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[Editorial] Wrong way

It is not wrong to say there are problems with some of the nation’s elite high schools. It is wrong, however, to shut them down altogether in the name of equality and education reform. A big question is why students -- not only those who currently attend the schools but also those who hav...

Updated : 2017.06.26 17:47

[Editorial] Unhelpful disclosure

President Moon Jae-in said in an interview with Reuters on Thursday the entire process of deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system was accelerated “for some reasons that I do not know.”In July last year, Korea and the US agreed to deploy the missile shield in...

Updated : 2017.06.25 18:10

[Editorial] War on vested interests

The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions called for a general strike on June 30.Tens of thousands of its members are expected to join the strike nationwide.It says the major goals of the strike are raising the minimum wage, converting irregular workers into regular staff and securing compl...

Updated : 2017.06.23 17:56

[Editorial] Set him free

The opposition is demanding President Moon Jae-in sack his special security adviser Moon Chung-in, who created a stir by suggesting cutting back South Korea-US joint military exercises. The opposition has good reasons for demanding this.  First and foremost, the adviser’s argument could ...

Updated : 2017.06.22 17:44

[Editorial] Pyongyang’s brutality

Otto Warmbier, the American university student who was recently released by North Korea in a coma after more than 17 months of detention, died Monday. The international community mourned his death and condemned the North’s brutal behavior. Warmbier was a healthy 22-year-old university stu...

Updated : 2017.06.21 17:15

[Editorial] Tight rope

The controversy over the remarks of top presidential security aide Moon Chung-in shows how narrow the tightrope we will have to walk will be.As the aide’s indication of the possibility of scaling down the South Korea-US joint exercise made strong repercussions in both Seoul and Washington...

Updated : 2017.06.20 17:41

[Editorial] Going nuclear-free

Korea’s first nuclear reactor, Kori No. 1 in Busan, was shut down permanently Sunday, 40 years after it began operations.It was the first step President Moon Jae-in took to move the country away from nuclear energy.“We will abolish our nuclear-centered energy policy and move toward a nuc...

Updated : 2017.06.19 17:01

[Editorial] Never too early

Korean politics is being hit hard by raging disputes over several Cabinet nominees and the consequent confrontation between President Moon Jae-in and the opposition. The standoff is so severe that parliamentary business, other than the confirmation of the nominees, has been virtually paral...

Updated : 2017.06.18 17:51

[Editorial] Concerns and hopes

The upcoming summit talks between President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump pose challenges for both leaders that are incomparable to those faced by their recent predecessors. Moon and Trump have many sensitive and complicated issues to tackle, casting uncertainty over their firs...

Updated : 2017.06.16 17:52

[Editorial] Anti-alliance activism

Some residents near the site of a controversial US anti-missile system and militant leftists have carried their demands too far, causing a national security concern.In Seongju, North Gyeongsang Province, two launchers and a radar of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery are runni...

Updated : 2017.06.15 17:35

[Editorial] End of easing?

The Bank of Korea’s indication that monetary easing may be coming to an end should prepare all economic players for higher interest rates in the not-too-distant future. BOK Gov. Lee Ju-yeol made it clear Monday that the central bank would maintain monetary easing “for the time being,” s...

Updated : 2017.06.14 17:53

[Editorial] Cooperative politics

President Moon Jae-in said Monday, “I ask the National Assembly to cooperate so that the government can be normalized as soon as possible.” This remark came at the end of his first policy speech to the National Assembly. That was all he said regarding the confirmation of his nominees dur...

Updated : 2017.06.13 17:41

[Editorial] Wrong signals

After a month in office, President Moon Jae-in continues to bask in 80 percent-plus approval ratings. This does not mean, however, he is doing a good job in every matter. North Korea is one area of concern. One sign of disorientation in Moon’s North Korea policy came in his efforts to app...

Updated : 2017.06.12 17:44

[Editorial] Economic democratization

President Moon Jae-in said Saturday he would establish new standards for economic democratization. His remark came at a ceremony to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the June 10 Democracy Movement, which led to constitutional revision for direct presidential election.“Severe inequality ...

Updated : 2017.06.11 17:39

[Editorial] THAAD suspension

Cheong Wa Dae effectively ordered the Ministry of National Defense on Wednesday to reassess the environmental impact of the deployment of a US anti-missile system on its site. However, it excluded from the reassessment the two launchers and radar of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense ...

Updated : 2017.06.09 18:32