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입력 2016.05.04 (14:00) 수정 2016.05.04 (14:26) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

President Park Geun-hye has wrapped up her state visit to Iran, arriving back home in Korea on May 4. Trade deals amounting to billions of dollars were concluded during her visit, while Iran’s leaders agreed with President Park on the issue of North Korea’s nuclear program.

[Pkg]

Korean businesspeople who accompanied President Park Geun-hye on her state visit to Iran met with Iranian business leaders. President Park said her visit was aimed at finding ways to achieve co-prosperity with Iran and urged business leaders from both nations to produce good results.

[Soundbite] Park Geun-hye(President) : "Like Persian carpets, which shine even more the more you step on them, the people of our two nations have become stronger in the face of adversity."

On the first day of one-on-one business consultations, 31 MOUs worth 520 million U.S. dollars were signed, raising expectations about bilateral economic cooperation between Korea and Iran. President Park later met with ethnic Koreans in Iran to encourage them. Before wrapping up her visit, the president visited a national museum where she saw Persian cultural assets. Earlier, she received Iran's support on solving issues on the Korean Peninsula, such as North Korea's nuclear program. The two nations have signed MOUs worth more than 37 billion dollars. The president's visit also revealed the popularity of Korean culture in Iran. Park's visit to Iran is expected to bolster economic and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

2. NK Provocation Watch

[Anchor Lead]

Defense Minister Han Min-koo says that North could wage another provocation such as a nuclear test around the time of its ruling party congress this Friday. Here’s more.

[Pkg]

Defense Minister Han Min-koo reported that despite tough sanctions imposed on North Korea following its 4th nuclear test, the regime has concluded preparations to conduct yet another. Han said that Pyongyang could engage in further provocation including a fifth nuclear test or additional missile launches around the time of the Workers' Party congress scheduled this Friday. He stressed that the South Korean military is maintaining steadfast deterrence.

[Soundbite] Han Min-koo(Minister of Nat'l Defense) : "The South Korean military will mobilize not only its own capabilities but also combine those of allied nations to respond to the North's nuclear threat."

Regarding North Korea's recent submarine-launched ballistic missile test, the minister said there has been technological progress in the ejection and initial flight but separation capabilities require further assessment. Han also repeatedly stressed that the cost of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD, the deployment of which Seoul and Washington are currently discussing, will be shouldered by the U.S.

[Soundbite] "I can tell you that discussions are progressing smoothly according to what was previously agreed upon between the two sides."

Parliamentary defense committee members urged the defense chief to come up with a fundamental solution to prevent North Korea's nuclear development itself, warning against a passive view that Pyongyang will never actually use nuclear weapons even if they have them.

3. NK Party Congress

[Anchor Lead]

Preparations for North Korea's party congress are in full swing, with the participants gathering in the capital Pyongyang. Here’s the latest ahead of Friday’s event.

[Pkg]

Workers' Party Congress participants exit Pyongyang Station. They are welcomed with applause from high-ranking party and military officials.

[Soundbite] Korean Central TV(N. Korea) : "The participants who have arrived in Pyongyang appear to be immensely proud of the era of prosperity led by Kim Jong-un."

Sources say that three thousand participants have been selected from various parts of the nation to attend the event, similar to the number of participants who attended the previous party congress. With the Workers' Party Congress just two days away, colorful banners with party slogans have been put up all over Pyongyang. On the first day of the congress on May 6th, Kim Jong-un's recorded speech will be played and a business report will be made. On day 2, the participants will discuss amendments to party rules and on the final day they will select Central Committee members. The congress may be extended by one more day if deemed necessary. Although several foreign journalists have arrived in Pyongyang to cover the event, it's still unclear if any foreign guests have been invited to attend the congress. North Korean media has unveiled the list of representatives of other nations, such as the leader of the Russian Communist Party who has sent a congratulatory message to the North. However, it did not mention anyone from China.

