Roh Moo-Hyun

Ghosts of presidents past haunt South Korea vote

Park Geun-hye (left), the ruling Saenuri Party's candidate, and Moon Jae-in of the opposition Democratic United Party. Photos: EPA and AFP

South Koreans choose a new leader on Wednesday in an election shadowed by the ghosts of two dead presidents – Park Chung-hee and Roh Moo-hyun.

Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 12:42pm

Relations may get rockier before they improve as new era dawns

The North Korean city of Kaesong has long represented symbolic rather than practical value. So it was yesterday, as North Korea ejected 11 South Korean managers from the joint industrial zone near the heavily fortified border separating two states that are technically still at war.

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Roh's fleeting moment

It was a triumphant return.

At a stage-managed event at Dorasan just south of the demilitarised zone on Thursday evening, a beaming Roh Moo-hyun, fresh from his Pyongyang adventure, rose to address an expectant crowd.

6 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Roh made the best of strained Korean summit

South Korean leader did well, but questions remain after talks marred by suspicion

Having carefully managed expectations, South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun drove home last night with probably as good a deal as he could have hoped for, after three days in Pyongyang with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.

5 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Kim has surprise welcome for Roh

At 10.57am, the hermit came out of his shell.

Secretive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il made a surprise appearance, televised live, to welcome South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun to Pyongyang for a three-day summit - only the second such meeting between the two states' leaders in 54 years.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Reclusive leader breaks cover

All eyes are on Kim Jong-il's health as he makes unscheduled appearance for Roh visit

The left arm hung limply, the right shoulder slumped and the legs appeared a little uncertain at times - the first live appearance of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in seven years yesterday raised as many questions as it answered.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Blockbuster from bluff master? Don't bet on it

Symbolism has hung heavily over South Korean leader Roh Moo-hyun's visit to North Korea for talks with his counterpart, Kim Jong-il. As momentous as the occasion may be, it is no time for political grandstanding nor for basking in the international spotlight, given the North's status as Asia's last impediment to the end of the cold war.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Korean puzzle

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is clearly looking forward to his first face-to-face meeting with North Korea's 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang this week. But it still isn't clear what the two leaders will talk about. Just as the process leading up to the announcement of the meeting was kept secret so, too, is the agenda.

2 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Netizen democracy in the US election

A powerful bolt of technological lightning looms over US politics. Where and when it will strike next, nobody knows. But when it does hit, everyone feels its effect. Just such a bolt from the technological blue of the internet has hit US Senator Hillary Clinton. The fact that she still seems unruffled is something of a testament to her mettle.

10 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Power of one

In appearance, Room 509 in the black building in central Seoul's lively Namyeong district looks identical to the fitted bathrooms found in innumerable flats across Asia. But in spirit, it is closer to the dungeons dug under European castles, or the cellars where the Nazi Gestapo did their grisly work.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Roh stirs dispute over conscription

Former military chiefs see president's rotting-in-barracks remark as threat to national service

An unseemly row between South Korea's president and the military is being seen as an attempt by the commander-in-chief to stay relevant in domestic politics.

29 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Macroeconomic policies work: Wen

Premier Wen Jiabao has offered yet another assurance that China's economic tightening measures are working and said the policies will be maintained.

Speaking before the sixth Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) in Helsinki yesterday, Mr Wen said industrial output and fixed-asset investment had showed signs of slowing down in August.

11 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

For Roh, the troubles just won't go away

Following the resignation of his education minister, President Roh Moo-hyun is set to face more political heat over another key cabinet appointment as he attempts to stave off lame-duck status.

8 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Finance minister resigns over property sale scandal

Finance and Economic Minister Lee Hun-jai has stepped down amid allegations of irregularities in real-estate transactions that earned him and his wife millions of dollars.

Mr Lee, who took office a year ago, denied any wrongdoing, but offered to step down to prevent the allegations from hurting the country's economy.

8 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

President tipped to turn conciliator

Time is running out for Roh to establish a notable legacy

President Roh Moo-hyun is likely to adopt a more co-operative approach towards his opponents after two tumultuous and divisive years in office, according to political analysts.

29 Jan 2005 - 12:00am