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Today in Korean history

2017/06/13 14:00

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June 14

1950 -- South Korea joins the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

1993 -- A helicopter carrying a crew filming the South Korean movie "Woman on Top of Man" crashes into the Han River in Seoul, killing seven people, including the film's director.

2000 -- President Kim Dae-jung takes part in the first inter-Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. They released a five-point joint statement aimed at increasing economic and social exchanges and holding reunions of families separated since the division of the country before the Korean War.

2002 -- South Korea, co-hosting the FIFA World Cup with Japan, advances to the final 16 for the first time by beating Portugal. Korea later reached the semifinal but was defeated by Germany.

2003 -- South and North Korea hold ceremonies inside the demilitarized zone near the truce village of Panmunjom to mark the reconnection of railroads that had been severed since the 1950-53 Korean War. Reconstruction of the railroads was one of the agreements made at the inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang in 2000.

2007 -- Macau's Banco Delta Asia transfers more than US$20 million in North Korean funds, which North Korea requested to take place before it would take steps in the denuclearization procedure. The U.S. had earlier frozen the money for nearly two years, accusing the bank of money laundering and counterfeiting for North Korea. After the transfer, the communist North came back to nuclear talks, which it had been boycotting for more than a year.

2009 -- Officials disclose the abduction of a South Korean woman, along with eight other foreigners, by a group of insurgents in Yemen. The then 34-year-old woman was later reported to have been killed.

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