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Presidential office calls for punishment for former staff

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- The presidential office has called for additional disciplinary measures for its former staff sent back to their original ministries and agencies for involvement in corruption and other irregularities, an official said Friday. The move represents a change of stance as the top office previously claimed that removing problematic officials from the presidential staff and sending them back to their original agencies was punishment in itself, and no additional disciplinary measures were necessary.

Presidential office to call for punishment for former staff

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- The presidential office plans to call for additional disciplinary measures for its former staff sent back to their original ministries and agencies for involvement in corruption and other irregularities, officials said Friday. The move represents a change of stance as the top office previously claimed that removing problematic officials from the presidential staff and sending them back to their original agencies was punishment in itself, and no additional disciplinary measures were necessary.

Obama to make overnight stay in Seoul after state visit to Tokyo: sources

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 2 (Yonhap) -- On his upcoming tour of Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to stay in South Korea less than two days, while considering a three-day state visit to Japan, diplomatic sources here said Wednesday. The White House earlier announced that Obama will travel to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines in late April. It stopped short of revealing detailed schedules.

Ex-U.S. official sentenced to 13 months in jail for leaking information on N. Korea

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Yonhap) -- A former State Department arms specialist was sentenced to 13 months in prison Wednesday for leaking classified intelligence on North Korea to a Fox News reporter in 2009. Stephen Jin-woo Kim, a Korean-American man, earlier pleaded guilty to passing information about the possibility of a North Korean nuclear test to James Rosen, Fox's chief Washington correspondent.

Ex-U.S. official sentenced to 13 months in jail for leaking information on N. Korea

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Yonhap) -- A former State Department arms specialist was sentenced to 13 months in prison Wednesday for leaking classified intelligence on North Korea to a Fox News reporter in 2009. Stephen Jin-woo Kim, a Korean-American man, earlier pleaded guilty to passing information about the possibility of a North Korean nuclear test to James Rosen, Fox's chief Washington correspondent.

U.S. gov't expands list of alleged Japanese war criminals for entry ban

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government confirmed Tuesday it has more than doubled the number of suspected Japanese war criminals who are banned from entering the country. In 1996, the Department of Justice created the so-called "watchlist" of 16 Japanese alleged to have committed crimes against humanity during World War II. The department has since expanded the list. "The total number placed on the watchlist is 35," Peter Carr, Department of Justice spokesman, told Yonhap News Agency in an emailed reply.

S. Korea believes drone found on island to be N. Korean: Yonhap

South Korea believes that a mysterious drone found on a western border island earlier this week is from North Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported Wednesday, citing a presidential spokesman. The small, unmanned plane measuring about 1.83 meters long and 2.45 meters wide was found on the island of Baengyeong on Monday when North Korea conducted a live-fire exercise near a disputed maritime border.

Russel: China maintains 'strong bias' toward old, futile tactics on N. Korea

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 1 (Yonhap) -- A key U.S. official on Asia accused China Tuesday of sticking to a "strong bias" toward old tactics on North Korea that proved to be futile. Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said Beijing is still struggling between two priorities in terms of its North Korea strategy -- stability and denuclearization.

Russel: China maintains 'strong bias' toward old, futile tactics on N. Korea

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 1 (Yonhap) -- A key U.S. official on Asia accused China Tuesday of sticking to a "strong bias" toward old tactics on North Korea that proved to be futile. Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said Beijing is still struggling between two priorities in terms of its North Korea strategy -- stability and denuclearization.

Suspected N. Korean drone seems like 'model airplane,' US experts say

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 1 (Yonhap) -- A drone that crashed on a South Korean border island, if confirmed to belong to the North Korean military, would show the secretive nation's relevant technology remains rudimentary, according to U.S. experts. South Korea is conducting a probe into the drone that fell on Baengnyeong Island, just south of the disputed western sea border between the two Koreas. It was found Monday afternoon (local time), shortly after the North's live-fire artillery drills.
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