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Role of Unification Ministry Questioned After South Korean Official Shot Dead by the North
September 25, 2020

Role of Unification Ministry Questioned After South Korean Official Shot Dead by the North

By Tae-jun Kang
The gruesome incident has raised old questions about the ministry's role and purpose.
Seoul Says North Korea Killed South Korean Official, Burned His Body
September 24, 2020

Seoul Says North Korea Killed South Korean Official, Burned His Body

By Associated Press
The official disappeared from a government boat near the disputed inter-Korean maritime boundary. How he wound up in North Korean waters is a mystery.

South Korea President Stresses Peace, Inclusiveness, and Multilateralism at UN
September 23, 2020

South Korea President Stresses Peace, Inclusiveness, and Multilateralism at UN

By Kyle Ferrier
Moon Jae-in’s speech centered on COVID-19 and its many challenges, but also touched on the North Korea conundrum.

How to Read Kim Jong Un’s Letters to President Trump
September 16, 2020

How to Read Kim Jong Un’s Letters to President Trump

By 38 North / Robert Carlin
Diplomatic correspondence has always been difficult to read. Here, a translation of what one of Kim's letters might look like in regular parlance.

Sherlock Holmes in Seoul? South Korea Opens the Door for ‘Private Detectives’ 
September 12, 2020

Sherlock Holmes in Seoul? South Korea Opens the Door for ‘Private Detectives’ 

By Tae-jun Kang
South Korea takes a small step toward permitting – and potentially regulating – a previously banned profession.
North Korea’s Kim Urges Quick Recovery From Typhoon Damage
September 09, 2020

North Korea’s Kim Urges Quick Recovery From Typhoon Damage

By Associated Press
Kim Jong Un is seeking to bolster unity at home in the face of economic setbacks and external pressure.

Is North Korea Changing Its Approach to Journalism?
September 08, 2020

Is North Korea Changing Its Approach to Journalism?

By Tae-jun Kang
A new report from a North Korean university stresses the importance of using social media in reporting.
Abe Shinzo’s Legacy in South Korea
September 04, 2020

Abe Shinzo’s Legacy in South Korea

By Kyle Ferrier
South Korea-Japan ties during Abe’s tenure can probably best be described as persistent lows, punctuated by what have proved to be mostly ephemeral highs

South Korean Conservatives Rebrand Again in Attempted Makeover
September 03, 2020

South Korean Conservatives Rebrand Again in Attempted Makeover

By Kyle Pope and Simon Voget
The United Future Party is no more. How will the People’s Power Party be different?

As COVID-19 Surges in South Korea, Doctors Are Furious Over Government Training Plan
September 03, 2020

As COVID-19 Surges in South Korea, Doctors Are Furious Over Government Training Plan

By Tae-jun Kang
The government's plan to train more doctors has sparked controversy and a doctors' strike -- all in the middle of a global pandemic.

South Korea’s Search for a COVD-19 Vaccine
August 26, 2020

South Korea’s Search for a COVD-19 Vaccine

By Kyle Ferrier
The threat of a second wave seems to have renewed the sense of urgency for producing a vaccine.
South Korea Reacts to News North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Is Delegating Power
August 24, 2020

South Korea Reacts to News North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Is Delegating Power

By Tae-jun Kang
The report has led to a wave of rumors – Kim in a coma? – and accusations – Seoul trying to “distract” the public from its own missteps.

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