4. Unveiling the Regime

[Anchor Lead]

North Korea has invited a large number of foreign correspondents to attend its ruling party congress. A BBC team on the scene appears to be making the regime in Pyongyang uncomfortable with its rather routine reporting. Let’s take a look.

[Pkg]

A team of reporters from the BBC arrives at Pyongyang's international airport. While they are being transported on a bus, their North Korean guide remains silent with a stern look on his face.

[Soundbite] Rupert Wingfield-Hayes(BBC Reporter) : "Led by North Korean authorities, the team visited a theme park. A North Korean youth exhibits exaggerated motions in front of the camera. "

[Soundbite] N. Korean Resident : "The North's privileged elite are university-educated and speak English fluently. However, as questions continue, their isolated state of life is inevitably exposed. Children wearing patients' gowns at a children's hospital look bemused as they exercise on gym equipment designed for adults. The doctors' failure to respond to questions about childhood cancer treatment raises suspicions for an official with an international organization visiting the hospital. "

[Soundbite] Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein(Chairman, Advisory Board of the Int’l Peace Foundation) : "One North Korean lady is made visibly anxious by a man who monitors her every move, when she is interviewed by a foreign reporter. "

[Soundbite] Rupert Wingfield-Hayes(BBC Reporter) : "Reporters focused on the real Pyongyang hiding behind the false propaganda, and said the North was putting up a large-scale political show."

5. Fake NK Banknotes

[Anchor Lead]

Police are investigating the discovery of 80,000 fake North Korean banknotes have been found at a junk shop in Seoul. We take you there now.

[Pkg]

These counterfeit North Korean banknotes have been found en masse. They were printed in 2008. The banknotes were brought for sale to a junk shop in Seoul on May 2nd by a man and a woman in their 40s. Weighing 150 kilograms, the 80,000 banknotes were hidden in a 660-kilogram pile of discarded paper, which the pair sold to the shop. The shop staff called the police right after discovering the banknotes in the box. Police have found that the pair who brought the counterfeit banknotes were North Korean escapees. They testified that they thought the boxes, which belonged to an organization dedicated to North Korean defectors, contained only waste paper.

[Soundbite] Police Official (Voice altered) : "We are investigating the reason these banknotes were brought, how they were obtained and the purpose of their use."

The banknotes are reportedly not used in the North. Police are tracing a North Korean defector who brought the boxes to the organizations and are investigating how the banknotes were produced.

6. Restaurant Crackdown

[Anchor Lead]

Foreign tourists are filing into the country during the busy tourist season. The Myeongdong district is a major tourist spot in downtown Seoul where government officials say they will clamp down on any restaurants that overcharge customers.

[Pkg]

With China's May Day holiday and Japan's Golden Week under way, authorities in Seoul are launching a crackdown on restaurants centered around the popular Myeongdong area that overcharge foreign tourists. 1,335 eateries in and around Myeongdong are subject to the clampdown. In particular, officials will regulate overcharging, distribution of pamphlets and reckless means of drawing in customers. Monitoring agents, recruited from multicultural families and who command foreign language proficiency, will patrol restaurants and tourist sites in search of violations. Following a month-long surveillance during the month of April, the district office of Jung-gu, Seoul announced that 39 restaurants in the Myeongdong area were suspected of overcharging or failing to display their prices. The district office has issued administrative orders directing violators to rectify their practices and also imposed fines. In tandem with the crackdown, a campaign will take place in Myeongdong on Wednesday urging restaurants to charge fairly for their services.

7. Hacking Competition

[Anchor Lead]

Hackers from all over the world have gathered at a hacking competition to ferret out security loopholes in the latest future technologies. Follow us there now.

