Nuclear Disarmament at Deadlock
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened to reconsider the upcoming Washington-Pyongyang summit, citing the South Korea-U.S. joint air force exercises and unyielding pressure to drop all nuclear weapons by U.S. President Donald Trump.
The Hot Public Turned Cold
A much smaller number of people applied to attend the first formal hearing of the jailed former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak than did for the trial of another ex-president Park Geun-hye.
According to the Seoul Central District Court, only 45 people said that they wanted to attend, in contrast to 525 applicants for the trial of another former president Park Geun-hye.
Gender Discriminatory Authorities
The public directed their outrage at the authorities who responded much quicker for male victims than they did for female counterparts in hidden camera crimes. It took only 10 days for the police to capture a 25-year-old female perpetrator who leaked a nude photo of her male model.
A public petition calling for gender-biased investigation gained over 330,000 signatures in less than a week, suggesting a high level of dissatisfaction in handling crimes involving female victims.
The Disoriented Anger of the 20-year-olds
Korean director Lee Chang-dong expressed his concerns about the high level of incensed anger after showcasing his film “Burning (2018)” at the Cannes Film Festival.
He pinpointed the differences between the type of anger in the past and in the present, saying, “Twenty-year-olds possess inexplicable anger within themselves, which is not transmitted to the external world. They rage at injustice but fail to explicitly explain the cause or the subject of their anger.”
By Lee Sei-yon