​South Korea’s New President Calls for Criminal Investigation of Past Government

Newly released photos of two North Korean men being deported under Moon Jae-in have revived accusations of a potential “crime against humanity.”

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President Moon Exchanges Farewell Letters With Kim Jong-un

President Moon Jae-in, who is barred from seeking re-election after his five-year term, and the North’s leader had warm parting words amid a diplomatic stalemate.

#international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #letters, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #politics-and-government, #south-korea

With U.S. Focus on Ukraine, North Korea Launches a Powerful New ICBM

It was the country’s first long-range ballistic missile test since 2017, and it raised the specter of intensified provocations and threats on the Korean Peninsula.

#defense-and-military-forces, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-tests, #south-korea, #yoon-suk-yeol

Yoon Suk-yeol Wins South Korean Presidency

As a prosecutor, he went after former presidents. Now voter discontent has helped him take the presidency in the tightest race since 1987.

#elections, #lee-jae-myung, #moon-jae-in, #south-korea, #yoon-suk-yeol

Meet South Korea’s Swing Voters: Young, Broke and Angry

Frustrated over housing prices, a lack of job opportunities and a widening income gap, the once-reliable voting bloc is undecided and will most likely elect the next president.

#elections, #income-inequality, #moon-jae-in, #people-power-party, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #voting-and-voters, #youth

South Korea Indicts Defector From the North Over Leaflets

South Korea banned the spread of leaflets across the border last year. Park Sang-hak, an outspoken activist who defied the ban, was indicted in a first this week.

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To Reach South Korea, He Risked His Life. To Leave It, He Did It Again.

Officials say a North Korean who crossed the DMZ in 2020 crossed it again to go back. His life in the South seems to have been one of poverty and isolation.

#border-barriers, #defectors-political, #korean-demilitarized-zone, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #south-korea

South Korea to Pardon Former President Park Geun-hye

The government said it would release Ms. Park on Dec. 31 in the interest of national “reconciliation.”

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South Korea’s First Homemade Rocket Lifts Off but Is ‘One Step Short’

The country aspires to be a leader in space technology, with plans to land an uncrewed craft on the moon by 2030. President Moon Jae-in said the initial launch was excellent “for a first try.”

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North Korea Missile Tests Are Part of a Familiar Strategy

This is not the first time the North has launched missiles or otherwise shown off its arsenal while suggesting that it was open to talks.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #south-korea, #united-states-international-relations

‘Fake News’ Bill in South Korea Gets Shelved Amid Outcry

Right groups warned that a proposed new law would discourage the media from reporting critically on powerful people.

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North Korea Dangles Hopes for Summit and End-of-War Declaration

Kim Jong-un’s sister responds to the South Korean leader’s last attempt to put the peace process back on track, but skepticism abounds.

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BTS Took Center Stage at the U.N. Over One Million Fans Watched Live.

The boy band’s seven members accompanied President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who designated them as special presidential envoy for future generations and culture.

#bts-music-group, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #general-assembly-un, #k-pop, #moon-jae-in, #music, #politics-and-government, #south-korea, #united-nations, #youth

South Koreans Now Dislike China More Than They Dislike Japan

There is growing anti-China sentiment in South Korea, particularly among young voters. Conservative politicians are eager to turn the antipathy into a presidential election issue.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #international-relations, #millennial-generation, #moon-jae-in, #people-power-party, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #south-korea, #voting-and-voters, #xi-jinping, #youth

North Korea Releases Its First Response to Moon-Biden Summit

In its first reaction to President Biden’s summit with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, North Korean state media warned of an arms race.

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Biden and Moon Jae-in Get the North Korea Nuclear Crisis Wrong

The U.S. and the South Korean presidents’ approach to solving the North Korean nuclear crisis is doomed to failure.

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For Biden to Save Semiconductors, He Can’t Follow in South Korea’s Footsteps

The lesson for the U.S. lawmakers and regulators should not be to further bolster its corporate giants in a moment of crisis.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #ford-motor-co, #moon-jae-in, #samsung-group, #united-states-economy

South Korean Leader to Meet With White House

The Biden administration is expected to press for deeper cuts in South Korea’s greenhouse gas emissions when President Moon Jae-in visits Washington on Friday.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #moon-jae-in, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations

South Korean Leader Urges Biden to Negotiate With North Korea

In an interview with The New York Times, President Moon Jae-in of South Korea urged the United States to sit down with North Korea.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #south-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

A Quiet Arms Race Is Rapidly Heating Up Between the Two Koreas

The buildup over the last few years has threatened the delicate balance of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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Oh Se-hoon Wins Seoul Mayoral Election

Conservative opposition candidates won two mayoral races that were seen as a referendum on President Moon Jae-in and a bellwether for next year’s presidential contest.

