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Reporter : Nam Hyun-woo
Sun, August 14, 2022 | 12:23
Yoon's adviser tapped as presidential secretary for policy coordination
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol on Thursday announced the appointments of 19 secretaries who will assist his administration. He also announced the creation of a new office for policy coordination and plans to pursue synergy in various government policies.
Nominations of Korean envoys to US, China, Japan and Russia in making
There were no career diplomats named for the key posts in national security and foreign policy, including for foreign minister, in President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's earlier nominations for Cabinet ministers. Yoon's alleged preference more for political appointees with years of experience in related fields over career diplomats may also continue in his forthcoming nominations of...
Korea remains unhappy country for children
Korea is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of Children's Day in the country, Thursday, but it appears that children here are not as happy as adults. National Human Rights Commission of Korea Chairperson Song Doo-hwan issued a statement on Wednesday and criticized the quality of life and lack of happiness of Korean children. “Korea has been commemorating Ch...
President-elect in hot seat over backpedaling on key pledges
The incoming Yoon Suk-yeol administration finds itself in hot water over its policy roadmap for the next five years, as some of his key election pledges - disbanding the gender equality ministry, raising soldiers' salaries and deploying additional U.S. missile systems in South Korea - have been missing from a list of key tasks. Those pledges were used as catchy slogans throug...
Moon signs controversial prosecutorial reform bills into law
President Moon Jae-in signed into law bills aimed at limiting prosecutors' investigative powers, snubbing protests from prosecutors and the main opposition People Power Party (PPP). During a Cabinet meeting, Tuesday, Moon approved revised bills of the Prosecutors' Office Act and the Criminal Procedure Act, which were passed by the National Assembly on April 30 and Tuesday, re...
PM nominee grilled over alleged conflict of interest
Rival parties clashed over Prime Minister nominee Han Duck-soo's qualifications during a confirmation hearing on Monday. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) took issue with Han's wealth which increased in size over the past 10 years after he last served in a government position, while the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) defended him, claiming he is more qualif...
Yoon's foreign policy mentor appointed to lead national security
Kim Sung-han, a professor at Korea University and former vice foreign minister, will serve as national security adviser to President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, Yoon's chief of staff Chang Je-won announced, Sunday. Along with Kim, Chang announced the appointments of a pack of presidential aides who have been widely anticipated. Following the nominations, the current post of chief of...
Parties clash over establishment of Korean version of FBI
The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has unilaterally pushed for the first phase of its proposed prosecutorial reform, and it is flexing its muscles to complete the process of limiting prosecutors' investigative powers before President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol takes office on May 10.
Yoon, Biden likely to stress deterrence against North Korea during summit
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a summit in Seoul on May 21, according to officials, Thursday. The U.S. leader is scheduled to visit South Korea from May 20 to 22. The two leaders are expected to share their views on North Korea's escalating missile and nuclear threats, South Korea's new stance on joining U.S. efforts to contain China and ...
Heading for job experience program
Students of Seoil Elementary School in Gwangju wave as they leave for a job experience program, Thursday. Instead of having a typical multiple-day field trip, the school decided to launch one-day job experience programs for the children. The government will announce today whether it will maintain the requirement for people to wear face masks outdoors. Yonhap