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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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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

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,...(full article)

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

Most Recent Articles

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...

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....

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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