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[Editorial] Middle-power group

Last week, foreign ministers from five countries ― Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia ― gathered in Seoul for a meeting of their group, called MIKTA, named after the initials of the nations. The meeting drew little attention from the Korean public and media, but that should n...

Updated : 2015.05.25 19:24

[Editorial] Carrots and sticks

Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the so-called May 24 sanctions against North Korea, which the Seoul government imposed in response to the torpedoing of the Cheonan corvette in March 2010. The sanctions banned trade and civilian exchanges between the two Koreas, new South Korean inve...

Updated : 2015.05.25 19:23

[Editorial] Deeper in trouble

The internal feud in the New Politics Alliance for Democracy, augmented by its humiliating defeat in the April 29 by-elections, is not showing any sign of abating more than three weeks after the polls. Rather, it is escalating. Party leader Moon Jae-in, who has refused to give into demands...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:20

[Editorial] Faulted probe

The prosecution has decided to indict two key suspects in the Sung scandal, but without seeking to take them into custody. The failure to detain former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo and South Gyeongsang Gov. Hong Joon-pyo is disappointing all the more because it could be a prelude to the prob...

Updated : 2015.05.22 18:20

[Editorial] Pyongyang’s poor choice

Although South Koreans are accustomed to North Korean antics, the latest involving U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was as surprising as it was plain foolish.In Korea to attend the UNESCO-organized World Education Forum 2015, Ban made a surprise announcement on May 19 that he would be vi...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:05

[Editorial] P.M. nominee

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as prime minister. If the National Assembly approves the nomination, Hwang will fill the post left vacant following the resignation of Lee Wan-koo in late April as he faced allegations that he took 30 million won ...

Updated : 2015.05.21 19:05

[Editorial] Offsetting surplus

Korea’s current account surplus jumped by 41.9 percent from a year earlier to $10.3 billion in March, stretching the record for a consecutive monthly surplus to 37 months. The Bank of Korea predicts the country’s current account surplus for this year will reach a record annual high of $9...

Updated : 2015.05.20 18:49

[Editorial] Gender pay gap

Data released by the National Tax Service this week drew attention again to a wide gender wage gap in the country and the need to bring more Korean women into the workforce.The average wage of a female worker reached 21 million won ($19,000) in 2013, just 57.5 percent of the figure for a m...

Updated : 2015.05.20 18:49

[Editorial] Tackling N.K.

As expected, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s short visit to South Korea ended in the usual way, with the top American diplomat and his hosts ― namely President Park Geun-hye and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se ― reaffirming the solid alliance against North Korea, but failing to offer...

Updated : 2015.05.19 18:57

[Editorial] Election funds

Prosecutors probing the Sung Woan-jong scandal are set to indict South Gyeongsang Gov. Hong Joon-pyo and former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo soon on charges of receiving illicit money from the late construction tycoon. The indictment of Hong and Lee concludes the first phase of the investiga...

Updated : 2015.05.19 18:56

[Editorial] Spy movie comes to life

It sounds like a plot straight out of a B movie ― a South Korean drug ring is recruited to make methamphetamine in North Korea and then given spy missions, including assassinations of key North Korean defectors.According to the authorities who busted the ring after testimony by a former N...

Updated : 2015.05.18 18:40

[Editorial] Inefficiency in Sejong

The outcry against waste and inefficiency caused by the relocation of government ministries to Sejong City can be addressed quite simply: Build a National Assembly annex in Sejong City and perhaps even Blue House offices there.Most of the waste ― both time and money ― is attributed to th...

Updated : 2015.05.18 18:40

[Editorial] Business collaboration

More than 300 business leaders from Korea and Japan gathered in Seoul last week for an annual two-day meeting to discuss ways to promote economic cooperation between the two countries. Unlike in previous gatherings, most participants sat throughout the conference that ended Thursday.This s...

Updated : 2015.05.17 19:58

[Editorial] Modi in Seoul

South Korea and India signed a comprehensive economic partnership agreement in 2010, setting up a major framework for further boosting bilateral trade and investment ties.But it can still hardly be said that the third- and fourth-largest economies in Asia have made the most of this potenti...

Updated : 2015.05.17 19:57

[Editorial] Shooting rampage

The shooting spree at a reservists’ training camp that resulted in three deaths is all the more tragic because it appears the incident could have been prevented had there been strict safety procedures in place. The 23-year-old reservist, identified as Choi, fired seven bullets at fellow r...

Updated : 2015.05.15 19:06