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LKP personnel reshuffle to consolidate Hong's leadership
Hong Joon-pyo, chairman of the Liberty Korea Party (LKP), has tightened his grip on the country's largest conservative party by removing those loyal to former President Park Geun-hye from top party positions. Four lawmakers - Suh Chung-won, Yoo Ki-june, Bae Duk-kwang and Um Yong-soo - lost their roles as chiefs of their electoral districts, Sunday. Rep. Suh is regarded as a d...
New LKP floor leader vows to fight against Moon
The newly elected floor leader of the largest opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP), Rep. Kim Sung-tae, said Wednesday that he will become a “fighter” against the Moon Jae-in administration. “I will become a fighter who stands in the front line of the anti-ruling party struggle,” Kim said in a radio interview. “This means, I will counter the Moon government's dogmatism and pop...
Ruling party chief to visit Russia
Rep. Choo Mi-ae, chairwoman of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), left for Russia, Monday, to discuss issues related to North Korea and the Winter Olympics, the party said. For eight days until Dec. 18, the five-term lawmaker will meet high-ranking officials to discuss Russia's role in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the expansion of trade between th...
Political reform in disarray one year after Park's ouster
A year ago, all eyes were on the National Assembly, where 300 lawmakers were voting on a motion to impeach the scandal-ridden President Park Geun-hye. On Dec. 9, 234 lawmakers voted in favor, not only the then-opposition bloc but also many members of the ruling party. The impeachment, which the Constitutional Court confirmed, has brought many political and social changes.
Korea, Turkey vow closer cooperation
President Moon Jae-in emphasized better cooperation with Turkey in a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Wednesday. Prime Minister Yildirim arrived here Tuesday, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Moon welcomed the prime minister with gratitude for the Turkish military's contributions in the 1950-53 Kore...
[INTERVIEW] Activist publishes guidebook against Japan's UNESCO move
An estimated 4,000 Koreans were forced to toil under extreme conditions on Hashima Island, a northwest island of Japan off the coast of Nagasaki, in the 1940s _ during Japan's “modernization and industrialization.” To put the brakes on Tokyo's bid to conceal the history of the “prison island,” Kim Min-chul, a senior researcher of the Center for Historical Truth and Justice (C...
Government officials may have to report children's foreign nationality
A lawmaker is seeking to revise the law to make it mandatory for ranking government officials to report any change in their family members' status immediately if they apply for foreign citizenship. According to Rep. Kim Kyung-jin of the People's Party Monday, children of at least 10 percent of 1,495 high-ranking public officials in 52 government bodies have dual citizenship. ...
60% of Koreans support easing of anti-graft law
More than six out of 10 Koreans are in favor of having the anti-graft law, the so-called Kim Young-ran Act, revised to ease price caps for gifts, according to an opinion survey, Monday. The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) is scheduled to review the revision of the law on Dec. 11 - whether to raise the price cap of gifts which public servants, journalists, private school teachers and their spouses can accept from the current 50,000 won ($46) to 100,000 won if the gifts are agricultural or marine products - a measure to help the agricultural and fisheries industries which ha...
Ruling party chief asks China to press North Korea harder
Ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairwoman Rep. Choo Mi-ae thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his “efforts for peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula” during her meeting with him in Beijing on Friday, the party said. Choo made the remark, mentioning China has been cooperating with the U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear provocatio...
North Korea has not yet crossed 'red line'
North Korea has not yet crossed the “red line” that could trigger military action because it failed to prove it has completed the development of necessary technologies in its latest missile test, the Ministry of Unification said Friday. At a press conference in August, President Moon Jae-in said Pyongyang would cross the red line that could trigger military action by allies “...
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