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  •  A protester was on Thursday arrested on charges of making threats with a knife in front of former President Moon Jae in s home The conservative activist who had been staging a one man protest in front of Moon s home in Yangsan since Moon left office on May 10 threatened an aide to Moon and others with a box cutter earlier on Tuesday police said The man also allegedly made a verbal threat to Moon and his wife on Monday when the couple came out of their house for a stroll around the neighborhood The Ulsan District Court issued an arrest warrant for the suspect citing the risk of him destroying evidence and fleeing Since his retirement Moon and his neighborhood have been plagued by noisy protests and the former president in late May filed a complaint against four activists including the arrested man for making insults and threats NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Protester arrested for making threats with knife outside ex-President Moon’s home
     A protester was on Thursday arrested on charges of making threats with a knife in front of former President Moon Jae in s home The conservative activist who had been staging a one man protest in front of Moon s home in Yangsan since Moon left office on May 10 threatened an aide to Moon and others with a box cutter earlier on Tuesday police said The man also allegedly made a verbal threat to Moon and his wife on Monday when the couple came out of their house for a stroll around the neighborhood The Ulsan District Court issued an arrest warrant for the suspect citing the risk of him destroying evidence and fleeing Since his retirement Moon and his neighborhood have been plagued by noisy protests and the former president in late May filed a complaint against four activists including the arrested man for making insults and threats NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Protester arrested for making threats with knife outside ex-President Moon’s home
    Foreign2 months ago

    Protester arrested for making threats with knife outside ex-President Moon’s home

    A protester was on Thursday arrested on charges of making threats with a knife in front of former President Moon Jae-in’s home.The conservative activist, who had been staging a one-man protest in front of Moon’s home in Yangsan, since Moon left office on May 10, threatened an aide to Moon and others with a box cutter earlier on Tuesday, police said.The man also allegedly made a verbal threat to Moon and his wife on Monday when the couple came out of their house for a stroll around the neighborhood.The Ulsan District Court issued an arrest warrant for the suspect, citing the risk of him destroying evidence and fleeing.Since his retirement, Moon and his neighborhood have been plagued by noisy protests, and the former president in late May filed a complaint against four activists, including the arrested man, for making insults and threats.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   South Korea s President Moon Jae in raised banning the eating of dogs in the country on Monday his office said a traditional practice that is becoming an international embarrassment The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually but consumption has declined as more people embrace dogs as companions rather than livestock The practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from animal rights activists has also been mounting Hasn t the time come to prudently consider prohibiting dog meat consumption Moon told Prime Minister Kim Boo kyum during a weekly meeting according to the presidential spokeswoman South Korea s pet industry is on the rise with a growing number of people living with dogs at home the president among them Moon is a known dog lover and has several canines at the presidential compound including a mutt he rescued after taking office Adopting Tory was one of Moon s pledges during his presidential campaign and the pooch became the first rescue dog to make its way into the Blue House Moon made the remarks as he was briefed on a plan to improve the care system for abandoned pets his spokeswoman said South Korea s current animal protection law is intended mainly to prevent the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats but does not ban consumption itself Nonetheless authorities have invoked the law and other hygiene regulations to crack down on dog farms and restaurants ahead of international events such as the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
    South Korea’s President Moon raises dog meat ban
      South Korea s President Moon Jae in raised banning the eating of dogs in the country on Monday his office said a traditional practice that is becoming an international embarrassment The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually but consumption has declined as more people embrace dogs as companions rather than livestock The practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from animal rights activists has also been mounting Hasn t the time come to prudently consider prohibiting dog meat consumption Moon told Prime Minister Kim Boo kyum during a weekly meeting according to the presidential spokeswoman South Korea s pet industry is on the rise with a growing number of people living with dogs at home the president among them Moon is a known dog lover and has several canines at the presidential compound including a mutt he rescued after taking office Adopting Tory was one of Moon s pledges during his presidential campaign and the pooch became the first rescue dog to make its way into the Blue House Moon made the remarks as he was briefed on a plan to improve the care system for abandoned pets his spokeswoman said South Korea s current animal protection law is intended mainly to prevent the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats but does not ban consumption itself Nonetheless authorities have invoked the law and other hygiene regulations to crack down on dog farms and restaurants ahead of international events such as the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
    South Korea’s President Moon raises dog meat ban
    Foreign1 year ago

    South Korea’s President Moon raises dog meat ban

    South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in raised banning the eating of dogs in the country on Monday, his office said, a traditional practice that is becoming an international embarrassment.

