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S. Korea: Parliament passes bills to fight fine dust

S. Korea: Parliament passes bills to fight fine dust

South Korea’s parliament passed eight bills intended to better fight fine dust Wednesday as the country is struggling with its worst-ever particle air pollution. The legislation includes a revision to the disaster and safety management law to include a high density of particulate matter as a “social disaster.” Such a designation allows the government to […]

S. Korea to seek talks with N. Korea to help stalled nuke negotiations move forward: ministry

S. Korea to seek talks with N. Korea to help stalled nuke negotiations move forward: ministry

South Korea will push for talks with North Korea, including summits, this year to deepen inter-Korean relations and help stalled denuclearization talks move forward between Washington and Pyongyang, the unification ministry said Tuesday. “In close coordination with the U.S., (we) will push for inter-Korean talks to help the U.S. and North Korea meet again and […]

Leaders of S. Korea, Brunei agree to expand economic cooperation

Leaders of S. Korea, Brunei agree to expand economic cooperation

The leaders of South Korea and Brunei agreed Monday to expand the countries’ energy industry cooperation and expand the partnership to new technology sectors. In a bilateral summit held in the Bruneian capital, President Moon Jae-in and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah noted the countries have steadily developed their friendly relations in the infrastructure and energy sectors […]

S. Korea biz delegation visits Malaysia to promote closer ties

S. Korea biz delegation visits Malaysia to promote closer ties

South Korea’s business mission will visit Malaysia on the occasion of President Moon Jae-in’s state visit to the Southeast Asian country this week, to strengthen economic ties, a local corporate lobby said Monday. A total of 250 business leaders who represent 13 conglomerates and 57 small and medium-sized companies will visit Malaysia to boost two-way […]

S. Korea: President Moon names 7 new ministers in Cabinet reshuffle

S. Korea: President Moon names 7 new ministers in Cabinet reshuffle

President Moon Jae-in on Friday named seven new ministers in a move to set his administration up for the second half of his term that will also replace the country’s point man on North Korea.   Kim Yeon-chul, currently the head of the Korea Institute for National Unification, has been tapped as the new unification […]

President Moon calls for joint action with China to reduce fine dust

President Moon calls for joint action with China to reduce fine dust

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered his government Wednesday to work together with China to fight fine dust pollution, his office Cheong Wa Dae said.   South Korea has suffered from the worst particulate matter pollution this week with a large portion of the fine dust believed to be blown from China. The president told […]

North Korea will ‘definitely’ be denuclearized: Moon

North Korea will ‘definitely’ be denuclearized: Moon

President Moon Jae-in reiterated his confidence in diplomatic efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula Tuesday despite the fruitless summit between North Korea and the United States last week. “Should we consistently pursue peace with firm determination, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and permanent peace will definitely come,” the president said in the commission ceremony of […]

Moon: Trump-Kim summit to produce ‘specific, substantial’ outcomes

Moon: Trump-Kim summit to produce ‘specific, substantial’ outcomes

President Moon Jae-in expressed the hope Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un can build off their first meeting to make “more specific and substantial progress” at their second summit, which he believes could help advance inter-Korean relations. “Beyond bringing a lasting peace with no threat of war threat, the […]

Forecasting Korea’s future

Forecasting Korea’s future

The French have two expressions that capture the essence of Kim Jong-un’s New Year address. First, there’s “deja vu” ― or maybe “deja vu all over again,” as the American baseball player Yogi Berra famously put it. And then there’s “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose” ― “the more things change, the more […]

Moon expands communication with chaebol

Moon expands communication with chaebol

Approval ratings of President Moon Jae-in remained relatively high in the first week of this year on the back of public approval for his signature “engagement-focused” North Korea policy. But his lackluster and not-that-impressive domestic policy, particularly the apparent failure of its economic policies after its decision to hike the minimum wage and cut the […]

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