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Seoul mayor offers to visit Pyongyang if re-elected
Park Won-soon, the incumbent Seoul mayor who is running for re-election, said Thursday he will visit Pyongyang after the mayoral election next month to discuss inter-Korean cooperative projects, if elected. “Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the DPRK, told me I've always been on its Pyongyang invitation list. Other than football and bask...
Six-term ruling party lawmaker expected to become Assembly speaker
The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) nominated six-term lawmaker Moon Hee-sang,Wednesday, as its candidate for speaker of the National Assembly, who is expected to be chosen on May 24. Rep. Moon received support from 67 of 116 DPK lawmakers who participated in the voting, defeating Rep. Park Byeong-seug, who gained 46 votes.
Parties agree on special probe for opinion-rigging scandal
The ruling and opposition parties agreed, Tuesday, to draw up a bill for an independent investigation into a high-profile opinion-rigging scandal centered on a confidant of President Moon Jae-in. The parties also agreed to start negotiations on the government's extra budget bill worth 4 trillion won ($3.72 billion).
Were North Korean restaurant workers 'kidnapped' to South?
A two-year-old controversy around 12 North Korean restaurant workers, who fled a state-controlled restaurant in China, has been rekindled, following a media report in which three of them claimed they were “kidnapped.” In a news report aired last Thursday by cable channel JTBC, four of the “defectors” said they never intended to come to Seoul in April 2016. “The restaurant man...
[INTERVIEW] Lawmaker spearheads chaebol reform
The “water rage” scandal involving a Korean Air heiress rocked the nation, giving rise to consecutive demonstrations staged by company workers. Koreans were enraged by the latest tantrums of Cho Hyun-min, a former senior vice president of the family-run carrier, which already came under fire in 2014 for her older sister's “nut rage” incident. Rep. Park Yong-jin, a first-term ...
Hong Young-pyo becomes new ruling party floor leader
Rep. Hong Young-pyo of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), a staunch loyalist to President Moon Jae-in, was elected as the party's floor leader, Friday, and faces the task of getting cooperation from opposition parties in normalizing an idle National Assembly. The three-term lawmaker received 78 votes out of 116 DPK lawmakers who casted votes, defeating rival candidat...
Korean-American CIA official plays role for Trump-Kim summit
Andrew Kim, head of the Korea Mission Center (KMC) under the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), appears to have played a leading role in coordinating the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un slated for June 12. Kim accompanied Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his meeting with Kim Jong-un, Wednesday, as seen in photos released by the North's state-controlled media. After the release of the photos, Seoul government officials confirmed the identity of the silver-haired man.
66% of South Koreans support ratification of inter-Korean agreement
Almost seven out of 10 South Koreans back President Moon Jae-in's plan to seek National Assembly ratification of the latest inter-Korean agreement, dubbed the Panmunjeom Declaration, to ensure sustainability of concerned projects. According to Realmeter's opinion survey released Thursday, 66 percent of respondents answered they are in favor of the ratification. Only 22.33 per...
Seoul expects North Korea to release its citizens as well
After North Korea freed three American detainees, Wednesday, South Korea expects the North to do the same quickly for six South Koreans being detained in the North. Cheong Wa Dae said it will do its best for the release of the six detainees.
Lawmaker's hunger strike becomes farce
Rep. Kim Sung-tae, floor leader of the largest opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP), has staged his hunger strike for seven days as of Wednesday, in the face of hostile public opinions against him. The lawmaker began the protest calling for special prosecutors to investigate an opinion-rigging case involving a ruling party lawmaker. Rep. Kim's protest, however, only brought a...
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