Equipment at N.Korean Ski Resort 'Hopelessly Outdated'
North and South Korea agreed Wednesday that skiers from both sides will train in the North's Masikryong Ski Resort, but the equipment at the prestige facility appears to be hopelessly out of date. Nam Sung-wook at Korea University and other North Korea experts have criticized the agreement as giving the resort undeserved international exposure.
2 Koreas to Celebrate Olympics at Mt. Kumgang
Gov't Wants Tougher Measures to Tackle Smog
N.Korea Uses Pyeongchang Olympics for Online Propaganda
N.Korea to Attend Paralympics
Airlines to Raise Fuel Surcharge Amid Rising Oil Prices
BOK Freezes Interest Rate Amid Strengthening Won
NATIONAL/POLITICS
U.S. Nuke Sub Kept out of Busan for Fear of Agitating N.Korea
The U.S. has canceled a plan for a 7,800-ton Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarine to dock at Busan for refueling on Thursday. A government official said Seoul told Washington that the submarine had better not enter the naval operations base.
NORTH KOREA
N.Korea to Stage Military Parade on Eve of Pyeongchang Olympics
North Korea will stage a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the standing army on Feb. 8, just a day before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics start in South Korea. Travel agencies specializing in North Korea tours are capitalizing on the events.
BUSINESS
Apple to Open 1st Korean Store Next Week
Apple announced Wednesday that it will open its very first fully-owned Korean store in Sinsa-dong in Seoul's Gangnam next week. The Apple Store, which is scheduled to open on Jan. 27, will occupy two floors above ground and two underground.