South Korea

대한민국

Avant-garde industrial group reports on friendly, open-minded citizens, how the country treats beer like a soft drink and why they almost wanted to stay....(full article)

As the sounds of artillery faded across the North-South Korean border recently, hopes were truly dashed for a new diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and North Korea....(full article)

This non-Western value system makes both Moscow and Pyongyang entirely unpredictable. How, in fact, can the world predict the actions of leaders who think nothing of sacrificing no...(full article)

Kim Jong-un has rejected an apology from Seoul and ordered his army onto war footing....(full article)

Both sides showed restraint from triggering war, North likely to back down, says ROK military official...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

A Perilous Moment at the Korean Border - New York Times

The enduring, familiar tensions between North and South Korea are usually considered background noise by a world focused on other international crises. That was no longer possible ...

Seoul Sees Hopes for Thaw with Japan - Toru Higashioka, Asahi Shimbun

South Korea, cautiously encouraged by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's war anniversary statement, is hinting it is ready for "sincere dialogue" between the two countries' leaders later ...

Japan, Asia Must Move on from the War - Frank Ching, Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to grasp the nettle when he delivered a much-touted address on the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender at the end of the Second World War. ...

Why North Korea Is Not Next - John Feffer, Foreign Policy In Focus

During the George W. Bush years, pundits and journalists were constantly speculating whether North Korea would be next in line for regime change. After all, Bush had included North...

Don't Ignore North Korea's Nuclear Progression - Washington Post

Charting the course of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program has always required painstaking detective work. Because the country is so closed to outsiders, ...

Washington Risks Alienating Korea - Korea Times

As a pivot in the trilateral alliance with Korea and Japan, the U.S. was expected to take a neutral position on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's lack of unelaborated remorse ab...

The Craft Beer Revolution Reaches Korea - Noah Lederman, Slate

Korean microbrewers are bringing IPAs and sours to a country used to watery lagers. If only the government would get out of their way....

Who Can Fix Japan-ROK Relations? - Kennedy & Mael Van Beek, EA Forum

What, then, should we expect on 15 August? South Koreans will be attentive to how Abe addresses the colonial era. Yet, as the political backlash to Abe’s new security bills &...

Troubling Execution in North Korea - Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

The Internet had fun Tuesday at the expense of Tinder, whose social-media teamdid not take kindly to a recent Vanity Fair profile of the online dating app. In one of...

North Korea, the Nuclear Cheat - John McLaughlin, Ozy

The bottom line? Leverage on North Korea is more limited than in the past, in part because it is so dramatically different from Iran: much farther along the nuclear path, less enga...

Another Family Feud Bedevils Korean Economy - Pesek, Bloomberg View

Economic change in tradition-bound Korea will need to come from the top down -- from Park's office and the chaebol executive suite. But Seoul has made little progress prodding chae...

Why an Iran Deal for North Korea Won't Happen - Robert Kelly, Diplomat

In July, world powers and Iran finally struck a deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. This set off speculation that perhaps the Iran deal might be a template for ...

Fun Tourist Things to Do in North Korea - Matt Kelemen, Daily Beast

North Korea has warned that United States’ aggression towards the Hermit Kingdom would “leave no Americans alive” but despite that, the country is more than willi...

The Iran Deal's Impact on North Korea - Tong Kim, Korea Times

In the wake of the Iranian nuclear deal ― a long-term, multi-faceted plan to prevent Iran from making a nuclear weapon ― attention is drawn to the North Korean nuclear issue. W...

North Korea Sits Alone in the Rogue States Club - M. Fitzpatrick, NK News

Whereas Iran’s official policy is to reject nuclear weapons as haram (forbidden), North Korea’s nuclear-armed status is enshrined in its constitution and in its state i...

Saudi Prince: This Is Worse than the North Korea Deal - A. Taylor, WaPo

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States between 1981 and 2005, has written a damning column in which he compares the Iran nuclear deal to the failed nuc...

North Korea Reveals Bioweapon Capability - Gordon Chang, Daily Beast

North Korea on Monday invited every member of the U.S. Congress to inspect the Pyongyang Bio-Technical Institute. “Come here right now, with all the 535 members of the House ...

A Dangerous Passion for DPRK Propaganda - T. Hoogvliet, The Diplomat

Willem van der Bijl built an impressive collection of North Korean propaganda posters, until the regime had had enough....

Defector: DPRK Tests Chem Weapons on People - E. O'Gara, Newsweek

A scientist who escaped North Korea and defected to Finland last month claims he has evidence that the secretive dictatorship tests chemical and biological weapons on its citizens,...

