Publication: Yonhap News Agency

First reported 1 hour ago - Updated 14 mins ago - 1 reports

N. Korean nuclear site shows increased activities

By Kim Eun-jungSEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has increased activities at its underground nuclear site, military sources said Monday, in what could be preparations for another atomic test ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 1 hour ago]
First reported 1 hour ago - Updated 26 mins ago - 3 reports

(2nd LD) Divers attempt to enter sunken ferry's dining hall

JINDANSAN, South Korea, April 21 (Yonhap) -- Divers struggled Monday to enter the dining hall of a sunken ferry off South Korea's south coast in a desperate search to find many of the hundreds still missing in the disaster.A total of 64 people have been ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 26 mins ago]
First reported 26 mins ago - Updated 26 mins ago - 1 reports

Seoul slams Abe's ritual offering to war shrine

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea blasted Japan's prime minister Monday for making a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, seen here as glorifying Japan's past imperialism and brutal colonization of the Korean Peninsula.Japanese ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 26 mins ago]
First reported 2 hours ago - Updated 48 mins ago - 1 reports

(LEAD) Park likens captain's deserting ferry to 'murder'

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye strongly criticized the captain and some of his crew members of the ferry Sewol on Monday for leaving hundreds of passengers behind and deserting the sinking ship, saying what they did amounted to an ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 2 hours ago]
First reported 5 hours ago - Updated 1 hour ago - 2 reports

Seoul shares end 0.25 pct lower on caution ahead of earnings season

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korean stocks closed 0.25 percent lower Monday as investors were awaiting the first-quarter corporate earnings results, analysts said. The local currency fell against the U.S. dollar.After trading in a tight range, the ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 1 hour ago]
First reported 1 hour ago - Updated 1 hour ago - 1 reports

Ruling party lawmaker apologizes over son's Facebook posting

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- A ruling party contender for mayor of Seoul offered a public apology Monday over his son's comments critical of people's angry reaction to a ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing.Chung Mong-joon, a seven-term ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 1 hour ago]
First reported 21 hours ago - Updated 1 hour ago - 2 reports

Gov't fails to keep promise of hiring more disaster experts

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- The government has failed to keep its promise to train more disaster and emergency experts for the past two years, officials said Monday amid mounting public criticism over its poor handling of a ferry disaster.The 6,825-ton ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 5 hours ago]
Entities: Disaster, Ferry, MS Sewol, Seoul
First reported 3 hours ago - Updated 1 hour ago - 1 reports

(LEAD) S. Korea's railway chief in Beijing en route to N. Korea

BEIJING, April 21 (Yonhap) -- The chief of South Korea's state-run railway company arrived in Beijing on Monday en route to North Korea, saying she was considering taking the rail to Pyongyang from the Chinese capital.Choi Yeon-hye, president and CEO ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 3 hours ago]
First reported 2 hours ago - Updated 2 hours ago - 1 reports

S. Korea's Q1 exports grow to record high on shipments to Europe

SEJONG, April 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's exports in the first three months of the year rose to a new first-quarter high on growing shipments to European countries and emerging markets, including India, the government said Monday.The country's overall ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 2 hours ago]
First reported Apr 20 2014 - Updated 3 hours ago - 2 reports

(LEAD) S. Korea allows KORAIL chief to visit N. Korea

SEOUL, April 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has allowed the chief of its state rail operator to visit North Korea this week for an international rail conference, the unification ministry said Sunday.The ministry said it approved a trip to Pyongyang by Choi ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - Apr 20 2014]
First reported Apr 20 2014 - Updated 9 hours ago - 5 reports

(10th LD) Divers comb sunken ferry after recovering bodies from inside for first time

(ATTN: UPDATES with new death toll in first 5 paras)JINDO, South Korea, April 21 (Yonhap) -- Another body was recovered in the area of a capsized South Korean ferry early Monday, as hopes were fading rapidly for any survivors among hundreds of people ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - 14 hours ago]
Entities: Ferry, South Korea
First reported Apr 19 2014 - Updated Apr 20 2014 - 2 reports

Divers comb sunken ferry after recovering 13 bodies from inside

JINDO, South Korea, April 20 (Yonhap) -- Rescue divers combed the sunken ferry Sewol off South Korea on Sunday after retrieving more than a dozen bodies overnight from inside the underwater wreck for the first time since the sinking, as hopes fade for ... [Published Yonhap News Agency - Apr 20 2014]
Entities: Ferry, South Korea, MS Sewol

Quotes

...nuclear test site has shown increased movement of vehicles and forces compared to the past," a senior military official said, asking for anonymity. "South Korean and U S forces have been closely monitoring the latest development to detect signs of another test."
"Above all, the conduct of the captain and some crew members is wholly unfathomable from the viewpoint of common sense, and it was like an act of murder that cannot and should not be tolerated" Park said during a meeting with senior secretaries
North Korea's Foreign Ministry claimed the two-day trip that will begin on Friday has been planned to "escalate confrontation and bring dark clouds of a nuclear arms race" to the region
...return the nine ancient Korean seals to Seoul on the occasion of Obama's visit to Seoul," the Cultural Heritage Administration said in a statement. "Discussions are under way on the specific procedures for delivery."

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