News - English [KBS WORLD Radio] | Politics 15The latest news from home and abroad, with a close eye on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula in particular en <![CDATA[Candidate Registration for Local Elections to Begin Thurs. ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136427 Candidate registration for the local elections and parliamentary by-elections slated for June 13th will begin on Thursday. The National Election Commission(NEC) said Wednesday that for two days starting from Thursday, it will take registration from those running for the local elections, which will elect ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 11:45:29 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136427
<![CDATA[North Accepts List of S. Korean Reporters to Cover Nuclear Site Dismantlement]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136419 The Unification Ministry said on Monday that North Korea has accepted a list of reporters from the South who will cover the dismantlement of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site.  A group of journalists from the U.S., the U.K., China and Russia had departed from Beijing Tuesday morning and arrived in North ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 09:30:03 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136419
<![CDATA[Moon Urges US to Continue Preparations for N. Korea Summit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136418 President Moon Jae-in met with top U.S. officials at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming summit between Washington and Pyongyang.  In the meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, Moon urged U.S. security and foreign affairs officials to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Wed, 23 May 2018 08:54:45 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136418
<![CDATA[Moon Orders Transparent Explanation of His Secretary's Meeting with 'Druking']]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136399 President Moon Jae-in has ordered the presidential office to clearly explain to the public about the latest reports that a presidential secretary had met a blogger and key suspect in an opinion rigging scandal before the presidential election last year. A senior presidential official told reporters on ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 17:08:31 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136399
<![CDATA[Parliament Passes Bills on Independent Counsel Probe and Supplementary Budget]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136389 Anchor: The National Assembly on Monday passed bills seeking to introduce an independent counsel to probe an online opinion rigging scandal and approving a supplementary budget bill. However, motions seeking consent to arrest two Liberty Korea Party lawmakers, failed. Our Laurence Taylor wraps up a busy day ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 15:23:13 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136389
<![CDATA[S. Korea Says Will Continue Joint Military Drills with US]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136388 The Defense Ministry announced on Monday that South Korea and the United States will continue to carry out their annual joint military exercises this year.  Ministry Spokeswoman Choi Hyun-soo revealed the stance to reporters in response to a claim by Rep. Kim Hack-yong of the main opposition Liberty ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 14:35:56 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136388
<![CDATA[Pres. Office: Unchanged on N. Korea's Demand to Repatriate Restaurant Workers]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136386 The presidential office says there is no change in its position on the North's demand to repatriate 12 North Korean workers who defected to South Korea from a Pyongyang-run restaurant in China two years ago.  However, speaking to reporters on Monday, a senior presidential official said that the top office ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 13:48:19 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136386
<![CDATA[Nat'l Assembly Votes Down Motions Seeking Arrest of 2 Lawmakers]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136385 The National Assembly has failed to pass motions seeking consent to arrest two lawmakers of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP).  During a plenary session attended by 275 lawmakers on Monday, the National Assembly voted down a motion seeking the arrest of Rep. Hong Moon-jong by a vote of 129 to ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 13:46:35 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136385
<![CDATA[President Moon Leaves for Washington for Talks with Trump ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136383 Anchor: President Moon Jae-in embarked on a trip to the U.S. on Monday for his fourth summit with President Donald Trump. The two leaders are set to hold extensive talks on ways to narrow differences between Washington and Pyongyang on how to go about denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.  Our Bae Joo-yon ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 11:55:33 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136383
<![CDATA[S. Korean Journalists Leave for China for North's Nuclear Site Dismantlement]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136381 South Korean journalists left for China on Monday to cover North Korea's dismantlement of its nuclear test site, despite the North's refusal to accept a list of the journalists.  The Unification Ministry said in a regular briefing that it notified the North Monday morning that it would like to send the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 11:25:14 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136381
<![CDATA[Nat'l Assembly Passes Bills on Independent Counsel Probe, Supplementary Budget]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136379 The National Assembly on Monday passed a bill seeking to introduce an independent counsel to probe an online opinion rigging scandal.  At a plenary session, 183 of 288 lawmakers present voted for the bill, 43 voted against it, while 23 others abstained.  It will be the 13th ever special counsel probe and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 10:53:51 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136379
<![CDATA[Presidential Secretary Met 'Druking' before Presidential Election]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136375 A presidential secretary reportedly met with the influential blogger and key suspect in the online public opinion scandal before the presidential election last year.  According to the office of the presidential secretary for civil affairs, presidential secretary Song In-bae met the blogger known by the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 08:49:39 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136375
<![CDATA[Parliament to Vote on Bills on Extra Budget, Special Counsel Monday]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136373 The National Assembly will hold a plenary session on Monday to vote on controversial bills on an extra budget and an independent counsel probe into an online opinion rigging scandal.  Rival parties on Sunday agreed to slash 20 billion won from the government's three-point-85 trillion won extra budget ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Mon, 21 May 2018 08:11:00 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136373
<![CDATA[Budget Committee to Continue Deliberations on Supplementary Budget]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136369 Rival parties on Sunday will hold a meeting of the special committee on budget and accounts to continue deliberations on a government-requested supplementary budget. The special committee is set to hold a session at 5:30 p.m. to deliberate each item of the three-point-nine trillion won extra budget. The ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sun, 20 May 2018 13:37:16 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136369
<![CDATA[Gov't Investigating if Koreans are Casualties of Cuba Plane Crash]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136361 The South Korean government says it is investigating whether any Korean nationals were on the plane which crashed near an airport in Havana, Cuba Friday.    A Foreign Ministry official said Saturday that the South Korean Embassy to Mexico is contacting the Cuban Embassy to Mexico and the airline Cubana ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 May 2018 14:27:36 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136361
