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입력 2016.04.27 (14:00) 수정 2016.04.27 (14:33) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

U.S. President Barack Obama strengthens his administration's hardline stance against North Korea amid continuing provocations by Pyongyang. But his tougher-than-normal remarks raised a few eyebrows.

[Pkg]

When asked about North Korea during an interview with U.S. media, President Obama said that top U.S. priority is to protect America and its allies which he said are vulnerable to the provocative actions that North Korea is engaging in. With a rather troubled look, the U.S. leader then added an unusual remark.

[Soundbite] Barack Obama(U.S. President)

He then went on discussing realistic measures to respond to North Korea's threat.

[Soundbite] Barack Obama(U.S. President)

The hawkish stance of the U.S. government is detected in various areas as Pyongyang continues its provocations. The U.S. State Department also said in a regular briefing that if North Korea continues its provocative behavior, the U.S will examine other options as it moves forward.

2. Fifth Nuclear Test

[Anchor Lead]

American experts on North Korea predict a fifth nuclear test by the regime is imminent. Meanwhile, Pyongyang has allowed foreign journalists to cover the Worker's Party Congress slated for early next month.

[Pkg]

The U.S.-based Institute for Science and International Security scrutinized satellite images of North Korea for four days, from April 22nd through the 25th. Their analysis revealed that vehicles and personnel had disappeared from the vicinity of the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. This finding corresponds with media reports that North Korea's preparations for a fifth nuclear test have been completed. Meanwhile, the North Korean embassy in China recently sent a notice to foreign journalists in Beijing to apply for a visa allowing them to cover the Worker's Party Congress. The notice instructs members of the press to choose one of two options for the media visa duration - from May 3rd to the 10th or from the 5th to the 12th. This indicates that the Congress is likely to be held between May 6th and 9th, with the 7th as the probable opening date. North Korea announced previously that the Worker's Party Congress would open in early May, but has not yet disclosed a specific timeline.

3. Former Chef

[Anchor Lead]

Kim Jong-il's former chef recently returned from a trip to North Korea where he met current leader Kim Jong-un. And according to reports from the Japanese chef, Kim Jong-un is exasperated by U.S. sanctions.

[Pkg]

Kenji Fujimoto worked as a personal chef for former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in North Korea until 2001. He recently visited the North on the occasion of the country's late founder Kim Il-sung's birthday. Now in Japan, he said that he met the North's leader Kim Jong-un during his visit.

[Soundbite] Kenji Fujimoto(Former Chef to Kim Jong-il) : "(Did you meet Kim Jong-un?) I went to the North. Of course I met him."

Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said that Fujimoto met Kim on the night of April 12th. The daily said the chef dined with Kim for about three hours at a venue in Pyongyang along with Kim's younger sister Kim Yo-jong and his close aide Cheo Ryong-hae. Kim is known to have said that he has no intention of waging war, and that whenever a diplomat tries to approach the U.S., the country comes up with unreasonable demands which aggravates him and so he launches missiles. Fujimoto said that he's known Kim Jong-un since his childhood, and that in the recent visit, he was surprised to find Kim driving a Mercedes Benz himself to pick him up outside a hotel.

[Soundbite] "(Is Kim intrepid in personality?) Yes, he is."

Attention is drawn to why the North Korean leader invited the Japanese chef to Pyongyang at this particular juncture.

4. Incheon Air Terminal

[Anchor Lead]

The construction to build a second passenger terminal at Incheon International Airport is in full swing. The new terminal is expected to open at the end of next year, before the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang gets underway.

[Pkg]

Opened in 2001, the Incheon International Airport has steadily expanded its boarding facilities and runways to accommodate a growing number of passengers, but it has come across its limitations.

[Soundbite] Bae Yeong-min(Official, Incheon Int'l Airport Corp.) : "The existing terminals can process 54 million people annually, but the demand has already exceeded 50 million. So the terminal's capacity will be exceeded by the end of 2017."

