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Gov't to launch policy coordination body

The Cabinet and the presidential office will launch a joint consultative body to better coordinate government policies as the Park Geun-hye administration enters its third year in office, officials said Sunday.The new body will be comprised of the two deputy prime ministers, each in charge...

Updated : 2015.02.01 15:13

Lee’s memoir stirs up intense criticism

Former President Lee Myung-bak is taking flak from the ruling and opposition parties, as well as the incumbent government, for revealing sensitive diplomatic anecdotes in a soon-to-be-published memoir...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:54

Park’s rating dips below 30%

President Park Geun-hye’s job approval rating dropped to an all-time low this week, a new poll said Friday, a development underscoring challenges faced by the nation’s top leader.The survey of 1,009...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:50

Vice culture minister offers to resign

Kim Hee-beom, the first vice culture minister, has offered to resign for an undisclosed reason, the Culture Ministry said Thursday.Kim submitted his resignation a week ago, but the resignation had yet to be accepted, it said, adding that he had not visited his office since then.It is not y...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:49

Timing of former President Lee’s memoir raises eyebrows

The announcement that former President Lee Myung-bak’s memoir will be published on Feb. 2 has sparked controversy in Korea’s political circles. Coming just 23 months after the end of his term, “Pr...

Updated : 2015.01.30 16:08

Vice culture minister offers to resign

Kim Hee-beom, the first vice culture minister, has offered to resign for an undisclosed reason, the culture ministry said Thursday.Kim submitted his resignation a week ago, but the resignation has yet...

Updated : 2015.01.30 09:27

Disputes grow over inconsistent policy on health insurance fees

Controversy escalated on Thursday over the government’s inconsistent introduction of a new system to levy more health insurance fees on high earners.Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo told lawmakers Wednesday that he would not push ahead with the plan aimed at changing the way the government ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:23

Opposition split over Lee attacks ahead of P.M. confirmation hearing

Main opposition party officials on Thursday reiterated suspicion that Prime Minister nominee Rep. Lee Wan-koo had speculated on real estate, as part of efforts to scrutinize the nation’s next potenti...

Updated : 2015.01.29 22:15

Ruling party lawmaker gets 5 years for bribery

A ruling Saenuri Party lawmaker was sentenced to five years in jail Thursday for taking bribes from a railway parts supplier in exchange for business favors.Rep. Cho Hyun-ryong was indicted on charges of taking 160 million won (US$146,000) from the head of Sampyo E&C from December 2011 to ...

Updated : 2015.01.29 15:21

Ex-President Lee defends his energy diplomacy in memoir

Former President Lee Myung-bak has refuted opposition lawmakers' criticism of his push for energy diplomacy while in office, saying that it's too early to take issue with it.Last month, the National A...

Updated : 2015.01.29 10:39

Welfare minister blasted for child abuse response

The parliamentary welfare committee on Wednesday grilled Welfare Minister Moon Hyung-pyo over Korea’s national child care system.South Korea’s child care system has faced intense criticism since reports surfaced that a day care worker had beaten a 4-year-old at a center in Incheon on Jan...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:38

Two-way race heats up for Saenuri Party floor leader

The two top candidates for the governing Saenuri Party’s floor leader primary announced their respective running mates on Wednesday, making it clearer that the coming election would pit those support...

Updated : 2015.01.28 22:36

North Korea evaluated as world’s least democratic state

A set of recently released global democracy indices have highlighted North Korea’s dictatorial state governance again, putting the political and economic backwater at the bottom of their annual ranki...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:55

Hearing on P.M. nominee set for Feb. 9-10

South Korea’s main political parties agreed on Tuesday to hold a confirmation hearing on Prime Minister nominee Rep. Lee Wan-koo next month. But Lee’s fate appears already sealed, with senior lawmakers openly expressing their endorsement.The confirmation hearing will be held from Feb. 9 ...

Updated : 2015.01.27 21:31

PM nominee to undergo hearings on Feb. 9-10

The National Assembly will hold a series of confirmation hearings for prime minister nominee Lee Wan-koo early next month, rival political parties said Tuesday.The ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy agreed in a meeting earlier in the day to con...

Updated : 2015.01.27 13:46