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While looking at the salvaging works and the Sewol surfacing for the first time in 1,073 days, which was conducted swiftly after Park's ouster, many people have resentments and questions on the incompetent, irresponsible government.
Mar 25 2017
Multiple people spoke about South Korea in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Barack Obama is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean war, and we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance.”.
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All quotes about South Korea

Kim Ki-jung

We are going to keep it ... as long as we admit that South Korea is not the 51st state of the United States. We are an independent country, we have our own national interest, and we should have our own foreign policy strategy.

Rex W. Tillerson - ExxonMobil

Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic patience has ended. We are exploring a new range of security and diplomatic measures. All options are on the table. If they elevate the threat of their weapons programme to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table. We believe these actions are unnecessary and troubling. We also believe it is not the way for a regional power to help resolve what is a serious threat for everyone. So we hope China will alter its position on punishing South Korea. We hope they will work with us to eliminate the reason THAAD is required.

Rajiv Biswas - IHS Economics & Country Risk

South Korean multinationals may decide to diversify their manufacturing supply chain and also production facilities to other Asian locations, in order to reduce their vulnerability to future Chinese economic measures. In Vietnam, South Korea has invested heavily in establishing electronics production facilities, and that trend is likely to accelerate following the recent Chinese economic measures against the country.

Anna Fifield

China has instead put the ball in the U.S., with the foreign minister suggesting a deal whereby North Korea agrees to stop testing missiles and the United States and South Korea stop joint military exercises.

Ong Kim Swee

Khairul didn't play in his last two games with Kelantan. Like I said during the AFF Suzuki Cup previously, we have three good goalkeepers. Fahmi played three games in the Suzuki Cup and I think this time, it's a good chance for other goalkeepers to be tested. This would give us options for when we play against other teams later on. North Korea are ranked better than us. I think they have a balanced squad compared if we were to compare with Middle Eastern teams or such as the likes of South Korea and Japan.

Chung Min Lee

Chung Min Lee is a contributing columnist for Global Opinions and a professor of international relations at the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Pak Myong Ho

The recent incident that occurred in Malaysia was clearly a political scheme by the U.S. and South Korea aimed at hurting the DPRK's reputation and overthrowing the DPRK regime.

Tim Parker - Samsonite

What I can say is that the proportion of our products manufactured in Europe, in fact, is going up, which is an indication that I think we can successfully manufacture luggage in what have been traditionally higher-cost countries. (South) Korea continues to be a challenge ... I think it will be slightly more difficult market in the next few months, but we're working our way through it.

Rajiv Biswas - IHS Economics & Country Risk

South Korean multinationals may decide to diversify their manufacturing supply chain and also production facilities to other Asian locations, in order to reduce their vulnerability to future Chinese economic measures.

Ronnarong Chewinsiriamnuai

That's an opportunity for Thailand to see its tourism active again as more Chinese visitors are coming.

Trinh Nguyen - Natixis

China will continue to be an important market for South Korea. That said, dependency comes at a great cost.

Tony Popovic

We expected FC Seoul to fight and they did. They got the back in the game, but after all, we're delighted to get three points away from home.

Dejan Damjanovic

It feels good to score my first goal in the league [for this season]. I felt huge responsibility for the past few matches but the whole team woke up since the second half of the match against Suwon and we got a good result today. I believe the team will fully come back in two to three weeks.

Brendan Hamill

He's a top-class player – in fact when I moved to Korea in 2012, he was one of three players I was told were particularly highly regarded, one of the others being Sasa Ognenovski. Damjanovic has been at Seoul for a long time and he's really seen as a god by the fans there, they love him. His statistics tell you why because he's a prolific goalscorer.

Andrei Lankov

I believe Tillerson wants to achieve a greater unity of the US allies in front of the North Korean nuclear programme which is advancing faster than anybody has ever expected. In Seoul and Tokyo he wants to gain support for more pressure, and perhaps he even hopes to get something from the Chinese, to persuade them that pressing North Korea hard is in China's long-term interests. However, these efforts are not going to bear any significant results: sanctions do not have any noticeable impact on North Korea.

Kim Jong-un

It is a final aim sought by the United States to store up the international repugnancy towards the DPRK. So the U.S. and South Korea were starting the political chicanery to bring down the social system in DPRK.

Yang Jun-seok

Moon has gone on record saying he's going to put friendlier relations with the North as a higher priority. He's gone as far saying he will visit China first in order to discuss North Korea strategies. We (South Korea) haven't tried a softer approach since Kim Jong-un came to power.

