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Reporter : Kang Seung-woo
Sun, March 26, 2023 | 05:48
Parliamentary probe into Itaewon tragedy to be launched
Rival parties agreed, Wednesday, to hold a parliamentary investigation into the Oct. 29 tragedy that killed at least 158 Halloween partygoers in Seoul's Itaewon area. The floor leaders of the ruling People Power Party (PPP) and the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) announced the agreement to kick off a 45-day investigation, Thursady, and conduct hearings and oth...
[ANALYSIS] China unlikely to deter North Korea's nuclear ambitions
Despite U.S. President Joe Biden's warning that China's reluctance to deter North Korea's provocations will ensure a bigger U.S. presence in the region, there are no signs that Beijing will mount any aggressive efforts against the North - nor compliance by Pyongyang - according to diplomatic observers.
[ANALYSIS] North Korea ratchets up pressure on US
North Korea has continued to increase pressure on the United States, with the reclusive state successfully test-firing the most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its arsenal, living up to a threat made by its foreign minister, who warned of fiercer military responses. In addition, its leader has revealed for the first time that his country runs military un...
[ANALYSIS] Why did North Korean leader reveal daughter during ICBM launch?
An unexpected appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's daughter indicates that he has no plans on giving up his nation's nuclear program, evidenced by his strong conviction in his arsenal of weapons, which can protect him from hostile forces, according to Pyongyang analysts, Sunday.
North Korea reacts furiously to US extended deterrence
North Korea threatened, Thursday, that the United States will meet with fiercer military responses if it reinforces extended deterrence to its allies. Hours after the warning, Pyongyang fired a short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) toward the East Sea.
Saudi officials visit Korea Times
Korea Times President-Publisher Oh Young-jin poses with Alhanoof Abohaimed, left, head of the Partnerships Department at Saudi Arabia's Center for Government Communication, and Yazeed Albader, producer of the Konoz Initiative, during the Saudi officials' visit to The Korea Times' headquarters in Seoul, Wednesday. Their visit was part of building a partnership in digital conte...
$4.2 billion earmarked for key missile defense system
Amid North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats, attention is on a budget increase proposal to bolster a key deterrence system, which is pending approval in the National Assembly. In August, the government announced a defense budget proposal of 57.1 trillion won ($43.2 billion) for 2023, a 4.6 percent year-on-year increase, with 5.25 trillion won earmarked for the dome...
From opium to cryptocurrency, North Korea maneuvers to earn hard cash for nuclear program
North Korea has launched various missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, 35 times this year alone, which analysts say could have cost the nation as much as $10 million each. The North's escalation of tensions has raised a burning question among observers: How can the cash-strapped nation finance and sustain its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program? Such ...
Lawmaker pressured to resign for misquoting EU ambassador
Rep. Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), is under pressure from the ruling party side to step down for his incorrect quotation of European Union Ambassador Maria Castillo Fernandez. On Tuesday, DPK Chairman Rep. Lee Jae-myung and the EU envoy held a closed-door meeting, during which they discussed North Korea's threats, among oth...
South Korea, US, Japan to hold trilateral summit
President Yoon Suk-yeol said, Thursday, he will sit down with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts, Joe Biden and Fumio Kishida, on the sidelines of multilateral meetings in Southeast Asia later this week amid a series of provocations by North Korea. “During the multilateral meetings, there will be several important bilateral summits,” Yoon told reporters a day before he leaves...
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