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Ex-president's NK policy will be reviewed
The Moon Jae-in administration has set up a task force to review how decisions regarding North Korea were made under the previous government, sources said Sunday. Park Geun-hye shut down the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (GIC) and halted civic inter-Korean exchanges and humanitarian aid to protest North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests. The taskforce was formed last month, rig...
Moon seeks referendum on constitutional revision next year
President Moon Jae-in said Thursday he will push for a referendum on constitutional revision in June next year, in tandem with local elections. Moon revealed the plan during a press conference to mark his 100th day in office. Moon said he will basically accept any constitutional revision bill submitted by the National Assembly, but indicated he could push for a bill if parties fail to reach a consensus. Since January, inter-party efforts have been under way to gather ideas from politicians, citizens and experts about how to revise the Constitution.
Lawmaker to submit bill on informing N. Koreans
Rep. Ha Tae-keung from the minor opposition Bareun Party plans to submit a bill this week to disseminate information to the North Korean people. Ha said in a forum, Tuesday, that the bill, if passed, would be the most effective tool to undermine the Kim Jong-un regime, in addition to international sanctions.
Opposition urges rapid THAAD deployment
Three opposition parties collectively called for the government to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system as early as possible, Monday. The largest conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) demanded apology from President Moon Jae-in and the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) for “interrupting” the deployment, saying the country wasted too much time due to their unreasonable stance on the THAAD system. The defense and environment ministries said Sunday that electromagnetic radiation and noise from the THAAD battery - 0.046 watt and about 50 decibels respectively ...
Korean-Americans tell Trump not to escalate tension
Twenty Korean-American elected officials council members have delivered a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump expressing deep concerns over his inflammatory rhetoric about North Korea. The letter was delivered to the White House Thursday, after Trump made his “fire and fury” remark that prompted Pyongyang to threaten to fire missiles into the sea off Guam. It was the first ...
S. Korea, US reaffirm 'close and transparent' cooperation
Top security advisers from Seoul and Washington vowed “close and transparent cooperation” between the allies in containing North Korea’s further provocations, South Korea’s presidential spokesman said Friday following their phone conversation. On Friday, Chung Eui-young, the chief of Seoul’s Presidential National Security Office, and his U.S. counterpart H.R. McMaster discuss...
'Kumho Tire sale is political issue'
Rep. Park Jie-won, former chairman of the People’s Party, called on President Moon Jae-in to exercise political leverage to interrupt a plan to sell Kumho Tire to a Chinese company, Thursday. Currently, Kumho Asiana Group is wrestling for control of the group’s tire unit. China’s Double Star has attempted to acquire the country’s No. 2 tiremaker, by signing a deal to use its ...
Ahn Cheol-soo registers as leadership race candidate
Ahn Cheol-soo, former presidential candidate and co-founder of the People’s Party, on Thursday registered as a candidate for the party’s leadership election slated for Aug. 27. The decision came amid two other contenders’ fierce protests against Ahn’s challenge. In response to such criticisms, Ahn revealed his plan to revamp the scandal-hit party Sunday and reaffirmed his vis...
Ex-human rights envoy to lead Korean Red Cross
Park Kyung-seo, the country’s former human rights ambassador who once met North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung in 1992, has been elected as the new president of the Red Cross. The organization’s decision-making committee elected Park, 77, as its new chief, Tuesday. Park will take office if President Moon Jae-in approves of the appointment. Park has visited North Korea 29 times a...
Moon vows to expand health insurance coverage to more diseases
President Moon Jae-in pledged Wednesday to expand the coverage of national health insurance to almost all diseases by 2022 to “free the people from concerns about medical expenses.” “Currently, the national health insurance’s average coverage rate is 60 percent, well below the average 80 percent of OECD member countries,” Moon said during a visit to Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital. “I will free people from concerns of medical expenses and help them have any disease treated without paying by the end of my term.” Particularly, he touched on medical fees not covered by national health insurance, such...
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