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  • ≡ KTX Train Services To, From Gangneung Normalize After Derailment

    KTX bullet train services to and from Gangneung have normalized after a train derailed on Saturday, injuring over a dozen passengers. According to officials, a train left Gangneung Station at 5:30 this morning and arrived in Seoul some two hours later while another train departed Cheongnyangni Station at 5:32 a.m. and arrived in Gangneung at an hour and 40 minutes later. While KTX trains are now running on a normal schedule, Korail said trains are reducing speeds to 40 kilometers per hour near the accident site. Early Saturday, the Seoul-bound train derailed just five minutes after departing Gangneung Station. A joint team of transport ministry and KORAIL officials has tentatively concluded that an error in the railroad switch system that controls the tracks likely caused the accident.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ KTX Gangneung Line Resumes Operations Three Days After Derailment

    [Anchor] Operations on the KTX bullet train to and from Gangneung have normalized three days after a train derailed. According to KORAIL, the first train departed Gangneung at 5:30 a.m. and safely arrived at its destination in Seoul. Claudia Kim reports. [Reporter] Some 112 passengers that boarded the first train this morning continued to voice their concerns. KORAIL President Oh Young-sik was also on the train in what was seen as an effort to calm jitters. The transport ministry and KORAIL officials have tentatively concluded that an error in the railroad switch system that controls the tracks likely caused the derailment amid a sharp drop in temperature. For now, the trains, which usually run at up to 300 kilometers an hour, are expected to reduce speeds to some 40 kilometers near the accident site. On Saturday morning, a Seoul-bound KTX train with 198 passengers onboard derailed five minutes after leaving Gangneung Station, injuring more than a dozen people. The derailment was the first major accident on the line since its opening last year ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Transport Minister Kim Hyun-mi visited the accident site yesterday and vowed to hold those responsible for the accident accountable. Claudia Kim, eFM News.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ KTX Train Services To, From Gangneung Normalize After Derailment

    KTX bullet train services to and from Gangneung have normalized after a train derailed on Saturday, injuring over a dozen passengers. According to officials, a train left Gangneung Station at 5:30 this morning and arrived in Seoul some two hours later while another train departed Cheongnyangni Station at 5:32 a.m. and arrived in Gangneung at an hour and 40 minutes later. While KTX trains are now running on a normal schedule, Korail said trains are reducing speeds to 40 kilometers per hour near the accident site. Early Saturday, the Seoul-bound train derailed just five minutes after departing Gangneung Station. A joint team of transport ministry and KORAIL officials has tentatively concluded that an error in the railroad switch system that controls the tracks likely caused the accident.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ President Moon To Present Appointment Certificate To New Finance Minister

    Cheong Wa Dae says President Moon Jae-in will present an appointment certificate to new Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki this afternoon. An inauguration ceremony will be held tomorrow. On Friday, the parliamentary finance committee adopted a confirmation report for Hong despite resistance from three minor opposition parties. The report said Hong has the expertise to carry out duties of a finance minister as he has played a key role in promoting major government policies. Last month, President Moon named Hong, the former chief of the government policy coordination office, to replace Kim Dong-yeon as finance minister and deputy prime minister for economic affairs amid persisting skepticism over the country's struggling economy.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Peace Efforts Will Set Stage For Promoting Human Rights: Moon

    President Moon Jae-in says efforts to bring permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula will help promote human rights. The president made the remark during a ceremony in Seoul this morning to mark the 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day, which commemorates the United Nations General Assembly's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Moon said clearing away the vestige of the Cold War on the Korean Peninsula and bringing permanent peace to the peninsula will promote human rights of all people. He added that this will set the stage for freedom, justice and peace in Northeast Asia and in the world. The president also stressed that fostering peace will guarantee the promotion of human rights and vice versa. This is the second time that a sitting South Korean president attended a ceremony to mark Human Rights Day, following late former President Roh Moo-hyun's participation in 2003.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ S. Korean Officials To Visit North For Talks On Forestry Cooperation (Update)

    A team of South Korean officials is in Beijing ahead of a trip to North Korea tomorrow for talks on forestry cooperation. Led by Lim Sang-seop, a senior official at the Korea Forestry Service, the 10-member team will be in the North from Tuesday to Thursday. While there, the group will inspect the distribution of some 50 tons of pesticides South Korea sent to the North last week to help the country tame the spread of pine tree diseases. They will also likely visit a local tree nursery and forestry equipment factory. The trip is part of efforts to implement an agreement reached in October to jointly combat pine tree pests and other forestry diseases until March next year.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Moon's Approval Rating Rebounds For First Time In 10 weeks: Realmeter

