South Korea seizes another ship suspected of transferring oil to North Korea

The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Monday, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea’s fast-developing weapons programmes.North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan as it pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of U.N. sanctions and international condemnation. On Nov. 29, it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which it said was its most advanced yet, capable of reaching the mainland United States.The exercises will be the sixth drill sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations, the defence…... [read more]

It followed the first 20-minute phone call on Wednesday after North Korea launched long-range ballistic missile Hwansong-15, which was said to be able to reach the US mainland. In related news, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis pledged to stick to diplomatic solutions after North Korea’s latest inter-continental ballistic missile test.   South Korea's Air Force said on Friday it has created a bigger airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance unit in response to growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. The new unit is tasked with monitoring the North's related activities around the clock in close coordination with the US.…... [read more]

President Barack Obama salutes upon arrival at Osan Air Base to attend the Nuclear Security Summit, in Osan, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  US President Barack Obama has begun a visit to South Korea, amid rising tensions in the region over a rocket launch planned by the North.Mr Obama first visited US troops in the Demilitarised Zone separating the Koreas, and is due in Seoul for talks.The US has voiced concern that the rocket launch due in April is a pretext for a missile test. Pyongyang says it wants to put a satellite…... [read more]

Global Positioning System (GPS) and other electronic navigation aids are vulnerable to signal loss from solar weather effects, radio and satellite interference and deliberate jamming.South Korea, which says it has faced repeated attempts by the rival North to interfere with satellite signals, will award a 15 billion won ($13 million) contract this month to secure technology required to build an alternative land-based radio system called eLoran, which it hopes will provide reliable alternative position and timing signals for navigation."The need for us is especially high, because of the deliberate signal interference by North Korea," a South Korean government official involved…... [read more]

South Korea braced for a possible further missile test by North Korea as it marked its founding anniversary on Saturday, just days after its sixth and largest nuclear test rattled global financial markets and further escalated tensions in the region. Throughout the week, South Korean officials have warned the North could launch another intercontinental ballistic missile, in defiance of U.N. sanctions and amid an escalating standoff with the United States. Last year, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on the September 9 anniversary. Tension on the Korean peninsula has escalated as North Korea's young leader, Kim Jong Un, has…... [read more]

Center on Vietnam-South Korea IT cooperation opens in HanoiVan Ly HANOI – A South Korean agency specializing in trade promotion and communications launched a center on information technology (IT) cooperation between Vietnam and Korea at the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower in Hanoi City on November 13. You Young-min, Korean Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, said the cooperation between Vietnam and South Korea is developing strongly, with IT cooperation playing an important role. As many as 5,000 Korean companies have set up shop in Vietnam since 1992, with investment pledges from Korean investors having reached US$45 billion as of…... [read more]

It's a role that Hwang can never have imagined for himself when he was appointed prime minister by President Park Geun-hye in May last year.In a country where nearly all political power lies in the hands of the executive, the prime minister is a largely ceremonial figure who, more often than not, is the first head to roll in the event of a political crisis.In Hwang's case, however, the tables were turned and it was his boss who got the push after lawmakers voted to impeach Park over a snowballing corruption scandal.The move stripped Park of her substantial powers and…... [read more]

At least 13 people have died after a fishing boat collided with a 336-tonne tanker and capsized off South Korea's west coast.Two others were missing, South Korea's coast guard said, as a search and rescue operation continued.The chartered fishing boat, the Seonchang-1, had been carrying 20 passengers and two crew during a fishing tour at the time of the crash.Footage from the scene showed the upturned boat being searched by divers.Navy helicopters and dozens of ships were taking part in the search southwest of Incheon, near Yeongheung island.Seven people were taken to hospital for treatment. The captain of the 10-tonne…... [read more]

All eight of the Korean films being introduced at the festival have recently been screened in South Korea, including “Like for Likes”, “Phantom Detective”, and “Okja”.Meanwhile, Vietnamese films being screened at the festival are “Co can nha nam nghe nang mua” (Like an old house), “Hotboy noi loan 2” (Lost in Paradise 2), “Sieu trom” (Bitcoin Heist), and “Co Ba Sai Gon” (The Tailor). During the festival, a workshop on film production via smartphones will be held.The festival is part of the ongoing 2017 Ho Chi Minh City – Gyeongju World Cultural Festival. Accordingly, the Ho Chi Minh City –…... [read more]

(Cinet) – The Government Office has had the Document No. 6752/VPCP-QHQT to transfer instructing opinions of the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung about agreeing the MOCST to host and cooperate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hold Vietnam cultural festival in the South Korea in 2012. The Document reads clearly that, considering the report of the MOCST (Document No. 167/BC-BVHTTDL dated 19 September 201) about the results of the working travel of the Minister of the MOCST Hoang Tuan Anh in the South Korea and Laos, the Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung agreed the MOCST to host and cooperate…... [read more]