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  • President Yoon Suk-Yeol Welcomes UAE on HistoricVisit to South Korea
      On May 28, President Yoon Suk-yeol and his spouse welcomed President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, marking the first official meeting between the two leaders.    President Mohamed's visit holds significant diplomatic importance as it signifies the first visit by a sitting UAE president since his inauguration in May 2022. The two leaders engaged in a comprehensive two-day itinerary, including friendly meetings, a banquet, an official welcoming ceremony, and a summit meeting.    Their first stop was Changdeokgung Palace, where President Yoon and President Mohamed strolled through the Buyongji area, engaging in discussions covering various topics, including Korean culture.    Subsequently, the leaders enjoyed a traditional performance titled "Hakyeonhwadaemu," symbolizing respect for UAE's cultural traditions, notably their affinity for birds, as showcased by their national bird, the falcon.    Following the performance, President Yoon and President Mohamed exchanged dialogues in an informal and cordial setting, fostering closer ties between their nations.    Transitioning from the palace, the leaders convened at the Blue House for a presidential banquet, further solidifying the bonds between South Korea and the UAE. President Yoon expressed his warm welcome to President Mohamed, highlighting the significance of his historic state visit in advancing the "special strategic partnership" between the two countries. President Mohamed, in turn, expressed gratitude for the gracious hospitality extended to him and conveyed optimism for the outcomes of the visit.    President Yoon Suk-yeol's hosting of President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan exemplifies South Korea's commitment to strengthening diplomatic relations with the UAE and underscores the importance of international cooperation in today's global landscape. 
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    2024-06-03
  • SouthKorea'sNuclearAffairsDiplomacyHeadMeetsU.S.,Japan,andChinaRepresentativesat NEACD
        [LeadersTimes]LeeJoon-il,theDirector-GeneralforNorthKoreanNuclearAffairsatSouthKorea’s foreign ministry, held a series of discussions with representatives from the UnitedStates, Japan, and China during the 32nd Northeast Asian Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD),whichtook place from May9 to 10 inTokyo, Japan.    On May 9, Lee met with Liu Xiaoming, the Special Representative of the ChineseGovernmentonKoreanPeninsulaAffairs.Theyexchangedviewsonthecurrentsituationonthe peninsula and discussed future countermeasures.   On the same day, Lee held talks with the U.S. Senior Official for the DPRK Jung Pak andHiroyukiNamazu,theDirector-GeneralofAsianandOceanianAffairsBureauattheJapan’sforeign ministry. The three leaders expressed deep regret over North Korea's continuednuclear and missile development and provocations, which poses a serious threat to peace andstabilityon theKorean Peninsula andto the internationalcommunity.    The representatives also shared their concerns about the deepening illegal cooperation,including arms trade, between North Korea and Russia, and decided to continue leadinginternational efforts to prevent such activities. In particular, as members of the SecurityCouncil, they agreed to push for thorough implementation of sanctions against North Korea.This comes after Russia's veto ended the UN Security Council's expert panel mission onNorth Korea. The three countries also evaluated cooperative efforts among South Korea, theU.S., and Japan, including a working-group meeting on countering North Korea's cyberthreats.     The envoys agreed to continue cooperation on human rights and humanitarian issues,including matters concerning abductees, detainees, prisoners of war, and North Koreandefectors overseas.LeeexplainedSouth Korea'sunificationeffortstoexpand universalvaluesoffreedomandhumanrights,whileU.S.andJapaneserepresentativesreaffirmedtheirsupport for a free and peaceful unified Korean Peninsula as expressed in the Camp Davidjoint statement.    On May 10, Lee discussed North Korea's nuclear issues with U.S. senior official Jung Pak.They agreed to maintain close cooperation with the goal of complete denuclearization. Theyalso discussed preparing for all possibilities, including potential provocations from NorthKorea such as an additional satellite launch and unilateral attempt to change the status quo inthe West Sea. Following the successful operation of the South Korea-U.S. Working Group tocounter cyber threats, they agreed to continue efforts to prevent North Korea from evadingsanctions and blocking illegal funding sources. Lee highlighted South Korea's efforts toimprove human rights and humanitarian issues in North Korea, and both sides agreed tostrengthen their cooperation in these areas. They emphasized the importance of China'sconstructive role in resolving Korean Peninsula issues and agreed to maintain communicationwith China through various levels of consultation.
