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New Trail Brings Civilians to Forefront of Korean Military Tensions, Growing Peace

New Trail Brings Civilians to Forefront of Korean Military Tensions, Growing Peace

CHEORWON, May 23 (Korea Bizwire) — A 15-kilometer trail in Cheorwon, a landlocked county and symbolic border town, brings trekkers deep inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the forefront of 66 years of inter-Korean tensions where the two Koreas have begun to take nascent but concrete steps to build peace. The first group of civilians is [...]

Young N. Korean Defectors Aim High by Studying English

Young N. Korean Defectors Aim High by Studying English

SEOUL, May 22 (Korea Bizwire) — On a recent Friday morning, a small number of mostly teenaged students trained their eyes on their American teacher, repeating short English sentences after her and raising their hands from time to time to ask questions. At a glance, they look no different from ordinary students in South Korea, [...]

N. Korea’s Daesung Department Store Accepts Global Trends and Technologies

N. Korea’s Daesung Department Store Accepts Global Trends and Technologies

SEOUL, May 20 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea, a country insistent on a ‘self-reliant economy,’ is drawing attention as it is welcoming foreign technologies, products, as well as management strategies and culture. The Choson Sinbo, the pro-Pyongyang media outlet headquartered in Tokyo, introduced the new Daesung Department Store that opened in Pyongyang last April, describing [...]

Access to Parts of DMZ Peace Trail Almost Impossible Due to its Popularity

Access to Parts of DMZ Peace Trail Almost Impossible Due to its Popularity

SEOUL, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) — The ‘DMZ Peace Trail’, located at the northernmost tip of the east coast of South Korea, is gaining huge attention and popularity. According to the DMZ Peace Trail Information Office on Monday, a significant number of people are requesting access to walk the path of peace in the Goseong [...]

Half of S. Koreans Say Gov’t Should Pursue Dialogue with N. Korea: Poll

Half of S. Koreans Say Gov’t Should Pursue Dialogue with N. Korea: Poll

SEOUL, May 13 (Korea Bizwire) — About half of South Koreans think the government should seek dialogue with North Korea, a survey showed Monday, as inter-Korean ties remained stalled amid the deadlocked nuclear talks between Washington and Pyongyang. Of the 1,003 adults surveyed last month, 51.4 percent said the government should pursue talks and compromise [...]

More than Half of S. Koreans Back Moon’s N. Korea Policy: Poll

More than Half of S. Koreans Back Moon’s N. Korea Policy: Poll

SEOUL, May 8 (Korea Bizwire) — More than half of South Korean adults positively evaluate the Moon Jae-in government’s policy of making peace with North Korea, a poll showed Wednesday. Realmeter’s survey of 505 people older than 19 nationwide found that 52.2 percent gave a positive assessment of Moon’s peace policy for the Korean Peninsula. [...]

Tours to Demilitarized JSA Resume on Southern Side

Tours to Demilitarized JSA Resume on Southern Side

PANMUNJOM, May 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Civilian tours to the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom resumed Wednesday, with access expanded to previously off-limits points, including a bridge that President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un walked along during their first summit last year. The resumption came around six months after the popular tours [...]

First Participants in DMZ Trail Program Witness Both Pain of Division and Scenic Marvels

First Participants in DMZ Trail Program Witness Both Pain of Division and Scenic Marvels

GOSEONG, Apr. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Many of the South Koreans who became the first civilian hikers to set foot in the long-forbidden Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) under a government-organized trail program over the weekend said they experienced mixed emotions while walking along the barbed-wire fences and marveling at the wonderful scenery of the inter-Korean maritime [...]