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Reporter : Kang Hyun-kyung
Tue, September 26, 2023 | 08:23
North Korea reinstates mask mandate amid fears of winter twindemic
While South Korea recently has begun to phase-out its mask mandate, the North has gone the opposite. The reclusive state lifted its mask mandate two months ago, and reinstated it from this month, as a preemptive measure against a possible “twindemic” of seasonal influenza and COVID-19 on the coming fall and winter.
Presidential chief of staff accuses media of destabilizing Korea-US alliance
Presidential Chief of Staff Kim Dae-ki showed his disdain for the fact that the media had reported on President Yoon Suk-yeol's private conversation with Foreign Minister Park Jin in New York last week, which were caught on camera.
Yoon, Kishida find their hands tied
President Yoon Suk-yeol stressed again that he would keep pushing to get South Korea's strained relations with Japan back on the right track. “South Korea-Japan relations are not something you can improve dramatically with a single effort,” he said while answering questions from journalists on his way to the presidential office in Yongsan, Seoul, Monday. “Bilateral ties reced...
When 'Macho Man' met 'Mr. Status quo'
There was much back and forth between South Korea and Japan up until the moment their leaders actually met in New York on Wednesday (local time) for a meeting. Days before President Yoon Suk-yeol's second official overseas trip to three nations ― namely Great Britain, the United States and Canada_ since he was inaugurated on May 10, the presidential office told reporters in a...
Seoul proposes inter-Korean talks for family reunions
Unification Minister Kwon Young-se proposed inter-Korean talks on resuming meetings to reunite separated families on Thursday, a day before the start of the Chuseok holiday. The proposal was unveiled during an impromptu press conference held at the Government Complex Seoul. The unification minister suggested that officials of the two Koreas sit down as soon as possible so the...
[Photos] Nation wary of monster typhoon
By Kang Hyun-kyungNervous tension fills the air as the monster Typhoon Hinnamnor approaches the nation. Traumatic memories of Typhoon Maemi are still fresh in the minds of those who were hit hard by the storm back in 2003. Some were displaced, losing their homes to the typhoon, and some were killed or missing. For elderly people who experienced the nation's deadliest Typhoon ...
Ousted party leader criticizes President Yoon, his aides again
Lee Jun-seok, the ousted chairman of the ruling People Power Party (PPP), urged residents of the southeastern city of Daegu to stand up to the Yoon Suk-yeol administration, insisting that the party is heading in the wrong direction. “I'm standing here now to urge you, citizens of Daegu City, to once again pick up the bamboo stick of rebuke,” he said.
DPK's new leader vows to end partisan politics
Rep. Lee Jae-myung of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) vowed to become a genuine successor of the liberal party by inheriting the legacy of the three liberal presidents, namely Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moo-hyun and Moon Jae-in. “The new leadership will transform the DPK into a whole new party that is able and competent,” Lee said on Monday. “Under my leadership, t...
Ousted ruling party leader likens President Yoon to dictator
Lee Jun-seok, the former chairman of the ruling People Power Party (PPP), has fired off again at President Yoon Suk-yeol, alleging the president flexed his muscle behind the ruling party's decision to oust him from the party's leadership. He likened the president's behavior to the military junta led by Chun Doo-hwan who rose to power through the Dec. 12 military coup in 1979,...
[INTERVIEW] 'North Korean leader's younger sister is ambitious, bossy'
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, is back in the media spotlight following her explosively critical speech rejecting President Yoon Suk-yeol's new initiative - largely referred to as his “audacious initiative” - a proposal calling for the denuclearization of North Korea in exchange for large-scale food, energy, infrastructural, technological and f...
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