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    2024-05-16
  • Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and International Maritime Organization (IMO)Jointly Discuss Autonomous Ship Policy
      [Leaders Times] The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that a policy discussionwiththeInternationalMaritimeOrganization(IMO)willbeheldattheIMOheadquartersinLondon, England, on May 14th.    The ministry has been organizing this policy debate since last year to enhance Korea'stechnological competitiveness and facilitate its entry into new markets by leading thediscussion on international standards for autonomous ships—Maritime Autonomous SurfaceShips (MASS). Around 300 government officials and experts from member countriesparticipated in last year's debate, generating significant interest and positive responses.    This year's event will be themed "Sailing Together: Driving for a Future-Proof IMO MASSCode."ItwillfeatureacongratulatoryspeechbyYoonYeo-chul,AmbassadortotheUnitedKingdom and the Republic of Korea's Ambassador to the IMO, along with presentations bydomestic and international experts. Korea will also showcase empirical cases of MASStechnologydeveloped by itsresearch institutes and industry.    Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Kang Kyung-hyung stated, "MASS is one of the key issuesthe IMO is focusing on, alongside decarbonization. It is crucial to actively engage in settinginternationalstandards."Headded,"WeexpectthatKoreawillestablishitsimageasaleaderin autonomous ships through this policy discussion and foster cooperation with manymember countries."    
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    2024-05-16
  • Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS): All You Need to Know
          [Leaders Times] Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS)      ∨ Invasive infection by Group A strep bacteria can cause STSS when they spread into the body.      ∨ According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the mortality rate for STSS is around 30~70%.     ∨ Recommend medical care to high-risk groups (adults 65 years old or older, diabetic patients, etc.) if they have possible symptoms, such as fever, rash, hypotension, etc.      ∨ Infection prevention (washing hands and cough etiquette) is essential.    ㆍ High-risk groups:    - Adults 65 years old or older     - Diabetic patient     - Case that injury caused by recent surgery     - Viral infection, which can occur in exposed wounds (Varicella)     - Alcoholism   ㆍPossible symptoms:     - High fever and Rash    - Hypotension (Low blood pressure)     - Tachypnea (Rapid breathing) and Dyspnea (Shortness of breath)     - Muscle aches    - Surgical site infections     - Edema      Symptoms, route of infections, and treatments   ㆍSign and symptoms:     - Early signs and symptoms: mild symptoms, such as sore throat, like influenza (flu) in the early      - STSS can develop into high fever, rash, Hypotension, Dyspnea, Necrotizing fasciitis, and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome       · Route of infection:    - Infection through mucous membrane and the part of wound     - Coughs and sneezes (respiratory droplets) spread viral infection.          · Treatment and vaccine:    - There are no vaccines for STSS    - Quick treatment at a medical facility is necessary when possible symptoms* come out     * High fever, Rash, Hypotension, Muscle aches, Surgical site infections, Edema, etc.      Prevent STSS  · Practice cough etiquette · Wash hands often   · Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands  · Clean and cover wounds with a clean bandage  · See a doctor when possible symptoms occur  * (Suspicious symptoms) High fever, Rash, Hypotension, Muscle aches, Surgical site infections, Edema, etc.  · Recommendation of vaccination for Varicella and Influenza   *  Risk infections of Group A strep bacteria can increase because of infection of Varicella and Influenza           ※ Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS) is not defined as a legal infectious disease in Korea, but a medical facility operates sentinel surveillance through △ Epidemiological surveillance for patients with scarlet fever and △ Monitors acute respiratory infections (AirNet)!  
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  • How is the blossoming season predicted in spring?
          [Leaders Times] Pretty spring flowers!     How is the blossom season predicted in spring?   Climate change instigates flowers blooming even earlier.     Daily articles report the blossom season appearing earlier than in the past century. How can we anticipate the blooming of flowers, which vary depending on each region, town, or avenue? And why is flowering influenced by climate change?    Temperature and photoperiod are necessary for blooming.   According to one study, plants recognize seasonal change, which is affected by temperature and photoperiod (the length of light), and flowers bloom when they get the best conditions for flowering. So, diverse services announce the blossom season, except for the weather service after examining the highest temperature and the blooming day.  ※ The weather service does announce the fluorescence of flowers; they do not predict the blossom season. Services such as forest service and private weather services were provided starting in 2016.    What was the standard of the past blossoming day?    Weather services make seasonal observations that identify the progress of climate change through observation, analysis, and estimation of the sample tree. They have recorded the generation and fluorescence, full of blooming Japanese apricot flowers, forsythias, azaleas, and cherry blossoms with the naked eye.    Usually, full blooms are 2-3 days after fluorescence or around a week if they are late.  Check the data for blooming flowers and forecast them before enjoying spring flowers!   
