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East Asia Institute Opens English Website on N. Korea

East Asia Institute Opens English Website on N. Korea

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The East Asia Institute (EAI), a Seoul-based think tank, on Thursday launched an English-language website on North Korea to provide “comprehensive and balanced” information. The Global North Korea (http://www.globalnk.org) compiles statements, data and reports released by the governments, public agencies and research institutes of South Korea, the United States, [...]

Possible Visit to Mt. Halla by Kim Jong-un Not Without Challenges

Possible Visit to Mt. Halla by Kim Jong-un Not Without Challenges

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — With media outlets speculating on the possibility of having a helicopter carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un land near Baengnokdam Lake on Mt. Halla in Jeju, critics are weighing on the actual feasibility of the plan. Baengnokdam is a crater situated at the peak of Mt. Halla (1,960 meters [...]

S. Korea Analyzing Soil Sample from N.K.’s Nuclear Test Site: Lawmakers

S. Korea Analyzing Soil Sample from N.K.’s Nuclear Test Site: Lawmakers

SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s spy agency is analyzing a soil sample collected from around North Korea’s nuclear test site, which Pyongyang demolished in May, lawmakers said Friday. In a briefing to the parliamentary intelligence committee this week, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) also said it is monitoring North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s health [...]

Nine in 10 Defectors Wished for Unification While Living in N. Korea: Poll

Nine in 10 Defectors Wished for Unification While Living in N. Korea: Poll

SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Nine out of 10 North Korean defectors believed inter-Korean unification was very much needed when they lived in the North, according to a poll released Tuesday. The poll, based on interviews with 87 defectors, by the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University, showed 90.8 percent [...]

N. Korea Ideal for Construction of Smart Cities, Seoul Scholar Says

N. Korea Ideal for Construction of Smart Cities, Seoul Scholar Says

SEOUL, Oct. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — North Korea is an ideal location for the construction of smart cities, a South Korean expert has said, proposing concrete measures to boost inter-Korean economic cooperation. Min Kyung-tae, a North Korea expert at the Seoul-based Yeosijae, Future Consensus Institute, said that it is very efficient to build smart cities [...]

North Korean “Cola” Introduced in State Export Catalogue

North Korean “Cola” Introduced in State Export Catalogue

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — The Asahi Shimbun, one of the leading newspapers in Japan, reported yesterday that North Korea had included a beverage similar to cola in a catalogue that the country publishes to introduce its export products to visitors to North Korea and foreign buyers. The catalogue published by the North Korean [...]

S. Korea Pushes for Inter-Korean Joint Volcano Observatory at Mount Paekdu

S. Korea Pushes for Inter-Korean Joint Volcano Observatory at Mount Paekdu

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea is pushing to set up an inter-Korean joint volcano observatory at Mount Paekdu on the North Korean-Chinese border, officials in Seoul said Friday. The Korea Meteorological Administration has drawn up a medium- and long-term plan to establish a facility to observe volcanic activities on the mountain, together [...]