The Korean daily media headlines and humor
The Korean daily media headlines and humor
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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post notices and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media of Korea today:

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Lee Kyung-sik


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Round-up of important news stories from major Korean dailies today:

‘We must not fall behind lest we should fall further behind’

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation said, “The main threat and our main enemy are the fact that we are falling behind. If we are unable to reverse this trend, we will fall even further behind. This is like a serious chronic disease that steadily saps the energy from the body and destroys it from within step by step. Quite often, this destructive process goes unnoticed by the body.”In a special message delivered to the people of the Russian Federation in Moscor on March 1, 2018, President Putin then stated, “We need to master creative power and boost development so that no obstacles prevent us from moving forward with confidence and independently. We must take ownership of our destiny.”The Special Message of President Putin was introduced by Ambassador Aleksandr Timonin of the Russian Federation at a recent meeting in Seoul between Ambassador Timonin and Publisher-Chairman of The Korea Post media, publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean-language media outlets established 33 years ago in 1985 with Second Secretary Daniil Chekhlan of the Russian Embassy and The Korea Post Reporter Ms. Sua Kim.

‘Kim JU might be following the Vietnamese formula improving relations with the US’

A highly placed Korean government official suggested that North Korea may tread the path used by the Vietnamese government. According to popular Korean-language daily, Dong-A Ilbo, this morning. The government official suspected that Chairman Kim is following the Vietnamese leaders who normalized diplomatic relations with the United States while still maintaining the communist political system.However, he said that tin the case of North Korea there are many complicated political dynamics involved in the idea.

Kim JU of N. Korea wants US to open Embassy in Pyongyang

Chairman Kim Jong-Un of North Korea has asked President Donald Trump of the United States to open the US Embassy in Pyongyang. This was disclosed by Korean-language daily Dong-A Ilbo this morning. According to the Korean-language report, Chairman Kim wants the United States to open the US Embassy in Pyongyang as well as concluding a peace treaty between Pyongyang and Washington.An inter-Korean summit between President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong-Un is slated in April and North Korea-United States summit in May, where denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and conclusion of a peace treaty between the US and NK are expected to be handled.



Fmr Pres. Lee Myung-bak Set for Questioning Wed.

Anchor: Former President Lee Myung-bak and his legal team are said to be in the final stages of their preparation for Lee's questioning by prosecutors set for Wednesday. Lee is expected to deny the allegations against him. Alannah Hill has this report. Report: Lee Myung-bak is set to appear for the prosecution's questioning on Wednesday over a string of allegations of bribery and irregularities. The former president is expected to deny the allegations against him, in particular the ones concerning bribery, as those convicted on charges involving more than 100 million won are subject to a minimum of ten years in prison or maximum life sentence.According to law officials on Tuesday, Lee is suspected of receiving about eleven billion won in bribes from the National Intelligence Service(NIS), Samsung Group and other companies. The prosecution's questioning will likely focus on whether Lee was aware of the illegal funds and whether he owns auto parts company DAS. Prosecutors believe that the former president holds more than 80 percent of the company's shares under borrowed names.

Moon Asks New Police Officers to Treat Sexual Violence with Sensitivity

President Moon Jae-in has called on newly commissioned police officers to be sensitive to the victims of sexual violence when they deal with such crimes. Moon made the request during a commissioning ceremony on Tuesday for the graduates of Korean National Police University at its campus in Asan, South Chungcheong Province. The president praised the courage of the women joining the #MeToo movement, saying they are calling for human dignity and equality. He then urged the commissioned police officers to listen to the victims' voices and do their best to prevent them from suffering secondary damages. Moon asked them to get closer to minority groups vulnerable to crimes as a whole, including children, the disabled and elderly as well as women, emphasizing their ability to sympathize and to have a sense of justice are just as important as professionalism and responsibility.

