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Ex-SK Leader Giving Up Kim Jong Un's Gifts

Moon Jae-in is embroiled in odd row over Pungsan dogs—not with Kim, but with SK government

(Newser) - In May, Moon Jae-in left office in South Korea, taking his two dogs, Gomi and Songgang, with him. Now, he's giving up the pair of Pungsan pups, a gift from Kim Jong Un, in an odd row not with Kim, but with the current Seoul government. The BBC notes...

Stampede at Halloween Event Kills at Least 146 in Seoul

150 are reported injured after crowd surge during festivities on narrow street

(Newser) - Update: This story has been updated throughout with the latest death toll and new details. At least 146 people were killed and 150 more injured when they were crushed by a large crowd pushing forward on a narrow street during Halloween festivities Saturday night in Seoul, South Korean officials said....

S. Korean President Slams US Congress on Hot Mic

Remarks, which went viral, just the latest in 'a string of unforced errors' since Yoon Suk-yeol took office

(Newser) - Tell us how you really feel, Yoon Suk-yeol. The Hindustan Times reports that the South Korean president had a "hot mic moment" on Wednesday, after he'd just left a brief meeting with US President Joe Biden. The two leaders, in New York City for the United Nations General...

Kim's Sister: 'No One Barters Their Destiny for Corn Cake'

She was criticizing Yoon Suk-yeol's offer of aid in exchange for denuclearization

(Newser) - The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has come out swinging against South Korea's president Yoon Suk-yeol, whom she calls a "really simple" man who should "shut his mouth." Kim Yo Jong made the comments Friday in rejecting an offer of economic aid in...

Samsung Chief Is Needed at Work, Will Be Pardoned

Lee Jae-yong's pardon is partially symbolic since he was released on parole a year ago

(Newser) - The heir and de-facto leader of Samsung, twice imprisoned for bribing a former president of South Korea, has just received a presidential pardon. Lee Jae-yong's pardon is partially symbolic since he was released on parole a year ago after serving 18 months of a prison term that would have...

South Korea's President Accused of Snubbing Pelosi

He was on 'staycation' when she visited Seoul

(Newser) - The office of South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol says he didn't meet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she arrived in Seoul Wednesday night because he was on vacation—in Seoul. Photos of the leader at a theater performance in the capital Wednesday evening went viral Thursday as...

Incoming S. Korean Leader Wants to Upend Tradition

Yoon Suk-yeol's plans to move presidential residence from Blue House faces resistance

(Newser) - South Korea's outgoing liberal government expressed its opposition Monday to a plan by its rival and conservative President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol to relocate the presidential office by his inauguration in May, a development that could put Yoon's ambitious project in doubt and trigger a domestic political firestorm. On Sunday,...

New S. Korea Leader Plans to Shake Up Foreign Relations

Conservative Yoon Suk-yeol plans to take harder line on N. Korea

(Newser) - Conservative candidate Yoon Seok-yeol is South Korea's president-elect after an election that had some parallels to the US presidential election in 2016: A populist candidate new to politics narrowly defeated a liberal ruling party candidate—and both candidates were widely unpopular during a bitter campaign. With more than 99%...

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