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NK soldier's defection motive under scrutiny
The National Intelligence Service (NIS) is reportedly looking into allegations that a North Korean soldier who escaped to the South through the Joint Security Area had caused a traffic accident under the influence of alcohol just before the defection. The case of Oh Chung-sung, who is currently being treated for gunshot wounds he suffered while escaping to the South, was disc...
Lawmaker blamed over letter to IOC
Over 200,000 citizens have visited the Cheong Wa Dae website to sign a petition demanding the removal of politician Na Kyung-won from the organizing committee of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Na, a member of the organizing committee and the conservative main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP), sent a letter recently to the International Olympics Committee (IOC) voicing h...
Lawmaker raises new allegations of NIS spying
The National Intelligence Service (NIS) under former President Lee Myung-bak snooped on opposition politicians and civic activists, using a fund for counter-espionage activities against North Korea, a ruling party lawmaker claimed Tuesday. The latest claim could affect the ongoing trial of former NIS chief Won Sei-hoon, and the prosecution's possible investigation of Lee.
KCTU closer to tripartite talks
The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), which had boycotted dialogue with management and the government, is likely to take part in a meeting with them later this month, according to Cheong Wa Dae, Friday.
Two minor parties declare merger
People's Party Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo and Bareun Party Chairman Yoo Seong-min declared the merger of the two parties in a joint press conference, Thursday. Their hasty announcement of the merger, which came even before each party undergoes due process to officially confirm the union, shows the two leaders are attempting to consolidate their plan amid opposition from some part...
Moon backs joint Korean ice hockey team for Olympics
President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that he fully supported forming a joint South-North women's ice hockey team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics during a visit to the Jincheon National Training Center in North Chungcheong Province. The visit came amid a growing dispute over the government’s efforts to field a team including North Korean players. At the training center, he...
North Korea state-run media reporter joins inter-Korean talks
A reporter dealing with South Korean affairs in Pyongyang was part of the North Korean delegation taking part in vice-ministerial-level talks with the South, Wednesday. According to the Ministry of Unification, the delegation included Kim Kang-kuk, who works at the state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).
Ruling party chief offers to bridge US-N. Korea
Ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairwoman Rep. Choo Mi-ae said Tuesday she is willing to assume a diplomatic role to mediate between the United States and North Korea. “If the North makes a decision for peace and coexistence, the Moon Jae-in government and the DPK will actively respond to it,” Choo said during a press conference.
Yet another Bareun Party lawmaker to defect to LKP
Rep. Park In-sook of the Bareun Party announced Tuesday that she will rejoin the larger conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP), leaving the minor conservative party with nine parliamentary seats. The announcement came one day after Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil, a former Bareun Party member, rejoined the LKP. Last week, Bareun Party lawmaker Kim Se-yeon also defected to the LKP. Rep. Kim was a close aide to party chief Yoo Seong-min.
Tough road ahead for constitutional revision
The National Assembly special committee on constitutional revision and electoral reform held its first meeting Monday, but lawmakers from rival parties showed wide differences on how to proceed. The committee was created at the end of 2017, following the conservative opposition parties’ call to delay any constitutional revision. President Moon Jae-in has vowed repeatedly to put the revision to a referendum in June, in tandem with local elections.