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North Korea's economy is booming.

The North Korean economy expanded at the fastest pace since 1999 last year, aided by booming growth in military spending. According to estimates from the Bank of Korea , South Korea’s central bank, GDP in the communist state expanded by 3.9% over the year, driven by stronger activity across activity levels across the ...

- Business Insider - US

Here's what North Korea's silence on South Korea's offer of rare face-to-face talks may mean.

ReutersSEOUL, South Korea — Is North Korea agonizing? Just not interested? Something else? At the start of the week, South Korea offered to hold rare face-to-face talks with North Korea at their shared border village in the Demilitarized Zone. One set of talks was proposed for Friday to discuss easing military ...

- Business Insider - US

No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call.

South Korea's Moon took office in May pledging to engage the North in dialogue, as well as bring pressure to impede its nuclear and missile programmes.

- Zee News - IN

'Time runs out for S Korea-proposed talks with North'.

Seoul had proposed to hold the rare talks this week at the border truce village of Panmunjom but, the North has remained silent so far, prompting the South's defence ministry to admit that it was "practically" impossible for the meeting to go ahead.

- Times Of India - IN

UN envoy urges China to stop repatriating N. Korea refugees.

SEOUL, July 21 — The UN's human rights envoy to North Korea today urged China to stop repatriating escaped defectors to the North, where they face harsh punishment, torture or execution. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN's Special Rapporteur on...

- The Malay Mail - MY

North Korea: Economic growth at 17-year high despite sanctions - S. Korea.

NORTH Korea's economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea's central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons. The post North Korea: Economic growth at 17-year high despite sanctions - S. Korea appeared first ...

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Tour operators say U.S. to ban citizens from travel to North Korea.

SEOUL - Two tour agencies that arrange trips to North Korea said on Friday the U.S. government will soon ban its citizens from traveling there, after the death of a U.S. student arrested there while on a tour.

- Reuters - US

Seoul calls for Pyongyang to respond to overture for talks.

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to accept its offers for talks as Pyongyang continued to ignore Seoul's proposal for a military meeting to ease animosities along their tense border

- The Daily Star - LB

South Korea calls on North to respond to military talks offer.

South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the North snubbed the call, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Korea to Play Final World Cup Qualifier in Uzbekistan.

Korea will face Uzbekistan in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The Korea Football Association said Thursday that the match will take place in Tashkent on Sept. 4. The national team will leave for Uzbekistan on Sept. 1 after a match against Iran in Seoul on Aug. 31.

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Seoul calls for Pyongyang to respond to overture for talks.

North Korea has yet to respond to South Korea's proposal to hold the military meeting and a separate meeting next month to resume the temporary reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

- Stars and Stripes - US

LG Chem to provide Apple's iPhone batteries next year: Korea Economic Daily

SEOUL - South Korea's LG Chem Ltd is slated to exclusively provide batteries for Apple's iPhone 9 which is likely to be launched next year, a Korean newspaper reported on Friday.

- Reuters - US

South Korea To Ease Oil Terminal Rules In Bid To Become Trading Hub

South Korea is set to ease restrictions for international oil traders to blend fuels at the country's oil storage terminals in its attempt to become a trading hub in Northeast Asia, which could potentially pose a challenge to the established oil hub in Singapore. Earlier this year, the government passed legislation that ...

- OilPrice.com - US

No Korean Military Talks After North Snubs South's Call

South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the North snubbed the call, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in's hopes for dialogue. The North has remained silent on the South Korean...

- Newsmax - US

N.Korea 2016 Economic Growth at 17-yr High Despite Sanctions

North Korea's economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea's central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons. Gross domestic product in North Korea...

- Newsmax - US

No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call

South Korea's Moon took office in May pledging to engage the North in dialogue, as well as bring pressure to impede its nuclear and missile programmes.

- Zee News - IN

No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call

SEOUL - South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the North snubbed the call, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in's hopes for dialogue.

