Gov't Hell-Bent on Reviving Travel to N.Korea
The South Korean government remains hell-bent on stimulating individual tourism to North Korea despite U.S. warnings that this could violate sanctions and accusations of brazen electioneering. The Unification Ministry scheduled a morning press conference on Monday to announce its plans to allow individual South Koreans to visit North Korea.
Fears of Coronavirus Spreading over Lunar New Year
Japanese Museum Boosts Land-Grab Claims on Korea's Dokdo
Abe Hints at Improving Ties with Seoul
Samsung to Build Display Panel Plant in India
U.S. Backs Outspoken Ambassador to Korea
Seoul to Run Extra Subway Trains and Buses over Lunar New Year
NATIONAL/POLITICS
Philippines Returns More Trash to Korea
The government of the Philippines is sending back another 5,100 tons of trash that was illegally exported there in 2018. The Environment Ministry said Monday that around 800 tons of the trash are being taken back to Korea now.
NORTH KOREA
N.Korea Appoints Hawkish New Foreign Minister
North Korea has appointed a hawkish former point man on South Korea as its new foreign minister. Ri Song-gwon, who replaces Ri Yong-ho, is the former chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.
BUSINESS
Korea's Necktie Business Dying out
The necktie business is dying out in Korea as the country now widely accepts more casual dress at work. The number of necktie manufacturers dropped from about 300 in 1990 to 17 in 2018.