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Reporter : Ahn Seong-jin
Thu, May 26, 2022 | 19:48
[Editorial] Broadening alliance
President Yoon Suk-yeol and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden have committed to expanding the two countries' military alliance into a "global comprehensive strategic alliance" to deepen their cooperation in economy and technology. This new meaning of an alliance is set to open a new horizon in bilateral relations to ensure peace, stability and prosperity not only on the Korean P...
[Editorial] Approval of PM nominee
The National Assembly confirmed Prime Minister-nominee Han Duck-soo at its plenary session Friday. The approval came 47 days after President Yoon Suk-yeol nominated Han and 10 days after the Yoon administration took office. It is belated but welcome that the new administration has ended makeshift operations and now has a formal Cabinet. 국회는 금요일 본회의에서 한덕수 국무총리 후보자를 인준했다. 이번 인준...
[Editorial] Accept COVID-19 aid offer
North Korea appears to be facing a more serious COVID-19 situation than previously thought. On Sunday, it reported 15 additional deaths from the coronavirus and 296,180 more people with fever symptoms detected between Friday evening and 6 p.m. Saturday. The tally came three days after the North announced its first official COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began over two year...
[Editorial] Discourteous and undiplomatic
Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan has come under criticism for his seemingly inappropriate statement during his meeting with President Yoon Suk-yeol on Tuesday. Wang, who came here to attend Yoon's inauguration ceremony as Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy, offered a five-point proposal designed to promote bilateral relations further. Most notably, he cited the ne...
[Editorial] Full-scale rebuilding
HDC Hyundai Development has decided to demolish all eight apartment buildings at a complex in Gwangju under construction and rebuild them. The builder decided so, judging that it could hardly dissipate would-be residents' safety concerns if it rebuilds only one partially collapsed building. We hope the decision will ultimately serve as an occasion for the company facing a cri...
[Editorial] Tyranny of majority
The outgoing Moon Jae-in administration and the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) have completed a legislation process to deprive the prosecution of its investigative powers, despite strong opposition from the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) as well as prosecutors, lawyers and professors. The ruling camp cannot deflect criticism for railroading related bills thr...
[Editorial] Strengthen alliance
Incoming President Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden are scheduled to hold their first summit in Seoul on May 21 to discuss how to strengthen the alliance and deepen the partnership between the two countries. The summit will come only 11 days after Yoon is sworn in as president May 10. This will mark the earliest-ever meeting between the leaders of the allies followi...
[Editorial] Self-destructive behavior
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declared his resolve to ramp up his country's nuclear capabilities and use such weapons for other purposes beyond war deterrence. "Though the basic mission of the nuclear forces is to deter war, we must carry out the second mission if any forces attempt to infringe on the fundamental interests of the state," Kim was quoted as saying by the ...
[Editorial] Party head faces penalties
The ethics committee of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) decided last week to seek disciplinary action against Lee Jun-seok, chairman of the soon-to-be ruling party, over allegations that he accepted sexual favors via a businessperson in 2013. Lee, 37, is also facing allegations that he tried to destroy evidence related to the alleged sexual bribery case. 곧 집권여당이 ...
[Editorial] Landmark ruling on gay sex
The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a military court's conviction of two male soldiers sentenced to suspended prison terms for their same-sex relationship. In a landmark ruling hailed by human rights groups, the top court opposed the punishment of the soldiers under the military criminal code as they engaged in consensual sex in private while off duty. 대법원이 목요일 동성애 혐의로 집...
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