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Reporter : Ahn Seong-jin
Sat, February 24, 2024 | 02:14
[Editorial] Tyranny of majority
The outgoing Moon Jae-in administration and the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) have completed a legislation process to deprive the prosecution of its investigative powers, despite strong opposition from the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) as well as prosecutors, lawyers and professors. The ruling camp cannot deflect criticism for railroading related bills thr...
[Editorial] Strengthen alliance
Incoming President Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden are scheduled to hold their first summit in Seoul on May 21 to discuss how to strengthen the alliance and deepen the partnership between the two countries. The summit will come only 11 days after Yoon is sworn in as president May 10. This will mark the earliest-ever meeting between the leaders of the allies followi...
[Editorial] Self-destructive behavior
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declared his resolve to ramp up his country's nuclear capabilities and use such weapons for other purposes beyond war deterrence. "Though the basic mission of the nuclear forces is to deter war, we must carry out the second mission if any forces attempt to infringe on the fundamental interests of the state," Kim was quoted as saying by the ...
[Editorial] Party head faces penalties
The ethics committee of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) decided last week to seek disciplinary action against Lee Jun-seok, chairman of the soon-to-be ruling party, over allegations that he accepted sexual favors via a businessperson in 2013. Lee, 37, is also facing allegations that he tried to destroy evidence related to the alleged sexual bribery case. 곧 집권여당이 ...
[Editorial] Landmark ruling on gay sex
The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a military court's conviction of two male soldiers sentenced to suspended prison terms for their same-sex relationship. In a landmark ruling hailed by human rights groups, the top court opposed the punishment of the soldiers under the military criminal code as they engaged in consensual sex in private while off duty. 대법원이 목요일 동성애 혐의로 집...
[Editorial] Return to normal life
Korea lifted most COVID-19 restrictions Thursday, starting a journey back to normalcy. The lifting came two years and one month after the country adopted such limits to battle the coronavirus. It is welcome news for the people who have struggled to ride out the unprecedented public health crisis. 한국은 목요일 대부분의 COVID19 규제를 해제하며 일상으로 돌아가는 여정을 시작했다. 이번 해제는 한국이 코로나바이러스를 극복하기 위해 제한...
[Editorial] Stop engaging in politics
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol visited disgraced former President Park Geun-hye at her residence in Dalseong County, Daegu, Tuesday. During their 50-minute meeting, Yoon expressed regret over his role as a member of the independent counsel team that investigated and indicted her for her involvement in a corruption scandal. He invited her to his May 10 inauguration ceremony, an...
[Editorial] Stop war crimes
The Russian army has caught the world off guard with its apparent mass killings of civilians in the towns of Ukraine along with other atrocities such as sexual offenses and even torture. Ukraine said it has recovered more than 410 corpses in Bucha and other cities on the outskirts of Kyiv who were victims of atrocities committed by Russian troops. 러시아군은 우크라이나 마을에서 민간인 대량 학살 의...
[Editorial] Soaring inflation
Taming inflation is getting more difficult as consumer prices shot up last month by more than 4 percent for the first time in a decade. This casts a dark cloud over much-touted efforts by the incoming Yoon Suk-yeol administration to improve the people's livelihoods by speeding up an economic recovery. 지난 달 소비자 물가가 10년 만에 처음으로 4% 이상 급등하면서 인플레이션을 억제하는 것이 점점 더 어려워지고 있다. 이는 경제 회복...
[Editorial] Row over first lady's clothes
Cheong Wa Dae said last Thursday that it "could not understand why it should matter whether first lady Kim Jung-sook paid with cash or card in buying clothes at her own expense." The presidential office made the remarks in response to the controversy over the first lady's alleged purchases of apparel using the special activity expense fund, which is allotted to some governmen...
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