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South Korea to Deploy Laser Weapons to Intercept North Korean Drones

South Korea to Deploy Laser Weapons to Intercept North Korean Drones

By Hyung-jin Kim
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration said that it will deploy at least one anti-air laser weapons system called "Block-I" by the end of this year and more in coming years.

The Great Korean Garbage War

The Great Korean Garbage War

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
North Korea responds to a long-standing South Korean provocation.
The Russia-North Korea Military Alliance: Reducing Its Negative Fallout

The Russia-North Korea Military Alliance: Reducing Its Negative Fallout

By Jongsoo Lee
Moscow needs to assure Seoul that it will not let its relations with South Korea deteriorate unduly.

Reading Moon Jae-in’s Memoirs

Reading Moon Jae-in’s Memoirs

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
The former South Korean presidents offers some insights into relations with North Korea.

North Koreans Are Seen Wearing Kim Jong Un Pins for the First Time

North Koreans Are Seen Wearing Kim Jong Un Pins for the First Time

By Hyung-jin Kim
It’s another sign the North is boosting his personality cult to the level bestowed on his late dictator father and grandfather.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Tragic Factory Fire Spotlights South Korea’s Unsustainable Immigration Policy

Tragic Factory Fire Spotlights South Korea’s Unsustainable Immigration Policy

By James Constant
South Korea's immigration policies push migrant workers into undocumented labor in the most inhospitable areas of a dangerous economy.

Why North Korea’s Military Partnership With Russia Is Here to Stay

Why North Korea’s Military Partnership With Russia Is Here to Stay

By Elena Guido and Eric Siyi Zhang
For North Korea’s military-industrial complex, collaboration with Russia creates a self-perpetuating cycle.
In Bid to Be Major Global Player, North Korea Signs New Treaty With Russia

In Bid to Be Major Global Player, North Korea Signs New Treaty With Russia

By Shannon Tiezzi
Pyongyang wants to elevate its clout on the world stage through deepened ties with Moscow, but China continues to keep North Korea at arms length. 

Before Summit With North Korea’s Kim, Putin Vows They’ll Beat Sanctions Together

Before Summit With North Korea’s Kim, Putin Vows They’ll Beat Sanctions Together

By Kim Tong-hyung
Putin is making his first trip to North Korea in 24 years.

Reality Check: South Korea and China Face More Complex Economic Dynamics

Reality Check: South Korea and China Face More Complex Economic Dynamics

By Ray Wang
Domestic, bilateral, and global trends are combining to reshape China-South Korea trade for the long term. 

North Korea’s Kim Hails Russia Ties as Putin Reportedly Plans a Visit

North Korea’s Kim Hails Russia Ties as Putin Reportedly Plans a Visit

By Hyung-jin Kim
Kim Jong Un sent Vladimir Putin a message congratulating Russia on its National Day amid reports that the Russian president could visit Pyongyang as soon as next week.
South Korea-Africa Summit: A Disappointing Outcome?

South Korea-Africa Summit: A Disappointing Outcome?

By Ovigwe Eguegu
While South Korea’s interests were clear, what was evident from the summit was the lack of clarity on African governments’ joint, specific position on engagement with Seoul.

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