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President Moon criticized over N. Korea handling
Opposition parties and some experts criticized President Moon Jae-in, Thursday, over what they called his dubious stance on North Korea's provocations. One issue in contention is a pledge he made to prevent a preemptive attack on North Korea in the wake of the North's latest missile test, Wednesday, apparently referring to military options being considered by the United States. Hardliners claim such remarks will make Washington uncomfortable and that Pyongyang will misunderstand the situation. In the National Security Council meeting held in response to the missile launch, Moon said, “The co...
Military launches missiles in response to North Korea
The military staged a live-fire drill early Wednesday only six minutes after North Korea fired what it claimed was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. The South Korean Army’s missile unit, the Navy’s Aegis ship and the Air Force’s KF-16 fighter jet took part in the training held in the East Sea near the inter-Korean border, from...
Liberty Korea Party to pick new floor leader Dec. 12
The largest opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) plans to elect its new floor leader Dec. 12, the party said Tuesday. The election is likely to be a duel between loyalists of ex-President Park Geun-hye and party chief Hong Joon-pyo. “The LKP lawmakers agreed to pick a new floor leader on the afternoon of Dec. 12, after completing the regular session of the National Assembly,” party floor leader Chung Woo-taik said Tuesday.
Parties poles apart over budget bill
Rival parties remain poles apart over plans by the Moon Jae-in administration to increase welfare- and labor-related spending, clouding the prospects for an early passage of next year's budget. The three major parties - the Democratic Party of Korea, the Liberty Korea Party and the People's Party - began negotiations Monday to narrow the gap over contentious issues. The National Assembly is supposed to complete its review of the government's 429 trillion won budget by the end of November and put the final bill to a vote at the plenary session on Dec. 2.
Opposition raps online attacks on judge
Rep. Yoo Seong-min, chairman of the minor conservative Bareun Party, criticized liberal lawmakers and online users who have launched a “witch hunt” against a judge over his decision last week to release the scandal-hit former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin, Monday. Online communities have mounted criticism against Seoul Central District Court’s Criminal Division Judge Shin Kwa...
'Park's spy agency interferes in election meddling probe'
The National Intelligence Service (NIS) under former President Park Geun-hye allegedly attempted to hamper an investigation into the spy agency’s alleged meddling in the 2012 presidential, according to judicial sources Sunday. In 2013, all eyes were on the NIS’s alleged intervention in the election to create a favorable online atmosphere for conservative hopeful Park, which a...
Assembly to gather opinions on constitutional revision
A National Assembly committee tasked with drafting a constitutional amendment has revamped its website to gather public opinion on how to revise the Constitution. The committee said Sunday that the new website features easier user accessibility. Citizens can log on to the website with their existing social media IDs linked to services such as KakaoTalk, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Those who have not signed up for these services can leave a message as a nonmember. The new website is also tailored for mobile users. On the message board, people can share their ideas about the ong...
Military response on soldier's defection was proper: lawmaker
The conservatives here are bashing the military for not returning fire when North Korean sentinels opened fire at a soldier who was escaping to the South, but experts lauded the decision that avoided full-scale war. Rep. Kim Jong-dae, a military expert-turned-lawmaker of the Justice Party, noted that rules of engagement at Panmunjeom aim at upholding peace for possible inter-Korean talks. “There, soldiers from the two Koreas are so close together, accidental shooting could definitely lead to death for many,” Kim said in an interview Thursday. In case of North Korea attacking in other borderl...
Political leaders rush to quake zones
The leaders of political parties rushed to the southern port city of Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, Thursday, one day after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit the city which was struck by ongoing aftershocks. Ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) floor leader Woo Won-shik consoled Pohang residents, instead of Chairwoman Choo Mi-ae who is now in Washington D.C. for talks with...
Moon's apology ignored in Vietnam
President Moon Jae-in delivered an apology to Vietnam for South Korea’s participation in the Vietnam War in the 1960s while visiting the country last week, but few Vietnamese were aware of this, sources said Wednesday. On Nov. 11, a video recording of President Moon was aired at Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2017, held in Vietnam’s largest city. In it, he said:...
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