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    2024-04-01
  • Minister Lee Jong-ho Represents Korea at the 2024 Nuclear Energy Summit in Brussels
      Minister Lee Jong-ho of the Ministry of Science and ICT recently participated as the senior representative of Korea at the '2024 Nuclear Energy Summit.' The summit, held at the Brussels Expo on March 21 and co-hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency and Belgium, gathered stakeholders from 38 countries, including nuclear operating nations and those intending to expand or initiate nuclear power generation and industry.    This milestone event marked the first multilateral summit in the field of nuclear energy, focusing on conveying messages emphasizing the crucial role of nuclear energy in addressing climate change, enhancing energy security, and promoting economic prosperity and development. It also aimed to foster active support for expanding nuclear capabilities from countries seeking to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, ensuring the continued innovation of nuclear technology and industry.    Minister Lee highlighted Korea's commitment to expanding nuclear power, citing initiatives such as the construction of Shin Hanul Units 3 and 4, the continued operation of existing nuclear power plants, and independent technology development for next-generation nuclear reactors including small modular reactors (SMRs). The minister emphasized the importance of continued investment in innovative research and development, such as SMRs, as promising technologies for tripling global nuclear power generation capacity by 2050.    The summit provided an opportunity for nuclear research institutions and industries in Korea, such as the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co, to engage in discussions with relevant agencies from key partner countries on cooperation projects.    In conclusion, Minister Lee's participation in the 2024 Nuclear Energy Summit underscored Korea's commitment to global cooperation in nuclear energy, highlighting its role as a leader in nuclear technology innovation and its dedication to contributing to a sustainable energy future.  
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    2024-04-01
  • The 3rd Summit for Democracy
    [Leaders Times] The Korean government will host the Summit for Democracy on March 18-20.    The Summit for Democracy, led by US President Biden, was the global conference system in  2010. In March 2023, the United States, in cooperation with South Korea, Costa Rica, the  Netherlands, and Zambia, held the Secondary Summit for Democracy.    On the first day, March 18, the third Summit for Democracy will proceed to the ministerial  conference about the subject ‘AI, Digital Technology and Democracy.’The opening ceremony,  including a discussion and workshop led by internal and external civil society, will be held on the  second day, March 19.    The third Summit for Democracy will be held with a virtual meeting on March 20 at night.  President Yoon Suk Yeol will organize a virtual summit with the prime minister of Denmark,  Mette Frederiksen, and Kenyan President William Ruto. Moreover, three countries—South  Korea, Denmark, and Kenya—will preside over each session of the Summit for Democracy.  President Yoon Suk Yeol will lead a second session on ‘Technology, election, and fake news.’     This Summit for Democracy, hosted on ‘Democracy for Future Generations,’ will be the  opportunity to plant certainty in global youth, who will play a leading role in the future and  actively reflect their voices. During the Summit for Democracy, varied arguments will progress,  and designs will be planned to be published to support global youth-empowering innovation.    Our government holds the Summit for Democracy because our democratic leadership enforces to  reflect international society’s high credibility and expectations. Our government contributes to  democracy promotion by sharing the experiences and outcomes of Korea, where it has developed  and fostered democracy in international society. Through this process, the government will push  ahead with its vision of a global hub country.       
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    2024-03-18
  • CJK+ASEAN Young Ambassador Program2024: A Collaboration Initiative by TCS for Future Cooperation
      In a bid to foster forward-looking cooperative relationships among students from Japan, China, and South Korea, a program has been initiated in China where participants exchange views on global issues. This year marks the program's 10th iteration, and for the first time, it has been expanded to include students from ASEAN countries, thereby broadening its regional reach.  The exchange program, organized by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat operates under agreements between the governments of the three countries and recruits students annually. This milestone 10th edition sees the inclusion of students from ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. The opening ceremony, held in Nanning, southern China, on Feb. 27th, saw the participation of 50 students from nine countries.  Participating students expressed their aspirations to "share expertise and technologies among East Asian countries facing common challenges" and to "forge lasting friendships and continue exchanges throughout their lives."  Following the ceremony, students received lectures from experts on various issues, including the disparity between developed and developing countries.  Lee Hee-sup, Secretary-General of the TCS, emphasized the importance of mutual understanding among young people for forward-looking cooperation. He stated, "By expanding exchanges among the three countries, we aim to promote cooperation for the future of East Asia."  The exchange program ran for 10 days, during which participants exchanged opinions on common issues such as aging populations and climate change, thereby deepening their understanding of international cooperation.
