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S. Korea asks AFC to punish N. Korea over World Cup qualifier

S. Korea asks AFC to punish N. Korea over World Cup qualifier

Sports
SEOUL, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- South Korea's national football federation said Friday it has asked the sport's continental governing body to consider penalizing North Korea for hosting a recent World Cup qualifier behind closed doors. The Korea Football Association said it sent a letter to the Asian Football Confederation on Thursday, expressing its regrets over North Korea's lack of cooperation in staging the inter-Korean World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang on Tuesday. North Korea shunned South Korea's repeated inquiries regarding traveling and other administrative issues until the last minute. North Korea also declined to approve trips by South Korean nationals other than the players and the national team support staff, leaving fans and journalists in the dark. The match at Kim Il Sung Stadium w...
South Korea to buy 20 more F-35 fighter planes

South Korea to buy 20 more F-35 fighter planes

Business
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- South Korea plans to purchase 20 more F-35 fighter planes from the United States, its arms procurement agency announced. Forty of the fifth-generation stealth jets were ordered from builder Lockheed Martin in 2014 in a deal valued at about $ 6.4 billion. The first group of planes arrived in South Korea in recent months and three were displayed for the first time last week on the country's Armed Forces Day, Oct. 1. "The government is preparing to launch the second phase of the F-X III [the code name for South Korea's purchased] in 2021 for the five years to come," the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in an Oct. 7 report to the country's National Assembly. It is undetermined if the sale will involve the F-35A or F-35B variant of the plane. The latter has a s...
North Korea fires possible submarine-launched missile

North Korea fires possible submarine-launched missile

World
A North Korean missile launch is being investigated as a possible test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, according to South Korean officials.The secretive state fired at least one projectile towards its eastern sea in what appeared to be a display of improved military capabilities. If North Korea has developed a missile which can be launched from a submarine, this means the weapons could travel further than the current range. The US is due to restart nuclear negotiations with Pyongyang this week after talks fell apart in February.It is understood North Korea has been willing to offer partial denuclearisation in return for the US lifting crippling sanctions and providing security guarantees. Advertisement ...
Prices stabilize in North Korea, but growth is negative, think tank says

Prices stabilize in North Korea, but growth is negative, think tank says

World
Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Prices and exchange rates have stabilized in North Korea since Kim Jong Un fully assumed power in 2012, a South Korean think tank said in a report released Monday. The stabilization of key macroeconomic indicators does not mean the economy has been making progress, despite claims from the regime. North Korea registered negative GDP growth in 2017 and 2018, South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported. The North Korea economic review from South Korea government-run Korea Development Institute published Monday credited the stabilization of prices in the Kim Jong Un era to changes in policy, including less state intervention in North Korean agriculture. "After the North Korean authorities' currency reform failed several times, and prices surged, they gave up state control...
U.S.-born South Korea celebrity receives prison sentence in drug case

U.S.-born South Korea celebrity receives prison sentence in drug case

Entertainment
SEOUL, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Robert Holley, a naturalized Korean citizen from the United States and TV personality, was given a suspended prison sentence Wednesday in a local court's ruling on his drug case. The Seoul Western District Court sentenced Holley to a one-year prison term, suspended for two years, for taking a banned substance earlier this year. The court also ordered him to take a 40-hour lecture on anti-drug medications. Holley, better known among local TV viewers by his Korean name Ha Il, was indicted in April on charges of buying 1 gram of methamphetamine and taking the illegal substance twice in March. "Drug crimes need to be punished sternly," said Judge Lee Seung-won. "But the court considered the defendant's repentance for his offense and pledge to quit drugs and no crime r...