State Dept. says NATO gives ‘actual security’ for US after Trump’s controversial remarks

Matthew Miller, the State Department spokesperson, speaks during a press briefing at the department in Washington, in this Oct. 30, 2023, file photo. Yonhap The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) provides “actual security” for America, the State Department said Monday, amid a controversy over former President Donald Trump’s recent suggestion that he would “encourage” Russia … Read more

Financial groups turn to celebrities to refine corporate image

Actress Park Eun-bin / Courtesy of KB Financial Group By Lee Kyung-min Celebrities dominating the ad market is nothing new. However, only a select few have the opportunity to represent financial groups. Popularity is important, but not as much as trustworthiness, according to industry insiders. KB Financial Group picked actress Park Eun-bin as its spokesmodel … Read more

PM says expanding workforce of doctors is starting point of healthcare reform

A man walks out of a medical school in Seoul, Feb. 4. Yonhap Prime Minister Han Duck-soo called on the medical community Tuesday to cooperate with the government’s plan to significantly increase the annual medical school enrollment quota, stating that it marks the starting point of healthcare reform. Last week, the government announced its plan … Read more

Companies rush to retire treasury stocks ahead of ‘corporate value-up’ program

An electronic signboard at Seoul’s Hana Bank shows the benchmark KOSPI closing at 2,620.32 points, up 10.74 points from the previous session, on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday, Thursday. Yonhap By Yi Whan-woo An increasing number of companies listed on the Korean stock market are buying back treasury stocks and retiring them, … Read more

Kim Woo-min wins men’s 400m freestyle world gold

Kim Woo-min celebrates after winning the men’s 400-meter freestyle final at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Feb. 11. AP-Yonhap Korea’s Kim Woo-min won gold in the men’s 400m freestyle at the world championships in Doha on Sunday. Kim clocked 3 minutes 42.71 seconds to edge out Australia’s Elijah Winnington, the 2022 world champion. … Read more

K League foes set to renew rivalry at top Asian club tournament

Pohang Steelers’ head coach Kim Gi-dong and the players celebrate their winning at the Pohang Steel Yard in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, in this Nov. 4, 2023 file photo. Yonhap Two Korean football rivals will square off this week to begin the knockout stage of the top Asian club tournament, with another team from the … Read more

Qatar beats Jordan to retain Asian Cup with Afif hat-trick

Qatar’s forward Hassan Al-Haydos (#10) lifts the Qatar 2023 AFC Asian Cup trophy as his team celebrates during the podium ceremony after the final football match between Jordan and Qatar at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, north of Doha, Feb. 10. AFP-Yonhap Hosts Qatar retained the Asian Cup with a 3-1 win on Saturday against … Read more

NK leader calls S. Korea ‘primary foe,’ vows to protect country with power

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his daughter, Ju-ae, pose for a group photo during a visit to the North’s defense ministry, Feb. 8, in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency the following day. Yonhap North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has again called South Korea the North’s “primary foe” and vowed to … Read more

Baekusaeng Makgeolli brews premium traditional alcohol in Ahyeon Market

Joe Kim offers a bottle of makgeolli at Baekusaeng Makgeolli brewpub in western Seoul’s Ahyeon Market. Courtesy of Baekusaeng Makgeolli By Jon Dunbar Tucked away amid the phalanx of high-rise apartment complexes that have overrun western Seoul’s Ahyeon-dong, there’s a narrow corridor cutting through the area that still bustles with foot traffic during the day. … Read more

Traffic builds up on highways as people return to Seoul amid Lunar New Year holiday

Vehicles clog the southbound lanes on the Gyeongbu Expressway in Seoul, as millions of Koreans begin their annual exodus out of the capital city toward their hometowns during the extended Lunar New Year holiday, Feb. 10. Yonhap Traffic on major highways started to build up nationwide Sunday morning, as millions of Koreans started to return … Read more