Thursday, January 19, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Constitutional Court holds seventh hearing in impeachment trial

The seventh hearing in the impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye is underway. Former senior presidential secretary of education and culture Kim Sang-ryul took the stand today. Kim acknowledged his nephew, Cha Eun-taek, a close associate of President Park's longtime confidante, Choi Soon-sil, had recommended that he apply for the job at the top office three years ago, but added that he submitted his resume and was interviewed before being hired two months later.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to visit former conservative president Lee Myung-bak and the wife of the former president Kim Young-sam this afternoon. Upon returning home last week, Ban has refrained from meeting old-guard political figures as he takes cautious steps toward an anticipated run for the presidency. He has yet to announce his bid though.

North Korea is believed to have added two more ICBMs to its weaponry, according to military intelligence group from South Korea and the US. Reports show that the new missiles can also be launched from mobile launch systems, fulfilling the threat the regime had made a couple of weeks ago, when it said that it could fire an ICBM "anytime and from anywhere" on its leader Kim Jong-un's order.

Source: Arirang News

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