#AceNewsReport – Jan.01: Play-to-earn games have recently been growing in popularity among crypto enthusiasts, as they use similar blockchain technology and allow players to invest and make money just by playing.
#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: South Korea to ban NFT games: Most of these apps typically require users to first purchase non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which can then be used to play and earn in-game rewards.
But according to South Korean law, games that offer prizes worth more than 10,000 Korean won ($8.42) are banned throughout the country, and the government has introduced tough regulations regarding gambling, gaming, and age ratings. The Game Management Committee (GMC), which is part of South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, has described pay-to-earn games as speculative money-making schemes and has made a move to outlaw ones which require in-app purchases in order to play.
P2E game developers have already had a hard time releasing their apps on the South Korean market, as they have struggled to obtain an age rating for their products, which is a requirement for them to be listed.
“It is reasonable to keep P2E games from getting age ratings under the current law because cash rewards in games can be considered prizes,”said a GMC spokesperson.
While the games won’t necessarily be banned outright, the new regulations mean that P2E games will have a hard time finding audiences, and their unavailability on Apple and Google’s app stores will further limit their reach.You can share this story on social media:
#AceNewsReport – Aug.25: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on South Korea’s legislators to refrain from adopting an anti-disinformation amendment which, in its current form, could be instrumentalised against the media….
#AceDailyNews says that on Wednesday 25th of August, South Korea’s Democratic Party, which holds a large majority at the National Assembly, will submit to vote an amendment to the Press Arbitration Act that will toughen civil penalties on media outlets held responsible for making “false” or “fabricated ”News reports. A coalition of seven media organizations, including the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK), a partner of RSF, called for the retractation of the proposed amendment, arguing that the definition of “false” or “fabricated” reporting is unclear.
The revised Press Arbitration Act would increase legal liability for the release of false news written with “intention” or “gross negligence” with a penalty of up to five times the alleged damage caused by reporting. It does neither include a detailed definition of the offense nor defines the system that proves the falsehood of the reporting and evidence of the perpetrator’s intention. In response to criticism, the ruling party recently revised the bill so that high-ranking government officials and major companies’ executives cannot seek punitive damage and that individual reporters are kept exempt from damage claims.
“The proposed amendment could open the door to any arbitrary interpretation and possibly be instrumentalised to put pressure on the media,” says RSF East Asia Bureau head, Cédric Alviani, who calls on South Korea’s legislators to refrain from adopting the bill. “ No matter the legitimacy of the fight against disinformation, legislators should never create new legal tools without ensuring they include sufficient guarantees, as court decisions can be very subjective on those sensitive issues.“
In order to address the growing presence of false and manipulated information online, RSF together with several other civil society organizations initiated the Forum on Information and Democracy , which published last year a set of 250 recommendations . The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), a mechanism to promote trustworthiness of news and information, is another project initiated by RSF and supported by the JAK in South Korea.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: If any of them have traffic trouble, India will have reason to sail to the South Sea and clear up the cause of traffic congestion—or what some might call trade blocking.
#AceDailyNews says India aircraft carrier has finishes its maiden voyage in the ‘South China Sea’ that provides one-third-of-ocean-trading that Beijing wants to claim as their own …..BUT India isn’t the only nation with a navy on the rise. Britain has its new aircraft carrier in the area. Germany wants to join the party. South Korea will join a scheduled US Navy exercise…..
And, the Japanese want to hire the British carrier builders to make their helicopter carriers F-35-ready. India’s carrier was built by a collection of 500 companies. If anything went nuts in the Taiwan Strait or the South Sea or the Sea of Japan, moving over to the Indian Ocean wouldn’t be a wonderful option since India already has its patrol: Navies are snowballing in the East. If there’s money to be made in a Pacific scuffle, the convenient logistics of already having so many at the party could push the timing. Those islands-nations are in tumultuous waters.
#AceHealthReport – July.11: Starting on Monday, #coronavirus curbs will be tightened to the strictest level possible in Seoul and neighbouring regions for the first time:
#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that Seoul is preparing for strictest measures and lockdown starting on Monday after the country reported 1,378 new #COVID19 cases as of midnight on Friday, up from Thursday’s record of 1,316 and rising for the first time in neighbouring regions with about 11% of 52 million people having completed vaccination, including receiving both shots for vaccines requiring two doses, while 30% have received one dose, KDCA said in a statement according to Telegram Reuters Wire report
People wait in line for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a testing site which is temporarily set up at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/ Heo Ran
South Korea has so far fared better than many industrialised nations in infections and deaths, with a mortality rate of 1.22% and the number of severe cases at 148 as of Friday, which is much lower than the previous peak in late December.
However the rising trend has prompted a warning that new case numbers may nearly double by the end of July.
That has led to tougher curbs by the government including people being advised to stay home as much as possible and social gatherings restricted to two people after 6pm from four earlier in the day.