US Imposes High Antidumping Duties on S. Korean Power Transformers

The U.S. has imposed stiff antidumping duties on South Korean power transformers. Hyundai Electric and Energy Systems said on Tuesday that the U.S. Commerce Department informed it of a decision to levy an antidumping duty of 60-point-81 percent on its large power transformers shipped to the U.S. between August of 2015 and July of 2016. The decision enforces the South Korean firm to pay 52-point-nine billion won in duties. The U.S. Commerce Department levied the same level of antidumping duties on power transformers exported by other South Korean companies, including Hyosung, Iljn and LSIS. The U.S. department applied adverse inference to the fact available, a basis for imposing steep antidumping duties, arguing the respective companies aimed to delay the investigations by not submitting necessary documents.


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Trump's choice of Pompeo could boost negotiations with N.K.: expert

U.S. President Donald Trump's pick of Mike Pompeo as his new top diplomat could lend credibility to any future negotiations with North Korea, a U.S. expert said Tuesday.Abraham Denmark, director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center, made the remark shortly after Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and named the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in his place.The surprise announcement came less than a week after the U.S. president accepted an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to talks about the regime's denuclearization."One of the key features for any negotiator is that they have to be able to credibly represent their leadership," Denmark, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, told a forum here. "That your counterpart knows that whatever deal you make, you know that your boss will back you up."Trump and Tillerson were portrayed in the media as having "a lot of problems" and not seeing "eye to eye on a whole host of issues," the expert noted.

S. Korea's jobless rate falls to 4.6 percent in Feb.

South Korea's jobless rate fell slightly in February due to a rise in employment in the construction and public service sectors, but the number of newly added jobs fell to the lowest level in eight years, government data showed Wednesday.The unemployment rate stood at 4.6 percent last month, down 0.3 percentage point from a year earlier, according to the report compiled by Statistics Korea.From a month earlier, it remained unchanged. The number of employed people reached 26.08 million in February, up 104,000 from a year earlier, sharply slowing down from the previous month's rise of 334,000, according to the report compiled by Statistics Korea.The addition of new jobs in February marks the lowest since January 2010, the data showed.

Korean horror film 'Gonjiam' sold to 47 countries

Theatrical distribution rights to a Korean horror movie have been sold to 47 countries around the world, its local distributor said Wednesday."Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum" was sold to Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries ahead of its domestic release scheduled for March 28, Showbox said. Inspired by the Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital designated by CNN as one of the freakiest places in the world, the movie depicts seven visitors' bizarre and frightening experiences in the hospital, located in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province.


The Korea Herald (

Ex-president Lee Myung-bak appears before prosecution for questioning

Former President Lee Myung-bak appeared at the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday for questioning on suspicions in a string of corruption allegations that include bribery, abuse of power and embezzlement. The former conservative state chief was in office from 2009 to 2013. The prosecution has conducted investigations into former presidential aides and family members of Lee and formally subpoenaed Lee last week, as they suspect he is behind many of the corruption charges related figures are facing.

Views on denuclearization hurdle for NK-US talks

US President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May for talks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, but their different understandings of “denuclearization” stand as a major stumbling block to the possibly history-making talks. Despite growing hopes that the breakthrough between North Korea and the US could tackle the nuclear standoff, skepticism also lingers over whether the summit between Trump and Kim can be held and if so whether it would be successful. Trump accepted Kim’s invitation after the reclusive regime met the preconditions suggested by the US. Kim agreed to commit to denuclearization, suspend nuclear and missile tests, and refrain from criticizing upcoming joint military exercises between South Korea and the US.

Abe promises support for talks, reiterates need for verifiable action

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday promised his government’s cooperation in efforts to bring about the denuclearization of North Korea. Speaking at a meeting with Seoul’s National Intelligence Service Director Suh Hoon, Abe positively assessed recent developments, while reiterating that Pyongyang must take verifiable actions for further progress. Suh had traveled to Tokyo on Monday to discuss the results of his meetings with US President Donald Trump, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “Japan’s fundamental policy is to resolve (North Korea’s) missile and nuclear issues, and the matter of abducted Japanese,” Abe said at the meeting. In the late 1970s and the early 1980s, North Korea abducted a number of Japanese citizens, and only a handful of victims have been returned.