Kim Yong-Deok

We are in a very serious situation where we must elect the next president by May the 9th at the latest. It is concerning that the conflict we've seen might now be aggravated due to the election or that the election atmosphere might get overheated.

Ji Sang-wook

Park Geun-hye became the president because she benefited from her father's popularity, people were reminiscing about the economic growth of that time. I would like to call this the end of the Park Chung-hee era or fantasy. Now people can open their mind to a new era. I think South Korea has become a real democratic society through this process.

Jeffrey Lewis

I don't think that the Chinese and U.S. have, historically, experienced the kind of tit-for-tat modernization that we saw during the U.S.-Soviet arms race. The Chinese more or less modernized for their own reasons and according to their own ideas. I don't see the deployment of Thaad in South Korea as a significant improvement in the ability of the U.S. to monitor Chinese missile tests.

Jeff Davis - Navy

We made an agreement with the Republic of Korea that this was a capability that they needed ... This is something that is needed militarily. That agreement was reached and we remain committed to delivering on it.

Kim Kyoung

Today is just the beginning. South Korea developed very quickly, but now we have an opportunity to move slowly and help our democracy mature.

Hwang Kyo-Ahn

To stop internal conflicts from intensifying, we should manage the social order and keep a stable government so that national anxiety and the international community's concern can be settled.

Julia Macfarlane - BBC

When the kids interrupt you in the middle of live TV...A lovely moment and masterfully handled by our guest this morning on South Korea.

Liu Yuanyuan

Peace is most important. Countries should not threaten one another. I had a lot of hope for the future of China and South Korea. Now I worry South Korea is changing.

Nikki Haley

Tell me why we wouldn't do the THAAD in light of 24 ballistic missiles, in light of two nuclear tests, knowing that we're going to protect our allies. We're not going to leave South Korea standing there with the threat of North Korea facing them and not help. The reason for THAAD is because of the actions of North Korea.

Jonathan Pollack - The Brookings Institution

The question is whether China having expressed their grievances will be prepared to let this pass or will let it erode their relationship with South Korea and a meaningful capacity for cooperation with the United States on North Korea.

Hong Ik-pyo

They say this is only to defend us from North Korea, but everyone knows this is part of the American missile defense plan. China sees the Thaad deployment in South Korea the way the Americans saw the in the 1960s.

Cui Zhiying

The U.S. and South Korea are not dealing with the the THAAD issue very well because they have not fully considered China's security concerns. All parties should cooperate on this issue, instead of U.S. and South Korea getting together to suppress China.

Harry B. Harris Jr.

Continued provocative actions by North Korea, to include yesterday's launch of multiple missiles, only confirm the prudence of our alliance decision last year to deploy Thaad to South Korea. We will resolutely honor our alliance commitments to South Korea and stand ready to defend ourselves, the American homeland and our allies.

Sean Spicer

The launches are consistent with North Korea's long history of provocative behavior. The United States stand with our allies in the face of this very serious threat. The Trump administration is taking steps to enhance our ability to defend against North Korea's ballistic missiles, such as through the deployment of a THAAD battery to South Korea.

Jamie Maclaren

It's been a long week. I played 90 minutes as well in the week [in South Korea] and they are managing me but for me it's just good to get back on track with two goals and three points.

Yoon Young-Kwan

The presence of U.S. troops in South Korea plays an essential stabilizer role in strengthening the security of the region especially when Northeast Asia has no effective mechanism for multilateral security cooperation like (the) OSCE in Europe.

Majid Ezzati

(The U.S.) are almost the opposite of South Korea. (Society in the U.S. is) very unequal to an extent the whole national performance is affected – it is the only country without universal health insurance. Places that perform well do so by investing in their health system and making sure it reaches everyone.

Saswato Das - ABB Group

On February 9 we became aware of suspected financial irregularities in South Korea and we immediately launched an investigation. Given the size of the scheme, the investigation may expand to third parties inside and outside of ABB in South Korea.

Evan Medeiros

What I worry about is we could enter into a period in which there is South Korea-U.S. friction over North Korea, U.S.-China friction and then China-South Korea friction. That's exactly what North Korea would want. That scenario gives them the maximum negotiating space and the maximum ability to play everybody off one another.

Siemon Wezeman

With no regional arms control instruments in place, states in Asia continue to expand their arsenals. While China is increasingly able to substitute arms imports with indigenous products, India remains dependent on weapons technology from many willing suppliers, including Russia, the USA, European states, Israel and South Korea.

Douglas Feagin - Ant Financial Services Group

South Korea is an important market for Ant Financial in its global expansion, and we see many opportunities in the market for innovative services and growth in mobile payments.