The country aims to reach herd immunity before November by inoculating 70% of the public with at least one shot by September.
South Korea’s total Covid-19 infections to date stand at 166,722 with 2,038 deaths.
On the U.S. policy of increasing pressure on China over diplomatic, security and human rights issues, 59% of Japanese and 64% of South Koreans said their country should side with the United States.
Meanwhile, 68% of respondents in both countries said Japan-South Korea relations should be improved to counter China and North Korea.
The survey results show that people in both countries feel the need to cooperate with the United States and to improve Japan-South Korea ties.
However, there were differences of opinion regarding economic relations with China. In Japan, 48% of respondents said the current situation should be maintained, 23% said ties should be strengthened, and 22% said they should be lessened. Meanwhile, 42% of South Koreans said ties should be strengthened, 33% said the current situation should be maintained, and 21% said ties should be lessened.
South Korean National Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Defraud U.S. Department of Defense: ‘According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, Hyun Dong Jo of the Republic of Korea was the designated manager under a Defense Logistics Agency contract to provide hazardous waste removal, testing, disposal, and related services to U.S. military installations in South Korea’
‘In that position, Jo participated in a scheme to falsify laboratory reports submitted under this hazardous waste contract’
From at least as early as February 2015 until at least June 2018, Jo submitted hundreds of falsified or materially altered laboratory reports, misrepresenting to U.S. military officials that laboratory testing and analysis had been performed on samples taken from U.S. military installations located in South Korea, when, in many cases, no such testing was performed. As part of the scheme, Jo emailed the forged laboratory reports and invoices seeking payment for those reports to the Department of Defense, causing the Defense Financial Accounting Service to wire more than $280,000 in payments.
“This charge reflects the Antitrust Division’s commitment to protecting taxpayer dollars spent overseas,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Powers of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. “Individuals who cheat the U.S. military in the performance of contracts will be held accountable. We hope this guilty plea will serve as a deterrent for other contractors who contemplate obtaining illicit gains through engaging in fraud while providing services for the U.S. military domestically or abroad.”
“The defendant forged lab results and falsely reported them to the Department of Defense,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Vipal J. Patel for the Southern District of Ohio. “Not only is this unsafe for the U.S. Forces installations in Korea where hazardous waste was not actually tested, but it also defrauded the Department of Defense out of $280,000. This office takes Jo’s conduct seriously and will continue to hold accountable anyone who attempts to defraud the government in this way.”
“Taking advantage of the DoD contracting system for one’s own enrichment is a clear violation of the law,” said Director Frank Robey of the U.S. Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit. “Our agents and our law enforcement partners will steadfastly pursue this type of scheme and all fraud that erodes the rule of law and the trust between the DoD and the contracting community.”
“This case should serve as a cautionary tale for those who seek enrichment by way of deceit,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Stanley A. Newell of the Transnational Operations Field Office for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). “Anyone who attempts to defraud the Department of Defense with bogus and doctored invoices will be held to account. The special agents of the DCIS along with our investigative partners from the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Command, are dedicated to protecting the integrity of U.S. military procurements around the globe; and ensuring that American taxpayers get what they pay for.”
Jo pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The fine may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims of the crime, if that amount is greater than the statutory maximum fine. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The Defense Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, and Defense Logistics Agency’s Office of Inspector General are investigating the case.
The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division Washington Criminal II Section is prosecuting the case. Special thanks are extended to Deputy Criminal Chief Brenda Shoemaker of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.
#AceNewsReport – SOUTH KOREA: June.26: South Korea imposed financial sanctions Friday on a Syrian research center and six Taiwanese individuals and companies for their alleged involvement in arms trading with Pyongyang, AFP reported.
South Korea sanctions Taiwanese individuals & Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research for their ties to North Korea http://t.co/s5cyDtgepy
#AceNewsServices -Featured Post: South Korea:June.11: Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against travelling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.
Workers in full protective gear disinfect the interior of a subway train at a Seoul Metro’s railway vehicle base in Goyang, South Korea, June 9, 2015 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)
In Korea, the number of infected people passed 100 this week, reaching 122 on Thursday. Tenth patient died from the disease, health officials said on Thursday. Most of the victims are elderly patients with other health problems unrelated to the virus. Over 3,250 people remain in quarantine.
Two people in Hong Kong who traveled to South Korea recently are being tested for possible MERS contagion, the authorities said on Thursday. Previously 31 people were tested negative in Hong Kong.
Earlier a man tested positive for the disease in China after coming from S. Korea, and a man in Taiwan was taken to hospital with symptoms consistent with MERS.
South Korean authorities are trying to stop the spread of the virus by closing schools and canceling public events. Neighbors in the region are scaling down tourist travel to South Korea, with Hong Kong alone scrapping 600 tours to the MERS-hit country.
