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THE UNITED Nations Security Council will hold an informal meeting this week about the findings and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in North Ko...(full article)

To talk or to fire, that is the question. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has returned to the international spotlight, reaching a new turning point since it threatened to c...(full article)

To talk or to fire, that is the question. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has returned to the international spotlight, reaching a new turning point since it threatened to c...(full article)

North Korea signaled to Japan early this month that it is prepared to reinvestigate the festering issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and &rsquo...(full article)

Tokyo has again shown itself to be Janus-faced. After feigning reconciliatory gestures to improve its reputation on the international stage, it carries on with totally antagonizing...(full article)

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Asia Follows China into an Old-Fashioned Arms Race - David Pilling, FT

Across Asia, purchases of submarines, the “new bling” in the words of Bernard Loo Fook Weng, a Singaporean defence expert, are multiplying. India, South Korea and Vietn...

North Korea's Newest Provocation: Drones - Korea Times

The military has tentatively concluded that two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) recently found near the border with North Korea came from the impoverished state. The conclusion rai...

Three Questions About the Exchange of Fire in Korea - CSIS

Yesterday, North Korea fired 500 shells of which more than 100 landed in South Korean waters as part of new live-fire exercises. South Korean marines fired back more than 300 round...

Mandatory Kim Jong-un Haircuts: A Baldfaced Lie? - Eric Talmadge, AP

The haircut reports started with a story by Washington, D.C.-based Radio Free Asia, which cited unnamed sources as saying an unwritten directive from somewhere within the ruling Wo...

Japan Might Have Friends If It Just Shut Up - William Pesek, Bloomberg

There's a smarter way for Abe and his administration to deal with Japan's past: Limit comments to events that occurred after, say, 1990. If a journalist asks about the Nanjing mass...

Can Asia Prevent Its Own Crimea? - Bonnie Glaser & Ely Ratner, GPS

With the world watching Ukraine with wary eyes, the U.S. Navy’s lead admiral in the Pacific suggested Asia could face a similar crisis if the continent’s other major po...

China's Outdated Shield - Korea Herald

It is common for China to stand by North Korea, its communist ally, in the international arena. Yet its move to block the latest U.N. action against human rights abuses perpetrated...

Tokyo Must Be Sincere in Atoning - JoongAng Daily

Amid mounting international criticism, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared on Friday that his administration will not revise a landmark apology made to comfort women who we...

North Korea 2014 Meets Rome AD 65 - James Romm, Los Angeles Times

In Kim Jong Un's accession to power and brutal purge of his uncle, parallels are evident between the two societies....

Bashing and Isolating North Korea Isn't Working - Doug Bandow, TNI

Simply bashing Pyongyang won’t be enough. Washington needs to develop a positive package for a reform North Korean leadership: peace treaty, trade, aid and integration. The U...

The Real Reason for N. Korea's 'Election' - Geoffrey Cain, Global Post

On Sunday, the North Korean Generalissimo Kim Jong Un did what any leader who is an unwavering advocate of democracy and the rule of law should do: He held elections....

South Korea's Embarrassing Spy Scandal - JoongAng Daily

South Korea’s state spy agency and its prosecutors face a major credibility crisis; they are accused of framing a North Korean defector on espionage charges by forging docume...

Why Are So Many Koreans Killing Themselves? - Korea Times

Unfortunately, Korea is second to none when it comes to suicides. It appears that not a single day passes without news reports on unusual suicide deaths, and this is all the more s...

East Asia's Discourse Problem - Clint Work, The Diplomat

There is no lack of nationalist-driven myopia in Northeast Asia these days. The DPRK is the most emphatic and solipsistic iteration thereof. Meanwhile, China continues to assert i...

Beware of North Korea's New Launcher - JoongAng Daily

North Korea has repeatedly fired rockets from a new type of multiple-rocket launcher and short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea since Feb. 21. The first launch took place...

Preventing 'Smogeddon' in Northeast Asia - Korea Times

A thick layer of toxic haze, caused mainly by Chinese smog, has been blanketing the Korean Peninsula for a week. Hospitals report a 20-30 percent increase in outpatients complainin...

The Atrocities of North Korea - New York Times

The regime is unspeakable....

