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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 11°C

# South Korea

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# Unimpressed
Iran's Winter Olympians demand apology after mobile phone controversy
Games organisers had refused to give certain athletes the Galaxy Note 8 devices from sponsor Samsung.
# Miryang
Witnesses describe mass panic as dozens killed in huge hospital blaze in South Korea
More than 130 were hurt in the fire, the country’s worst for 15 years.
# democratic dozen
12 North Korean hockey players arrive South to form unified Olympic team
Meanwhile, state media in North Korea has called on all Koreans to ‘remove mutual misunderstanding and distrust’.
# South Korea
South Korea to criminalise suicide pacts
The criminalisation of suicide pacts was among a series of measures approved by the cabinet today.
# thawing out
North Korea will send 22 athletes to the South for Winter Olympics
They’ll compete in hockey, figure skating, short-track speed skating, cross-country skiing and Alpine skiing.
# unity
Hand of friendship: North and South Korea will compete together at the Winter Olympics
They’ll be sending a joint ice hockey team and will march under a “unification flag”.
# good korea move
North Korea will take part in the Winter Olympics in South Korea following talks
Officials from the North and South have held their first official talks in more than two years.
# hotline
North Korea reopens hotline with South Korea in diplomatic breakthrough
South Korea has offered to hold talks with the North on 9 January.
# Progress
South Korea offers high-level talks with North in demilitarised zone
The offer comes after Kim Jong-Un said he has a nuclear button on his desk and his country might attend the Winter Olympics in the South.
# North Korea
Kim Jong-Un warns that the 'nuclear button' is always on his desk
The North Korean leader vowed the country would mass-produce nuclear warheads and missiles in a defiant New Year message.
# Red Handed
South Korea seizes ship that was allegedly selling oil in secret to North Korea
It follows US President Donald Trump’s tweets about the alleged transfer of oil.
# Tension
North Korea says new UN sanctions are an 'act of war'
The UN Security Council unanimously passed new, US-drafted sanctions that will restrict oil supplies.
# jecheon
'Another Grenfell Tower': 29 die in blaze at South Korean sauna
Experts said the structure was a fire trap waiting to happen.
# Tension
North Korean soldier defects to South, triggers gunfire at border
The soldier cross the border in thick fog and made his way to a guard post.
# The noisy neighbours
Late own goal decides tempestuous clash between North and South Korea
The result dashed any faint hopes North Korea had of winning the four-team East Asian Championship.
# War games
Air crew over Japan saw North Korean missile re-enter atmosphere
The airline’s general manager said crew described seeing the missile “blow up and fall apart”.
# unusual activity
After a two month gap, North Korea has fired a ballistic missile
The South Korean military and US officials are analysing data from the missile’s course.
# Under fire
Dramatic video shows North Korean soldier being shot as he attempts escape across border
The defector was shot at least four times in his desperate escape bid.
# butter
Kerrygold has just expanded its sales into... South Korea
The Irish butter will be sold through a number of major Korean retailers.
# border shooting
North Korean soldier shot a number of times while trying to defect to the south
The soldier survived the shooting.
# Seoul searching
Trump promises to 'figure it out' with South Korea's president
Trump has been visiting a number of Asian countries.
# unswerving loyalty
Meet the 90-year-old North Korean convicted spy whose sole wish is to make it back to the 'Fatherland'
Seo Ok-ryol has spent three decades in prison and been sentenced to death on two separate occasions.
# Tension
'Enough is enough': South Korea continues military drills after North Korean nuclear test
A new agreement between Washington and Seoul will allow the South to develop more powerful weapons.
# War of Words
South Korea now believes the North can fit a nuclear weapon onto a missile
The intelligence comes after Pyongyang claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb.
# Missile
North Korea launches missile that flies over Japan
Tokyo also said it overflew its territory, with the prime minister saying the government would take “full steps” to ensure the safety of the Japanese people.
# start off small
Explainer: Why is North Korea threatening to bomb the tiny Pacific island of Guam?
The rhetoric from Donald Trump and the North Koreans has escalated tensions in the region.
# getaway
Donald Trump 'working hard' at his New Jersey country club
He said that he’s there because of renovation at the White House.
# warning signs
North Korea boasts that all US cities are within its range after latest missile test
The US said that China and Russia bore “unique responsibility” for the escalating tensions.
# North Korea
Police examine if North Korean defector in propaganda video returned willingly
The woman defected in 2014 and police in South Korea are trying to determine whether she was abducted in China.
# comfort women
Japan protests against bid to recognise Korean women forced into brothels
Japanese troops forced thousands of women to work in brothels during World War II.
# Nuclear Weapons
North Korea's Kim: Dictator? Reformer? Shrewd negotiator?
Like father, not necessarily like son.
# Going Nuclear
North Korea has 'built an intercontinental ballistic missile', so what now?
The Hwasong-14 ICBM could apparently reach Alaska.
# trouble ahead
UN Security Council to meet today as North Korea provokes the US with missile tests
Experts have said that the world security community should accept that North Korea will have long-range nuclear arms.
# Otto Warmbier
North Korea says it is the 'biggest victim' in US student's death
Otto Warmbier had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for allegedly stealing a poster.
# State of Play
It's crunch time at the Under-20 World Cup so here's what you need to know
England have reached the final four of the tournament for the first time since 1993.
# wannacry
HSE remains cut off from external networks as finger points to North Korea over cyber attack
Ireland has remained largely unaffected by the global cyber attack, which hit more than 200,000 victims.
# hostile
US calls for tougher sanctions after North Korea fires ballistic missile
The missile flew more than 700 kilometres before landing in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).
# open door policy
New South Korean president says he'd go anywhere (including North Korea) to secure peace
Moon Jae-in was striking positive chords on his first day as President today.
# Kim Jong-un
Trump calls North Korean leader 'a pretty smart cookie' - but isn't sure if he's sane
The comments came as both North and South Korea tested missiles over the weekend.
# tensions rise
North Korea reportedly test-fires another ballistic missile
The South Korean military reports the firing of an unidentified missile by its northern neighbour.