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Reporter : Kang Seung-woo
Sun, February 25, 2024 | 17:39
Uncontested winners: record-high 509 candidates win elections by default
While most candidates who ran in Wednesday's local elections labored to appeal to voters, 509 didn't have to because they didn't have any opponents to compete with. According to the National Election Commission, 7,616 candidates registered for the local elections to compete for 4,125 seats that included 17 mayoral and gubernatorial seats as well as education superintendents a...
Dokdo territorial dispute holds back trilateral cooperation
Rosy prospects of enhanced three-way cooperation between South Korea, Japan and the United States against North Korea's growing threats face uncertainty as a long-running territorial dispute once again pits Seoul and Tokyo against each other. Japan's claim to Dokdo, South Korea's easternmost islets, and other historical issues regarding its wartime atrocities, continue to ove...
South Korea in dilemma over Canada's request to send artillery ammunition
South Korea, sticking to a stance of sending only non-lethal supplies to Ukraine, has found itself in a tricky situation over a new request to export artillery ammunition to Canada, after the North American country sent its own shells to the war-torn Eastern European country. The South Korean government has maintained that there are limits on sending lethal weapons to Ukraine...
Korean Army hints at acquiring Redback
HONGCHEON, Gangwon Province - The Redback infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), developed by Hanwha Defense, showcased its high-performance maneuverability during a media invitation event, Friday, saying that it would be a great addition to the Korean Army as well as the Australian military as its next-generation IFV.
KOICA launches interactive town in metaverse for overseas volunteer program
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) launched a virtual town on ZEP, a metaverse platform operated by Korean search portal operator Naver, for young people interested in volunteering overseas or pursuing a career in international development cooperation, Friday. The town is called WFK Town after World Friends Korea, KOICA's overseas volunteer program.
Why doesn't US want to add South Korea to Quad?
Despite the Yoon Suk-yeol administration's desire to formally join the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), the United States has not been enthusiastic about adding Korea to the four-way strategic forum, aimed at purportedly containing China's assertiveness. The Quad is comprised of Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. The U.S. stance contrasts sharply with Washington's wa...
Yoon-Xi summit unlikely any time soon
The summit between South Korea and the United States has now passed and the attention is on how early President Yoon Suk-yeol will sit down with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, given the importance of Seoul-Beijing relations. China is South Korea's largest trading partner. Plus, the two leaders have already expressed their wishes to hold a summit in the near future. But i...
Yoon, Biden reaffirm stronger alliance, NK deterrence at key air base
President Yoon Suk-yeol and his U.S. counterpart Joe Biden reaffirmed the allies' determination, Sunday, to deter North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats and the importance of the bilateral alliance during their visit to a key Air Force operations center in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, the final stop of the American leader's three-day trip to Seoul. The two heads ...
'South Korea secures stronger US commitment against North Korea's threats'
South Korea's new President Yoon Suk-yeol successfully finished his summit debut, Saturday, with U.S. President Joe Biden by securing Washington's detailed security commitment to Seoul against North Korea's ever-growing nuclear weapons and missile threats, according to diplomatic observers. This came after the two decided to come up with more detailed “action plans,” while ag...
Blinken remains elusive figure for Yoon administration
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has become the Joe Biden administration's most hard-to-meet person for the new Korean government, being absent from the American leader's first trip to Seoul since his inauguration in January 2021. Biden arrived here Friday accompanied by National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, but Blinken instead op...
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