President says special envoys help fill diplomatic hiatus

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Parties agree to vote on PM nominee early next week

The four major parties agreed Monday to seek to vote on the parliamentary confirmation of Prime Minister-nominee Lee Nak-yon early next week, party officials said Monday. The parties will vote on th...

Updated : 2017.05.23 09:30

With liberal surge, nostalgia for ex-President Roh rises

To some South Koreans, Moon Jae-in’s swearing-in as the nation’s president was like the return of his late friend, mentor and predecessor -- the former liberal President Roh Moo-hyun. For those in...

Updated : 2017.05.22 16:01

Moon Jae-in orders review of 4 rivers project

President Moon Jae-in on Monday ordered a review of a mammoth rivers development project, a much-debated legacy of former President Lee Myung-bak. The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae stressed the ...

Updated : 2017.05.22 15:57

Main opposition warns of tough confirmation hearings

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party is promising tough hearings for President Moon Jae-in’s personnel choices, raising issues against ministerial candidates ahead of the first hearing Wednesday....

Updated : 2017.05.22 15:48

Moon’s approval rating tops 80% for 1st week in office

More than 80 percent of South Koreans approved of the job President Moon Jae-in is doing, a local poll revealed Monday. The Realmeter survey, conducted from May 15-19, put Moon’s presidential appro...

Updated : 2017.05.22 14:51

Moon names liberal lawmakers as special envoy to Ecuador

President Moon Jae-in has named two ruling party lawmakers as his special envoys to Ecuador to attend the inauguration ceremony of President Lenin Moreno, Cheong Wa Dae said Monday. The envoys, Rep....

Updated : 2017.05.22 14:16

Parties to begin preparations to form consultative body with gov't

The four major parties agreed Monday to begin working-level discussions to form a policy consultative body with the government, party officials said. On Friday, President Moon Jae-in proposed instit...

Updated : 2017.05.22 12:33

Main opposition party's new leadership election set for July

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party will hold a new leadership election in July, its floor leader said Monday, as it strives to overcome the recent election defeat and regroup to keep the ruling ...

Updated : 2017.05.22 09:52

President Moon to attend late president’s memorial

President Moon Jae-in will attend a memorial ceremony for late President Roh Moo-hyun, his dear friend and reason for starting politics. Tuesday marks the eighth anniversary of Roh’s death by suici...

Updated : 2017.05.21 20:45

Moon's personality captivates fans

There is nothing singular about a newly elected president enjoying public affection during the honeymoon period, but the popularity of South Korea‘s new president is rather peculiar. What captivate...

Updated : 2017.05.21 19:18

ASEAN ties to strengthen under Moon: Park

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will become more important for South Korea diplomatically and economically, with new President Moon Jae-in’s emphasis on diplomatic diversification, Moon’...

Updated : 2017.05.21 17:27

Moon Jae-in taps finance, foreign ministers

President Moon Jae-in on Sunday named seven key members of the Cabinet and his secretariat, including finance and foreign affairs ministers. Kim Dong-yeon, a university president versed in fiscal an...

Updated : 2017.05.21 16:44

Moon Jae-in taps deputy PM, foreign minister

President Moon Jae-in on Sunday named seven key members of the Cabinet and his secretariat, focusing on the diplomatic sector as part of his plan to tighten ties with partner states. (Yonhap) As de...

Updated : 2017.05.21 11:35

Moon reaffirms intention for constitutional revision

President Moon Jae-in on Friday vowed to complete the revision of the Constitution by June 2018, at a meeting with floor leaders of the country’s five political parties. The meeting, a two-hour long...

Updated : 2017.05.19 16:01

Moon taps progressive judge to head Constitutional Court

President Moon Jae-in on Friday picked Kim Yi-su for the post of president of the Constitutional Court. Kim is currently serving as the acting chief justice of the Constitutional Court. “I have dec...

Updated : 2017.05.19 15:30