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[INTERVIEW] Activist calls for renewal of Seoul-Washington relationship
Kim Dong-suk, executive committee chair of Korean American Civic Empowerment, is a veteran civic activist in Washington, who is renowned for his efforts in getting House Resolution 121 passed in 2007 which urged Tokyo to apologize to the victims of its sexual slavery during World War II. For decades, as an ethnic Korean with U.S. citizenship, he has made efforts to rally Kore...
New centrist party vows to beat two major parties
The Bareun Mirae Party (BMP), formed through the merger between the liberal People's Party and the conservative Bareun Party, officially made its beginning Tuesday, vowing to be a powerful centrist opposition party. The two parties agreed to crown two four-term lawmakers from each party - Park Joo-sun, former interim leader of the People's Party, and Yoo Seong-min, chairman o...
New party with 30 seats will be launched Tuesday
A new political party named the Bareun Mirae Party (BMP) will be launched Tuesday through the merger of the liberal People's Party and the conservative Bareun Party. The two will hold a joint national convention to complete the merger and launch the new party with 30 seats in the 294-member National Assembly.
Conservative parties urge Moon to talk about nuclear issue
Liberal and conservative parties showed conflicting reactions, Monday, on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) lauded it as an achievement of the liberal Moon administration, while the conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) said that an inter-Korean summit without denuclearization was an “act to benefit the enemy.”
Moon, Abe clash over military drill, comfort women
Longstanding tension between Korea and Japan is unlikely to ease, with President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe clashing over serious diplomatic and historic issues - again. In bilateral talks held Friday on the sidelines of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Abe urged Moon to conduct South Korea's joint military drills with the United States, which have bee...
N. Korea says won't beg for talks with US
North Korea is not interested in talks with the United States during the Winter Olympics that kick off Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea, a ranking North Korean diplomat said Wednesday. “To be clear, our delegate has no intention of meeting a U.S envoy,” said Cho Yong-sam, director-general of the North American department under North Korea's foreign ministry, as quoted by th...
Liberal parties all led by women
The inauguration of Rep. Cho Bae-sook as the chairwoman of the newly created Party for Democracy and Peace (PDP) Wednesday opened a new era for female politicians in Korea. Now the three prominent liberal parties are all led by women - which is unprecedented in male-dominated Korean politics.
Ruling party rebuts US claims on defense cost
Rep. Kim Tae-nyeon, chief policymaker of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), said Tuesday that South Korea is already paying enough for the presence of U.S. forces here. “The U.S. demand that South Korea pay more for U.S. Forces Korea is unreasonable,” Kim said during a party meeting. “The government estimates that South Korea covers at least 50 percent of the costs f...
NK hacked cryptocurrency trading system in South: NIS
North Korea has hacked one of South Korea's online virtual currency trading systems, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) claimed Monday, without revealing which system. Through the cyberattack, tens of billions of won were stolen and transferred to North Korea, the spy agency told the National Assembly Intelligence Committee.
15 lawmakers break away from People's Party
Fifteen lawmakers opposing a planned merger with the minor conservative Bareun Party quit the People's Party, Monday, to launch a new political party named the Party for Democracy and Peace (PDP), Tuesday. The party's three anti-merger lawmakers elected by proportional representation failed to leave the party since they would lose their seats if they leave the party without a...