    The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined as more people embrace dogs as companions rather than livestock.

    The practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from animal rights activists has also been mounting.

    “Hasn’t the time come to prudently consider prohibiting dog meat consumption?” Moon told Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum during a weekly meeting, according to the presidential spokeswoman.

    South Korea’s pet industry is on the rise, with a growing number of people living with dogs at home — the president among them.

    Moon is a known dog lover and has several canines at the presidential compound, including a mutt he rescued after taking office.

    Adopting Tory was one of Moon’s pledges during his presidential campaign and the pooch became the first rescue dog to make its way into the Blue House.

    Moon made the remarks as he was briefed on a plan to improve the care system for abandoned pets, his spokeswoman said.

    South Korea’s current animal protection law is intended mainly to prevent the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats but does not ban consumption itself.

    Nonetheless, authorities have invoked the law and other hygiene regulations to crack down on dog farms and restaurants ahead of international events such as the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.



  •  South Korean President Moon Jae In called for a speedy resumption of talks between the United States and North Korea Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly
    Moon calls for 'speedy resumption' of US-NKorea talks
     South Korean President Moon Jae In called for a speedy resumption of talks between the United States and North Korea Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly
    Moon calls for 'speedy resumption' of US-NKorea talks
    Foreign1 year ago

    Moon calls for 'speedy resumption' of US-NKorea talks

    South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for a "speedy resumption" of talks between the United States and North Korea Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly.

  •  South Korean President Moon Jae in s approval rating rose 0 7 percentage points over the week to 43 4 percent this week a weekly poll showed Thursday The negative assessment on Moon s conduct of state affairs slipped 0 4 percentage points to 52 6 percent according to the Realmeter survey Support for Moon s ruling Democratic Party gained 2 9 percentage points from a week earlier to 35 0 percent this week The main conservative opposition People Power Party garnered 28 5 percent of approval score this week down 1 5 percentage points from the previous week It was followed by the minor center right People s Party with 6 6 percent of support score the left leaning Open Democratic Party with 6 0 percent and the progressive Justice Party with 5 6 percent respectively The results were based on a poll of 1 504 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday It had plus and minus 2 5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level XINHUA
    S. Korean president’s approval rating rises to 43.4 pct: poll
     South Korean President Moon Jae in s approval rating rose 0 7 percentage points over the week to 43 4 percent this week a weekly poll showed Thursday The negative assessment on Moon s conduct of state affairs slipped 0 4 percentage points to 52 6 percent according to the Realmeter survey Support for Moon s ruling Democratic Party gained 2 9 percentage points from a week earlier to 35 0 percent this week The main conservative opposition People Power Party garnered 28 5 percent of approval score this week down 1 5 percentage points from the previous week It was followed by the minor center right People s Party with 6 6 percent of support score the left leaning Open Democratic Party with 6 0 percent and the progressive Justice Party with 5 6 percent respectively The results were based on a poll of 1 504 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday It had plus and minus 2 5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level XINHUA
    S. Korean president’s approval rating rises to 43.4 pct: poll
    Foreign2 years ago

    S. Korean president’s approval rating rises to 43.4 pct: poll

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose 0.7 percentage points over the week to 43.4 percent this week, a weekly poll showed Thursday.

    The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs slipped 0.4 percentage points to 52.6 percent, according to the Realmeter survey.

    Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party gained 2.9 percentage points from a week earlier to 35.0 percent this week.

    The main conservative opposition People Power Party garnered 28.5 percent of approval score this week, down 1.5 percentage points from the previous week.

    It was followed by the minor center-right People's Party with 6.6 percent of support score, the left-leaning Open Democratic Party with 6.0 percent and the progressive Justice Party with 5.6 percent respectively.

    The results were based on a poll of 1,504 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday. It had plus and minus 2.5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95-percent confidence level.


