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Reporter : Ahn Seong-jin
Sat, February 24, 2024 | 02:49
[Editorial] Bipartisan populism
The National Assembly approved a 16.9-trillion-won ($14.2-billion) supplementary budget bill Monday to provide financial support for pandemic-hit small merchants and self-employed people. It is fortunate that the ruling and opposition parties passed the bill based on bipartisanship after weeks of political haggling. 국회는 월요일 코로나19로 타격을 입은 소상공인과 자영업자를 지원하기 위해 16조 9,000억원(142억불)...
[Editorial] Step in wrong direction
The Moon Jae-in administration cannot avoid criticism for easing social distancing rules ahead of the March 9 presidential election, despite an explosive surge in COVID-19 infections. On Friday, the government decided to allow cafes and restaurants to extend their business hours by one hour to 10 p.m., for about three weeks until March 13. 문재인정부는 코로나19 감염자의 폭발적인 급증에도 3월 9일 대선...
[Editorial] Widening income disparity
The gap between the rich and poor deepened over the past four years under the Moon Jae-in administration. The average annual income of the richest 10 percent increased by 14.29 million won ($12,000) from 2016 to 2020, according to the office of Rep. Choo Kyung-ho of the main opposition People Power Party, Tuesday. 문재인정부 들어 지난 4년간 빈부 격차가 심화됐다. 20일 국민의힘 추경호 의원실에 따르면 상위 10% 부자의 ...
[Editorial] No more political retaliation
Opposition People Power Party (PPP) presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol has triggered controversy over his remarks that he will launch an investigation into alleged corruption and abuse of power by the current administration if he is elected. He certainly went too far in targeting the Moon Jae-in government for an anti-corruption drive. 국민의힘 윤석열 대선후보가 당선될 경우 현 정부의 비리와 권력남용 의...
[Editorial] Fight against Omicron
On Monday, the Moon Jae-in administration announced its measures against the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The new guidelines call for easing monitoring and quarantine rules for low-risk patients. Such measures are inevitable as health authorities can no longer maintain a tight quarantine network in the face of an explosive spike in new infections. 문재인정부가 월...
Ahn Cheol-soo rejects unified candidacy, vows to finish race
Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate the minor opposition People's Party, made clear that he will be in the presidential race all the way to the end, denying speculation that he would consider fielding a unified candidacy with the main opposition People Power Party (PPP). 국민의당 안철수 대선 후보가 국민의힘과의 후보 단일화를 검토할 것이라는 관측을 부인하며 대선 레이스를 완주하겠다는 의지를 분명히 했다.
[Editorial] Lack of in-depth discussion
The major presidential candidates engaged in a heated discussion about various pending issues during the first TV debate, which took place at a KBS studio Thursday evening. They exchanged views on diverse matters such as real estate, foreign affairs, security, job creation and economic growth during the two-hour debate. The event drew special attention as it was the first deb...
[Editorial] Populist campaign pledges
Presidential candidates of the rival political parties have gone too far in making campaign pledges they cannot keep. It is reckless and irresponsible for them to try to woo voters with unfeasible policy proposals. 여야 대선주자들이 지키지 못할 공약들을 내놓는 것이 도를 넘어섰다. 실현 불가능한 정책들로 유권자의 마음을 사로잡으려는 것은 무모하고 무책임한 행동이다.
[Editorial] Undiplomatic move
The Japanese Embassy in Seoul has touched off controversy with its refusal to accept a New Year's gift sent by President Moon Jae-in because it was wrapped in paper showing an image of Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo. Cheong Wa Dae sent gifts of traditional liquor and other agricultural items last Tuesday to 15,000 people in diverse sectors of society, including foreign e...
[Editorial] Fear of Omicron variant
Korea reported 6,603 COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, marking an increase of 798 cases from a day earlier, mostly prompted by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. This means the daily number of infections surpassed 6,000 for the first time since Dec. 24 when it stood at 6,233. It is a sharp increase of 2,439 cases from the 4,164 reported Jan. 13. 정부당국은 수요일 총 6,603명의 코로나1...
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