Korea 24 - 2021.10.19


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Korea24 – 2021.10.19. (Tuesday)
News Briefing: The Joint Chiefs of Staff(JCS) reported that North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the East Sea on Tuesday morning, adding that they suspect it may have been a short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile(SLBM). South Korea’s National Security Council(NSC) has expressed regret over the latest firing, and the U.S. military denounced the launch, but assessed that it doesn’t pose an immediate threat. (Koo Hee-jin)
In-Depth News Analysis: Recent data has shown that the wealth gap is widening among young Koreans. According to Statistics Korea, among Koreans in their 20s and 30s, those in the upper 20 percent wealth bracket had accumulated 35 times more wealth than the lower 20 percent in 2020. A year earlier, that gap was 33 times. Experts say that the reason for this gap is due to more parents passing down their wealth to those in the top 20 percent. To discuss the data and what it could mean for Korean society, Professor Lee Seung-yoon (이승윤) from the Department of Social Welfare at Chung-ang (중앙) University joins us on the line.
Korea Trending with Jung Ye-won:
1. An interview for actor Kim Seon-ho (김선호) has been cancelled, amid rumors that he urged his ex-girlfriend to have an abortion. ('여친 낙태 종용' K배우는 김선호?… 벌써 '손절' 나선 광고계)
2. Revisions to a law concerning the duties of apartment security guards will come into effect on Thursday to help prevent ‘gapjil’ abuse. (경비원에 주차-택배배달 시키면 과태료 1000만원)
3. iHeartRadio have announced that K-Pop phenom BTS will be performing at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball on December 3 in LA. (BTS, 美 연말 축제 '징글볼' 참여...12월 3일 LA 공연)
Touch Base in Seoul: Korean-Australian singer-songwriter Dami Im broke out in the music world when she won the fifth season of X Factor Australia in 2013. She went on to release four studio albums, all charting in the nation’s top 10. She also gained further international attention when she represented Australia in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, coming second overall. She joins us via video call to talk about her new album, ‘My Reality’, and to look back on her career.
Morning Edition Preview with Mark Wilson-Choi:
- In tomorrow’s Korea Times, Lee Hae-rin writes about a survey that found 6 out of 10 people Seoulites would like to work in metaverse offices.
- In tomorrow’s Korea Herald, Sanjay Kumar writes about South Korea and Estonia celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations.

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