No Troop Control Handover for at Least a Decade
Korea and the U.S. agreed to postpone the handover of full operational control of South Korean troops from the December 2015 to after 2025. Neither side set a specific date, but they agreed that the transfer will happen only if certain conditions are met. >> Full Text

AP Reporters Given Rare Permit to Travel in N.Korea
The AP's Pyongyang bureau chief and photographer spent a week in June traveling from the North Korean capital to Mt. Baekdu on the border with China after being given rare permission by the authorities. >> Full Text
Money Circulation Slows Alarmingly
The circulation of money has slowed considerably despite the Bank of Korea frantically printing more, raising fears of a deep recession. The Chosun Ilbo analyzed data and found that the Korean economy is in worse shape than the Japanese when it entered a prolonged slump in the early 1990s. >> Full Text

Contestants pose at a bibimbap cooking competition in Jeonju, North Jeolla Province on Thursday. /News 1

Tiffany of Girls' Generation attends an awareness-raising event for breast cancer in Seoul on Thursday.

Baek Jin-hee poses at a press junket for her new TV series in Seoul on Thursday.

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