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'US ready to sit down with North Korea anytime'

'US ready to sit down with North Korea anytime'

The United States once again extended an olive branch to North Korea, Monday, saying that it was ready to hold a meeting with the reclusive regime “anywhere, anytime” amid deadlocked nuclear talks between the two countries. However, Washington did not offer anything to entice Pyongyang back to negotiations. “Our policy calls for a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and will explore diplomacy with the DPRK,” said Sung Kim, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, ahead of a three-way meeting with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts, Noh Kyu-duk, and Takehiro Funakoshi, in Seoul. The DPRK refers to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name.

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4 Myanmar women seeking refugee status in Korea

4 Myanmar women seeking refugee status in Korea

Four Myanmarese women who claim to have been persecuted by the Myanmar junta are seeking refugee status in Korea, according to their country's community here, Monday. Yan Naing Htun, who leads the Korean chapter of Myanmar's National League for Democracy, said in a June 13 Facebook post that the four arrived at the Incheon International Airport, June 10, from Yangon International Airport, supposedly in transit to their final destination of Dubai.

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Will Samsung sign deal with LG over OLED purchases?

Will Samsung sign deal with LG over OLED purchases?

Samsung Electronics is very close to ordering between 3 million and 4 million organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV panels from LG Display, as the world's top TV manufacturer plans to hedge against a possible investment risk in OLED panels, according to multiple industry sources, Monday. “Samsung Electronics is seriously considering purchasing LG Display-manufactured OLED panels for use in its second-tier TV brands. The number of TV OLED panels that Samsung Electronics will procure could be up to 4 million,” a senior industry executive said.

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Sudden delisting of cryptocurrencies sparks legal battles

Sudden delisting of cryptocurrencies sparks legal battles

Upbit's abrupt decision to delist 24 types of cryptocurrencies has prompted a series of lawsuits. In addition to the ongoing legal battle with Pica Project, the issuer of Pica Art Money, the nation's largest cryptocurrency exchange operator is facing large-scale litigation from other virtual asset developers and several investors holding the digital coins that will be delisted from the exchange.

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[INTERVIEW] Finnish foreign trade minister discusses post-COVID-19 cooperation

[INTERVIEW] Finnish foreign trade minister discusses post-COVID-19 cooperation

As the world tries to pull out of the COVID-19 pandemic together, Finland is seeking to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties with Korea. Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari flew to Korea last week for a five-day visit to discuss bilateral trade relations as well as a green transition and post-COVID-19 exit strategies. "Finland has the ability to combine development cooperation and foreign trade for one minister, and, actually, it's very unique, globally speaking. It's very important for multilateral and global cooperation, because we can combine development aid and trade together. And that's why Finland is very successful at the global level,” Skinnari told The Korea Times, June 18, explaining the singularity of his post.

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Transgender weightlifter Hubbard selected for Tokyo Olympics

Transgender weightlifter Hubbard selected for Tokyo Olympics

Laurel Hubbard hefted 628 pounds (185 kilograms) in two lifts on the way to qualifying in the women's super-heavyweight division for the Tokyo Olympics.

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