Choi Soon-sil, the long time confidante of Park Geun-hye, was also accused of using unfair means to get her daughter admitted into a top university.
The drone crashed in the demilitarised zone while returning to the North last June after photographing US THAAD installations in South Korea
The new government will scrap plans to build new power plants and wind down operations in existing plants while moving focus towards renewable energy.
The system, designed to protect South Korea, has been paused by the new leader due to lack of evaluation of its environmental impact.
The stimulus package bill has not yet been passed due to the Democratic Party lacking a majority.
Chung’s mother, Choi Soon-sil, is a long-time confidante who is accused of colluding with Park to collect bribes from the country’s top businesses.
Park’s long time confidante Choi Soon-sil’s daughter is being brought back from Denmark where she was hiding to avoid prosecution.
The THAAD battery was initially deployed in March in the southeastern region of Seongju with just two of its maximum load of six launchers to counter a growing North Korean missile threat.
The leader remains optimistic about North Korea’s new missile programme despite technical restraints and says he will retaliate to US military provocation.
The missile, tested in defiance of world pressure and UN sanctions, flew about 450 km, landing in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
If found guilty of taking bribes from business leaders, Park faces more than ten years in jail.
The UN Security Council is due to meet on Tuesday behind closed doors to discuss the latest test at the request of the US, Japan and South Korea.
Moon told a media briefing that he had appointed Kim Dong-yeon as deputy prime minister and finance minister, along with other ministers.
Relations between Beijing and Seoul had been strained by disagreement over South Korea’s hosting of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system.
President Moon won an election campaign on a more moderate approach to the North and after becoming the president tried initiating dialogue with North.
In a unanimously agreed statement, UN Security Council said it was of vital importance that North Korea show a sincere commitment to denuclearisation.
President Moon’s first 100 days in office will likely focus on pushing economic reforms that have broad consensus across the political spectrum.
The US called this launch a message to South Korea, days after its new president took office pledging to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.
Shotaro Yachi, Abe’s top security adviser, also had a call with U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Abe also told reporters.
The missile flew further and higher than an intermediate-range missile North Korea successfully tested in February from the same region.
Choe Son Hui, North Korea’s senior diplomat for US affairs, said that North Korea would hold a dialogue with the US under the “right conditions”.
In a congratulatory message to the new South Korean president, China’s Xi Jinping said he has always greatly valued the relations between the two countries.
Moon Jae-in, who promised to focus on domestic issues like unemployment, won snap elections on May 9 to become president of South Korea after former president Park Geun-hye was impeached on corruption charges.
Unless there is a major upset, liberal Moon Jae-in who calls for a moderate approach on North Korea will be elected president.
Balancing domestic expectations and delicate relations with neighbours while trying to deal with North Korea’s race to become a nuclear power will make for a challenging five-year term.
Frustrated by pressures from global powers like the US, the South Koreans are looking for a leader who puts the country first.
The two bombers were deployed amid rising tensions over North Korea’s dogged pursuit of its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of UN sanctions and pressure from the US.
Amid rising tensions over the North’s nukes, South Korean media has warned that Trump’s contradictory messages could affect the Seoul-Washington alliance.
The Pentagon said the THAAD deployment was a critical measure to defend South Korea and its allies against North Korean missile threats.
The developments come amid fears North Korea could conduct another nuclear test.
The six-party talks involving North and South Korea, China, the US, Japan and Russia collapsed in 2008 following a rocket launch by North Korea.
Trump ordered the carrier to sail to waters off the Korean peninsula in response to rising tension over the North’s nuclear and missile tests.
Ahead of North Korea’s celebration of the anniversary of its army, the US, China and South Korea keep their guards up in anticipation of more nuclear tests.
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says the US should resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis through negotiations and should reckon with the impact of its previous actions.
The retail giant Lotte, with interests ranging from hotels and retail to food and chemicals, becomes the second conglomerate mired in the political scandal after Jay Y. Lee, the chief of the biggest, Samsung Group, was arrested suspected of bribing Park and her friend, Choi Soon-sil.
Pence is on the first stop of a four-nation Asia tour intended to show US’s allies, and remind its adversaries, that the Trump administration is not turning its back on the increasingly volatile region.
Pence’s Seoul stop kicks off a long-planned ten-day trip to Asia – his first as vice president – and comes amid concerns that Pyongyang could soon conduct its sixth nuclear test.
The chairperson of the Democratic Party said that if elected, they would approach China to resolve the crisis arising from the US anti-missile radar system.
China, North Korea’s sole major ally and benefactor, has called for a peaceful resolution after a sharp rise in rhetoric between the US and Pyongyang.
It’s not too late to make a deal with North Korea. Ultimately, it’s what Pyongyang wants too.