South Korea’s Yoon says ‘untrue’ media reports damage alliance with US amid hot mic controversy

SEOUL – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Monday “untrue” media reports over his remarks threatened to damage relations with the United States after he was caught cursing on a hot mic during his visit to New York last week. A series of gaffes and controversies overshadowed Mr Yoon’s first major overseas tour which also […]

South Korea president Yoon Suk-yeol disputes translations of hot mic insult

SEOUL – President Yoon Suk-yeol’s office disputed translations of remarks by the South Korean leader widely interpreted as an insult to the United States Congress, as he faced growing calls at home to apologise. Mr Yoon was overheard insulting American lawmakers, after briefly meeting President Joe Biden in New York to discuss issues including US […]

South Korea president Yoon repeats offer of large-scale aid package for North’s nukes

SEOUL (AFP, REUTERS) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Monday (Aug 15) he will offer a wide-ranging aid package to the North in return for denuclearisation, a deal long seen as a non-starter for Pyongyang. The proposal comes days after the North threatened to “wipe out” Seoul authorities over a recent Covid-19 outbreak and less […]

South Korea’s Yoon pardons Samsung’s Lee Jae-yong to counter ‘economic crisis’

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol pardoned Samsung Electronics vice-chairman Lee Jae-yong on Friday (Aug 12), with South Korea’s Justice Ministry saying the business leader was needed to help overcome a “national economic crisis”. The pardon is largely symbolic, with Lee already out on parole after serving 18 months in jail for bribery relating […]

South Korea’s Yoon says ‘illegal’ shipyard strike cannot be tolerated, ‘waited long enough’

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol on Tuesday (July 19) condemned an “illegal” strike at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), raising the possibility of government intervention to break it. Mr Yoon’s remarks come amid heightening tensions at DSME’s shipyard near the south coast city of Geoje, where some 100 DSME sub-contractors launched […]

Scandals plague South Korean president’s nominees despite vow to clean up politics

SEOUL (REUTERS) – Scandal has cost South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol two nominees for a single ministerial position, a first in the country’s history and a new setback for a leader facing plunging poll numbers. Former lawmaker Kim Seung-hee withdrew as a nominee for the job of health minister on Monday amid accusations of misappropriating […]

South Korea’s Yoon warns of stern retaliation in case of North Korea’s provocation

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol ordered the military on Wednesday (July 6) to “promptly and sternly” retaliate in case of any North Korean provocation amid concerns the North could conduct its first nuclear test in five years. Mr Yoon, who took office in May, presided over his first meeting with top military […]

South Korea’s Yoon to meet US, Japan leaders in Spain during Nato summit

SEOUL/YOKOHAMA (REUTERS) – South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol will meet leaders of the United States and Japan on Wednesday during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) summit in Madrid, an official at the presidential office said on Sunday (June 26). The trilateral meeting, which would be the first such gathering since September 2017, the official […]