To address this problem, an expansion of the airport has been under way with the main construction centering around an additional passenger terminal. The project is estimated to cost over 4.3 billion U.S. dollars. Construction has already passed the halfway point, with the completion of the framework. Most of the construction will be completed by the end of this year and the second passenger terminal will go into test operation for six months starting early next year. The new terminal will feature cutting-edge IT facilities that guide passengers to their destinations in the airport using WiFi signals. Once the new terminal is completed right before the opening of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, Korea's flagship airport will be able to process 72 million passengers annually.

[Soundbite] Chung Il-young(CEO, Incheon Int'l Airport Corp.) : "Departure processing will be done in 15 minutes and the arrival processing time will likely be shortened by half, to within 20 minutes."

Prior to the opening of the new facilities, the airport corporation must build a flawless baggage processing system and re-inspect surveillance measures to prevent security breaches.

5. Space Exploration

[Anchor Lead]

Korea and the United States will officially sign an agreement on space cooperation. The accord is expected to boost bilateral movement in diverse fields including space exploration and satellite development.

[Pkg]

Seoul and Washington will step up cooperation in the space sector. Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said the two sides will hold their second Civil Space Dialogue meeting for three days starting Wednesday. The ministry said that talks will focus on ways of cooperation in key areas such as space exploration and satellite development. Before the talks, the two sides also formally signed an agreement on space cooperation which will serve as a legal and institutional framework for overall cooperative ties in the space sector. During a plenary session of the dialogue scheduled Wednesday, the two sides will discuss ways to share an ongoing U.S. initiative on space exploration. On Thursday, a working-level expert meeting on direct reception between Korean and U.S. satellites will be held at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute in Daejeon. On Friday, an event to mark the launch of an air quality survey conducted jointly by Korea's National Institute of Environmental Research and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be held. The Science Ministry expects that the latest agreement and continued dialogue with the U.S. will help Korea's space development projects to be more successful.

6. Island Hospital

[Anchor Lead]

It's been 100 years since the Japanese colonial regime opened a hospital for leprosy sufferers on Sorok Island. A foreign-born nun who had served at the facility for 43 years revisited the island to remind us of her dedication and sacrifice.

[Pkg]

A cultural center for rehabilitation treatment of Hansen's disease patients has opened its doors. A silver-haired nun, who returned to the island after an 11 year absence, took part in the ceremony. She is Austrian-born Marianne Stoeger, who came to Sorok Island in 1962 and looked after Hansen's disease patients for 43 years.

[Soundbite] Marianne Stoeger(Nun) : "I was so glad to see the clean hospital facilities."

She sucked out pus from the patients' wounds and applied medicine with her bare hands, acting as both a mother and a friend. But in 2005 when she turned 70, she secretly left the island, leaving behind only a letter saying that she didn't want to be a burden to anyone. She now reveals that she developed prostate cancer at the time and felt that she would be burdensome.

[Soundbite] Marianne Stoeger(Nun) : "Our hearts were heavy and painful, but we made the decision. We shed a lot of tears that day."

Sister Marianne's love and sacrifice have been carried on to this day by more than 800 medical staff members and volunteers. A century has passed since the opening of the hospital for Hansen's disease patients. The miserable facilities of the past have been replaced with a cutting-edge hospital, and places of suffering such as the dissection chamber and confinement room now stand as historical relics.

7. Brave Journalist

[Anchor Lead]

A German journalist who opened the eyes of the international community to the 1980 Gwangju Uprising passed away in January. But over in the city of Gwangju, he will be commemorated and honored with his own garden.

[Pkg]

Martial-law troops march into a street in Gwangju in May 1980. A mother wails beside the body of her dead son. These are footage filmed by the late German journalist Jurgen Hinzpeter of events that took place during the May 18 Gwangju Uprising in 1980. Hinzpeter asked for a burial in Gwangju as he gave his hair and nails to the May 18 Memorial Foundation back in 2005.

[Soundbite] Late Jurgen Hinzpeter(2003) : "The horror of Gwangju grieved me. Even today, I get goose bumps thinking about the incident."

