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Reporter : Jung Min-ho
Tue, May 30, 2023 | 16:58
Three questions remain over repatriation of North Korean fishermen
Pictures of North Korean fishermen fiercely resisting deportation provide an answer to one important question: They seemed sincere about defecting to South Korea, contrary to the claims of the previous Moon Jae-in administration. The revelation by the Ministry of Unification has left many people shocked here and abroad. Now, calls are mounting to uncover the whole truth behin...
[INTERVIEW] Teaching and learning from North Korean defectors
Nuclear weapons, starvation and gross abuses of human rights: North Korea is the country everyone loves to hate. For many of those who used to live there, such negative images are among the many challenges they face when trying to start anew elsewhere. High school students who have volunteered to assist North Korean defectors settle in South Korean society said one of the bes...
Human rights activists shocked by photos of North Korean fishermen
Photos of North Korean fishermen fiercely resisting deportation seem to show that they were sincere about defecting to South Korea, and the credibility of the previous administration's claim doubting the intent of the defectors has been damaged by the revelation, according to human rights activists.
Ministry shifts stance on deportation of North Korean fishermen
The Ministry of Unification has abandoned its previous position on the repatriation of North Korean fishermen, who it said were “not sincere” about defecting to South Korea in 2019 - a chief justification for the controversial decision. Speaking to The Korea Times Tuesday, a ministry official reconfirmed the shift in stance.
US embassy vows to continue openly promoting LGBTQ rights
Surrounded by several police officers near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Monday, a protester with a determined look on her face was holding a sign that read, “No Homosexual Ambassador to Korea.” But another sign set up behind her puzzled some passersby, as it said “Reinforce S. Korea-U.S. Alliance.”The mix of these seemingly inconsistent messages shows the nature of the challeng...
New US ambassador arrives in Seoul
Philip Goldberg, the new U.S. ambassador to South Korea, arrived in Seoul, Sunday, at a critical juncture for peace on the Korean Peninsula. Goldberg, 65, who vowed to pursue the comprehensive, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of Pyongyang at his Senate confirmation hearing in April, will lead the U.S. mission by taking the post that had remained vacant for more than...
NBC's 'Today' show mocked for using Korean flag to report Abe's death
“Today,” a morning news program on NBC, has been mocked for displaying footage of Korean flags during a segment reporting on the death of Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese prime minister. A reporter on the show told viewers Friday (local time) about the assassination of Abe, who was shot while making a campaign speech for the Liberal Democratic Party in Nara, ahead of Sunday's ...
Ex-spy chiefs implicated in cover-ups
Two former chiefs of South Korea's intelligence agency are being investigated for allegedly abusing their ...
First lady thrust back into spotlight over unofficial aide
In the run-up to the presidential election, President Yoon Suk-yeol vowed to abolish the office that had supported the president's spouse amid controversy surrounding the luxury wardrobe of former first lady Kim Jung-sook. Two months after he stepped into office, Yoon is already struggling to keep that promise. His wife, Kim Keon-hee, has been thrust back into the spotlight f...
Top military officer interrogated in 2019 for seizing North Korean boat
One of the top military officials under the previous Moon Jae-in administration was quizzed for hours in an unprecedented case three years ago, after refusing to respond to an order to release a North Korean boat that had been detained by the South Korean military after it entered the South's territorial waters.