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[Editorial] Prime minister’s fall

Giving in to mounting pressure, Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo tendered his resignation midnight Monday. President Park Geun-hye is expected to accept the resignation upon her return from a tour of Latin America on Monday.Given the circumstances, Lee would have had no choice but to step down. ...

Updated : 2015.04.21 20:33

[Editorial] Not merely bribery

The Sung Woan-jong scandal is basically a case of bribery, in which a business tycoon, who was greedy enough to take a parliamentary seat as well, offered illegal money to politicians to buy their influence.For now, the scandal is focused on Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo and some other politi...

Updated : 2015.04.21 20:33

[Editorial] Dealing with Pyongyang

Seoul’s Defense Ministry on Friday came out strongly against North Korea for its renewed pledge to cling to its nuclear weapons program. A ministry spokesman said in a statement that Pyongyang’s possession of any nuclear arms cannot be accepted and South Korea’s military will respond st...

Updated : 2015.04.20 19:18

[Editorial] Conscientious voices

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other right-wing Japanese figures seem to think time is on the side of their historical revisionism. While glossing over Japan’s militarist past and making no clear apology for its wartime atrocities, they may hope that the troubled history shared with neighb...

Updated : 2015.04.20 19:17

[Editorial] All those lies

Politicians tend to lie. It is a common belief that one cannot become a successful politician without telling lies, which makes politics one of the professions that the public trusts least. The Sung Woan-jong scandal that has been pounding the political community confirms this public belie...

Updated : 2015.04.19 18:42

[Editorial] Business as usual

It seems that there are only two things in Korean politics these days ― the Sung Woan-jong scandal and the rest. Given that the scandal surrounds people close to President Park Geun-hye and that it contains some interesting elements ― politicians, money, death, lies, conspiracies and fin...

Updated : 2015.04.19 18:42

[Editorial] A two-track approach

South Korea seems to be moving to decouple disputes over territorial and historical issues from security and economic cooperation in handling its strained ties with Japan. The burgeoning shift in Seoul’s stance may be an inevitable response to the U.S. administration’s push to bolster tr...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:10

[Editorial] Hanging in balance

Until April 27, Koreans will see their president on an overseas trip while the official in the position to work on her behalf at home during the period is fighting off growing suspicion that he received illicit funds.Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo is at the center of a snowballing scandal surr...

Updated : 2015.04.17 19:10

[Editorial] Self-serving strike

It seems that radical unions will ignore public calls for restraint and go ahead with a general strike next week, which, in all regards, is not only illegal but also self-serving.The general strike, set for April 24, is to be led by the militant umbrella group Korean Confederation of Trade...

Updated : 2015.04.16 18:59

[Editorial] Do you sleep well?

As expected, the storm generated by Sung Woan-jong’s claims of illegal political donations is buffeting the political community very hard. It is gathering force so fast and dynamically that no one knows how powerful it will be.For now, the scandal is focused on allegations surrounding Pri...

Updated : 2015.04.16 18:59

[Editorial] Remembering Sewol

Most of us in Korea remember the Sewol ferry sinking on April 16 last year as if it had happened only yesterday. Many of us remember where we were when we first saw regular television programming interrupted for breaking news. We remember thinking that the passengers would probably be resc...

Updated : 2015.04.15 19:43

[Editorial] Country must come first

With President Park Geun-hye embarking on a 12-day South American tour, Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo will be in charge of state affairs as the acting president during Park’s absence. Normally, this would not be newsworthy, except we now have an unprecedented situation where the sitting prim...

Updated : 2015.04.15 19:43

[Editorial] Tax evasion

The National Tax Service recently announced it had collected more than 1.4 trillion won ($1.2 billion) in additional tax from about 5,000 tax evaders last year. More revenues would have been put into state coffers if the tax agency had expanded the target of its crackdown beyond those who ...

Updated : 2015.04.14 19:36

[Editorial] One year on

A year earlier, Korea was drawn into an abyss of disbelief and grief when a ferry carrying 476 passengers, mostly teenage students on a school trip, sank off the southwestern coast, leaving more than 300 dead or missing.On Thursday, the country marks the first anniversary of the maritime d...

Updated : 2015.04.14 19:36

[Editorial] Money and politics

The claim of the late tycoon Sung Woan-jong that he gave huge sums of money to politicians close to President Park Geun-hye showed once again that Korean politics is still heavily contaminated by money. All the politicians mentioned by Sung denied they had received money from the former ch...

Updated : 2015.04.13 20:07