[Pkg]

This car veers off the road, unable to stop even when the driver steps on the brake. This "smart car" connected to the internet has been hacked. If Alpha Go, operated by 1,200 brain-like CPUs, were hacked, it could be used to hurt people. Once hacked, future technologies can threaten humans. So an international hacking competition has opened to find vulnerabilities in security systems. In the competition... cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things must be infiltrated and controlled by a single computer. Contestants furiously search for loopholes for 20 hours during which they keep finding weaknesses.

[Soundbite] Brian Park(American Team PPP Member) : "Since IoT is an embedded device, there are lots of codes susceptible to security lapses. That's where many bugs or weaknesses are discovered."

Security is the most crucial key if technology, even the ones that surpass human limitations, is to be used properly.

[Soundbite] Shim Jun-bo(Codegate Problem Designer) : "The latest IT technology should be based on security. So the problems are focused on how quickly security technologies can be learned and how they can be applied in the future."

An American hacking team was named the winner of this year's contest where some 1,500 teams from all over the world participated.

8. Marking Family Month

[Anchor Lead]

May is known as Family Month in Korea, and to commemorate it this year, exhibitions showcasing paintings about love and family have opened to the delight of art lovers. Let's take a look at some of these heart-warming paintings.

[Pkg]

A moment is captured from the everyday life of a loving family on a fine spring day. Waves of warm emotion emanate from the sea of vivid colors.

[Soundbite]Park Ji-su(Visitor) : "All these colors bring me peace of mind, not confusion."

The artist dotted the canvas with paints in vivid colors to express the family love which sustains our lives.

[Soundbite] Kim Duk-ki(Painter) : "I think family is the topic of my paintings, but also the motivation that drives me."

This painting depicts the ordinary life of a family whose faces are all happy smiles. Works by Spanish artist Eva Armisen, famed for her paintings about happiness, provide comfort to those burdened by everyday life.

[Soundbite] Eva Armisen(Spanish Painter) : "The works depict the happy moments shared within families. They provide visitors with a chance to realize how precious a family's love truly is."

9. Korean Film Releases

[Anchor Lead]

The teaser for the movie "The Third Way of Love" starring actor Song Seung-heon and actress Yifei Liu has been released. And in a case of life imitating art, the two actors even started an off-screen romance. Here's more on the latest box-office releases.

[Pkg]

The teaser for a new movie starring actor Song Seung-heon and his off-screen girlfriend, actress Yifei Liu, has been released.

[Soundbite] "I am scared because I might not be able to bear so much love."

"The Third Way of Love" is a story about a couple who was destined to be together. The movie drew the headlines because its lead actors - Song Seung-heon and Yifei Liu - fell in love with each other on set. When the movie first opened in China last year, it drew 72 million viewers. In Korea, it will open on May 19th. Actresses Youn Yuh-jung and Kim Go-eun appeared together in the movie "Canola," where they displayed impressive teamwork regardless of the generation gap. It's a story about a grandmother who adores her secretive granddaughter and reunites with her for the first time in 12 years. Actress Youn Yuh-jung says she chose this movie for a special reason.

[Soundbite] Youn Yuh-jung(Actress, Grandmother Role) : "When I was reading the script for the first time, I told the production crew that I would only play this role if they manage to cast Kim Go-eun, and they did."

Actress Kim Go-eun says she adores her real-life grandmother.

[Soundbite] Kim Go-eun(Actress, Granddaughter Role) : "I live with my grandma. People of an advanced age tend to have health problems. I often tell my grandma these days that I will always be on her side."

"Canola" will open in Korea on May 19. Actress Soo Ae, who is known for her pure beauty, has transformed into an ice hockey player.

[Soundbite] "Go, Korea!"

Soo Ae plays a lead in the movie "Take Off 2," which is about Korea's first women's national ice hockey team. "Take Off 2" has drawn significant attention because it's a sequel to the movie "Take Off," which opened in 2009 and became the most successful Korean movie about sports. The cast also includes actor Oh Dal-su, who plays a sloppy coach of the national team. "Take Off 2" opens this coming summer.
  • Iran Trip Concludes
    • 입력 2016-05-04 11:51:44
    • 수정2016-05-04 14:26:20
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

President Park Geun-hye has wrapped up her state visit to Iran, arriving back home in Korea on May 4. Trade deals amounting to billions of dollars were concluded during her visit, while Iran’s leaders agreed with President Park on the issue of North Korea’s nuclear program.

