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High-profile N.K. Defector to Use Adopted Name in April Elections Bid

High-profile N.K. Defector to Use Adopted Name in April Elections Bid

SEOUL, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Thae Yong-ho, a high-profile North Korean defector, said Sunday he will run in April’s parliamentary elections under a different name, one that he has used in his passport and all other official documents to evade Pyongyang’s tracking since his 2016 defection. Thae, a former No. 2 diplomat at North [...]

Political Parties Ride Coattails of “Parasite” in Their Election Campaigning

Political Parties Ride Coattails of “Parasite” in Their Election Campaigning

SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Rival political parties and lawmakers are attempting to capitalize on the popularity of Oscars-winning “Parasite” in their campaigning for the April 15 parliamentary elections. The ruling Democratic Party (DP) unveiled pledges Wednesday to set up a state-run cinema museum to bolster South Korean films’ forays into overseas markets. The [...]

High-profile N. Korean Defector Announces Bid to Run in April Elections

High-profile N. Korean Defector Announces Bid to Run in April Elections

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — A high-profile North Korean defector officially announced his bid to run in the April parliamentary elections Tuesday, vowing to work for inter-Korean unification if elected. Thae Yong-ho, a former senior North Korean diplomat, joined the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) and will run in a constituency in Seoul [...]

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 [...]