SEOUL -- More celebrities from Korea give aid to earthquake-stricken Turkey and Syria
President Yoon promises to freeze utility charges in the first half 2023
Yoon made the announcement at an urgent meeting on the economy and general welfare during which there was a public outcry over skyrocketing heating bills, high-interest rates, and rising inflation. Yoon also urged the financial and communications sectors to actively work to keep inflation in check in order to share the financial burden with the public.
N. Korea labeled as 'enemy' again on S. Korea's defense white paper
Under the conservative Yoon Suk-yeol administration, which took office in May last year, the biannual policy paper was first released. Yoon promised when he first took office that he would deal harshly with North Korean provocations and achieve "peace through power."
N. Korea's food shortages worsen
According to the ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs, the North has acknowledged the severity of its food shortages and has designated agricultural development as a "particularly urgent" objective for this year. Daily newspaper the Dong-A Ilbo said on Wednesday that the North had reduced daily rations for soldiers to 580 grams from 620 grams per person, the first decrease since the 2000s.
Prosecutors seek arrest warrant for previous presidential candidate
In connection with development projects in the Daejang-dong and Wirye districts of Seongnam as well as the city's municipal football team, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office requested a warrant to arrest Lee. The charges include breach of duty, conflict of interest, third-party bribery, and other offenses.
[This article was contributed by Aju Business Daily reporter Joseph Kwak]
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