    (XINHUA)

  •  Nov 3 2020 Finance Minister Hong Nam ki tendered his resignation to take responsibility for causing confusion related to a stock trade taxation policy but President Moon Jae in of South Korea rejected it Cheong Wa Dae officials said on TuesdayHong who doubles as deputy prime minister for economy expressed his intention to resign during a separate meeting with the president right after a weekly Cabinet meeting at the presidential compound according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min seok President Moon immediately turned it down and renewed confidence in the minister s work Kang said in a brief press release This file photo shows President Moon Jae in R and Finance Minister Hong Nam ki Another Cheong Wa Dae official quoted Hong as telling Moon that he is sorry for triggering confusion so far regarding policy measures His ministry in particular had pushed for lowering the bar on requirements for major shareholders of listed firms that are subject to stock transfer taxes under an income tax law Currently a major shareholder is defined as a person or entity that holds shares worth 1 billion won 860 000 or more Hong s ministry wanted to cut the cap to 300 million won effective in April next year drawing a strong backlash from the market Many voiced concern that it would bring about a negative impact on the local equity market especially as individual investors would go on a selling spree in the coming months to avoid the transfer tax An online petition calling for the dismissal of the minister posted on Cheong Wa Dae s website has received more than 230 000 signatures Speaking at the National Assembly s strategy and finance committee Hong said the government has decided to maintain the current criteria in consideration of the recent security conditions and growing economic uncertainties He cited the outcome of high level consultations with the presidential office and the ruling Democratic Party Hong said he wanted to take a responsible attitude for the two month long controversy over the pros and cons of the scheme to change the regulations Edited By Halima Sheji Ekemini Ladejobi Source NAN
    South Korea Moon rejects finance minister’s resignation
     Nov 3 2020 Finance Minister Hong Nam ki tendered his resignation to take responsibility for causing confusion related to a stock trade taxation policy but President Moon Jae in of South Korea rejected it Cheong Wa Dae officials said on TuesdayHong who doubles as deputy prime minister for economy expressed his intention to resign during a separate meeting with the president right after a weekly Cabinet meeting at the presidential compound according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min seok President Moon immediately turned it down and renewed confidence in the minister s work Kang said in a brief press release This file photo shows President Moon Jae in R and Finance Minister Hong Nam ki Another Cheong Wa Dae official quoted Hong as telling Moon that he is sorry for triggering confusion so far regarding policy measures His ministry in particular had pushed for lowering the bar on requirements for major shareholders of listed firms that are subject to stock transfer taxes under an income tax law Currently a major shareholder is defined as a person or entity that holds shares worth 1 billion won 860 000 or more Hong s ministry wanted to cut the cap to 300 million won effective in April next year drawing a strong backlash from the market Many voiced concern that it would bring about a negative impact on the local equity market especially as individual investors would go on a selling spree in the coming months to avoid the transfer tax An online petition calling for the dismissal of the minister posted on Cheong Wa Dae s website has received more than 230 000 signatures Speaking at the National Assembly s strategy and finance committee Hong said the government has decided to maintain the current criteria in consideration of the recent security conditions and growing economic uncertainties He cited the outcome of high level consultations with the presidential office and the ruling Democratic Party Hong said he wanted to take a responsible attitude for the two month long controversy over the pros and cons of the scheme to change the regulations Edited By Halima Sheji Ekemini Ladejobi Source NAN
    South Korea Moon rejects finance minister’s resignation
    Foreign2 years ago

    South Korea Moon rejects finance minister’s resignation

    Nov. 3, 2020   Finance Minister, Hong Nam-ki tendered his resignation to take responsibility for causing confusion related to a stock trade taxation policy, but President Moon Jae-in of South Korea rejected it.

    Cheong Wa Dae officials said on Tuesday

    Hong, who doubles as deputy prime minister for economy, expressed his intention to resign during a separate meeting with the president right after a weekly Cabinet meeting at the presidential compound, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok.

    “President Moon immediately turned it down and renewed confidence (in the minister’s work),’’ Kang said in a brief press release.

    This file photo shows President Moon Jae-in (R) and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki.

    Another Cheong Wa Dae official quoted Hong as telling Moon that he is sorry for triggering confusion so far regarding policy measures.

