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South Korean President Moon Jae In vows to resume tourism to North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae In vows to resume tourism to North Korea

World
April 26 (UPI) -- South Korean President Moon Jae In said Friday his administration will continue a push to restart a major inter-Korean tour program, as he visited an eastern province bordering North Korea. "[The government] will continue to make efforts for the early resumption of the Mount Kumgang tour," he said at the DMZ Museum in Goseong, receiving a briefing on Gangwon Province's campaign for peace-based regional economic growth. The joint venture of the two Koreas was launched in 1998 as a symbol of their budding economic cooperation at that time. For South Koreans, Gangwon Province was the sole gateway to the famous mountain sitting along the east coast of the communist nation. The tour project came to a halt in 2008 after a South Korean traveler there was shot dead by a North K...
South Korea begins excavation of war remains in DMZ

South Korea begins excavation of war remains in DMZ

World
SEOUL, April 1 (UPI) -- South Korea launched an independent excavation of Korean War remains in the Demilitarized Zone on Monday, with Pyongyang unresponsive to its call to work together as agreed, Seoul's defense ministry said. Under last year's bilateral military accord aimed at reducing tensions and building trust, Seoul and Pyongyang had planned to carry out the joint project on Arrowhead Ridge, a notorious battle site during the 1950-53 conflict, from April through October. But the North has yet to accede to Seoul's request to jointly start the excavation. It has appeared lukewarm about the military accord since the no-deal summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and its leader, Kim Jong-un, in Hanoi in late February. "From today onward, our military will conduct additional mine ...
South Korean Olympic curlers endured abuse by coaches, owed prize money

South Korean Olympic curlers endured abuse by coaches, owed prize money

Sports
Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The sports ministry concluded on Thursday that former national women's curlers endured abuse by their coaches and have yet to receive a large sum of prize money from competitions and corporate sponsors. The ministry announced the findings of its five-week probe, which ran from Nov. 19 to Dec. 21, into allegations raised by members of the Olympic silver medal-winning women's curling team. Collectively dubbed Team Kim after the common surname of all members, the curlers won a surprise silver medal at last year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, capturing the imagination of a nation largely unfamiliar with the sport. But barely nine months after their Cinderella run, the curlers, led by skip Kim Eun Jung, claimed they had been subjected to unfair treatment and verbal and emotion...
USFK chief: American troop presence in South Korea not related to end-of-war declaration or peace treaty

USFK chief: American troop presence in South Korea not related to end-of-war declaration or peace treaty

World
SEOUL, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- U.S. Forces Korea Commander Gen. Robert Abrams reaffirmed Friday that the issue of the American troop presence in South Korea is not related to any potential declaration of an end to the Korean War or a peace treaty with North Korea. His remarks came amid controversy over his congressional statement this week, which was seen as signaling the possibility of the U.S. troop withdrawal -- or drawdown -- in the event that a peace treaty is signed with Pyongyang. "USFK's presence remains a matter of the ironclad ROK-U.S. alliance and is not related to any potential declaration of an end to the Korea War or peace treaty," Abrams said in a press release. ROK stands for South Korea's official name, Republic of Korea. "The United States and Republic of Korea firmly agree on ...