Douglas Feagin - Ant Financial Services Group

"South Korea is an important market for Ant Financial in its global expansion, and we see many opportunities in the market for innovative services and growth in mobile payments,"

Jeong-ho Roh

From a legal perspective, he has, in the eyes of the prosecution, committed a crime, which is legally punishable. And he will be held accountable for this. This is the entire process we're seeing right now, that is the process of establishing the rule of law in (South) Korea.

Donald J. Trump

It is a Chinese-centric Asia nowadays. The exports of Taiwan, South Korea, to China are much more important than to the U.S. All the Asian countries for them, exports to China are the key, tourists from China are the key.

Piers Harding-Rolls

Mobile gaming through app stores has completely transformed the scale and growth rate of the digital games market and is now the biggest platform category within the market by quite some margin. While a lot of mobile games growth is additive to the total market opportunity, it has also led to less growth in the PC games segment, as gamers transition their spending to smart devices. This is particularly true in markets such as South Korea and China where PC gaming was so dominant up until a few years ago.

Melinda Gates

You don't make these donations forever. We are starting countries on a path. When you do the right thing for people in terms of health and agriculture and banking, you lift people out of poverty. South Korea used to be a recipient of aid from the world, and now they're a donor country to the world. So, we need to make these investments.

Geng Shuang

The root cause of the (North Korean) nuclear missile issue is its differences with the U.S. and South Korea. Beijing "has been striving for a settlement of the Korean Peninsula issue by proactively engaging in mediation and promoting peace talks.

Huang Tze-chung

We are very concerned with H5N6, not of the bird-to-human transmission, but that it will become like South Korea where they had to cull around 33 million birds within three months resulting in significant damage to their industry.

Lee Eui-go

As a liberal he succeeded in a two-term governorship in a conservative region, which means his ability and sincerity are recognized by the opposition.

Alec Baldwin

North and South Korea issued a joint communicate, calling for Adam Sandler's execution.

Mike Tirico

Hopefully they invite me back for another. I'm just focused on South Korea.

Bruce Bennett - Rand Corporation

Secretary Mattis was very effective in reassuring this important U.S. ally, and also strengthening deterrence against North Korea, without being unnecessarily provocative. This is a very positive outcome from his visit to South Korea.

Tomomi Inada

The security situation in the Asia-Pacific is becoming increasingly severe. South Korea is an important neighbour. I want to link Secretary Mattis' visit to Japan and South Korea to the further deepening of defence cooperation among the three countries.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We stand with our peace-loving Republic of Korea ally to maintain stability on the peninsula and in the region. America's commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantees remain ironclad: Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.

Han Min-Koo

Faced with a current severe security situation, Secretary Mattis' visit to Korea…also communicates the strongest warning to North Korea.

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We are taking defensive steps like deploying the highly effective THAAD anti-missile unit to the Republic of Korea to protect its people and our troops that stand with our ally. America's commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantee remain ironclad: any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.

Lee Il-houng

The increasing debt in South Korea after the last global financial crisis is, along with income imbalances, constraining our consumption. In this situation, growing debt without resolving structural problems can threaten financial stability. When people are trying to increase their savings because of worries over their future, and you lower interest rates, that effect on consumption is not going to be very visible.

Rodrigo Duterte

I will see to it that they are sentenced to the maximum, . You give that power to me back again, I will execute them... I'll hang them in one day, 20 of them - 20 a day. You sons of bitches, you policemen. You will suffer. I can maybe send your heads to South Korea.

Alex Dryden - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

In the ASEAN region, global trade is the lifeblood of these developing economies, with global exports amounting to 45% of GDP. Countries such as South Korea and Taiwan derive 38 percent and 55 percent of their GDP from exports, respectively, would be particularly hard hit.

Park Hee-kil

U.S.-origin eggs are good, but I prefer to use Korean eggs because the Lunar New Year holiday is a Korean traditional holiday. Even if local eggs are more expensive, I would buy them.

Lim Jae Boem - Pokemon Korea

We have waited very long and worked very hard to launch Pokemon Go in South Korea.

Shin Seung-woo

Pokemon Go officially launched its service in South Korea today. The popularity has died down but I'm going to do it.

Yoshihide Suga

Up until now, the tests were conducted once every three years. We believe the situation is becoming increasingly dangerous. Amid that threat, our country, in addition to the U.S., and South Korea – the alliance must work together to counter this.

Hwang Kyo-Ahn

The relationship between South Korea and China was not made in a day. We have engaged in diverse cooperation since the beginning of our diplomatic ties.

Karen McKeown

Because rats from ratteries are sold to and swapped among individuals, we are working with local health departments and the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) to determine if there are additional cases.

