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Main opposition party going all-out to protect 'corrupt' lawmaker
The largest opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) is drawing criticism for calling a National Assembly session in an apparent bid to block the detention of its lawmaker being investigated for corruption. The LKP called an extraordinary session Wednesday, saying the Assembly should hurry to review bills and look into an opinion rigging scandal involving President Moon Jae-in an...
Official election campaigns will start Thursday
The campaigns for mayoral, gubernatorial and local council elections, as well as by-elections for 12 parliamentary seats, will officially start Thursday. With candidates from the ruling party highly expected to sweep the elections, in which 2,280 public servants including 17 mayors and governors, as well as 17 superintendents of education will be newly chosen.
Doubts linger over 'demolition' of North Korea nuke site
North Korea said it had totally destroyed all tunnels at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, Thursday, but international reporters who witnessed the event said their lack of expertise in nuclear technology meant they couldn't verify the complete dismantlement. The group of reporters from South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Russia observed the demolitio...
North Korean defector resigns from spy agency think tank
Thae Yong-ho, former North Korean diplomat who defected to the South in 2016, has quit his job at an institute affiliated with the nation's spy agency, the institute said Thursday. He had been serving as an advisory researcher. He offered to resign from the position at the Institute for National Security Strategy (INSS) under the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Wednesday...
Over 70% South Koreans back cultural exchanges with North Korea
More South Koreans are in favor of inter-Korean economic and cultural exchanges and these sentiments are largely based on economic considerations, according to a state-run think tank's annual survey issued Wednesday. The poll, conducted by Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), showed that 76 percent of respondents backed the idea that the two Koreas should expand s...
[INTERVIEW] 'NK economic growth, democracy should go hand in hand'
Talks are rampant about investments into North Korea, Asia's least-developed nation, along with international efforts to denuclearize the North, which are expected to involve lifting of economic sanctions against it. Amid speculation whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would follow the path of China or Vietnam, Cho Jung-hun, head of the Institute of Unification at Ajou Un...
N. Korea again proves its unpredictability
North Korea's refusal to issue entry visas for South Korean reporters to observe the shutdown of its nuclear test site casts doubt on whether it is serious about improving relations with South Korea, experts said Tuesday. South Koreans now have fundamental questions about the Kim Jong-un regime: Can they trust any agreements with North Korea? Can North Korea become a normal c...
Assembly votes down arrest motions for two corruption-ridden lawmakers
The National Assembly is under fire for voting down arrest motions for two Liberty Korea Party (LKP) lawmakers facing corruption investigations, in a plenary session Monday. In secret ballots, the motions on Reps. Hong Moon-jong and Yeom Dong-yeol were rejected by 141 and 172 out of 275 lawmakers, respectively. The prosecution can arrest a lawmaker while the Assembly is in se...
Moon's aide had relationship with 'Druking'
Cheong Wa Dae is in the hot seat following media reports that an aide of President Moon Jae-in maintained a relationship with a notorious blogger at the center of a high-profile online opinion rigging case during last year's presidential race. According to the reports, presidential secretary Song In-bae, met the blogger Kim Dong-won, better known by his online name “Druking,”...
Pyongyang preps for Punggye-ri shutdown
North Korea is seemingly preparing dismantlement of its nuclear test site in the northern village of Punggye-ri, scheduled from May 23 to 25, considering its presumable railroad repair work spotted by the government and construction seen in satellite images. However, uncertainties linger whether the regime will keep its promise, because Pyongyang on Friday refused to receive ...
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