Just as soon as the cold wave abates on January 26, according to the authorities, heavy snow is expected in most parts of the country.
All indicators of Korea’s demographic situation emit warning signals, according to a labour economics specialist.
Expectations are growing whether the central bank will take a step back on its monetary policy in line with the US or continue the steep hike to lessen the gap.
Working-level talks have been underway between Beijing and Seoul on expanding the FTA to include the opening up of markets to the service and investment sectors.
Both leaders hailed the elevation of ties as a landmark change that will open up new significant opportunities in the Vietnam-Korea cooperation ties.
South Korea currently has 21 entries on UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage lists. Talchum will be placed as the 22nd on the nation's list, if the decision is finalized.
Seoul, which is now speaking out against Pyongyang's violations, is expected to co-sponsor the UN resolution for the first time in four years.
The 12-day exercise will continue until Oct 28 with the participation of the Army, Navy and Air Force and Marine Corps amid simmering tensions between the two Koreas.
Unification Minister Kwon explained he proposed the meeting because the two Koreas need to discuss “fundamental solutions” to the matter of division and reach a conclusion.
Kwon Young-se issued a statement offering talks with North Korea to discuss the issue of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.