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Reporter : Nam Hyun-woo
Wed, December 7, 2022 | 21:39
Refugee status granted for Malaysian transgender person
A high court ruling has stipulated that a person who suffered criminal punishment for being transgender can be accepted as a refugee here, marking the first case of recognizing persecution stemming from one's sexual identity as a legitimate ground for seeking asylum to Korea. According to the Seoul High Court, it ruled in favor of a Malaysian who filed complaints against Seou...
Main opposition party chief in crosshairs of state prosecutors
Main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) Chairman Rep. Lee Jae-myung is in the crosshairs of prosecutors, who are narrowing the focus of their investigation into a series of allegations raised against him by arresting or indicting key aides. Lee and the DPK are striving to resist, claiming that the investigation is “a coercion of the main opposition” by the Yoon Suk-ye...
Yoon says 'North Korea sympathizers' are enemies
President Yoon Suk-yeol criticized what he called “North Korea sympathizers,” claiming that they are neither liberals nor left wing. During a luncheon with the members of the ruling People Power Party (PPP) at the presidential office on Wednesday, Yoon said he will not cooperate with what he called enemies of the Republic of Korea.
China blocks Polish deputy PM's Seoul visit
Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Mariusz Blaszczak's planned visit to Seoul was canceled as China rejected the Polish government jet's flight plan through its airspace. According to officials, Blaszczak was scheduled to have a meeting with South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-sup here on Tuesday, but they ended up having a videoconference on Wed...
US ambassador opposes redeploying tactical nukes in South Korea
U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Philip Goldberg rejected calls to redeploy U.S. tactical nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula to counter North Korea's growing nuclear menace, stressing that no one should doubt the U.S.' commitment to protect its allies, including South Korea, from nuclear threats.
Gov't to set up cybersecurity task force after Kakao disruptions
The presidential office announced a plan to establish a cybersecurity task force team to thwart threats and risks that can disrupt the nation's key infrastructure after disruptions to Kakao's ubiquitous messaging and settlement functions wreaked havoc on the nation over the weekend.
China has double standard for nukes on Korean Peninsula
China urged Seoul and Washington to honor international obligations and commitments, in relation to recent debates over redeploying U.S. nuclear weapons on South Korean soil, but at the same time remains quiet over the North's nuclear weapon ambitions.
What's behind North Korea's rising belligerence?
North Korea staged multiple military actions including a missile launch, air drill and artillery firing over a single night, Thursday to Friday, in what appears to be unprecedented belligerence. Experts said tensions on the Korean Peninsula are only increasing as the two Koreas resort to hardline approaches, and it is becoming more difficult to predict the ultimate purpose of...
Yoon keeps all options open to counter North Korea's threats
A number of ideas are being floated to enhance Seoul's deterrence after South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol hinted that he will keep all options open, including the re-deployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons, in order to deal with North Korea's increasing belligerence. “With various opinions being raised in South Korea and the U.S. over the extended deterrence, we are no...
South Korea loses UN Human Rights Council seat
South Korea lost its seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, after remaining in fifth place among eight countries contesting for four seats allocated to the Asia-Pacific region. Seoul's ruling party is blaming the previous liberal Moon Jae-in administration's pro-North Korea policies for the loss, saying “such a diplomatic fiasco has already been expected” when Moon ...
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