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Nearly 80 % of South Koreans Approve Resumption of Inter-Korean Dialogue

Nearly 80 % of South Koreans Approve Resumption of Inter-Korean Dialogue

SEOUL, June 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Nearly 80 percent of South Koreans support a resumption of long-suspended inter-Korean dialogue, a survey by a presidential advisory panel showed Thursday, indicating strong backing for the policy line of new President Moon Jae-in. In the survey by the National Unification Advisory Council, 76.9 percent of respondents said South Korea should [...]

China Urges N. Korea to Not Escalate Tensions After Missile Launch

China Urges N. Korea to Not Escalate Tensions After Missile Launch

BEIJING, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) – China urged North Korea not to escalate tensions after the country launched what are believed to be several cruise missiles. “Under the current environment, the countries concerned should not provoke each other or take any action that could escalate regional tensions,” China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in [...]

North Korea Fires Multiple Surface-to-Ship Missiles: South Korean Military

North Korea Fires Multiple Surface-to-Ship Missiles: South Korean Military

SEOUL, June 8 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea launched a salvo of anti-ship cruise missiles from its east coast Thursday, South Korea’s military said, adding they flew some 200 kilometers before dropping in the East Sea.  “North Korea fired several unidentified projectiles, assumed to be short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles, this morning in the direction of [...]

S. Korea Approves Four More N.K. Contacts over Inter-Korean Exchanges

S. Korea Approves Four More N.K. Contacts over Inter-Korean Exchanges

SEOUL, June 5 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s government said Monday it has approved an additional four requests for contacts with North Koreans as it has decided to flexibly resume civilian inter-Korean exchanges.  The Ministry of Unification said that it gave the green light to the requests by nongovernment organizations (NGOs) and a global body [...]

Kim Jong-un’s Love of Cigarettes Hampering North Korea’s Anti-Smoking Efforts

Kim Jong-un’s Love of Cigarettes Hampering North Korea’s Anti-Smoking Efforts

SEOUL, June 1 (Korea Bizwire) – North Korea is again bolstering its anti-smoking efforts, advertising new smoking cessation aids on state television.  On May 30, the Korean Central News Agency introduced a nicotine patch – “a cutting-edge technology quit-smoking aid” – that helps smokers stop their habit. “This highly effective nicotine patch is newly introduced [...]