The Korea Times (

Former President Lee Myung-bak to be questioned today

Former President Lee Myung-bak will be questioned today over allegations he took bribes when in office.Lee, 76, who is accused of playing a central role in many illegal activities during his five-year term, is expected to enter the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office at 9:30 a.m.Lee, who was in office from 2009-2013, is suspected of receiving "black budgets" from the National Intelligence Service and misappropriating the money. One former aide, Kim Baek-joon, has already been indicted on this charge. But prosecutors suspect Kim only delivered the money to his boss, Lee.Lee is also accused of using DAS, an auto parts company, to collect and manage slush funds.He has denied any wrongdoing, calling the investigation politically motivated.He is the country's fifth president prosecutors will have questioned over corruption allegations.

Trump fires Tillerson as US secretary of state

U.S. President Donald Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Tuesday, (local time) and nominated Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo as his replacement. According to a statement released by the White House, Tuesday, President Trump named Pompeo as the nation's top diplomat"I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State," said Trump."As Director of the CIA, Mike has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the international intelligence community. I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture."Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA, will succeed Pompeo to become the agency's first female director.Pompeo said upon his nomination: "I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as secretary of state. His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America's prosperity."

#MeToo mystery: Why are only liberal politicians affected?

The #MeToo movement is sweeping the political community after hitting the art and culture scenes hard. But oddly enough, allegations are being raised only against liberal politicians.Is this because conservative politicians have higher ethical standards and are better behaved?The conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP) has stepped up a political offensive over a series of sexual misconduct claims against members of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), including former South Chungcheong Governor An Hee-jung and Rep. Min Byung-doo.Observers and sources said there is an atmosphere within the conservative bloc that makes it difficult for its victims to make such issues public. Political analyst Choi Young-il said conservatives are already "immune to" sex scandals. "Before #MeToo was coined, conservatives monopolized sex crimes," Choi said. "On the other hand, liberal figures, mainly with backgrounds in anti-military dictatorship and pro-democracy struggles, have boasted a sense of ethics. For example, liberal ex-President Roh Moo-hyun killed himself over guilt about a bribery scandal, while conservative ex-presidents even boycott investigations though they allegedly took more bribes."


Chosun Ilbo (

More Mature Couples Care for Parents and Children

One in three households in their 50s and 60s shoulders the burden of care for both adult children and elderly parents. In a recent survey of 2,001 men and women aged 50-69 who have adult children and at least one parent by securities company Mirae Asset, some 34.5 percent said they have to take care of both children and parents.The trend is due to increasing life expectancy and low economic growth, which has led to record youth unemployment and more precarious jobs. "Parents of those in their 50s and 60s are in the blind spot of the national pension system that was introduced in 1988," Mirae Asset said. "As life expectancy increases, those in their 50s and 60s have to take care of their elderly parents at their own cost."At the same time, their adult children have trouble achieving economic independence as youth unemployment approaches 10 percent. These households are spending roughly 20 percent of their income on adult children and elderly parents per month. The average they gave to their children was W780,000 and their parents W400,000 (US$1=W1,067). This means they are spending almost all their disposable income, which as a rule of thumb is 30 percent of what they earn, looking after their dependents.

2 out of 3 Women in Movie Industry Suffer Sexual Harassment

Two out three women working in the Korean movie industry have suffered sexual harassment or assault, a survey out on Monday suggests. The most prevalent form was inappropriate comments, but one in nine respondents said they were accosted for sex. The survey was conducted by the Korean Film Council and Women in Film Korea from June to September last year of 749 actors, producers, writers and crew, 62.3 percent of whom were women. Some 46.1 percent of respondents said they suffered sexual harassment -- 61.5 percent women and 17.2 percent men. Of the women, 11.3 percent said they were accosted for sex, while 22.3 percent said they were either touched inappropriately or told to touch others intimately. Some 27.6 percent said they were coerced into dating or meeting privately with the abusers. The perpetrators were mostly movie executives, colleagues, and their teachers at drama school.

