Korea News Digest

North Korea Hints at ‘Prolonged’ COVID Lockdown

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned of “prolonged” anti-coronavirus measures, the latest indication his country’s strict lockdown will not end anytime soon. During a meeting of ruling party leaders, Kim discussed the need to maintain a “perfect ant…

JCS chairman visits military units on western border island

SEOUL– Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Won In-choul visited military units on the western border island of Yeonpyeong Wednesday and called for a staunch posture against any contingencies, his office said.His visit to Navy and Marine Corps bases on…

S. Korea considers opening travel bubble with Spain

MADRID/SEOUL– South Korea has considered setting up a travel bubble with Spain, but more discussions are needed for quarantine-free travel between the two nations, Seoul’s culture minister said Wednesday.Culture Minister Hwang Hee made the remarks as …

Ex-Barcelona prospects cut from S. Korean Olympic team

SEOUL– Lee Seung-woo and Paik Seung-ho, a pair of former FC Barcelona youth products, failed to survive the first round of cuts for the South Korean men’s under-24 Olympic football team on Wednesday.Head coach Kim Hak-bum announced his 23-man roster f…

Coach for struggling K League club eyes Asian trophy

SEOUL– Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors head coach Kim Sang-sik will be taking a stumbling squad into the top annual Asian club football tournament next week. But Jeonbuk’s recent struggles in the K League 1 haven’t dampened his hopes of winning the continental…

New BTS Japanese album ships 1.1 mln units on 1st day: agency

SEOUL– A Japanese-language compilation album of BTS songs has shipped 1.1 million units on its first day, the band’s agency said Wednesday.Shipments of “BTS, The Best,” the seven-piece band’s new album, surpassed 1.1 million units on its first day of …