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Reporter : Kang Seung-woo
Thu, February 9, 2023 | 08:25
Yoon's delegation discusses extended deterrence, summit with US
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's U.S. delegation held discussions with the U.S. side, Tuesday (local time), about the permanent presence of U.S. strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula amid mounting threats from North Korea. In addition, the two sides also talked about holding a summit between Yoon and U.S. President Joe Biden at an early date. The ROK-U.S. Policy Consultatio...
North Korea's harsh rhetoric seen as attempt to tame South Korea
Scathing remarks made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister in response to South Korea's defense minister touting the South's “pre-emptive strike” ability were aimed at taming Seoul's new administration, which is widely expected to take a tougher stance against Pyongyang, including the use of military options, according to experts.
Yoon to complete Cabinet nominations by next week
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol is set to follow up his nomination for prime minister with the designation of ministers by the end of next week, according to his spokesperson, Monday. Yoon, scheduled to take office, May 10, tapped former Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, Sunday, to serve as the first premier in his administration, kicking off the process of nominating Cabinet member...
'Dramatic change in Korea-Japan ties unlikely under Yoon'
Even though President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, who wants to mend frayed ties with Japan, takes office in May, strained bilateral relations will not return to normal overnight due to longstanding historical irritants, according to diplomatic observers.
Ahn calls it quits in prime minister nomination race
Ahn Cheol-soo, the chairman of President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's transition team, has taken himself out of consideration for the prime minister position in order to “ease the burden” on the incoming president. Ahn, who also dropped out of the presidential election to endorse Yoon, said that he is committed to finding qualified candidates for the Cabinet, while doing things that...
Yoon eyes solving polarization, demographic cliff
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol urged his transition team, Tuesday, to bolster pre-emptive and resolute efforts to achieve innovative growth, while focusing on pragmatism and the national interest to address polarization and a demographic cliff the country faces. He also urged the subcommittees of his transition team to step up cooperation to achieve those goals.
Yoon's search for prime minister begins
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has begun the selection process for his first prime minister, amid speculation that candidates versed in the economy are emerging as front-runners due to Yoon's focus on stabilizing the economy. “Considering the time required for the Assembly confirmation process, the appointment of the prime minister is likely to be made by early April,” Yoon's ...
Yoon's presidential office relocation plan complicates meeting with Biden
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's resolute adherence to his plan to move Cheong Wa Dae even after being inaugurated, May 10, has led to an unforeseen problem: where to hold a summit and dine with U.S. President Joe Biden during his visit to Korea. Yoon wants to relocate the presidential office to the compound of the defense ministry before taking office. But he is set to take t...
Foreign ministry seeks to regain authority over trade
The foreign and trade ministries are engaged in a tug of war over which institution will have the authority to promote trade under the incoming Yoon Suk-yeol administration. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is seeking to recover its original responsibility over trade matters, while the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy is arguing for trade authority on the basis of its re...
Parties gear up for local elections
With the presidential election now in the rearview mirror, political parties are gearing up for the upcoming local elections, in which 17 mayoral and gubernatorial seats as well as posts for numerous local council members and education chiefs are up for grabs. Following the victory in the presidential election, the conservative People Power Party (PPP) has set its sights on a...
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