<![CDATA[News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Politics]]> 15 en <![CDATA[Supreme Court Nominee Grilled at Confirmation Hearing]]> Supreme Court nominee Kim Sun-soo says it is too early to draw a conclusion on the National Court Administration(NCA)’s alleged political interference under the previous Park Geun-hye administration.  Facing a barrage of questions about key court-related issues during his confirmation hearing at the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 18:26:35 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138040
<![CDATA[N. Korean Official in Beijing Likely to Discuss Economic Cooperation ]]> A senior North Korean official arrived in Beijing on Monday, raising prospects of bilateral talks on major economic cooperation.  According to a source in Beijing, Ryu Myong-son, deputy director of the North Korean ruling Workers' Party's international affairs department, landed at Beijing ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:38:11 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138034
<![CDATA[Pres. Moon Mulls Including Opposition Figures in His Cabinet]]> President Moon Jae-in is said to be considering including figures from the opposition camp in his Cabinet.  Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters on Monday that Moon is intent on forming a Cabinet based on cooperation among parties if there are figures deemed appropriate for certain ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:06:33 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138032
<![CDATA[Political Parties Express Pity, Sadness Over Roh's Death]]> Ruling and opposition parties were united in expressing condolences over the death of Justice Party floor leader Roh Hoe-chan, who committed suicide Monday morning by jumping from an apartment building. The minor Justice Party said no words can express the sadness over his death, while the ruling Democratic ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:47:33 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138031
<![CDATA[Top Office Expresses Condolences over Rep. Roh's Death]]> The presidential office has expressed condolences over the suicide of Rep. Roh Hoe-chan of the minor opposition Justice Party on Monday.  Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told reporters that that the top office prays the deceased will rest in peace, saying his death is heartbreaking.  Kim revealed ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:34:09 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138030
<![CDATA[Special Counsel Expresses Deep Regret over Lawmaker's Suicide]]> The special counsel investigating an opinion rigging scandal involving the blogger "druking" has expressed deep regret over the suicide of Justice Party floor leader Roh Hoe-chan. At an emergency briefing Monday morning, Independent Counsel Huh Ik-bum said he felt "distressed" by the unexpected news, adding ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:16:12 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138028
<![CDATA[Foreign Minister: S. Korea Not Looking to Ease Sanctions on Pyongyang]]> Anchor: Following her arrival back in South Korea from the U.S., Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has moved to dismiss speculation that Seoul is looking to ease sanctions on Pyongyang. Meanwhile, the nation’s top national security adviser Chung Eui-yong has also returned from the U.S. following what he ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:08:28 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138027
<![CDATA[Opposition Lawmaker Roh Hoe-chan Commits Suicide Amid Funding Probe]]> Anchor: Rep. Roh Hoe-chan of the minor opposition Justice Party committed suicide on Monday. Roh’s death comes amid allegations that he received 50 million won in illegal political funds from "druking," a blogger involved in an opinion rigging scandal. Choi You Sun has this ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:40:44 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138026
<![CDATA[Pres. Moon Likely to Name Pick for Agriculture Minister This Week]]> President Moon Jae-in is likely to name his pick for agriculture minister this week and unveil selections for other key Cabinet posts sometime next month.  An official of the presidential office revealed the plans on Monday.  The post of minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs has ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 11:05:18 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138022
<![CDATA[Foreign Minister Rejects Speculation about Easing N. Korea Sanctions]]> South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says that now is not the time to ease sanctions against North Korea. Kang made the remarks on Monday after arriving back in Korea from her visit to the U.S., dismissing media speculation that she stressed the need for an easing of the sanctions during her ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:59:18 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138021
<![CDATA[Justice Party Rep. Roh Hoe-chan Found Dead in Apparent Suicide]]> Rep. Roh Hoe-chan of the minor opposition Justice Party was found dead Monday in an apparent suicide.  Police said that Roh is believed to have jumped from a window between the 17th and 18th floors of an apartment building in Seoul's Yaksu-dong. A guard at the apartment found Roh's body at around 9:40 ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:38:27 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138020
<![CDATA[Defense Committee to Ask Top Office to Submit Martial Law Documents]]> The parliamentary defense committee plans to ask the presidential office to submit documents regarding the Defense Security Command's report that reviewed the possible declaration of martial law during last year's anti-government protests. A committee official said on Monday that the committee will make the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:11:20 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138018
<![CDATA[Confirmation Hearings Set for Police Chief, Supreme Court Justice Nominees]]> The National Assembly will hold confirmation hearings for the national police chief designate and Supreme Court justice nominee on Monday.  Political neutrality is likely to be the key focus at the hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Kim Sun-soo, a leading labor and civil rights lawyer.  Kim ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:26:17 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138013
<![CDATA[Prosecution Analyzing Flash Drive Seized from former Court Official]]> The prosecution has seized a flash drive from a former official of the National Court Administration of the Supreme Court as part of its probe into the alleged judicial abuse by the court under its former Chief Justice Yang Sung-tae. A probe team at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 22 Jul 2018 13:21:19 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138007
<![CDATA[Prosecutors Raid Home of Fmr. Court Official]]> The prosecution has searched the home of former vice director of the National Court Administration Im Jong-heon, who is at the center of allegations of abuse in judicial rights. The raid comes a month after an investigation was launched into the scandal. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 21 Jul 2018 14:10:25 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=138003