    President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has rebounded after nine weeks of decline amid reports on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's possible trip to Seoul. According to a weekly poll conducted by Realmeter, 49.5 percent of the respondents said they supported Moon's management of state affairs, up 1.1 percentage points from a week earlier. His disapproval rating came to 45.2 percent, down 1.4 percentage points on-week. The pollster said the slight rebound came amid media reports that the North's leader may visit Seoul as early as this month to implement the inter-Korean summit agreement in September. The approval rating of the ruling Democratic Party rose 0.2 percentage point on-week to 38.2 percent last week, ending the ninth straight weekly decline. The survey was conducted on over 2,500 people from Monday through Friday, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.0 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ S. Korea's 2019 Budget For Inter-Korean Cooperation Exceeds \1 Tln

    South Korea is set to spend next year over a trillion won for joint projects with North Korea for the first time in three years. The 1.1 trillion won budget is up 15 percent from this year and marks the largest amount since 2016. Some 430 billion won has been earmarked for inter-Korean economic cooperation projects, up 60 percent on-year. Budgets for medical and forestry cooperation have also been increased.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Cheong Wa Dae Hints At Possibility Of N. Korean Leader Not Visiting Seoul This Year

    Cheong Wa Dae says as of now there have been no developments on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's potential visit to Seoul, hinting that it may not happen within this year. In a message sent to reporters yesterday, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said while Seoul has been preparing for all possible scenarios, there has been no confirmation so far. He added that the government doesn't intend to rush Kim's visit as many situations need to be considered.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Temperatures Forecast To Return To Seasonal Norms This Afternoon

    The nation is once again waking up to cold conditions. Earlier, the mercury dropped to minus 7.8 degrees here in Seoul, minus 6 in Incheon, minus 8.8 in Suwon and minus 11.7 in Chuncheon. The Korea Meteorological Administration said this cold is expected to last through midday before returning to seasonal norms this afternoon. Daytime highs are forecast to hover between 2 and 10 degrees. Meanwhile, expect good to average levels of fine dust throughout the day.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Foreign Minister Urges Diplomats To Double Efforts To Denuclearize N. Korea

    Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says South Korea will need to double its diplomatic efforts in 2019 to continue on the path of denuclearizing North Korea. In opening remarks of an annual gathering of the country's overseas envoys this morning, Kang stressed that the country is at a crucial point in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. She also noted how her ministry has worked with the United States, China, Japan, Russia and the international community to bring about change. Kang then called on the Korean diplomats to redouble their efforts next year to achieve permanent peace. The five-day annual session has brought together more than 180 Korean ambassadors, consul generals and other heads of overseas diplomatic missions.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ S. Korean Officials To Travel To N. Korea For Talks On Forestry Cooperation

    A group of South Korean experts and officials will travel to North Korea this week for talks on forestry cooperation. According to the unification ministry, the 10-member team led by Lim Sang-seop, a senior official at the Korea Forestry Service, will fly to Beijing today and travel to Pyongyang tomorrow for a three-day trip. The trip is part of efforts to implement an agreement to jointly combat pine tree pests and other forestry diseases until March next year. While there, the group will hold talks with their northern counterparts. They will also review the distribution of some 50 tons of pesticides South Korea sent to the North last week to help the country tame the spread of pine tree diseases.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ S. Korean Officials To Visit North For Talks On Forestry Cooperation (Update)

    A team of South Korean officials is in Beijing ahead of a trip to North Korea tomorrow for talks on forestry cooperation. Led by Lim Sang-seop, a senior official at the Korea Forestry Service, the 10-member team will be in the North from Tuesday to Thursday. While there, the group will inspect the distribution of some 50 tons of pesticides South Korea sent to the North last week to help the country tame the spread of pine tree diseases. They will also likely visit a local tree nursery and forestry equipment factory. The trip is part of efforts to implement an agreement reached in October to jointly combat pine tree pests and other forestry diseases until March next year.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Koreas To Meet For Talks On Cooperation In Medical, Health Sectors