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    2024-03-18
  • Cofounding Angel for Kor-Fils’s Journey with Leaderstimes,
        I contributed to donating aid to single parent Korean Filipino households since 2021. Starting off as a journalist for Leaderstimes, I got in touch with the Philippines coordinator Mr. Kong to help create the NGO with Global Leaders Club. As our organization funded the education for Filipino children throughout the years, I decided to visit two of the families supported by Angel for Kor-Fils’s Journey in Silang, Philippines.   Silang, situated an hour away from Metro Manila, unfolded as a testament to the socio-economic disparities prevailing in the country, as the families supported by the nonprofit organization resided in homes with bare minimum support.   Despite the challenges posed by their living conditions, Jisoo and Jinju, two remarkable individuals aged 10 and 16, opened their homes and hearts to me. What stood out amidst these challenging circumstances was the extraordinary passion for education exhibited by Jisoo and Jinju. Jisoo, at the age of 10, harbors dreams of becoming a medical doctor, with a fervent interest in science. As she delves into the intricacies of biology, exploring different organs, her aspiration to contribute to the medical field shines brightly. On the other hand, 16-year-old Jinju found a love for accounting and business, looking to start her own business one day to support her family.   These dreams, woven with determination and resilience, are particularly remarkable given their humble beginnings. The undying enthusiasm for education and clear career goals set Jisoo and Jinju apart. Our culture exchange trip, sharing Korean culture through gifting folktale books and a traditional Korean board game Yut-nori, hoped to encourage the young scholars to embrace both their Korean and Filipina identities while pursuing their educational goals. I have no doubt that the girls will find success as long as they maintain their persistence and patience.   I realized how much potential there is in every child through conversations with the families during the trip. Providing scholarships and support for education, I was honored to be able to provide the chance for economically disadvantaged to shine. With Leaderstimes and Global Leaders Club, I seek to continue my multicultural, philanthropy and expand Angel for Kor-Fils’s Journey to more households in need. As we’ve already expanded into Cambodia, I hope Global Leaders Club members will join in our support for the underprivileged.
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  • President Yoon Suk-yeol Vows to Establish Best Investment Environment
      President Yoon Suk-yeol has committed to fostering a world-class investment environment, aiming to attract global investors and bolster economic growth in South Korea. His pledge comes as a significant step towards enhancing korea's competitiveness in the international market.    In a recent announcement, President Yoon underscored the importance of creating an attractive investment landscape that aligns with global standards. He emphasized the need to streamline regulations, expand incentives, and provide robust support mechanisms to facilitate foreign investment across various sectors.    Acknowledging the pivotal role of foreign investment in driving economic progress, President Yoon expressed gratitude to foreigninvestment companies for their contributions to the Korean market. He highlighted the record-breaking influx of foreign investment in the previous year, amounting to approximately $32.7 billion, as a testament to Korea's potential as an investment destination.    The President's commitment to dismantling barriers and implementing investor-friendly policies reflects a proactive approach towards positioning Korea as a preferred destination for international businesses. By prioritizing transparency, efficiency, and innovation, President Yoon aims to elevate Korea's standing as a leading hub for global investment.    Furthermore, President Yoon's vision extends beyond mere economic growth; he envisions Korea as a beacon of opportunity and prosperity for companies seeking expansion and collaboration. By fostering a conducive environment for investment, he seeks to stimulate job creation, promote technological advancement, and drive sustainable development initiatives.    President Yoon's pledge to establish a world-class investment environment resonates with stakeholders across various sectors, including business leaders, government officials, and industry experts. The collective effort to cultivate an ecosystem that nurtures innovation and entrepreneurship underscores Korea's commitment to driving inclusive growth and fostering long-term prosperity.    As President Yoon embarks on this ambitious endeavor, he calls for collaboration and partnership among all stakeholders to realize the shared vision of a dynamic and resilient economy. With unwavering determination and strategic foresight, President Yoon aims to chart a path towards sustained prosperity and global leadership in the realm of investment and economic development.
