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Obama to bolster US 'rebalance' to Asia

(AFP) - President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, and will be under duress to address maritime territoria...

Updated : 2014.04.19 14:40

[Ferry Disaster] Park phones parent of student missing in ferry sinking

President Park Geun-hye has spoken by phone with the father of a high school student missing in the sinking of a ferry off the south coast, honoring her pledge to call him to make sure a series of pro...

Updated : 2014.04.18 10:51

[Ferry Disaster] U.S., China offer condolences over Korea’s ferry disaster

The U.S. State Department and Chinese Foreign Ministry have offered condolences to the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster and the bereaved families.“We extend our deepest condolences to the l...

Updated : 2014.04.17 18:06

Seoul, Tokyo hold sex slavery talks

Seoul and Tokyo on Wednesday began their first director-general-level meeting on the issue of Korean victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery as they struggled to mend their strained ties.Lee Sang-d...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:55

Conservative heavyweight joins call for NIS chief’s dismissal

The controversy surrounding the country’s spy chief took a twist Wednesday with a conservative heavyweight adding his voice to the call for his resignation. On Wednesday, Saenuri Party Rep. Lee Jae-oh, a five-term lawmaker and a prominent member of the ruling party’s pro-Lee Myung-bak fa...

Updated : 2014.04.16 20:40

S. Korea, Japan agree to hold regular talks on sex slavery

South Korea and Japan agreed Wednesday to hold regular director general-level talks on the Japanese imperial army's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II in their first meeting on the contentious diplomatic issue, a foreign ministry official here said Wednesday.   The We...

Updated : 2014.04.16 19:54

Park apologizes for NIS forgery

President Park Geun-hye made a rare public apology Tuesday over intelligence agents’ alleged evidence forgery. “Regrettably, wrong practices of the NIS and holes in its management system have been r...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:23

Seoul spurns Pyongyang’s call for joint drone probe

The South Korean government on Tuesday rejected North Korea’s request to conduct a joint investigation into drones that were believed to have sent by Pyongyang on spying missions.“There is no case o...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:19

[Newsmaker] Opposition lawmaker touches off drone furor

A lawmaker of the main opposition party in South Korea has once again found himself at the center of a spiraling dispute ― this time over spy drones presumably from North Korea. Rep. Jung Cheong-rae ...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:18

Park’s popularity may affect local elections

President Park Geun-hye’s high approval ratings are likely to create an advantageous environment for the ruling Saenuri Party ahead of the local elections in June for low-level administration chiefs and councilors.“The possibility is likely that Park’s high popularity would help the rul...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:10

Presidential chief of staff to join NSC’s standing committee

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a measure to add the presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon to the standing committee of the National Security Council, South Korea’s top decision-making body on security and foreign policy issues.The move is aimed at making the chief presidential secreta...

Updated : 2014.04.15 21:09

Park apologizes over fake evidence scandal

President Park Geun-hye apologized Tuesday for the spy agency's alleged forgery of evidence used in charging a North Korean defector with espionage, ordering the embattled agency to make thorough efforts to reform itself.Park issued the apology during a Cabinet meeting, a day after prosecu...

Updated : 2014.04.15 15:48

Nomination reform stirs internal feud in opposition

Disputes are growing over the main opposition party’s move to set stricter requirements for candidates vying for the local elections, with critics calling it an attempt to advantage the party’s coch...

Updated : 2014.04.14 20:50

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Updated : 2014.04.14 20:39

Opposition bogged down over election agenda

The New Politics Alliance for Democracy on Sunday struggled to establish a new political weapon to confront the ruling Saenuri Party ahead of the upcoming local elections and to salvage its main princ...

Updated : 2014.04.13 20:13