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Moon's reform push backed by high popularity
President Moon Jae-in is still enjoying high popularity as he marked the 100th day in office, Thursday, with his recent approval ratings hovering around 80 percent. In a public survey conducted by local pollster Embrain between Aug. 15 and 16, 84.1 percent of respondents supported Moon’s management of state affairs. According to Gallup Korea, his approval rating stood at 78 p...
Rival parties show mixed reviews on Moon's 100 days
The rival parties showed conflicting evaluations on the performance of the Moon Jae-in government, Wednesday, a day before the President’s 100th day in office. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) highly praised Moon for increasing communication with the public, referring to his positive approval ratings. But the opposition parties assessed the administration poorly, saying it failed on security matters, and its personnel screening system while devising populist policies.
Making a living, from the dead
Blood stains, maggots crawling on the floor, rancid odors of a rotting corpse are the basics Kil Hae-yong, a 33-year-old trauma scene cleaner, encounters at his workplace. “There’s no single difficulty I’ve felt in doing my job,” Kil said against common expectations during an interview with The Korea Times, Monday. Kil sometimes cleans up spaces where dead bodies have been la...
Moon's security adviser criticizes Trump over hawkish remarks
Moon Chung-in, President Moon Jae-in’s special adviser for unification and national security affairs, has openly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump over his bellicose rhetoric toward North Korea. “What is happening is very unusual. We do not expect the president of the United States to make that kind of statement,” Moon told ABC News in an interview released Sunday. “It i...
THAAD deployment may gain momentum
The Moon Jae-in government is expected to accelerate the tentative deployment of a U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in the southeastern county of Seongju, following positive interim results of a small-scale environmental impact study Saturday. The defense and environment ministries conducted a joint on-spot survey of electromagnetic radiation and noise...
'Mooncare' draws strong backlash
Concerns are growing over how to fund President Moon Jae-in’s new health care scheme which is estimated to cost up to 30.6 trillion won ($26.9 billion) over the next five years. Moon on Wednesday announced the plan to expand the coverage of state health insurance to almost all diseases excluding cosmetic and plastic surgeries by 2022. The so-called “Mooncare” will cover 3,800...
MBC producers fight for freedom of speech
Cho Jin-young, 33, and Soh Jung-moon, 34, are among 10 producers of local broadcaster MBC’s popular investigative program “PD Note.” The producers have boycotted the company since July 21 in protest against what they claim is management’s inappropriate intervention in program content and editing. “We are fighting against those who put a gag on us, with hopes that we will be a...
Nuclear armament forum held
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) hosted a forum Wednesday to push for the country’s nuclear armament as a countermeasure to North Korea’s evolving nuclear threats. The party’s lawmakers renewed their call to the government to consider requesting the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons here. They said the government should invalidate an inter-Korean denu...
N. Korea gets cold shoulder at ARF
North Korea offered to hold bilateral meetings with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Manila, the Philippines, only to get the cold shoulder from them, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Tuesday. In a press briefing held on the last day of the forum, Kang said North Korea’s diplomatic isolation has further...
Lawmaker proposes bill to ban after-hours work orders
Rep. Lee Yong-ho of the minor opposition People’s Party has proposed a bill to ban companies from giving work-related orders via social media after work. According to Lee’s office, Monday, the bill is to limit employers or management from giving work orders both directly and indirectly after work via phone calls, emails, mobile messaging or other forms of social networking services, and defines it as a violation of the freedom of an employee to have a private life. Such an act is only allowed when there is an appropriate reason. But still, companies should pay over half of the normal salary ...
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