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Lawmakers to visit US to discuss N. Korea
Lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties, except for the largest conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP), will visit Washington next week for talks with senior officials there on North Korea, according to the National Assembly, Monday. The group will meet senior American politicians and government officials from Oct. 1 to 7 to discuss escalating military tension surrounding the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations. Chung Dong-young, a four-term lawmaker of the minor opposition People’s Party, will head the delegation comprised of Reps. Lee Seok-hyu...
Assembly endorses Supreme Court chief nominee
The National Assembly endorsed President Moon Jae-in’s pick for Supreme Court chief Kim Meong-su, Thursday, ending a month-long standoff over the nomination. Kim secured a majority of votes to get confirmation. Out of 298 lawmakers, 160 voted for Kim while 134 voted against, with one abstention and three nullified votes. The results mean many lawmakers of the third-largest Pe...
Nuclear sub will not be on summit agenda: Cheong Wa Dae
South Korea’s plan to build a nuclear-powered submarine will not be discussed at the summit between President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump, scheduled for Thursday in New York City, Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday. It also denied a media report that the United States and South Korea have already reached an agreement on the development of nuclear submarines by South Korea. The report said both countries have closely discussed the issue and have already finalized working-level discussions, citing unnamed officials. The agreement may be announced at an appropriate time after the bila...
Nations rush to expel North Korean envoys
More countries are joining the move to scale back diplomatic ties with North Korea in response to its sixth nuclear test, Sept. 3. On Monday, Spain asked the North Korean ambassador in Madrid to leave the country by the end of September, the first European country to expel a North Korean diplomatic envoy. The move follows similar steps by Mexico, Peru and Kuwait earlier this ...
Media's mistranslation of Trump's tweet causes stir
A media report based on a mistranslation of one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent tweets is causing a stir here. Following his telephone conversation with President Moon Jae-in to discuss the North Korea nuclear issue, Sunday, Trump tweeted, “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!” Trump was apparently referring to fears of a fuel shortage growing in North Korea following the latest United Nations sanctions.
NK seeks to gain bargaining power with US
North Korea’s continuous ballistic missile tests show the reclusive country’s determination to improve its nuclear capability, analysts said Friday. The Kim Jong-un regime thinks of it as the only leverage in possible negotiations in the future amid heightened sanctions by the international community, they said. The North fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japanese territory into the Pacific Ocean earlier in the day, less than two weeks after it claimed “complete success” in a test of a hydrogen bomb for an intercontinental ballistic missile, Sept. 3.
South mulls $8 mil. humanitarian aid to N. Korea
The Moon Jae-in administration is considering providing $8 million in humanitarian assistance to North Korea through international organizations, a government official said Thursday. “The government plans to discuss offering $8 million to North Korea at the request of international organizations under the United Nations,” a unification ministry official told reporters, asking...
Chief justice appointment uncertain due to opposition protest
Whether or not Supreme Court chief justice nominee Kim Meong-su will get parliamentary approval is up in the air as the opposition parties are taking issue with his ideological orientation. If Kim’s confirmation is voted down, in addition to the rejection of Constitutional Court chief designate Kim Yi-su, the Moon Jae-in administration’s drive for judicial reform could further lose steam, pundits said Wednesday. The two-day confirmation hearings at the National Assembly ended with the opposition parties launching a scathing attack on what they claim was Kim’s left-leaning position.
Designer seeks to change wedding culture
Many grooms- or brides-to-be dream of a small yet meaningful wedding. Paradoxically, this translates to squandering money and monotonous weddings, formulated by existing wedding businesses in Korea. Lee Kyoung-jae, a 37-year-old designer, has sought to shift the formulaic trend since 2006 with her wedding planning startup “Sewing for the Soil.” Her motto is making weddings ec...
Opposition calls for 'nuclear tit-for-tat'
Opposition parties urged the Moon Jae-in government Tuesday to explore options to counter a nuclear North Korea, stressing the need to consider the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons. On the second day of a four-day interpellation session at the National Assembly, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and the minor opposition Bareun Party grilled key ministers on North Korea policies, claiming the government has been lackluster in devising countermeasures to the North’s nuclear program.
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