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President Moon Is Still Hopeful for North Korea Talks
January 19, 2021

President Moon Is Still Hopeful for North Korea Talks

By Mitch Shin
In a press conference on Monday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed his wish to resume talks with North Korea – including hosting Kim Jong Un in Seoul.

Chatbot Gone Awry Starts Conversations About AI Ethics in South Korea
January 16, 2021

Chatbot Gone Awry Starts Conversations About AI Ethics in South Korea

By Dongwoo Kim
The “Luda” AI chatbot sparked a necessary debate about AI ethics as South Korea places new emphasis on the technology.
North Korea Holds Nighttime Military Parade After Party Congress
January 15, 2021

North Korea Holds Nighttime Military Parade After Party Congress

By Mitch Shin
After the Workers’ Party’s Eighth Congress, North Korea held a military parade to display its missiles, with an emphasis on SLBMs (and a curious absence of ICBMs). 

North Korea Holds Huge Military Parade as Kim Vows Nuclear Might
January 15, 2021

North Korea Holds Huge Military Parade as Kim Vows Nuclear Might

By Associated Press
The parade, which included a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, closed out the eight-day Workers' Party congress.

South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Former Pres. Park Geun-hye 
January 14, 2021

South Korea’s Supreme Court Upholds 20-Year Sentence for Former Pres. Park Geun-hye 

By Mitch Shin
The 2016 Candlelight Revolution finally ended with the Supreme Court’s final sentence for Park. Now the focus turns to a potential pardon.

South Korea’s Moon Lays Out Agenda for the Remainder of His Term
January 14, 2021

South Korea’s Moon Lays Out Agenda for the Remainder of His Term

By Troy Stangarone
President Moon Jae-in’s New Year’s Address reveals the focus for his last full year in office. Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 recovery tops the list.

5 Key Takeaways from North Korea’s Party Congress
January 13, 2021

5 Key Takeaways from North Korea’s Party Congress

By Gabriela Bernal
North Korea set an assertive tone for 2021 through its Party Congress.
Kim Jong Un Declares North Korea Will Advance Nuclear Capabilities
January 12, 2021

Kim Jong Un Declares North Korea Will Advance Nuclear Capabilities

By Mitch Shin
During the Eighth Party Congress, Kim vowed to enhance the country’s missile programs and nuclear power – a worrying sign for diplomacy with the U.S. and South Korea.

Seoul Court Orders Japan to Compensate 12 Korean Sex Slaves
January 09, 2021

Seoul Court Orders Japan to Compensate 12 Korean Sex Slaves

By Associated Press
The ruling recalls the 2018 judgment on forced labor that sparked a trade war between Japan and South Korea.

North Korea Party Congress Begins With Kim Jong Un’s Confession of Failure on the Economy
January 07, 2021

North Korea Party Congress Begins With Kim Jong Un’s Confession of Failure on the Economy

By Mitch Shin
One of the most important events in North Korea started January 5 as Kim conveyed his messages over the quarantine and economy. 

Blue House Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Protect Moon’s Approval Ratings
January 07, 2021

Blue House Reshuffles Cabinet in Bid to Protect Moon’s Approval Ratings

By Mitch Shin
With Moon’s approval ratings declining gradually, two of his senior cabinet members have been replaced.
North Korea’s Biggest Political Event Comes at Fraught Moment
January 06, 2021

North Korea’s Biggest Political Event Comes at Fraught Moment

By Associated Press
The Worker's Party's apex meeting comes after a year of economic pain resulting from COVID-19-induced border closures.

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