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Will South Korea Make a Nuclear Move?

G. Chang, World Affairs Journal

G. Chang, World Affairs Journal

China Enables North Korean Mischief

Joseph Bosco, RealClearWorld

“Suppose you have a dangerous neighbor with a gun,” said Chung Mong-joon, a member of South Korea’s National Assembly, in 2013 at a Carnegie International Nuclear...(full article)

“Suppose you have a dangerous neighbor with a gun,” said Chung Mong-joon, a member of South Korea’s National Assembly, in 2013 at a Carnegie International Nuclear...(full article)

Kerry did not explain whether the "business as usual" reference applied only to relations between China and North Korea, or to the U.S.-China relationship as well. Beijing quickly ...(full article)

In the past, North Korea has used Western prisoners for propaganda purposes by securing visits from high-profile figures to the isolated dictatorship. Bill Clinton met with Kim Jon...(full article)

In my opinion, a lot of the mockery of the North Korean nuclear test—the silly little man with his silly little bomb—is racism that reassures. It evokes the explanatio...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Why Would Pyongyang Surrender Its Nukes? - Kelsey Munro, SMH

Pragmatic observers of Korean politics point out that the western powers' denuclearisation plans have failed, repeatedly. US President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" hasn't wo...

The North Korea That Can Say No - Bruce Cumings, The Bulletin

North Korea’s obstreperous behavior, so exasperating to foreign powers, might also be seen as a Game Theory 101 strategy by a small country surrounded by bigger powers who, when ...

North Korea Is a Joke. And That's the Problem - Jeffrey Lewis, Wash Post

The North Koreans don’t think they are absurd. The country continually touts its scientific, technological and industrial developments to show that it is a modern, dynamic wo...

North Korea Flexes Its Nuclear Muscles - New York Times

There was a predictable ritual to the world’s reaction to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, its fourth. Vigorous condemnation, followed by promises never to accept the...

North Korea's Nuke Test Isn't That Scary, but Kim Is - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Hard as it was to do diplomacy with the elder Kims, Western diplomats came to discern patterns, a distinct negotiating style, and figured out ways to play the game. The most nerve-...

North Korea Is a Holdover of Japanese Fascism - Max Fisher, Vox

"Having been ushered by the Japanese into the world's purest race, the Koreans in 1945 simply kicked the Japanese out of it," Myers writes. "Much of the Japanese [fascist-era] vers...

How Does U.S. Respond to North Korea Now? - B. Klingner, Daily Signal

If confirmed, North Korea's fourth nuclear test is a dangerous development. Coupled with ongoing development of several different missile systems, North Korea poses an increasing a...

Did North Korea Really Go Thermonuclear? - Robert Beckhusen, TNI

We do know something caused a 5.1 magnitude seismic event near the site, and humans were responsible. It was most likely a nuclear weapon. . . a test. Pyongyang certainly claims so...

Pyongyang Crashes the U.S. Elections Party - Dennis Halpin, NK News

Will a nuclear arms race in the Middle East lead to a Sunni-Shiite nuclear showdown with Israel caught in the middle? Will a nuclear-armed North Korea, which expert David Albright ...

What Just Happened in North Korea? - Amy Davidson, New Yorker

North Korea detonated some sort of bomb last night. Pyongyang says that it was a hydrogen bomb, although, as Barbara Demick notes, the seismological readings don’t really sup...

Only China Can Open the Hermit Kingdom - Globe and Mail

North Korea needs someone like Günter Schabowski. One afternoon in 1989, the East German government spokesman mistakenly announced the Berlin Wall was to be opened. A few hour...

Pyongyang Tests Obama's Weaknesses - The National

For a country with so many of its citizens on the edge of survival, North Korea expends a great deal of economic and political effort on developing new versions of nuclear weapons....

N. Korea Claims Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test - Foster Klug, AP

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test Wednesday, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would be a huge jump in Pyongya...

North Korea's Imprudence - Korea Times

Ever unpredictable, North Korea surprised the world again Wednesday morning when it claimed that it carried out a "successful'' hydrogen bomb test. The claim, if true, will signify...

Does North Korea Have a Hydrogen Bomb? - Ford & Calamur, The Atlantic

Although there has been no independent confirmation of the test, and much skepticism, condemnation has been nearly unanimous....

Why Kim Yang Gon's Death Is Bad News for Seoul - John Grisafi, NK News

Prominent North Korean official Kim Yang Gon died in a car accident Tuesday, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported early Wednesday. Kim was a highly signi...

