• North Korea Keeps Focus on South’s Government Scandal

    As the South Korean presidency teeters on the brink of collapse thanks to a growing influence-peddling scandal, North Korea has so far refrained from taking any significant provocative actions.

    There is a report this week from the Fox Business Network…

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  • Asian Observers Don’t Expect Trump or Clinton to Radically Change Foreign Policy

    U.S. campaign rhetoric critical of international trade deals and threats of withdrawing military forces from Asia are being discounted by many observers in the region, who say American interests abroad remain constant and the problems facing the next president remain complicated. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul.

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  • Asian Observers Don’t Expect Trump, Clinton to Radically Change Foreign Policy

    U.S. campaign rhetoric critical of international trade deals and threats of possibly withdrawing military forces from Asia are being discounted by many observers in the region, who say American interests abroad remain constant and the problems facing t…

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  • South Korean Political Crisis Could Affect Hardline North Korea Policy

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye has vowed not to let a growing political crisis of confidence in her administration undermine the nation’s national security.

    Presidential spokesman Jung Youn-kuk told reporters on Monday the government will maintain a “firm readiness posture under any circumstances.”

    Amid the political turmoil the South Korean military this week began its annual Hoguk exercise involving the Army, Navy and Air Force.

    However, revelations regarding an…

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  • Scandal Undermines South Korean Constitutional Reform Effort

    South Korea’s National Assembly is divided over President’s Park Guen-hye’s constitutional amendment proposal to end the political stalemate in the country.

    On Tuesday, Choo Mi-ae, leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Korea (that until recently called itself the Minjoo Party of Korea), said President Park’s sudden support for changing the constitution is a politically motivated move to shift public attention away from a domestic corruption scandal involving Park’s close friend and…

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  • N. Korean Rights Controversy Could Shape Presidential Election in South

    In South Korea this week, a controversy has erupted over a nearly decade old U.N. North Korea human rights vote that could frame the 2017 presidential election as a clear choice between relying on punitive measures only to pressure the Kim Jong Un government to end its nuclear program, or renewing engagement efforts. 

    A recently published memoir by former Foreign Minister Song Min-soon alleged that in 2007 South Korea voted to abstain from a United Nation resolution to condemn North…

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  • North Korean Missile Tests Reduce Prospects for Compromise

    Following North Korea’s failed missile test over the weekend, South Korea has ruled out seeking compromise with the Kim Jong Un government.

    And a potential candidate for U.S. secretary of defense if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election said negotiations with Pyongyang at this time would be a “waste of time.”

    These hard-line positions seem to negate arguments by some that the current sanctions are not working and that Washington and its allies must offer Pyongyang incentives…

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  • North Korean Flood Victims Caught in Nuclear Standoff

    Winter is coming in North Korea, where nearly 600,000 people are in need of urgent assistance due to recent severe flooding.

    A typhoon that hit at the end of September inundated villages near the Tumen River, along the border areas with China and Russia. 

    Worst flooding in memory 

    Relief agencies report that 138 people have died so far, 400 are still missing and 70,000 have been displaced by one of the worst humanitarian disasters to affect North Korea, since the droughts…

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  • Failing North Korea Policies Being Criticized in Both the US, China

    North Korea’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons is forcing both its allies and adversaries to rethink their strategies for maintaining regional peace and security.

    On Thursday, North Korean state media denounced U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy of “strategic patience” as ineffective.  The policy includes imposing isolation and increased economic sanctions to pressure the Kim Jong Un government to halt its nuclear program and agree to renew lapsed denuclearization…

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  • Anti-THAAD Protesters Rally in Seoul

    Hundreds of South Koreans who live near the future deployment site of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system staged a protest in Seoul Wednesday.

    Gimcheon Mayor Park Bo-saeng told the protesters that he has tried to dissuade provincial leaders and defense ministry officials from deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system near his city of 13,000 people, but his pleas fell on deaf ears.

    “They told me they will help us when I met them. But who is helping us?” asked…

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