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South Korea’s Prosecutor General Wins Another Court Battle Against the Government
December 29, 2020

South Korea’s Prosecutor General Wins Another Court Battle Against the Government

By Mitch Shin
The court ruled that Yoon Seok-youl can resume his seat, even though the president authorized suspending him for two months.
Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting
December 29, 2020

Mired in Crises, North Korea’s Kim to Open Big Party Meeting

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung
Kim Jong Un is grappling with the toughest challenges of his nine-year rule as he prepares to host the ruling Workers’ Party congress in January.

At War Online: South Korea and China
December 24, 2020

At War Online: South Korea and China

By Troy Stangarone
On the battlefields of social media, conflicts between citizens of China and South Korea are increasingly common.

Part-time Workers in South Korea Out of Luck
December 22, 2020

Part-time Workers in South Korea Out of Luck

By Mitch Shin
With the number of new cases rising, employers are asking part-time workers to furlough indefinitely. 

North Korea Vows to Redevelop Mountain Tour Site Despite Pandemic
December 21, 2020

North Korea Vows to Redevelop Mountain Tour Site Despite Pandemic

By Associated Press
A North Korean official vowed to turn the national park into "a cultural resort envied by the whole world."
South Korea Prepares for Its Worst COVID-19 Scenario Yet
December 15, 2020

South Korea Prepares for Its Worst COVID-19 Scenario Yet

By Mitch Shin
Seoul has hesitated to tighten restrictions thus far, even as health authorities predict the number of daily cases might top 1,000.

Amid Free Speech Concerns, South Korea Bans Sending Leaflets Via Balloon to North Korea
December 15, 2020

Amid Free Speech Concerns, South Korea Bans Sending Leaflets Via Balloon to North Korea

By Associated Press
Pyongyang complained vociferously about the propaganda leaflets, sent by activists, before demolishing an inter-Korean liaison center earlier this year.
South Korea’s Prosecution Reform Saga Heads Toward Final Showdown
December 10, 2020

South Korea’s Prosecution Reform Saga Heads Toward Final Showdown

By Jenna Gibson
Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, a political darling of conservatives, will face a hearing over his dismissal amid the Moon government’s final push for reform.

The Biden Administration and North Korea
December 10, 2020

The Biden Administration and North Korea

By Isozaki Atsuhito
With Trump leaving the White House, the situation becomes much more complex for Kim Jong Un.

North Korea Takes Offense at Seoul Foreign Minister’s COVID-19 Remarks
December 09, 2020

North Korea Takes Offense at Seoul Foreign Minister’s COVID-19 Remarks

By Mitch Shin
North Korea continues to be hypersensitive about its handling of the pandemic.

South Koreans Welcome Decision to Maintain ‘Comfort Women’ Statue in Berlin
December 07, 2020

South Koreans Welcome Decision to Maintain ‘Comfort Women’ Statue in Berlin

By Mitch Shin
Tokyo’s pressure over the statue faced a set-back in Germany as the issue continues to loom large in Japan-South Korea interactions.
South Koreans Brace for 3rd COVID-19 Outbreak
December 01, 2020

South Koreans Brace for 3rd COVID-19 Outbreak

By Mitch Shin
As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to climb, there are increasing calls for the government to institute stronger social distancing measures.

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