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Wed, December 6, 2023 | 00:33
Vice-ministerial talks
With the two Koreas agreeing to hold a vice-ministerial meeting on Dec. 11, the next step is to decide who will be the main negotiators and what will be discussed. President Park Geun-hye, who will begin the fourth year of her five-year term in 2016, has not much time to make her mark as a peacemaker on the Korean Peninsula. With this in mind, it is necessary for Cheong Wa Dae and the Unification Ministry to approach the talks with a firm resolve to improve inter-Korea relations.
Drifting jet project
Korea’s fighter jet development project is yet again facing a collapse. This time, it is because the United States appears skeptical about the transfer of 21 technologies, apart from four core ones that Washington had already refused to hand over.
Pathfinder remembered
Wednesday (Nov. 25) marks the centennial of the birth of Chung Ju-yung, the late founder of the Hyundai business empire. This day is all the more meaningful, considering that his entrepreneurship shines even brighter with the march of time amid Korea’s protracted economic downturn.
Control on big retailers
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that local governments’ restrictions on big retailers' operations were lawful, sending the case back to the Seoul High Court for review. The ruling is expected to end the legal battle started in 2012 by six large discount chains, including E-Mart and Home plus.
Labor reform in limbo
After a trilateral body formed to revise working conditions for temporary workers failed to reach an agreement, the ball is now in the court of the National Assembly. Since the Sept. 15 landmark accord on labor market reform, representatives from labor, management and the government have discussed the problem of non-regular workers, but to no avail.
Measures against terrorism
Few people dispute that Korea is relatively safe from massive terror attacks, although there are always tensions arising from North Korea's military provocations. But the Islamic State group's killing spree in Paris last week raises the possibility that Korea may not always be a safe haven as far as terrorism is concerned. During a parliamentary audit on Oct. 20, the National Intelligence Service presented evidence supporting allegations that Korea could become the target of terror attacks.
Flawed duty-free system
Retail giant Shinsegae and heavy-industry conglomerate Doosan won licenses to operate duty-free shops in Seoul in an open competition that concluded on Saturday.
Free POSCO from politics
The much-disputed investigation into corruption allegations involving POSCO has wrapped up. Announcing the results of its eight-month probe of the nation’s top steelmaker Wednesday, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said it will indict former POSCO Chairman Chung Joon-yang without detention on charges of bribery and breach of trust.
President and election
Roh Moo-hyun, the late former president, was nearly impeached in 2004 after voicing support for the then-ruling Uri Party ahead of the National Assembly elections. President Park Geun-hye’s remarks Tuesday that urged the public to vote for "sincere politicians" might appear different from Roh's case in that she didn't specify those to be supported. But her statement is clearly inappropriate, given that it could trigger a controversy of whether she violated her duty to remain politically neutral in the elections.
Bravo, Suu Kyi!
Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition pro-reform National League for Democracy (NLD) party has emerged to win a landslide victory in the just ended general election. The support the people of Myanmar for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate was evident as her party had swept 44 of the 45 lower house seats and all 12 of the upper house seats. "I think everyone already knows or guessed what the election result is," Suu Kyi was quoted as saying from the balcony of the NLD headquarters in Yangon capital.