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  • ParkAttends WHO Executive Board Meeting as Korea's Representative
    The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that Park Min-soo, the Second Vice Minister of Health and Welfare, attended the 155th Executive Board meeting held in Geneva from June 3 to June 4. He participated as the executive board member for Korea in the World Health Organization (WHO).   The WHO Executive Board comprises 34 executive board members, each serving a three-year term. Currently, the Western Pacific region is represented by Korea, Brunei, Australia, China, and Micronesia.   During the 77th World Health Assembly, which took place from May 27 to June 1, 2024, 12 new executive board members, including Korea, were unanimously confirmed by member states. Park Min-soo was designated as Korea's executive board member.   This marks the eighth time Korea has been elected to the executive board since joining the WHO in 1949. Notably, this is the first instance of Korea rejoining the board just one year after the previous term ended. Korea will play a pivotal role in representing the Western Pacific region in WHO's decision-making processes until the end of its term in May 2027.   During the recent Executive Board meeting, Park Min-soo participated in discussions on key agenda items, including the outcomes of the 77th World Health Assembly, the results of the Programme, Budget, and Administration Committee, and the results of the Standing Committee on Health Emergency Preparedness and Response.   Park Min-soo stated, "As an executive board member for the next three years, Korea will contribute to strengthening the global health system by sharing our experiences and continuing to cooperate with other executive board members and member states."
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    2024-06-10
  • President Yoon Suk-Yeol Welcomes UAE on HistoricVisit to South Korea
      On May 28, President Yoon Suk-yeol and his spouse welcomed President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, marking the first official meeting between the two leaders.    President Mohamed's visit holds significant diplomatic importance as it signifies the first visit by a sitting UAE president since his inauguration in May 2022. The two leaders engaged in a comprehensive two-day itinerary, including friendly meetings, a banquet, an official welcoming ceremony, and a summit meeting.    Their first stop was Changdeokgung Palace, where President Yoon and President Mohamed strolled through the Buyongji area, engaging in discussions covering various topics, including Korean culture.    Subsequently, the leaders enjoyed a traditional performance titled "Hakyeonhwadaemu," symbolizing respect for UAE's cultural traditions, notably their affinity for birds, as showcased by their national bird, the falcon.    Following the performance, President Yoon and President Mohamed exchanged dialogues in an informal and cordial setting, fostering closer ties between their nations.    Transitioning from the palace, the leaders convened at the Blue House for a presidential banquet, further solidifying the bonds between South Korea and the UAE. President Yoon expressed his warm welcome to President Mohamed, highlighting the significance of his historic state visit in advancing the "special strategic partnership" between the two countries. President Mohamed, in turn, expressed gratitude for the gracious hospitality extended to him and conveyed optimism for the outcomes of the visit.    President Yoon Suk-yeol's hosting of President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan exemplifies South Korea's commitment to strengthening diplomatic relations with the UAE and underscores the importance of international cooperation in today's global landscape. 
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    2024-06-03
  • International Conference on AI and Data Governance Sparks Global Dialogue
        The Personal Information Protection Commission convened the 'International Conference on AI and Data Governance' on May 23rd at The Plaza Hotel in Seoul. Attended by over 300 delegates, including the UN's technology envoy, members of the UN AI advisory board, representatives from international organizations, AI experts from various countries, and stakeholders from industry, academia, and research institutions, the conference served as a platform for robust discussions on the future of data governance in the AI era.    Organized in collaboration with the UN AI High-level Advisory Body (UN AIAB), the event was a significant follow-up to the AI Seoul Summit, gathering global AI and data experts to delve into the intricacies of AI and data governance.    In the inaugural address, Commissioner Haksoo Ko of the Personal Information Protection Commission highlighted the challenge posed by fragmented regulations across different countries and regions in effectively managing AI technologies. He stressed the necessity for a cohesive and interoperable AI governance framework, advocating for enhanced international communication, collaboration, and adaptable strategies to ensure equitable progress for all.    The keynote speech, delivered by Amandeep Singh Gill, the UN's technology envoy, underscored the interconnectedness of data and AI governance. Gill emphasized that data serves as a fundamental pillar for AI systems, asserting that a holistic approach to AI risks requires attention to data governance alongside AI models and outcomes. This perspective prompted the inclusion of data governance as one of the core principles in the UN AIAB's international AI governance framework.    The conference proceeded with two moderated sessions, facilitated by Professor Yong Lim from Seoul National University School of Law. The sessions convened panels of experts from the public sector, including UN representatives, and industry stakeholders, fostering discussions on AI and data governance from diverse perspectives.    Commissioner Haksoo Ko reflected on the conference's outcomes, considering it a significant milestone in advancing global discourse on AI and data governance. He reaffirmed his commitment to actively engaging in international dialogues aimed at establishing inclusive data governance frameworks that translate AI advancements into tangible benefits for broader society.  
