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'It will take 300 years before contaminated water is safe to discharge into sea'

Nuclear experts from around the world are condemning the Japanese government's possible move to discharge radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. The plan is raising concerns especially in Korea, Japan's closest neighbor, as the discharged water will have a direct influence on the marine life and ecosystem in its territorial waters and eventually the people themselves.

Korea strips Japan of preferred trade partner status

Korea has removed Japan from its “whitelist” of countries receiving preferential status in the trading of strategic items, the government said Wednesday. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said it has revised the country's export control system for strategic items on its official gazette, meaning it has gone into effect. The revision contains details on removing Japan from the 29-country whitelist. The ministry said it received public opinions on the revision from Aug. 14 to Sept. 3 and 91 percent supported the removal.

2nd case of deadly African swine fever confirmed in Yeoncheon

Quarantine authorities are on high alert after a second confirmed case of African swine fever (ASF) was reported at a farm near another inter-Korean border town. This is raising concerns that the disease may have already spread in northern Gyeonggi provincial towns and could spread to other regions across the country.

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Korean economy 'on the verge of possible deflation'

Concerns of deflation are growing with the Korean economy showing signs of sliding into deflationary malaise due to a toxic mixture of low inflation and anemic growth amid falling exports and sagging investment.

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Forming inter-Korean committee could boost military pact

A year has passed since the two Koreas signed the Sept. 19 Comprehensive Military Agreement (CMA) as part of the Pyongyang Joint Declaration last year, a result of the third summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

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National-level-athlete becomes Miss Korea beauty queen [VIDEO]

Meet Woo Hee-jun, 25, the 2019 Miss Korea first runner-up. She is extremely talented and has great skills onstage, but she also has a serious history with sports. She is a member of the South Korean national kabaddi team and has continued her medal march since she joined the sport in 2015. Kabaddi is India's traditional contact sport.

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