His wish will be upheld. A garden commemorating the German reporter will be created in Gwangju. A stone plaque will be erected denoting his achievements. His remains such as his hair will be kept inside a grayish-blue-powdered celadon container.

[Soundbite] Lee Eun-seok(Potter) : "The history of Gwangju, the grayish-blue-powdered celadon symbolizes the history of Mt. Mudeung. The celadon is in line with the spirit of the uprising and the public's will."

Hinzpeter, the "blue-eyed witness," put his life on the line and reported the uprising in Korea to the entire world 36 years ago.

[Soundbite] Kim Yang-rae(Executive Dir., May 18 Memorial Foundation) : "We cannot forget Jurgen Hinzpeter. We are indebted to him. When Gwangju was completely isolated, he showed what was happening through footage."

An official memorial ceremony will also be held during the anniversary week of the uprising next month, with his wife also in attendance.

8. Ice Hockey Team

[Anchor Lead]

Korea's national ice hockey team defeated Japan for the first time in 34 years. The Korean hockey players are looking to clinch the championship title by winning the remaining games.

[Pkg]

The Korean team was the clear underdog, given a past record of 19 losses and one tie against Japan. But it was different this time. Just four minutes into the match, naturalized Korean player Michael Swift scored a goal to kick start Team Korea's dramatic rally. With his fifth goal of the championship, Swift led the team's sensational performance. Riding the momentum, the Korean team's sibling duo Kim Ki-sung and Kim Sang-wook worked together to add another point, bringing the team closer to victory. Korean expats in the audience cheered for the players with loud gongs. Shin Sang-hoon then scored the game-clincher to end the match with a 3-0 win over Japan. It was a historic first victory against the Japanese team. The Korean players were overwhelmed by the victor's privilege of hearing the Korean national anthem being played. This year's IIHF World Championships marked the best ever campaign for the Korean national hockey team, with two wins and one loss. Now the team looks forward to winning the remaining two games to take the championship title, earning a promotion to Division 1.

9. Hit KBS Drama

[Anchor Lead]

The hit KBS drama "Descendants of the Sun" continues to create a global sensation weeks after going off the air. It's still the most talked-about show not only in Korea but also overseas. To offer you a closer look, we bring you a two-part special on the romantic adventure.

[Pkg]

"Descendants of the Sun" is over, yet the buzz continues. So we bring you this special for those who can't let it go yet. What were the viewers' favorite scenes or lines?

[Soundbite] Erica Moon(Fan in New York) : "When he kisses her while drinking wine."

Kang Mo-yeon sips wine in front of Yu Shi-jin, who's forbidden to drink while on duty. This is the scene we're talking about.

[Soundbite] "You must want this badly."

[Soundbite] "I can find a way to drink."

Viewers were captivated by the two leading characters' lovable flirting and beautiful visual style. This couple is also a fixture in many favorite scenes.

[Soundbite] Koo Yeo-wul(Fan in Seoul) : "My heart fluttered when he suddenly hugged her."

Seo Dae-young was the man among men! But he had always ran away from love. Then something changed him! He revealed his true feelings to Myeong-joo, after she became infected with a virus. This scene was definitely what the viewers were all waiting for. Then what did the viewers think were the most moving lines?

[Soundbite] Shin Jin-ah(Fan in Seoul) : "Should I apologize?"

[Soundbite] Kim Tae-ho(Fan in Seoul) : "Or should I confess?"

Let's listen to these sweet lines in the voice of Yoo Shi-jin himself.

[Soundbite] "Should I apologize or should I confess?"

These sweet scenes and dialogue are not the only memorable things from "Descendants of the Sun." The show also left unforgettable records. Its first episode posted a 14.3% rating and then topped 30% in just nine episodes. The ratings went as high as over 40% at one time to become the most watched show in Korea. The show's original soundtrack is also very much loved, with the main theme songs sweeping the music charts. The series has also generated enormous economic benefits through various means, including the sales of broadcasting rights. We will bring you more behind-the-scenes stories in tomorrow's Close-up segment. Stay tuned!
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    • 입력 2016-04-27 13:47:49
    • 수정2016-04-27 14:33:15
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

U.S. President Barack Obama strengthens his administration's hardline stance against North Korea amid continuing provocations by Pyongyang. But his tougher-than-normal remarks raised a few eyebrows.

