South Korea, 2014
The captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized off the southwest coast was facing a criminal investigation on Thursday, an official said, amid unconfirmed reports that he was one of the first people to jump to safety as the vessel began sinking. The Sewol ferry was carrying 475 passengers and crew when it capsized on Wednesday.
The search and rescue operation was resumed at dawn inside the South Korean ferry, which ran aground and capsized off the south-western coast of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, TASS reports. Earlier, rescue teams hammered on the hull of the upturned vessel, hoping for a response from anyone trapped inside, but did not hear anything, media reports said. About 290 people (many of them teenagers) are still missing, according to Reuters.
There is a Russian citizen among the missing passengers of a ferry that sank off the South Korean coast on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports on its website. "According to the national police agency of the Republic of Korea, there is a Russian citizen, identified as Serkov Vyacheslav Nikolayevich, born in 1997, among those unaccounted for. The Russian embassy in Seoul is working in close contact with rescue services, police and Serkov’s family to verify his destiny," the report says.
South Korean rescuers, including elite navy SEAL divers, worked frantically under floodlights Wednesday to find nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 459 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, said 164 people had been rescued, leaving 291 "unaccounted for". There were four confirmed deaths, including a female crew member and a student.
Almost 370 people have been saved from aboard the Sewol South Korean ferry in distress off the country’s south-western coast, 3 passengers have been found dead, while 107 others are still unaccounted for.
South Korean officials said as many as 295 people were still unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 477 passengers and crew capsized off the south coast on Wednesday.
South Korea's coastguard said Wednesday it had confirmed one death from a ferry that sank off the southern coast with 476 passengers and crew.
South Korean coastguard vessels were despatched Wednesday to rescue around 350 passengers - mostly high school students - on a ferry sinking off the southeastern coast, Yonhap news agency said, according to AFP.
South Korea's state health insurer said on Monday it was seeking an initial 53.7 billion won ($51.9 million) from three tobacco companies, including the local units of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco, to compensate treatment costs for diseases linked to smoking.
Twelve countries seeking to abolish nuclear weapons on Saturday denounced North Korea's atomic program at the close of a meeting in Hiroshima, saying it endangered global stability.
North Korea on Saturday blasted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's proposal on laying the groundwork for reunification through economic exchanges and humanitarian aid as the "daydream of a psychopath". The blistering attack from the North's powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) was the first official reaction from Pyongyang to a proposal Park made in a speech last month in Dresden in the former East Germany.
South Korea's defence ministry said Friday it was convinced that three crashed drones recovered in recent weeks were of North Korean origin. Wreckage of the rudimentary drones was found in three different places, including Baengnyeong island near the rivals' disputed sea border.
South Korea and the United States kicked off their largest-ever joint air drill on Friday at a time of elevated military tensions with North Korea. The so-called "Max Thunder" exercise, which is held twice a year, will last until April 25 and involve 103 aircraft and 1,400 service personnel, a South Korean air force spokesman said.
South Korea's military said Thursday it would hold its largest-ever joint air drill with the United States as tensions mount over a series of threats from North Korea.
Yun Byung-se, Foreign Minister of South Korea, and Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of China, are eager to intensify diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Korean Foreign Ministry says.
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye called Monday for tighter vigilance against North Korea, days after its leader Kim Jong-Un warned of a "very grave situation" on the peninsula. At a meeting with top aides, Park noted North Korea had recently threatened a fresh nuclear test, test-fired missiles and lobbed artillery shells across the sea border. Three drones suspected to have flown from the North to scout South Korea's military facilities were also found in the South over the past month.
South Korea found the third suspected North Korean drone on a mountain on the east coast, officials said Sunday, in what could be the latest in a series of border incursions by North Korea's unmanned spy aircraft. A suspected North Korean drone is the third such discovery in South Korea in less than a month.
North Korea has slammed the South's recent ballistic missile test, calling it a "farce" aimed at showing off Seoul's military strength in the face of threats from Pyongyang. Seoul said Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-ton payload up to 500 kilometers, suggesting it could hit any part of the North. The launch was carried out on March 23, just three days before the North test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is blaming the United States for heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea said it was drawing a "red line," warning Washington not to cross it in its bid for "regime change" in Pyongyang.