Sanctions Deal Harsh Blow to N.Korean Economy
International sanctions seem to be dealing a hard blow to the North Korean economy, which may have acted as a spur to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's charm offensive toward South Korea. The sanctions have left the North short of hard currency just as a degree of marketization was starting to improve the lives of some ordinary North Koreans.
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Korea Makes Poor Progress in Tackling Corruption
NATIONAL/POLITICS
Pohang Still Gripped by Quake Fears
Friday marks the 100th day since the quake, and the region has suffered another 97 aftershocks of varying strength. Even as the country is focused on the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Pohang remains gripped by fear of the next big tremor.
NORTH KOREA
Mastermind of Cheonan Sinking Coming to Pyeongchang
North Korea plans to send the mastermind of the 2010 sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Kim Yong-chol will head a high-level delegation to the ceremony on Sunday.
BUSINESS
Household Debt Hits Record W1,450 Trillion
Household debt in Korea surpassed W1,450 trillion last year to reach a new record. But thanks to government restrictions on new housing loans, at least the growth in debt has slowed to the single digits.