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Olympics mirrored changing values: PM
The PyeongChang Winter Olympics represented the changing hierarchy of values among South Korean people, putting more emphasis on diversity and self-realization, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Tuesday. “The PyeongChang Games demonstrated internal changes - less obsession with the results, increasing emphasis on the process and individual achievements rather than medal standin...
Experts cautious over prospects for NK-US talks
Analysts here generally gave positive assessments on North Korea's softening stance toward talks with the United States, but remained cautious over the prospects for their talks. On Sunday, Kim Yong-chol, head of the North Korean delegation, said the North is willing to have a dialogue with the United States. The move came amid much hope during the visit of Ivanka Trump, daug...
Korea's refugee system has long way to go
The picture of Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian child who drowned to death near Turkish shores in 2015, drew attention in faraway Korea. South Korea enacted its refugee law in 2013, for the first time among Asian countries. However, refugees seeking asylum here should reconsider it, Ali, an alias, a refugee from Iran said in a report recently issued by the Korean Institute...
Ivanka reaffirms maximum pressure against NK
Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, reiterated a maximum pressure campaign against North Korea, in a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Friday. She said Washington and Seoul “reaffirmed commitment to a maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized,” ahead of a dinner hosted by Moon at Cheong Wa Dae.
Ahn may to run for Seoul mayor
Speculation is growing that former People's Party leader Ahn Cheol-soo may run for Seoul mayor in the local election in June. Last week, the Bareun Mirae Party (BMP) was created through a merger between the People's Party and the conservative Bareun Party. Ahn is being strongly considered as the BMP's candidate for the Seoul mayoral election.
Moon renews call for constitutional revision
President Moon Jae-in reiterated his determination to amend the Constitution, Thursday, at a luncheon with members of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning (PCPP), the government body in charge of creating constitutional revision bill. “The constitutional revision should respect the people's will. Please make sure to create the revision bill to reflect the thoughts o...
Lawmakers bicker over North Korea
Rival parties clashed over the government's handling of North Korea during a National Assembly House Steering Committee meeting, Wednesday. The ruling camp lauded the Moon Jae-in administration's efforts for a peaceful Olympics, while the conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) blasted it as a “politicized” sports event. At the committee, in charge of looking into the presiden...
Lawmakers vie for Assembly speaker post
Several lawmakers are vying to become the new National Assembly speaker as the incumbent Speaker Chung Sye-kyun's term is scheduled to end in May. Customarily, the speaker is chosen among senior lawmakers from the largest party. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) currently has the most seats with 121, and so is supposed to appoint one of its lawmakers. The appointment...
Airborne troops used to quell demonstrations in 1979
Former President Park Chung-hee ordered the military to use airborne troops to quell demonstrations against his dictatorship that were escalating in southeastern cities in October 1979, according to a document unveiled by a government-run fact-finding committee, Sunday. The document, “President Park's directives,” showed the dictator ordered the dispatch of an airborne brigad...
Government approves $2.6 million spending for North Koreans' stay
The government decided to use the Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund to cover the cost of the North Koreans' stay in the South during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the Ministry of Unification said Wednesday. The Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Committee under the ministry said it approved about 2.86 billion won ($2.64 million). This is to cover costs of the North Korean c...
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