North Korea Is About to Freak Out - Ryan Faith, Vice

The typical response for a nation in North Korea's situation would be to hold a huge exercise of its own and deter right back. But the problem for North Korea is that large-scale e...

China Can Steer North Korea in Right Direction - Sydney Morning Herald

Beijing's interest is best served by helping North Korea move towards a market-based economy. China's own recent history, while still badly flawed on human rights issues, shows tha...

The Westerners Who Love North Korea - Johan Nylander, The Diplomat

It’s not just Dennis Rodman. North Korea has supporters across the world....

Korea's Cyber War Ambitions May Backfire - Alan Woodward, Conversation

South Korea has made a suprisingly public announcement that it plans to develop cyber-weapons for potential use against North Korea. The decision to make its plans known is bafflin...

A Regime of Unparalleled Brutality - Japan Times

A United Nations human rights inquiry has concluded that the brutality of the North Korean government “does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.” After deta...

Humanity at Its Very Worst - The Economist

A UN report accuses North Korea of “unspeakable” human-rights abuses and hints at China’s complicity in some of them....

S. Korea-Japan Tensions in Small Town USA - Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer, FP

The quirky spectacle of Virginia's state legislature debating matters of East Asian international relations proved too much for journalists around the world to ignore. But it also ...

South Korean Lessons for Iran - Bulletin of Atomic Scientists

South Korea has become a global leader in nuclear energy. Our tour of the Doosan Heavy Industries plant—and our realization that South Korea is providing some of the principa...

The Thugs in North Korea - Miami Herald

Rarely has any United Nations panel issued as powerful an indictment against any regime in the world as the report made public this week condemning the murderous government of Nort...

China Must Force Change on North Korea - Bloomberg View

The United Nations' report on human rights in North Korea is a sickening document. It should give China's leaders pause. Supporting the despicable regime of Kim Jong Un is not in t...

The Children's Books of North Korea - Alison Gee, BBC News

North Korea's leaders are often thought of as ruthless, secretive autocrats but rarely as popular children's authors. However, between issuing instructions about prison camps and t...

Time for the 'Never Agains' on North Korea - Nicholas Eberstadt, WSJ

Where will North Korea's apologists hide now?...

Bribing the North Korean Tyrant - George Jonas, National Post

The reason Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement at Munich was a fiasco wasn’t because it was annoying and humiliating and costly, but because it failed to bring ...

N. Korea Isn't Nazi Germany -- in Ways, It's Worse - Peter Weber, The Week

For one thing, most of North Korea's roughly 25 million inhabitants are chronically hungry, malnourished, or straight-out starving. The citizens of wartime Germany faced hardships ...

North Korea's Cheap and Dirty Bombs - Potter & Lewis, Foreign Policy

Could these creepy chest packs be North Korea's way of threatening radiological war?...

Why It's a Good Time to Be a Dictator - Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

Horrors like those detailed in the UN report into North Korea aren't enough to get the world to do something. The response is shock, but then a collective shrug....

North Korea in the Docket After UN Report - Christian Science Monitor

A UN inquiry provides evidence of 'crimes against humanity' in North Korea. By exposing the truth of a dictatorship that tries hard to suppress the truth, the report can help bring...

Is It Really a Good Time to Be a Dictator? - Joshua Keating, Slate

This is something of a banner month for dictatorial impunity.I’d argue, though, that North Korea may not be the most useful example here. The Hermit Kingdom is something of an ou...

More Evidence of North Korean Atrocities - Matt Ford, The Atlantic

  On Monday, the United Nations' Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea published a wide-ranging report on what it described as "syste...

Hopeful Signs from North Korea - JoongAng Daily

South and North Korea agreed on three points at the high-level talks at Panmunjom yesterday: to hold reunions of war-separated families at the Mount Kumgang resort from Feb. 20 to ...

Can Korea Get the Most from Obama? - Korea Times

It was not without experiencing a bitter aftertaste that Koreans watched the U.S. announce that President Barack Obama will visit Korea “too” in April. The decision was the res...

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  • Republic of Korea
  • Population: 49,540,000 (24th)
  • Area Size: 38,622 sq mi (108th)
  • GDP: $969.87 billion (13th)
  • Currency: South Korean Won (KRW)
  • Official Language: Korean
  • Capital City: Seoul
  • Largest City: Seoul

South Korea Prosperity Rank: 27

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