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[Editorial] Appointer in chief

Every president has his or her own style. Moon Jae-in is no exception, and his appointments of senior administration officials have distinguished him from past presidents. First, Moon -- unlike his predecessors -- comes to the Blue House pressroom to personally introduce presidential appoi...

Updated : 2017.05.23 17:42

[Editorial] Conflicts over THAAD

When it comes to resolving conflicts with China over the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense antimissile system, South Korea appears to have little elbow room. Chinese President Xi Jinping received a visit by South Korea’s special envoy Lee Hae-chan on Friday and express...

Updated : 2017.05.22 17:39

[Editorial] Another vital task

There are some issues President Moon Jae-in has been prioritizing in his first weeks as the chief executive. They include job creation, the security threat from North Korea, relations with neighboring powers and overhauling the prosecution. Moon has just added revision of the Constitution ...

Updated : 2017.05.21 17:46

[Editorial] Reform, not purge

As President Moon Jae-in said, it is time to reform the prosecution. A recent scandal involving senior prosecutors adds to the urgency to overhaul the nation’s top law-enforcement authority. The scandal surrounds a dinner on April 21, during which two groups of senior prosecutors -- one f...

Updated : 2017.05.19 17:38

[Editorial] Summit diplomacy

President Moon Jae-in has kick-started summit diplomacy with the dispatch of special envoys. Special envoys to the US and Japan are already on visits to the countries, and an envoy to China departed for Beijing on Thursday. A special envoy to Russia will leave for Moscow next week.During a...

Updated : 2017.05.18 17:56

[Editorial] Harmony or hegemony?

A president’s relationship with the opposition in his first months in office is crucial for setting a new administration to work. It’s even more the case if that president was elected with less than a majority of votes and his party lacks control of the parliament. That is part of the re...

Updated : 2017.05.17 17:52

[Editorial] Hopes and concerns

Moon Jae-in’s first week as president exposed both positive and negative aspects, raising hopes and concerns about the decisions he will make over his five-year term.Having taken the national leadership amid a deep divide caused by the removal of Park Geun-hye as president, Moon has put “...

Updated : 2017.05.15 17:46

[Editorial] Screen out pledges

The Moon Jae-in administration’s decision to launch the policy planning and advisory committee which will work as a transition team was appropriate and necessary. For a government inaugurated without a transition period, it is urgent to set the framework of policies for the next five yea...

Updated : 2017.05.14 17:47

[Editorial] Thorough preparation

The Korea-US summit talks are reportedly expected to be held in the US next month. During a Wednesday phone call between the two state leaders, US President Donald Trump said he would officially invite President Moon Jae-in to Washington. Moon said he would send special envoys to the US an...

Updated : 2017.05.12 17:43

[Editorial] Political honeymoon

The 19th presidential election in which liberal Moon Jae-in took power marks another evolution of Korean democracy. Most of all, it is the second conservative-to-liberal transition of power. The first such power transfer was nearly two decades ago, when longtime dissident Kim Dae-jung swep...

Updated : 2017.05.11 17:37

[Editorial] Open-minded leadership

President Moon Jae-in asked the Democratic Party of Korea on Tuesday to work with him to accomplish two overarching missions: reform and integration.He vowed to eradicate longstanding evils on his campaign trail. These evils came to the fore through the influence-peddling scandal which led...

Updated : 2017.05.10 18:20

[Editorial] Fresh start

Moon Jae-in’s election ended the leadership vacuum caused by the first-ever impeachment of a sitting president and restored liberal government rule after a nine-year absence. The overwhelming victory the former human rights lawyer clinched in his second bid is a crowning moment for him. ...

Updated : 2017.05.09 17:51

[Editorial] Every vote counts

Koreans are going to the polls to elect a new president with the hope the person they choose this time will be different from -- better, to be exact -- those in the past. The abnormality of the election itself -- a by-election to fill the leadership void created by the first-ever impeachme...

Updated : 2017.05.08 17:38

[Editorial] US bill on NK

The US House of Representatives approved legislation Thursday to impose the toughest ever US sanctions on North Korea.  The bill penalizes companies supplying crude oil, natural gas, jet fuel and other refined products to the North, with limited humanitarian exceptions. It also imposes fi...

Updated : 2017.05.07 17:43

[Editorial] End blackout 

With only three days to go to polling day, the presidential election is in its final stretch, and the candidates are pulling all their resources together to muster support behind their campaign.Voters are also keen to exercise their right to choose the man who will lead the country for fiv...

Updated : 2017.05.05 16:56