<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Politics]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Main Opposition Party Proposes Probe on All Lawmakers' Children]]> South Korea's main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has proposed a special bill aimed at investigating every lawmaker and high-ranking government official regarding possible academic impropriety involving their children's college applications.  The bill, put forward on Tuesday, suggests the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:55:58 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[KBS Accuses YouTube Panel over Sexist Remarks against Female Reporter]]> South Korean broadcaster KBS has filed a defamation accusation against a YouTube panelist for his alleged sexist remarks about a female KBS reporter.  The libel accusation directed at a reporter from the Aju Business Daily was filed with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency on Tuesday and joined by four ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 18:29:43 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[LKP Chief Flatly Denies Martial Law Accusation ]]> The chairman of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP), Hwang Kyo-ahn, has flatly denied the claim that he may have been involved in an alleged plan to impose martial law to quell anti-government protests against former President Park Geun-hye. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, he called the claim a ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 16:58:33 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[PM Lee to Seek Ways to Improve Seoul-Tokyo Ties During Japan Trip]]> Anchor: Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon embarked on a three-day trip to Japan to attend the enthronement ceremony of Japanese Emperor Naruhito as well as to engage in other activities. Meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other political and business leaders, Lee is expected to seek ways for Seoul and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:41:39 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon Reveals Dual-Track N. Korea Approach for 2nd Half ]]> Anchor: During his budget speech Tuesday at the parliament, President Moon Jae-in also revealed the direction of his North Korea policy for the second half of his term. As his administration is struggling to maintain momentum for improving cross-border ties, Moon said the government will invest in what he ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:03:56 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Political Parties Give Varying Reactions to Moon's Budget Speech]]> South Korea's political parties gave varying reactions to President Moon Jae-in's budget speech at the National Assembly Tuesday morning. The ruling Democratic Party(DP) called for multi-partisan cooperation from the opposition bloc to get behind next year's budget, which is aimed at guarding and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:14:14 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon Vows Active Reform Efforts to Realize Fairness]]> Anchor: President Moon Jae-in pointed the way for the second half of his term in a policy speech before the National Assembly on Tuesday. He vowed significant public sector reform, particularly education and the prosecution. He also called on parliament to pass next year's budget, stressing that South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:48:24 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon Stresses 'Peace Economy' in Budget Speech]]> Anchor: President Moon Jae-in says budget money should be allocated to establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula, and that only dialogue can lead to permanent peace. Celina Yoon has more. Report: President Moon Jae-in said in a speech at the National Assembly on Tuesday that next year’s national ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:24:36 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA['Russian Aircraft Trespasses into S. Korea's Air Defense Identification Zone']]> A Russian warplane reportedly entered South Korea's Air Defense Identification Zone, or KADIZ, on Tuesday. A government source said that the Air Force deployed a fighter jet after an aircraft, presumed to be a Russian military plane, entered the KADIZ over the East Sea.  South Korea reportedly dispatched ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:08:51 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[NGO Claims LKP Chief Hwang May Have Been Involved in Martial Law Plan]]> A South Korean NGO says main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) Chair Hwang Kyo-ahn may have been involved in an alleged plan to impose martial law to quash anti-government protests against impeached President Park Geun-hye. The Center for Military Human Rights Korea said on Monday that it secured an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:02:17 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon Says Expansionary Budget is Indispensable]]> President Moon Jae-in said that an expansionary budget is essential for next year as active fiscal policy is more necessary than ever. Moon on Tuesday said in his speech for next year's budget at the National Assembly that the South Korean economy, which is highly dependent on trade, faces a critical ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 11:01:28 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon Calls for Equitable Society in Budget Speech at Parliament]]> President Moon Jae-in called for an equitable society during his budget speech at the National Assembly on Tuesday.  Outlining his administration's policy stances and the direction and execution of next year's budget, which exceeds 513 trillion won, Moon said a "bold" fiscal policy will invigorate the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:13:50 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Arrest Warrants Issued after US Ambassador Residence Break-in]]> A local court has issued arrest warrants for four college students on charges of breaking into the U.S. ambassador's compound in Seoul.  The Seoul Central District Court on Monday approved prosecutors' request to issue the warrants, citing that the four students may flee or destroy ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:31:44 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Prime Minister Embarks on Japan Trip for Enthronement Ceremony, Talks with Abe]]> Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon departed for a three-day trip to Japan early on Tuesday to attend Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony. Amid an impasse in relations over colonial-era grievances and trade restrictions, Lee said on social media before departing that he will meet during his trip Japanese ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Tue, 22 Oct 2019 08:13:13 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Main Opposition Party Announces Its Own Prosecution Reform Plan]]> The main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) has come up with its own proposal on how the prosecution should be reformed, including limiting the justice minister’s power to intervene in criminal investigations.  