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[INTERVIEW] S. Korea needs nuclear roadmap: lawmaker
Rep. Kim Joong-ro of the People’s Party has been vocal about how South Korea should counter a nuclear North Korea. The former Army general believes that the best way for Seoul to deal with Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons is to arm itself with nuclear weapons _ whether it is to bring back U.S. tactical nuclear weapons or develop its own. This belief contradicts the liberal party’s...
Family names cause problems for some multicultural children
Go Hyeon-jeong, a 31-year-old office worker, had a daughter with her Taiwanese husband. Her husband’s last name is pronounced “Keo” in Taiwan and “Ga” in Korea. Since the former sounds awkward in Korea she wanted to use “Ga” for her two-year-old daughter’s surname. However, it didn’t go well. When the couple registered their marriage, government officials said they must use “...
Ahn Cheol-soo highlights checks and balances
People’s Party Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo underscored “cooperative politics” in what appears be a stern warning to Cheong Wa Dae and the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Friday, after the minor liberal party played a decisive role in the confirmation of Supreme Court chief nominee Kim Meong-su. In Thursday’s vote, Kim gained 160 votes for his appointment. This means at leas...
First lady serves food she cooked to elderly Korean-Americans
First lady Kim Jung-sook served Korean traditional food she cooked to elderly Korean-Americans in New York City, Thursday. Kim made the food herself in Cheong Wa Dae’s kitchen, and brought it to New York, where President Moon Jae-in is attending the U.N. General Assembly. Kim served kimchi, kkakdugi (sliced radish kimchi) and ganjang-gejang (fermented crab marinated in soy sa...
2 opposition parties launch joint forum
Some lawmakers from two minor opposition parties - the liberal People’s Party and the conservative Bareun Party - launched a joint forum, Wednesday. This may pave the way for the creation of new political forces in Korea’s ideologically divided politics, observers say. The participants vowed to cooperate with each other in drawing up bills and forming new values in place of t...
5 North Koreans have re-defected to South since 2012
Five North Korean defectors who returned to the North after failing to settle in South Korea have re-defected to the South over the past five years, a lawmaker claimed Tuesday. Citing information from the Ministry of Unification, Rep. Park Joo-sun of the People’s Party, who serves as a deputy National Assembly speaker, said the five people received due punishment for violatin...
[EXCLUSIVE] US Embassy accused of abusing internships
A college student, who requested to be identified as Park, was supposed to start an internship at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul this December. After receiving a letter of acceptance July 21, she was preparing for the program - finding a residence in Seoul and buying work clothes - while dreaming of a future career after the internship. On Sept. 6, however, she learned the program...
Will People's Party wield veto again?
The second-largest opposition People’s Party is finding itself in a dilemma over whether to endorse Kim Meong-su, President Moon Jae-in’s nominee for Supreme Court chief. Since two conservative parties - the Liberty Korea Party and the Bareun Party - are steadfast in opposing the reformist judge as the Supreme Court chief, the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) needs supp...
LKP's nuclear drive gets cold shoulder
A group of lawmakers from the conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) returned home from Washington D.C., Saturday, where they had called for the U.S. to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons - only to get the cold shoulder. The team, led by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo, left for the U.S. with a self-imposed mission to convey South Koreans’ growing fears to politicians and officials there. However, the team received a lukewarm reaction.
Bareun Party to elect new leader
The Bareun Party on Thursday decided to hold a national convention by Nov. 30 to elect its new leader who will replace Rep. Lee Hye-hoon, who stepped down last week as party chairwoman over a graft scandal. The minor conservative party is suffering from an internal rift following Lee’s resignation. Rep. Yoo Seong-min, the party’s former presidential candidate, was largely expected to become the interim leader, but some lawmakers didn’t support Yoo. “At a general meeting, we decided to form a new leadership before Nov. 30,” floor leader Joo Ho-young said. “We couldn’t push for the interim lea...
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