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Who ordered shooting at Gwangju uprising?
Will it be different this time? President Moon Jae-in last week ordered a new investigation into the military junta’s bloody crackdown on Gwangju citizens during their pro-democracy movement in May 1980 reopened. Moon particularly ordered the investigators to look into two allegations that the military led by Chun Doo-hwan, then an Army general, shot at citizens from helicopt...
Ahn vows to build strong party
Ahn Cheol-soo, the newly-elected chairman of the minor opposition People’s Party, vowed Monday that he will build a strong opposition party that plays an active role in checks and balances against the Moon Jae-in government. “The People’s Party should be an opposition party that strongly stands up to the government when it divides the people and goes against the national inte...
Ahn Cheol-soo elected as People's Party leader again
Ahn Cheol-soo, the former presidential candidate of the minor opposition People’s Party, was elected as the party’s next head Sunday. He obtained the party leadership only 110 days after losing the presidential election. Ahn garnered 51.09 percent of the votes from party members while his competitors trailed by a large margin, the party said during its national convention hel...
Moon has asset worth $1.62 mil.
President Moon Jae-in’s assets amount to 1.82 billion won ($1.61 million), data showed Friday. The annual data, released by the Government Public Ethics Committee, showed that the average wealth of the President and senior presidential secretaries was 1.98 billion won ($1.75 million). Presidential chief of staff for policy Chang Ha-sung topped the list with 9.32 billion won ($8.26 million) in assets, followed by Cho Kuk, senior presidential secretary for civil affairs, who reported 4.98 billion won ($4.41 million).
People's Party to elect new leader Sunday
The minor liberal People’s Party will hold its national convention Sunday to elect its new leader who will be tasked with salvaging the party amid dismal public support. Party members started two days of telephone voting Friday. In the previous online voting between Aug. 23 and 24, 18.95 percent of members participated, the party said. Their combined results will be revealed ...
DPK floor leader vows to support Moon's reform policies
Rep. Woo Won-shik, the floor leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), vowed to push for multiple reform bills that have been or will be submitted to back the Moon Jae-in government’s policies to eradicate deep-rooted irregularities and corruption in society. In a press conference to mark his first 100 days in office, Wednesday, Woo said that he will make every effort to reform the prosecution, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and public broadcasters. “We will seek bills to set up an independent investigative body for corruption by high-level public officials, halt the spy...
World traveler pushes boundaries of traditional garment
Kwon Mi-ru, 37, has traveled 63 cities in 13 countries wearing only the Korean traditional dress of hanbok. Her hanbok craze even took her up Mount Halla on Jeju Island and Annapurna in the Himalayas of Nepal. She climbed there in a winter hanbok, which she recalled was no different from functional thermal clothing. “I just wanted to experiment with the potential of hanbok, b...
Kim Jong-un secretly visits border unit
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un secretly visited a military unit near the inter-Korean border in early August but was not seen on state media, sources said Tuesday. After Kim’s rare visit to the border unit was detected, the South Korean military increased its readiness against the North’s possible tactical provocations, the sources said. Kim reportedly made a secret inspection of the North’s border unit, about 1,000 meters away from the South’s outpost in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, early this month.
Christian lawmakers oppose religious tax
Seventy-two percent of lawmakers who proposed a bill to delay a tax on religious groups say they are Christian, according to the National Assembly Monday, drawing public ire for advocating their own interest groups. According to the Assembly’s report, 18 out of the 25 lawmakers who sponsored the bill were Christian; five were Buddhist; one was Catholic and one an atheist. The lawmakers from the four major parties submitted a bill Aug. 10 to postpone the implementation of the revision to the tax law until 2020, claiming that the government has yet to devise criteria and procedures for taxing ...
Moon's N. Korean red line remark causes stir
The President’s definition of a “red line” for North Korea has fueled controversy, with critics questioning its adequacy. At a press conference to mark his 100th day in office Thursday, President Moon Jae-in said that he would consider North Korea had crossed a red line “if it completes development of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and weaponizes it by fitting a nuclear warhead on it.” He also said, “North Korea is nearing the threshold of the red line.” Some people, including Moon’s aides, interpreted the rare remarks as a warning to the North on its rapid progress in developi...
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