The judiciary reform committee of the conservative party announced the prosecution reform ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:29:54 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Judicial Reform Committee Issues More Recommendations]]> A Justice Ministry task force on judicial and prosecution reforms announced more recommendations for change on Monday. It is the fifth time the committee has offered suggestions, and advised that so-called direct investigative units at the prosecution include no more than five prosecutors per team, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:20:46 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Minister Stresses Privacy Protection in Wake of Singer's Death]]> Culture Minister Park Yang-woo has vowed measures on privacy protection in the wake of singer-actress Sulli's death. During a parliamentary audit of his ministry on Monday, Park was asked about the tragic passing of the K-pop star by ruling Democratic Party lawmaker Woo Sang-ho. The minister said he ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:58:12 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Assembly Committee Ratifies S. Korea-UK FTA ]]> The National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee has unanimously approved a motion to ratify the South Korea-U.K. free trade agreement(FTA). Committee chair Yoon Sang-hyun declared the approval of the ratification motion in a plenary session on Monday, saying that sufficient deliberations were held ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:54:52 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon to Give Policy Speech in Parliament Tuesday ]]> President Moon Jae-in will give a budget speech at the National Assembly on Tuesday. The speech will outline policy stances and the direction and execution of next year's budget, which exceeds 513 trillion won. Moon is expected to urge that the budget be smoothly deliberated. He will also likely ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:50:02 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Political Parties Fail to Agree on Bill to Set Up Agency to Probe Officials]]> South Korea's political parties failed to reach an agreement on how to handle a reform bill that aims to create an independent agency to investigate corruption allegations against high-ranking government officials. The floor leader of the ruling Democratic Party(DP), Lee In-young, said on Monday that he and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:25:41 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Moon Asks Religious Community to Play Bigger Role in National Cohesion]]> President Moon Jae-in expressed concerns over social and ideological rifts in South Korea and asked the country's religious leaders to help address the problem. At a luncheon with representatives from major faiths at his office on Monday, Moon said there's been political wrangling over ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:51:09 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Seoul, Beijing Hold Strategic Defense Talks for First Time in 5 Years]]> South Korea and China held strategic defense talks for the first time in five years on Monday after the annual dialogue was suspended due to tensions over Seoul's decision to host an advanced U.S. missile defense system. Vice Defense Minister Park Jae-min met with Shao Yuanming, the deputy chief of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:42:29 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Final Parliamentary Audit of 20th National Assembly Nearing End]]> The final parliamentary audit by the 20th National Assembly is coming to a de facto close with all but two committees to conclude related sessions on Monday. According to the National Assembly, the Legislation and Judiciary Committee, the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee, the National Defense ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:36:24 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Request Arrest Warrant for Wife of Former Justice Minister]]> Prosecutors on Monday requested an arrest warrant for Chung Kyung-shim, wife of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk.  The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office filed the request on a number of charges, including obstruction of business, interference in the execution of officials' duties, forgery and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:27:59 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Ruling Party Proposes Negotiation on Bill to Set up Independent Probe Unit]]> The ruling Democratic Party(DP) proposed on Sunday that political parties prioritize negotiation of a bill to set up an independent investigative body that deals with crimes by high-ranking public officials. The bill is part of judiciary reform proposals that also include a bill to give more investigative ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:08:43 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Top Office Mulling Steps to Supplement 52-Hour Workweek System]]> The presidential office said on Sunday that it is considering supplementary measures to help smaller firms abide by the government's 52-hour workweek system. The shorter workweek scheme was first applied to larger companies in July last year and will be expanded to companies with 50 to 299 employees next ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:38:52 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Rallies Continue on Prosecution Reform]]> A massive rally was held on Saturday in Seoul calling for prosecution reform days after former Justice Minister Cho Kuk stepped down amid a widening investigation into allegations involving his family. A citizen coalition calling for judicial and prosecutorial reform held their tenth candlelight vigil ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:41:52 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Arrest Warrants Sought for 7 University Students for Breaking into US Envoy's Residence]]> The prosecution has requested arrest warrants for seven South Korean university students for breaking into the residence of the top United States envoy in South Korea. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said on Sunday that the police originally sought arrest warrants for nine students on Saturday but ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 20 Oct 2019 12:00:43 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Conservative, Progressive Rallies Continue on Contentious Reform]]> Protesters calling for prosecutorial reform changed the venue of their demonstration to Yeouido in Seoul, where the National Assembly is located.  In the wake of former Justice Minister Cho Kuk's resignation earlier this week, the fifth rally of its kind began in front of parliament on Saturday ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 Oct 2019 20:53:47 +0900 Politics
<![CDATA[Seoul Seeks Delisting from Washington's Suspected Currency Manipulator List ]]> Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki says it will not be easy for South Korea to be dropped from a list of countries that the U.S. monitors for suspicions of currency manipulation. During his visit to the International Monetary Fund in Washington on Friday, Hong told reporters that he had discussed the matter ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 Oct 2019 13:43:37 +0900 Politics