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South's peace overtures answered by North's ballistic missile launch
The Moon Jae-in government is making last-ditch efforts for progress on its inter-Korean peace drive before President Moon's term ends in about five months, but Pyongyang is remaining unresponsive to Seoul's continued calls for dialogue. Rather, North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Wednesday morning, marking this year's first missile launch. This launch coincided with ...
Smuggled cigarettes
Officials of Korea Coast Guard's Incheon branch examine cigarettes seized from smugglers at the branch office in Incheon, Wednesday. The Coast Guard caught a ring of seven people who allegedly smuggled 3.6 million packs of Korean cigarettes manufactured for export, worth about 17 billion won ($1.4 million), back into the country through Incheon Port, over 10 times from May to...
Will lowering candidacy age help resolve youth issues?
People aged 18 or older are now eligible to run for a National Assembly seat, a provincial government head position or local council membership following a Dec. 31 decision by parliament to revise the Public Official Election Act lowering the age limit for those running in general and local elections. The previous age limit was 25.
Military criticized for continued border control failures
The military has come under fire for repeated failures in border control, especially as multiple border crossing cases have taken place in recent years in the eastern coastal region. On Sunday, the military said an unidentified person from the South had crossed the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) into North Korea the night before. On Monday, it said that the person is presumed to be...
Presidential candidates vow all-out efforts for campaigns in New Year
January is expected to be a crucial period in the race for the presidential election set for March 9. The competition is mainly about the rival candidates of the country's two major parties, but the support rates of both Lee Jae-myung of the ruling liberal Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition conservative People Power Party (PPP) have been ...
Koreans pin high hopes on watershed presidential election
The year 2022 is expected to be a watershed period for Korea, with the major political event of the presidential election slated for March 9. Frustrated with the deepening polarization and division of the country, most Koreans, regardless of age, social status or political background, expect to see a major turnaround following the upcoming election. Though the presidential co...
From factory worker to ruling party's presidential candidate
Lee Jae-myung, 57, the presidential candidate of the ruling liberal Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), is widely known as a “man of strong will,” shown in his strong policy drives that have seen most of his campaign pledges achieved. Before becoming the ruling party's candidate for the presidential election, he served as governor of Gyeonggi Province, the most populated provinc...
Anti-corruption agency accused of using 'Big Brother' tactics
An independent agency that is supposed to investigate corruption cases involving high-ranking officials is facing allegations of poring over the phone logs of opposition lawmakers as well as journalists, including their family members. The investigative body, called the Corruption Investigation Office for High-Ranking Officials (CIO), is also the target of mounting criticism ...
Disaster relief fund for small businesses
Workers are on duty at a government call center providing counseling services for small business owners in Seoul, Monday, the first day the government started providing 1 million won ($842) in relief funds to about 3.2 million small business owners across the nation, who are suffering sales losses due to the government's COVID-19 quarantine and social distancing guidelines. Y...
Main opposition candidate Yoon trapped in dilemma after Park's release
The main opposition conservative People Power Party (PPP) and its presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol are facing a dilemma over how to respond to last week's presidential decision on a special pardon for former President Park Geun-hye who had been jailed over a massive corruption scandal.
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