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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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Reports of another high-level execution would be appalling—if ascertained....(full article)

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...(full article)

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. ...(full article)

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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...

Why Did Kim Jong Un Cancel His Russia Trip? - Joshua Keating, Slate

The Russian government announced Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has canceled a planned trip to Moscow to attend a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the end of...

Who Would Seek North Korean Citizenship? - Fyodor Tertitskiy, NK News

In a mostly homogenous country, naturalized citizens constitute special cases...

North Korea: Not the Dictatorship You Think It Is - William O'Connor, DB

One of the saddest truths about history is that often great misfortune can trigger historical shifts that are seen as positive in the long run. That is the argument at the heart of...

North Korea's New Diplomacy - Nadege Rolland, Lowy Interpreter

This visit will mark Kim's first official foreign trip since he took over the leadership of North Korea in late 2011, and will mark a high point in the bilateral relationship in 20...

South Koreans Bicker Over Tanking Economy - W. Pesek, Bloomberg View

As South Korea slides toward deflation, officials in Seoul seem mostly interested in pointing fingers at one another. Central bank chief Lee Ju Yeol says the government should boos...

A Game Changer for North Korea's Economy - S Doo, Global Risk Insights

The recent discovery of rare earth mineral reserves in North Korea has the potential to redefine the country's long-term prospects and radically alter geopolitics within the region...

Improving Japan-South Korea Ties - Japan Times

As the 50th anniversary of the signing of the treaty that normalized ties between Japan and South Korea — June 22 — draws near, both countries should seize all opportun...

Last Chance to Reach North Korea? - Subin Kim, NK News

Seoul seeks economic revitalization in Pyongyang, North wishes to resolve military matters...

Is There Hope for Capitalism in North Korea? - Hy-sang Lee, Diplomat

North Korea has experienced slowly expanding spheres of capitalism for 20 years, including the recent decentralization of farming decisions down to the family level. This incongruo...

The Country Sandwiched Between U.S., China - Sukjoon Yoon, TNI

South Korean Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se has been defending remarks in a speech to the Korean diplomatic corps that characterized South Korea's position be...

The Iran Deal and the Two Koreas - Stephan Haggard, JoongAng Daily

The interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is shaping up as one of the defining foreign policy battles of Obama’s presidency. The problems are not only with Iran b...

When the Hermit Kingdom Turned Ugly - Nicholas Mancusi, Daily Beast

Just a few months after the end of the Korean War, a bright, well-dressed young man named Kenneth Rowe matriculated at the University of Delaware to study engineering. Although onl...

What the Internet Looks like in North Korea - Max Fisher, Vox

For many Americans, though, the entire idea of a North Korean internet seems surprising, and for good reason. Could one of the world's poorest countries, which puts its citizens un...

Will Seoul Eventually Have to Bomb North Korea? - R Kelly, The Diplomat

As North Korea continues to develop both nuclear weapons and the missile technology to carry them, pressure on South Korea to take preemptive military action will gradually rise. A...

Sprouts of Reform in North Korea's Economy - Economist

Tantalising signs of change are emerging. Whether they signal more profound shifts is less clear....

The Rise of the Petty Nuclear Tyrant - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

Are you a world leader with dictatorial aspirations? Need cash quick? Want the world to listen? Would you like an embargo scrapped, or to invade a country without immediately getti...

The Perils of Korean Reunification - Jennifer Lind, The Diplomat

Recent events have brought the topic of Korean unification back into public debate. Republic of Korea (ROK) President Park Geun-hye gave an important address on the subject last sp...

DPRK-Russia Council to Hold Inaugural Meet - Leo Byrne, NK News

Bilateral council's inaugural meeting will coincide with Moscow visit by DRPK's foreign trade minister....

Harsh Realities for North Korean Diplomacy - Brian Benedictus, China PI

Russia’s interests and domestic political realities will place limitations on how far Moscow can (or even wants to) enhance its ties with the DPRK....

Rethinking Strategy on North Korea - Ted Carpenter, China-U.S. Focus

Although the Obama administration took bold steps toward developing a constructive relationship with America’s long-standing Cuban adversary, no similar new thinking is evident r...

Japan's Nationalists Harm their Country's Image - Korea Times

What concerns Japan's neighbors even more is the likelihood that further historical facts will be denied in the months ahead, because Prime Minister Abe's government may delete som...

Japan-South Korea Relations Must Improve - Brahma Chellaney, JT

Political relationships in East Asia remain hostage to history, with historical distortions and a failure to come to terms with history weighing down ties even between America&rsqu...

US Should Address North Korea by Listening to China - Doug Bandow

One of Washington’s greatest policy failures is North Korea. Pyongyang’s most recent provocation apparently was hacking Sony Pictures in retaliation for the movie The I...

Seoul Begs Consumers to Spend - Kim Kwang-ki, JoongAng Daily

The Bank of Korea is poised to lower the benchmark interest rate further after President Park Geun-hye in a New Year’s address made her wishes clear. If it does, the key inte...

Setting Precedents in Cyber Warfare - Tim Ridout, German Marshall Fund

WASHINGTON-The chain of events since the hack on Sony Pictures on November 24 reveals a pressing need for clearer definitions and doctrines in managing cyber conflict. In addition ...

A Capitalist Banks Big in North Korea - Ole Jakob Skatun, NK News

Sources, independent reporting point to KFA leader charging outrageous rates, exaggerating own status in the North....

Let's Test North Korean Intentions - New York Times

North Korea thrust itself back into the international limelight with its recent hacking of Sony Pictures. As always, however, the gravest danger from North Korea is the threat that...

N. Korea, Iran Helping Syria Get Nukes? - Erich Follath, Der Spiegel

For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria's nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Ass...

Will Kim Jong-Un Finally Leave Hermit Kingdom? - A. Fifield, WaPo

Is this the year that Kim Jong Un finally meets another leader? The young dictator has been giving new meaning to that clichéd phrase about North Korea – that it&rsquo...

The North Korea Regime Change Debate - Joseph Bosco, The Diplomat

Richard Haass, the respected president of the Council on Foreign Relations, raised eyebrows among foreign policy elites recently when he proposed that regime change in North Korea ...

A Spotlight on Estonia's Digital Strategy - Joel Weickgenant, RCWorld

If anyone could feel Sony's pain when the company was hacked in late 2014, it was the Estonian government. After all, Estonia in 2007 was the first country to be hit by anything th...

American 'Praises' N. Korea, Is Banned from South - C. O'Carroll, NKN

A Korean-American woman known for blogging about visits to North Korea will be deported from South Korea this week and banned from returning for five years....

Muddled "Strategic Clarity" on North Korea - Michael Auslin, Commentary

Among those offering a way forward in the current North Korea crisis is Ambassador Christopher Hill, the Bush administration’s chief negotiator in the now-defunct Six Party T...

A Critical Year for Japan's Diplomacy - Nakajima & Teraguchi, China Post

Important diplomatic issues for Japan today include improving ties with China and South Korea and strengthening its alliance with the United States....

Japanese Revisionism or Korean Obstinacy? - James Auer, RealClearWorld

Bitterness in Korea over the terms of the 1965 arrangements grew stronger in the early 1990s. In 1992 a major Japanese newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, began publishing a series of se...

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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