Joo Hyung-hwan

We plan to present the relation between China's actions that have been pointed out by our companies and the THAAD deployment during a meeting on Friday regarding the free trade agreement between South Korea and China.

Narushige Michishita

(North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un said in his New Year speech that North Korea will finalize the process of developing an ICBM, so South Korea knows security cooperation with Japan and the United States is pretty important. But if they are to upgrade cooperation ... the political problem might affect a decision to go ahead, especially on the Korean side.

Jim Rogers

I don't think many people, if any in Washington, understand what's happening [in Asia]. … They don't understand that Japan is in decline. They don't understand that North and South Korea will be merging soon. They don't understand the rise of China.

Yoshihide Suga

The installation of the statute near the Japanese consulate in Busan will not have a positive impact on Japan-South Korea relations, and it is strongly regrettable as we believe it is a violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

Boseok Jin

If the coming 45 days are colder than normal in other years, there will definitely be an uptick in energy demand. Many people in Japan and South Korea use city gas for heating in their homes.

Terry Reilly - Futures International

We don't expect the [corn] demand to improve globally anytime over the short or medium term due to the bird flu outbreaks outside the United States. South Korea has already seen the blunt of it with more than a quarter of their bird flock culled.

Lee Hae-jin

Choi Soon-sil has shown us that our democracy was shattered. I hope in 2017 we will see our democracy repaired.

Lee Kyu-chul

The charges in the indictment (against Choi) are but a very small part of the 14 points under investigation by the special prosecutor.

Andrew Horvat

If Abe is looking for a symbolic gesture, he must go to Nanjing and to [South] Korea to see 'comfort women.

Daisy Fuentes

On our flight from Hanoi to Seoul a guy sitting in the next row from us got crazy & started attacking the flight attendants & passengers. When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair @therichardmarx was the first to help subdue him. They didn't know how to use the taser & they didn't know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints 3 times).

Kim Ku-ja

The people who love this country have come out to save the country despite the hardship.

Vishal Sapru

South Korea definitely has the potential when it comes to clean tech because of government incentives but also the already established companies there.

Kang Chang-Beom

This year energy storage system revenue is expected to grow over 60 percent to 270 billion won and to increase further next year, about 80 percent to more than 500 billion won.

Hwang Woohyun

We play our role in operating the power grid and leading new businesses, while private sector partners do their part by making products and supplying them.

Kim Han-gone

Nothing has been proven yet. After the investigation, after everything's been revealed, it's not too late to impeach then.

Jung Kang-ja

We demand that the Constitutional Court make a decision of conscience and justice and do not act against the will of the people.

Hong Yoo-jung

The position of the thumb determines the speed and direction of the drone.

Brett Crosby

Exports add a couple hundred dollars to the value of the animal. Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong buy more U.S. beef than all other countries combined.

Park Ju-gun - CEO Score

There are two powers in South Korea that were untouchable - the president and the chaebol owner families. The two powers that were previously impervious are now being checked and criticised, and that is significant.

Kim Song-ryul

There are families with young children in strollers who come to the protests and drop by our restaurant. The festive atmosphere really is a change from the past where there was violence.

Kim Min-sung

I had been studying for the past couple of months but I felt that I had to come out and protest after the exam as the situation had become serious.

Kim Song-ryul

If our sales rose due to good business every day, I would feel better. But to be honest, I don't feel that great about the entire situation.

Alison Evans

It is conceivable that North Korea does not feel the need to, for example, fire artillery over the Northern Limit Line [a maritime border separating the two nations] or test-launch missiles because Choi-gate provides enough bad press for South Korea.

Lee Jong-sik

We are planning to set a long-term goal to generate 30 percent of our power with renewable energy sources by 2030.

Joo Hyung-hwan

The penetration rate of renewable energy sources is expected to grow up to 11 percent by 2025, and we can meet this goal 10 years earlier than we have aimed.

Lee Young-ryeol

The special investigations team judged on all evidence that President Park Geun-hye is suspected of colluding with the three suspects, Choi Soon-sil, An Chong-bum and Jeong Ho-seong in their criminal conduct.

Lee Young-ryeol

The special investigation headquarters will continue to push for an investigation of the president based on this judgment.

Jung Youn-kuk

We do not think that the prosecution's investigation so far has been fair and politically neutral.

Lee Sang-soon

If they really care about the country, they should consider the country's image. I am troubled by how the country is portrayed abroad by these protests.

Kim Jun-seok

It provided a legal basis for impeachment proceedings, not only her moral and political liabilities.

Kim Jun-seok

Then, the only option that is left for politicians given the worsening public sentiment is impeachment.