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    2024-05-27
  • World'sFirstAdvancedAirMobilityInternationalOrganizationforFactualStandardization Launched
      [LeadersTimes]OnMay14,theMinistryofScienceandICThostedthelaunchingceremonyfor the Global Association for Advanced Air Mobility (G3AM), the world's first internationalfactual standardization organization in the field of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), at the Sky31Conventionin LotteWorld Tower,Seoul.    Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) includes short-range urban air mobility (UAM) and regionalair mobility (RAM) focused on medium and long-distance travel. It is gaining attention as afuture transportation solution that expands transportation options and addressesenvironmental issues associated with existing transportation.    Given that AAM integrates various digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI),mobile communication, and data analytics, establishing international standards forinteroperability, reliability, and sustainability is crucial. The AAM industry is still in its earlystages, making this an opportune moment to take the initiative in international standardizationefforts.    Launchedjustthisweek,theG3AMisaninternationalfactualstandardizationorganizationled by experts to develop, maintain, and manage new standards across various domains,     includinginformationsharingsystems,trafficmanagement,andflightcontrol,promotinginteroperabilityand compatibility.    The founding members of the G3AM include 63 key Korean AAM-related companies, suchas Korean Air, Incheon International Airport Corporation, FineVT Robotics, HanwhaSystem, Korea Airports Corporation, Hyundai Motor, and three mobile carriers (SKT, KT,and LGU+). Multinational corporations like Onesky, Skyports, Padinagroup, and ANRATechnologies also participated. Additionally, companies such as Joby Aviation andVolocopterare consideringjoining the G3AM.     During the event, Johnscal Walker, chairman of the International Organization forStandardization's Unmanned Aircraft Systems, delivered a keynote speech on the "Role ofInternational Organizations in Supporting AAM." At the launch anniversary conference,Korean Air presented successful cases of Korean-style urban air transportation (K-UAM).Hanwha System and Korea Aerospace Industries showcased next-generation electricpropulsionverticaltakeoffandlandingaircraft(eVTOL)andfutureaircraft(AAV).Skyports,a leading company in the vertiport sector and a member of G3AM since last year, presentedon the status of vertiport infrastructure development.    JeonYoung-soo,theDirectorGeneralofInformationandCommunicationIndustryPolicyatthe Ministry of Science and ICT, stated, "The high-tech air transportation sector is an areawhere Korea can lead through digital technology standards. We will support the G3AM inplaying a pivotal role in developing advanced air transportation technology and creating anecosystem."
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    2024-05-23
  • South Korean Industry Reacts to UK's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism
        The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy convened an industry meeting on May 14th to address concerns surrounding the United Kingdom's proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism. This meeting aimed to solicit feedback from stakeholders on the design proposal unveiled by the UK on March 21st and to strategize joint responses.    The UK's proposed mechanism includes items such as steel, aluminum, cement, fertilizers, hydrogen, ceramics, and glass.Notably, South Korea exports steel worth $300 million to the UK, constituting 98% of the export value of the seven applicable items as of 2023.    While the South Korean industry acknowledges the similarity between the UK's proposal and the European Union's existing mechanism, concerns have been raised regarding quarterly emissions reporting, cost payments, and the lack of an adaptation period due to the proposed immediate implementation in 2027.     Shim Jin-soo, Director-General for Trade Strategy Support, emphasized the need for proactive engagement with regulatory authorities to ensure fair competition for South Korean companies. He stated, "Countries like the UK, in addition to the European Union, are considering or implementing measures similar to carbon border adjustment mechanisms, raising concerns for our exporting companies."    In response, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy commits to ongoing monitoring of carbon border adjustment mechanisms globally, including those of the European Union and the UK. Additionally, they pledge to maintain close communication with industry stakeholders and advocate for South Korea's interests in subsequent discussions.    This meeting underscores the importance of proactive engagement and collaborative efforts to address the challenges posed by evolving global carbon regulations while safeguarding the competitiveness of South Korean industries on the international stage. 
