Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for police officer over document leak

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[Editorial] Dealing with nuclear waste

The much awaited nuclear waste facility in Gyeongju will begin operations next year following final approval by the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission last week.The Wolseong Low and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Center, consisting of six silos some 80 meters underground...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:38

[Editorial] Reviving local markets

The Seoul High Court has ruled that the restrictions on large retailers’ operations were unlawful, renewing the debate about the coexistence of large businesses and neighborhood mom-and-pop stores. The court found the Dongdaemun-gu and Seongdong-gu ordinances that ban large discount retai...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:38

[Editorial] More immigrants

Controversy recently erupted over a bill aimed at guaranteeing undocumented immigrant children the right to receive education and medical treatment. Some Koreans raised objections to using taxpayers’ money to care for the children of those who are here illegally. In a further worrisome ph...

Updated : 2014.12.17 20:40

[Editorial] Kim Jong-un’s choice

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be seen as having been successful in consolidating his control over the isolated regime since he took power in December 2011 following the sudden death of his father Kim Jong-il.Pyongyang’s state media this week described last year’s execution of Jang ...

Updated : 2014.12.17 20:39

[Editorial] Parliament’s mission

As expected, the monthlong extraordinary parliamentary session that began Monday is sailing thorough rough waters, darkening prospects for its legislative business.The contentious issue that stands in the way of a smooth operation of the parliament is the escalating scandal surrounding the...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:59

[Editorial] True mandate

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a fresh mandate by winning a landslide in Sunday’s snap election, which he called as a referendum largely on his economic policies. Having won up to four more years in power, a triumphant Abe said that the Japanese voters returned him to power becaus...

Updated : 2014.12.16 20:57

[Editorial] Plot thickens

The onus is heavier than ever on the prosecutors investigating the Blue House document leak to conduct a fair and transparent investigation after a police officer allegedly implicated in the leak was found dead on Saturday. An autopsy showed that he had committed suicide. The police office...

Updated : 2014.12.15 20:43

[Editorial] Outrage over ‘nut rage’

An incident referred to as “nut rage” is an example of what can happen when a member of the founding family of a conglomerate becomes involved in business.Former Korean Air vice-president Cho Hyun-ah, 40, has been making headlines since she ordered the pilot of a Korean Air plane, alread...

Updated : 2014.12.15 20:43

[Editorial] Cost-effective Olympics

PyeongChang, the host of the 2018 Winter Olympics, said Friday it would continue preparations for holding all events there and two nearby towns as originally planned. Cho Yang-ho, president of the PyeongChang Winter Games organizing committee, said in a statement that it would be difficult...

Updated : 2014.12.14 21:13

[Editorial] Gloomy growth outlook

Local economic research institutes have recently suggested gloomier outlooks for next year’s growth of Korea’s economy than the target set by the government.The Korea Development Institute, a major state-run think tank, last week cut its growth projection for 2015 from 3.8 percent to 3.5...

Updated : 2014.12.14 21:13

[Editorial] Now is time to act

The fate of the nine young North Korean defectors who were caught by the Laotian authorities and repatriated to North Korea via China in May 2013 is receiving renewed attention after Pyongyang earlier this week released undated video footage of four of the defectors.The release of the 25-m...

Updated : 2014.12.12 21:15

[Editorial] Make safety a priority

Lotte World Tower & Lotte World Mall is at the center of yet another safety controversy, this time, over water leakage at the Lotte World Aquarium.The Ministry of Public Safety and Security ordered a comprehensive safety inspection of the aquarium after a five-hour government safety inspec...

Updated : 2014.12.12 21:15

[Editorial] Incentives for North Korea

A senior Seoul official recently said South Korea was willing to provide North Korea with incentives if necessary to resume the reunions of separated families. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not elaborate on what the South could offer, saying all pending inter-Korea...

Updated : 2014.12.11 20:53

[Editorial] China’s impact

In a statement issued after its meeting last week, the powerful politburo of China’s ruling Communist Party said the government would keep the economy operating “within a reasonable range” next year. This position set the tone for economic policies for 2015, which were mapped out at the...

Updated : 2014.12.11 20:53

[Editorial] Another quarter-century

The Korea-ASEAN Commemorative Summit opens in Busan on Thursday, bringing together leaders of 10 Southeast Asian countries and about 3,000 officials, businesspeople and other delegates. The second summit between Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations commemorates the 25th ann...

Updated : 2014.12.10 21:10