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Reporter : Kang Hyun-kyung
Mon, December 11, 2023 | 12:11
Fear of deadliest famine in 1990s haunts North Korea amid national lockdown
North Koreans call it the Arduous March, also known as the March of Suffering, one of the deadliest famines which took the lives of countless people in the impoverished state. Starting in 1995, the mass starvation - which was the combined result of the North Korean regime's mismanagement of its economy at the time, the suspension of economic assistance from the Soviet Union f...
[INTERVIEW] Yoon's efforts to bolster Korea-US alliance will inevitably disturb China
Chinese leader Xi Jinping's recent invitation for a summit with President Yoon Suk-yeol has created a rare tension between the two countries about a venue: the two leaders insisted their counterparts visit their respective capitals to have a summit. Through the Chinese delegation represented by Vice President Wang Qishan, who visited Seoul on the occasion of Yoon's inaugurati...
Why teachers love Teachers' Day
When I came into my classroom on Friday, the boys and girls rushed towards me, pushing cards they had made into my hands. ”I love you,” one of them had written. “I am grateful to you. Thank you for teaching us.” Other pretty cards had similar touching messages. One surprised me. “I hope you have a great day. You are the most hardworking teacher I know. And the most smartest t...
Suits not required: President dispenses with hierarchy, formalities
President Yoon Suk-yeol revealed a bit about his leadership style on Wednesday, while presiding over his first meeting with senior presidential secretaries held in his new office in Yongsan District, Seoul, on the second day of his presidency. He was frank and didn't care much about rituals and encouraged his staff to be focused on getting things done without being distracted...
Koreans want first lady to keep low profile, help disadvantaged
Six out of every 10 Koreans surveyed believe that Kim Keon-hee - the wife of President Yoon Suk-yeol - should not seek an official role as first lady. In a survey of 1,015 people by polling agency Media Tomato, upon request from the online media outlet, News Tomato, 66.4 percent responded that Kim should quietly focus on her role as a supportive wife of the new president, whe...
Lee Jae-myung to run in Incheon by-election
Lee Jae-myung, the former Gyeonggi governor who lost the March 9 presidential race by a close margin on the ruling Democratic Party of Korea's (DPK) ticket, will run in the upcoming by-election in Incheon, continuing his political career.
Two by-elections to watch as springboards for next presidency
The June 1 local elections to elect mayors, governors and other local government positions have created a handful of open seats in the National Assembly, as seven lawmakers have won internal competitions to run in the elections on their parties' tickets. Lawmakers are required to resign from their parliamentary seats when running in local elections for other positions.
Ruling party to thwart PPP's filibuster with salami tactics
Rep. Kweon Seong-dong, floor leader of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP), took the floor at the National Assembly, Wednesday, as the first PPP lawmaker to initiate a filibuster to prevent the passage of the Prosecutors' Office Bill, one of two bills designed to scrap the prosecution's power to investigate criminal cases.
Marshall Plan for North Korea proposed as a big step for peace
With President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's inauguration coming on May 10, some experts, who gathered at a security roundtable held on Friday, called for resetting South Korea's policy vision on the North by shifting its end goal from denuclearization to the reunification of the two Koreas in a manner that intends to benefit both. Some argued for the need for U.S.-led massive econom...
Ruling party allows ex-chairman Song to compete in primary for Seoul mayoral election
The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) on Thursday, reversed its selection committee's decision earlier in the week to rule out Rep. Song Young-gil as a candidate for the Seoul mayoral election.