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Tong Kim, Korea Times

Tong Kim, Korea Times

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for over one month, failing to participate in a major Supreme People’s Assembly gathering and anniversary c...(full article)

The surprise visit of the three most powerful officials serving North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the South on Oct. 4 caught most people off guard....(full article)

The surprise visit of the three most powerful officials serving North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the South on Oct. 4 caught most people off guard....(full article)

The surprise visit of the three most powerful officials serving North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the South on Oct. 4 caught most people off guard....(full article)

Media reports that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un appeared to be a no-show at a key political anniversary ceremony Friday heightened the mystery over the leader’s prolonged ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

North Korea's Surprise Diplomacy - Katharine H.S. Moon, Project Syndicate

The unexpected visit of three top leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon last week, stole the show from th...

North Korea's Deceptive Charm Offensive - B. Klingner, RealClearWorld

The prospects for progress in inter-Korean relations are always dicey. The history of the two Koreas is littered with the shattered hopes of countless previous attempts at getting...

We Should Hope Kim Jong-Un Returns - Isaac Fish, Foreign Policy

It's now been 36 days since Kim Jong Un was last seen in public. Is his absence good for North Korea and the threat it poses to the rest of the world? Or should we hope that he ret...

Kim Jong Un In Charge, at Least Publicly - Christopher Green, The Guardian

The appearance of three senior North Koreans in South Korea at the closing ceremony of the Asian Games has caused quite a stir. One of them has links to sport and another to relati...

North Korea Making Notable Nuke Progress - Linda Chavez, New York Post

It’s easy to ignore, rarely making headlines or causing the average American lost sleep, but North Korea deserves our attention....

Should the BBC Broadcast to North Korea? - Rob York, NK News

An effort to establish a Korean-language service at the BBC, aimed at broadcasting into the North, has some observers interested in giving Northerners more options for hearing abou...

South Korea's Economy at a Crossroads - Korea Times

If the much-talked-about summit between President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe becomes a reality, historical and territorial issues will likely top their ag...

South Korea's City of the Future - R. Arbes & C. Bethea, The Atlantic

Speeding across one of the longest cable bridges in the world, jet-lagged but unwilling to close our eyes, we asked the taxi driver what he thought of the brand new city whose skys...

The Unexplained Three-Week Absence of Kim Jong Un - R. Iyengar, Time

What has happened to Kim Jong Un? That’s the question everyone seems to be asking, amid all kinds of rumors following the North Korean dictator’s uncharacteristic three-week a...

How Effective Are North Korea Sanctions? - Stephan Haggard, KEIA

To date, U.S. sanctions on North Korea have had both a strategic and defensive purpose. The strategic aim is to sharpen the choices Pyongyang faces by raising the costs of pursuing...

Why N. Korea Hates the U.S. and Vietnam Doesn't - Peter Ward, NK News

People hate America and governments mobilize their people under the anti-American banner for many reasons, but in North Korea the reasons are political....

North Korea an Odd Temptation for Some Americans - Foster Klug, AP

Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even as it has become increasingly easy to enter ...

U.S. Refuses to Use Its Tools Against North Korea - Bruce Klingner, KEIA

Washington has targeted a mere 62 North Korean entities, primarily for illicit activities and weapons of mass destruction. By comparison, the United States has imposed more compreh...

North Korea Is Ready to Talk - Seattle Times

Kenneth Bae and two other Americans remain trapped in North Korea, but new prison interviews represent an opportunity for diplomacy and the easing of tensions in the region....

Opulence for North Korea's Elite - Anna Fifield, Washington Post

PYONGYANG, North Korea — This is not a city on the ropes.   Cars, for instance. A recent visitor, in the capital for the first time since 2008, found many more of them o...

Ending East Asia's History Wars - Yuriko Koike, Project Syndicate

Japan and South Korea need to take responsibility for the future, not obsess about the past. A recent Japanese government white paper called South Korea the country “that sha...

Can Korea Tax Itself to Prosperity? - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

For a supposed conservative, South Korean President Park Geun Hye is considering a shocking proposal -- taxing companies for having too much money. She wants to slap a 10 percent l...

