Police raid Gwangyang city hall over mayor’s alleged land speculation

SEOUL– Police raided Gwangyang city hall on Tuesday as part of an investigation into allegations of land speculation by the mayor and his wife.The Jeonnam Police Agency said its investigators searched the office of Gwangyang Mayor Jeong Hyeon-bok, the…

New Marine Corps commandant takes office

SEOUL– Lt. Gen. Kim Tae-sung took office as the new commandant of South Korea’s Marine Corps on Tuesday and vowed to strengthen its capabilities and readiness posture to be a key strategic maneuver unit.Kim will lead the service for a two-year term, r…

S. Korea to ramp up safety measures amid looming Fukushima water release

SEOUL– South Korea plans to beef up its inspections of radiation levels of local and imported Japanese seafood products, as Japan decided to release massive amounts of radioactive water into the sea, the ocean ministry said Tuesday.Earlier in the day,…

Huawei blames U.S. for global chip shortage, calls for cooperation with S. Korea

SEOUL– Huawei Technologies Co. blamed the United States on Tuesday for a global chip shortage as it called for cooperation with South Korea, Japan and Europe to form a new semiconductor supply chain.The move came hours after U.S. President Joe Biden u…

Seoul city pushes to introduce rapid COVID-19 tests at schools, religious venues

SEOUL– The Seoul metropolitan government is pushing to introduce rapid COVID-19 self-testing kits in schools, universities and religious facilities as part of its new campaign to safely reopen the city, officials said Tuesday.Under new Mayor Oh Se-hoo…

New virus cases under 600 for 2nd day; spring resurgence in store

SEOUL– South Korea’s daily new coronavirus cases remained below 600 for the second straight day Tuesday on fewer tests over the weekend, amid concerns about a spike in COVID-19 cases in spring.The country reported 542 more COVID-19 cases, including 52…

With more school outbreaks, health concerns grow

SEJONG– South Korea has recently experienced a flare-up in virus cases, with outbreaks occurring at schools that opened in early March for the spring semester, putting to test the ability of health and education authorities to keep schools safely open…