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Reporter : Lee Hyo-jin
Wed, December 6, 2023 | 14:06
Hunger strike or 'mukbang': lawmakers' contrasting responses to Fukushima wastewater release
Rival parties are showing contrasting responses to Japan's imminent discharge of radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. Opposition lawmakers have launched a hunger strike, while ruling party lawmakers are visiting local markets to eat seafood.
Foreign ministry, opposition party clash over Fukushima wastewater release
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) are clashing as the party seeks to take collective action with Pacific Rim nations against Japan's planned release of treated radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean. The foreign ministry and the opposition party seem to be on the same page that Tokyo's imminent wastewater release fr...
Will full THAAD deployment trigger retaliatory measures from China?
Bilateral relations between South Korea and China could turn from bad to worse, according to diplomatic observers, as Seoul prepares for full-fledged deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system at the displeasure of Beijing.
Revised law aims to make it easier to punish stalkers
Stalkers will now face criminal punishment regardless of a victim's consent, following a revision to the so-called “anti-stalking law” that was passed at a plenary session of the National Assembly, Wednesday.
[PHOTOS] Forum navigates past, present, future of Korea-US alliance
Korea Times Chairman Seung Myung-ho, front row fifth from right, Second Vice Foreign Minister Lee Do-hoon, front row fifth from left, and Vice Defense Minister Shin Beom-chul, front row fourth from left, pose with distinguished guests before the beginning of the 2023 Korea Times Forum themed “Korea-U.S. Alliance: Security & Space Cooperation” held at the Korea...
S. Korea-US alliance should open new chapter for next 70 years, experts say
Formed with the signing of the mutual defense treaty in 1953, the primary goal of the South Korea-U.S. alliance was to protect Seoul from possible North Korean attacks. Over the past 70 years, the bilateral ties have expanded to various areas including trade, technology and culture.
[INTERVIEW] UNHCR Korea chief stresses fairness over speed in refugee screening
Obtaining refugee status in Korea is often likened to a camel passing through the eye of a needle. Since Korea began to accept refugees in 1994, a total of 1,338 people were granted refugee status by 2022, constituting a tiny portion of some 85,000 applicants, according to data from the Ministry of Justice. Last year, only 175 out of 11,539 asylum seekers were accepted, trans...
Saluting US veterans of Korean War
An American veteran who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War is escorted while Korean naval servicemen salute during a ceremony at the Navy Second Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, Monday. Some 50 U.S. veterans and their descendants traveled to South Korea to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the two nations' alliance. Yonhap
[INTERVIEW] ASEAN secretary-general calls on N. Korea to return to dialogue
Escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to Pyongyang's repeated missile provocations are a worrisome development, not only for Seoul, but also for countries in the neighboring Southeast Asian region, according to Kao Kim Hourn, the secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Seoul city on alert over BTS 10th anniversary celebration
A crowd of over 300,000 BTS fans is expected to gather at Han River Park in Yeouido on Saturday to celebrate the K-pop juggernaut's 10th debut anniversary, prompting Seoul city authorities to implement safety measures. Tens of thousands of fans are anticipated to attend “The BTS Festa @Yeouido,” the main event of a two-week-long festival held to celebrate the megastar's10th d...