Is 'Comfort Women' Deal Bad News for China? - B. Klingner, Daily Signal

The United States will welcome the breakthrough since it could allow its key Asian allies to refocus attention from past differences to jointly focus on current security threats fr...

A Bad Year for Asian Democracy - William Pesek, Barron's

Malaysia and Thailand are just two reasons to doubt Asia’s commitment to openness and accountability....

Time for South Korea and Japan to Move Forward - JoongAng Daily

Though the sex slave issue has been a stumbling block in Seoul-Tokyo relations, we cannot live without Japan. It is pivotal to the Korea-U.S.-Japan alliance. You can choose your fr...

Why Shinzo Abe Blinked on 'Comfort Women' - Max Fisher, Vox

Since taking office, Abe has slowly re-militarized Japan, which he seems to earnestly consider both necessary and part of his legacy. But those policies have been unpopular among J...

S. Korea, Japan Reach Deal on 'Comfort Women' - Kim & Park, Reuters

South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement on Monday to resolve the issue of "comfort women", as those who were forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels were euphemistica...

North Korea's Abduction Project - Robert Boynton, The New Yorker

By the end of the Second World War, four million Koreans were living outside Korea, and more than seven hundred thousand Japanese civilians and troops were living inside Korea. But...

How in This World Does North Korea Survive? - Robert Manning, Nikkei

If these new policies bolster the regime in Pyongyang -- the prospect of no landing -- it poses dilemmas that make the North Korea problem still more vexing than the current conund...

North Korea's Troubling Hydrogen Bomb Claim - B. Klingner, Daily Signal

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asserted that his country has built a hydrogen nuclear bomb to "defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation." If true, it would mark a sign...

N. Korean 'Ghost Ships' Wash Up in Japan - J. Park & K. Kaneko, Reuters

Dec 1 Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerou...

Anxious Asian Leaders Eye U.S. Politics - Frank Ching, Globe and Mail

So far, the South China Sea has not figured much in the U.S. presidential campaigns but, for Southeast Asians, there is a lot riding on the election outcome next November. If the ...

Dialogue With North Korea, the Latest Big Thing - G. Chang, WA Journal

On Friday, Seoul’s Unification Ministry announced that North Korea had accepted the South’s invitation to hold a working-level meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom...

After Kim: 44 People Planning to Run N. Korea - Stephen Evans, BBC

A section of the Berlin Wall on display in Seoul acts as a reminder of South Korea's fractured relationship with the North. But thoughts of reunification are never far away and the...

Declining Power of Inter-Korean Relations - Steven Denney, Diplomat

The recent North-South family reunions event was another heart-wrenching affair in a war that has yet to come to a formal end. The event undoubtedly affected those who pa...

Why North Korean Defectors Commit Suicide - Stephen Evans, BBC

All over the world, people flee in their millions from tyrannous regimes, but how often do they find the better life they were hoping for? In South Korea, statistics indicate that ...

South Korea and Japan Draw Nearer - The American Interest

South Korea and Japan only hug when they must. If Tokyo and Seoul are talking about cooperating on contentious issues like comfort women, that suggests the two aren’t naively...

Is South Korea Drifting From U.S. to China? - Worldcrunch

TOKYO — Both to deter North Korea's military provocations and to ensure regional stability in Asia, it's vital that the United States and South Korea maintain their solid all...

Could the TPP Actually Divide Asia? - Shihoko Goto, The Diplomat

Trade deals always produce losers as well as winners, so it is no surprise that there is growing concern that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will not be ratified by ...

The Missiles of August: Asia's Arms Race - Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy

China might have the world’s most active missile program, but Kim Jong Un loves missiles more than anything, maybe even more than he loves Dennis Rodman....

How Communist Is North Korea? - Robert Kelly, Lowy Interpreter

10 October 2015 was officially the 70th anniversary of the Korean Workers Party (KWP), the North Korean communist party. This past weekend saw a huge military parade through Kim Il...

China Wants to Reboot Six-Party Talks - Angela Stanzel, Al Jazeera

A new series of discussions, the first since 2009, could address the dangers of North Korea's nuclear programme....

North Korea Keeps the Leninist Model Alive - Andrei Lankov, NK News

Since the Soviet-style Communist Party was a core element in the political structure of any communist state, this system was copied across the entire communist camp. North Korea, w...

Preemptive Diplomacy - Korea Times

Tension is growing on the Korean Peninsula as the founding anniversary of the North Korean Workers' Party on Oct. 10 is approaching....

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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