    His ministry, in particular, had pushed for lowering the bar on requirements for major shareholders of listed firms that are subject to stock transfer taxes under an income tax law.

    Currently, a major shareholder is defined as a person or entity that holds shares worth 1 billion won ($860,000) or more.

    Hong’s ministry wanted to cut the cap to 300 million won, effective in April next year, drawing a strong backlash from the market.

    Many voiced concern that it would bring about a negative impact on the local equity market, especially as individual investors would go on a selling spree in the coming months to avoid the transfer tax.

    An online petition calling for the dismissal of the minister, posted on Cheong Wa Dae’s website, has received more than 230,000 signatures.

    Speaking at the National Assembly’s strategy and finance committee, Hong said the government has decided to maintain the current criteria in consideration of the recent security conditions and growing economic uncertainties.

    He cited the outcome of high-level consultations with the presidential office and the ruling Democratic Party.

    Hong said he wanted to take a responsible attitude for the two month long controversy over the pros and cons of the scheme to change the regulations.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Ekemini Ladejobi
    Source: NAN

  •  South Korean President Moon Jae in said on Thursday that Seoul hopes for cooperation with the United States over the issue of declaring a formal end to the 1950 53 Korean War I hope that our two countries work toward the end of war declaration and draw active participation from the international community in this regard moon said He added that the end of war declaration will indeed pave the way for peace on the Korean Peninsula According to the president the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula is the only genuine way to reciprocate the sacrifices and dedications of Korean War veterans In September Moon Jae in told the 75th UN General Assembly that it was time to put an official end to the Korean War and asked the UN to assist in concluding a relevant declaration In 1953 both South and North Korea reached the Armistice Agreement that ended the devastating three year conflict However the Korean Peninsula is still formally at war because the war ended without a peace treaty FAT Edited By Fatima Sule Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    S/Korean President hopes for cooperation with United States to end Korean war
     South Korean President Moon Jae in said on Thursday that Seoul hopes for cooperation with the United States over the issue of declaring a formal end to the 1950 53 Korean War I hope that our two countries work toward the end of war declaration and draw active participation from the international community in this regard moon said He added that the end of war declaration will indeed pave the way for peace on the Korean Peninsula According to the president the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula is the only genuine way to reciprocate the sacrifices and dedications of Korean War veterans In September Moon Jae in told the 75th UN General Assembly that it was time to put an official end to the Korean War and asked the UN to assist in concluding a relevant declaration In 1953 both South and North Korea reached the Armistice Agreement that ended the devastating three year conflict However the Korean Peninsula is still formally at war because the war ended without a peace treaty FAT Edited By Fatima Sule Emmanuel Yashim Source NAN
    S/Korean President hopes for cooperation with United States to end Korean war
    Foreign2 years ago

    S/Korean President hopes for cooperation with United States to end Korean war

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday that Seoul hopes for cooperation with the United States over the issue of declaring a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

    “I hope that our two countries work toward the end-of-war declaration and draw active participation from the international community in this regard,” moon said.

    He added that the end-of-war declaration will indeed pave the way for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

    According to the president, the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula is “the only genuine way to reciprocate the sacrifices and dedications of Korean War veterans.”

    In September, Moon Jae-in told the 75th UN General Assembly that it was time to put an official end to the Korean War and asked the UN to assist in concluding a relevant declaration.

    In 1953, both South and North Korea reached the Armistice Agreement that ended the devastating three-year conflict.

     

    However, the Korean Peninsula is still formally at war because the war ended without a peace treaty.

    FAT/

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    Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim)
    Source: NAN

