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Reporter : Jung Min-ho
Tue, January 31, 2023 | 02:11
[ANALYSIS] Pinning all blame on police for Itaewon tragedy won't help
In the wake of the deadly crowd crush that killed 156 people and injured 152 in central Seoul's Itaewon last weekend, politicians and the media, domestic and international, have been analyzing what went wrong - and who to blame as the cause of the tragedy. So far, much of the criticism has focused on Interior Minister Lee Sang-min and the police under his authority.
Interior minister apologizes over Itaewon crush
Interior and Safety Minister Lee Sang-min apologized on Tuesday over last week's crowd crush, which took the lives of more than 150 people in Itaewon, a popular nightlife district in Seoul. “I deeply apologize to the people as a Cabinet member in a position to be infinitely responsible for the people's safety,” Lee said at a parliamentary session. “First of all, I pray for th...
Nation mourns Halloween tragedy victims
President Yoon Suk-yeol and first lady Kim Keon-hee laid white chrysanthemums at an altar, Monday, set up in central Seoul to mourn the victims of a crowd crush that occurred two days ago in the Itaewon nightlife area of the capital that killed more than 150 people. The altar at Seoul Plaza was filled with a somber silence as the two paid their respects to the deceased and as...
Deadly Halloween crush kills 154, injures 133 others
A festive night in Itaewon, a popular nightlife district in Seoul, suddenly turned deadly, Saturday, in one of Korea's worst peacetime disasters. The tragedy occurred among people crammed into a narrow, inclined alley next to Hamilton Hotel. As of 10 p.m., officials have confirmed that 154 people have died and 133 others were injured. Most of the victims were in their late te...
US midterm election results could complicate denuclearization of North Korea: expert
South Korea should prepare for a United States controlled by more isolationists and skeptics regarding American intervention in foreign affairs as Washington braces for a major Republican win in the upcoming midterm elections, according to a security expert on Northeast Asia.
North Korean defector found dead in Seoul home
A defector who was once hailed by the media as a successful resettlement case was found dead in her home in Seoul. Authorities believe nearly a year has passed since she died, given how much her corpse had decomposed and the fact that she was found wearing winter clothes. She was 49. According to police in Yangcheon District Tuesday, her body was discovered on Oct. 19 by an o...
Opposition leader under siege as corruption probe expands
When prosecutors were investigating key officials at Seongnam Development Corp. last year for alleged corrupt business deals with property developers in the past, Lee Jae-myung, the city's former mayor, denied close ties with any of them. Speaking to reporters on Oct. 3, 2021, Rep. Lee, now the chief of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), had said that only a...
Embattled opposition party chief claims innocence as prosecutors close in on confidant
Main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) leader Lee Jae-myung denied allegations of involvement Friday as his right-hand man faces arrest for allegedly receiving bribes prosecutors believe were used to finance Lee's election campaigns. Lee called for a new investigation led by an independent counsel, as he accused the prosecutors of carrying out a political repression ...
Yoon doubles down on fighting 'pro-North Korea' faction
President Yoon Suk-yeol isn't backing down despite criticism from multiple opposition parties. Speaking to reporters Thursday, Yoon doubled down on his previous remarks that he would fight what he calls a “pro-North Korea Jucheist faction that is an anti-state and anti-Constitutional force.”
Ex-presidential chief of staff questioned over deportation of North Korean fishermen
Former presidential chief of staff Noh Young-min was questioned Wednesday over his role in repatriating two North Korean fishermen against their will in 2019 as prosecutors expand their investigation into who gave the final order. This comes a day after prosecutors asked judges to issue arrest warrants for former Defense Minister Suh Wook and former Coast Guard Commissioner G...
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