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Reporter : Nam Hyun-woo
Wed, March 29, 2023 | 15:20
Bipartisan support unlikely for Yoon's push to reform 3 areas
President Yoon Suk-yeol met the leaders of Korea's executive, legislative and judicial branches on Monday, asking their support for his drive to make reforms in three areas: labor, education and pensions.
Yoon vows to put exports first to weather economic challenges
President Yoon Suk-yeol said in a New Year's speech Sunday that he will place top priority on revitalizing the nation's exports to weather economic challenges, highlighting the country's economic recovery as being at the top of the agenda for his second year as president. However, Yoon did not mention North Korea's increasing threats or political cohesion with the opposition ...
North Korean leader skips New Year message for four straight years
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not deliver a New Year's message for the fourth consecutive year, replacing it with a speech at the Workers' Party of North Korea (WPK). On Sunday, North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) carried the full text of Kim's speech at the “Ceremony of Donating 600mm Super-large Multiple Launch Rocket System,” which was held on Sa...
Yoon warns North Korea will pay 'heavy price' for provocations
President Yoon Suk-yeol on Thursday warned North Korea of the consequences of its recent drone infiltration, saying, “We should let the North know that it will always pay a heavy price for its provocations.” He made the strongly-worded remarks on North Korea's provocations and South Korea's preparedness and readiness three days in a row after North Korean drones invaded the S...
Seoul seeks cautious balance in US, China ties via Indo-Pacific strategy
South Korea on Wednesday unveiled the complete version of its Indo-Pacific Strategy, which is aimed at pursuing freedom, peace and prosperity in the region through the principles of inclusiveness, trust and reciprocity. The presidential office stressed that its Indo-Pacific strategy is distinctive from that of the U.S. by emphasizing inclusiveness and not excluding any specif...
Yoon grants amnesty to ex-President Lee, ex-Governor Kim
President Yoon Suk-yeol has granted a special pardon to former conservative President Lee Myung-bak, former liberal South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Kyoung-soo and several other political heavyweights for the sake of “national unity.”
North Korean drones trespass into South Korean airspace
North Korean unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) trespassed into South Korea's airspace on Monday, but the South's military failed to shoot down one of them that reached Seoul, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
Yoon to push through labor, education, pension reforms
President Yoon Suk-yeol is expected to prioritize reforms in three sectors: labor, education and pensions. This will be his national agenda for next year, as his ratings have risen in recent public opinion polls following his bold reaction to the truckers' strikes.
China denies presence of 'secret police station' in Korea
The Chinese foreign ministry has denied allegations that its government is operating a “secret police station” in Korea to monitor and terrorize Chinese nationals as part of Beijing's efforts to keep them under its influence. “China?has always adhered to?the principle of non-interference in other countries' internal affairs, strictly observed international law and respected t...
Presidential office displeased with 2023 budget
The presidential office has expressed displeasure over the National Assembly's approval of a revised 2023 budget plan, with officials there stating it wouldn't be “enough to achieve the government's policy goals.” The office raised questions about the Assembly's approval of a 1 percentage point reduction in the corporate tax rate, and 50 percent cuts in the budgets for the po...
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