  •  Japan s new prime minister Yoshihide Suga expressed hope for forward looking relations with South Korea as important neighbors in his recent letter to President Moon Jae in Cheong Wa Dae said Monday Suga sent a reply to Moon on Saturday for his congratulatory message as he was sworn in as the successor of Shinzo Abe according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min seok He expressed the hope that the two sides would establish forward looking ties by overcoming difficult issues Kang added without elaborating Suga was apparently referring to longstanding disputes over shared history especially compensating victims of forced labor and sexual enslavement of women during Japan s colonial rule of Korea A combined image of South Korean President Moon Jae in L and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Yonhap Moon earlier sent a letter to Suga in which he proposed joint efforts to improve Seoul Tokyo relations shortly after his inauguration On Sunday Suga reportedly had a phone conversation with United States President Donald Trump Cheong Wa Dae officials have not announced when Moon will also talk with Suga on the phone ited by Emmanuel Yashim
    Suga hopes for ‘forward-looking’ ties with S. Korea in letter to President Moon
     Japan s new prime minister Yoshihide Suga expressed hope for forward looking relations with South Korea as important neighbors in his recent letter to President Moon Jae in Cheong Wa Dae said Monday Suga sent a reply to Moon on Saturday for his congratulatory message as he was sworn in as the successor of Shinzo Abe according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min seok He expressed the hope that the two sides would establish forward looking ties by overcoming difficult issues Kang added without elaborating Suga was apparently referring to longstanding disputes over shared history especially compensating victims of forced labor and sexual enslavement of women during Japan s colonial rule of Korea A combined image of South Korean President Moon Jae in L and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga Yonhap Moon earlier sent a letter to Suga in which he proposed joint efforts to improve Seoul Tokyo relations shortly after his inauguration On Sunday Suga reportedly had a phone conversation with United States President Donald Trump Cheong Wa Dae officials have not announced when Moon will also talk with Suga on the phone ited by Emmanuel Yashim
    Suga hopes for ‘forward-looking’ ties with S. Korea in letter to President Moon
    Foreign2 years ago

    Suga hopes for ‘forward-looking’ ties with S. Korea in letter to President Moon

    Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, expressed hope for “forward-looking” relations with South Korea as “important neighbors” in his recent letter to President Moon Jae-in, Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.

    Suga sent a reply to Moon on Saturday for his congratulatory message, as he was sworn in as the successor of Shinzo Abe, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok.

    He expressed the hope that the two sides would establish forward-looking ties by overcoming “difficult issues,” Kang added without elaborating.

    Suga was apparently referring to longstanding disputes over shared history, especially compensating victims of forced labor and sexual enslavement of women during Japan’s colonial rule of Korea.

    A combined image of South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (Yonhap).

     

    Moon earlier sent a letter to Suga, in which he proposed joint efforts to improve Seoul-Tokyo relations, shortly after his inauguration.

    On Sunday, Suga reportedly had a phone conversation with United States President Donald Trump.

    Cheong Wa Dae officials have not announced when Moon will also talk with Suga on the phone.

