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 […]

Report challenges legal, factual basis for impeaching South Korea’s conservative president

Report challenges legal, factual basis for impeaching South Korea’s conservative president

FPI / July 16, (updated July 21), 2019 More than two years after conservative South Korea President Park Geun-Hye was impeached, questions remain on whether the charges against Park were baseless or whether they were worthy of impeachment and a prison sentence, a report said. “Most people do not know exactly what happened or how […]

Violence in Seoul as workers hired by leftist mayor destroy conservatives’ tents

Violence in Seoul as workers hired by leftist mayor destroy conservatives’ tents

by WorldTribune Staff, June 25, 2019 Tents erected by conservative activists calling for the release from prison of former President Park Geun-Hye were demolished by government workers deployed by the Seoul’s Mayor Park Won-Soon, according to video and news reports. The government and judiciary under President Moon Jae-In has jailed journalists, controlled social media and […]

Massive digital messaging may have swept current president to power in Seoul

Massive digital messaging may have swept current president to power in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The ongoing scandal, in which the governor of South Gyeongsang Province, Kim Kyung-Soo — a top ally of President Moon Jae-In, was involved in a computer program that automatically generated millions of “likes” or “dislikes” for polls and postings on individuals and vital topics, may have been […]

Mixed responses in South Korea to sentencing of conservative former president

Mixed responses in South Korea to sentencing of conservative former president

by WorldTribune Staff, April 8, 2018 A panel of three judges at the Seoul Central District Court sentenced former President Park Geun-Hye to 24 years in prison and levied a $16-million fine. The judges on April 6 found Park, 66, guilty of a dozen charges ranging from bribery to coercion, abuse of power and the […]

Lawyers appeal to UN on behalf of conservative South Korean leader

Lawyers appeal to UN on behalf of conservative South Korean leader

by WorldTribune Staff, February 28, 2018 Lawyers representing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye are asking the UN to help secure her release after prosecutors called for a 30-year sentence and a court in Seoul extended her detention by six months. “The UN is looking at our application urgently and the South Korean authorities need […]

Pax Koreana? In their dreams

Pax Koreana? In their dreams

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Donald Trump doesn’t get it. He warns South Korea about “appeasement,” but who’s appeasing whom? Yes, President Moon Jae-In, hero of the candlelight protests that lofted him as the liberal darling into the presidency after the ouster of the conservative Park Geun-Hye, would love to go down in history […]

Tense Korea: Leftward tilt in Seoul meets with growing public protests

Tense Korea: Leftward tilt in Seoul meets with growing public protests

by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2017 North Korea’s nuclear missile threats have dominated world headlines this year, but growing unrest in the South is exacerbating tensions on a peninsula bordering China and Russia and with U.S. forces stationed in the South. Protests against the liberal Moon Jae-In administration are becoming more frequent and show a […]

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