[Pkg]

Korean businesspeople who accompanied President Park Geun-hye on her state visit to Iran met with Iranian business leaders. President Park said her visit was aimed at finding ways to achieve co-prosperity with Iran and urged business leaders from both nations to produce good results.

[Soundbite] Park Geun-hye(President) : "Like Persian carpets, which shine even more the more you step on them, the people of our two nations have become stronger in the face of adversity."

On the first day of one-on-one business consultations, 31 MOUs worth 520 million U.S. dollars were signed, raising expectations about bilateral economic cooperation between Korea and Iran. President Park later met with ethnic Koreans in Iran to encourage them. Before wrapping up her visit, the president visited a national museum where she saw Persian cultural assets. Earlier, she received Iran's support on solving issues on the Korean Peninsula, such as North Korea's nuclear program. The two nations have signed MOUs worth more than 37 billion dollars. The president's visit also revealed the popularity of Korean culture in Iran. Park's visit to Iran is expected to bolster economic and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

2. NK Provocation Watch

[Anchor Lead]

Defense Minister Han Min-koo says that North could wage another provocation such as a nuclear test around the time of its ruling party congress this Friday. Here’s more.

[Pkg]

Defense Minister Han Min-koo reported that despite tough sanctions imposed on North Korea following its 4th nuclear test, the regime has concluded preparations to conduct yet another. Han said that Pyongyang could engage in further provocation including a fifth nuclear test or additional missile launches around the time of the Workers' Party congress scheduled this Friday. He stressed that the South Korean military is maintaining steadfast deterrence.

[Soundbite] Han Min-koo(Minister of Nat'l Defense) : "The South Korean military will mobilize not only its own capabilities but also combine those of allied nations to respond to the North's nuclear threat."

Regarding North Korea's recent submarine-launched ballistic missile test, the minister said there has been technological progress in the ejection and initial flight but separation capabilities require further assessment. Han also repeatedly stressed that the cost of the U.S. missile defense system THAAD, the deployment of which Seoul and Washington are currently discussing, will be shouldered by the U.S.

[Soundbite] "I can tell you that discussions are progressing smoothly according to what was previously agreed upon between the two sides."

Parliamentary defense committee members urged the defense chief to come up with a fundamental solution to prevent North Korea's nuclear development itself, warning against a passive view that Pyongyang will never actually use nuclear weapons even if they have them.

3. NK Party Congress

[Anchor Lead]

Preparations for North Korea's party congress are in full swing, with the participants gathering in the capital Pyongyang. Here’s the latest ahead of Friday’s event.

[Pkg]

Workers' Party Congress participants exit Pyongyang Station. They are welcomed with applause from high-ranking party and military officials.

[Soundbite] Korean Central TV(N. Korea) : "The participants who have arrived in Pyongyang appear to be immensely proud of the era of prosperity led by Kim Jong-un."

Sources say that three thousand participants have been selected from various parts of the nation to attend the event, similar to the number of participants who attended the previous party congress. With the Workers' Party Congress just two days away, colorful banners with party slogans have been put up all over Pyongyang. On the first day of the congress on May 6th, Kim Jong-un's recorded speech will be played and a business report will be made. On day 2, the participants will discuss amendments to party rules and on the final day they will select Central Committee members. The congress may be extended by one more day if deemed necessary. Although several foreign journalists have arrived in Pyongyang to cover the event, it's still unclear if any foreign guests have been invited to attend the congress. North Korean media has unveiled the list of representatives of other nations, such as the leader of the Russian Communist Party who has sent a congratulatory message to the North. However, it did not mention anyone from China.

