Author: Park Chan-kyong

Fred Fleitz, a former top Trump security official, visited Seoul to ease Korean concerns, dismissing reports of Trump demanding payment for US troop presence. Fleitz emphasized Trump’s friendship with South Korea and expected negotiations on the matter. Fred Fleitz, an adviser to former US president Donald Trump, arrives at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport on Sunday. Photo: Yonhap/via EPA-EFE Fleitz also dismissed the idea of South Korea pursuing nuclear weapons and stressed the importance of the US nuclear umbrella for the region. He hinted at Trump resuming diplomacy with Kim Jong-un if reelected, despite challenges in negotiations. Moon Seong-mook of…

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Many of South Korea’s trainee doctors, including interns and residents, have been on strike since February, leading to delays in operations and outpatient services at large hospitals. Medical students have also boycotted classes despite threats of course failure. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol warned against further strike action in a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters A group of medical professors at Seoul National University Hospital launched an indefinite strike on Monday to protest against the government’s plan to increase medical school admission quotas. Other medical universities’ professors have vowed to join the strike. President Yoon Suk-yeol issued a warning…

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South Korea is closely monitoring Putin’s visit to North Korea, ready to take necessary countermeasures depending on the outcomes. The closer ties between Russia and North Korea are driven by geopolitical risks and the aftermath of the war in Ukraine. Speculation about military cooperation between Putin and Kim Jong-un has raised concerns. Putin and Kim examine a rocket assembly hangar during their meeting at Russia’s Vostochny cosmodrome. Photo: AP The possibility of a long-term strategic relationship or temporary tactical cooperation remains uncertain. Seoul warns Moscow against crossing certain red lines in negotiations with the North. Allegations of missile and spy…

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has revealed the potential discovery of massive energy reserves off Yeongil Bay near Pohang, which could meet the country’s gas demands for 29 years and oil demands for four years. The new prospect is over 300 times bigger than the only subsea field South Korea has previously exploited. Yoon has approved exploration drilling to confirm the reserves, with the government planning to bore at least five wells at a cost exceeding 100 billion won each. While the announcement has led to a surge in oil and gas company shares, experts caution that exploration sites can…

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South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol is under increasing political pressure following allegations of covering up a marine’s death and the recent deaths of two young soldiers. Opposition parties failed to pass a bill for a special probe into Corporal Chae Su-geun’s death but plan to reintroduce it in the new parliament. Analysts suggest these incidents could lead to Yoon’s impeachment. Allegations of Yoon interfering in the investigation of Chae’s death to protect senior military officers have fueled calls for accountability. The deaths of the two soldiers in training have further sparked outrage among the public and legislators, with concerns raised…

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In August 2022, President Yoon Suk-yeol marked his first 100 days in office with a press conference, a departure from his usual tactics of avoiding such engagements. This shift comes after his party’s defeat in the legislative elections, giving opposition a majority in parliament. The opposition passed a bill to investigate a military intervention accusation, which could lead to impeachment if true. Yoon is expected to address questions about his wife’s alleged tax evasion and scandal involving a luxury handbag. He faces challenges like the ongoing doctors’ strike and increasing medical school admissions. To effectively govern amidst opposition dominance, he…

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