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Chinese own five ships involved in illegal trade with Pyongyang: report
Five vessels, which are suspected of illicitly delivering oil to a North Korean ship, have been found to be owned by Chinese businessmen, according to a Chosun Ilbo report, Thursday. On Dec. 29, South Korean authorities seized a Hong Kong-flagged vessel, Lighthouse Winmore, for an illicit ship-to-ship oil transfer in international waters in violation of United Nations sanctions.
New party to be created through merger of People's Party, Bareun Party
The minor liberal People's Party and the minor conservative Bareun Party agreed Wednesday to create a new party after completing their merger as early as next month. The agreement was made during the first meeting of main negotiators from the two parties - Reps. Jeong Woon-chun and Oh Shin-hwan from the Bareun Party and Reps. Lee Tae-kyu and Lee Un-ju from the People's Party.
[INTERVIEW] Artist pioneers illusionary makeup
Yoon Dain, a 24-year-old visual illusion artist, uses her body as a canvas to express her inspirations. “Giving shape to an ambiguous image is what I try to do. To make one art piece, I think over and over on embodying something familiar in an unfamiliar form,” Yoon said in an interview with The Korea Times.
Liberal, conservative parties poles apart over N. Korean leader's peace overture
Political parties showed mixed reactions Tuesday to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s abrupt peace overture in his New Year speech. Kim said Monday he was willing to send a delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics slated for next month, in line with President Moon Jae-in’s longtime determination to revitalize inter-Korean talks.
Powerful third party eyed in February
A powerful centrist third party could be launched next month through a merger between the minor liberal People's Party and the minor conservative Bareun Party, officials from the parties said Sunday. “Since (the merger) process usually takes one month, I think it will be completed by February,” People's Party Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo told reporters after a party-wide poll that ...
Kim Jong-un says 'nuclear button on his desk'
North Korea has completed its development of nuclear weapons, its leader Kim Jong-un claimed in his New Year’s speech, Monday, saying he has a “nuclear button on his desk” to strike the mainland U.S. Kim said his New Year’s goal is to complete operational deployment of nuclear weapons and missiles. “Now we should accelerate the deployment of mass-produced nuclear bombs and ba...
People's Party members back Ahn's merger plan
Members of the minor liberal People's Party have backed Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo's drive to merge with the minor conservative Bareun Party, the party said Sunday. The outcome is likely to give Ahn momentum to push ahead with the merger, but it also poured gasoline on the simmering factional conflict in the party. The anti-merger faction - 18 out of 39 People's Party lawmakers -...
Moon hints at renegotiating sex slavery deal
President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that the 2015 Seoul-Tokyo agreement on Japan’s wartime sexual slavery was “gravely flawed,” indicating that his administration may push for a renegotiation of the controversial deal. Moon said the deal, reached under the previous Park Geun-hye administration, cannot resolve the longstanding issue, and most of all, the surviving victims do n...
People's Party begins four-day poll on merger
The People's Party began a party-wide vote on whether to merge with the Bareun Party, Wednesday. On the first day of the four-day poll, party chairman Ahn Cheol-soo urged party members to cast their ballots. “If the party members endorse me, I will carry forward the merger from the beginning of next year. Otherwise, I will step down from my post,” Ahn said at a press conferen...
Outspoken LKP member expelled from party
Ryu Yeo-hae, member of the Liberty Korea Party (LKP) Supreme Council, was expelled from the party, Tuesday, following her eccentricities and disparaging remarks about party leader Hong. She cannot rejoin the party for the next five years, according to party rules. Ryu wrote harsh words in posts on her social media accounts, in protest against party chairman Hong’s personnel r...