Jae Kim

To give you a perspective, there are about 8,000 Korean cosmetic brands in (South) Korea alone.

Lee Ryeo-hwa

People said it was a bad idea to bring my kids here, but I want them to remember today ... and learn that democracies are built on participation.

Bruce Klingner

South Korea and Japan are particularly unsettled by Trump's advocacy for removing all U.S. troops from Asia and Europe if the host nations did not pay 100 percent of their costs.

Lee Hee-beom

Unlike the Summer Olympics, the Winter Games are usually held in mountain clusters, so in that sense Pyeongchang is not very well known around the world, like Seoul or London or Tokyo.

Nevyn Nah - Energy Aspects

The weak Dubai (crude oil price) this month is helping with everything. Winter has gripped China and even Seoul.

Yon Kang-heum

It takes six hours round-trip on the road between Seoul and Jeonju. As NPS increasingly works with overseas investment and asset management firms, logistics for people coming from abroad will be even more uncomfortable.

Park Geun-hye

There is even talk that I fell into a cult or I held a shamanistic ritual at the Blue House. I am saying clearly: none of this is true.

Choi Kyung-ha

I came out today because this is not the country I want to pass on to my children. My kids have asked me who Choi Soon-sil was and whether she's the real president, and I couldn't provide an answer.

Byun Woo-hyuk

Even though we're just students, we feel like we can't put up with this unreasonable society anymore so we're participating in this protest with like-minded friends.

Kim Nam-su

The kimchi made here will be distributed to the vulnerable via a social welfare council.

Ash Carter

The United States is reaffirming its ironclad commitment to defend South Korea with our extended deterrence capabilities. Make no mistake. Any attack on American or our allies will not only be defeated, but any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an overwhelming and effective response.

Sven Gaede - New Look

South Korea and Japan drive a lot of the trends that the Chinese customer seeks, so our ability to be able to identify those trends, source them locally and get them into our stores quickly is key.

Donald J. Trump

All I said is that we have to renegotiate these agreements because our country cannot afford to defend Saudi Arabia, Japan, Germany, South Korea and many other places, we cannot continue to afford…She took that as saying nuclear weapons.

Chang Min - Bank of Korea

From what we know Samsung produces 400 million phones a year and South Korea produces less than 30 million of them.

Geng Shuang

China again demands South Korea strengthen their controls on law enforcement personnel.

Hillary Clinton

Words matter. Words matter when you run for president. And they really matter when you are president. And I want to reassure our allies in Japan and South Korea and elsewhere that we have mutual defence treaties and we will honour them. It is essential that America's word be good.

Timothy Stafford

With every day that passes, South Korea's economy grows more reliant on China's due to increased trade and investment. This makes it more likely that a government will emerge in Seoul that is more focused on maintaining good relations with Beijing than with Washington.

Timothy Stafford

Washington and Seoul take the view that the North's provocations require more military exercises, whereas Beijng is of the view that it's the military exercises that are encouraging [North Korea] to accelerate its nuclear program.

Shen Dingli

I think any idea to ask North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons would fail, and any idea to ask South Korea to abandon THAAD would fail.

Christopher Hill

If you look at the map of the Korean Peninsula, you see so many urban areas of South Korea right up there on the border.

Sung Kim

We will be working together very closely in the Security Council and beyond to come up the strongest possible measure against North Korea's latest action. In addition to sanctions in the Security Council, both the U.S. and Japan, together with the ROK (South Korea), we will be looking at unilateral measures.

Tadashi Kimiya

"Sanctions have already been imposed on almost everything possible, so the policy is at an impasse". "In reality, the means by which the United States, South Korea and Japan can put pressure on North Korea have reached their limits".

Tadashi Kimiya

Sanctions have already been imposed on almost everything possible, so the policy is at an impasse. In reality, the means by which the United States, South Korea and Japan can put pressure on North Korea have reached their limits.

John Kerry

We had a serious conversation about it. Obviously Japan and South Korea, particularly, are deeply concerned because of the neighbourhood. But I think it's fair to say China, Russia and the United States, everybody shares concerns about it.

Vaninder Singh - Royal Bank of Scotland

Given that South Korea acts as a harbinger for the rest of Asia, we believe Asia's cycle is now headed for another down move.

Aneel Bhusri - Workday

Samsung is going through a human capital management transformation project. They really took their time, did their diligence and selected us as a true partnership. They not only are our biggest customer in APJ, they are our first customer in South Korea. So, I feel like we are entering South Korea with a bang.

Neil Beveridge

We are seeing weaknesses more in the North Asian market, and (South) Korea ... and a lot of the strong (demand) growth in where you might expect.

