South Korea approved construction of two nuclear reactors worth a combined 7.62 trillion won ($7.1 billion), the country’s first since a domestic scandal over faked safety documents and the Fukushima disaster in Japan.
President Park Geun Hye, who became South Korea’s first woman leader by promising a more “creative economy,” begins her second year vowing to pursue the unprecedented prosperity she said will result from unification with North Korea amid flagging interest from many citizens more than six decades after the peninsula’s war.
The U.S. sent an aircraft carrier for military exercises off the Korean Peninsula in a show of strength after North Korea fired artillery onto South Korean territory for the first time in half a century.
South Korea’s political opposition will unite behind a single candidate for president to stop the ruling party from winning a second five-year term in office, said Moon Jae In, the nominee for the Democratic United Party.
Shin So Yoon had wanted to spend tomorrow’s national holiday in Seoul indulging her appreciation of “Edward Scissorhands” director Tim Burton’s works. Instead, she’ll be skipping the exhibition and voting.
Thirty-four years ago, Park Geun Hye spent her last night in South Korea’s presidential mansion washing her assassinated father’s blood-soaked shirt. Today she returns as the country’s first female president.
Choi Hyun Mi gathered with 17 other South Korean citizens on the evening of Feb. 24 as a full moon rose above Seoul. President Park Geun Hye chose the 22-year-old woman along with the others to celebrate the start of her five years as the nation’s 11th president. At midnight, as Park’s term began, they rang the iconic Bosingak bell.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak said the government will form a “green technology” center to study technology related to energy, information technology, environment, and to share that knowledges with other emerging nations.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak appointed a former top military commander as defense minister as tensions rise before exercises with the U.S. that North Korea said will take the peninsula to the “brink of war.”