South Korea's Limited Options on Pyongyang - Hy-sang Lee, The Diplomat

Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang....

Why a China-South Korea Alliance Won't Happen - Jin Kai, The Diplomat

Despite close ties, Beijing and Seoul’s divergent interests, as well as regional politics, preclude a formal alliance....

Asia's Never-Ending War - Boston Globe

In the eyes of many Japanese, especially the right-wing voters who helped elect Abe, the annual controversy over visits by Japanese politicians to the shrine seems unfair. It honor...

North Korea's Dangerous Invasion Bluff - Christopher Lee, RealClearDefense

From weapons proliferation, to human rights matters, and to global security—North Korea is present. It is extremely difficult to find a major international issue in which No...

The Martial Arts Army of North Korea - Sascha Matuszak, Vice

It’s fitting that the DPRK Special Forces spend a lot of this video demonstrating how hard their bodies are. The message these staged performances send to the North Korean pe...

A Plan to Save the East China Sea - Stewart Taggart, The National Interest

Disputed islands. Air identification zones. Incidents at sea. Arguments over history. These ongoing headlines obscure the real challenges of the East China Sea. These include inc...

Uber and Classic Asian Mercantilism - Robert Kelly, The Diplomat

The debate over the political economy in Asia is often harsh. A long-standing Western criticism is that Asian states use all manner nebulous maneuvers to inhibit local penetratio...

Korea Can't Follow German Unification Model - Yong Kwon, Diplomat

The long-delayed Unification Preparatory Committee has finally started work this week. Inaugurated in February, the actual launching of the committee had been postponed by domest...

If North Korea Collapsed... - Priya Sethi, The National Interest

Speculation on the eventuality of a North Korean government collapse has fueled analysts and policy makers for years. From the famine and economic crisis in the 1990s to recent pol...

Time for South Korea to Step Up - JoongAng Daily

It is time for South Korea to play a more active role. It must come up with inventive ways to persuade America and China to find a middle ground....

Abe Pushing Beijing, Seoul Together - Japan Times

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s decision to hold a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul without first visiting Pyonyang reflects the rapidly declining relatio...

U.S. Needs a New North Korea Strategy - Doug Bandow, National Interest

Washington should engage diplomatically with the Pyongyang. Doing so might not change anything, but that would be no worse than the status quo....

Is Shinzo Abe Headed to North Korea? - J. Berkshire Miller, Nat'l Interest

Last week, senior Japanese diplomats met with their North Korean counterparts in Beijing to discuss progress on Pyongyang’s promise to reinvestigate cases of abducted Japanese na...

Can Beijing & Seoul Become Strategic Partners? - Scott Snyder, Diplomat

China’s President Xi Jinping will complete an exchange of state visits with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in the space of a little less than a year. This is a remarkable...

Balancing China and the U.S. - JoongAng Daily

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Seoul accompanied by an entourage with many top corporate executives for a milestone-setting two-day state visit to South Korea. Never has a...

Why North Korea Fears Hollywood - Paul Fischer, New York Times

In mid-June, the trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s comedy “The Interview” hit the Internet. The movie, due in October, stars James Franco and Mr. Rogen a...

Kim Jong-un Is Ready for His Closeup - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Asian geopolitics may never be the same now that Kim Jong Un has Seth Rogen and James Franco in his cross hairs....

Why Is North Korea So Mad About a Seth Rogen Movie? - Cha & Lim, FP

Clearly, the leadership feels personally threatened by this film, unlike other similar movies that preceded it. Pyongyang seemed OK with 2004's Team America: World Police, the firs...

5 Films That Sparked International Incidents - Eric Dodds, Time

According to the trailer for their upcoming film, The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen (or at least the characters they play) will be sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim...

Japan's Trickery Won't Fool International Community - Korea Times

For the past several months, the Japanese government has racked its brain how to dilute, if not revoke, Tokyo's 1993 apology for the wartime sex slavery of foreign women. Friday's ...

The Cults of South Korea - John Power, The Diplomat

For more than six weeks, an obscure Christian sect widely described as a cult has dominated the news in South Korea. The reason: its alleged connection to a ferry sinking in April ...

About South Korea

  • 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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