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14-day Examination Period for JSA Tours Likely to be Shortened

14-day Examination Period for JSA Tours Likely to be Shortened

SEOUL, May 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The 14-day-long examination period required for South Koreans’ tours to the demilitarized border village of Panmunjom may be cut to a three-day process, the United Nations Command (UNC) said Sunday. The UNC said it is currently discussing the simplification plan with the South Korean government. “The 14-day examination required [...]

Gov’t to Allow Individual Tourists to Visit Inter-Korean Truce Village

Gov’t to Allow Individual Tourists to Visit Inter-Korean Truce Village

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea is pushing to allow its citizens to make individual visits to the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, which separates the two Koreas, the unification ministry said Tuesday. The Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Promotion Council approved the 1.4 billion won (US$1.2 million) expenditure plan to [...]

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 [...]

Leaders of Two Koreas Vow Efforts to Make ‘Good Progress’ at Summit

Leaders of Two Koreas Vow Efforts to Make ‘Good Progress’ at Summit

PANMUNJOM/GOYANG, Apr. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed sincere efforts to make progress at their bilateral summit Friday in the Joint Security Area of Panmunjom, which Moon said now symbolizes peace, instead of division. The historic summit began after the leaders met for the first [...]

Gov’t Promises More Help for “Fool’s Gold” Trauma Centers

Gov’t Promises More Help for “Fool’s Gold” Trauma Centers

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon held a government meeting at the Seoul government complex yesterday where he led discussions on 27 initiatives aimed at resolving longstanding difficulties facing trauma centers. Public awareness of trauma centers first skyrocketed last November, when a North Korean soldier who had sustained gunshot wounds in [...]

S. Korea to Send 160-Member Art Troupe to N.K. for Concerts

S. Korea to Send 160-Member Art Troupe to N.K. for Concerts

SEOUL, March 20 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea agreed Tuesday to send a 160-member art troupe to Pyongyang for rare concerts in early April ahead of South and North Korea’s planned summit late next month. The South’s art group will visit the North’s capital from March 31 to April 3 for two performances, according to a joint statement adopted after inter-Korean talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom. The art troupe will [...]

N. Korea Offers to Send High-Level Delegation to PyeongChang

N. Korea Offers to Send High-Level Delegation to PyeongChang

PANMUNJOM, Korea, Jan. 9 (Joint Press Corps-Yonhap) — North Korea on Tuesday offered to send a high-level delegation and performing arts squads to next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics, while the South proposed their athletes’ joint entrance to the games’ opening and closing ceremonies, Seoul officials said. The two Koreas exchanged their proposals in the morning [...]

Doctor Who Saved North Korean Defector’s Life Accused of “Terrorism Against Human Dignity”

Doctor Who Saved North Korean Defector’s Life Accused of “Terrorism Against Human Dignity”

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Korea Bizwire) – With news continuing to filter out that the wounded North Korean defector brought to Ajou University Hospital has regained consciousness and is on the road to recovery, lead doctor Lee Kook-jong has won plaudits from many corners for his role in saving the soldier’s life.  However, a minor controversy [...]