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Mon, February 6, 2023 | 21:37
Gov't pressed to send envoys to US, N. Korea
Ruling Democratic Party of Korea Chairwoman Choo Mi-ae urged the administration, Monday, to push for talks between Pyongyang and Washington, as a solution to ease tension on the Korean Peninsula. “The government should actively call for and mediate talks between Washington and Pyongyang,” Choo said in a speech at the National Assembly. “At the same time, the government should...
New sanctions may include oil embargo
Tension around the Korean Peninsula is expected to increase further after North Korea claimed it successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test Sunday. “This time, Pyongyang seemingly tested a hydrogen bomb and a nuclear warhead, given two explosions reported from the test site,” said Cho Han-bum, a senior research fellow from the Korea Institute for National Unification. “Thi...
LKP boycotts regular Assembly session
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) began boycotting the regular National Assembly session on Saturday in protest against what it claimed is the liberal government’s bid to control public broadcasters. The measure came after a district court issued an arrest warrant for MBC President Kim Jang-gyeom, who is accused of unfair labor practices. Earlier, the broadcaster’s labor union voted to strike from Monday, saying the strike would continue until Kim stepped down.
Norwegian artist to hold art symposium in N. Korea
Norwegian artist Morten Traavik, who drew global attention in 2015 by bringing Slovenian avant-garde band Laibach to perform in Pyongyang, will hold the first-ever art symposium in North Korea, Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. His latest initiative named “DMZ Academy” seeks collaborative works between artists from North Korea’s state-run institutions and those from the outside world, amid...
Released ex-PM may become pivot of liberal bloc
Han Myeong-sook, a former prime minister during the liberal Roh Moo-hyun administration, was released from prison Wednesday after finishing her two-year term for taking illegal political funds. The return of a key figure of the Roh administration may play a pivotal role in the liberal bloc especially with the presidency of Moon Jae-in who served as Roh’s chief of staff. Upon ...
Moon to meet Putin early September
President Moon Jae-in will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin during his first visit to Russia from Sept. 6 to 7, Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun said Tuesday. At the Eastern Economic Forum, which will be held in the easternmost city of Vladivostok, the President will deliver a keynote address. The annual forum will mainly deal with business opportunities in Russia’s...
Parties desperate to find young talent
Political parties are using various programs to reach out to young voters in preparation for the local elections slated for June next year. This is also to attract young political hopefuls for a smooth generational change in their respective parties in the long-term. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), which has emerged as the most popular party largely thanks to strong popular support for President Moon Jae-in, is seeking to consolidate its position through more young political hopefuls. Opposition parties - Liberty Korea Party (LKP), People’s Party, Bareun Party and Justice Party -...
Moon sheds light on dark history
The southern part of the Korean peninsula, once trampled by Japanese imperialism from 1910 to 1945 and ruled with an iron hand until 1993, has innumerable unresolved cases of human rights atrocities. The 1950-53 Korean War drenched the soil with blood. Researchers estimate that around 1 million civilians were killed by the government-led massacres during the war. As depicted ...
Moon reaffirms wartime OPCON transfer
President Moon Jae-in says he fully backs the South Korean military’s efforts to regain wartime operational control (OPCON) from the U.S. military. “I will spare no efforts to help the military retake wartime OPCON from the U.S.,” Moon said on Sunday in a transfer-of-command ceremony for new Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Chairman Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo and outgoing Chairman Gen....
Justice Party increasing presence under Moon
The minor liberal Justice Party is increasing its presence under the Moon Jae-in administration, becoming an integral part of his reform drive. The administration has adopted some policy proposals from the Justice Party, vowing to increase the minimum wage to 10,000 won ($8.87) per hour by 2020, and raise salaries for conscript soldiers. Expanding the coverage of state health...
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