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Homosexuality on front lines of ideological battle
Homosexuality has become Korea’s main political hot potato once again. Voices against sexual minorities are nothing new, but they have palpably grown and unified. As the National Assembly moves to revise the Constitution, Christian groups have convened in nationwide protests. The controversial part of the proposed constitutional revision is the change to the phrase “gender eq...
Park Geun-hye faces ouster from her party
The largest conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) plans to ask former President Park Geun-hye to leave the party “voluntarily” this week, party officials said Sunday. If Park rejects their request, the party can expel Park in 10 days under the LKP’s membership rules. Depriving Park of party membership is in line with the party’s plan to merge with the minor conservative Bare...
Combined Forces Command should be audited: lawmaker
The Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) should be audited annually by the National Assembly, Rep. Kim Joong-ro of the People’s Party claimed Thursday. The Assembly National Defense Committee conducts audits on the Ministry of National Defense and its affiliated organizations annually. However, the CFC has never received an audit since it was established in 1978. Rep. Kim...
North Korean defectors will get radiation checks
The government plans to conduct radiation checks on North Korean defectors who lived near a nuclear test site in Kilju County. The Ministry of Unification said 30 defectors from the area will receive checks for radiation exposure this year, according to Rep. Park Byeong-seug of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, Wednesday. They are among 114 defectors who left the North si...
Park Jie-won hints at running for S. Jeolla governor
Park Jie-won, a four-term lawmaker of the minor liberal People’s Party, has shown interest in running for governor of South Jeolla Province in the local election scheduled for June next year. “During the Chuseok holiday, I visited many places in the Jeolla region, particularly in South Jeolla Province,” he said while appearing on a radio program, Tuesday. “I am interested in ...
Presidential office says first lady is not 'extravagant'
Cheong Wa Dae gave unprecedented details of first lady Kim Jung-sook’s outfits, Monday, in response to a far-right politician’s criticism of her “extravagance.” Earlier this month, Jung Mi-hong, a follower of the disgraced former President Park Geun-hye, claimed that Kim spent hundreds of millions of won of taxpayers’ money buying clothes. “Instead of enjoying a luxurious lif...
Gov't on alert over N. Korea provocation
Security-related ministries will operate their own round-the-clock contingency teams during the Chuseok holiday to deal with any possible provocations by North Korea, officials said Sunday. There are signs that Pyongyang may carry out yet another missile or nuclear test this month, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Workers’ Party foundation, Oct. 10. While U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are continuing their “war of words,” Washington, Moscow and Pyongyang are reportedly moving toward behind the scenes dialogue.
Trump to visit Seoul early November
U.S. President Donald Trump will visit South Korea next month amid the ongoing crisis with North Korea, as a part of a five-nation tour from Nov. 3 to 14, the White House said Sunday (KST). The planned trip is to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, and also a stopover in Hawaii. His first Asia visit after taking office will include two major regional summits - the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. In a press release, the White House specified the trip’s goal of denuclearizing North Korea. “The President’s engagement will str...
People's Party calls for investigation into Lee Myung-bak
People’s Party floor leader Rep. Kim Dong-cheol called for naming a special counsel to look into a scandal involving the nation’s spy agency and ex-President Lee Myung-bak, Thursday. The former conservative president, who was in office from 2008 to 2013, is under growing suspicion that he made his core aides create a favorable online atmosphere using the National Intelligence...
Constituencies reform emerges as hot political issue
The long-standing political issue over whether to redraw constituencies is resurfacing as the ruling camp is actively seeking negotiations with opposition parties for a settlement. Three liberal parties - the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), the People’s Party and the Justice Party - have reportedly found common ground in redrawing the electoral map although they differ in details. The minor conservative Bareun Party is also seemingly open to negotiations because the existing single-member electorate system is unfavorable to the party with 20 seats. On Wednesday, senior lawmakers from...
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