Australia secured only one vote despite ploughing Aus$43 million (US$32 million) into its pitch. It was competing against the United States, Japan, South Korea and Qatar, which was controversially awarded the tournament.
#AceNewsReport – Post Update:SOUTH KOREA:June.08: Six people have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and there are 23 new cases of the disease have been confirmed, South Korean media reported Monday.
Since May 20, 87 MERS infection cases have been registered in the country, according to the Yonhap news agency.
The government says the situation remains under control, as more than 500 schools have been temporarily closed and more than 1,000 people have been put under quarantine. The MERS viral respiratory disease is caused by a new strain of a coronavirus (MERS‐CoV).
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the typical symptoms of MERS, which are a fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
The first time MERS was registered was in Saudi Arabia in 2012.
“We express disappointment that it become difficult to open high-level talks on Oct. 30, as we proposed, due to North Korea’s attitude,” the ministry’s spokesman, Lim Byeong-cheol, said at a press briefing.
North Korea responded via fax, expressing its opposition to the spread of leaflets across the border, adding that the South was not interested in talks, and demanding an end to the dissemination of leaflets.
Several activist groups in South Korea have been spreading the leaflets, criticizing the North Korean regime.
South Korea has repeatedly stated that it will not try to control activists’ freedom of speech, calling the North’s demands “unjust.”
Prosecutors also requested life sentences for three other key crew members during a trial at the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea, a court official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media about the sentence requests.
He said prosecutors asked for sentences of up to 30 years for 11 other crew members.
#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – October 20 – The foreign and defence minsters from South Korea and the United States are scheduled to have a meeting later this week to discuss an array of security issues, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Monday.
South Korea and the U.S. plan to hold a “two plus two” meeting of their foreign and defense ministers Thursday afternoon (Washington Time) in the U.S. capital, according to the foreign ministry.
The planned meeting will bring together South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Defense Minister Han Min-koo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
“The two sides are fine-tuning the agenda for the meeting,” a foreign ministry official said without elaborating.
The planned meeting, the third of its kind, comes on the heels of the agreement made between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama at a summit in April.
Such talks were held in 2010 and 2012 when the two countries discussed how to strengthen their alliance and cope with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The two allies will hold their annual defense ministers‘ talks, known as the Security Consultative Meeting (SCM), before the two plus two meeting opens.
Seoul and Washington are expected to unveil a deal on delaying the planned transfer of the wartime operational control (OPCON) of South Korean forces from Washington to Seoul while reaffirming joint efforts to strengthen combined defense capabilities.
It is widely expected that the two sides are taking a “conditions-based approach” to the issue of delaying the OPCON transfer.
The shoot-out occurred after South Korean soldiers broadcast warning and fired warning shots against about 10 North Korean soldiers who were approaching to the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The airborne leafleting effort is nothing new. Lee Min-bok, a North Korean defector, and his group, the Campaign For Helping North Korea in Direct Way (sic), have used balloons to send printed messages, CDs and even little radios tuned for uncensored news and information, into the country since at least 2003.
North Korean defector Lee Min-bok sets up timer to release leaflets condemning Pyongyang’s dictatorship after balloon carrying the propaganda crosses in the country, Pocheon, South Korea, Oct. 15, 2014.
“The balloon launch is a primitive humanitarian activity for human rights, which opens eyes, ears and mouths of North Korean people that have been closed by the North Korean regime,” said Lee, an evangelical Christian and former North Korean agricultural scientist.
#AceNewsServices – SEOUL – October 15 – South and North Korea held their first high-level military talks in seven years on Wednesday, but failed to reach agreement on pending issues such as inter-Korean clashes near the tense western maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.
“The two representatives of both countries held the closed-door contact involving military officials from 10 a.m. at the truce village of Panmunjom after North Korea proposed the meeting to discuss the recent exchange of fire between their patrol boats in the Yellow Sea,” defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.
The meeting, which ended at 3:10 p.m., failed to produce any meaningful agreements “due to the differences between the two sides,” he added.
Last week, South and North Korean patrol boats briefly exchanged fire after a North Korean naval vessel violated the NLL, the de facto maritime border in the Yellow Sea.
Heightening tensions further, the communist country on Friday fired anti-aircraft machine guns at balloons containing leaflets criticizing the authoritarian regime.
After some of the shots landed south of border, the two sides traded machine gun fire.
During Wednesday’s meeting, Pyongyang demanded the South “ban its ships from entering the areas it claims as the inter-Korean sea border, stop civic groups from sending propaganda leaflets and refrain from slander including in the press,” Kim said.
Drawn by the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, the NLL acts as the de facto sea border between the two Koreas. It is not recognized by Pyongyang.
In response, South Korea called on the North to abide by the NLL, stressing that it is “not possible for the democratic government to control civic groups or media,” according to the ministry.
