Amid pleas for exemptions against the mandatory military duties for BTS, South Korea's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-Hwan has put the speculations to rest by announcing that the boy band will fulfil its mandatory military duty. Jong-Hwan defended to lawmakers that all members of BTS will enlist for military service. According to South Korean law, every healthy man aged 18-35 is required to serve a minimum of 21 months in military service owing to the constant threat posed by North Korea. Though the current scenario projects a friendlier relationship between the two countries, they are yet to agree upon a peace treaty, forcing the South Korean military to stay on guard. The debate regarding the band's military duty was sparked by a lawmaker from opposition party claiming that BTS' achievement in the music industry should qualify for exemption from mandatory military service. This triggered a series of intense discussions with some filing online petition calling for the … [Read more...] about South Korean band BTS affirms to enlist in military service
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SEOUL: A South Korean court is set to deliver its verdict on former President Park Geun-hye on Friday with prosecutors seeking a 30-year jail term over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country's conglomerates.Park became South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office last year when the Constitutional Court ordered her out over a scandal that landed the heads of two conglomerates in jail.Park's ouster led to a presidential election won by the liberal Moon Jae-in, whose conciliatory stand on North Korea has underpinned a significant warming of ties between the rival neighbours.Park, 66, who has been in jail since March 31 last year, is not expected to be in court when it delivers its verdict and, if she is found guilty as expected, hands down a sentence.Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year sentence and a 118.5 billion won (US$112 million) fine for Park, after indicting her on charges that included bribery, abuse of … [Read more...] about South Korean court to deliver verdict on ousted Park
South Korean K-pop is a black market item in North Korea, but in Pyongyang on Sunday night, it received the royal seal of approval when state leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju appeared at a concert featuring some of the South’s top performers. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Although it was the first time a North Korean leader ever watched a K-pop performance, experts said, Kim’s apparent thumbs-up is not likely to lead to any change of policy toward South Korean cultural content in the near future. The South Korean performance troupe visiting Pyongyang included top crooner Cho Yong-pil – a veteran performer who holds a place in the South Korean genre that is somewhat analogous to Tom Jones in the Western popular canon – and girl-band-of-the-moment, Red Velvet. TV footage of Sunday’s “Spring is Coming” concert in Pyongyang’s 1,500-seat Grand Theater showed a smartly dressed North Korean … [Read more...] about Kim likes South Korean pop, but his public watch it at risk
YEONGCHANG, South Korea: The Koreas share a border, a culture and a language. But 70 years after they were separated, North and South are about as divided as divided gets. With almost any kind of contact blocked or barred or banned by law, the gap between them has grown to the point where they almost seem like strangers in many ways. And while the Pyeongchang Olympics have brought North Korean athletes, musicians, martial artists, singers and cheering squads flooding into the South, tight security means it’s still almost impossible for either side to interact.So, embedded in a crowd of excited South Korean Olympic fans waiting to get into a united Korea women’s ice hockey match, The Associated Press posed a question:If you had the chance, what would you ask a North Korean?MARRIAGE, FREEDOM ... BUT IS IT EVEN OK TO ASK?Lee So-mi, a 28-year-old jobseeker, said she was curious about life in North Korea. But when asked what she would say if the chance ever actually arose, she … [Read more...] about What would South Koreans ask a North Korean?
A South Korean civil servant sparked outrage in the country by selling his holdings in cryptocurrencies just days before a regulatory crackdown. The country’s government is now considering stricter codes of conduct for public sector workers. The unnamed man is thought to have made 7 million Korean won ($6,550; £4,700). South Korea is set to introduce stricter codes of conducts for civil servants after one official sparked outrage by selling his holdings in cryptocurrencies just days before the country’s financial regulator announced new laws governing the space. According to the Yonhap news agency, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told his cabinet on Tuesday to create a new code of conduct in the wake of the incident, which is said to have caused huge controversy in the country.“People have expressed anger following revelations that an employee of the main department handling measures on virtual currency … [Read more...] about A South Korean regulator sold his crypto holdings 2 days before new rules were announced — and people are furious