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    2024-05-20
  • RuralDevelopmentAdministrationIdentifiedMicroorganismsthatDecomposeAgriculturalWaste Plastics
        [LeadersTimes]TheRuralDevelopmentAdministrationhasidentifiedmicroorganismsthatweaken the physical and chemical durability of polyethylene surfaces used in agriculturalproducts, such as vinyl mulching and greenhouse covers, by modifying and decomposingthem.    Polyethylene (PE) is the most commonly used plastic in agriculture due to its excellentdurability and chemical resistance. It is primarily used for mulching and greenhouse cladding.However, discarded waste vinyl remains in the environment and adversely affects agricultureas it does not decompose naturally. Significant research efforts have focused on developingenvironmentally friendly decomposition methods.    The newly discovered microorganisms, KACC 83073BP and Trametes trogii KACC83074BP, were isolated from domestic agricultural lands and forests. These fungi attach tothe surface of polyethylene films, initiating the oxidative degradation process, the first step inbiodegradation, significantly reducing the mechanical properties of the plastic.    Among these, Trametes trogii KACC 83074BP exhibited the highest oxidation effect onmulchingfilm.After10daysoftreatmentwiththisstrain,theoxidationeffectroseby44.7%compared to the single treatment with KACC 83073BP from the Pleurotus genus. Transcriptanalysis of Trametes trogii KACC 83074BP revealed a gene whose expression increasedearly and late in the deterioration process of the polyethylene film. Pleurotus spp. KACC83073BP, when incubated with Preussia spp. HRK33 KACC 81283BP, reduced the initialoxidation time of polyethylene by more than 50% compared to single treatments.    In general, studies have reported that microbial oxidation of plastic takes at least a month.However,themicroorganismsdiscoveredbytheRuralDevelopmentAdministration     demonstrated a significantly accelerated decomposition process, with oxidation of thepolyethylene surface beginning within approximately 7 days of culturing.    Theadministrationhasappliedforfourpatentsrelatedtothesemicroorganismsthatpromotepolyethylene decomposition. These findings will serve as fundamental data for the"Proteomics-based Polyethylene Decomposition Enzyme and Decomposition MechanismInvestigation Project" (Korea Program for International Cooperation in AgriculturalTechnology).    "The amount of plastic that is thrown away every year and enters the environment issignificant, so eco-friendly treatment alternatives is necessary,” said Sangbum Kim at theAgricultural Microbiology Division of the Rural Development Administration. "This study ishighly meaningful as it secureda research foundation for the eco-friendly treatment of wasteplastics…. We aim to uncover the action mechanism of polyethylene-degrading enzymesusing omics tools such as transcriptomics and proteomics."
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  • SouthKorea'sNuclearAffairsDiplomacyHeadMeetsU.S.,Japan,andChinaRepresentativesat NEACD
        [LeadersTimes]LeeJoon-il,theDirector-GeneralforNorthKoreanNuclearAffairsatSouthKorea’s foreign ministry, held a series of discussions with representatives from the UnitedStates, Japan, and China during the 32nd Northeast Asian Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD),whichtook place from May9 to 10 inTokyo, Japan.    On May 9, Lee met with Liu Xiaoming, the Special Representative of the ChineseGovernmentonKoreanPeninsulaAffairs.Theyexchangedviewsonthecurrentsituationonthe peninsula and discussed future countermeasures.   On the same day, Lee held talks with the U.S. Senior Official for the DPRK Jung Pak andHiroyukiNamazu,theDirector-GeneralofAsianandOceanianAffairsBureauattheJapan’sforeign ministry. The three leaders expressed deep regret over North Korea's continuednuclear and missile development and provocations, which poses a serious threat to peace andstabilityon theKorean Peninsula andto the internationalcommunity.    The representatives also shared their concerns about the deepening illegal cooperation,including arms trade, between North Korea and Russia, and decided to continue leadinginternational efforts to prevent such activities. In particular, as members of the SecurityCouncil, they agreed to push for thorough implementation of sanctions against North Korea.This comes after Russia's veto ended the UN Security Council's expert panel mission onNorth Korea. The three countries also evaluated cooperative efforts among South Korea, theU.S., and Japan, including a working-group meeting on countering North Korea's cyberthreats.     The envoys agreed to continue cooperation on human rights and humanitarian issues,including matters concerning abductees, detainees, prisoners of war, and North Koreandefectors overseas.LeeexplainedSouth Korea'sunificationeffortstoexpand universalvaluesoffreedomandhumanrights,whileU.S.andJapaneserepresentativesreaffirmedtheirsupport for a free and peaceful unified Korean Peninsula as expressed in the Camp Davidjoint statement.    On May 10, Lee discussed North Korea's nuclear issues with U.S. senior official Jung Pak.They agreed to maintain close cooperation with the goal of complete denuclearization. Theyalso discussed preparing for all possibilities, including potential provocations from NorthKorea such as an additional satellite launch and unilateral attempt to change the status quo inthe West Sea. Following the successful operation of the South Korea-U.S. Working Group tocounter cyber threats, they agreed to continue efforts to prevent North Korea from evadingsanctions and blocking illegal funding sources. Lee highlighted South Korea's efforts toimprove human rights and humanitarian issues in North Korea, and both sides agreed tostrengthen their cooperation in these areas. They emphasized the importance of China'sconstructive role in resolving Korean Peninsula issues and agreed to maintain communicationwith China through various levels of consultation.