- Reuters - US

Seoul calls for Pyongyang to respond to overture for talks

- Townhall.com - US

Heat Warning Issued for Seoul

The year's first heat warning was issued for Seoul on Wednesday as the whole country sweltered in muggy temperatures. The Korea Meteorological Administration issued the warning for Seoul, Gwangju, Yongin in Gyeonggi Province, and Boseong in South Jeolla Province.The daytime high in the capital soare...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Seoul City to Offer Free Weekend Movie Screenings

Seoul residents will be treated to free outdoor movie screenings under bridges across the Han River for the next five weeks. The Seoul Metropolitan Government on Thursday said the city would provide screenings at 8 p.m. every Saturday from this weekend through Aug. 19 under the Cheonho Bridge in Gw...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

N.Korea Ignores Proposal of Military Talks

North Korea has simply ignored South Korea's offer to hold military talks on Friday. The government here said on Thursday that it has not yet received any answer from the North but will keep waiting for it. Asked how long, a Unification Ministry official said, "There is no deadline in our intention...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

T.O.P. Given Suspended Sentence for Smoking Marijuana

T.O.P of boy band Big Bang was given a two-year suspended sentence for smoking marijuana.T.O.P. was accused of smoking liquid marijuana, a highly concentrated form of the drug, at his home in Seoul in October last year with a 21-year-old aspiring singer.The rapper initially denied the charges, claim...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Korea to Play Final World Cup Qualifier in Uzbekistan

Korea will face Uzbekistan in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Korea Football Association said Thursday that the match will take place in Tashkent on Sept. 4. The national team will leave for Uzbekistan on Sept. 1 after a match against Iran in Seoul on Aug. 31....

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call

SEOUL - South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tensions between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to take place after the North snubbed a call by the South, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in's hope of engaging Pyongyang in dialogue.

- Reuters - US

South Korea gives pop idol TOP suspended jail term for smoking weed

SEOUL, July 21 — A South Korean court yesterday handed K-pop sensation TOP a suspended 10-month jail sentence for drug use, after he pleaded guilty and sought leniency to avoid a prison term. The suspended term for the 29-year old, whose legal...

- The Malay Mail - MY

South Korea considers its nuclear options

South Korea has started thinking about its own nuclear options in response to the growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea.

- UPI - US

Rights group identifies nearly 300 execution sites in North Korea

A human rights group in South Korea has assembled a digital map of all known execution sites in North Korea.

- UPI - US

NY couple 'enslaved' South Korean kids for 6 years, DA says

A New York couple who was entrusted to care for two South Korean children treated them as personal slaves, forcing them to do tasks such as providing body messages and pedicures, the Queens District Attorney's office revealed on Wednesday.

- FOX News - US

Japan protests South Korea's plan to institute memorial day for 'comfort women'

Japan has lodged a protest with South Korea over the Seoul's plan to create a memorial day to commemorate former Korean women forced into Japanese ...

- The Japan Times - JP

South Korea probes N. Korean celebrity who 'returned home'

South Korea is investigating the case of a North Korean defector who became a celebrity refugee in Seoul, but recently appeared on Pyongyang television to claim she had returned home from the "hell" of the capitalist South. Lim Ji-Hyun, a female defector in her 20s, arrived in Seoul in 2014 and soon became a public figure ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Seoul yet to receive response from North Korea over proposed talks

, July 20 : North Korea has not responded to South Korea's offer to hold joint military talks at the border, thus diminishing the prospects of any ease in tensions in the Korean Peninsula.Pyongyang is yet to confirm its attendance and the South Korean defense ministry said they would give their North Korean counterparts ...

- Sify - IN

Samsung heiress ordered to pay US$7.6m in divorce ruling

A Seoul court on Thursday orderedSamsungGroup heiress Lee Boo-jinto provide assets of 8.6 billion won to her estranged husband in a divorce from the ex-employee of aSamsungaffiliate. Lee, the 46-year-old chief executive of HotelShillaand daughter of ailingSamsungGroup patriarch LeeKun-hee, received sole custody of ...