Coffee Drinking Linked to Tooth Decay

People who drink at least one cup of coffee a day are much more likely to lose one or more teeth, according to a recent study. A joint research team of St. Mary's Hospital in Seoul, Korea University's Anam Hospital and Catholic University of Korea analyzed the dental health and coffee consumption of 7,299 adults based on public health data in 2010 and 2011.It found that people who drank at least one cup of coffee per day were 1.69 times more likely to have 19 or fewer of their 28 teeth left than people who drink only one cup of coffee per month.


HanKyoReh Shinmun (

Questions of denuclearization and regime security loom over potential US-North Korea summit

The dialogue phase on the Korean Peninsula that was launched by the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics is shifting into high gear with an inter-Korean summit coming up in April, following by a North Korea-US summit in May. The next question is what give and take there will be on the US’s goal of denuclearization and North Korea’s goal of regime security and how the two sides will find a mutually satisfactory solution.Current dialogue between North Korea and the US is proceeding in quite a different manner from the past. Both the 1994 agreement in Geneva and the Six-Party Talks in 2000 represented the “bottom-up” approach, in which working-level negotiations gradually build up the scope of the agreement, but the current scenario reflects the “top-down” approach, in which decisions made by the leaders of North Korea and the US are passed down to lower-level officials to deliberate.

President Moon remains cautious in advance of April summit with North Korea

President Moon Jae-in seemed cheerier than ever before while presiding over a meeting of senior secretaries and aides at the Blue House on the afternoon of Mar. 12. But even as he described Seoul’s efforts over the next two months leading up to scheduled inter-Korean and North Korea-US summits as “a path of great historical transformation that the world has yet to succeed in,” he also remained circumspect, stressing that it was “hard to be optimistic about the outcome” and that the “reality is that [we must be] cautious about the process.”Moon’s remarks were nonetheless quite different from his response on Mar. 6, when members of a special delegation to Pyongyang – including Blue House National Security Office director Chung Eui-yong and National Intelligence Service director Suh Hoon – reported back a message from North Korean leader Kim Jong-il about his willingness to denuclearize and agreement to an inter-Korean summit in April. Even though the delegation had come back with an unexpectedly large “gift,” Moon insisted on being “cautious like handling a glass bowl.” It was unclear at the time whether US President Donald Trump would trust Kim’s denuclearization message or accept his proposal for bilateral talks.

Trump administration insists that South Korean government pay for THAAD operational costs

As predicted, the US Donald Trump administration appears to have demanded that South Korea pay operational costs for the THAAD system deployed by US Forces Korea during the first meeting on the tenth Special Measures Agreement (SMA) on the two sides’ sharing of defense costs. The US administration’s position was confirmed in the two sides’ first “reconnoitering engagement” in Honolulu last week.In a Mar. 12 meeting with reporters, a South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior official acquainted with the defense cost negotiation system declined to give a direct answer when asked if there had been discussions on the THAAD costs, but did not deny the discussions had taken place.


JoongAng Ilbo (

Moon gets draft of constitutional changes

President Moon Jae-in made a case for a four-year presidential term with the possibility of re-election Tuesday as an advisory panel briefed him about a draft proposal for constitutional amendments. “If the four-year presidential system with a possibility of re-election for a second consecutive term is selected, the presidential term will almost match the term of local governments, so starting in the next term, the president and local government heads can have corresponding tenures,” Moon said when Jung Hae-gu, head of the special public advisory committee on the constitution, briefed him about proposed amendments. After Moon ordered the government to prepare an amendment bill, the special committee was launched on Feb. 13 and finalized its draft on Monday. It reported to Moon on Tuesday.

