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News and analysis of what's happening in South Korea and North Korea

Diplomacy, Japan

Shinzo Abe’s Top Aide Alarmed by NK Taking Time to Denuclearize: Warns Japan Needs ‘Offensive Capability’

Diplomacy, Inter-Korean, Military, Sports

South Korean Basketball Delegation Surprises NK Hosts By Arriving in C-130H Military Aircraft

SK, Sports

Former NCAA Basketball Star from Mizzou Ricardo Ratliffe to Play in Pyongyang

Diplomacy, Russia

June 21, 2018: Moon’s Speech at Russian Lower House (Duma); Full Text in English and Korean

Diplomacy, US-NK

June 12, 2018: US-NK Summit Joint Statement; Full Text in English and Korean

《Analysis》, Great Power Politics

What is Zhu Bajie Diplomacy: Is It Beggar’s Diplomacy? It’s NK’s Version of Realpolitik

《Analysis》, Diplomacy, Great Power Politics, Russia

Russian FM Lavrov in NK to Powwow with Kim Jong-un: Great Power Politics at Work

Diplomacy, NK

Bashar al-Assad Wants to Meet With Kim Jong-un, Thinks NK Will Achieve “Final Victory”

Diplomacy, NK, US-NK

Kim Jong-un’s Special Envoy Kim Yong-chol in Oval Office to Deliver One Big Letter to Trump

Diplomacy, NK, US-NK

Kim Yong-chol Becomes Special Envoy: Traveling to Washington to Deliver Letter to Trump

Diplomacy, NK, US-NK

Former NK Spy Chief Kim Yong-chol Does Manhattan and Meets Pompeo

Diplomacy, NK, US-NK

Controversial North Korean Figure Kim Yong-chol Coming to Gotham

Diplomacy, US-SK

NSC and Foreign Ministry Officials Taken to Task in SK as Trump Cancels NK Summit

Defector, NK, Thae Yong-ho

Former North Korean Diplomat Thae Yong-ho Resigns from South Korean Think Tank

Diplomacy, Inter-Korean, NK

NK Belatedly Accepts 8 South Korean Journalists to Cover Punggye-Ri Shutdown

Diplomacy, US-NK, US-SK

NSA Chung Eui-yong is 99.9% Sure that US-NK Summit Will Take Place

NK, Reform

Đổi Mới or Die: Former Diplomat Discusses Whether North Korea is Ready to Start Vietnamese-style Reform

NK, Reform

North Korea’s Delegation to Visit Guangdong to Retrace Deng Xiaoping’s 1992 “Southern China Tour”

Diplomacy, Inter-Korean

April 27, 2018: Inter-Korean Summit; Panmunjom Declaration; Full Text in English and Korean

Defector, Election 2017, Moon Jae-IN, NK

Defectors Claim At Least 3,000 Will Seek Exile if Moon is Elected: Full Text of Defectors’ Statement for Seeking “Collective Asylum”

《Analysis》, Defector, NK, Thae Yong-ho

Thae Yong Ho thinks a preemptive strike on North Korea is ‘unrealistic’; so is any engagement that expects North Korea to give up its nukes

Choi Gate, Choi Soon-sil

Hecklers and aggressive reporters greet Choi Soon-sil as she refuses to talk: taunts of “have you eaten honey?”

Ban Ki-moon, Election 2017

Ban Ki-moon suddenly exits presidential race: full text of Ban’s resignation speech

Choi Gate

Life behind bars for Choi Soon-sil & detainees: holed up in 6.5 sq meter (71 sq ft) cells and subjected to body cavity search; bathing limited to twice per week

Choi Gate, Choi Soon-sil, Korean Dramas

Choi Soon-sil’s attorney claims special prosecutor verbally abusing Choi and threatening to “exterminate her 3 generations”

Choi Gate, Choi Soon-sil

Choi Soon-sil in full meltdown: claims “they’re forcing me to confess” while dragged kicking and screaming to special prosecutor

《Analysis》, Blacklist, Choi Gate, Kim Ki-choon, SK, Yusin

Is Kim Ki-choon the Roy Cohn of South Korea? Why this former attorney general and Park’s chief of staff is probably the most reviled figure in South Korea today.