- Shanghai Daily - CN

'No response' from North Korea ahead of proposed military talks: Seoul

North Korea has not responded to South Korea's offer to hold military talks Friday, Seoul said, dimming prospects of any ease in tensions after Pyongyang ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Vietnam is in, France is so not, as 200 million Chinese tourists prepare to hit the road by 2020

Chinese tourists are expected to make 200 million outbound trips in 2020, a 48 per cent increase from last year’s 135 million, led by Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea and Japan as the most-visited destinations, according to a Thursday report by CLSA. Vietnam is poised to become more popular than its former colonial ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

North Korea has not responded to South Korea's offer to hold military talks

ReutersSeoul - North Korea has not responded to South Korea's offer to hold military talks Friday, Seoul said, dimming prospects of any ease in tensions after Pyongyang tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile. "There has been no response yet," defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang-Gyun told journalists, adding ...

- Business Insider - US

K-pop idol gets suspended sentence for smoking weed

SEOUL -- A South Korean court on Thursday handed K-pop sensation T.O.P. a suspended 10-month jail sentence for drug use, after he pleaded guilty and sought leniency to avoid a prison term.

- BangkokPost - TH

DAPA moves to ease burden on naval shipbuilders

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration has temporarily eased the banking guarantee requirements placed on domestic naval shipbuilders in view of the economic constraints that many of these companies are facing. Under the new arrangement, naval shipbuilders will be

- Jane’s - US

South Korea key trade and investment partner of UAE: Suhail al-Mazrouei

South Korea key trade and investment partner of UAE: Suhail al-Mazrouei...

- MENAFN - JO

NZ deployment to Korean Peninsula extended

New Zealand’s commitment to the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission in South Korea will be extended for a further two years to 31 August 2019, Defence Minister Mark Mitchell announced today.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

South Korea gives pop idol T.O.P. suspended jail term for smoking weed

SEOUL - A South Korean court on Thursday handed K-pop sensation T.O.P. a suspended 10-month jail sentence for drug use, after he pleaded guilty and sought leniency to avoid a prison term.

- Reuters - US

No reply yet from North Korea on offer of talks, South Korea says

Hours before they are due to start, possible joint military talks between North Korea and South Korea remain up in the air, with Pyongyang having yet to confirm its attendance.

- CNN Top Stories - US

N. Korea calls South's efforts to improve ties 'nonsense'; Seoul still hoping for talks

A day before South Korea hoped to hold talks aimed at easing border tensions, North Korea's main newspaper called efforts to improve ties nonsense' as long as Seoul maintains what it called confrontational policies and a dependence on the United States.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Couple pleads guilty to enslaving children from South Korea

NEW YORK — A New York City couple has pleaded guilty to enslaving two children from South Korea who were in their care.

- Billings Gazette - US

South Korean defence minister vows to strengthen alliance with US

South Korea's new defence minister, Song Young-moo, has vowed to continue working towards strengthening and developing his country's military alliance with the United States amid growing concerns over North Korea's weapon development programmes. Speaking to General Vincent K

- Jane’s - US

Dreamcatcher tease debut album, 'Fly High' music video

Dreamcatcher, a South Korean girl group formerly known as Minx, shared a tracklist for their album "Prequel" and a clip from their "Fly High" video.

- UPI - US

Couple pleads guilty to enslaving children from South Korea

A New York City couple has pleaded guilty to enslaving two children from South Korea who were in their care. Fifty-four-year-old Jeong Taek Lee and his wife, 50-year-old Sook Yeon … Click to Continue

- Miami Herald - US

Couple pleads guilty to enslaving children from South Korea

A New York City couple has pleaded guilty to enslaving two children from South Korea who were in their care.

- FOX News - US

North Korean mouthpiece rejects Seoul's military talks offer as 'nonsense'

Rodong Sinmun calls on South Korea to shed 'confrontation and hostility' for inter-Korea talks.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Kim Jong-un 'Wants Peace Treaty with U.S.'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent an "urgent directive" to diplomats to "negotiate a peace treaty with the U.S.," Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported Wednesday. Sources told the daily that Kim considers South Korean President Moon Jae-in's term in office a "golden opportunity" to sign the peace tr...

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

BiFan Film Review: 'I'll Just Live in Bando'

A middle-aged actor on the verge of a nervous breakdown is the engaging central character of I'll Just Live in Bando,' the promising feature debut of South Korean indie animator Lee Yong-sun. Pivoting on a deep moral dilemma faced by the protagonist, this low-budget labor of love is dotted with wry humor and will ...

- Variety - US

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