Three major parties agreed Monday to deliberate on a 11.2 trillion won (US$9.9 billion) extra budget bill, aimed at creating jobs for youth, party officials said, amid a lingering controversy over its legality.The agreement came during a meeting involving National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun and
Prosecutors were set to question the daughter of former President Park Geun-hye's longtime friend Monday as part of a probe into a massive influence-peddling scandal that led to Park's removal from office.Chung Yoo-ra has been summoned to appear at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors'
South Korea's former foreign ministers have come out in support of Kang Kyung-hwa, a beleaguered diplomat nominated by President Moon Jae-in to be his first foreign minister.Ten former top diplomats, who served as foreign ministers in the preceding conservative and liberal governments, issued a
A former health minister was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail Thursday on charges of abuse of power in connection with a massive corruption scandal that removed former President Park Geun-hye from office.The Seoul Central District Court handed down the sentence to Moon Hyung-pyo, who served as healt
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has convened a meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday to discuss possible measures against North Korea's repeated rocket and missile launches, the presidential office said.The first NSC meeting to be chaired by the president will be held at 2 p.m.
President Moon Jae-in's top security advisor on Thursday embarked on a two-day trip to the United States for talks with top Washington officials over Moon's upcoming summit with President Donald Trump, North Korean threats and other alliance issues, Seoul's presidential office said.Chung
The National Assembly on Wednesday endorsed President Moon Jae-in's pick for prime minister in a vote that reflected deep controversy over a string of allegations surrounding the nominee's family.The legislature passed the confirmation motion for Lee Nak-yon at a plenary session joined by th
The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday it confirmed the defense ministry had intentionally omitted the delivery of additional THAAD launchers in a recent briefing.Yoon Young-chan, chief presidential press secretary, said that the finding came after an investigation into several ministr
A parliamentary panel on Wednesday adopted a report on the outcome of its confirmation hearing for Prime Minister-nominee Lee Nak-yon, clearing the way for a vote on his appointment.Key members of the panel in charge of the hearing issued the report despite objection from conservative opposition law
South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo on Wednesday asked the media to wait for the results of an investigation into whether his ministry has done something wrong in connection with the deployment here of the U.S. missile defense system called THAAD.Han's ministry has come under fire since th
South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo held a series of meetings Monday with visiting U.S. lawmakers, during which they reaffirmed a robust alliance, his ministry said.Han met with Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), head o
Top nuclear envoys of South Korea, the United States and Japan strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile test Monday, vowing to maintain close cooperation and seek stern action against Pyongyang's "reckless" and "continued" provocations, the foreign ministry said.Kim Hong-kyun, spe
President Moon Jae-in on Monday asked for understanding over a controversy surrounding his prime minister nominee amid repeated demands for his apology from opposition parties."I ask for people's and opposition lawmakers' understanding in that the ongoing controversy over nominations has be
President Moon Jae-in said, “Starting today, I will become the President for everyone. Even those who did not support me are my people, and I will serve them all alike. I dare to make a promise. This day, May 10, 2017, will go down in history as the beginning of the genuine unity of the people.”Spea
President Moon Jae-in's office offered an apology over alleged irregularities of nominees for top government posts Friday.The apology came as the main opposition parties refused to endorse a joint report on the outcome of a recent confirmation hearing for Prime Minister nominee Lee Nak-yon.
President Moon Jae-in on Friday asked the incumbent Cabinet members to help him run his new administration at least until he finds their replacements.The president's request to the ministers appointed by his ousted predecessor Park Geun-hye came at a lunch at the presidential office Cheong Wa Da
Prime Minister-nominee Lee Nak-yon was grilled Thursday over his policy orientations, leadership credentials and ethical issues during the last session of the two-day parliamentary confirmation hearing.Opposition lawmakers bombarded him with pointed questions about allegations against his family mem
President Moon Jae-in ordered government agencies to adhere to the country's human rights watchdog's recommendations as much as possible Thursday, as part of efforts to better protect basic human rights in running state affairs.The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Moon will regularly r
The National Assembly on Wednesday began a two-day confirmation hearing for Prime Minister-nominee Lee Nak-yon, the first major test of President Moon Jae-in's efforts to foster cooperation with the opposition-led parliament.Opposition lawmakers were set to grill the former South Jeolla Province
President Moon Jae-in pledged on Tuesday to uphold and transcend the dream of Roh Moo-hyun, his friend, co-worker and a former president whose fight against the establishment sharply divided the nation.During a memorial marking the eighth anniversary of his death, Moon reiterated his pledge to resto