• President Park announces to begin process of constitutional amendment for presidential term
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    President Park announces to begin process of constitutional amendment for presidential term

    We begin with President Park Geun-hye’s policy address to the National Assembly. In her annual speech to parliament,… President Park announced that the government will begin the process revising the Constitution to change Korea’s one-term presidency. The issue has long been a hot topic of debate, but with the president officially announcing the beginning of the process,… it may now become a reality. We go to our presidential office correspondent Song Ji-sun at Cheong Wa Dae for the details. Ji-sun, could you give us a summary of the president’s remarks? Mark. President Park has vowed to put the revision into effect before her single five-year term ends, citing the outstanding…

  • Constitutional Court president’s term ends, leaving eight justices
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    Constitutional Court president’s term ends, leaving eight justices

    Park Han-chul…, the president of Korea’s Constitutional Court steps down after completing his six-year term. Kim Jung-soo explains what this could mean for the ongoing impeachment trial. On the last day of his six-year term on the Constitutional Court, outgoing court president Park Han-chul urged the remaining eight justices to concentrate their efforts and come up with a swift decision on the legality of the motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye, which was passed by the National Assembly on December 9th. “The world is changing rapidly, but the country’s president has had her duties suspended for more than two months. The remaining justices must resolve this situation as soon as…

  • Should abortion be legalized? Constitutional court to decide on decades-long law criminalizing
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    Should abortion be legalized? Constitutional court to decide on decades-long law criminalizing

    the debate over whether abortion should be legal is a controversial issue all over the world and here in Korea the practice has been illegal since the mid 20th century however there’s a chance that the Constitutional Court might overturn the country’s anti-abortion law this week our Oh Sooyoung has more South Korea’s Constitutional Court’s will make a landmark ruling this week on whether women should have the right to end their pregnancies the nine-member panel will deliver its verdict on Thursday regarding the 1953 law criminalizing women and medical workers who carry out abortions abortion is currently illegal in Korea under the criminal Act which imposes a maximum fine…

  • Constitutional Amendment under tight schedule
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    Constitutional Amendment under tight schedule

    Our top story this morning… President Park Geun-hye has rolled out her plans… to begin the process of revising the Constitution to allow presidents to serve more than one term. Questions are now rising regarding the possible direction the revision could take. On top of that,… with a presidential election and parliamentary by-elections set for next year,… will there be enough time to make the historic changes? With some expert analysis,… Shin Se-min reports. Accepting the people’s and the parliament’s request, President Park Geun-hye vowed to revise the constitution within her term. If the revision goes as planned, it will be the first time since 1987 that a constitutional amendment…

  • Rival parties clash over constitutional amendment
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    Rival parties clash over constitutional amendment

    Opposition parties claim… parliament should be at the forefront of the revision. But with rival blocs wide apart on major sticking points, it seems unlikely they could come up with their own proposals. Kim Min-ji sheds light on the different opinions on the process. Pressure has been renewed on the National Assembly to produce a draft amendment to the Constitution, with the government on track to submit a version of its own. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea said parliamentary negotiations on the issue need to be sped up — and called on the main opposition Liberty Korea Party to stop hindering the discussions. “Parliament has talked enough,… going back…

  • S. Korea to make pre-announcement of legislative revision to remove Japan from trade ‘white list’
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    S. Korea to make pre-announcement of legislative revision to remove Japan from trade ‘white list’

    the South Korean government is due to make the pre announcement of the revision to the public notice on trade of strategic items in a move to remove Japan from its whitelist of trusted trading partners service trade ministry says the pre announcement will be posted online today and it will receive public opinions on the revision for 20 days the revision aims to downgrade Japan’s fast track status one notch and establish a new classification in sirs export system with the revision in place the process for South Korean companies importing strategic materials and products from Japan will require more documents than may take as many as 15 days…

  • MSNBC: Cenk Debates 14th Amendment, Immigration
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    MSNBC: Cenk Debates 14th Amendment, Immigration

    president obama today signed a six hundred million dollar border security bill but he did it privately without making any remarks regardless of how that’s interpreted one thing does seem certain immigration will be one of several hot button issues facing candidates from both parties in november’s mid-term elections if you want throwin same sex marriage back in the headlines because of that prop eight rolling in california you’ve got a pretty flammable mix for politicians of all stripes jenkins aris host of the online said the young turks and is a blogger is well robert retinas of washington d_c_ bureau chief for the comcast network and former adviser to…

  • Seoul and Washington agree ‘in principle’ on FTA amendment
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    Seoul and Washington agree ‘in principle’ on FTA amendment

    South Korea’s trade minister says Seoul has reached an agreement with Washington ‘in principle’ on how the two sides will amend their free trade agreement. Korea has also secured a permanent exemption from America’s new tariffs on steel. Kim Hyesung reports. Right after he reported to the Cabinet, South Korea’s Trade Minister, Kim Hyun-jong, held a press conference Monday to explain the results of the negotiations on the Korea-US. Free Trade Agreement. “Uncertainty has been growing in the global market following the U.S. plan to impose sanctions on China, and the latest agreement has removed two of those uncertainties. One, South Korea is exempt from the steel tariff. Second is…

  • S. Korea observes 70th Constitution Day amid calls for revision
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    S. Korea observes 70th Constitution Day amid calls for revision

    Marking the 70th Constitution Day today,… we take a look back at how South Korea’s Constitution has been amended over the decades, and whether we will see a promised tenth amendment any time soon. Kim Mok-yeon reports. Seven decades ago today, South Korea formally adopted its first constitution. It has been amended 9 times since then, with each revision reflecting the nation’s footsteps towards democracy. Past revisions focused on the nation’s power structure. In 1972, Korea’s former president Park Chung-hee changed the constitution to allow indirect presidential elections, and in 1980, the constitution was revised to adopt a seven-year, single-term presidency under then-president Chun Doo-hwan. But through the June Democratic…

  • First round of Korea-U.S. trade deal amendment talks set for Jan. 5 in Washington
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    First round of Korea-U.S. trade deal amendment talks set for Jan. 5 in Washington

    The trump administration gets its wish. Ammendment of the existing South Korea- U.S. free trade deal. Both sides are prepped and ready to start the process. Round 1 of negotiations begin next week. Cha Sang-mi zooms in on what to expect in Washington on January 5th. Top negotiators from Korea’s Trade Ministry and the U.S. Trade Representative will sit down next Friday to begin negotiations over the amendment of the two countries’ five-year-old trade deal The first round of negotiations is set for January 5th in Washington D.C. Korea’s Ministry for Trade, Industry, and Energy announced on Thursday that the revision is likely to be partial, as the U.S. hasn’t…