Xi, Abe briefed on Seoul’s moves

China and Japan expressed support for South Korea’s diplomatic campaign to engage North Korea with an inter-Korean summit and a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. President Moon Jae-in sent Chung Eui-yong, head of the National Security Office, to China and Suh Hoon, director of the National Intelligence Service, to Japan on Monday after they returned from the United States, where they met with Trump and delivered Kim’s invitation to a North-U.S. summit. Chung met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday evening and Suh met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday for the briefings.The Japanese leader said Tuesday that he welcomes any dialogue premised on denuclearization of North Korea. “I believe it is extremely important that North Korea takes concrete actions to achieve what it has said,” Abe said at the beginning of his meeting with Suh. Suh told Abe that it was extremely significant that Kim directly expressed an acceptance of denuclearization.

KGS makes amends with job applicants it wronged

Korea Gas Safety Corporation (KGS) on Tuesday hired eight out of 12 job seekers who fell victim to its own unfair hiring practices - the jobs they applied for in 2015 and 2016 went to people from connected families.It is the first public company to make amends for unfair hiring practices in the recent past. Other public institutions and agencies are expected to follow suit in coming months. According to KGS, 12 applicants made it to final interviews in January 2015 and May 2016 when the state-own company was hiring new recruits. They did well in the interviews but their jobs were given to connected applicants.

The HR office at KGS contacted the applicants to inform them they can now be accepted as new recruits. Four turned the jobs down because they were accepted by other companies or government offices.


The KyungHyang Shinmun (

Supreme Court Vowed to Eradicate Privileges for Former Justices of the Supreme Court, But Special Treatment Increased

Last year, among the trials judged by the Supreme Court, the number of cases handled by lawyers who were formerly justices of the Supreme Court, reached 440, a 67% increase from the previous year. The Kyunghyang Shinmun conducted a survey of all the cases involving lawyers who once served as justices of the Supreme Court and discovered that there were 177 more such cases than in the survey conducted by the Korean Bar Association in 2016 (263). When a major corruption case in the judiciary, the "Jeong Un-ho scandal" surfaced in 2016, the Supreme Court had announced that it would end the practice of providing privileges to former justices and released a number of measures. However, the number of Supreme Court cases taken by former Supreme Court justices has increased rather than decrease. Although the Supreme Court said it would exclude justices who had worked even just one day with a lawyer who was previously a Supreme Court justice from the trial, the court failed to adhere to this principle. Of the Supreme Court cases handled by Shin Yeong-cheol, a former Supreme Court judge, last year, five were assigned to Supreme Court justices whose working hours at the Supreme Court overlapped with Shin. A while ago, former Supreme Court justice Cha Han-seong stepped down after he came under fire from the public when he was hired as Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong's legal representative in his bribery case in the Supreme Court. Action to eradicate privileges to former justices turned out to be simply an empty promise.

The Ruling Party Suffers from the #MeToo Epidemic

The Democratic Party of Korea is struggling with the aftermath of a series #MeToo allegations. On March 12, lawmaker Min Byung-doo submitted his resignation despite the party's advise to wait, and former Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Park Soo-hyun, a preliminary candidate for the governor of Chungcheongnam-do resumed his election campaign despite the party's recommendation to voluntary withdraw his bid. Former lawmaker Chung Bong-ju flatly denied the allegation of sexual assault and hopes to return to the party and run for the mayor of Seoul in the upcoming local elections. This has been a cause of headache for the party's leadership. The party is facing a crisis as it tries to retain the most number of seats in the National Assembly, while the party's incumbent lawmakers launch their bids in the local elections.

A Separate Message from Kim Jong-un Probably on "NK Human Rights"

When Chung Eui-yong, head of the Cheong Wa Dae National Security Office and Suh Hoon, director of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) met with U.S. President Donald Trump, it appears there was another message aside from the proposal for a summit by Kim Jong-un, chairman of North Korea's State Affairs Commission. Experts believe it could be a message on human rights in North Korea, which has been under fire from the U.S. and the international community. On March 9 (local time), a senior government official met with correspondents in Washington D.C. and said, "There was a special message that Chairman Kim asked to give to President Trump," but added, "We can't release every message exchanged by the state leaders." The official simply said, "It was an effort to build trust in order to hold the summit meeting" and "The message was very comprehensive."


