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S. Korea Says U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks on Inter-Korean Ties ‘Very Inappropriate’

S. Korea Says U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks on Inter-Korean Ties ‘Very Inappropriate’

SEOUL, Jan. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — The office of President Moon Jae-in openly reproached U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris for his remark on Moon’s stated plans to resume inter-Korean cooperation, calling it “very inappropriate.” “It’s very inappropriate for the ambassador to make such a mention for media over remarks by the president of the hosting nation,” [...]

Ruling Party Lawmaker Condemns Amb. Harris for Remarks on Alliance Consultations

Ruling Party Lawmaker Condemns Amb. Harris for Remarks on Alliance Consultations

SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — A ruling party heavyweight in South Korea strongly criticized U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris on Friday for his remarks on President Moon Jae-in’s push for inter-Korean cooperation. “It’s good to express his personal view, but if South Korea follows whatever a foreign ambassador says, he or she would be like [...]

Teenagers Demand Right to Vote in 2020 General Elections

Teenagers Demand Right to Vote in 2020 General Elections

SEOUL, Dec. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A number of South Korean teenagers directly called on the National Assembly to pass fast-track bills on electoral reform so that they can participate in next year’s general elections. The Candlelight Coalition for the Enactment of Human Rights Law for Youth, comprised of 370 civil groups, held a rally [...]

Speaker Moon Pushed for Bill to Resolve Japan’s Wartime Forced Labor Issue

Speaker Moon Pushed for Bill to Resolve Japan’s Wartime Forced Labor Issue

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s parliamentary speaker is preparing a bill to create a fund to compensate victims of Japan’s wartime forced labor with contributions by firms, governments and citizens of both nations, officials said Wednesday. The bill, pushed by National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang, is to build a 300 billion-won (US$255 [...]

Seoul-Tokyo Trade Row Averts Worst Case

Seoul-Tokyo Trade Row Averts Worst Case

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea on Friday suspended its earlier notice to Japan regarding the expiration of a military intelligence-sharing pact with its neighbour, thereby likely providing a fresh impetus to resolve their monthslong bilateral trade dispute. While the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) was scheduled to expire at midnight [...]

Foreign Ministry, Police to Discuss Beefing Up Security with Foreign Diplomats

Foreign Ministry, Police to Discuss Beefing Up Security with Foreign Diplomats

SEOUL, Nov. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — The foreign ministry and the National Policy Agency (NPA) will hold a meeting this week with officials from foreign diplomatic missions here to discuss ways to beef up security in and around their compounds, the ministry said Wednesday. The meeting, slated for Thursday, aims to put together measures to [...]