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  • News Summary At This Hour-Tuesday 9/25/2018

    09/25/2018 5:02:29 AM PDT · by Nextrush
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/25/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    The Swedish Prime Minister, Social Democrat Stefan Lofven, has been voted out. A no-confidence vote was held in the Swedish parliament today following the general election earlier this month. While Lofven is out, its not clear what kind of government will be formed in the place of his. Both the "Right" and "Left" factions are short of a majority, with the anti-European Union, anti-mass immigration Sweden Democrats holding the balance of power...... US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh says: "I've never sexually assaulted anyone"..... Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet President Trump at the White House..... President...
  • Kim Jong-un to visit Seoul in December

    09/22/2018 1:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New Straits Times ^ | September 22, 2018 | Bernama
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plans to visit Seoul in December, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted the chief of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group Sohn Kyung- shik as saying. Kyung-shik was a member of the South Korean delegation that accompanied President Moon Jae-in this week for his three-day trip to North Korea. He joined the delegation as the head of the Korea Employers Federation, a major business lobby. During a joint press conference after the third summit, Kim said he made a promise to visit Seoul “in the near future.” Moon later added that what Kim meant by the...
  • Kim Wants New Summit With Trump, Moon Says After Visiting North Korea

    09/20/2018 9:27:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | September 20, 2018 | Bill Chappell
    North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong Un wants to meet with President Trump again, says South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has just returned from Pyongyang. Moon also spoke directly to the North Korean public, describing a peaceful future to an audience of some 150,000 people. "We had lived together for five thousand years but apart for just 70 years," Moon said in his speech on Thursday, in which he repeatedly addressed the crowd as "Citizens of Pyongyang, fellow Koreans." Moon continued, "Here, at this place today, I propose we move forward toward the big picture of peace in which the...
  • News Summary At This Hour

    09/18/2018 5:17:45 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/18/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    There is Breaking News from Syria overnight with 15 Russian servicemen dead after their plane was shot down by Syrian air defenses during a sudden Israeli air attack. Russia's Defense Ministry says 4 Israeli F-16's used the larger Russian IL-20 plane as a decoy for their attack on the northern Syrian city of Latakia. Russia says it reserves the right to an "adequate response".... US UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is in a knot accusing Russia of "cheating" on North Korea sanctions. Haley spoke at the UN Security Council yesterday..... South Korea's President Moon Jae In arrived in North Korea today...
  • Why is South Korea so intolerant of its gay community?

    09/17/2018 10:52:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | September 17, 2018 | Crystal Tai and Marie Juhyun Lee
    Last weekend, Incheon, South Korea’s second-biggest port city, held its first-ever gay pride parade. Things took a violent turn, however, as more than 1,000 anti-gay protesters, including Christian groups, verbally and physically pushed back the 300 parade participants. The event was expected to last 20 minutes, but took hours due to the conflict. Since 2003, homosexuality has no longer been classified as “harmful and obscene” in South Korea, but discrimination against the community remains widespread. While the country’s national human rights commission act states that individuals cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, members of the...
  • A Left-Wing Regime, But a Tough Immigration Policy in South Korea

    09/13/2018 1:11:57 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Aug 2018 | Ethan Epstein
    South Korean president Moon Jae In has raised government spending...and implemented a traditional left wing economic program. Yet Moon marries left-wing economics with the social conservatism that is still de rigueur in South Korea. During the country’s presidential campaign last year, he came out against gay soldiers and even went to so far as to state that he “ opposes” homosexuality in general. And unlike other left-wing leaders across the globe, Moon evinces hostility to immigration. For the past two months, the picturesque, subtropical South Korean island of Jeju has been home to a bizarre migration crisis. Jeju is a...
  • Flowerboys and the appeal of 'soft masculinity' in South Korea

    09/09/2018 1:12:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    A man wearing make-up on the street may elicit unwelcome glares, questions about his masculinity and even his sexuality. But in South Korea, ideas about how to look good as a man are changing attitudes and influencing the world, as the BBC's Saira Asher reports. When the BBC posted a video about the make-up routine of a 16-year-old YouTuber in Seoul on Facebook, the reactions ranged from intrigued to downright vitriolic. Some assumed this meant he was gay, while others admonished him for his choice saying "real men don't wear make-up". There were, of course, those that argued for his...
  • Moon Holds Phone Talks with Trump Ahead of Envoys' Visit (50 minute phone call)

