Korea Times (Seoul, Korea)

English-language newspaper published daily in South Korea that covers politics, society, business, finance, culture, and sports.

Articles from February 15, 2000

15 O'seas Mission Chiefs Reshuffled
The government has newly appointed 15 overseas mission chiefs, including at such key posts as Japan, Russia and the United Nations, during a regular reshuffle, a Foreign Affairs-Trade Ministry spokesman said yesterday. Prof. Choi Sang-yong of Korea...
6 Auto Makers Invited to Daewoo Bidding
Six world auto makers have been invited to bid for the insolvent Daewoo Motor and its affiliate Ssangyong Motors in a limited tender, government officials said. The six include General Motors and Ford of the United States, European-U.S. DaimlerChrysler,...
`Altered' Election Reform Laws Promulgated
The Cabinet yesterday promulgated the six ``altered'' election reform laws, which President Kim Dae-jung said the Constitutional Court would later examine to see if they were unconstitutional. In chairing the Cabinet meeting at Chong Wa Dae, the...
Art Reflects Changing Notion of Time
``Where did the pleasure of slowness go?... In our world, this leisure has been transformed into idleness, when the two mean totally different things,'' deplored Czech writer Milan Kundera in his novel titled ``La Lenteur (The Slowness)'' in 1994....
Civic Group Representative Probed over Libel Charges
The prosecution yesterday launched an investigation into civic groups for their alleged violations of the Election Law. Investigators summoned Lee Sok-yon, secretary-general of the Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice (CCEJ), to question him...
Coalition Parties Clash in Chungchong Province
The ruling coalition Millennium Democratic Party (MDP) and its coaltion partner United Liberal Democrats (ULD) are expected to engage in hectic competition in Chungchong provinces, the latter's traditional stronghold, in the run-up to the April 13...
Cuisine Journey; Pakistani Flavors
My favorite restaurants in Korea are those that allow you to escape Korea for a little while. The Moghul in Itaewon certainly qualifies. Imagine, if you will, a backdrop of mysterious music, flame on brass and the warm aroma of spices. This is the...
Editorial; Labor-Management Political Strife
The political strife between labor and management organizations has been gaining momentum with the approach of the April 13 general elections. Prompted by the labor groups' initiatives to exercise political influence on the polls, the nation's five...
Ex-Finance Minister Points to YS' Lack of Reform Will as Cause of Currency Crisis
It is public knowledge that the administration led by former president Kim Yong-sam bungled the state's economic affairs and contributed to the onset of the November, 1997 financial crisis. Top economic bureaucrats who served under Kim were brought...
First-Ever `Angel Fund' Musical Makes Debut
A futuristic rock musical, ``Avos,'' made history Saturday as the first theatrical production backed by venture investment to be staged in Korea. Financed by a group of ``Angel Funds,'' imitating schemes first set up in Broadway in which groups...
Four-Day Standoff over Rep. Chung HK Ends
The four-day standoff over the prosecution's bid to arrest Rep. Chung Hyung-keun of the opposition Grand National Party ended yesterday, as the prosecution gave up its plan to forcibly arrest him, and Chung will comply with the summons. The forcible...
GNP Hints at `Revolution in Nomination'
The leadership of the opposition Grand National Party is pushing for what it calls a ``revolutionary nomination'' for the April 13 election candidates, toward a sweeping replacement of the old guard with new faces on its nomination list. A close...
Inchon Landings to Be Reenacted on 50th Anniv. of Korean War
On the 50th anniversary of the Korean War, the Inchon landings, which played a key role in turning the war around, and the retaking of Seoul, will be reenacted, according to a Defense Ministry task force organizing various memorial events. The...
KBO Insider: State of the Union; Future of Players Union Reaches Critical
Once boasting a membership of 132 players, the Korean Professional Baseball players Union has come to a crossroads. Membership in the union has dropped to about 40 players and both sides have appeared to dig in for a long and protracted fight with...
Seoul Calls for Early Opening of New Round Trade Talks
Trade Minister Han Duck-soo, currently in Bangkok to attend the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), called on the participants to support an early launch of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) New Round multilateral trade negotiations....
Thoughts of the Times; Social Pioneer - Painter Na Hae-Sok
The artist Na Hae-sok was a Korean social pioneer who is honored this month as one of Korea's outstanding cultural figures. An exhibition featuring her life and work was recently held at the Seoul Fine Arts Center. I have been especially attracted...