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    2024-05-16
  • Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and International Maritime Organization (IMO)Jointly Discuss Autonomous Ship Policy
      [Leaders Times] The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced that a policy discussionwiththeInternationalMaritimeOrganization(IMO)willbeheldattheIMOheadquartersinLondon, England, on May 14th.    The ministry has been organizing this policy debate since last year to enhance Korea'stechnological competitiveness and facilitate its entry into new markets by leading thediscussion on international standards for autonomous ships—Maritime Autonomous SurfaceShips (MASS). Around 300 government officials and experts from member countriesparticipated in last year's debate, generating significant interest and positive responses.    This year's event will be themed "Sailing Together: Driving for a Future-Proof IMO MASSCode."ItwillfeatureacongratulatoryspeechbyYoonYeo-chul,AmbassadortotheUnitedKingdom and the Republic of Korea's Ambassador to the IMO, along with presentations bydomestic and international experts. Korea will also showcase empirical cases of MASStechnologydeveloped by itsresearch institutes and industry.    Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Kang Kyung-hyung stated, "MASS is one of the key issuesthe IMO is focusing on, alongside decarbonization. It is crucial to actively engage in settinginternationalstandards."Headded,"WeexpectthatKoreawillestablishitsimageasaleaderin autonomous ships through this policy discussion and foster cooperation with manymember countries."    
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  • IAEA Hosts International Dialogue in Korea for Commercialization of Next-Generation Small Modular Reactors
      The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Information Communication recently announced Deputy Minister Lee Chang-yoon's attendance at the opening ceremony of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Innovation in Nuclear Reactors and International Joint Fuel Projects Dialogue Forum, held at the Jeju Convention Center on May 7th.    The INPRO Dialogue Forum serves as a vital platform for international academic exchange between nuclear technology holder and user countries since 2010. Held 1-2 times a year, this forum addresses current issues within the nuclear industry. This marks Korea's third time hosting the event, following previous forums held in 2012 and 2019. The 22nd session of the forum focused on the successful development and sustainable deployment of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs).    Key stakeholders from major countries, including representatives from the US Department of Energy and Russia's state-owned nuclear companies, participated in the forum. They shared insights on crucial policy topics essential for the commercialization of SMRs, ranging from core technology acquisition to safety evaluations, economic viability, and infrastructure development.    The Ministry is spearheading a policy shift towards SMR-centered next-generation reactor development, departing from the conventional public-led large nuclear power plant approach. The aim is to swiftly secure core technologies for innovative small modular reactors and various non-light water reactors, including sodium-cooled fast reactors, molten salt reactors, and high-temperature gas-cooled reactors.    Deputy Minister Lee Chang-yoon articulated the vision for next-generation nuclear technology development and the establishment of an industrial ecosystem during the opening ceremony.The Ministry plans to unveil specific implementation plans in the first half of this year. 
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  • South Korea and U.S. Hold 10th Energy Security Dialogue in Houston
        On April 30th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State convened the 10th South Korea-U.S. Energy Security Dialogue at the prestigious Baker Institute for Public Policy in Houston, Texas.   Discussions centered around key topics such as decarbonization efforts, clean energy cooperation, reconstruction of energy infrastructure in Ukraine, critical minerals and electric vehicle batteries, and collaboration on multilateral platforms.  The timing of the dialogue was significant given the escalating tensions in the Middle East, amplifying the importance of enhancing energy security cooperation between South Korea, a nation heavily reliant on energy imports, and the United States, a major energy exporter and ally. Additionally, both parties explored avenues to expedite the transition to clean energy in response to the pressing global challenge of climate change, while bolstering collaboration on multilateral platforms.  The United States, as the world's largest LNG exporter, plays a pivotal role in South Korea's energy landscape, with approximately 40 million tons of LNG imported annually. Furthermore, with renewable energy accounting for over 20% of total energy production in the United States as of 2023, there are promising prospects for South Korean companies in sectors such as solar panels and hydrogen power generation.  The 10th South Korea-U.S. Energy Security Dialogue, held in Houston, renowned as the energy capital, holds significance not only for fostering intergovernmental cooperation but also for facilitating dialogue between energy companies from both nations. This dialogue serves as a platform to support the entry of South Korean companies into the U.S. energy market and explore medium- to long-term cooperation plans with the U.S. academic and energy security community.   Looking ahead, the 11th South Korea-U.S. Energy Security Dialogue is slated to take place in South Korea next year, continuing the tradition of bilateral engagement on critical energy security issues
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