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Presidents of South Korea

Seoul unmasks terror of North Korea's assassination bid on its president

A Seoul newspaper has printed graphic, never-before-seen pictures of the bloody aftermath of North Korea's 1983 bid to assassinate South Korea's then president Chun Doo-Hwan.

Friday, 12 October, 2012, 3:19am

Im's film slams failings of Korea's political rulers

With both of South Korea's leading political parties having confirmed their nominees for the presidential election on December 19, the race to become the country's next leader has finally begun.

23 Sep 2012 - 10:28am

Voice for the silenced

It might have shocked South Koreans and ignited a searing controversy in the country, but Silenced has yet to bring closure to the victims of the sex crimes the film so harrowingly depicts.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Podcast pulls no punches in savage attacks

They don't so much court controversy as demand it. In a nation where respect for leaders lingers, an unlikely quartet of internet broadcasters are bypassing traditional media and pushing the frontiers of satire in their gloves-off attacks on South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Holiday crisis hits S Korea

Last week, Baat Gwaa told you about the importance of work-life balance. This week, I heard from a friend about a ridiculous phenomenon in South Korea called 'holiday deficit'.

5 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Talk with Kim Jong-il doesn't come cheap

The notion of a summit between South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il once seemed so far-fetched as to be hardly worth considering. Now, rumours of another North-South summit reverberate through Seoul as if it might actually happen this year.

16 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Seoul man loses his mojo

Seldom can the fortunes of a national leader have fallen so far, so fast. Lee Myung-bak - South Korea's conservative president, who was elected in December and took power in February - came to office amid scenes approaching jubilation.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Realist Lee to bring new era of pragmatism

South Korean president-elect to be firm but friendly with North

A new era of pragmatism is set to unfold in South Korea today with President Lee Myung-bak's inauguration.

25 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

The missing link

The inauguration on Monday of Lee Myung-bak as South Korea's new president opens the door for a revitalisation of the country's alliance with the United States. This relationship has been severely tested and strained in recent years, as a result of policy differences and more fundamental 'vision' differences between Washington and Seoul.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

US, South Korea quietly get relations back on track

Could a major shift be under way in US-South Korean relations? The question arose during a visit to Washington by an intriguing emissary of the incoming South Korean government of President-elect Lee Myung-bak.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am