[Pkg]

When asked about North Korea during an interview with U.S. media, President Obama said that top U.S. priority is to protect America and its allies which he said are vulnerable to the provocative actions that North Korea is engaging in. With a rather troubled look, the U.S. leader then added an unusual remark.

[Soundbite] Barack Obama(U.S. President)

He then went on discussing realistic measures to respond to North Korea's threat.

[Soundbite] Barack Obama(U.S. President)

The hawkish stance of the U.S. government is detected in various areas as Pyongyang continues its provocations. The U.S. State Department also said in a regular briefing that if North Korea continues its provocative behavior, the U.S will examine other options as it moves forward.

2. Fifth Nuclear Test

[Anchor Lead]

American experts on North Korea predict a fifth nuclear test by the regime is imminent. Meanwhile, Pyongyang has allowed foreign journalists to cover the Worker's Party Congress slated for early next month.

[Pkg]

The U.S.-based Institute for Science and International Security scrutinized satellite images of North Korea for four days, from April 22nd through the 25th. Their analysis revealed that vehicles and personnel had disappeared from the vicinity of the nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. This finding corresponds with media reports that North Korea's preparations for a fifth nuclear test have been completed. Meanwhile, the North Korean embassy in China recently sent a notice to foreign journalists in Beijing to apply for a visa allowing them to cover the Worker's Party Congress. The notice instructs members of the press to choose one of two options for the media visa duration - from May 3rd to the 10th or from the 5th to the 12th. This indicates that the Congress is likely to be held between May 6th and 9th, with the 7th as the probable opening date. North Korea announced previously that the Worker's Party Congress would open in early May, but has not yet disclosed a specific timeline.

3. Former Chef

[Anchor Lead]

Kim Jong-il's former chef recently returned from a trip to North Korea where he met current leader Kim Jong-un. And according to reports from the Japanese chef, Kim Jong-un is exasperated by U.S. sanctions.

[Pkg]

Kenji Fujimoto worked as a personal chef for former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in North Korea until 2001. He recently visited the North on the occasion of the country's late founder Kim Il-sung's birthday. Now in Japan, he said that he met the North's leader Kim Jong-un during his visit.

[Soundbite] Kenji Fujimoto(Former Chef to Kim Jong-il) : "(Did you meet Kim Jong-un?) I went to the North. Of course I met him."

Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper said that Fujimoto met Kim on the night of April 12th. The daily said the chef dined with Kim for about three hours at a venue in Pyongyang along with Kim's younger sister Kim Yo-jong and his close aide Cheo Ryong-hae. Kim is known to have said that he has no intention of waging war, and that whenever a diplomat tries to approach the U.S., the country comes up with unreasonable demands which aggravates him and so he launches missiles. Fujimoto said that he's known Kim Jong-un since his childhood, and that in the recent visit, he was surprised to find Kim driving a Mercedes Benz himself to pick him up outside a hotel.

[Soundbite] "(Is Kim intrepid in personality?) Yes, he is."

Attention is drawn to why the North Korean leader invited the Japanese chef to Pyongyang at this particular juncture.

4. Incheon Air Terminal

[Anchor Lead]

The construction to build a second passenger terminal at Incheon International Airport is in full swing. The new terminal is expected to open at the end of next year, before the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang gets underway.

[Pkg]

Opened in 2001, the Incheon International Airport has steadily expanded its boarding facilities and runways to accommodate a growing number of passengers, but it has come across its limitations.

[Soundbite] Bae Yeong-min(Official, Incheon Int'l Airport Corp.) : "The existing terminals can process 54 million people annually, but the demand has already exceeded 50 million. So the terminal's capacity will be exceeded by the end of 2017."