<![CDATA[Local Election Candidates Spent 760 Mn Won Each on Campaign]]> Those who ran for the heads of cities or provinces during the local elections in June spent an average of 760 million won each in their election campaigns.  The National Election Commission on Friday disclosed the political funds spent by the candidates for the June 13th local elections and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:16:34 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137989
<![CDATA[Defense Chief Vows to End Political Meddling by Military]]> Defense Minister Song Young-moo has pledged efforts to ensure that illegal interference in politics or surveillance of civilians by the military will never take place again.  The defense chief spoke to lawmakers on Friday at the National Assembly's Legislation and Judiciary Committee where he addressed the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:05:05 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137985
<![CDATA["Martial Law Plan Prepares for Arresting Lawmakers"]]> Anchor: More details have been revealed regarding the military's controversial preparation for a possible declaration of martial law last year in the event anti-government candlelight protests at the time intensified. The newly-obtained plan includes detailed ways to restrict free press activities and to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:56:41 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137979
<![CDATA[S. Korea Seeks Waiver From Resumed US Sanctions on Iran]]> In the wake of the U.S.’ withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and moves to resume sanctions against Tehran, Seoul held a second round of talks with Washington seeking a waiver from halting imports of Iranian oil.  The Foreign Ministry in Seoul said Friday that a delegation headed by its ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:50:52 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137978
<![CDATA[Pres. Moon to Be Briefed by State Spy Agency for First Time]]> Anchor: President Moon Jae-in, who discontinued the National Intelligence Service's regular briefing to the president to prevent the spy agency from meddling in politics, was set to receive the agency's briefing for the first time on Friday. The session was aimed at encouraging the agency's ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:39:27 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137977
<![CDATA['N. Korea Failed to Reply to US' Request for Denuclearization Timetable, Arsenal Declaration']]> The U.S. is said to have requested North Korea for a denuclearization timetable and a detailed list of its nuclear arsenal, but Pyongyang failed to reply and only stressed the need for security guarantee steps first.  Acting Under Secretary for Political Affairs Stephen Mull told a group of visiting South ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:53:46 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137976
<![CDATA[Top Office: More DSC Documents Exist]]> The presidential office says there are additional documents pertaining to a paper that the Defense Security Command(DSC) drew up to review the possible declaration of martial law during last year’s candlelight rallies against then-President Park Geun-hye. Presidential Spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom made the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:32:14 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137975
<![CDATA[Top Diplomats of S. Korea, US to Hold Meeting in New York]]> South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is slated to meet U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New York on Friday. The two diplomats will work on ways to strengthen ties between Seoul and Washington and discuss key issues, including the denuclearization of North Korea and the establishment of peace ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:55:43 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137971
<![CDATA[Court to Broadcast Ex-Pres. Park Geun-hye's Sentencing Live Friday]]> The sentencing of former President Park Geun-hye on charges related to pocketing special funds from the state spy agency and meddling in then-ruling Saenuri Party's nominations will be broadcast live Friday. The sentencing hearing is slated to begin at 2 p.m. at the Seoul Central District Court. In ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:57:53 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137965
<![CDATA[Court Rejects Arrest Warrant for Key Figure in Druking Scandal]]> A Seoul court has denied an independent counsel team's request to arrest a key figure linked to the "druking" opinion rigging scandal suspected of giving illegal political funds to an opposition lawmaker. The Seoul Central District Court on Thursday rejected the warrant request for the 61-year-old lawyer, ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 20 Jul 2018 08:37:27 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137960
<![CDATA[S. Korea's Defense Minister Vows Thorough Military Reform]]> South Korea's defense chief has vowed to push for widespread military reforms following the armed forces' alleged political intervention under the previous Park Geun-hye administration.  Speaking at the inauguration ceremony for the new Navy Chief of Staff on Thursday, Song ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:14:53 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137956
<![CDATA[S. Korean, British Top Diplomats Hold Strategic Talks ]]> Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha held a meeting with her new British counterpart Jeremy Hunt in London Wednesday to discuss a range of diplomatic and economic issues, including North Korea and the U.K.’s departure from the EU.  In the fourth ministerial strategic dialogue between the two countries, Kang ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:26:43 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137944
<![CDATA[Pres. Moon's Approval Rating Slips Sharply to 61.7%]]> President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating this week saw its sharpest decline since his inauguration amid concerns that the planned minimum wage increase could negatively impact the economy.   According to a Realmeter survey of one-thousand-504 people between Monday and Wednesday, 61-point-seven percent of ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 14:21:57 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137943
<![CDATA[Kim Jong-un Calls in Overseas Mission Heads to Pyongyang]]> North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly called in the heads of the North's overseas embassies and missions to Pyongyang.  According to sources familiar with North Korea affairs on Thursday, the chiefs of the North's embassies and other missions were recently brought in for what is thought to be an ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:03:13 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137936
<![CDATA[Military Investigators Interrogate DSC Officers over Martial Law Document]]> A special military investigation team is questioning three officers of the Defense Security Command regarding a series of allegations of political interference by the military counterintelligence unit.  The team was known to have demanded the submission of related records from every military unit ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:53:47 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=137927