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What can't be fixed is the fact that North Korea learned a lesson from our previous attempt at tightening economic sanctions in 2007, when we cut off the US links of Banco Delta As...(full article)

Hollywood and the American public alike are in uproar over the recent cancellation of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s movie, “The Interview,” which depicts the assa...(full article)

Now that U.S. intelligence officials believe that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the discussion has finally moved away from e-mails about An...(full article)

Two years ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned that the United States faced the threat of cyberattacks from technologically sophisticated foes who could one day unleash chaos...(full article)

Sony Pictures pulled the movie “The Interview” after large theater chains said they would not show it, fearing threats of violence to their customers and employees by h...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Everyone Loses in Sony Debacle - Washington Times

Terrorists can only defeat America if Americans let themselves be terrorized. With an otherwise meaningless movie in play — wit and humor at the level of “The Three Sto...

2014: A Year in North Korea Security - Francisco Galamas, The Diplomat

North Korea continued efforts to develop its missile and nuclear capabilities during 2014. Although the opacity of this Northeast Asian country makes any attempt to meaningfully as...

Russia May Host Kim Jong Un in May - Leo Byrne, NK News

Currently unknown if Kim will accept the invite to World War Two ceremony....

Kim Jong Un Emerges From the Shadows - Gordon Chang, Daily Beast

Today, the hackers calling themselves Guardians of Peace promised further attacks against Sony Pictures Entertainment. They mentioned a “Christmas gift,” which could mean addit...

Sony Gets Under Pyongyang's Skin - Japan Times

North Korea’s late former leader, Kim Jong Il, took film seriously. As a young man, he styled himself an auteur, overseeing the production of all films made in his country an...

N. Korean Defectors Excited for 'The Interview' - Isaac Stone Fish, FP

Two buffoonish journalists, played by Seth Rogen and James Franco, travel to North Korea to interview President Kim Jong Un. At the CIA’s request, they assassinate him by — a...

Expand the Intra-Korean Industrial Park - JoongAng Daily

Various products began to pour out from the Kaesong Industrial Complex 10 years ago today. The joint industrial park in North Korea remains a model for economic cooperation between...

Is Peaceful Korean Unification Possible? - New York Times

After decades of dreaming of a reunified North and South Korea, many South Koreans, young people in particular, now see unification as irrelevant or too costly. This gives urgency ...

End the Cycle of Distrust in East Asia - Asahi Shimbun

Abe’s controversial remarks, such as “there is no established definition of invasion,” and his visit to Yasukuni Shrine have aroused international suspicions, lea...

'Gangnam Style' Just Broke YouTube - The Federalist

YouTube’s original counter was 32-bit, meaning that the largest number it could handle was 2,147,483,647. Once total views of PSY’s “Gangnam Style” exceeded...

A Reshuffle of Loyalties Looms in East Asia - Jin Kai, The Diplomat

Unless the U.S. can bring Seoul and Tokyo together, China will seek to exploit tensions in this relationship....

North Korea's Chinese-Style Reforms - Andrei Lankov, Al Jazeera

It seems that, at long last, North Korea has decided to begin Chinese-style reforms. Marshal Kim Jong-un is obviously inclined to do what his late father, Generalissimo Kim Jong...

Teaching English in North Korea - Suki Kim, Slate

Essay was a much-dreaded word among my students. It was the fall of 2011, and I was teaching English at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea. Two hundred...

Dark Tourism at the Korean DMZ - Nick Hagan, Compass Cultura

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the 250-kilometer long demilitarized zone has acted as a buffer between the North and South, separating profoundly different lifestyles, go...

Iran's Nuclear Pursuits Will Draw Copycats - John Bolton, Wash Times

Stall and delay make an effective strategy for Tehran....

How ISIS Came to Use North Korean Tanks - Oliemans & Mitzer, NK News

Influence, legacy of DPRK weapons industry extends beyond original Syrian government clients....

The Surprising Debauchery of North Korea - Geoffrey Cain, Global Post

Just don’t get caught with a Bible, if you’re American....

