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Many observers have pointed out that China’s implementation of the sanctions will make or break their overall effectiveness, for the simple reason that China accounts for nea...(full article)

It’s not the first time—nor will it be the last—but this colorfully unstable dictatorship will eventually crack, and the price of that could very well be devastat...(full article)

This is a “Sopranos” approach to national security. Trump does not view the United States’ overseas presence and alliance network as public goods that enable US global leader...(full article)

Suggestions such as Trump’s, that we might leave the fight against ISIS to others unless we are paid, proceed from failure properly to identify for what we rightly hazard our...(full article)

What’s at stake is nothing less than a race to stockpile plutonium in East Asia that could end very, very badly....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Trouble in Kim's Kitchen - Wall Street Journal

North Korean defectors raise questions about the regime’s control....

How to Convince China to Cooperate on N. Korea - Doug Bandow, HuffPo

Contra common belief in Washington, the U.S. is in no position to dictate to the PRC. It doesn’t matter that American policymakers are convinced of their righteousness and Ch...

Trump: U.S. Comes First, and the World Pays - Sanger & Haberman, NYT

In Mr. Trump’s worldview, the United States has become a diluted power, and the main mechanism by which he would re-establish its central role in the world is economic bargaining...

15 Years of Hard Labor for Stealing a Sign - Krishnadev Calamur, Atlantic

North Korea’s Supreme Court has convicted Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old student at the University of Virginia, of subversion....

Here Is North Korea's Worst Nightmare - Business Insider

The armed forces of the U.S. and South Korea began their annual military exercise known as Operation Foal Eagle. Over the weekend, soldiers from the two countries, joined by person...

To See South Korea's Future, Look to Europe - Andrei Lankov, NK News

Few reasonable people would deny that the sudden collapse of North Korea is possible, though experts are likely to argue about its probability and time frame. If North Korea faces ...

America Is in Denial About North Korea's Nukes - Jeffrey Lewis, FP

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that Pyongyang wants weapons capable of attacking the United States....

North Korea's a Nuclear Power. Live With It - Bennett Ramberg, Reuters

What are Washington and its allies to do about North Korea? In January, Pyongyang tested its fourth nuclear device. It launched a satellite in February to gather additional data fo...

It May Be Time to Put U.S. Nukes Back in South Korea - Ramberg, Reuters

Adaptation has already begun. South Korea has made a multi-year commitment to increase its military budget and modernize its conventional forces. It has begun deploying longer-rang...

Why China Is Finally Fed Up With North Korea - Chen Qin, Worldcrunch

BEIJING - China has always been clear about its "firm opposition" to North Korea's development of a nuclear weapons program. But as the international community's negotiation over t...

Should Seoul Go Nuclear? - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

Although the North is unlikely to attack since it would lose a full-scale war, South Korea remains uncomfortably dependent on America. And Washington’s commitment to the popu...

No More Wishful Thinking on North Korea - Nicholas Eberstadt, NRO

Americans' first instincts are to misunderstand practically everything that the North Korean state is really about....

What Are the New NK Sanctions Good For? - PBS Newshour

I think, for starters, as I mentioned, the resolution is about actually blocking stuff coming into North Korea and blocking their ability to traffic in coal, in iron ore, in gold, ...

A Stern Message to North Korea - New York Times

After weeks of dithering, mostly by China, the United Nations Security Council has finally delivered a serious response to North Korea’s dangerous expansion of its nuclear we...

Why China Stands By North Korea - Max Fisher, Vox

China wants to preserve stability and the status quo on the Korean Peninsula, with a divided Korea and a reliably anti-Western North Korea. Those are higher priorities than deterri...

The Dark, North Korean Side to a Japanese Passion - Yuriko Koike, PS

Many of the owners of Japan’s 11,000 pachinko halls are from the Korean Peninsula, and some with relations to North Korea have sent substantial sums of money back home for ma...

