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Reporter : Do Je-hae
Mon, December 11, 2023 | 12:08
Reviving multilateral negotiations emerge as alternative to breaking deadlock on North Korea
During the previous U.S. administration under Donald Trump, talks on North Korea's denuclearization revolved primarily around the U.S. and North Korea. President Moon Jae-in has also put priority on mediating U.S.-North Korea talks, but the two summits between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not lead to fundamental progress on denuclearization.
Is the Moon administration in internal dispute over prosecutorial reform?
The conflict between the ruling bloc and the prosecution is showing no signs of subsiding even after the resignation of former Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae, with fresh feuds rising over the latest reshuffle of senior prosecutors conducted by new Justice Minister Park Beom-kye. The clash has expanded to Cheong Wa Dae, with Shin Hyun-soo, senior presidential secretary for civil ...
More workers struggling with weight gain amid pandemic
More Korean workers are struggling with weight gain due to the prolonged coronavirus outbreak. This is primarily due to reduced physical activity from working from home and more food delivery orders, according to a recent study. Albacall, a part-time recruitment service run by the job portal Incruit, surveyed 981 adults under the theme of “weight change after COVID-19.”
'Kim Jong-un wants Pope to visit North Korea'
Former Korean Ambassador to the Vatican Lee Baek-man has claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wanted a papal visit to his country following President Moon Jae-in's meeting with Pope Francis in October 2018. In a recent contribution to a web magazine here, Lee recounted some incidents involving North Korean officials that indicated Pyongyang's intention to increase exc...
Korean American politician slams professor for claims on comfort women
A Korean American politician in the U.S. has publicly rejected claims regarding wartime sex slavery which were made by J. Mark Ramseyer, Mitsubishi professor of Japanese legal studies at Harvard Law School, in his paper “Contracting for Sex in the Pacific War.”
What will Pyongyang expect from return of Chung-Suh duo?
President Moon Jae-in has rehired Chung Eui-yong, his first national security adviser from May 2017 to July 2020, as minister of foreign affairs with the hope of resuscitating inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korea talks to bring new momentum for his peace process before the twilight of his presidency sets in later this year. It is Chung who met with former U.S. President Donald T...
'North Korea low on daily necessities after shutting down borders'
North Korea seems to be struggling with acquiring daily necessities due to its shutdown of borders with adjacent countries to guard against the spread of COVID-19, according to the diplomatic community there. Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Matsegora said in a recent interview with Interfax that the prolonged border shutdown is leading to shortages of sugar and flour, among othe...
Former SMEs minister leading in polls for Seoul mayoral race
Former SMEs and Startups Minister Park Young-sun is leading in the popularity polls for the Seoul mayoral by-election to take place April 7, according to the latest polls. A survey conducted by Hankook Research at the request of the Hankook Ilbo, the sister paper of The Korea Times, published Monday, showed that 25.8 percent out of 800 Seoul citizens surveyed said the former ...
Korea faces growing calls to join Quad plus
Korea's reticence about joining a possible expansion of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), involving the U.S., Japan, Australia and India, is increasingly being called into question, and triggering concerns that the country could be isolated from the U.S.' Indo-Pacific strategy. According to White House readouts, U.S. President Joe Biden did not use the term “Indo-Pa...
'President Moon wants to communicate more,' says his new chief of staff
New presidential chief of staff You Young-min relayed President Moon Jae-in's desire for more active communication with the public during an impromptu visit to the press center at Cheong Wa Dae, Friday.
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