    09/04/2018 8:55:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KBS World Radio ^ | September 5, 2018
    President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday spoke with U.S. President Donald Trump over the phone, a day ahead of his special envoy’s visit to Pyongyang. Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said that during the 50-minute conversation, the two leaders discussed ways to boost cooperation on North Korea's denuclearization and meeting at the UN General Assembly to discuss strategy and cooperation for Korean Peninsula-related issues. Moon explained that he was sending a delegation led by his special envoy to discuss ways to establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. Moon told Trump that now is a pivotal time for establishing peace and stressed...
  • China, Russia, and both Koreas have declared open season on America

    09/03/2018 6:04:06 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Aug 31, 2018 | Gordon G. Chang
    Kim Jong Un has clearly not made the decision to take advantage of the “one-time shot” Trump mentioned in early June, on the eve of the Singapore summit. And who can blame Kim? The Trump administration, with the exception of three minor sets of sanctions, has since the summit watched Beijing and Moscow with impunity violate U.N. rules and U.S. money-laundering laws. These Chinese and Russian actions have been so blatant that sanctions-busting has become contagious. After all, South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, now believes he can flout U.N. rules as well. Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in are now...
  • South Korea celebrate wildly as entire squad avoids national service after claiming Asian Games gold

    09/01/2018 11:44:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Buzz Sport ^ | September 1, 2018 | Ruairi Scott Byrne
    Tottenham fans are celebrating after their star forward Son Heung-min secured an exemption from military service by winning gold at the Asian Games - but we doubt their celebrations matched the joyous scenes among the South Korea players and staff. South Korea beat Japan 2-1 in an extra time thriller this Saturday meaning the entire team will not need to spend nearly two years in the military. After a goalless 90 minutes, three goals were scored in extra time. South Korea opened the scoring, before netting another goal. But Japan closed the gap with one of their own. South Korea...
  • 1983 Korean Airlines flight shot down by Soviet Union

    09/01/2018 4:01:29 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    oviet jet fighters intercept a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shoot the plane down, killing 269 passengers and crewmembers. The incident dramatically increased tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States. On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines (KAL) flight 007 was on the last leg of a flight from New York City to Seoul, with a stopover in Anchorage, Alaska. As it approached its final destination, the plane began to veer far off its normal course. In just a short time, the plane flew into Russian airspace and crossed over the Kamchatka Peninsula, where some top-secret...
  • South Korea names new defense chief: Jeong Kyeong-doo, former fighter pilot and head of Joint Chiefs

    08/31/2018 12:11:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | August 30, 2018 | Reuters
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday nominated the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as defense minister. Jeong Kyeong-doo, 58, a former fighter pilot, would take over the ministry as the government seeks to reduce tension and build trust with North Korea, and at a time of uncertainty over relations with main ally the United States. Jeong, who is set to replace incumbent Song Young-moo, does not need parliament’s approval but must attend a hearing and answer legislators’ questions. He would be South Korea’s first defense minister with an air force background in 24 years, media reported. The...
  • Trump hails Kim, sees no need to resume US-South Korea war games

    08/29/2018 10:45:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hindu Business Line ^ | August 29, 2018 | Reuters
    Days after cancelling a planned visit to North Korea by his top diplomat citing insufficient progress in denuclearisation talks, US President Donald Trump hailed his personal relationship North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday and said there was no reason to resume war games with South Korea. Trump's statement came a day after his defence secretary hinted that the drills, which North Korea denounces as rehearsals for invasion, could resume. Trump tweeted a White House statement in which he once again questioned China's role in helping to resolve the crisis over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons that threaten...
  • 125 Women Take Abortion Pills to Kill Their Babies to Protest Pro-Life Laws(South Korea)

