korea, where he reaffirmed his will to achieve peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.The completion of the railroad betwe...

 2022-01-04 14:41 

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First Vice Foreign Minister in Vienna to Seek Resolution to Frozen Iranian Assets...

[Politics] : First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun is in Vienna this week for talks with negotiators from the U.S. and five other countries in the Iran nuclear deal, to seek ways to resolve Iran's frozen assets in South Korean banks.While South Ko...

 2022-01-04 14:33 

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PPP Candidate Dissolves Election Committee, Pledges to Start Fresh...

[Politics] : Main opposition People Power Party(PPP) presidential candidate Yoon Suk Yeol dissolved his election committee amid internal discord, pledging to start fresh two months ahead of the March 9 election.At a press conference on Wednesday, Yoon pro...

 2022-01-04 14:12 

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Team Korea Pledges Good Fight at Beijing Olympics...

[Sports] : The national team pledged to put up a good fight at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics set to open in early February.At a press conference on Wednesday, the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee said the national team hopes to win at least two g...

 2022-01-04 13:03 

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NSC Standing Committee Discusses Response to N. Korea's Projectile Launch...

[Inter-Korea] : The standing committee of the National Security Council(NSC) convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the response to North Korea's firing of a projectile, suspected to be a ballistic missile.In a press release, the presid...

 2022-01-04 12:33 

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38 Koreans Airlifted from Xian to S. Korea with Government Help...

[Domestic] : The government says it helped 38 overseas Koreans return to South Korea from the northern Chinese city of Xian, which has been under lockdown since December 23 to curb COVID-19 cases.An official of the foreign ministry told reporters on Tuesd...

 2022-01-04 12:29 

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Justice Ministry Orders Health Ministry to Appeal Ruling on COVID-19 Pass System...

[Domestic] : The Ministry of Justice has instructed the health ministry to immediately appeal a court decision placing a temporary hold on the policy to make the COVID-19 entry pass system compulsory at private education facilities. The ministry said Just...

 2022-01-04 12:13 

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Ex-US Amb. to S. Korea Expressed Negative View on War-Ending Declaration...

[Politics] : Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris has openly expressed a negative view on President Moon Jae-in's pursuit to declare a formal end to the Korean War. Speaking at a virtual seminar hosted by the Washington Times Foundation ...

 2022-01-04 11:44 

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JCS: N. Korea Fired Projectile Presumed to Be Ballistic Missile into East Sea...

[Politics] : The military reported that North Korea fired a projectile believed to be a ballistic missile into the East Sea on Wednesday.The Joint Chiefs of Staff(JCS) said it detected the launch at around 8:10 a.m., adding that South Korean and U.S. mili...

 2022-01-04 11:34 

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Daily New COVID-19 Cases Below 4,500, Critical Cases Under 1,000...

[Domestic] : There were fewer than 45-hundred new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday amid gradual signs of a let-up in infections, while critical cases stayed below one-thousand for the second day in a row. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agenc...

 2022-01-04 11:30 

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Chinese Envoy: Any Decision on S. Korean Delegation to Olympics Will Be Welcomed...

[Politics] : Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Xing Haiming said on Tuesday that Beijing will welcome any decision by Seoul regarding who will lead its delegation to the Beijing Olympics. Xing relayed his government's stance in an interview with Yonha...

 2022-01-04 11:00 

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Gov't Pledges Efforts to Reduce Inconvenience from COVID-19 Pass System...

[Domestic] : The government says it will try to minimize the inconvenience faced by the public due to the COVID-19 pass system. Interior and Safety Minister Jeon Hae-cheol, who is also the deputy director of the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures...

 2022-01-04 10:46 

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FX Reserves Drop for 2nd Consecutive Month in Dec....

[Economy] : Foreign reserves diminished for the second month in a row in December. According to the Bank of Korea(BOK) on Wednesday, the nation's foreign currency reserves stood at 463-point-12 billion U.S. dollars as of the end of last month, down by...