4. Unveiling the Regime

[Anchor Lead]

North Korea has invited a large number of foreign correspondents to attend its ruling party congress. A BBC team on the scene appears to be making the regime in Pyongyang uncomfortable with its rather routine reporting. Let’s take a look.

[Pkg]

A team of reporters from the BBC arrives at Pyongyang's international airport. While they are being transported on a bus, their North Korean guide remains silent with a stern look on his face.

[Soundbite] Rupert Wingfield-Hayes(BBC Reporter) : "Led by North Korean authorities, the team visited a theme park. A North Korean youth exhibits exaggerated motions in front of the camera. "

[Soundbite] N. Korean Resident : "The North's privileged elite are university-educated and speak English fluently. However, as questions continue, their isolated state of life is inevitably exposed. Children wearing patients' gowns at a children's hospital look bemused as they exercise on gym equipment designed for adults. The doctors' failure to respond to questions about childhood cancer treatment raises suspicions for an official with an international organization visiting the hospital. "

[Soundbite] Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein(Chairman, Advisory Board of the Int’l Peace Foundation) : "One North Korean lady is made visibly anxious by a man who monitors her every move, when she is interviewed by a foreign reporter. "

[Soundbite] Rupert Wingfield-Hayes(BBC Reporter) : "Reporters focused on the real Pyongyang hiding behind the false propaganda, and said the North was putting up a large-scale political show."

5. Fake NK Banknotes

[Anchor Lead]

Police are investigating the discovery of 80,000 fake North Korean banknotes have been found at a junk shop in Seoul. We take you there now.

[Pkg]

These counterfeit North Korean banknotes have been found en masse. They were printed in 2008. The banknotes were brought for sale to a junk shop in Seoul on May 2nd by a man and a woman in their 40s. Weighing 150 kilograms, the 80,000 banknotes were hidden in a 660-kilogram pile of discarded paper, which the pair sold to the shop. The shop staff called the police right after discovering the banknotes in the box. Police have found that the pair who brought the counterfeit banknotes were North Korean escapees. They testified that they thought the boxes, which belonged to an organization dedicated to North Korean defectors, contained only waste paper.

[Soundbite] Police Official (Voice altered) : "We are investigating the reason these banknotes were brought, how they were obtained and the purpose of their use."

The banknotes are reportedly not used in the North. Police are tracing a North Korean defector who brought the boxes to the organizations and are investigating how the banknotes were produced.

6. Restaurant Crackdown

[Anchor Lead]

Foreign tourists are filing into the country during the busy tourist season. The Myeongdong district is a major tourist spot in downtown Seoul where government officials say they will clamp down on any restaurants that overcharge customers.

[Pkg]

With China's May Day holiday and Japan's Golden Week under way, authorities in Seoul are launching a crackdown on restaurants centered around the popular Myeongdong area that overcharge foreign tourists. 1,335 eateries in and around Myeongdong are subject to the clampdown. In particular, officials will regulate overcharging, distribution of pamphlets and reckless means of drawing in customers. Monitoring agents, recruited from multicultural families and who command foreign language proficiency, will patrol restaurants and tourist sites in search of violations. Following a month-long surveillance during the month of April, the district office of Jung-gu, Seoul announced that 39 restaurants in the Myeongdong area were suspected of overcharging or failing to display their prices. The district office has issued administrative orders directing violators to rectify their practices and also imposed fines. In tandem with the crackdown, a campaign will take place in Myeongdong on Wednesday urging restaurants to charge fairly for their services.

7. Hacking Competition

[Anchor Lead]

Hackers from all over the world have gathered at a hacking competition to ferret out security loopholes in the latest future technologies. Follow us there now.