No One Is Safe in Kim Jong Un's Court - Andrei Lankov, NK News

When it comes to ruthlessness, North Korea’s leader surpasses his father and grandfather....

Only 3 Countries Have No Relations with U.S. - M. Schiavenza, Atlantic

On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they would reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, thus restoring diplomatic relations for the first time...

Can Japan, South Korea Do the Impossible? - Snyder & Glosserman, TNI

In recent years, the two countries have permitted mutual grievances to overshadow shared interests, values and geography. It's time to change that....

Koreas: Bastion of Cold War Realism - Morgan Potts, The Diplomat

Nuclear crises, propaganda and espionage, a clash of ideologies – the Korean peninsula is the  only place in the world where the Cold War lingers. This persistence is th...

Pyongyang Unveils New Opulent Airport - Julie Makinen, L.A. Times

North Korea has finished building an international airport terminal, state media reported Thursday, and photos show leader Kim Jong Un inspecting rather swanky amenities that inclu...

North Korea Defectors Recount Ordeal - Alastair Gale, Wall Street Journal

SEOUL— Hyeonseo Lee didn’t escape from North Korea because she was starving, in prison or physically abused like many other defectors. Her family was relatively wealthy...

Japan and South Korea Need to Move Forward - Japan Times

The relationship between Japan and South Korea seems hardly mature 50 years after the two countries normalized diplomatic relations. Along with troubled governmental ties that have...

Should South Korea Fear U.S. Abandonment? - Leon Whyte, The Diplomat

South Korea has at times had reason to fear the strength of its alliance with the United States. Part II in a series....

Illuminating North Korea - David Guttenfelder, New York Times

FOR DECADES, NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN THE LEAST ILLUMINATED OF MYSTERIES, THE RARE INSIGHTS OFTEN STRANDED WITHOUT CONTEXT....

East Asia's Era of Transition - George Friedman, Stratfor

When I began this series a month ago, I pointed out that the most significant feature of the global system currently is the ongoing destabilization of the Eurasian land mass, from ...

Doomsday: The Coming Collapse of North Korea - Jamie Metzl, TNI

As a member of the U.S. National Security Council staff in the later 1990s, I worked with colleagues on plans for responding to the potential collapse of the North Korean governmen...

George W. Bush Was Right - William Kristol, Weekly Standard

Yeats goes on to suggest that “surely some revelation is at hand.” Public opinion polls are modern democracy’s substitute for revelation. And there’s an in...

Washington's Diplomatic Juggling Act in Asia - David Ignatius, WaPo

As Obama prepares to welcome Park, you can think of U.S. Asia policy as a juggler’s trick of keeping three spinning plates aloft. The United States succeeds if it can sustain...

North Korea's Real Hunger Games - Joseph Kim, Foreign Policy

What it's like to fight for your life in North Korea....

Is Russia Enabling the North Korean Regime? - L.T. Wood, Wash Times

Without access to classified information, it is difficult to assess the depth of Russian involvement in North Korea. However, there are several issues that can be surmised with cur...

North Korea Raises the Nuclear Stakes - James Dwyer, The Conversation

North Korea’s recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) marks a dangerous turning point for its nuclear program. An SLBM capability will give North Korea a...

Politics in North Korea: Purge or Perjury - Economist

Reports of another high-level execution would be appalling—if ascertained....

Could South Korea's 'Scotland' Force a Change? - S. Denney, The Diplomat

There isn’t any real push for a sovereign Honam in the way that there is Scotland, nor is there a Honam National Party – not yet, anyway. Following his electoral victor...

Paranoia, Gore, and Brutal North Korean Executions - Elias Groll, FP

North Korea typically executes traitors, spies, and other disloyal subjects by firing squad, but Kim’s brief reign has been replete with reports of grisly execution methods. ...

Are North Korean Subs a Nuclear Worry? - B. Thomas-Noone, Interpreter

North Korea's apparently successful test of a workable submarine launched ballistic missile (SLBM) was big news over the weekend....

The Northeast Asian Powder Keg - Washington Times

A North Korean collapse would leave an uncertain hand on nuclear weapons....

North Korea: Evil, But Not a Terrorist State - D. Bandow, National Interest

What Pyongyang apparently has not done since 1987 is initiate a terrorist attack against anyone, let alone America....

Why Aren't Alarm Bells Ringing over North Korea? - John Bolton, NY Post

North Korea’s sizeable nuclear arsenal imperils East Asia — particularly, Tokyo and Seoul — but also the United States. Its ballistic-missile program is rapidly nearing the c...

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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