#busan-south-korea, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-mayors, #mayors, #moon-jae-in, #people-power-party, #politics-and-government, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea, #voting-and-voters

Young South Koreans Erupt in Anger Over Housing Scandal

President Moon has spent years trying to curb runaway housing prices. Now several officials in his government are under investigation for contributing to the problem ahead of important elections.

#corruption-institutional, #elections-mayors, #government-employees, #moon-jae-in, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #south-korea

North Korean Threat Forces Biden Into Balancing Act With China

Washington’s recent attempts to communicate with Pyongyang were rebuffed, leaving American officials to appeal to countries in the region to help pressure North Korea.

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North Korea Accuses Washington of Raising ‘a Stink’ in First Comments on Biden

The country took a confrontational stance against the United States in its first official remark directed at President Biden’s administration.

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South Korea Will Pay More for U.S. Troop Presence

South Korea has agreed to increase its payment for the upkeep of American troops by 13.9 percent this year. The deal removes a major thorn in the alliance.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #nuclear-weapons, #south-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

South Korea May Move to Level 3 if Covid Cases Aren’t Controlled

Officials are racing to secure more I.C.U. beds after an explosion of infections caused a bottleneck of patients. If cases aren’t brought under control, the government may impose Level 3 restrictions for the first time in South Korea.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #moon-jae-in, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #south-korea

New Covid-19 Outbreaks Test South Korea’s Strategy

South Koreans have been proud of their government’s handling of the virus. New outbreaks raise doubt.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #moon-jae-in, #politics-and-government, #south-korea

South Korea Warns of Another Covid-19 Outbreak Tied to a Church

President Moon Jae-in has vowed to crack down on the Sarang ​Jeil Church for flouting preventive measures. The church happens to be his most vocal critic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #moon-jae-in, #politics-and-government, #sarang-jeil-church-seoul-south-korea, #seoul-south-korea, #south-korea

South Korean Lawsuit Filed Against Kim Jong-un’s Sister

The litigation, for the destruction of the inter-Korean liaison office, is largely symbolic because there is no way for prosecutors to bring Kim Yo-jong to court.

#defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #kim-yo-jong, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #politics-and-government, #south-korea, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Why Did Kim Jong-un’s Sister Become the Face of North Korea?

He’s fierce. She’s fiercer. Or so goes their game.

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For North Korea, Blowing Hot and Cold Is Part of the Strategy

Alternating between raising tensions and ​​extending an olive branch​ — all to confuse the enemy — has been part of the regime’s dog-eared playbook. ​

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North Korea Vows to Dump Millions of Leaflets and Trash on the South

“The time for retaliatory punishment is drawing near,” the North said, threatening to respond to propaganda balloons sent by anti-North Korean activists and defectors in South Korea.

#balloons, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #south-korea, #trump-donald-j

As Kim Jong-un Turns Hostile to South Korea, His Sister Does the Talking

Kim Yo-jong’s deepening power and “revolutionary” bloodline make her a potential candidate to replace her brother in patriarchal North Korea.

#kim-jong-un, #kim-yo-jong, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #south-korea, #united-states-international-relations

​North Korea’s Wrecking of Liaison Office a ‘Death Knell’ for Ties With the South

The destruction of the office was a message aimed at President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who had brokered failed talks between the North and the Trump administration. But it was also a message for Washington.

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​North Korea Blows Up Liaison Office Shared With South Korea

The North destroyed the building where officials from both countries had recently worked side by side, South Korea said.

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North Korea Cuts Off All Communications Lines to South Korea

The North’s leadership says it will now treat the South as an “enemy,” the latest sign of chilling relations between the two Koreas.

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‘We Are Not Learning Lessons’: South Korea Mourns an Avoidable Disaster

Major fires, many of them linked to lax safety standards, have plagued South Korea for decades. The latest, on Wednesday, killed 38.

#accidents-and-safety, #building-construction, #fires-and-firefighters, #moon-jae-in, #south-korea, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Fire at Construction Site Kills 36 in South Korea, With More Feared Dead

The blaze comes as President Moon Jae-in has struggled to make good on his pledge to put an end to the man-made disasters that have convulsed the country.

#accidents-and-safety, #fires-and-firefighters, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #moon-jae-in, #south-korea, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

​In South Korea Vote, ​Virus Delivers Landslide Win to Governing Party

President Moon Jae-in’s left-leaning alliance in South Korea won a historic majority in Parliament thanks in part to the country’s largely successful handling of the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #moon-jae-in, #south-korea

North Korea Fires Missiles Before South Korea’s Election

The tests of short-range missiles came a day before South Korea holds parliamentary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #elections, #kim-jong-un, #moon-jae-in, #north-korea, #south-korea, #workersparty-of-korea

Why Are South Koreans Blaming a Church for the Coronavirus Outbreak?

Prejudice and politics have found the perfect scapegoat.

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