    ited by Emmanuel Yashim

  •  South Korea s battle to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus has been complicated by a political and religious fight between President Moon Jae in s administration and some of his fiercest critics Sarang Jeil Church is the second religious group at the centre of a major coronavirus outbreak in South Korea The government accuses the church of obstruction by not providing complete lists of its members and spreading fake news that is hindering anti virus efforts while church members they are victims of a politically motivated witch hunt When the first infections were reported among church members on Aug 12 the government said the group flouted social distancing instructions with the church s leader and others attending a massive anti Moon rally in downtown Seoul on Aug 15 Speaking at the rally Rev Jun Kwang hoon said Moon had terrorised our church with the Wuhan virus Jun an outspoken government critic later tested positive for the virus As of Thursday at least 739 people affiliated with the church have tested positive out of 3 415 tested according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention KCDC The Health Ministry said on Sunday it had filed a complaint against Jun for violating self isolation rules by participating in the rally and for obstructing a medical investigation into the outbreak Peter Ko an attorney for Jun said the church followed social distancing guidelines and Jun was only at the rally for about 15 minutes Some Sarang Jeil members say the government is fabricating the test results as part of a plot to persecute them Ko said when a person identifies themselves as a church member to clinic staff their results are more likely to come back positive When we go get tested elsewhere and do not mention that we are a member of the congregation we d test negative he said I would say there is a fabrication One of the church s pastors Lee Hae suk said she was initially told her test was negative but the next day she received a message saying she had tested positive I can think of no other reason than that this is a plot to kill Sarang Jeil Church by increasing the number of confirmed cases she said When asked who she thinks is behind the plot she said Moon Jae in Another theory advanced by some members is that the outbreak is a terror attack possibly spread by tainted bottles of hand sanitiser Yang Dong sook another pastor said at one point the church received bottles of what looked like hand sanitiser that smelled more like chemicals We ignored it then but now that I see so many infections I think it could be true she said Moon on Friday called for legal penalties for anyone obstructing anti virus measures including those conducting all out misinformation campaigns Vice Health Minister Kim Gang lip said the government was simply trying to protect public health Do not put credibility in the false news and rumours that are spreading at a fast rate he told a briefing on Friday Kwon Yon gyong dean of the Graduate School of Christian Studies at Seoul s Soongsil University said Sarang Jeil Church was closer to a political organisation than a religious community Rev Jun Kwang hoon is a political figure a far right political icon He is a pastor but has earned exposure through the far right political movement Yon gyong said Another controversial religious group the Shincheonji Church of Jesus was involved with South Korea s first major outbreak accounting for almost a third of the country s total 16 670 cases Its leader was arrested after being accused of hindering the virus response by hiding information about the church s members and gatherings which he denies AIBEdited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Church at centre of S/Korea coronavirus outbreak says government fabricating tests
     South Korea s battle to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus has been complicated by a political and religious fight between President Moon Jae in s administration and some of his fiercest critics Sarang Jeil Church is the second religious group at the centre of a major coronavirus outbreak in South Korea The government accuses the church of obstruction by not providing complete lists of its members and spreading fake news that is hindering anti virus efforts while church members they are victims of a politically motivated witch hunt When the first infections were reported among church members on Aug 12 the government said the group flouted social distancing instructions with the church s leader and others attending a massive anti Moon rally in downtown Seoul on Aug 15 Speaking at the rally Rev Jun Kwang hoon said Moon had terrorised our church with the Wuhan virus Jun an outspoken government critic later tested positive for the virus As of Thursday at least 739 people affiliated with the church have tested positive out of 3 415 tested according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention KCDC The Health Ministry said on Sunday it had filed a complaint against Jun for violating self isolation rules by participating in the rally and for obstructing a medical investigation into the outbreak Peter Ko an attorney for Jun said the church followed social distancing guidelines and Jun was only at the rally for about 15 minutes Some Sarang Jeil members say the government is fabricating the test results as part of a plot to persecute them Ko said when a person identifies themselves as a church member to clinic staff their results are more likely to come back positive When we go get tested elsewhere and do not mention that we are a member of the congregation we d test negative he said I would say there is a fabrication One of the church s pastors Lee Hae suk said she was initially told her test was negative but the next day she received a message saying she had tested positive I can think of no other reason than that this is a plot to kill Sarang Jeil Church by increasing the number of confirmed cases she said When asked who she thinks is behind the plot she said Moon Jae in Another theory advanced by some members is that the outbreak is a terror attack possibly spread by tainted bottles of hand sanitiser Yang Dong sook another pastor said at one point the church received bottles of what looked like hand sanitiser that smelled more like chemicals We ignored it then but now that I see so many infections I think it could be true she said Moon on Friday called for legal penalties for anyone obstructing anti virus measures including those conducting all out misinformation campaigns Vice Health Minister Kim Gang lip said the government was simply trying to protect public health Do not put credibility in the false news and rumours that are spreading at a fast rate he told a briefing on Friday Kwon Yon gyong dean of the Graduate School of Christian Studies at Seoul s Soongsil University said Sarang Jeil Church was closer to a political organisation than a religious community Rev Jun Kwang hoon is a political figure a far right political icon He is a pastor but has earned exposure through the far right political movement Yon gyong said Another controversial religious group the Shincheonji Church of Jesus was involved with South Korea s first major outbreak accounting for almost a third of the country s total 16 670 cases Its leader was arrested after being accused of hindering the virus response by hiding information about the church s members and gatherings which he denies AIBEdited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Church at centre of S/Korea coronavirus outbreak says government fabricating tests
    Coronavirus2 years ago

    Church at centre of S/Korea coronavirus outbreak says government fabricating tests

    South Korea’s battle to contain a new outbreak of the coronavirus has been complicated by a political and religious fight between President Moon Jae-in’s administration and some of his fiercest critics.

    Sarang Jeil Church is the second religious group at the centre of a major coronavirus outbreak in South Korea.

    The government accuses the church of obstruction by not providing complete lists of its members and spreading fake news that is hindering anti-virus efforts, while church members they are victims of a politically motivated witch hunt.

