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[Editorial] Prerequisites for tax hike

A debate on tax increases has been ignited.The government and ruling party raised the necessity of a tax hike. It came just a day after the unveiling of 100 policy tasks President Moon Jae-in will endeavor to do during his presidency. The team that listed them said they would be implemente...

Updated : 2017.07.23 17:47

[Editorial] Problems of policy tasks

The 100 policy tasks recently revealed by President Moon Jae-in’s de facto transition team form a blueprint of what he will endeavor to do during his five-year presidency.They can be summarized into job creation creation, strengthening welfare and eliminating “evils.”The No. 1 policy ta...

Updated : 2017.07.21 18:18

[Editorial] Not much time left

It is safe to say that there is strong public consensus that the nation needs to rewrite the current Constitution, which was last revised three decades ago. One good case in point is a recent survey that found about 75 percent of Koreans want a revision. A majority of Koreans believe that ...

Updated : 2017.07.20 17:44

[Editorial] Conditions for talks

The US has responded negatively to the South Korean government’s proposals to hold military and Red Cross talks with North Korea.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said at a briefing, “Any type of conditions that would have to be met are clearly far away from where we are now.”Aske...

Updated : 2017.07.19 17:48

[Editorial] Endless cycle

The state auditor’s latest findings about defects in an indigenous Army helicopter is yet another reminder that it is never easy to end corruption in weapons acquisition programs. The Board of Audit and Inspection’s findings about the Surion transport utility helicopter -- there are abou...

Updated : 2017.07.18 17:42

[Editorial] Surge in minimum wage

The sharp increase in the hourly minimum wage for next year is expected to have widespread repercussions.The minimum wage committee voted to raise the hourly minimum wage from the current 6,470 won ($5.73) to 7,530 won next year.The year-on-year increase rate is 16.4 percent, the largest r...

Updated : 2017.07.17 17:44

[Editorial] Big questions

There are two big questions about President Moon Jae-in’s push for ceasing nuclear power: one is whether his nuclear-free energy policy is good for the nation or not and the other is about the heavy-handed way he handles the issue. As you may know, renunciation of nuclear power was one of...

Updated : 2017.07.16 17:53

[Editorial] Take US on squarely

The official US request for a meeting on the Korea-US free trade agreement should convince President Moon Jae-in and his aides that the time has come for them to stop being evasive and take on the issue squarely. Most of all, they should no longer try to play with words. The letter -- writ...

Updated : 2017.07.14 17:43

[Editorial] Duty-free licensing

State audit findings that irregularities took place in the selection of duty-free shop operators in 2015 and 2016 are enough of a shock to question the rationale of the government.The public cannot help but feel ashamed that the president of the time issued special orders and that governme...

Updated : 2017.07.13 17:39

[Editorial] No time for walkouts

The Korean auto industry is yet again bracing for big trouble, with major unions moving to launch strikes over pay raises, bonuses and other benefits. There are several good reasons why they shouldn’t. Most importantly, Korean automakers are in too bad a situation to suffer further losses...

Updated : 2017.07.12 17:37

[Editorial] Find breakthrough

Just about two months after the Moon Jae-in administration was inaugurated, activity in the legislature seems to have died, and cooperation with the administration looks nonexistent. An extra session began Tuesday, but the first meeting was not held. Opposition parties boycotted it, and t...

Updated : 2017.07.11 17:44

[Editorial] Tough road ahead

President Moon Jae-in returned home Monday from the G-20 meeting in Germany, where he highlighted North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats. The meeting of the world’s 20 biggest countries came shortly after North Korea test-fired what it claimed to be an intercontinental ballistic missi...

Updated : 2017.07.10 17:44

[Editorial] Strengthen defense

Two US B-1B strategic bombers conducted live-fire drills with South Korean fighter jets over the Korean Peninsula on Saturday.The drill was a simulated attack on a North Korean missile launcher, and signaled a warning message to the North for test-launching an intercontinental ballistic mi...

Updated : 2017.07.09 17:41

[Editorial] More active role

President Moon Jae-in held his first summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Berlin, Germany, Thursday. At the meeting with Xi, Moon recognized China’s contributions to global efforts to resolve North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat, and demanded the country do more. But he failed...

Updated : 2017.07.07 17:41

[Editorial] Pressure initiative

North Korea said Wednesday an intercontinental ballistic missile it had test-fired a day earlier had achieved successful re-entry into the atmosphere.Atmospheric re-entry is a difficult technology in developing ICBMs. The North also said its missile could carry a large nuclear warhead. Alt...

Updated : 2017.07.06 17:17