≡ Pompeo: Hopeful For 'Substantial Progress' On Denuclearizing N. Korea
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is hopeful that the U.S. and North Korea will make "substantial progress" on "final and full denuclearization" of the North.
Speaking to Fox News on Friday, Pompeo also expressed hopes of getting a second summit between the leaders of the two countries this year.
He said Washington and Pyongyang are moving forward in their conversations, while declining to elaborate on details.
Pompeo added that "fully denuclearized North Korea as verified by international experts" remains to be the core proposition of the Trump administration.■
≡ Search Continues For 2 Missing In Boat Capsizing Off Southern Coast
Search operations continue for missing passengers of a fishing boat that capsized yesterday off the coast of Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province.
The Coast Guard has yet to find two out of 14 people who were onboard.
Nine of them have been rescued while the other 3 have died.
The boat tipped over after colliding with a 3,000-ton cargo vessel early yesterday morning.
Officials have escorted the cargo ship to Tongyeong harbor last night and are questioning its crew members to figure out the cause of the accident.■ [2019.01.12]
≡ Domestic Oil Prices Drop For 10th Straight Week
Retail oil prices have dropped for the tenth consecutive week.
The oil information service Opinet says the average price of domestic gasoline was 1,355 won per liter in the second week of January, down 20.1 won from the week before.
This marks the lowest gasoline price in 34 months.
The average diesel price also fell 19.5 won to 1,253 won.■
≡ S. Korea Defeats Kyrgyzstan 1-0 In AFC Asian Cup
South Korea have beaten Kyrgyzstan 1-0 at the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup.
Defensive back Kim Min-jae scored his first international goal in the first half of the match held at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates.
With the second straight win in Group C action, South Korea secured a spot in the round of 16.
Their final group stage match will take place on Wednesday against China in Abu Dhabi.
The team, currently on an eight-match undefeated streak under head coach Paulo Bento, is seeking to end a 59-year wait to win a continental title.■
≡ Weather Update 1100
Taking a look at the weather, it's cloudy skies for Seoul and the surrounding areas.
Expect conditions to clear later in the afternoon.
Relatively mild conditions are in store for the weekend, with temperatures peaking in the high single digits or the low teens.
The local mercury will get up to 7 degrees.
Be aware, however, high levels of ultra fine dust are forecast to affect the capital area.
As for the current reading in central Seoul, it is _____ degrees Celsius or _____ degrees Fahrenheit.■