    When the first infections were reported among church members on Aug. 12, the government said the group flouted social distancing instructions, with the church’s leader and others attending a massive anti-Moon rally in downtown Seoul on Aug. 15.

    Speaking at the rally, Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon said Moon had “terrorised our church with the Wuhan virus’’.

    Jun, an outspoken government critic, later tested positive for the virus.

    As of Thursday, at least 739 people affiliated with the church have tested positive, out of 3,415 tested, according to the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

    The Health Ministry said on Sunday it had filed a complaint against Jun for violating self-isolation rules by participating in the rally and for obstructing a medical investigation into the outbreak.

    Peter Ko, an attorney for Jun, said the church followed social distancing guidelines and Jun was only at the rally for about 15 minutes.

    Some Sarang Jeil members say the government is fabricating the test results as part of a plot to persecute them.

    Ko said when a person identifies themselves as a church member to clinic staff, their results are more likely to come back positive.

    “When we go get tested elsewhere and do not mention that we are a member of the congregation, we’d test negative,’’ he said.

    “I would say there is a fabrication.’’

    One of the church’s pastors, Lee Hae-suk, said she was initially told her test was negative, but the next day she received a message saying she had tested positive.

    “I can think of no other reason than that this is a plot to kill Sarang Jeil Church by increasing the number of confirmed cases,’’ she said.

    When asked who she thinks is behind the plot, she said: “Moon Jae-in’’.

    Another theory advanced by some members is that the outbreak is a “terror attack”, possibly spread by tainted bottles of hand sanitiser.

    Yang Dong-sook, another pastor, said at one point the church received bottles of what looked like hand sanitiser that smelled more like chemicals.

    “We ignored it then, but now that I see so many infections, I think it could be true,’’ she said.

    Moon, on Friday, called for legal penalties for anyone obstructing anti-virus measures, including those conducting “all-out misinformation campaigns”.

    Vice Health Minister, Kim Gang-lip, said the government was simply trying to protect public health.

    “Do not put credibility in the false news and rumours that are spreading at a fast rate,’’ he told a briefing on Friday.

    Kwon Yon-gyong, dean of the Graduate School of Christian Studies at Seoul’s Soongsil University, said Sarang Jeil Church was closer to a political organisation than a religious community.

    “Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon is a political figure – a far-right political icon.

    “He is a pastor, but has earned exposure through the far-right political movement,’’ Yon-gyong said.

    Another controversial religious group, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was involved with South Korea’s first major outbreak, accounting for almost a third of the country’s total 16,670 cases.

    Its leader was arrested after being accused of hindering the virus response by hiding information about the church’s members and gatherings, which he denies.

    AIB


    Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  South Korea s top national security officials had discussions on the recent resurgence of new coronavirus infections in the nation during their weekly meeting Cheong Wa Dae said on Thursday According to the presidential office they agreed to concentrate every necessary effort including the injection of the security sector s resources to support the anti virus fight However it did not provide related details It was briefing media on the results of the National Security Council NSC s standing committee session presided over by Suh Hoon Director of National Security at Cheong Wa Dae The NSC members also reviewed the security situations on the Korean Peninsula and in the nearby region including North Korea They discussed ways to stably manage the diplomatic and security situations of South Korea and to take follow up measures related to President Moon Jae in s Liberation Day speech last weekend In the speech he said his government is ready to sit down with the Japanese government at any time to discuss compensating Korean victims of Japanese forced labour during World War II On North Korea Moon stressed inter Korean cooperation is indeed the best security policy that allows both Koreas to break away from reliance on nuclear or military strength Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    S/Korea’s NSC officials review coronavirus spread, N. Korea issue
     South Korea s top national security officials had discussions on the recent resurgence of new coronavirus infections in the nation during their weekly meeting Cheong Wa Dae said on Thursday According to the presidential office they agreed to concentrate every necessary effort including the injection of the security sector s resources to support the anti virus fight However it did not provide related details It was briefing media on the results of the National Security Council NSC s standing committee session presided over by Suh Hoon Director of National Security at Cheong Wa Dae The NSC members also reviewed the security situations on the Korean Peninsula and in the nearby region including North Korea They discussed ways to stably manage the diplomatic and security situations of South Korea and to take follow up measures related to President Moon Jae in s Liberation Day speech last weekend In the speech he said his government is ready to sit down with the Japanese government at any time to discuss compensating Korean victims of Japanese forced labour during World War II On North Korea Moon stressed inter Korean cooperation is indeed the best security policy that allows both Koreas to break away from reliance on nuclear or military strength Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    S/Korea’s NSC officials review coronavirus spread, N. Korea issue
    Coronavirus2 years ago

