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[Editorial] ‘One Asia’

North Korea said Thursday it would not send a cheering squad to the upcoming Incheon Asian Games, while reaffirming its plan to dispatch a 273-member delegation, including 150 athletes. The announcement by an official of the North’s National Olympic Committee appeared to reflect Pyongyang...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:40

[Editorial] Education on unification

A government survey released this week highlighted the need for more effective and systematic education about unification to give students a more positive perception of a reunified Korea.In the survey of 116,000 students at 200 elementary, middle and high schools across the country, 53.5 p...

Updated : 2014.08.29 20:39

[Editorial] Ill-considered words

Kim Young-oh, the father of a Sewol victim, ended his 46-day hunger strike Thursday. In a radio interview, Kim said he was ending his fast at the insistence of his daughter and his mother. He realized that he needed to recover his strength to keep up a prolonged fight, he added. On Wednesd...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:10

[Editorial] Natural or manmade disaster?

The torrential rain that dumped more than 240 millimeters on Busan and the eastern part of South Gyeongsang Province Monday wrought great havoc, including 14 dead and missing, and led to the shutdown of the Kori-2 nuclear power plant as the rainwater flooded in.Parts of Busan, the country’...

Updated : 2014.08.28 20:09

[Editorial] Visegrad Group

It was 25 years ago that South Korea set up its first diplomatic relations with a communist country. The establishment of formal ties with Hungary in 1989, which came months before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, prompted other Central and Eastern European countries to forge diplomatic re...

Updated : 2014.08.27 20:30

[Editorial] No political consideration

A government report released this week has rekindled controversy over the feasibility of a project to build a new international airport in the southeastern part of the country.The report said passenger traffic at Gimhae International Airport near the southeastern port city of Busan would h...

Updated : 2014.08.27 20:29

[Editorial] Electronic tags no panacea

A man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in Gwangju last week was wearing an electronic ankle bracelet at the time. A few hours later, the man was involved in a car accident and brought to a police station. He was allowed to leave before the police discovered that he h...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:44

[Editorial] Park holds the key

The National Assembly has come to a halt as the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy lock horns over a special bill on Sewol. The parliamentary audit of state organizations scheduled to begin Tuesday did not take place as the NPAD boycotted the N...

Updated : 2014.08.26 20:43

[Editorial] Vital alliance

During his meeting with South Korea’s national security adviser here last week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work underscored Washington’s priority to restore balance to the Asia-Pacific region as well as the importance of its alliance with Seoul. In a separate news conference...

Updated : 2014.08.25 20:57

[Editorial] Keeping competitive

Incheon International Airport won the 2014 Airport Service Quality Award from Airports Council International in May for the ninth consecutive year. Located 70 km west of Seoul, the airport earned the highest score in service quality in a global survey of about 350,000 airport users over th...

Updated : 2014.08.25 20:57

[Editorial] Korea-Japan summit

Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama’s call for a summit between President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to resolve the issue of sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II should be given serious consideration by both the Korean and Japa...

Updated : 2014.08.24 20:14

[Editorial] Time for anti-terrorism law

A recent government report on the number of foreigners extradited from the country on suspicion of having ties with terrorist organizations is a reminder that Korea is not immune from terrorism. The report showed that the government extradited a total of 56 people from nine countries who w...

Updated : 2014.08.24 20:13

[Editorial] Early retirement

As of August, more than 8,000 elementary and secondary school teachers were waiting for their early retirement applications to be approved by education authorities across the country. The figure represents a five-fold increase from a year earlier.A growing number of teachers have applied f...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:41

[Editorial] Elusive mission

A former U.S. intelligence chief called on South Korea and Japan earlier this week to exchange emissaries to help ease strained ties between the two countries, saying their leaders need “trusted channels” to convey their true intentions. During a seminar in Washington, Dennis Blair, the ...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:41

[Editorial] Thorough safety inspections

The discovery of seven underground hollows in the vicinity of Seokchon-dong in southeastern Seoul has residents in the area fearful of the possibility that roads could cave in and buildings could collapse.The hollows were discovered while the Seoul Metropolitan Government was inspecting th...

Updated : 2014.08.21 20:24