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Tag Archives: South Korea

Future of US-South Korea Trade Deal Uncertain

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American President Donald Trump’s economic advisers are divided over the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) in light of the growing North Korean nuclear threat. Two senior administration officials reported on Saturday that Trump may withdraw the US from the five-year-old trade agreement with South Korea (NYT). Advocates of withdrawal called KORUS unfair, while other […]

North Korean Military Tests Far-Reaching Missile

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The North Korean military successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, marking a major advance in the North’s missile program. The missile, confirmed to be an ICBM by a U.S. Defense Department spokeswoman, hit an altitude of about 2,800 km before landing in the sea 930 km away (Yonhap 1; Reuters). Some experts […]

Japan Preparing for Potential Refugee Influx

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that the government is preparing for a possible influx of refugees in case of a crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The Japanese government is drawing up plans for procedures such as protecting foreigners, constructing and operating shelters and screening asylum seekers. The government is also working on a plan […]

One Million March and Protest in Seoul

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In Seoul, an estimated one million South Korean citizens protested on Saturday (Reuters 1). The protesters demanded the resignation of President Park Geun-hye due to the “crony scandal” (Chosun). The protest is the biggest in Korea’s modern history, pulling in more people than the pro-democracy protests in 1987 (Chosun). Protesters of all ages marched towards […]

US and China Target Chinese Company

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The United States and Chinese governments are targeting Hongxiang International, a Chinese company suspected of assisting North Korea’s nuclear program (Reuters). Police in Liaoning, the North-Eastern Chinese province bordering North Korea, began investigating the firms’ long term involvement with North Korea (WSJ). The investigation is focusing on the firm’s trading activities across the Chinese-Korean border […]

International Outrage at North Korea’s Fifth Nuclear Test

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North Korea carried out its fifth and most powerful nuclear test on Friday (NYT). Reports of the Korean Central News Agency claim that the country is now able to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile; this would allow the production of “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power” (AP). South Korean […]