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Military opens probe into deadly 1980 crackdown
The Ministry of National Defense on Monday launched a committee to investigate the military junta’s bloody crackdown on Gwangju citizens during a pro-democracy movement that started May 18, 1980. The ministry said the special committee will look into allegations that soldiers shot at citizens from helicopters and fighter jets were loaded with bombs and ready to fly to the cit...
LKP ends legislative boycott with no gains
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) has decided to end its week-long boycott of the National Assembly’s regular session as they made no political gains from the boycott but only got negative responses from the public. Party spokesman Khang Hyo-shang told reporters Saturday the party’s Supreme Council decided to return to the Assembly, and the party will hold a gener...
Bareun Party leader in hot seat over illegal funding allegation
Bareun Party Chairwoman Lee Hye-hoon is in the hot seat over an allegation that she received illegal funds from a businessman in exchange for business favors. The prosecution said Friday it will begin looking into the allegation early next week as the businessman filed a petition with the prosecution Thursday. Rep. Lee said she did borrow money from the businessman some time ...
N. Korea threatens to kill S. Korean journalists
North Korea threatened to execute South Korean journalists and heads of their newspaper companies, Thursday, claiming they insulted the state dignity in their recent review of a book about the isolated country. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) denounced the articles published by the conservative Dong-A Ilbo and Chosun Ilbo newspapers, claiming they false...
Start of parliamentary session
Lawmakers sing the national anthem during the opening ceremony of the National Assembly’s regular session, Friday. The 100-day regular session, the first after the Moon Jae-in administration was launched, is expected to bring heated debates between rival parties over the government’s 2018 budget bill centered on boosting welfare benefits and responses to North Kor...
Controversy swirling over SME minister nominee
Park Seong-jin, President Moon Jae-in’s nominee for minister of SMEs and startups, is in hot water over his controversial historical perspectives and ethical lapses. Park is accused of supporting the dictatorship of the controversial founding president, Syngman Rhee, in his academic reports and claiming the country was founded in 1948, a view advocated by ultra-right historia...
Constitutional Court justice nominee accused of illegally trading stock
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) on Thursday called on the financial authorities to thoroughly investigate an allegation that Constitutional Court Justice-nominee Lee You-jung engaged in illegal stock-trading. “The financial authorities should investigate the possibility of Lee having made abnormal stock trades by using unofficial insider information,” said the P...
Assembly regular session to begin Friday
The National Assembly will begin its first regular session since the inauguration of President Moon Jae-in, Friday. Heated debates are expected over the government’s budget bill centered on boosting welfare benefits, North Korea’s nuclear and missile provocations and other hot-button issues during the 100-day session, which is scheduled to end Dec. 12. The session may provide a glimpse of the future political landscape because no single party has a majority in the 299-member in the National assembly.
Korean activist turning Chinese desert into forest
Westerly winds carrying yellow dust from China are one of South Koreans’ main environmental concerns in spring. While most are unsure what can be done, a few people have already been out in Chinese deserts raising trees to combat desertification. Kwon Hyuk-dae, director of the Chinese headquarters of nongovernmental organization Future Forest, has been engaged in a tree-plant...
Opposition calls for overhaul of N. Korea policy
Opposition parties called on the Moon Jae-in government to overhaul what they claim is its naive approach toward North Korea Tuesday, following the North’s latest missile provocation. They demanded that Moon scrap his two-track policy of seeking dialogue and sanctions, and instead strengthen defensive capabilities including full deployment of the U.S. anti-missile system.
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