    08/29/2018 9:54:38 AM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | August 27, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    In a deadly display of defiance, 125 women in South Korea swallowed abortion drugs in protest of the country’s pro-life laws. Korea Bizwire reports the protest took place Sunday in front of the Bosingak Pavilion in Seoul, South Korea. According to the report, 30 additional women took vitamins so that authorities would not be able to tell which women took the illegal abortion drugs. Wearing black, they demanded that the government legalize the killing of unborn babies. The pro-abortion group claimed 125 women abort their unborn babies illegally every day in South Korea, according to the report. Here’s more from...
  • 7-Eleven launches first fully-automated stores in South Korea

    08/29/2018 12:09:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Retail News Asia ^ | August 29, 2018
    7-Eleven is launching first fully-automated stores 7-Eleven Express in South Korea. Currently under trial, four vending machine-style convenience stores are being operated: two at the headquarters of 7-Eleven in downtown Seoul, one at Lotte E&M in Incheon, and one at the headquarters of Lotte Rent-a-Car in Anyang, Gyeonggi Province. The store is designed as a 10-metre long express train, and consists of five vending machines with 200 products, which are divided into five categories for which there is high consumer demand: drinks, snacks, prepared meals, processed food and non-food products. Consumers can make a purchase by inputting the product number...
  • South Korea to Launch First 3,000-ton KSS-III Diesel-Electric Attack Sub Next Month

    08/23/2018 12:44:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | August 23, 2018 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    South Korea will launch the first of a planned fleet of nine 3,000-ton indigenously designed KSS-III (Jangbogo–III-class) diesel-electric submarines next month, according to local media reports. The submarine will be launched at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard on Geoje Island, near the port city of Busan in the southeastern part of South Korea, next month. The keel laying ceremony of the first KSS-III diesel-electric submarine took place at the DSME shipyard on Geoje Island in May 2016 with construction intermittently delayed due to technical issues. The first-of-class boat is expected to be handed over to the Republic...
  • S.Korea, U.S. Discuss Return of Mislabeled War Dead

    08/16/2018 8:37:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | August 16, 2018 | Yu Yong-weon
    The remains of some purported American soldiers who died in the Korean War and were returned to the U.S. by North Korea in the 1990s were in fact South Koreans. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday that U.S. and South Korean officials are currently discussing their return home. "We were recently informed by the U.S. that it is holding the remains of 35 South Korean soldiers and we are discussing their return," a ministry official said. The remains were among 400 sets of bones that North Korea sent to the U.S. in the 1990s. But about 180 of them were identified...
  • South Korean military to free soldiers of cleaning work

    08/16/2018 8:23:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    United Press International ^ | August 16, 2018 | Wooyoung Lee
    South Korean troops will be free of cleaning and maintenance work, such as getting rid of overgrown grass and removing snow, as the defense ministry announced Thursday it will outsource the work to private contractors. The ministry said it will start having contractors take care of weeding and cleaning at major units in the tense border areas next year and expand it to rearguard and supporting units from 2021. In addition to tough drills and training, South Korean soldiers are assigned to do weeding and remove snow at their units and surrounding areas. The ministry said the work often causes...
  • South Korean companies violating sanctions by allegedly importing North Korean coal

    08/16/2018 10:11:58 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Aug 2018 | Chloe Sang-Hun
    More than 33,000 tons of North Korean coal was illegally imported to South Korea last year in violation of United Nations and other sanctions, the South Korean government said Friday. A government customs agency, the Korea Customs Service, asked prosecutors to indict the heads of three South Korean companies that transport coal. It said the companies imported the North Korean coal, totaling $5.8 million in value, between April and October of last year, and it accused them of falsifying documents to indicate that the coal was of Russian origin. The owners of 14 ships involved in transporting the coal from...
  • S. Korean President Pledges 'Bold Step' with N. Korea's Kim in Ending War

    08/15/2018 1:02:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Voice of America ^ | August 15, 2018 | Staff
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take a "bold step" in their upcoming summit to formally ending the six-decade old war that split the two sides. President Moon made the declaration Wednesday during a ceremony in Seoul marking the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese colonial rule. The two Koreas announced earlier this week that Moon and Kim will meet in Pyongyang sometime next month. The two leaders have already met twice this year, both times in Panmunjom, the truce village in the border zone that...