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Appointment of startups minister nominee unlikely
President Moon Jae-in’s pick for minister of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and startups, Park Seong-jin, is unlikely to get the post, following the National Assembly Trade, Industry, Energy, SMEs and Startups Committee failed to approve the nomination, Wednesday. Speculation is that Park may voluntarily withdraw soon. In Monday’s committee hearing, even ruling Dem...
Ahn Cheol-soo rolls political dice
People’s Party Chairman Ahn Cheol-soo proved his political influence when President Moon Jae-in’s pick for Constitutional Court chief, Kim Yi-su, failed to get Assembly approval, Monday, mainly due to opposition from lawmakers tied to Ahn. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and Cheong Wa Dae largely anticipated Kim would get legislative approval with the support of th...
LKP leader's 'nuclear drive' draws concerns
Liberty Korea Party (LKP) Chairman Hong Joon-pyo is stepping up his push for the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea, while rejecting proposals for discussions on security concerns resulting from North Korea. Hong vowed Monday to launch a petition in support of the redeployment, saying he can draw support from at least 10 million people.
60% back S. Korea's nuclear armament
Sixty percent of South Koreans support the country arming itself with nuclear weapons, according to a poll released Friday. The survey, by Gallup Korea after North Korea’s sixth nuclear test, showed 60 percent of 1,004 respondents want South Korea to have nuclear weapons as a balancing tool against a nuclear North Korea. About 35 percent said they are against nuclear armament...
Scandal-hit Bareun Party leader steps down
Chairwoman of the minor conservative Bareun Party Rep. Lee Hye-hoon resigned from her post Thursday over a bribery scandal, only 74 days after she was elected. But she claimed innocence, saying she decided to give up the post to comply with a prosecution investigation. “I apologize for my carelessness,” Lee said. “I made this decision for our party. I sincerely hope that the ...
Supporters of nuclear armament raise voices
Some conservative lawmakers are calling for South Korea to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to develop its own nuclear weapons as a balancing act against a nuclear North Korea. Their demand is mostly being ignored, but supporters of nuclear armament are raising voices following North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. The most vocal is Rep. Won Yoo-chul of th...
People's Party floor leader proposes talks on N. Korea
Rep. Kim Dong-cheol, floor leader of the second-largest opposition People’s Party proposed talks between President Moon Jae-in and leaders of major political parties on North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats, in a speech at the National Assembly, Wednesday. “First, President Moon should acknowledge his missteps in handling Pyongyang,” Kim said in the speech. “For a new start,...
Navy chief calls for international unity against N. Korea
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Um Hyun-seong called for international unity against North Korea, Tuesday, saying time was running out to find a solution to the North’s nuclear issue. “We have little time left to stop the North’s runaway provocations,” Um said in a speech at the International Seapower Symposium hosted by the ROK Navy. “North Korea has nearly mastered its nu...
LKP's Assembly boycott draws criticism
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) is under growing criticism for boycotting National Assembly sessions despite the escalating security crisis on the Korean Peninsula. On Saturday, the largest conservative party decided to boycott all regular Assembly sessions, claiming the freedom of the press was in jeopardy. The decision came after a district court issued an arr...
Conservatives rap Moon's NK stance
President Moon Jae-in is facing growing criticism regarding his peace overtures to North Korea following the latter’s sixth nuclear test Sunday. Opposition parties are launching a political offensive against Moon, claiming his naive ideas about the Kim Jong-un regime are making the situation worse. Right after the test, Moon expressed fury and strongly criticized it but reiterated using “diplomatic measures” to halt the North’s nuclear program. In contrast, the largest conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) touted military options, reaffirming its support of the redeployment of U.S. tactical...
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