    The two Koreas will hold working-level talks this week to discuss expanding cooperation on health-related matters. Unification ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told a press briefing this morning that the meeting will take place on Wednesday at the joint inter-Korean liaison office in the North's border town of Kaesong. Baik said the two sides will discuss exchanging information on combatting infectious diseases. Kwon Jun-wook, a senior official at Seoul's health ministry, will lead South Korea's delegation while Kim Yun-chol will represent the North.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Cheong Wa Dae Hints At Possibility Of N. Korean Leader Not Visiting Seoul This Year

    Cheong Wa Dae says as of now there have been no developments on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's potential visit to Seoul, hinting that it may not happen within this year. In a message sent to reporters yesterday, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said while Seoul has been preparing for all possible scenarios, there has been no confirmation so far. He added that the government doesn't intend to rush Kim's visit as many situations need to be considered.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Ruling Party Chief Vows To Pass Preschool Reform Bill

    The head of the ruling Democratic Party has vowed to pass within this year a bill on enhancing transparency at private kindergartens. At a meeting this morning, Lee Hae-chan said his party will push to open an extraordinary session at the National Assembly to take care of the bill. He blamed the main opposition Liberty Korea Party for blocking its passage during the regular session that ended on Saturday. Rival party lawmakers failed to agree on multiple issues, including whether to penalize private preschool owners caught spending tuition for non-educational purposes.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ More S. Koreans Welcome Potential Parliamentary Speech By N. Korean Leader: Realmeter

    A recent poll shows more South Koreans are in favor of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking at the National Assembly during his potential visit to Seoul. According to a Realmeter survey commissioned by local broadcaster CBS today, nearly 47 percent of respondents were for Kim to speak at parliament while some 40 percent were against it. By region, Seoul, Gyeonggi, Incheon and the Jeolla provinces welcomed a possible speech by Kim, while those from Daegu and North Gyeongsang were opposed to the idea. The survey was conducted on more than 500 adults nationwide and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Ex-Senior Judge To Face Pretrial Hearing Over Judiciary Power Abuse

    A pretrial hearing will be held today for Lim Jong-hun, former deputy head of the National Court Administration, over alleged abuse of power and obstruction of justice during the former Park Geun-hye administration. The Seoul Central District Court will open the preparatory hearing this afternoon. Lim is not expected to show up as he is not required to be present for the hearing. He is suspected of interfering in politically sensitive trials to lobby the previous Park administration for then chief justice Yang Sung-tae's plans to establish a separate court of appeals. Lim is seen as one of the key suspects in the judicial power abuse scandal, along with former Supreme Court justices Park Byong-dae and Ko Young-han.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ S. Korean Officials To Travel To N. Korea For Talks On Forestry Cooperation

    A group of South Korean experts and officials will travel to North Korea this week for talks on forestry cooperation. According to the unification ministry, the 10-member team led by Lim Sang-seop, a senior official at the Korea Forestry Service, will fly to Beijing today and travel to Pyongyang tomorrow for a three-day trip. The trip is part of efforts to implement an agreement to jointly combat pine tree pests and other forestry diseases until March next year. While there, the group will hold talks with their northern counterparts. They will also review the distribution of some 50 tons of pesticides South Korea sent to the North last week to help the country tame the spread of pine tree diseases.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ New Apartment Complexes Required To Build Public Daycare Centers

    New apartment complexes with more than 500 units will now be required to establish and operate public daycare centers. The welfare ministry said parliament passed a revised bill on childcare during a plenary session on Friday. The bill also requires the daycare centers to conduct annual checkups to see whether children have received vaccinations to prevent the spread of contagious diseases within facilities. The amendments will be implemented in the next three to six months.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Bareunmirae Party Chief Presses Major Parties To Join In Electoral Reform

    Bareunmirae Party chief Sohn Hak-kyu says he will continue his hunger strike until major parties agree to overhaul the parliamentary election system. Sohn said he is willing to discuss how to reform the system once the ruling Democratic Party and the main opposition Liberty Korea Party agree on the need to introduce a new proportional representation system. The Bareunmirae Party, the Justice Party and the Party for Democracy and Peace have been staging a sit-in at the National Assembly for the seventh straight day. The minor parties are pushing to increase their presence in parliament with a new system where more seats will be allotted based on voters' support for each party.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ New Apartment Complexes Required To Build Public Daycare Centers

