Prominent mayor of S.Korea’s capital found dead amid allegation of impropriety

UNTV News   •   July 10, 2020   •   321

One of South Korea’s most prominent elected officials, the longtime mayor of its capital, was found dead, police said on Friday (July 10), after he was reported missing by his daughter amid a criminal probe of alleged impropriety.

After a search involving hundreds of police, Mayor Park Won-soon’s body was found at Mt Bugak in northern Seoul around midnight, near where his phone signal had last been detected, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said.

It did not give a cause of death. There was no sign of foul play although a detailed investigation would be needed, police official Choi Ik-soo told reporters at a televised briefing at the scene.

The Yonhap news agency said a former secretary of Park had filed a complaint on Wednesday over alleged incidents of sexual harassment.

Choi said an investigation was under way after a criminal complaint had been lodged against Park, without elaborating.

Park’s daughter reported him missing at 5:17 p.m. (0817 GMT) and said his phone was off and that he had left a message “like a will,” Yonhap reported. (Reuters)

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South Korea requires negative COVID-19 test result for travelers from PH

Marje Pelayo   •   July 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines announced that its government will be requiring all passengers departing from the Philippines bound for South Korea to present a valid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) negative PCR test certificate at the Incheon International Airport upon arrival effective July 20.

The new policy covers all arriving foreign travellers including transfer passengers except for South Korea passport holders.

According to its advisory, the PCR test must be issued within 48-hours prior to departure and must be taken from any of the accredited hospitals designated by the South Korean Embassy in the Philippines.

Passengers without the certificate will not be allowed to check-in for the flight.

The measure came after reports that there have been many cases in which COVID-19 has been confirmed among those who entered South Korea on board a flight from the Philippines.

The Embassy said the negative COVID-19 PCR test result must be shown at the time of check-in at the airport in Manila and upon the time of arrival at the quarantine authority in South Korea.

“The above measures are not related to visa issuance, so even though you have already received a visa, you have to take an additional COVID-19 PCR Test before your flight,” the advisory read.

Please refer to the list below for testing centers accredited by the South Korean Embassy:

Important Notification of Foreign Nationals' Entry into Korea and Suspension of Visa Issuance(Add-Cebu hospital…

Posted by Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines on Wednesday, 15 July 2020

U.S. envoy Biegun meets Seoul’s top security adviser to discuss North Korea

UNTV News   •   July 9, 2020

United States Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun held a meeting with South Korea’s top security adviser on Thursday (July 9) before heading off to Japan in a trip overshadowed by stalled denuclearisation talks with North Korea.

According to Seoul’s presidential office, Biegun met with Suh Hoon, a former spy chief, and discussed the North’s recent movement and ways to foster peace on the Korean peninsula. Suh said he “highly appreciated” the U.S. envoy’s efforts to resume talks with North Korea.

North Korea has said it has no intention of sitting down again with the United States, though U.S. President Donald Trump said this week he would be open to another summit with leader Kim Jong Un. (Reuters)

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North Korea says it has no intention to sit down with U.S. — KCNA

UNTV News   •   July 7, 2020

North Korea has no intention to sit down with the United States and urged South Korea to “stop meddling,” a senior diplomat said on Tuesday (July 7), just as a U.S. envoy was due to visit Seoul in an effort to renew stalled nuclear talks with Pyongyang.

Kwon Jong Gun, director general for U.S. affairs at Pyongyang’s foreign ministry, accused South Korea of misinterpreting Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui’s earlier statement dismissing an “untimely rumor” about another summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Choe said on Saturday (July 4) that North Korea does not feel the need for a new summit, days after South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who had offered to mediate between Kim and Trump, suggested the two leaders meet again before the U.S. elections in November.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, who led the talks with the North Koreans, was due to arrive in Seoul late on Tuesday for talks with Seoul officials over ways to revive the negotiations. (Reuters)

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