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Reporter : Kang Seung-woo
Mon, December 11, 2023 | 11:14
Deputy prime minister may attend Beijing Winter Games
Deputy Prime Minister Yoo Eun-hae, who doubles as education minister, is expected to lead the South Korean diplomatic delegation to next month's Beijing Winter Olympics. The government believes she is the best fit not to displease either the United States or China amid their intensifying rivalry.
Moon's peace initiative destined to fail
In his New Year speech on Jan. 3, President Moon Jae-in said he will pursue an “irreversible path to peace” on the Korean Peninsula until his term ends in May, with many believing that he referred to his drive to formally end the Korean War. However, his ambitious pledge appears to have been dampened as North Korea has threatened to lift its moratorium on nuclear and inter-co...
North Korea set to return to brinkmanship
North Korea is dusting off the old playbook of provocations to capture the attention of the U.S. and gain the upper hand in future talks by hinting at lifting a self-imposed moratorium on nuclear and inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, according to diplomatic observers. Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KNCA) reported, Thursday, that North Korean...
Bad blood between Lee Jun-seok, Ahn Cheol-soo remains obstacle for unified candidacy
Even though fielding a unified candidate for the opposition bloc is regarded as a winning formula in the March 9 presidential election, it remains to be seen whether it can really happen due to animosity between Lee Jun-seok, the chairman of the main opposition People Power Party, and Ahn Cheol-soo, an emerging candidate of the minor opposition People's Party.
Lee, Yoon in neck-and-neck presidential race
With 50 days left before the March 9 presidential election, the race for the top job in government is still too close to call, as shown in polls that show mixed results. Some surveys found Lee Jae-myung, the presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), is ahead of his main opposition rival Yoon Suk-yeol of the People Power Party (PPP), but others show...
North Korea's border opening no guarantee for vaccine offers by South Korea, US
North Korea's long-awaited border opening is not likely to extend to Pyongyang accepting vaccine offers from South Korea or the United States, according to diplomatic observers, Monday. Additionally, the border opening will not clear the ground for any possible progress in nuclear talks or improvements in inter-Korean ties, they added.
North Korea's missile launches aimed at diversifying arsenal: experts
The recent series of North Korean missile tests ― three times in two weeks ― indicate that its leader is doubling down on his country's nuclear arms buildup, rather than seeking more concessions before re-engaging in nuclear negotiations, according to diplomatic observers. Despite the increasing frequency of missile tests, the U.S. government, already preoccupied with a diffi...
'Favorable environment set for end-of-war declaration'
It is the right time to declare an end to the Korean War, as an unprecedentedly favorable environment for the implementation of the declaration has been set up among relevant countries, according to Unification Minister Lee In-young. In this regard, he also believes the first half of the year could be a “golden time” to make strides in frayed inter-Korean ties and stalled nuc...
Bald voters root for Lee's pledge of health insurance coverage for hair loss treatment
Lee Jae-myung, the presidential candidate of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), is receiving ardent support from voters who are suffering hair loss, thanks to his campaign pledge to expand national health insurance coverage to include hair regrowth treatments. According to an online community platform for people with thinning hair, Tuesday, a number of posts have bee...
Tattooing is a different form of drawing, giving precious memories: tattoo artist
In modern Korea, tattoos had been stigmatized until recent years as associated with gangsters. However, for Kim Dong-hwa, a tattoo artist who is known for her colorful flower tattoos, tattooing is another type of drawing that uses a “different canvas,” while offering precious memories to someone.