Stephan Haggard

What is really going on is a deeper political game. By poking the U.S. and South Korea, effectively North Korea is driving a wedge between China, the U.S. and South Korea. It's actually a quite clever diplomatic gambit that [Kim] is playing.

Lee Hyang-Jo

"Living as a soldier is quite tough, so I wasn't sure I could actually help them here". "But now I'm glad to be here and feel worthwhile whenever I see them smiling more and enjoying ballet as they learn it little by little".

Steve Mercer - U.S. Wheat Associates

We knew they (Japan and South Korea) were going to be cautious about this until they had the test in hand.

Lee Hyang-Jo

Living as a soldier is quite tough, so I wasn't sure I could actually help them here. But now I'm glad to be here and feel worthwhile whenever I see them smiling more and enjoying ballet as they learn it little by little.

Joshua Pollack

In addition to the basic goal of enhancing missile units' readiness to fight, it might be a way of reminding their southern neighbours that the site chosen for a THAAD battery in South Korea is within reach.

Gary Ross

We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology.

Alicia Vikander

It's always a gift for an actor when you have a director who seems so calm and so clear and confident in the vision, what he wants.

Ted Sarandos - Netflix

China is part of a very important business model for K-drama, sometimes realizing even more revenues for the K-drama in China than realizing in [South] Korea today. We continue to look at China as an opportunity, but it's a very complicated one.

Park Ju-gun - CEO Score

Lotte will likely delay the IPO a bit further and wait for the public outcry to die down a bit. Shin Dong-bin needs to do the IPO because of not only his promise last year but also because Lotte Group continues to expand and needs to raise money from the outside.

Yoshihide Suga

We have not confirmed any incoming missiles nor any direct effect on our national security.

Fred Ponsard - Euronews

The Cannes film festival offers an incredible variety of films, from the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to conceptual arthouse movies. Among the films competing for the Palme d'Or that we've already been able to watch there was a British social drama, a German comedy, a French comedy and a historical erotic thriller from South Korea, an exceptional mix of films of different genres and origin.

Xi Jinping

As a close neighbor of the peninsula, we will absolutely not permit war or chaos on the peninsula. This situation would not benefit anyone.

Josh Earnest

Mr. Trump's suggestion that somehow we should encourage our allies in South Korea to develop nuclear weapons is directly contrary to a policy that the United States has long pursued and that the international community has long supported.

Tomomi Inada

It is important for us to reinforce the Japan-US alliance as well as the trilateral relationships between Japan, the US and South Korea who share the same strategic interests and values.

Hiroshi Miyazaki - Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities

This may not influence Europe, but China, South Korea and other Asian countries could follow Japan's spending approach.

Lim Heung-Kyu

We do not accept the apology from Oxy. A boycott against Oxy has spread like wildfire in South Korea, and we judge that today's apology is nothing more than an attempt to prevent it.

Terrence O'Shaughnessy

The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to the defence of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and maintaining the stability on the Korean Peninsula to include extended deterrence provided by our conventional forces and our nuclear umbrella.

Shinzo Abe

North Korea's nuclear test is a serious threat to our nation's security and absolutely cannot be tolerated. We strongly denounce it. Japan will firmly respond to this, including at the UN Security Council, in cooperation with the United States, South Korea, China and Russia.

Park Geun-hye

South Korea will cooperate with regional partners to make North Korea pay a price for its hydrogen bomb test. We strongly denounce the North for conducting the fourth nuclear test as the North pushed ahead with it despite repeated warnings by the international community.

Shinzo Abe

Regarding the issue of 'comfort women', I believe we should not leave behind difficulties for future generations as we try to build a future-oriented cooperative relationship.

Yang Moo-Jin

The fact that both sides' shells didn't damage anything means they did not want to spread an armed clash. There is always a chance for war, but that chance is very, very low.

Morten Traavik

There have of course been news bulletins on North Korean television announcing the North Korean military's pretty bombastic statements.

John Delury

North Korea is a constant font of generalised threats, but putting a time stamp on it is a little bit different.

Baek Seung-joo

There is a high possibility that North Korea will attack loudspeaker facilities.

Lee Yong-Soo

If Japan were a deaf person, now they can hear. If Japan were a blind person, now they can see. Because they have heard our demands enough times. They ought to apologise and give compensation.

Hong Lei

China is dedicated to developing a friendly cooperative relationship with both North Korea and South Korea.

Noh Kwang

The Japanese government is in effect saying it will repeat its mistakes of the past when it injects distorted historical views and territorial claims based on a generation of Japanese who are growing up. It shows Japan isn't willing to play a responsible role as a trusted neighbouring country.