[Pkg]

This car veers off the road, unable to stop even when the driver steps on the brake. This "smart car" connected to the internet has been hacked. If Alpha Go, operated by 1,200 brain-like CPUs, were hacked, it could be used to hurt people. Once hacked, future technologies can threaten humans. So an international hacking competition has opened to find vulnerabilities in security systems. In the competition... cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things must be infiltrated and controlled by a single computer. Contestants furiously search for loopholes for 20 hours during which they keep finding weaknesses.

[Soundbite] Brian Park(American Team PPP Member) : "Since IoT is an embedded device, there are lots of codes susceptible to security lapses. That's where many bugs or weaknesses are discovered."

Security is the most crucial key if technology, even the ones that surpass human limitations, is to be used properly.

[Soundbite] Shim Jun-bo(Codegate Problem Designer) : "The latest IT technology should be based on security. So the problems are focused on how quickly security technologies can be learned and how they can be applied in the future."

An American hacking team was named the winner of this year's contest where some 1,500 teams from all over the world participated.

8. Marking Family Month

[Anchor Lead]

May is known as Family Month in Korea, and to commemorate it this year, exhibitions showcasing paintings about love and family have opened to the delight of art lovers. Let's take a look at some of these heart-warming paintings.

[Pkg]

A moment is captured from the everyday life of a loving family on a fine spring day. Waves of warm emotion emanate from the sea of vivid colors.

[Soundbite]Park Ji-su(Visitor) : "All these colors bring me peace of mind, not confusion."

The artist dotted the canvas with paints in vivid colors to express the family love which sustains our lives.

[Soundbite] Kim Duk-ki(Painter) : "I think family is the topic of my paintings, but also the motivation that drives me."

This painting depicts the ordinary life of a family whose faces are all happy smiles. Works by Spanish artist Eva Armisen, famed for her paintings about happiness, provide comfort to those burdened by everyday life.

[Soundbite] Eva Armisen(Spanish Painter) : "The works depict the happy moments shared within families. They provide visitors with a chance to realize how precious a family's love truly is."

9. Korean Film Releases

[Anchor Lead]

The teaser for the movie "The Third Way of Love" starring actor Song Seung-heon and actress Yifei Liu has been released. And in a case of life imitating art, the two actors even started an off-screen romance. Here's more on the latest box-office releases.

[Pkg]

The teaser for a new movie starring actor Song Seung-heon and his off-screen girlfriend, actress Yifei Liu, has been released.

[Soundbite] "I am scared because I might not be able to bear so much love."

"The Third Way of Love" is a story about a couple who was destined to be together. The movie drew the headlines because its lead actors - Song Seung-heon and Yifei Liu - fell in love with each other on set. When the movie first opened in China last year, it drew 72 million viewers. In Korea, it will open on May 19th. Actresses Youn Yuh-jung and Kim Go-eun appeared together in the movie "Canola," where they displayed impressive teamwork regardless of the generation gap. It's a story about a grandmother who adores her secretive granddaughter and reunites with her for the first time in 12 years. Actress Youn Yuh-jung says she chose this movie for a special reason.

[Soundbite] Youn Yuh-jung(Actress, Grandmother Role) : "When I was reading the script for the first time, I told the production crew that I would only play this role if they manage to cast Kim Go-eun, and they did."

Actress Kim Go-eun says she adores her real-life grandmother.

[Soundbite] Kim Go-eun(Actress, Granddaughter Role) : "I live with my grandma. People of an advanced age tend to have health problems. I often tell my grandma these days that I will always be on her side."

"Canola" will open in Korea on May 19. Actress Soo Ae, who is known for her pure beauty, has transformed into an ice hockey player.

[Soundbite] "Go, Korea!"

Soo Ae plays a lead in the movie "Take Off 2," which is about Korea's first women's national ice hockey team. "Take Off 2" has drawn significant attention because it's a sequel to the movie "Take Off," which opened in 2009 and became the most successful Korean movie about sports. The cast also includes actor Oh Dal-su, who plays a sloppy coach of the national team. "Take Off 2" opens this coming summer.
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