Jul 19, 2015

Dead South Korean agent left note denying spying on civilians

A South Korean government agent who was found dead in an apparent suicide left a note denying suspicion that the National Intelligence Service has been spying on South Koreans by intercepting cellphone and computer conversations, police said Sunday. The 46-year-old NIS agent was found ...

Stolen Buddhist statue arrives from South Korea

Jul 18, 2015

Stolen Buddhist statue arrives from South Korea

One of two ancient Japanese Buddhist statues stolen in 2012 by South Korean thieves arrived Saturday in the southwestern island city of Tsushima, where it was originally kept, the city office said. A bronze standing figure of the Tathagata Buddha, designated an important national ...

Jul 16, 2015

S. Korean court orders new trial for convicted ex-spy chief

South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new trial for a former spy chief convicted of directing an online campaign to smear a main opposition candidate in the 2012 presidential election. The top court granted Won Sei-hoon a new trial after rejecting a ...

Jul 15, 2015

South Korea to return one of two stolen statues to Japan

South Korea has decided to return one of two ancient Buddha statutes that were stolen by Korean thieves in Japan three years ago, the prosecutor general’s office said Wednesday. Although Japan demanded the return of both Korean-made statues, the prosecutor said the second likeness ...

Jul 15, 2015

South Korea picks preferred bidder to lift sunken ferry

South Korea on Wednesday selected a Chinese-led consortium as a preferred bidder to salvage a ferry whose sinking killed more than 300 people in April last year in one of the country’s deadliest disasters in decades. South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said ...

Jul 14, 2015

Repairing Japan-South Korea ties

Having cooperated to obtain UNESCO world cultural heritage status for their historical sites, Japan and South Korea should continue to strive to prevent differences over historical perceptions from further straining bilateral ties.

Jul 14, 2015

South Korea professor forced former student to eat feces: police

South Korean police said Tuesday they have detained a university design professor for allegedly forcing a former student to eat human feces and subjecting him to other cruel acts. The alleged violence began after the professor hired the ex-student in 2013 as an employee ...

Jul 14, 2015

South Korea sends 2 North Korean fishermen back home

South Korea said Tuesday that it had sent back two North Korean fishermen rescued earlier this month from South Korean waters. The two fishermen were sent home through the border village of Panmunjom, where they were greeted by North Korean officials and relatives, said ...

Jul 12, 2015

South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean soldiers

South Korean troops fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who intruded in the buffer zone marking their heavily armed border, Seoul said Sunday, in the first such skirmish this year. The incident occurred Saturday morning when 10 North Korean soldiers crossed the border ...