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Steel products are pictured stacked at a steelworks in Seoul...Steel products are pictured stacked at a steelworks in Seoul January 28, 2014. South Korean steelmaker POSCO, backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, reported a smaller-than-expected 29 percent gain in quarterly operating profit as the stronger won and weak demand sapped steel prices. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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Steel products are stacked at a steelworks in Seoul. South Korean steelmaker Posco, backed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, reported a smaller-than-expected 29 per cent gain in quarterly operating profit as the stronger won and weak demand sapped steel prices. Read more

Pedestrians wait to cross a street in Seoul on January 27, 2014. South Korea's economy grew at a slightly slower 0.9 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, as falling construction investments offset a rise in exports, state data showed January 23.

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Pedestrians wait to cross a street in Seoul on Monday. South Korea’s economy grew at a slightly slower 0.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, as falling construction investments offset a rise in exports, state data showed.

Artillery firing exercise...epa04039044 An artillery firing exercise is underway at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, 24 January 2014. South Korea's Defense Ministry on 24 January 2014 urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts.  EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

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An artillery firing exercise is under way at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, South Korea. South Korea’s Defence Ministry on Friday urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts. Read more

Soldiers of the South Korean army's special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200 kilometers east of Seoul, 08 January 2014. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.

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Soldiers of the South Korean army’s special forces perform in the snow during a winter survival exercise in Pyeongchang, some 200km east of Seoul. The drill originally was designed to prepare for possible North Korea attacks.

Vowing empowerment of women...epa03929651 Participants of an annual convention of women's advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea, 30 October 2013. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was 'Becoming one Korea, through women's power.'  EPA/YONHAP

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Participants of an annual convention of women’s advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was ‘Becoming one Korea, through women’s power.’ Read more

 

Seoul International Aerospace And Defense Exhibition 2013...The South Korean Air Force Black Eagle aerobatics team performs maneuvers during the Cheongju International Airport Air Show on the sidelines of the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2013 at Cheongju International Airport in Cheongju, South Korea, on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. The exhibition will run till Nov. 3. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

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Members of a South Korean Air Force honor guard throw their guns in the air during a press day of an air show as part of the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition which will be held from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, at Cheongju International Airport in Cheongju, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.  (AP Photo/c)

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Members of a South Korean airforce honour guard throw their guns in the air at a publicity day air show at Cheongju International Airport, south of Seoul, for the Seoul International Aerospace & Defence Exhibition, which will be held from October 25 to November 3 Read more

South Korean tourist police officers queue up for their inauguration ceremony near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace and also one of South Korea's well known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. South Korea unveiled its new tourist police force to protect foreign tourists during their stay in Seoul. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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South Korean tourist police officers queue for their inauguration ceremony near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbokgung Palace and also one of South Korea’s well known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea unveiled its new tourist police force to protect foreign tourists during their stay in Seoul. Read more

South Korean Special Army soldiers parachute during the 65th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day ceremony at Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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South Korean Special Army soldiers parachute during the 65th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day ceremony at Seoul military airport in Seongnam, South KoreaRead more

A F-16 fighter jet from South Korean air...A F-16 fighter jet from South Korean air force flies over Seoul Air Base during the 65th anniversary of the Republic of Korea armed Forces day on September 27, 2013.  This year's event opened with the largest scale of military with eleven thousand of troops, some 190 armed vehicles and about 120 military aircrafts.     AFP PHOTO / KIM DOO-HOKIM DOO-HO/AFP/Getty Images

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An F-16 fighter jet from South Korea‘s air force flies over Seoul Air Base during the 65th anniversary of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Day on Friday. This year’s event opened with 11,000 troops, about 190 armed vehicles and about 120 military aircraft. Read more