No Nukes in South Korea - Maj. Frank Kuzminski, RealClearDefense

In a recent article, U.S. Army Major Christopher Lee argues that the United States should allow South Korea to obtain its own nuclear arsenal, stating that it is the only way for t...

Obama's North Korean Gambit - Gordon Chang, World Affairs Journal

Whether by accident or design, the US now appears better positioned to counter, deter, and disarm North Korea....

These 4 Nations Top America's Greatest Enemy List - J. Norman, Gallup

Americans are less likely than ever to agree on which country is the greatest enemy of the U.S., but the four countries that crowd the top of the list this year are the same as in ...

South Korea's Rude Awakening - Christopher Hill, Project Syndicate

North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch have finally convinced South Koreans that their bellicose neighbor will never abandon its nuclear ambitions. As the country cuts...

Getting North Korea Wrong - Yevgen Sautin, The American Interest

The leadership in Pyongyang may be inscrutable, but its actions are far from irrational....

Taking North Korea at Its Word - B.R. Myers, NK News

So long as the West remains unaware of just how different divided Korea is from divided Germany, it will continue misjudging and mispredicting the North’s behavior. Unificati...

It's About Time We Got Tough on North Korea - Max Boot, Commentary

It is welcome that policymakers in Washington and Seoul are giving up any illusions that North Korea under the present regime is capable of meaningful reform or that it can be enti...

The Iran Deal Might Have Unshackled Proliferation - Soo Kim, RCWorld

Northeast Asia is already fraught with security tensions and rivalries. Imagine the regional response should South Korea ever decide to pursue a nuclear weapons program. China and ...

North Korea Has Humiliated China - Manning & Przystup, NAR

Unless tough measures, that take away things the North Korean elites value, are put in place, Pyongyang will almost certainly disregard the modest opprobrium of U.N. Security Counc...

Obama's 'Strategic Patience' Is a Failure - Washington Post

ASSESSING THE behavior of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un is necessarily a matter of guesswork. In light of North Korea’s launch Sunday of another long-range rocket, however, ...

How Should the US, UN Deal with North Korea? - Bill Richardson, Fox

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on mounting concerns over North Korea....

North Korea Has Gone Too Far - Peter Hartcher, SMH

And the most worried country found one. The front-line target state, South Korea, whose president is denounced by Pyongyang as a "rabid dog" and an "old prostitute", announced that...

North Korea's Nuke-Capable Missile Could Hit US - G. Chang, Daily Beast

The launch on Sunday is another sign of Pyongyang’s growing threat, and the impotence of U.S. and global efforts to stop it....

Stop Ignoring North Korea - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes and hoping th...

China's North Korean Backfire - Wall Street Journal

Groundhog Day was last week, but North Korea’s ballistic-missile test on Sunday may have you feeling you’ve seen this one before. First the weeks of rumors, then the la...

North Korea's Mystery Bomb - Jeremy Bernstein, New York Review of Books

Exactly how North Korea gathered both the materials needed and the plans to build such a facility is not clear. Some of the scientists who operate the Yongbyon facility were origin...

I Shot a Film in North Korea - Anna Broinowski, BBC

I was armed with a media visa and the backing of the regime - the only Western documentary-maker granted total access to the country's hidden, but extremely powerful, propaganda fi...

The Top 10 Victims of the Export Crisis - G. Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

China: With an economy built on manufactured exports, China is reeling from the consequences of decreasing demand and increasing costs of production. The government is struggling t...

How to Solve the North Korea Problem? - Rodger Baker, Stratfor

Pyongyang's latest nuclear test is another reminder of the seemingly intractable "problem" of North Korea. The country's pursuit of nuclear weapons has apparently been unstoppable....

Will China Help With North Korea? - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

North Korea may be the most vexing problem for the United States and its allies. Three successive U.S. presidents have insisted that the North simply cannot, must not, develop nucl...

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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