To address this problem, an expansion of the airport has been under way with the main construction centering around an additional passenger terminal. The project is estimated to cost over 4.3 billion U.S. dollars. Construction has already passed the halfway point, with the completion of the framework. Most of the construction will be completed by the end of this year and the second passenger terminal will go into test operation for six months starting early next year. The new terminal will feature cutting-edge IT facilities that guide passengers to their destinations in the airport using WiFi signals. Once the new terminal is completed right before the opening of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in 2018, Korea's flagship airport will be able to process 72 million passengers annually.

[Soundbite] Chung Il-young(CEO, Incheon Int'l Airport Corp.) : "Departure processing will be done in 15 minutes and the arrival processing time will likely be shortened by half, to within 20 minutes."

Prior to the opening of the new facilities, the airport corporation must build a flawless baggage processing system and re-inspect surveillance measures to prevent security breaches.

5. Space Exploration

[Anchor Lead]

Korea and the United States will officially sign an agreement on space cooperation. The accord is expected to boost bilateral movement in diverse fields including space exploration and satellite development.

[Pkg]

Seoul and Washington will step up cooperation in the space sector. Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said the two sides will hold their second Civil Space Dialogue meeting for three days starting Wednesday. The ministry said that talks will focus on ways of cooperation in key areas such as space exploration and satellite development. Before the talks, the two sides also formally signed an agreement on space cooperation which will serve as a legal and institutional framework for overall cooperative ties in the space sector. During a plenary session of the dialogue scheduled Wednesday, the two sides will discuss ways to share an ongoing U.S. initiative on space exploration. On Thursday, a working-level expert meeting on direct reception between Korean and U.S. satellites will be held at the Korea Aerospace Research Institute in Daejeon. On Friday, an event to mark the launch of an air quality survey conducted jointly by Korea's National Institute of Environmental Research and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will be held. The Science Ministry expects that the latest agreement and continued dialogue with the U.S. will help Korea's space development projects to be more successful.

6. Island Hospital

[Anchor Lead]

It's been 100 years since the Japanese colonial regime opened a hospital for leprosy sufferers on Sorok Island. A foreign-born nun who had served at the facility for 43 years revisited the island to remind us of her dedication and sacrifice.

[Pkg]

A cultural center for rehabilitation treatment of Hansen's disease patients has opened its doors. A silver-haired nun, who returned to the island after an 11 year absence, took part in the ceremony. She is Austrian-born Marianne Stoeger, who came to Sorok Island in 1962 and looked after Hansen's disease patients for 43 years.

[Soundbite] Marianne Stoeger(Nun) : "I was so glad to see the clean hospital facilities."

She sucked out pus from the patients' wounds and applied medicine with her bare hands, acting as both a mother and a friend. But in 2005 when she turned 70, she secretly left the island, leaving behind only a letter saying that she didn't want to be a burden to anyone. She now reveals that she developed prostate cancer at the time and felt that she would be burdensome.

[Soundbite] Marianne Stoeger(Nun) : "Our hearts were heavy and painful, but we made the decision. We shed a lot of tears that day."

Sister Marianne's love and sacrifice have been carried on to this day by more than 800 medical staff members and volunteers. A century has passed since the opening of the hospital for Hansen's disease patients. The miserable facilities of the past have been replaced with a cutting-edge hospital, and places of suffering such as the dissection chamber and confinement room now stand as historical relics.

7. Brave Journalist

[Anchor Lead]

A German journalist who opened the eyes of the international community to the 1980 Gwangju Uprising passed away in January. But over in the city of Gwangju, he will be commemorated and honored with his own garden.

[Pkg]

Martial-law troops march into a street in Gwangju in May 1980. A mother wails beside the body of her dead son. These are footage filmed by the late German journalist Jurgen Hinzpeter of events that took place during the May 18 Gwangju Uprising in 1980. Hinzpeter asked for a burial in Gwangju as he gave his hair and nails to the May 18 Memorial Foundation back in 2005.

[Soundbite] Late Jurgen Hinzpeter(2003) : "The horror of Gwangju grieved me. Even today, I get goose bumps thinking about the incident."

