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Chinese Foreign Minister Visits North Korea
September 03, 2019

Chinese Foreign Minister Visits North Korea

By Ankit Panda
Wang Yi’s visit is being presented as a follow-up on the June visit to Pyongyang by Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
South Korea’s Supreme Court Orders New Trials for Ex-President Park and Samsung Heir
August 31, 2019

South Korea’s Supreme Court Orders New Trials for Ex-President Park and Samsung Heir

By Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung
The trials will revisit the corruption scandal that saw Park ousted from office.

Public Anger Grows in South Korea Over Justice Minister Nominee
August 29, 2019

Public Anger Grows in South Korea Over Justice Minister Nominee

By Tae-jun Kang
The scandal surrounding Cho Kuk taps into deeper sentiments that only the rich and powerful can succeed in South Korea.

Korea’s Dispute With Japan Spills Into National Security
August 27, 2019

Korea’s Dispute With Japan Spills Into National Security

By Troy Stangarone
The end of an intelligence sharing pact expands South Korea’s dispute with Japan. What will the impact be in practice?

North Korea Revamps Its Constitution
August 26, 2019

North Korea Revamps Its Constitution

By Atsuhito Isozaki
An end to juche is just one of the major changes made in the latest amendment.
Moon Leaves the Door Open for Talks With Japan
August 16, 2019

Moon Leaves the Door Open for Talks With Japan

By Troy Stangarone
In his Liberation Day address, South Korea’s president extended an olive branch to Tokyo.

Death of North Korean Defector Sparks Concerns About South Korean Policies
August 16, 2019

Death of North Korean Defector Sparks Concerns About South Korean Policies

By Tae-jun Kang
Defector groups in South Korea accuse the government of not doing enough to help North Korean arrivals.
Why Are Street Protests So Common in South Korea?
August 15, 2019

Why Are Street Protests So Common in South Korea?

By Drananda Rohimone and Grant Wyeth
South Korea’s culture of protest is a reflection of an engaged public.

The South Korea-Japan Trade Conflict: Cui Bono?
August 14, 2019

The South Korea-Japan Trade Conflict: Cui Bono?

By Sukjoon Yoon
South Korea, Japan, and the US are all damaged by the conflict. China, however, stands to gain.

Kim Jong Un Promotes Military Scientists After Missile Test Flurry
August 14, 2019

Kim Jong Un Promotes Military Scientists After Missile Test Flurry

By Ankit Panda
North Korea’s commitment to its indigenous weapons programs remains strong.

South Korea Strikes Back, Removes Japan From Trade White List
August 12, 2019

South Korea Strikes Back, Removes Japan From Trade White List

By Kim Tong-Hyung
Seoul will remove Japan from its own preferred trade list after Tokyo did the same to South Korea.
North Korea: No Talks With South Korea Until Seoul Gives ‘Plausible Excuse’ For Joint Exercises
August 12, 2019

North Korea: No Talks With South Korea Until Seoul Gives ‘Plausible Excuse’ For Joint Exercises

By Ankit Panda
The prospect of a return to inter-Korean diplomacy appears unlikely in August 2019.

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