Seoul’s pro-North government days away from break with U.S. on Japan intel ties

Seoul’s pro-North government days away from break with U.S. on Japan intel ties

by WorldTribune Staff, November 14, 2019 Despite pressure from the U.S. to back down, South Korean President Moon Jae-In is seen as intent on terminating a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, reports say. Nov. 22 marks the deadline to terminate the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between Seoul and Tokyo which was signed […]

Massive conservative protests rock Seoul government; Powerful leftist resigns

Massive conservative protests rock Seoul government; Powerful leftist resigns

by WorldTribune Staff, October 14, 2019 Scandal-plagued South Korean Justice Minister Cho Kuk resigned on Oct. 14 as the opposition turned up the heat on the leftist Moon Jae-In administration, charging a dual system of justice and discrimination against North Korean defectors. On Oct. 9, thousands of protesters jammed the streets near City Hall in […]

Impeachment East: Millions in Seoul demand ouster of leftist president, justice minister

Impeachment East: Millions in Seoul demand ouster of leftist president, justice minister

by WorldTribune Staff, October 3, 2019 The Washington dramas were half a world away for an estimated 3 million generally conservative protesters in Seoul near City Hall on Oct. 3. Despite several rival rallies, the demonstrators — some waving Korean and American flags — were unified in calling for the ouster of South Korean President Moon Jae-In […]

Defector: How to denuclearize the North; Why Trump doesn’t trust Seoul leader

Defector: How to denuclearize the North; Why Trump doesn’t trust Seoul leader

FPI / September 29, 2019 Geostrategy-Direct.com [Editor’s note: The following was written by Jong Ho-Ri, a former senior North Korean economic official. His last assignment was in Dalian, China as head of the Korea Daehung Trading Corporation, which is managed by Office 39, a clandestine organization under direct control of the ruling Kim family. Office […]

Oct. 1: South Koreans urged to celebrate China’s 70th birthday, but not their Armed Forces Day

Oct. 1: South Koreans urged to celebrate China’s 70th birthday, but not their Armed Forces Day

by WorldTribune Staff, September 27, 2019 Seoul’s City Council Hall is decked out in decorations celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. “Are we China’s vassal state? Have we ever celebrated another country’s founding day?” one South Korean resident asked, according to a Sept. 27 report by the East […]

South Korea’s new justice minister confronted by multiple scandals

South Korea’s new justice minister confronted by multiple scandals

by WorldTribune Staff, September 19, 2019 South Korean President Moon Jae-In pushed through his appointment of Cho Kuk to head up the country’s Justice Ministry despite numerous allegations of “unethical and illegal activities,” a report said. Allegations against the newly-appointed Justice Minister include “corruption, abuse of power, and subversive activities against the state,” Tara O, […]

Justice Ministry nominee in Seoul, with financial ties to China, has not renounced communist past

Justice Ministry nominee in Seoul, with financial ties to China, has not renounced communist past

by WorldTribune Staff, September 5, 2019 The nominee to head up South Korea’s Ministry of Justice has said he will not renounce his past ties to communism, which included an arrest in 1993 while he was part of a group which called for an armed revolt to create a workers’ socialist country. Cho Kuk, liberal […]

Ratings tumble for Seoul’s leftist president over corruption, pro-North policies

Ratings tumble for Seoul’s leftist president over corruption, pro-North policies

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2019 Even South Korea’s “mainstream media” which has largely ignored a populist conservative revolt against President Moon Jae-In are reporting that he has squandered his political capital. The number of South Koreans who disapprove of his performance has exceeded 50 percent for the first time since he took office in […]

Seoul scraps intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo in blow to U.S. alliance

Seoul scraps intelligence-sharing pact with Tokyo in blow to U.S. alliance

by WorldTribune Staff, August 23, 2019 South Korea’s government on Aug. 22 announced that it was scrapping a military-intelligence sharing pact with Japan weeks after being urged to do so by communist North Korea. Japan had sought an extension of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) despite increased tension between the two countries. […]

Unreported: Liberation Day in Seoul marked by massive demonstrations calling for president’s ouster

Unreported: Liberation Day in Seoul marked by massive demonstrations calling for president’s ouster

by WorldTribune Staff, August 16, 2019. Updated August 17 A massive flag rally in Seoul on Aug. 15 to mark the 74th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan was mostly ignored by South Korea’s mainstream media while foreign media reported on a smaller demonstration dominated by anti-Japan sentiment, observers say. Protesters from conservative groups filled […]

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