His wish will be upheld. A garden commemorating the German reporter will be created in Gwangju. A stone plaque will be erected denoting his achievements. His remains such as his hair will be kept inside a grayish-blue-powdered celadon container.

[Soundbite] Lee Eun-seok(Potter) : "The history of Gwangju, the grayish-blue-powdered celadon symbolizes the history of Mt. Mudeung. The celadon is in line with the spirit of the uprising and the public's will."

Hinzpeter, the "blue-eyed witness," put his life on the line and reported the uprising in Korea to the entire world 36 years ago.

[Soundbite] Kim Yang-rae(Executive Dir., May 18 Memorial Foundation) : "We cannot forget Jurgen Hinzpeter. We are indebted to him. When Gwangju was completely isolated, he showed what was happening through footage."

An official memorial ceremony will also be held during the anniversary week of the uprising next month, with his wife also in attendance.

8. Ice Hockey Team

[Anchor Lead]

Korea's national ice hockey team defeated Japan for the first time in 34 years. The Korean hockey players are looking to clinch the championship title by winning the remaining games.

[Pkg]

The Korean team was the clear underdog, given a past record of 19 losses and one tie against Japan. But it was different this time. Just four minutes into the match, naturalized Korean player Michael Swift scored a goal to kick start Team Korea's dramatic rally. With his fifth goal of the championship, Swift led the team's sensational performance. Riding the momentum, the Korean team's sibling duo Kim Ki-sung and Kim Sang-wook worked together to add another point, bringing the team closer to victory. Korean expats in the audience cheered for the players with loud gongs. Shin Sang-hoon then scored the game-clincher to end the match with a 3-0 win over Japan. It was a historic first victory against the Japanese team. The Korean players were overwhelmed by the victor's privilege of hearing the Korean national anthem being played. This year's IIHF World Championships marked the best ever campaign for the Korean national hockey team, with two wins and one loss. Now the team looks forward to winning the remaining two games to take the championship title, earning a promotion to Division 1.

9. Hit KBS Drama

[Anchor Lead]

The hit KBS drama "Descendants of the Sun" continues to create a global sensation weeks after going off the air. It's still the most talked-about show not only in Korea but also overseas. To offer you a closer look, we bring you a two-part special on the romantic adventure.

[Pkg]

"Descendants of the Sun" is over, yet the buzz continues. So we bring you this special for those who can't let it go yet. What were the viewers' favorite scenes or lines?

[Soundbite] Erica Moon(Fan in New York) : "When he kisses her while drinking wine."

Kang Mo-yeon sips wine in front of Yu Shi-jin, who's forbidden to drink while on duty. This is the scene we're talking about.

[Soundbite] "You must want this badly."

[Soundbite] "I can find a way to drink."

Viewers were captivated by the two leading characters' lovable flirting and beautiful visual style. This couple is also a fixture in many favorite scenes.

[Soundbite] Koo Yeo-wul(Fan in Seoul) : "My heart fluttered when he suddenly hugged her."

Seo Dae-young was the man among men! But he had always ran away from love. Then something changed him! He revealed his true feelings to Myeong-joo, after she became infected with a virus. This scene was definitely what the viewers were all waiting for. Then what did the viewers think were the most moving lines?

[Soundbite] Shin Jin-ah(Fan in Seoul) : "Should I apologize?"

[Soundbite] Kim Tae-ho(Fan in Seoul) : "Or should I confess?"

Let's listen to these sweet lines in the voice of Yoo Shi-jin himself.

[Soundbite] "Should I apologize or should I confess?"

These sweet scenes and dialogue are not the only memorable things from "Descendants of the Sun." The show also left unforgettable records. Its first episode posted a 14.3% rating and then topped 30% in just nine episodes. The ratings went as high as over 40% at one time to become the most watched show in Korea. The show's original soundtrack is also very much loved, with the main theme songs sweeping the music charts. The series has also generated enormous economic benefits through various means, including the sales of broadcasting rights. We will bring you more behind-the-scenes stories in tomorrow's Close-up segment. Stay tuned!
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