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Soldiers worked like slaves for Gen. Park, his wife
New allegations are surfacing day by day about how conscript soldiers were exploited by Park Chan-ju, the disgraced commander of the Army’s 2nd Operations Command, and his wife at the couple’s residence. To call out the soldiers anytime, Park’s wife, surnamed Jeon, made the soldiers wear an “electronic bracelet” with an alarm function. They were ordered to do various housewor...
LKP pushes redeployment of tactical US nuclear weapons
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) said Monday it will push for the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea as part of measures to counter North Korea’s nuclear threats. “Now seems to be the best time for the United States and South Korea to discuss the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons,” LKP Chairman Hong Joon-pyo said during a party meeting. “The U.N. Security Council has imposed additional sanctions on Pyongyang, but I’m skeptical of their effects. The government should be proactive to maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula.” LKP lawmaker Lee Cheol-w...
People's Party split over Ahn's leadership bid
The People’s Party leadership race is being thrown into turmoil after two candidates - Reps. Chun Jung-bae and Chung Dong-young - openly criticized former party leader and presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, Sunday. Ahn unexpectedly announced his bid for the party chairmanship, Thursday, drawing harsh criticism from the other contenders and some party members. The three can...
Presidential office to be relocated in 2019
The government plans to move the presidential office to the Government Complex in Gwanghwamun in 2019, according to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety, Sunday. The presidential office is expected to use offices vacated by government agencies moving to Sejong, a de facto administrative capital. The ministry said the administration will form a committee later this year to ...
Korea-Japan ties unlikely to thaw
When Japan named Taro Kono as its foreign minister, expectations of an improvement in soured diplomatic relations between Korea and Japan - mainly due to the comfort women dispute - grew because he is the son of Yohei Kono, a former official who announced an apology in 1993 for the wartime sexual slavery. The expectation, however, turned to disappointment as he called on Sout...
[INTERVIEW] S. Korea likely to be sidelined on N. Korea issues
South Korea may be sidelined in negotiations to resolve the North Korea nuclear and missile issues, not because of its diplomatic incapacity but because of the changing situation regarding Pyongyang’s advanced missile technology, said a former chief negotiator for the six-party talks. Rep. Lee Soo-hyuck of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) said the U.S., not South Ko...
N. Korea did not join math contest after 2016 defection incident
For the first time in 10 years, North Korea did not take part in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), after a participating student’s defection to South Korea during last year’s competition. This year, North Korean students didn’t appear at the contest held from July 12 to 23 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
N. Korea defector-turned-entrepreneur seeks tofu rice globalization
Kang Min, 31, was one of the “kkotjebi,” or homeless children in North Korea. As a starving child, he used to steal other people’s tofu rice while roaming the streets, but now he operates a tofu rice restaurant in Goseong, Gangwon Province, in South Korea after defection. Along with the restaurant, he launched a food brand “Dewbab,” a compound word combining “dubu” meaning to...
Ahn Cheol-soo again?
Former People’s Party presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo is surfacing as a strong contender for his party’s top leadership position. With only three months since the presidential election, it is unusual for a defeated candidate to so quickly try to make a comeback as a party’s leader. Such candidates usually keep a low profile to “take responsibility” for the election defea...
N. Korea celebrates 'successful' ICBM launch
North Korea held a huge feast Sunday to celebrate the alleged successful launch of its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Friday night, Pyongyang’s state-run media reported Monday. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju appeared along with high-profile members of the Workers’ Party of Korea and missile developers _ Ri Pyong-chol, member of the National ...
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