As the official death toll from a South Korean ferry that sank last week grew to more than 100, newspaper editorials suggest the national mood was shifting from grief to outrage at the government’s handling of the tragedy.
Nationalism is “absolutely not” on the rise in Japan and the country remains committed to peace almost 70 years after its defeat in World War II, said Vice Foreign Minister Nobuo Kishi, the younger brother of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
North Korea is building a tunnel at a site where it conducted two underground nuclear tests, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, citing a South Korean intelligence official it didn’t identify. North Korea may be able to conduct a nuclear test as early as March at the rate the tunnel is being built at Punggyeri in the country’s northeastern corner, the Korean-language newspaper said.
North Korea is running a uranium enrichment centrifuge plant in Huichon, 57 kilometers northwest of the Yongbyon nuclear facility, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified former North Korean senior official who defected from the country.
North Korea deployed more missiles on its west coast on Dec. 20, when South Korea conducted artillery drills on an island in waters along the two nation’s western sea border, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an unidentified government official.
North Korea may have three or four more plants for enriching uranium for nuclear use, including one in Pyongyang, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, citing a South Korean intelligence official it didn’t identify. The U.S. and South Korea suspect North Korea of enriching uranium at locations other than a Yongbyon plant the country revealed to U.S. scientists last month, the Korean-language newspaper said.
South Korea President Park Geun Hye, who has rocked her administration with past Cabinet picks, faces one of her biggest personnel challenges yet: ensuring a smooth central bank leadership transition as she tries to steer Asia’s fourth-largest economy to faster growth.
Park Geun Hye, the South Korean ruling party’s presidential nominee, held a lead in polls over opposition challenger Moon Jae In as they prepared to launch a barrage of television ads ahead of next month’s election.