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[Editorial] Real difference

It is an undeniable fact that failures of the ousted and jailed President Park Geun-hye have paved an easy way for Moon Jae-in to take over the nation’s highest elected office. So it was quite natural that President Moon called for correcting the wrongs of the Park administration, which h...

Updated : 2017.05.29 17:39

[Editorial] Confirmation criteria

The prospects for Prime Minister nominee Lee Nak-yon are cloudy, with opposition parties refusing to adopt the confirmation hearing report for him.The sticking point was a false address registration his wife made.It is one of five irregularities President Moon Jae-in pledged to use as yard...

Updated : 2017.05.28 17:49

[Editorial] Way to create jobs

The employment situation board installed in President Moon Jae-in’s office Wednesday vividly shows his strong will to create jobs.Moon and his secretaries can take a glance at key labor statistics including employment rate, jobless rate, youth jobless rate, wage disparity and working hour...

Updated : 2017.05.26 17:52

[Editorial] Too impatient

Now into his third week as the chief executive, President Moon Jae-in seems to be off to a good start, with his approval ratings exceeding 80 percent. Not all what he says and does is good or assuring, however. North Korea is one area of such concern. The biggest problem is that Moon and h...

Updated : 2017.05.25 17:32

[Editorial] Driving out evils

President Moon Jae-in has started a drive to root out the evils of the past governments, as pledged on his campaign trail.The drive started three days after he was elected. Moon ordered Cho Kuk, senior secretary for civil affairs, to review prosecutors’ investigations into the leak of a d...

Updated : 2017.05.24 18:16

[Editorial] Appointer in chief

Every president has his or her own style. Moon Jae-in is no exception, and his appointments of senior administration officials have distinguished him from past presidents. First, Moon -- unlike his predecessors -- comes to the Blue House pressroom to personally introduce presidential appoi...

Updated : 2017.05.23 17:42

[Editorial] Conflicts over THAAD

When it comes to resolving conflicts with China over the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense antimissile system, South Korea appears to have little elbow room. Chinese President Xi Jinping received a visit by South Korea’s special envoy Lee Hae-chan on Friday and express...

Updated : 2017.05.22 17:39

[Editorial] Another vital task

There are some issues President Moon Jae-in has been prioritizing in his first weeks as the chief executive. They include job creation, the security threat from North Korea, relations with neighboring powers and overhauling the prosecution. Moon has just added revision of the Constitution ...

Updated : 2017.05.21 17:46

[Editorial] Reform, not purge

As President Moon Jae-in said, it is time to reform the prosecution. A recent scandal involving senior prosecutors adds to the urgency to overhaul the nation’s top law-enforcement authority. The scandal surrounds a dinner on April 21, during which two groups of senior prosecutors -- one f...

Updated : 2017.05.19 17:38

[Editorial] Summit diplomacy

President Moon Jae-in has kick-started summit diplomacy with the dispatch of special envoys. Special envoys to the US and Japan are already on visits to the countries, and an envoy to China departed for Beijing on Thursday. A special envoy to Russia will leave for Moscow next week.During a...

Updated : 2017.05.18 17:56

[Editorial] Harmony or hegemony?

A president’s relationship with the opposition in his first months in office is crucial for setting a new administration to work. It’s even more the case if that president was elected with less than a majority of votes and his party lacks control of the parliament. That is part of the re...

Updated : 2017.05.17 17:52

[Editorial] Hopes and concerns

Moon Jae-in’s first week as president exposed both positive and negative aspects, raising hopes and concerns about the decisions he will make over his five-year term.Having taken the national leadership amid a deep divide caused by the removal of Park Geun-hye as president, Moon has put “...

Updated : 2017.05.15 17:46

[Editorial] Screen out pledges

The Moon Jae-in administration’s decision to launch the policy planning and advisory committee which will work as a transition team was appropriate and necessary. For a government inaugurated without a transition period, it is urgent to set the framework of policies for the next five yea...

Updated : 2017.05.14 17:47

[Editorial] Thorough preparation

The Korea-US summit talks are reportedly expected to be held in the US next month. During a Wednesday phone call between the two state leaders, US President Donald Trump said he would officially invite President Moon Jae-in to Washington. Moon said he would send special envoys to the US an...

Updated : 2017.05.12 17:43

[Editorial] Political honeymoon

The 19th presidential election in which liberal Moon Jae-in took power marks another evolution of Korean democracy. Most of all, it is the second conservative-to-liberal transition of power. The first such power transfer was nearly two decades ago, when longtime dissident Kim Dae-jung swep...

Updated : 2017.05.11 17:37