    New apartment complexes with more than 500 units will now be required to establish and operate public daycare centers. The welfare ministry said parliament passed a revised bill on childcare during a plenary session on Friday. The bill also requires the daycare centers to conduct annual checkups to see whether children have received vaccinations to prevent the spread of contagious diseases within facilities. The amendments will be implemented in the next three to six months.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ France Urges Trump Not To Interfere In French Politics

    France has urged President Donald Trump not to interfere in French politics after the U.S. leader posted tweets about the protests rocking the country and attacked the Paris climate agreement. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told Trump to leave France alone in an interview with a local television station Sunday. On Saturday, Trump posted two tweets referring to the "yellow vest" anti-government protests that have swept France since mid-November and sparked rioting in Paris. He called the protests very sad, adding "Maybe it's time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes." The protests in France are not directly linked to the Paris climate agreement, which was signed in 2015, and has since been abandoned by Trump.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Guro Overpass In Southwestern Seoul Set To Be Demolished

    The Guro Overpass in southwestern Seoul will be torn down this week after 41 years of service. The Seoul city government said it will restrict traffic on the overpass heading towards Sadang from midnight tonight for the demolition work. The overpass was built in 1978 to ease traffic congestion in the area. But it caused more delays, prompting officials to decide to tear it down. Roads below the overpass will be restricted until the end of February and will open to traffic in early March.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Ex-Senior Judge To Face Pretrial Hearing Over Judiciary Power Abuse

    A pretrial hearing will be held today for Lim Jong-hun, former deputy head of the National Court Administration, over alleged abuse of power and obstruction of justice during the former Park Geun-hye administration. The Seoul Central District Court will open the preparatory hearing this afternoon. Lim is not expected to show up as he is not required to be present for the hearing. He is suspected of interfering in politically sensitive trials to lobby the previous Park administration for then chief justice Yang Sung-tae's plans to establish a separate court of appeals. Lim is seen as one of the key suspects in the judicial power abuse scandal, along with former Supreme Court justices Park Byong-dae and Ko Young-han.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Seoul City To Extend Bus Operations For Year-End

    Seoul city is extending operations of buses passing through major hotspots during the end of the year. Eighty-eight bus routes will operate extended hours for two weeks from December 17th to 31st. Passengers will be able to get on buses until 1 a.m. in areas such as Seoul Station, Jongno, Myeongdong, Shinchon and Gangnam. When the bell-tolling ceremony takes place at the Bosingak Belfry in Jongno on New Year's Eve, some 40 bus routes passing through the district will operate until 2 a.m.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ (BBC) US Says March 1 'Hard Deadline' For Trade Deal With China

    [Anchor] A senior Donald Trump administration official says talks with China to end the trade war between Washington and Beijing will not be extended beyond the first day of March. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made the comments on CBS show on Sunday. He also said he did not expect the arrest of a senior Chinese tech executive to have an impact on the trade talks. The BBC's Dan Johnson has this report.■ [Report 00:32] [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Trump Considering Four People To Be Next Chief Of Staff: AP

    U.S. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering four people as he determines who will be his next chief of staff. Citing a person familiar with Trump's thinking, The Associated Press reported Sunday that the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, is among those under consideration to replace John Kelly. Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would be departing the White House around the end of the year. The person thought to be the president's top choice for the job, vice presidential chief of staff Nick Ayers, tweeted that he's no longer in the running for the position.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Ruling Party Chief Vows To Pass Preschool Reform Bill

    The head of the ruling Democratic Party has vowed to pass within this year a bill on enhancing transparency at private kindergartens. At a meeting this morning, Lee Hae-chan said his party will push to open an extraordinary session at the National Assembly to take care of the bill. He blamed the main opposition Liberty Korea Party for blocking its passage during the regular session that ended on Saturday. Rival party lawmakers failed to agree on multiple issues, including whether to penalize private preschool owners caught spending tuition for non-educational purposes.■ [2018.12.10]

  • ≡ Temperatures Forecast To Return To Seasonal Norms This Afternoon

    The nation is once again waking up to cold conditions. Earlier, the mercury dropped to minus 7.8 degrees here in Seoul, minus 6 in Incheon, minus 8.8 in Suwon and minus 11.7 in Chuncheon. The Korea Meteorological Administration said this cold is expected to last through midday before returning to seasonal norms this afternoon. Daytime highs are forecast to hover between 2 and 10 degrees. Meanwhile, expect good to average levels of fine dust throughout the day.■ [2018.12.10]