DPRK Looks to Russia for Investment - Robert Lauler, NK News

North Korean hopes for Soviet-era investment a mirage, Pyongyang watcher says....

China Reaches Out for Allies - Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Much energy has been expended on projecting the impact of the rise of Chinese economic power on its political and military might and the strategic contest with the United States. I...

Was 2014 Start of an Asian Spring? - Nithin Coca, The Diplomat

In Hong Kong, it’s a yellow umbrella. In Taiwan, the similarly bright sunflower. Thailand pitted yellow-shirts against red-shirts, while in Indonesia, it is the nat...

Hold Firm on North Korea - Boston Globe

Any thaw in the relationship should be contingent on North Korea taking meaningful steps to end its nuclear program, and nothing else....

The Nuclear Threat's Grim Return - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

There are three reasons for my anxiety. First, the spread of nuclear weapons to unstable countries such as Pakistan and North Korea. Second, the growing body of evidence about how ...

APEC a Keynote Moment in China's Rise - Joe Hhung, China Post

A confident Xi Jinping made Beijing the venue to pronounce China as the power to be reckoned with in the fraying pax Americana....

Are Russia-DPRK Ties Warming? - Robert Lauler, NK News

North Korean expert Andrei Lankov argued that while the North Koreans believe the Russians may provide them with new military technology, he does not believe Russia will invest &ld...

Kim Jong Un Embodies North Korea's Ills - Dennis Halpin, Weekly Standard

Kim Jong-un, cane in hand, will continue to hobble forward with his nuclear arsenal, made possibly even more menacing with delivery capability in the form of nuclear-tipped missile...

Great-Power Rivalry Still Threatens the Pacific - The Economist

IN CHINA even a handshake is an expression of power. When Xi Jinping met Barack Obama in Beijing this week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, Mr Xi stood on t...

Myanmar Falls Short on Key Pledges - Matthew Pennington, Time

The quasi-civilian government has progressed, but deep problems remain....

Seoul Needs to Engage Pyongyang - Shim Jae-yun, Korea Times

The U.S. and North Korea have shown signs of improving relations with the recent release of two American detainees. This can be construed as a positive sign of relations thawing be...

Fatal Hazing in South Korea's Military - Jason Strother, Worldcrunch

Six South Korean soldiers have been accused of killing one of their fellow conscripts. Yoon Seung-joo, 20, died earlier this year after being force-fed and beaten. Abuse within Sou...

Asia's Economic Miracle Has Peaked - William Wilson, National Interest

Demographic trends, faltering exports, slowing growth in China and a credit bubble all suggest a new reality for Asia....

Why North Korea Released 2 Americans - Gordon Chang, Daily Beast

Even though a fundamental improvement in relations soon is unlikely, it is right to test the North Koreans. At some point, the regime will have to change, and we should find out if...

On Iran Talks, Lessons from North Korea - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Twenty years on, North Korea is a nuclear power, more threatening than ever. Its cheating began almost the instant it signed the Agreed Framework and subsequent agreements....

Finding a Vaccine Against Oppression - A. Soufan & M. Daniels, The Hill

From North Korean and Iranian nukes, to Russian territorial aggression, to radical Islamic terrorists, it would seem that the threats confronting us are as myriad and disparate as ...

Has North Korea Quarantined Itself? - Hamish Macdonald, NK News

North Korean authorities are continuing to adopt more stringent measures to prevent the Ebola virus from entering DPRK territory, expanding restrictions to also limit parts of the ...

How True Are NK Defector Stories? - John Power, The Diplomat

In between sobs, Park Yeonmi gave her account of life in North Korea. Public executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and suffocating censorship were just some of the harsh realities...

Will North Korea Ever Use Nukes? - Rob York, NK News

North Korea watchers are convinced that the odds of a nuclear attack by the rogue state against its antagonists – Seoul, Tokyo and Washington – remains unlikely even if the Nor...

Repairing South Korea's Tarnished Image - Luke Stanhope, The Diplomat

If image is everything, South Korea needs a tune up. At least as far as the West is concerned....

China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful - John Mearsheimer, National Interest

If the Chinese economy continues growing at a brisk clip in the next few decades, the United States will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will ...

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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