U.S. committed to keeping appropriate troop level in S. Korea: Pentagon

WASHINGTON, July 2 (Yonhap) — The United States remains committed to the joint defense of South Korea and that includes maintaining an appropriate level of U.S. forces on the Korean…

North Korea Shows No Vaccine Urgency, Despite New Virus Woes

North Korea this week reported a mysterious “grave incident” that suggested a major lapse related to its coronavirus response. Its leader, Kim Jong Un, recently acknowledged food shortages, comparing the…

Seoul stocks tipped to rebound next week amid earnings hope

SEOUL– South Korean stocks are likely to rebound next week, as optimism for strong corporate earnings is expected to buffer growing virus concerns, analysts said Saturday. The benchmark Korea Composite…

‘F9’ tops box office for H1, but only two Korean movies in top 10

SEOUL– Only two homegrown movies made the top 10 in the local box office over the first six months of this year, while the Hollywood actioner “F9” became the biggest…

S. Korea to launch national committee to ensure unwavering long-term education policy

SEOUL– A new act will enable South Korea to establish a national committee in charge of ensuring the country follows a stable, long-term education policy regardless of a change of…

N. Koreans overtake S. Koreans in TOEFL score in 2020: report

SEOUL– North Koreans surpassed South Koreans in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), one of the leading English language proficiency tests, last year, a report showed Saturday.…

Probe into reactor shutdown wrapped up amid dispute over additional indictment charge

SEOUL– A high-profile criminal investigation into an early shutdown of the country’s second-oldest nuclear reactor has wrapped up, along with indictments of former Cheong Wa Dae and energy ministry officials…

‘DNA’ becomes 1st BTS music video to break 1.3 bln views on YouTube

SEOUL– Global superstar BTS has set another record on YouTube, with its music video for the 2017 song “DNA” earning 1.3 billion views on YouTube, the band’s agency said Saturday.…

Moon receives reply from Austrian nurses known for helping S. Korean patients

SEOUL– Two Austrian nurses, known for their longtime devotion to helping patients in South Korea, have written to President Moon Jae-in in response to his recent personal message and gifts…

Heavy rain advisory issued for almost all parts of S. Korea

SEOUL– A heavy rain advisory has been issued for the greater Seoul area and almost all parts of South Korea over the weekend, the state weather agency said Saturday. The…