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South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol Finally Meets Japan’s Prime Minister
September 22, 2022

South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol Finally Meets Japan’s Prime Minister

By Mitch Shin
While Yoon failed to hold a formal summit with U.S. President Joe Biden, he succeeded in having an “informal meeting” with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. 

Yoon Suk-yeol’s UN Debut Overshadowed by Japan-South Korea Summit Debacle
September 21, 2022

Yoon Suk-yeol’s UN Debut Overshadowed by Japan-South Korea Summit Debacle

By Mitch Shin
Yoon emphasized his support for “freedom” in a U.N. General Assembly address, but most attention focused on the dimming chances of a summit with Japan’s Kishida Fumio. 
China’s Top Legislator to Meet South Korea Leaders for Talks
September 16, 2022

China’s Top Legislator to Meet South Korea Leaders for Talks

By Hyung-jin Kim
Li, chairman of the standing committee of China's National People's Congress, heads a 66-member Chinese delegation to South Korea that includes three Cabinet-level officials. 

South Korea Warns North Korea Over Nuclear Posture
September 14, 2022

South Korea Warns North Korea Over Nuclear Posture

By Mitch Shin
Following Pyongyang’s specification of its conditions for nuclear use, Seoul said the North will self-destruct if it uses nuclear weapons.  

South Korea’s President Yoon Could (But Won’t) Be Removed From Office for Lying
September 13, 2022

South Korea’s President Yoon Could (But Won’t) Be Removed From Office for Lying

By Justin Fendos
The latest scandal to rock the new administration may be the most serious: a charge that Yoon lied while on the campaign trail, violating South Korea's public office election law.

Why Is Hosting the 2030 World Expo So Important to South Korea?
September 12, 2022

Why Is Hosting the 2030 World Expo So Important to South Korea?

By Hae Kyung Ahn
Despite a change in presidents and political parties, South Korea remains all-in on Busan's bid to host the 2030 Expo.

South Korea Proposes Inter-Korean Talks to Help Separated Families
September 08, 2022

South Korea Proposes Inter-Korean Talks to Help Separated Families

By Mitch Shin
Amid the stalled inter-Korean dialogue, the South Korean unification minister publicly proposed talks with North Korea to resolve the issues of separated families.  
North Korea Denounces South Korea-US Joint Military Exercises
September 06, 2022

North Korea Denounces South Korea-US Joint Military Exercises

By Mitch Shin
Three days after the alliance’s bilateral drills concluded, North Korea’s state media published a statement denouncing the exercises.

US-South Korea-Japan Strengthen Joint Commitment in Face of Possible 7th North Korean Nuclear Test
September 02, 2022

US-South Korea-Japan Strengthen Joint Commitment in Face of Possible 7th North Korean Nuclear Test

By Mitch Shin
The national security advisors from the three countries met in Honolulu this week to discuss a coordinated response to the growing North Korean threat.

Don’t Mistake South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol for a China Hawk
August 27, 2022

Don’t Mistake South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol for a China Hawk

By Joel Atkinson
On 3 big issues – THAAD missile defense, Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and South Korea, and the Chip 4 semiconductor initiative – Yoon has been careful not to anger Beijing.

South Korea Signs $2.25 Billion Deal With Russian Nuclear Company
August 25, 2022

South Korea Signs $2.25 Billion Deal With Russian Nuclear Company

By Kim Tong-hyung
Seoul won a contract with a Russian state-run nuclear energy company to construct part of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant.
South Korea, US Return to Large-Scale Military Drills
August 25, 2022

South Korea, US Return to Large-Scale Military Drills

By Troy Stangarone
The resumption of large-scale drills for the first time since 2017 will improve military readiness for the alliance.

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