 2022-01-04 10:32 

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PPP Election Committee Chief Expresses Willingness to Leave amid Internal Dispute...

[Politics] : The general chairman of the main opposition People Power Party's(PPP) election committee, Kim Chong-in, has expressed his willingness to step down amid conflict with the party's presidential candidate Yoon Suk Yeol. Kim spoke with Yon...

 2022-01-04 09:50 

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DP Candidate Criticizes Finance Ministry's Reluctance amid Calls for Extra Budget...

[Politics] : Ruling Democratic Party(DP) presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung has pressured the finance ministry to cooperate as the ruling party is set to begin deliberations on a supplementary budget focused on COVID-19 relief. In an interview with Yonh...

 2022-01-04 09:27 

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JCS: N. Korea Fires Unidentified Projectile into East Sea...

[Politics] : The Joint Chiefs of Staff(JCS) says North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the East Sea on Wednesday morning.The JCS announced it in a text message to reporters but details have yet to be disclosed. This is the North's first la...

 2022-01-04 09:18 

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PPP Candidate Reportedly Parting Ways with Election Committee Chief...

[Politics] : Main opposition People Power Party(PPP) presidential candidate Yoon Suk Yeol has reportedly decided to part ways with election committee chief Kim Chong-in. Yonhap on Tuesday quoted multiple PPP officials as saying that the candidate has deci...

 2022-01-03 20:11 

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Cold Wave to Remain in Place on 'Sohan' Wednesday...

[Science] : A cold wave will continue to grip the nation on Wednesday, which marks "Sohan", or the coldest day of the year on the lunar calendar. The Korea Meteorological Administration(KMA) said Tuesday that mercury levels will fall to as low as ...

 2022-01-03 20:05 

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Ex-Presidential Secretary Tapped as Ambassador to OECD...

[Politics] : Former senior presidential secretary for economic affairs Ahn Il-hwan has been appointed as the nation's new ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD). According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tu...

 2022-01-03 20:02 

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Court Temporarily Suspends COVID-19 Pass System at Cram Schools, Study Cafes...

[Domestic] : The court has placed a temporary hold on the government's policy to make the COVID-19 entry pass system compulsory at private education facilities such as cram schools and study cafes. The Seoul Administrative Court on Tuesday accepted a ...

 2022-01-03 19:54 

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COVID-19 Upsurge Anticipated in Spring Months, Spurred by Omicron...

[Domestic] : Health authorities and experts are warning of another upsurge of COVID-19 infections in the spring months due to the fast spread of the omicron variant. Park Hyang, a senior official of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency(KDCA), a...

 2022-01-03 19:34 

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BTS' RM, Jin Recover from COVID-19, Released from Quarantine...

[Culture] : Two more members of boyband BTS -- RM and Jin -- have fully recovered from COVID-19 and were released from quarantine as of noon on Tuesday.The group's management agency Big Hit Music posted the notice on BTS' fan community platform, W...

 2022-01-03 17:46 

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Cheonghae Unit's 35th Contingent Returns Homes after Completing Tour...

[Domestic] : The Cheonghae Unit's 35th contingent has returned home after completing its roughly 190-day mission in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy destroyer arrived at Jinhae Naval Base on Tuesday after departing on June 22. In the past months, the unit s...

 2022-01-03 16:51 

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Seoul Welcomes Joint Statement Issued by Nuclear Powers...

[Politics] : The Seoul government has welcomed a joint statement issued by the five nuclear powers on preventing a nuclear war and arms race. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement Tuesday in support, expressing hope that it will contribute to...

 2022-01-03 16:47 

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KOSPI Ends Tuesday up 0.02%...

[Economy] : The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index(KOSPI) inched up zero-point-47 points, or zero-point-02 percent, on Tuesday, closing the day at two-thousand-989-point-24.The tech-heavy KOSDAQ fell, however, losing six-point-17 points, or zero-...

 2022-01-03 16:42 

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F-35A Makes Emergency Landing on Air Base, Pilot Exits Jet Safely...

