The Presidency of Kim Young-sam

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Campaign to release South Korean socialists
By Peter Moore, 3 September 1995. In October 15–16, 1995, thirty six members of the International Socialists of South Korea (ISSK) were arrested.
Prosecution, Sentenced Mr. Mun, Vice-Chairman of the Democratic Mental Federation to seven-year imprisonment and disqualify
By Lee Jung-hee, Weekly Korea Labor News, 24 April 1996. Although poorly translatted, this report reflects the official feeling that support for labor is tantamount to being an agent of North Korea.
South Korea: liberal regime with an iron fist
By Bertrand Chung, Le Monde diplomatique, February 1997. Has democratisation come to a halt in South Korea? President Kim Young Sam's authoritarian response to student demonstrations in August 1996 and new labour laws introduced at the end of the year make this an open question.
Government agrees terms for IMF loan
By John Burton in Seoul and Phil Halliday in London, The Financial Post, Monday 1 December 1997. South Korea said early this morning that it had reached agreement with the International Monetary Fund on terms for a loan to rescue its economy. However, later statements stepped back and confusion grew over the deal. The IMF insisted that Korea's capital markets be opened fully to foreign investors. Korea was also opposing IMF demands that economic growth in 1998 should be slowed.
Kim Young-sam government
Yonhap News, 2003. President Kim Young-sam was sworn as president on Feb. 25, 1993 amid upbeat public fanfare, being the first civilian president in three decades. His reform drive met resistance from conservatives who were his power base. Waning popularity. Controversy over the passage of amendments to labor-related laws, and the Law on the Agency for National Security Planning, marred his image.