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Reporter : Nam Hyun-woo
Tue, May 30, 2023 | 19:52
President signs bills to upgrade veterans ministry, launch overseas Koreans agency
President Yoon Suk Yeol signed bills, Thursday, upgrading the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) to a full-fledged ministry and establishing a new agency in charge of affairs related to overseas Koreans. This is the first time that Korea held a presidential ceremony signing bills authorizing changes in the government's structure. The presidential office said it ...
US confirms talks with Korean ammunitions maker over sales deal
The U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that Washington has been in discussions over the sales of ammunition to the United States by a Korean non-government industrial defense company, as Seoul maintains the position of withholding provision of lethal weaponry to Ukraine.
Japan changed from 'aggressor' to 'partner' with shared universal values: President Yoon
President Yoon Suk Yeol extended another olive branch to mend relations between South Korea and Japan, saying Tokyo has “transformed from a militaristic aggressor into a partner” during his March 1 Independence Movement Day speech, Wednesday. “Now, more than a century after the March 1 Independence Movement, Japan has transformed itself from a militaristic aggressor of the pa...
Main opposition party in turmoil after chairman barely escapes arrest
The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) is plagued by factional strife after its leader, Lee Jae-myung, narrowly escaped arrest in Monday's National Assembly vote. Some of his own party members voted to approve a request by prosecutors to take him into custody on charges of corruption and bribery. The DPK's leadership, Tuesday, called for unity between party membe...
Main opposition leader narrowly escapes arrest after National Assembly vote
Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairman Lee Jae-myung barely escaped arrest, Monday, amid a relentless pursuit by prosecutors accusing him of corruption and bribery. The National Assembly narrowly voted down a motion to arrest Lee despite the DPK's parliamentary majority. The highly unexpected result is feared to wreak havoc on his leadership, pave the way for factional infi...
Samsung heir to lead Visit Korea Committee
Lee Boo-jin, CEO of Hotel Shilla, will lead the Visit Korea Committee, a public-private organization leading the Visit Korea Year campaign. The committee held a board meeting, Friday, and elected the 53-year-old as its new chairwoman. She will be spearheading the Visit Korea Year 2023-2024 campaign.
Yoon administration's personnel vetting process draws more flak
The presidential office and police are facing heavy criticism for their failure to properly screen Chung Sun-sin who was named head of the National Office of Investigation, as his son was involved in a school violence case. The case was first reported by the media five years ago.
President pledges all-out efforts to bolster exports
President Yoon Suk Yeol, Thursday, highlighted the importance of expanding exports and assisting startups, saying they are the only way to overcome the comprehensive economic difficulties that Korea faces. To this end, Yoon stressed that the country should find a breakthrough by tapping into the export potential of the food and cultural content industries. He highlighted thei...
[Reporter's notebook] Taming unions should not be end goal of Yoon's labor market reform
President Yoon Suk Yeol appears to be highlighting the widening generational divide in Korea's labor unions as a strategy to secure a stronger argument for his initiative to reform the country's labor-management relations. However, calls are growing for the president to avoid exploiting the divide as a tool to tame labor unions, and instead approach it as a chance to blend di...
Feud deepens between gov't and labor unions
A conflict between the government and labor unions has been escalating as President Yoon Suk Yeol tightens the reins on Korea's labor unions, warning that authorities will not turn a blind eye to “illegal practices” committed by “militant” construction unions. “At construction sites, militant labor unions are still blatantly committing illegal practices such as demanding brib...