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[Editorial] Denuclearization plan

Moon Jae-in, candidate of the Democratic Party of Korea and front-runner in the presidential race, on Sunday unveiled his plan to make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free.He said South Korea should lead the international community’s efforts to denuclearize the peninsula. In principle, the d...

Updated : 2017.04.24 17:24

[Editorial] Decision on NK

A Cheong Wa Dae decision made a decade ago has emerged as the top issue of the presidential election.  It was about whether the presidential office asked the North Korean authorities for their opinion on a UN resolution condemning the country’s human rights abuse of its residents. Former...

Updated : 2017.04.23 17:33

[Editorial] Dangerous view on history

Chinese President Xi Jinping was belatedly reported to have said during his summit talks with US President Donald Trump, “Korea actually used to be a part of China.”His remark was revealed by Trump in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, but what Xi said precisely has so far not be...

Updated : 2017.04.21 17:06

[Editorial] Hollow promises

Major presidential candidates have announced a barrage of election promises to increase welfare without offering ways to raise funds.They have pledged cash allowances to older people, young job seekers and parents with children. Such pledges are worrisome in that they may strain governmen...

Updated : 2017.04.20 17:36

[Editorial] Change in security views

Two leading presidential candidates have showed inconsistent views on national security. They have been changing their stances, with national security emerging as a hot campaign issue amid mounting military tension on the Korean Peninsula. Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea init...

Updated : 2017.04.19 17:52

[Editorial] Missing issue

The labor reform issue is lying low in presidential campaigns. Korea has been advised by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and the International Monetary Fund to reform its labor market. They blamed the duality in the Korean labor market, which divides regular and non-regular worke...

Updated : 2017.04.18 17:52

[Editorial] Self-reinforcement

North Korea continues to resort to brinksmanship despite the growing international pressure against its nuclear and missile provocations. Defying warnings, including the strongest yet from the US, the North attempted to test-fire a missile Sunday, on the day US Vice President Mike Pence be...

Updated : 2017.04.17 17:47

[Editorial] Moon-Ahn debate

The official campaign began today after candidates completed their respective registrations for the presidential election, Saturday and Sunday.  The duration of the campaign is just 22 days, as the election is being held early due to the presidential impeachment. The next president will b...

Updated : 2017.04.16 17:48

[Editorial] Unsustainable pledges

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea pledged economic growth through increased fiscal spending.Though he named his vision “human-centered economic growth,” its point is the government will lead economic growth with taxes.Under his plan, Moon will double the annual increase rate o...

Updated : 2017.04.14 18:26

[Editorial] Hope for change

The ongoing presidential election is different from past ones in many respects. Most of all, the election is being rushed as a result of the first-ever ouster of the president due to impeachment. Also conspicuous is that the corruption and influence-peddling scandal that resulted in Park’...

Updated : 2017.04.13 17:45

[Editorial] Pre-emptive strike

Concern about possible armed clashes on the Korean Peninsula is mounting, with North Korea expected to conduct an atomic bomb test in the near future and a US aircraft carrier group heading to South Korean waters. US President Donald Trump has vowed to act against the North unilaterally i...

Updated : 2017.04.12 17:51

[Editorial] Still under delusion

The state prosecution’s investigation of detained former President Park Geun-hye is in its final stretch, with prosecutors expected to indict her soon. Her indictment will end the first stage of the high-profile corruption scandal that has battered the nation since last October. The impen...

Updated : 2017.04.11 17:39

[Editorial] Negative campaigning

Two leading presidential candidates, Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea and Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party, are escalating attacks on each other as the competition heats up.The Moon campaign raised allegations that Ahn has links with gangsters, based on a group photo taken ...

Updated : 2017.04.10 17:45

[Editorial] Uncertain future

Barking dogs seldom bite. US President Donald Trump lived up to that idiom as he apparently did not push -- or failed to -- Chinese President Xi Jinping over North Korea as hard as he had said would. The summit, held at a Trump resort in Florida, ended without a joint statement or news con...

Updated : 2017.04.09 17:44

[Editorial] Fair vetting

Campaigning for the May 9 presidential election is heating up, with contenders bolstering attacks against their rivals. This means voters should be attentive and prudent about not letting the vetting process degenerate into negative campaigning.  The most conspicuous recent development in...

Updated : 2017.04.07 17:27