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Reporter : Jung Min-ho
Sun, February 25, 2024 | 16:37
9 North Korean workers in Russia defected to South Korea
Nine North Korean workers dispatched to Russia as part of the regime's efforts to collect U.S. dollars recently defected to South Korea amid Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine, according to an expert familiar with the issue Wednesday.
Men self-harm or fake mental illness to avoid military duty
A football player damaged his own wrist with heavy dumbbells. Another man even lost his hearing after subjecting his ears to loud horn sounds. Some others faked mental health conditions. They all did so for the same purpose: dodging their compulsory military service. For many, the almost two years of service is a thankless task given to all able-bodied men born in South Korea...
North Korea intensifies war against South Korean culture
It's almost impossible to meet all the requirements of a true Juche socialist in North Korea. Having a birthday party, divorcing a spouse, watching a South Korean movie and being unemployed can all be regarded as “non-socialist” or “anti-socialist” behaviors. According to a new report released Thursday, the regime under Kim Jong-un has intensified its campaign against such pe...
New book highlights 'ambitious' sister behind North Korea's leader
Who will succeed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un if something suddenly happened to him? This has become one of the most frequently asked questions about the reclusive state since his health issues came to light three years ago. The book, authored by Yoshihiro Makino, former Seoul bureau chief of the Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, provides no clear-cut answer to that que...
US defense secretary likely to visit South Korea this month
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to visit South Korea later this month as the allies seek to bolster deterrence against evolving nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, an official at the Ministry of National Defense said the two countries are in talks to arrange his possible visit to Seoul, but declined to reveal details.
[INTERVIEW] Despite its flaws, North Korea makes progress in women's rights: expert
Despite its awful track record of human rights violations, North Korea is making progress in one area: women's rights. According to the White Paper on Human Rights in North Korea 2022, published last month, gross and systematic violations of human rights are still rampant under leader Kim Jong-un. For example, religious practices and watching South Korean TV shows are among m...
[EXCLUSIVE] 32,000 undocumented foreigners left Korea under amnesty program in 2022
More than 32,000 undocumented foreign nationals living in Korea left the country last year under a special amnesty program. Speaking to The Korea Times recently, an official at the Ministry of Justice said 32,026 undocumented foreign residents ― about eight percent of the estimated 410,000 undocumented foreigners living here ― returned to their countries throughout the year.
Korean gov't seeks 3rd-party compensation for Japan's wartime crimes
The Korean government has de facto given up on demanding compensation from the Japanese government and companies for Korean victims of wartime slave labor during Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule. During an open forum on the issue at the National Assembly in Seoul, Thursday, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is virtually impossible to achieve an ideal so...
Investigation into North Korean spy ring expands
When South Korea's largest labor umbrella group called for an end to the alliance with the U.S. and conscription during weekend rallies before Aug. 15 National Liberation Day last year, some observers questioned what those demands have to do with improving workers' rights.
South Korean drones sent to North was 'exercise of self-defense': military
The military refuted the opposition party's claim on Monday that South Korean drones sent to North Korea were a violation of the inter-Korean truce, claiming that the South exercised its right of self-defense. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) defended President Yoon Suk Yeol's eye-for-an-eye response to five North Korean drones that crossed over the inter-Korean border, Dec. 2...