    S/Korea’s NSC officials review coronavirus spread, N. Korea issue

    South Korea’s top national security officials had discussions on the recent resurgence of new coronavirus infections in the nation, during their weekly meeting, Cheong Wa Dae said on Thursday.

    According to the presidential office, they agreed to concentrate “every necessary effort, including the injection of the security sector’s resources’’ to support the anti-virus fight.

    However, it did not provide related details.

    It was briefing media on the results of the National Security Council (NSC)’s standing committee session presided over by Suh Hoon, Director of National Security at Cheong Wa Dae.

    The NSC members also reviewed the security situations on the Korean Peninsula and in the nearby region, including North Korea.

    They discussed ways to “stably manage the diplomatic and security situations’’ of South Korea and to take follow-up measures related to President Moon Jae-in’s Liberation Day speech last weekend.

    In the speech, he said his government “is ready to sit down with the Japanese government at any time’’ to discuss compensating Korean victims of Japanese forced labour during World War II.

    On North Korea, Moon stressed “inter-Korean cooperation is indeed the best security policy that allows both Koreas to break away from reliance on nuclear or military strength.’’


    Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  South Korean President Moon Jae in s approval rating gained this week making the first rebound in 10 weeks a weekly poll showed Thursday According to the Realmeter survey support for Moon rose 1 2 percentage points from the previous week to 45 6 percent this week It marked the first turnaround since the third week of May The negative assessment on Moon s conduct of state affairs slipped 2 1 percentage points to 50 1 percent Support for Moon s ruling Democratic Party added 0 4 percentage points to 37 9 percent this week The main conservative opposition United Future Party garnered 32 6 percent of approval score this week up 0 9 percentage points from a week earlier It was followed by the minor progressive Justice Party with 4 5 percent of support the center left Open Democratic Party with 3 9 percent and the centrist People s Party with 3 4 percent The results were based on a survey of 1 511 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday It had plus and minus 2 5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level XINHUA
    S.Korean president’s approval rating rises to 45.6 pct: poll
     South Korean President Moon Jae in s approval rating gained this week making the first rebound in 10 weeks a weekly poll showed Thursday According to the Realmeter survey support for Moon rose 1 2 percentage points from the previous week to 45 6 percent this week It marked the first turnaround since the third week of May The negative assessment on Moon s conduct of state affairs slipped 2 1 percentage points to 50 1 percent Support for Moon s ruling Democratic Party added 0 4 percentage points to 37 9 percent this week The main conservative opposition United Future Party garnered 32 6 percent of approval score this week up 0 9 percentage points from a week earlier It was followed by the minor progressive Justice Party with 4 5 percent of support the center left Open Democratic Party with 3 9 percent and the centrist People s Party with 3 4 percent The results were based on a survey of 1 511 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday It had plus and minus 2 5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level XINHUA
    S.Korean president’s approval rating rises to 45.6 pct: poll
    Foreign2 years ago

    S.Korean president’s approval rating rises to 45.6 pct: poll

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating gained this week, making the first rebound in 10 weeks, a weekly poll showed Thursday.

    According to the Realmeter survey, support for Moon rose 1.2 percentage points from the previous week to 45.6 percent this week. It marked the first turnaround since the third week of May.

    The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs slipped 2.1 percentage points to 50.1 percent.

    Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party added 0.4 percentage points to 37.9 percent this week.

    The main conservative opposition United Future Party garnered 32.6 percent of approval score this week, up 0.9 percentage points from a week earlier.

    It was followed by the minor progressive Justice Party with 4.5 percent of support, the center-left Open Democratic Party with 3.9 percent, and the centrist People's Party with 3.4 percent.

    The results were based on a survey of 1,511 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday. It had plus and minus 2.5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.


    (XINHUA)