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N. Korean leader vows to further develop ties with China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (KCNA)North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has pledged to further boost friendly relations with China, the North’s state media said Tuesday.Kim said he would make positive efforts with Chinese President Xi Jinping to “further consolidate and develop the traditional DPRK-China friendly relations,” the North’s Korean Central News Agency reported, using the acronym of the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.Kim made the remarks on Monday in a reply message to Xi, who sent a congratulatory letter to Kim earlier this month […]Read full article >

[Newsmaker] S. Korea investigating teen death’s link to heat-exposed flu vaccine

Public health authorities in South Korea are investigating possible links between the death of a teenager and a flu vaccine that experienced heat fluctuations.The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said in Monday’s press briefing that a 17-year-old boy without preexisting medical conditions died at his Incheon home on Oct. 16, two days after getting a flu shot. The vaccine he received was a product distributed by Shinsung pharmaceutical company, which was earlier accused of handling errors.The teen death’s association with the vaccine is unclear, with an autopsy still underway, the agency said. More than 1 million doses […]Read full article >

Consumer watchdog recommends telcos compensate users over 5G network quality

(Yonhap)A consumer advocacy group has recommended South Korea’s three major telecom operators compensate users for the mediocre quality of their 5G services, a civic group said Tuesday.Since last December, 21 5G subscribers filed for mediation from the Korea National Council of Consumer Organizations (KNCCO), taking issue with the accessibility to the latest mobile network provided by SK Telecom Co., KT Corp. and LG Uplus Corp.The People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), which negotiated with the companies on behalf of the users, said the KNCCO advised the operators to provide 18 of them with between 50,000 won […]Read full article >

Courier dead in apparent suicide over financial difficulties

(Yonhap)A delivery man took his own life in Busan early Tuesday, a lawmaker said, as apparent deaths from overwork and poor working conditions among couriers have surfaced as a social issue.During a parliamentary audit of affiliated agencies of the Ministry of Labor, Rep. Yang Yi Won-young from the ruling Democratic Party said the man in his 40s, working for Logen Logistics Co., died of suicide early in the morning in the southern port city.She said the man, whose identity was withheld, was struggling financially as he had paid a hefty premium to work as a courier and was paying a debt of around 1.2 million won ($1,052) a month. He earned […]Read full article >

S. Korea, EU seek to boost cooperation on ‘Green New Deal’

(Ministry of Environment)Environment officials of South Korea and the European Union on Tuesday discussed expanding cooperation on Seoul’s plan for a “Green New Deal,” the environment ministry said.The discussions, the second of their kind, took place during a virtual meeting led by Ahn Se-chang, a ministry official overseeing climate change policy, and Astrid Schomaker of the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment.The Green New Deal is a government-wide project being pushed by Seoul to achieve sustainable growth through eco-friendly policies.The ministry said the two sides shared the latest […]Read full article >

Five South Korean agencies team up with ADB on education

(Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation)Five South Korean educational institutions are partnering with the Asian Development Bank to improve the quality of education in the region.They are the Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation, the Korean Educational Development Institute, the Korea Education and Research Information Service, the Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training, and the National Education Training Institute.Under the memorandum of understanding signed Tuesday, the six parties will collaborate on baseline studies on improving the quality of education and come up with a comparative analysis of […]Read full article >