<![CDATA[Parties Agree to Pass Special Counsel, Budget Bills Late Saturday]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136357 Rival parties have agreed to convene a plenary session at 9 p.m. Saturday and pass two key bills in parliament. One is the supplementary budget bill and the other concerns introducing a special counsel probe into the ongoing online opinion rigging scandal. The floor leaders of rival camps on Friday ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 May 2018 13:17:25 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136357
<![CDATA[Two N. Koreans Including a Soldier Defect to S. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136355 Two North Koreans defected to South Korea across the Yellow Sea early on Saturday. A Seoul government official said a small boat carrying the two was spotted in waters north of Baengnyeong Island near the western inter-Korean sea border. The official said a South Korean Navy vessel arrived on the scene ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Sat, 19 May 2018 11:28:51 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136355
<![CDATA[Moon Vows Thorough Investigation into Alleged Sexual Assault During Gwangju Uprising]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136349 Marking the 38th anniversary of the Gwangju pro-democracy uprising on Friday, President Moon Jae-in vowed to get to the truth behind reports of alleged sexual assault by military personnel during the crackdown of the movement. In a message posted on the presidential office's social networking ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 17:25:21 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136349
<![CDATA[Nat'l Assembly to Handle 2 Pending Bills on Fri.]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136336 The National Assembly will convene a plenary session on Friday to vote on the government's extra budget proposal and a bill seeking to introduce a special counsel probe into an online rigging scandal.  National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun plans to convene the session at 9 p.m. and introduce the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 14:42:55 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136336
<![CDATA[LKP Chief to Send Letter to Trump on Planned Summit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136335 The head of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party(LKP) says he will send an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of a planned U.S.-North Korea summit.  Hong Joon-pyo on Thursday revealed the letter that his party plans to send to the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 14:35:17 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136335
<![CDATA[US Reaffirms No Plans to Alter Troop Presence in S. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136334 The United States has reaffirmed that it has no plans to change the size of its troop presence in South Korea.  An official of South Korea’s Foreign Ministry told reporters on Friday that the U.S. made the affirmation during negotiations with South Korea on renewing their defense cost sharing agreement ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 14:08:41 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136334
<![CDATA[Trump Promises N. Korea Security Guarantees in Return for Denuclearization]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136333 Anchor: U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to provide strong security guarantees to North Korea if Pyongyang abandons its nuclear ambitions. Trump's incentive follows the North’s threat to pull out of the planned Washington-Pyongyang summit.  Our Bae Joo-yon has more.  Report: As North Korea ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 11:21:54 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136333
<![CDATA[White House: US to Continue Preparations for Summit with N. Korea]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136327 The White House says that the U.S. is continuing to prepare for a planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un despite the regime's threats to call it off.  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told a regular news briefing on Thursday that the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 09:04:07 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136327
<![CDATA[Top Office Has No Comment on N. Korea's Threat to Stop Talks]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136326 The presidential office says that it has no comment on North Korea's latest threat to suspend talks with South Korea.  Ri Son-gwon, a North Korean official handling inter-Korean affairs, said on Thursday that it would be difficult to continue talks with South Korea unless issues that led to the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Fri, 18 May 2018 08:54:59 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136326
<![CDATA[PM Lee Emphasizes Neutrality of Public Officials ahead of Local Elections]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136320 Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has warned that public officials caught illegally intervening in the upcoming local elections will be sternly punished according to related laws.  Lee made the remark on Thursday while presiding over a meeting on the government’s preparations for the June 13th elections at ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 18:11:14 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136320
<![CDATA[S. Korea to Cooperate with US on Achieving Nuclear-Free Korean Peninsula]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136315 South Korea's Foreign Ministry says it will closely cooperate with the U.S. to direct all efforts towards achieving denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, based on what was agreed at the recent inter-Korean summit. That was the response from ministry spokesperson Noh Kyu-duk on Thursday, when ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 17:13:52 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136315
<![CDATA[Seoul Urges Peaceful Solution to Palestine Crisis ]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136314 Seoul's Foreign Ministry has called for a peaceful resolution to the current crisis in Palestine.  In the wake of Israel’s deadly crackdown on Palestinian protesters earlier this week, the South Korean government issued a statement on Thursday, hoping for a swift settlement of the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 17:06:08 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136314
<![CDATA[FM Kang Vows to Focus on Success of N. Korea-US Summit]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136310 Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has vowed to concentrate diplomatic efforts for the success of the North Korea-U.S. summit. Speaking at a plenary meeting of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee on Thursday, the top diplomat said that rather than being affected by every single ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 16:44:01 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136310
<![CDATA[Parliament Committee Approves Tax Exemptions for Youth Startups]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136309 A parliamentary committee has decided to offer 50 percent exemption in corporate taxes to startup companies launched by young entrepreneurs in the capital region. The National Assembly's Strategy and Finance Committee on Thursday held a plenary meeting and a meeting of its subcommittee on taxes and ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 16:40:13 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136309
<![CDATA[Parliament Reviews Extra Budget, Parties Bicker Over Rigging Scandal Probe Ahead of Vote]]> http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136305 Lawmakers are continuing to discuss the government's extra budget proposal and a bill seeking to introduce a special counsel probe into an online rigging scandal as parliament is set to vote on the two bills on Friday in a plenary session.  With the plenary session set for 9 p.m. Friday, the ...

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KBS WORLD Radio Thu, 17 May 2018 15:47:42 +0900 Politics http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/news_Po_detail.htm?No=136305