Read about what happened in Korea this week (Week of May 19 – 23, 2014)
– North Korea Fires Two Artillery Shells
On Thursday, North Korea fired two artillery shells 150 meters from a South Korean patrol ship operating near the Northern Limit Line. South Korea immediately fired back. Luckily, there were no casualties. The fishing boats of Yeonpyeongdo Island were directed to return home and the residents to evacuate. This happened after three North Korean military boats crossed the NLL and returned home after South Korea fired shots of warning.
– Teachers Face Punishment for Bashing Government
The Education Ministry will be taking disciplinary actions for 43 teachers who demanded President Park Geun-hye to step down from presidency. The teachers blamed her administration for failing to take appropriate actions for the Sewol Ferry’s sinking on April 16. The Education Ministry ordered education offices nationwide to identify the teachers and punish them. It quoted a law that required all civil servants to be politically impartial and ban them from taking collective action unrelated to their jobs. With the punishment being issued, the Korean Teachers and Education Workers Union, the largest group of teacher in the country, held a rally in front of the governmental complex to urge the ministry not to punish the teachers. The KTU is expected to pursue legal battles against the government.
– A New PM for Korea
On Thursday, President Park Geun-hye appointed former Supreme Court Judge Ahn Dae-hee as prime minister. The new prime minister is an initial step to restore the battered image of the government in the wake of the Sewol disaster. Ahn will replace Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, who has held himself responsible for the government’s poor handling of the tragedy. For Ahn to formerly take office, he would need the parliamentary approval. Chung will continue his duties as prime minister until Ahn is officially in office. It is said that the president will carry out a Cabinet “reshuffle” taking into consideration the new prime minister’s recommendations.
– Jim Sturgess Date Korean Actress, Bae Doo-na
South Korean actress, Bae Doo-na, has confirmed her relationship to British Hollywood actor, Jim Sturgess. She went public about her romantic relationship with Sturgess during a press conference at the Cannes International Film Festival’s Korean film booth on Tuesday. Rumors about the two had been circulating ever since they costarred in the Hollywood blockbuster, “Cloud Atlas” in 2012.
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