Toshimitsu Shigemura

I think there will probably be new sanctions or strengthening of sanctions by the US and South Korea. So North Korea will likely look for ways not to bow to outside pressure and will hold a nuclear test to do so.

Keat Chhon

Today is an important historical day for Cambodia's financial sector and this market is also a new national pride for Cambodia as it moves to the final stage of creation.

Park Geun-hye

If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat without any political considerations.

Yoshihiko Noda

We will work closely and discuss with the United States, South Korea, China, Russia and other relevant countries, and strongly call on North Korea to refrain from the planned launch.

Sheila Smith

Our ability to sustain regional political cooperation, especially trilateral policy coordination with Japan and South Korea, to put pressure on Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions remains critical.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

I'm seriously concerned about it and feel regretful about the fact that this kind of tension still exists between two countries. Incidents like the one that happened yesterday clearly show the situation in the Korean peninsula remains unstable.

Im Myung-Shin

There was a lot of curiosity on how black holes grow by becoming heavier. Since the mid-1970s, there were continuous predictions that black holes swallow stars, however, no one has actually captured the moment when a black hole swallows a star.

Kim Young-Sun

We accept Prime Minister Kan's apology and he and his government's will to overcome the unfortunate past and develop better relations between the two countries in the future.

Condoleezza Rice

What I do think it is very important that everyone takes stock of the leverage that we have to get North Korea to return to the six-party talks and negotiate seriously the dismantlement of its nuclear weapons program.

Alan Alexandroff

You've got surplus countries, you've got deficit countries, fast growing countries, particularly India, China, Brazil, slow-growing countries like Europe and the United States and it creates differences in how to deal with the going forward on growing their economies.

Seamus Kearney - Euronews

This is being described as the longest-ever final communique to come out of a G20 summit, running to 22 pages – a sign that South Korea made sure that all the main points were covered. Now the hard part will be to turn these words into concrete action and convince critics that there was enough effort to seek cooperation and consensus.

Anselmo Lee

We are happy about the outcome of this Seoul summit because they discussed seriously poverty and development. But we also have concerns about the direction they are taking because there are a lot of promises but no concrete plan and there is no way for civil society to have input.

Glyn Davies

Further provocations are not going to help the process forward. They would only retard it, make it much more difficult for us to engage. It's very important – I stressed this in my statement in the beginning – very important that North-South relations improve.

Eun-Kyung Bae

Marriage is influenced by parents – always, by social pressure and parental choice. Statistically, the number of women who do not want to marry is low, it is still 'most desired', but there are so many things that come with maternity. It is difficult for a woman to find her place in society. It is necessary to lighten the burden on them.

Eun-Kyung Bae

Korea is a society where children's education is equal for boys and girls, but after marriage and the arrival of children in the family, a woman's career often ends right there, she said. Before, we ask for equality, but after: the woman has great difficulty in returning to the workplace and must bear the entire burden of caring for the family.

Park Geun-hye

I am here today to insist North Korea give up its nuclear development. If it makes the right choice, we will expand exchanges and cooperation.

Fiona O'Connor - John Lewis

Week on week we're up, but the comparison with last year is slightly down, about four percent, that's only to be expected though, because last year we had record breaking sales.

Naoko Kawaragi

Sometimes I cannot walk, I cannot stand, I cannot stretch. I started coming here two years ago. Now I come here every three months and I stay for three days. Before I couldn't even walk.

Raimund Royer

There's no other Western allopathic (conventional) drug which can all in one reduce pain, reduce inflammation and at the same time regenerate tissue, and that is scientifically proven.

Hyangsook Lee

Officially there are 361 acupuncture points, which belong to 40 main meridians, and there are many other extra acupuncture points, and I would say that our body is covered with acupuncture points.

Robert Dujarric

China wants peace in the region to grow economically, and North Korea's activity is damaging the situation and it is also increasing the likelihood of a stronger US-Japan alliance and a missile defence, which China doesn't want. On the other hand, from a Chinese point of view the risk is that if you push the North Koreans, North Korea might collapse and that is an outcome China doesn't want, and for that matter actually neither do Japan or United States or South Korea.

Maeng Cheon-Soo

We can't tolerate North Korea's nuclear weapons. We're here to urge the people of South Korea to work together to completely denuclearise the North.

Paolo Caridi

We have a free trade agreement, the only one with an Asian country. This agreement has had a huge impact: from 2011 to 2013, exports increased by 24%, and for the first time in 15 years we have a surplus trade balance with South Korea.

Barack Obama

South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean war, and we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance.