Blacklist, Cho Yoon-sun, Choi Gate, Kim Ki-choon

Suspects in Choi Soon-sil gate handcuffed and paraded: U.S. ‘perp walk’ practice used by prosecutor to squeeze suspects

Blacklist, Choi Gate

‘Perp walk’ for South Korea’s culture minister: Cho Yoon-sun handcuffed and escorted by 4 guards to be grilled by special prosecutor

《Analysis》, Blacklist, Cho Yoon-sun, Choi Gate, Kim Ki-choon, Park Geun-Hye

Is this satirical painting of Park Geun-hye and Kim Ki-choon behind South Korea’s blacklist scandal?

《Analysis》, Ban Ki-moon, Election 2017, SK

Did Ban Ki-moon go overboard with photo ops? Ban’s staged appearances take their toll, inviting ridicule from critics and supporters

《Analysis》, Ban Ki-moon, Election 2017, SK

Ban Ki-moon’s homecoming: Ban criticized for following ‘regular guy’ PR routine while seeking VIP treatment

Blacklist, Cho Yoon-sun, Choi Gate

Under blistering cross-examination by former prosecutor, South Korea’s culture minister admits some artists ‘blacklisted’

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Choi Gate, Chung Yoo-ra

The improbable story of Chung Yoo-ra’s capture in Denmark: her entourage included 9 cats, 3 dogs, a nanny, 2 horsemen, and a 19-month old

《Analysis》, Defector, NK, Thae Yong-ho

Who watches the watcher? Diplomat Thae Yong-Ho wore many hats working in London and may have found holes in NK’s surveillance that allowed him to defect

《Analysis》, Defector, K-Dramas, NK, SK, Thae Yong-ho

South Korea’s ‘soft power’ flexes its muscle: defector Thae Yong-Ho explains why North Koreans can’t stop watching South Korean movies, dramas & TV shows

Chaebol Brats, SK

Passenger subdued by Richard Marx on Korean Air shows up wearing a mask – claims ‘no memory’ of the incident. Why this ‘chaebol brat’ may have escaped scot-free had Marx and fellow passengers not been around

Choi Gate, Chung Yoo-ra

Choi Soon-Sil’s daughter is a ‘wild child’ with tattoos all over her body. Known for her Facebook rants and talking back to adults, this ‘loose canon’ could break the case wide open when arrested and brought back to Korea.

《Analysis》, Business

Is Samsung a partner in crime? With Chairman Lee Senior on his deathbed, Lee Junior desperately wants to take the reins. How family succession may have been behind payments made to Choi Soon-Sil’s foundations

Choi Gate, Park Geun-hye

Audio tape shows Choi Soon-Sil bossing and ordering Park Geun-Hye around, telling her what to do and even what to eat – Park is a lapdog eating out of Choi’s hand

Chaebol Brats, SK

Richard Marx subdues a ‘chaebol brat’ from Gangnam who had another drunken incident 3 mos. ago – his dad is CEO of cosmetics company: the problem of class in Korean society

Choi Gate, Chung Yoo-ra

Chung Yoo-ra is MIA somewhere in Germany. Will she be brought to justice? How this 20-year old single mom began horsing around and is now accused of obstructing justice

《Analysis》, Ban Ki-moon, Election 2017, Lee Jae-myung

Can Ban Ki-moon win in 2017? Early polls favor Lee Jae-myung and Moon Jae-in: understanding Lee Jae-myung’s appeal

Defector, NK, Thae Yong-ho

Thae Yong-Ho joins civilian life; Thae is into Korean dramas and pop culture; believes NK will collapse if Kim Jong-Un is taken out

Ban Ki-moon, Election 2017

Waiting for Mr. Wonderful: Ban Ki-Moon is acting ‘slippery’ but he’ll throw his hat into the ring

Choi Gate, Choi Soon-sil

Will Choi Soon-Sil show? Will Choi blame Park Geun-Hye or send her ‘signals’? — the “anxiety made me do it” defense

Choi Gate, Park Geun-hye

Former newspaper executive Cho Han-Gyu begins his testimony: did Park’s office spy on judges and justices? How explosive are Cho’s “8 secrets”?

Choi Gate, Chung Yoo-ra

Who Is Chung Yoo-Ra, Why Are Koreans So Up in Arms About Her, and Why do Scandals Continue to Dog the Choi Family

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