U.S., S. Korea must remain firm and flexible in dealing with N. Korea: Hwang

WASHINGTON– The United States and South Korea must remain firm in their commitment to denuclearize North Korea, though some flexibility may be needed to advance denuclearization negotiations with Pyongyang, a…

Vaccine, real estate problems to dominate Moon’s final year in office

SEOUL– Marking his fourth inauguration anniversary next week, President Moon Jae-in is still wrestling with several challenges, especially COVID-19, a stalemate in the Korea peace process and continued home price…

Twentysomethings show widest gender gap in perception of sexual harassment: paper

SEOUL– Men and women in their 20s show the biggest difference in their levels of sexual harassment understanding and gender equality consciousness than other age groups, research released by the…

New virus cases rise back to 700s amid variant concerns

SEOUL– South Korea’s daily new coronavirus cases rose back to the 700s for the first time in 10 days Saturday as the country remains on alert for a potential upsurge…

Seoul stocks likely to extend gains next week on earnings, recovery hopes

SEOUL– South Korean stocks are expected to further advance next week as expectations of strong first-quarter corporate earnings and economic recovery run high. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index…

Refiners set to turnaround in Q1 on rising oil prices, cracking margins

SEOUL– South Korea’s oil refining industry is expected to rebound in the first quarter thanks to surging global oil prices and a recovery in refining margins after hemorrhaging from the…

Two S. Korean scientists elected foreign members of Britain’s Royal Society

SEOUL– Two prominent biological scientists in South Korea have been named as foreign members of the Royal Society of Britain, the scientific academy said. Professors Kim V. Narry of Seoul…

Oscar-winning Youn Yuh-jung makes triumphant return to S. Korea

SEOUL– Youn Yuh-jung made a triumphant return to South Korea on Saturday, nearly two weeks after winning an Oscar for her role in the immigrant film “Minari.” The South Korean…

Former PM Lee Han-dong dies at 87

SEOUL– Former Prime Minister Lee Han-dong died of a chronic disease Saturday at the age of 87, his close aide said. “The former prime minister died at his home at…

S. Korean wrestler tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Tokyo Olympics

SEOUL– A prominent South Korean wrestler has tested positive for the new coronavirus, dashing hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for this summer. Kim Hyeon-woo withdrew from an…