Six councilors of disbanded party lose seats

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Six councilors of disbanded party lose seats

The national election watchdog said Monday it has revoked the seats of six councilors of the now-disbanded Unified Progressive Party (UPP), a follow-up measure to the party's dissolution last week.On Friday, the Constitutional Court outlawed the UPP, a minor left-leaning opposition party, ...

Updated : 2014.12.22 15:46

Vice minister says leaked information does not undermine safety of nulcear reactors

South Korea's vice energy minister on Monday maintained that the country's nuclear reactors remain safe from serious harm, despite a series of information leaks online by a hacker suspect, arguing that what has become public so far is not sensitive material.Lee Kwan-sup, vice minister of t...

Updated : 2014.12.22 15:32

Ruling party seeks to amend election law

Ruling party lawmakers called Monday for amending a law to stop members of a disbanded party from standing for election.Rep. Ha Tae-keung of the Saenuri Party made the proposal three days after the Constitutional Court ruled in favor of disbanding the minor opposition Unified Progressive P...

Updated : 2014.12.22 13:57

S. Korea to ease visa rules to attract foreign talent

South Korea will improve its visa issuance system to attract more talented foreign workers as part of efforts to tackle its declining labor force, the labor ministry said Monday.The government said it will relax the current points-based system to allow more talented foreign workers to emig...

Updated : 2014.12.22 11:17

Venice Commission requests verdict records on UPP disbandment

The Venice Commission, an advisory board to the Council of Europe, asked South Korea’s Constitutional Court for an English version of its ruling to dissolve the minor leftist Unified Progressive Part...

Updated : 2014.12.21 21:13

Court orders disclosure of papers on U.S. soldiers’ criminal cases

A local court said Sunday it would order the government to disclose papers explaining why some courts had waived jurisdiction on U.S. troops here suspected of criminal charges.The Seoul Administrative Court’s ruling will force the South Korean Justice Ministry to publicize formerly classi...

Updated : 2014.12.21 21:03

S. Korean delegation requests visit to N. Korea

A South Korean delegation, including former aides to the late President Kim Dae-jung, has asked the government for permission to visit North Korea following an invitation from the country, a government official said Sunday.On Friday, North Korea's point man on South Korea, Kim Yang-gon, as...

Updated : 2014.12.21 15:49

Park calls UPP dissolution 'historical decision'

President Park Geun-hye on Saturday hailed as "historic" the Constitutional Court's order to dissolve the minor leftist Unified Progressive Party (UPP) for being pro-North Korean in a ruling that is expected to deepen an ideological divide in South Korea."(The Constitutional Court's ruling...

Updated : 2014.12.20 15:31

Park invited to Russia for Victory Day celebration: source

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been invited to Russia for its 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany next year, a source here said Saturday, where North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has also received the invitation."It's right that we've received an invitation from Russia...

Updated : 2014.12.20 12:19

Park's approval rating hits record low: poll

President Park Geun-hye's approval rating has hit a record low amid a high-profile influence-peddling scandal involving some key presidential officials, a poll showed Friday.   The survey of 1,006 adults nationwide by Gallup Korea showed only 37 percent approved of Park's job performanc...

Updated : 2014.12.19 16:59

Gov't vows swift follow-up steps on ruling against pro-N. Korea party

The government will take swift measures to adhere with the Constitutional Court's decision to disband a pro-North Korean political party, the prime minister said Friday.    The court delivered the ruling earlier in the day, saying the principles and activities of the Unified Progressiv...

Updated : 2014.12.19 16:55

Party disbandment shakes up political landscape

The Constitutional Court's landmark ruling to dissolve a minor left-leaning opposition party instantly changed South Korea's political landscape Friday, while the conservative Park Geun-hye administration sighed a breath of relief.   It is widely expected to stoke a deeper rivalry betwe...

Updated : 2014.12.19 15:38

UPP disbanded in historical Constitutional Court ruling

The minor opposition Unified Progressive Party was disbanded Friday in a first-ever decision by the Constitutional Court that a political party is unconstitutional. With the ruling taking immediate ef...

Updated : 2014.12.19 11:00

S. Korea bans pro-N. Korean minor party

South Korea's Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the dissolution of a pro-North Korean opposition party, banning a political party for the first time since the country adopted its first constituti...

Updated : 2014.12.19 10:38

Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for police officer over document leak

Prosecutors on Thursday sought a warrant to arrest a senior police officer in their expanding probe into the Cheong Wa Dae document leak. Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office asked a court to issue the warrant for Superintendent Park Gwan-chun on charges of making false accusations against ...

Updated : 2014.12.18 22:00