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South Korea Takes First Step to Regulate Virtual Asset Service Providers
September 24, 2021

South Korea Takes First Step to Regulate Virtual Asset Service Providers

By Euihyun Bae
The tight deadline to register may lead to a monopolization of the South Korean virtual asset industry.

At UN, Moon Again Calls for Declaration to End the Korean War
September 23, 2021

At UN, Moon Again Calls for Declaration to End the Korean War

By Mitch Shin
Moon wants to lead cooperation among neighboring countries to tackle Korean Peninsula issues, but there is little interest from the other parties.
Despite Afghanistan Withdrawal, Americans Continue to Support US Presence in South Korea
September 22, 2021

Despite Afghanistan Withdrawal, Americans Continue to Support US Presence in South Korea

By Juni Kim
A recent KEI-YouGov survey indicates most Americans support the South Korea-U.S. alliance and see crucial U.S. interests at stake in East Asia.

South Korea Leads the Fight Against Google and Apple’s App Market
September 20, 2021

South Korea Leads the Fight Against Google and Apple’s App Market

By Sang Kim
South Korea’s legislature passed a landmark law requiring Google and Apple to open up to other payment systems for app developers.

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast
September 15, 2021

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast

By Mitch Shin
The North’s missile launch came amid a flurry of diplomatic meetings in Seoul and Tokyo. Seoul quickly followed up with its own SLBM test. 

In Signal to the US, North Korea Tests New Long-Range Cruise Missiles
September 13, 2021

In Signal to the US, North Korea Tests New Long-Range Cruise Missiles

By Mitch Shin
North Korea test-launched newly developed long-range cruise missiles over the weekend, just after an unusual military parade.  

South Korea’s Traffic Violence Epidemic
September 10, 2021

South Korea’s Traffic Violence Epidemic

By Sam Macdonald
Korean pedestrians die at a rate three times higher than the OECD average.
North Korea’s Unusual Military Parade
September 10, 2021

North Korea’s Unusual Military Parade

By Mitch Shin
Unlike previous military parades, North Korea did not unveil new advanced weapons this time.

Banished Soviet-Koreans Helped Build North Korea
September 10, 2021

Banished Soviet-Koreans Helped Build North Korea

By Jason Bartlett
Pyongyang touts its reclusive nature as an act of national pride free from foreign influence, but outsiders helped establish the state. 

The Worsening Plight of North Korean Soldiers
September 09, 2021

The Worsening Plight of North Korean Soldiers

By Gabriela Bernal
Soldiers are going beyond robbing homes and are now even targeting food storage facilities run by government agencies

South Korea Moves Closer to Launching Its First Lunar Orbiter
September 04, 2021

South Korea Moves Closer to Launching Its First Lunar Orbiter

By Troy Stangarone
South Korea is on pace to launch the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) next year, part of its expanding space program.
Why Did North Korea Restart Its Nuclear Reactor?  
September 02, 2021

Why Did North Korea Restart Its Nuclear Reactor?  

By Mitch Shin
The reported restart of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor is likely a bid for attention at a time when the United States is more focused on China’s rise.  

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