“Despite being very serious throughout the talks with a will to improve the bilateral ties, the two sides failed to narrow the differences, which caused the meeting to end without specific agreements,” Kim said.
The talks between generals on both sides were reportedly held at the border truce village of Panmunjom.
The South’s Defense Ministry declined to comment on the report, AFP said.
The last time such discussions were held in December 2007.
#AceNewsServices – October 10 – North and South Korean soldiers have exchanged gunfire across their mutual border after gas-filled balloons
‘ Gas-Filled Balloons filled with Propaganda to Denounce Pyongyang Regime ‘
With propaganda leaflets denouncing the Pyongyang regime were floated from the South Korean township of Hapsuri.
At 2 pm local time (0500 GMT) Friday, North Korean border guards sprayed bullets across the border.
South Korean soldiers retaliated and both sides peppered each other with gunfire for some time.
No casualties were reported on either side, yet some residents of Hapsuri had to be evacuated.
Earlier and for the first time in three years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wasnot on a list of dignitaries at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.
An official state media dispatch listed senior government, military and party officials who paid their respects at an event marking the party’s 69th anniversary, but not Kim.
It said a flower basket with Kim’s name on it was placed before statues of his father and grandfather, both of whom also ruled North Korea. Kim, who is thought to be 31, hasn’t been seen performing his customary public duties in state media since he attended a concert Sept. 3.
He had been walking with a limp and was more overweight than usual in images that aired before that.
An official documentary from late last month described him as dealing with “discomfort,” which led to international speculation that he may be ill. (AP)
#AceNewsServices – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 08 – North Korea’s portly 31-year-old supreme leader has not been seen in public in more than month at a time when a high-level delegation has made a surprise visit to South Korea in an apparent peace initiative.
‘ Surprise Visit of a High-Level Delegation from North Korea visits South Korea ‘
His disappearance from public view has stirred rumours of coups, health problems and even a low-grade civil war in the Hermit Kingdom. Though it could be linked to our recent post on his leadership being a puppet government, either way his whereabouts are still unknown.
Kim Jong Un, who succeeded his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, was last seen Sept. 3 attending a music concert with his wife Ri Sol Ju. The state newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed the pair sitting in front-row seats for the performance by an all-girl troupe, the BBC reports.
He was a no-show when the North Korean parliament convened Sept. 26 for its second session of the year. On Tuesday, Kim Jong Un did not attend a national meeting to mark the 17th anniversary of the election of his father as general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea,the South Korean Yonhap news agency reports.
A recent official documentary only shows footage from August of the North Korean leader limping while commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of the country’s founder.
The film mentioned he had been feeling “discomfort,” the BBC reports.
His sudden low profile coincides with the surprise visit Saturday by a high-level North Korean delegation to the South Korean port city of Incheon to attend the close of the Asian Games, which included North Korean athletes.
#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – October 07 – A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed sea border off the peninsula’s west coast and fired shots back before retreating, a South Korean defence official said.
There were no casualties on the South Korean side and none of the shots by either side was aimed at the other’s vessel, he told Reuters.
‘ South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border ‘
It was the latest in a series of similar altercations near Yeonpyeong island, which was bombed by the North in 2010 killing four people, including two civilians.
‘ South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border ‘
The area near Yeonpyeong has been the scene of clashes in the past that killed scores of sailors on both sides, with North Korean vessels frequently crossing the so-called Northern Limit Line, which it refuses to recognise as the maritime border.
The stand-off came after a surprise visit by the highest-level delegation by North Korea at the weekend, comprised of a top military aide to the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, who met South Korean officials.
They agreed to resume dialogue on improving ties that had been cut off in February, raising hope for a breakthrough in the relationship between the rivals which remain in a technical state of war under a truce ending their 1950-53 war.
In 2010, a South Korean navy ship patrolling the area was hit and sunk in a torpedo attack killing 46 of the sailors on board. South Korea blames the North for the attack but Pyongyang denies involvement.
The attack led to the South cutting off all political and commercial exchange with the North except for a factory zone in the North Korean city of Kaesong where South Korean companies operate manufacturing facilities.
In recent years, Seoul has allowed small private groups to visit the North, mostly on humanitarian or religious trips.
(Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Nick Macfie)
#AceNewsServices NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 2 – North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) warned on Thursday of a regional arms race that could escalate if an advanced US missile defence system is deployed in South Korea.
The deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) “will entail political and military confrontation, and will lead to the arms race in North-East Asia,” the agency said in a commentary published in local newspapers.
The warning comes in response to Washington’s statements that the possible deployment of the THAAD, a key element of the multi-layered global US missile defence program, is set to counter the growing military threat from North Korea.
A top American defence official, Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work, told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency on Tuesday that Washington and Seoul are in talks about the possible deployment of the THAAD.