POSCO breaks ground for galvanized steel plant in China

SEOUL– POSCO, the world’s fifth-largest steelmaker by output, said Friday that it has started the construction of a plant in China that will produce galvanized steel sheets to be used…

N. Korea says it’s not joining Beijing Olympics due to ‘hostile forces,’ pandemic

SEOUL– North Korea has told China that it fully supports the upcoming Beijing Olympics though it cannot participate in the event, criticizing the U.S. diplomatic boycott of the Winter Games,…

Cafes, restaurants defiantly stay lit up at night in resistance to anti-virus biz curfew

SEOUL– A number of cafes and restaurants in commercial districts in Seoul have defiantly stayed lit up past midnight in collective action protesting the government’s 9 p.m. anti-COVID-19 business curfew.…

S. Korea to boost supply of foodstuff ahead of Lunar New Year

SEOUL– South Korea plans to increase the supply of key foodstuff needed to prepare for the Lunar New Year holiday starting next week in a bid to help tame inflationary…

Children’s gym owner faces murder charges in bizarre rectum stabbing case

SEOUL– Police on Friday pressed murder charges against the owner of a children’s sports center in Seoul on charges of sticking a 70-centimeter plastic stick into the anus of an…

Seoul stocks open higher on tech gains

SEOUL– Seoul shares opened higher Friday as tech stocks advanced despite losses on Wall Street, but investors remain concerned about the U.S.’ looming tapering move. The benchmark Korea Composite Stock…

Appeals court upholds 3 1/2-year prison term for N.K. defector over spy activities

SUWON, South Korea– An appeals court upheld a 3 1/2-year prison term for a North Korean defector charged with spying for Pyongyang, court officials said Friday. The defector, whose identity…

S. Korea-Britain trade volume grows 33 pct on bilateral FTA

SEOUL– Trade volume between South Korea and Britain grew 33 percent for about one year after the implementation of a bilateral free trade deal, the industry ministry said Friday. Seoul…

Military reports 27 more COVID-19 cases

SEOUL– South Korea’s military on Friday reported 27 additional COVID-19 cases, including 25 breakthrough infections, raising the total caseload among its personnel to 3,403. Of the new cases, 19 are…

Senior S. Korean, Iranian officials discuss frozen assets

SEOUL– Senior diplomats of South Korea and Iran had discussions on Iranian assets frozen here under U.S. sanctions, the foreign ministry said Friday, with the thorny bilateral issue on the…