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NK leader ready to push his agenda

Pyongyang’s recent military reshuffle gives leader Kim Jong-un the stability to implement his own governing style, which has shown hints of balancing security and the economy, analysts said Sunday. The replacement last week of army chief of staff Ri Yong-ho with Kim’s own man, Hyon Yong-chol, has raised questions over the military’s once-dominant role. Kim […]

Young NK defector beats ‘English stress’

Young NK defector beats ‘English stress’

Hong Sung-il, a North Korean defector, found himself alienated in his first English class on the first day of high school in Seoul in 2000. Hong was 17 then. “I had never studied English before,” said Hong, a 29-year-old Yonsei University graduate with a bachelor’s in psychology, in an interview with The Korea Times Wednesday. […]

[Indonesia Report] ASEAN Hopes to settle dispute on South China Sea

[Indonesia Report] ASEAN Hopes to settle dispute on South China Sea

Amid tension in South China Sea, ASEAN countries are expected to release a statement of unity of their stands on South China Sea dispute this week. ASEAN Ministerial Meeting’s unprecedented failure to issue communiqué last week, raised concern over ASEAN’s unity. They failed to reach a consensus after Cambodia objection over a wording, the mentioning […]

Park Geun-hye’s view of May 16 revolution cititicized

The recent remarks of Rep. Park Geun-hye, the presidential hopeful of the ruling Saenuri Party, about May 16 Revolution staged by her late father Park Chung-hee, invited criticism from some local newspapers. In a forum hosted by the Korea News Editors Association on July 16, she said “I think it was his best choice he […]

Ahn steps forward presidential bid

Ahn steps forward presidential bid

A new book, “Ahn Cheol-soo’s Thoughts” was released Thursday detailing the information technology mogul-turned-professor’s thoughts about key campaign issues, including unemployment among young people, education, school bullying, North Korea and the Jeju naval base plan. It was written by Jae Jeong-im, a professor of Semyung University Graduate School of Journalism, based on conversations she had […]

Kim shows departure in leadership style

Kim shows departure in leadership style

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un recently made a surprise visit to Pyongyang’s main airport to inspect a renovation project, a report said Thursday, in what could be another example of his emerging leadership style. The inspection by Kim, who was handed power following the death of his father Kim Jong-il in December, did not include […]

US saw NK involvement in KAL bombing: dossier

US saw NK involvement in KAL bombing: dossier

The United States has made public documents related to its investigation of the 1987 bombing of a South Korean passenger jet, which found North Korea to be behind the act, it emerged Thursday. Posted on the U.S. State Department, the dossier backs Seoul’s finding that the mid-air bombing of the Korean Air (KAL) 858 – […]

Assembly fails to improve overseas voting system

Several lawmakers of the ruling and main opposition party have repeatedly pledged to improve the registration system for overseas voters, but this has turned out to be an empty promise. The deadline to alter the election process for 2.23 million Koreans living abroad is this Sunday, as the registering of overseas voters for the Dec. […]

Young NK leader assumes title of marshal

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been given the title of marshal, Pyongyang’s state media said Wednesday, the latest move to solidify his control over the country’s 1.2 million-strong army. Kim, thought to be in his late twenties, takes the post from his father, the late Kim Jong-il who was made generalissimo following his death […]

Kim Jong Un awarded title of Marshal of DPRK

Kim Jong Un awarded title of Marshal of DPRK

PYONGYANG, July 18 (Xinhua) — Top leader Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been awarded the title of Marshal of the DPRK, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Wednesday. “A decision was made to award the title of Marshal of the DPRK to Kim Jong Un, supreme […]

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