Chun Hae-sung

The South Korean government insists on the prompt return of our fishing boat crews and the boat taken by North Korea yesterday along with immediate measures from the North according to international law.

Hyun Jin Kang

Korean cuisine is maybe difficult for foreigners to get their heads around. We try to adapt the tastes and cooking methods for western palates. In the middle of the country we respect Korean cuisine, but for it to become better known abroad it has to evolve.

Edward Kwon

For someone who really wants to go outside the country there is a problem of communication. So I think that now our government realises that, and (is trying) to train more people to (in) English other country's languages, such as French or Chinese or Japanese. And now young generations actually are learning so fast. So I believe after four or five years, lots of Korean chefs will go outside the country to make some different types of restaurants.

Kim Hyung-suk

North Korea's unilateral decision to push ahead with this measure cannot be justified in any way and North Korea will be held responsible for all consequences.

Kim Haeng

We've set up a cyber crisis countermeasure headquarters with a task force including civilians, government and military.

Seamus Kearney - Euronews

As you can see here, the slightest sign of protest in front of the summit venue and the police pounced immediately, blocking the protester's placard.

David Cameron

We think that the approach of saying that we should support universities, but young people going to universities need to make a contribution to their education, is right. I think in the past, where frankly quite well-off people went to university like me, for free, paid for by people leaving school at 16 and paying their taxes, that wasn't right. But look, if people want to protest, of course they have that right, what they don't have the right to do is to assault police officers, smash up property and threaten people who are just going about their daily lives.

Seamus Kearney - Euronews

The authorities may be keeping the demonstrators well away from the venue, but that doesn't mean they're not protesting. Local union groups and anti-globalisation protesters say they're determined to make their voices heard. And that's why they chose to demonstrate in the centre of Seoul, about 15 kms from the venue.

Chun Kwang

If all-out war breaks out, the whole of South Korea will be turned into a sea of fire. Frankly, bombs don't have eyes and don't kill only the bad guys.

Kim Hyun-Hee

North Korea is using it's nuclear program to keep it's people in line and to push South Korea and the United States for concessions.

Kim Joon-Soo

We have no intention of accepting the gender verification test just to stop the boycott, but if it is needed for Park to compete in an international game and under specific regulations of FIFA, we will consider it.

Christopher Hill

Let's see. I mean we have got a few more days. Let's see how we do in the next couple of days. Obviously, it is a very important week and I would say a crucial couple of days.

Barack Obama

You guys are at freedom's frontier. The contrast between South Korea and North Korea could not be clearer, could not be starker.

Kim Min-Seok

Our military's assessment is that North Korea has not yet miniaturised (nuclear warheads for missiles). We think they are at a stage of miniaturising. North Korea has conducted three nuclear tests but there is doubt whether it is at the stage where they can reduce the weight and miniaturise to mount on a missile.

John Kerry

We will defend our allies, we will stand with South Korea, Japan and others against these threats and we will defend ourselves. And Kim Jong-un needs to understand, which I think he probably does, what the outcome of the conflict would be.

Barack Obama

American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. The Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions then ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our allies South Korea and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.

Sergey Lavrov

The proposal was made to all the embassies in Pyongyang, and we are now trying to clarify the situation. We asked our North Korean neighbours a number of questions we have to ask in this situation. We're now in close contact with China, the United States, South Korea and Japan – participants in the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme.

Barack Obama

President Lee and I both agree on the need to break the pattern that has existed in the past. In which North Korea behaves in a provocative fashion, it then is willing to return to talks, it talks for a while, and then, leaves the talks seeking further concessions.

Yoshihide Suga

Since the nuclear accident we are adopting the highest level of safety standards and implementing strict inspections and controls on food exports.

Barack Obama

North Korea is not only deepening its own isolation, it's also inviting stronger international pressure as was evident overnight, as Russia and China, as well as our traditional alies South Korea and Japan have all come to the same conclusion: North Korea will not find security and respect through threats and illegal weapons.

Kim Min-Seok

North Korea's continuing threats are never acceptable, as they are harming peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. Our recent military exercises and the US strategic bombers' deployment on the peninsula were defensive in nature, against North Korea's possible provocations.

Hillary Clinton

I want to underscore the commitments that the United States has, and intends always to honour, for the defence of South Korea and Japan. That is part of our alliance obligation which we take very seriously. So we hope that there will be an opportunity for North Korea to come back into a framework of discussion within the six-party process.

Julia Gillard

I am very disappointed by this announcement by South Korea. We are completely opposed to whaling. There's no excuse for scientific whaling, and I've instructed our ambassador in South Korea to raise this matter today at the highest levels of government.

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