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North Korean Defectors in China Can’t Get COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments
February 03, 2023

North Korean Defectors in China Can’t Get COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments

By Lee Chae Un
As China’s COVID-19 case counts soar, “North Korean defectors in China can’t receive treatment even if they are infected,” one source said.

Opposition Leader Lee Jae-myung at the Center of Criminal Probes
February 01, 2023

Opposition Leader Lee Jae-myung at the Center of Criminal Probes

By Chelsie Alexandre
In an unprecedented move, the leader of South Korea’s main opposition party has been summoned for questioning. 
Russian Embassy Says North Korea Lifted Lockdown in Pyongyang
February 01, 2023

Russian Embassy Says North Korea Lifted Lockdown in Pyongyang

By Kim Tong-hyung
Last week, the embassy said that North Korea's capital was under an “intensified anti-epidemic period.”

The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China
January 28, 2023

The Korean Wave’s Rocky Road in China

By Wang Linbin
After over six years, China has partially removed its ban on South Korean cultural content, but hallyu in China may never return to its glory days.

Where Is India in South Korea’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy?
January 27, 2023

Where Is India in South Korea’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Jagannath Panda and Choong Yong Ahn
Seoul’s Indo-Pacific strategy converges with India’s outlook of the region, while sharing a common vision that goes beyond great power politics.

North Korea Imposes 5-day Lockdown on Pyongyang
January 27, 2023

North Korea Imposes 5-day Lockdown on Pyongyang

By Mitch Shin
According to a post published by the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea imposed a five-day lockdown on Pyongyang to contain infectious diseases.

North Korea Mines New Revenue Sources in Its Trade With China
January 26, 2023

North Korea Mines New Revenue Sources in Its Trade With China

By Troy Stangarone
The latest data shows Pyongyang is continuing to adapt to U.N. sanctions, while trade is beginning to rebound from pandemic lows.
Yoon Comment Sparks Diplomatic Row Between South Korea, Iran
January 20, 2023

Yoon Comment Sparks Diplomatic Row Between South Korea, Iran

By Kim Tong-hyung
President Yoon Suk-yeol's comments describing Iran as the “enemy” of the UAE during a trip to that country triggered a diplomatic spat.

Kim Jong Un Sends New Year’s Cards to Xi and Putin
January 18, 2023

Kim Jong Un Sends New Year’s Cards to Xi and Putin

By Mitch Shin
North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong Un sent New Year’s cards to leaders of various countries, including China and Russia.

People Power Party Changes Voting Rules Ahead of Chair Election
January 18, 2023

People Power Party Changes Voting Rules Ahead of Chair Election

By Chelsie Alexandre and Mitch Shin
South Korea’s ruling conservative party has amended its charter to only allow votes from PPP members in selecting new party leadership.

South Korean Police Seek Manslaughter Charges Over Deadly Crowd Crush
January 14, 2023

South Korean Police Seek Manslaughter Charges Over Deadly Crowd Crush

By Kim Tong-hyung
Despite anticipating a weekend crowd of more than 100,000, Seoul police had assigned just 137 officers to Itaewon on the day of the crush.
South Korea Plans Fund to Compensate Forced Labor Victims
January 12, 2023

South Korea Plans Fund to Compensate Forced Labor Victims

By Kim Tong-hyung
Ties between the two U.S. Asian allies have long been complicated by grievances related to Japan's brutal rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

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