AJU Business Daily (

S. Korea needs multi-faceted approach to deal with two superpowers

U.S. President Donald Trump's tariff bombshell is interpreted as the start of his re-election plan. The summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un will be a good source of re-election as it can be a breakthrough in the North Korean nuclear issue.Whether Trump is re-elected or Chinese President Xi Jinping secures his long-term ruling, we have no reason to intervene. However, the continuing confrontation between the leaders of the two superpowers which claim to be 'strongmen' is inevitably affecting our national interests and security. That requires our meticulous strategy.Because the relationship with the United States is based on the alliance, we have no alternative but to bolster it. The diplomatic rhetoric of our ambiguous strategic partnership with China may not work anymore. In finding the best way to protect our national interests, it is very important to establish a multi-faceted approach to how to respond to possible conflicts and competition between the two superpowers.

President Moon accepts resignation of top financial regulator

President Moon Jae-in has accepted the resignation of South Korea's top financial regulator who has been involved in alleged hiring irregularities while serving as a commercial bank chief, the president's office said Wednesday.The resignation of Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) head Choe Heung-sik came amid public calls for the elimination of irregularities in job recruitment. Some banks have been accused of recruiting job seekers using ties to top executives.In South Korea, the watchdog supervises financial institutions and plays a key role in corporate restructuring. There have been allegations that as Hana Financial Group chief in 2013, Choeasked Hana Bank to hire the son of his friend. Choe, who took office last September, denied any wrongdoing but he offered to resign Monday to take moral responsibility.

Doosan Heavy sells controlling stake in engine-making unit to private funds

A South Korean private equity consortium has acquired a controlling stake held by Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction in its sister firm which produces diesel engines for ships and power generation. Doosan Heavy, a Doosan group subsidiary, said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that it has signed a deal to sell its 42.66 percent stake in Doosan Engine to a consortium of two private equity funds, Socius Advisors and Well to Sea Investment.Doosan Heavy has sought the sale of non-core assets to improve its financial structure. Doosan Engine's investment sector would be separated and absorbed by Doosan Heavy, a key contractor in South Korea's nuclear power industry.


Maeil Business News Korea (

KDB kicks off due diligence on GM Korea while GM flags March 31 deadline

State -run Korea Development Bank (KDB) on Monday embarked on due diligence on GM Korea to study its cost structure before determining whether to grant financial aid and tax breaks to help to keep Korea’s third largest automaker in business. “We have reached a general consensus on due diligence conditions although there still are some differences in opinion,” KDB Chairman Lee Dong-gull told reporters after a kick-off meeting with GM officials at GM Korea’s Bupyeong plant. He also added that Barry Engle, GM’s head of international operations, pledged in a meeting with him last week to cooperate with KDB by providing necessary information based on mutual trust.

Samsung Elec boasts of air conditioner technology at MCE in Milan

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. is showcasing its latest air conditioners at the world’s biggest trade show for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in Italy in hopes its products can make strong appeal to European consumers. Samsung Electronics has opened its booths to boast its latest air conditioning technology at Mostra Convegno Expocomfort (MCE) that kicked off on Tuesday (local time) in Milan, Italy. The four-day event ending on Friday is a bi-annual event dedicated to the production and distribution of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Through the show that draws over 2,000 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors, the company hopes to expand its presence in Europe’s air conditioner market.

Korean President Moon to propose constitutional reform outline next week

The South Korean government will propose to rewrite the 1987 Constitution to allow second four-year term in the current single five-year presidency and move the presidential office and residence Blue House to the administrative city of Sejong. President Moon Jae-in was briefed on the outline of the first constitutional amendment in more than three decades by a special advisory committee and will submit a government version based on the recommendations to the legislative on March 21, the presidential office said Tuesday. The keystone of the constitutional reform is to revise the single-term presidential system and voting procedure. The 1987 Constitution as the outcome of democratization movement against military regimes placed presidency to a single five-year term.


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