Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 25, 2016)
1. A special investigation team is formed simultaneously to probe two high-profile government figures, senior presidential secretary Woo Byung-woo and special inspector general Lee Seok-su. Yoon Gap-geun, chief of the Daegu High Prosecutor’s Office, who was named to lead the investigation, went the Judicial Research and Training Institute with Woo together during the same period, and Woo appointed Yoon as a chief of High Prosecutor’s Office.
They must be worried that he will act like a spoiled grandson who shakes his grandfather’s moustache. Maybe not. That is why we need to have a special prosecutor.
2.Kim Jong-in, the leader of Minjoo Party, pursued ‘strategic ambiguity’ regarding security issues to obtain more votes in the presidential election next year. Many Minjoo lawmakers are not happy about Kim’s lukewarm attitude toward security issues, but they remain quiet as they are desperate for transfer of power.
Kim says, ‘a domestic rabbit goes nowhere, and its love sparks strong opposition.’ He has no idea how difficult it is to catch a rabbit that leaves home.
3. North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile (SLBM) on Wednesday that flew about 500 km, signalling that the missile can include the entire South Korea on a full range on a lofted trajectory. Experts add that it will be a ‘disaster,’ if North Korea can arm SLBMs with miniaturized nuclear warheads.
Now the government will make a passionate speech that THAAD is the only way to save South Korea. That is how the current administration wants to hit the so-called ‘unification jackpot.’
4. The Daegu-based soju-maker Kumbokju that forced a female employee who was getting married to quit has maintained its gender discrimination policy in the workplace for many years. According to the National Human Rights Commission’s investigation, it was customary for the company to pressurize a female worker who was getting married to quit for 60 years since it was founded in 1957.
Alcohol helps the distiller sleep in the past 60 years. Mr Chairman, how do you relieve yourself from a hangover? What do you have to eat to wake up?