Summits, Elections, and Drama News

The big news item this week is the June 12 summit in Singapore. Add the local elections the day afterward, and it was a busy week, politically, in South Korea.

June 12 summit: “[US-NK Summit]Trump-Kim summit repeats past failure of denuclearizing NK: experts,” “Moon says US-N. Korea summit moved world back from brink of war,” “The Singapore Summit Gives Hope that Peace Is Still Possible,” “Blue House to soon announce decision on whether to halt joint military exercises,” and “Trump gave Kim Jong-un his direct number; 1st call due Sunday.”

“Military talks restore hotlines.” This hotline has been shut down since May 2011.

June 13 elections: “[June 13 Local Elections] Conservatives Fall Before the Ruling Party’s Landslide Victory,” “Eye-catching outcomes of 2018 local elections,” and “Feminist candidate fares well in Seoul mayoral race despite opposition.”

The Park Geun-hye saga: “Prosecutors demand 12 years for ex-president Park for taking bribes from spy agency” and “Prosecutors seek 25 years for Choi Soon-sil.”

Supreme Court power abuse case: “Judges nationwide support ‘criminal procedures’ involving judicial abuses of Yang Sung-tae,” “Supreme Court chief vows cooperation over probe into power abuse case,” and “Chief Justice agrees to cooperate with prosecutors in investigations of judicial misconduct.”

“South Korean women look to Dutch non-profit for terminating unwanted pregnancies.” The company provides consultations and abortion pills to women in countries where abortion is illegal.

“Korea approves SNU students’ exchanges with North.” Now that would be interesting.

“Court denies damages for ‘comfort women.'” The court ruled that the government had not acted illegally.

“Gov’t to Crack Down on Hidden Cameras in Public Restrooms.” Honestly, this makes me wonder just how big of an issue this is in the U.S., too.

“Sex, an Eternal Dialogue with Another.” A Korean woman’s essay about her sexual experiences, desire, and others’ power and control.

“Lee Joon Ki and EXO join star-studded cast for Lotte Duty Free web drama.” Oh dear.

“‘Suits’ Ends On A High Note With Its Best Ratings Yet.” Congrats to the cast and crew.

“‘What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim’ Continues To See Success With Consistent Ratings.” Be careful, there’s a spoilers section at the bottom. I had to scroll back up quickly!

“Update: Lee Je Hoon Confirmed To Play Leading Role In New SBS Drama Chae Soo Bin Is In Talks For.” Interesting.

“Jung In Sun Confirmed For Leading Role Alongside So Ji Sub In New MBC Drama.” Also interesting.

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