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FTA renegotiation hits Assembly audit
The envisioned renegotiation of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) is likely to become a hot-button issue in the 20-day National Assembly audit of government offices that begins today. Opposition parties have launched an all-out political offensive against the Moon Jae-in government since Seoul and Washington agreed last week to begin a process to amend the FTA. They claimed the government failed to properly handle the Donald Trump administration’s requests for renegotiation in the early stages, causing a situation that could result in huge economic damage to the nation.
14,189 Korean-born adoptees in US undocumented
One out of 10 Korean-born adoptees in the United States does not have U.S. citizenship, according to a ruling party lawmaker, Tuesday. Of 111,148 ethnic Koreans legally adopted into American families, 14,189, or 12.8 percent, have failed to obtain American citizenship and are left vulnerable to deportation, said Rep. Shim Jae-kwon of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK). “Whil...
Noose tightens around Lee Myung-bak
Attention is high over whether former President Lee Myung-bak will face the prosecution’s investigation over alleged abuse of power, four and a half years after his term ended. With a series of recent revelations - documents showing Cheong Wa Dae’s attempts to control the media, the military’s online smear campaigns against opposition candidates and a blacklist of artists - L...
Rival parties dig in for gov't inspection
The 20-day National Assembly audit into government offices is set to begin Thursday. This is the first Assembly inspection into both former and incumbent administrations at the same time, because of ex-President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment in March this year over a corruption scandal and her successor Moon Jae-in’s inauguration afterward. While opposition parties usually attack government policies, this time the ruling party is expected to take aim at the previous conservative Lee Myung-bak and Park governments and the opposition block, at the current liberal Moon administration and even the...
N. Korea secretly reopens some Gaeseong factories
The government seems to have no particular measures to halt North Korea’s unilateral operation of the inter-Korean joint industrial complex in the border city of Gaeseong. North Korea indirectly acknowledged Friday that it had reopened part of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex, claiming it has the right to run the complex in its territory. The previous Park Geun-hye government ...
N. Korea vows to shoot down US bombers
North Korea denounced the recent flight of U.S. Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bombers off the North Korean coast as dangerous and rash Friday in its first response to the strong show of force. Uriminzokkiri, a state-run North Korean overseas online propaganda outlet, released a commentary titled “Provocative behavior that arouses tens of millions of people’s will for revenge” ...
N. Korea unwilling to repay loans from South
North Korea seems unwilling to repay loans it received from South Korea when inter-Korean relations were good in the 2000s, an opposition lawmaker claimed Thursday. Citing data from the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) and the National Assembly Budget Office, Rep. Shim Jae-cheol of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) said the North’s outstanding liabilities are 161.4 billion won ($142.5 million) as of July, out of accumulated loans of 1.05 trillion won ($932 million). “North Korea has not paid back a penny since 2012 but the government has yet to come up with any countermeasu...
Chinese ambassador delivers present to first lady
Chinese Ambassador to Korea Qiu Guohong met first lady Kim Jung-sook and delivered a present from Chinese artist Han Meilin, Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday. The gift was the complete works of late modern Chinese painter Qi Baishi. Qi, dubbed the “Chinese Picasso,” is considered to be one of the greatest East Asian artists of the 20th century.
'US offended by Moon's offer to North Korea for military talks'
Moon Chung-in, President Moon Jae-in’s special adviser for unification and national security affairs, said Tuesday that the U.S. had complained about Moon’s proposal for military talks with North Korea in July. “The U.S. was deeply disgruntled by Seoul’s offer for military talks,” he said during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the second inter-Korean summit on Oct....
Rising tension in Korea benefits Abe
North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations are seemingly giving a much-needed boost to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as his popularity is rebounding amid growing security concerns. Abe is successfully capitalizing on public fears about possible attacks from North Korea to regain support, and this is becoming a crucial factor in Japanese domestic politics, analysts sa...
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