[Domestic] : An F-35A stealth fighter operated by the Air Force made an emergency landing in a training session due to a malfunctioning landing gear.The Air Force said Tuesday that the landing gear failed to operate due to avionic system issues, forcing t...

 2022-01-03 16:35 

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Cabinet Approves Promulgation of Special Law on April 3 Jeju Uprising...

[Domestic] : Following Cabinet approval of a promulgated revision to a special law on the April 3 Jeju Uprising, President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday it's fortunate justice has been realized 70 years after the incident.Moon said it is meaningful in that...

 2022-01-03 16:11 

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Online Shopping Hits All-Time High in Nov....

[Economy] : Online shopping transactions surged to the highest level on record in November last year, surpassing 17-point-5 trillion won.Sales in travel, lodging and culture and leisure activities increased sharply at the start of the transition to living...

 2022-01-03 15:29 

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Talks in Progress on 2nd COVID-19 Booster for People with Weak Immune Systems...

[Domestic] : The government is mulling over administering a second COVID-19 booster to people with weak immune systems.Senior health ministry official Son Young-rae said Tuesday that talks are under way with experts on additional shots for people with wea...

 2022-01-03 15:09 

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Poll: 9 of 10 S. Koreans Sense Climate Crisis in Daily Life...

[Domestic] : Nine out of ten South Koreans say they sense the climate crisis in their daily lives and that they are willing to endure inconveniences that come with environmental protection policies.According to Asian Citizen's Center for Environment a...

 2022-01-03 15:03 

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Foreign Direct Investment in Free Economic Zones Jump 43% Last Year...

[Economy] : Foreign direct investment(FDI) in free economic zones(FEZs) soared to the highest level in three years.The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said Tuesday, that FEZs reported over one-point-three billion U.S. dollars of FDI commitment in 2...

 2022-01-03 14:53 

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Moon Calls for Continued Vigilance against COVID-19...

[Economy] : President Moon Jae-in called for continued vigilance against COVID-19, with only four months left in his five-year term in office.Presiding over the year's first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Moon urged ministers to exert efforts toward prov...

 2022-01-03 14:15 

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DP Candidate Calls to Include COVID-19 Relief for Businesses in Extra Budget...

[Politics] : Ruling Democratic Party(DP) presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung called to include COVID-19 relief for small businesses in the government's extra budget, saying an additional 100 trillion won would still fall short of other countries'...

 2022-01-03 14:07 

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PPP Waits for Candidate Decision on Reforms...

[Politics] : The general chairman of the main opposition People Power Party's(PPP) election committee said he is waiting for presidential candidate Yoon Suk Yeol's decision on overhauling the committee amid internal discord.Speaking with reporters...

 2022-01-03 12:48 

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Presidential Office Surprised by Controversy Surrounding CIO, Phone Records...

[Domestic] : The presidential office appears bewildered by the controversy around the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials(CIO) checking the phone records of opposition politicians, journalists and members of the general public.Senio...

 2022-01-03 12:13 

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Mainichi Shimbun: CIO Collected Data on its S. Korean Reporter Based in Seoul...

[Domestic] : A Japanese paper reported Tuesday that the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials(CIO) in South Korea collected information on one of its South Korean reporters based in Seoul.The Mainichi Shimbun said it confirmed on Mond...

 2022-01-03 11:52 

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Prosecutors Close Case on Late Seoul Mayor's Alleged Sexual Harassment...

[Domestic] : Prosecutors looking into allegations that late former Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon sexually harassed his secretary have decided not to prosecute. The decision was reached by prosecutors at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office last ...

 2022-01-03 11:31 

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Leaders of 5 Nuclear-Weapon States Issue Joint Statement on Preventing Nuclear War...

[International] : The leaders of the five nuclear-weapon states issued a joint statement on Monday on preventing nuclear war and prohibiting an arms race. In the statement, the leaders said that the U.S, Russia, China, Britain and France consider the avoi...

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