Main news on South Korea

30 JUNE 2017

Moon and Trump discuss security, trade and future alliance at first summit

President Moon Jae-in faced a demand on Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump to resolve trade imbalance between the two countries and pay more of the cost for the presence of U.S. troops in Korea, while winning assurances for stronger defense measures to deter North Korea’s rapidly advancing threats
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170701000014
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205840
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-working-on-equitable-trade-deal-welcomes-south-koreas-moon/3923073.html

20 JUNE 2017

Trump ‘furious’ over Seoul’s North Korea ‘appeasement’

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will visit Washington next week amid reports that US President Donald Trump is vexed over delay in deployment of an anti-missile system and perception that Seoul is appeasing North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-furious-over-seouls-north-korea-appeasement/a-39327147

19 JUNE 2017

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

 South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/new-south-korean-president-vows-to-end-use-of-nuclear-power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098940/south-koreas-moon-scraps-plans-build-new-nuclear-reactors

18 JUNE 2017

UN veteran becomes South Korea’s first female foreign minister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday appointed a veteran diplomat as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098841/un-veteran-becomes-south-koreas-first-female-foreign-minister
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205356
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170618000232

11 JUNE 2017

South Korea names new defence minister days after North tests new anti-ship cruise missile

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defence minister, the president’s office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097842/south-korea-names-new-defence-minister-days-after-north-tests

7 JUNE 2017

South Korea suspends deployment of more THAAD pièces

South Korea suspends any further deployment of a controversial US missile system to the country until an environmental impact assessment ordered by President Moon Jae-in is completed
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/07/524463/South-Korea-THAAD-environmental-impact-assessment
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170607000815

30 MAY 2017

Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into why US delivered four extra THAAD launchers without telling him

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into the introduction of four THAAD anti-missile launchers in addition to two deployed by the US military before his election, his spokesman said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2096212/shocked-south-korea-leader-moon-orders-probe-why-us-delivered
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204592
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/s-korean-president-moon-orders-probe-secretive-installation-us-thaad-launchers

23 MAY 2017

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/23/former-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-on-trial-for-corruption
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204309

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170523_39/

10 MAY 2017

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in sworn in, offers to visit N. Korea

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093717/south-koreas-new-president-moon-says-will-visit-pyongyang-under
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-prepared-to-visit-pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-jae-in-meet-north-kim-jong-un

9 MAY 2017

Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?

Moon’s victory in the race to the presidential Blue House in Seoul could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/09/moon-jae-in-the-south-korean-pragmatist-who-would-be-presidentc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39860158

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins election by landslide

Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll predicted when voting closed Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093638/moon-jae-projected-win-south-koreas-presidential-election
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170508000895

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

30 APRIL 2017

South Korea confirms US will pay for THAAD after Trump uncertainty

South Korea said Washington had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after US President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1 billion system designed to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/south-korea-confirms-us-will-pay-thaad-trump-uncertainty/#GfFH7Q1J3E2l5qUc.97
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203506

20 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump accused of ‘shocking ignorance’ as he repeats Chinese claim that Korea was part of China

Donald Trump, the US president, has been accused of « shocking ignorance » after asserting that Korea « used to be a part of China » shortly after a meeting with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/donald-trump-accused-shocking-ignorance-falls-chinese-claim/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2089161/trump-claims-korea-actually-used-be-part-china-does-claim-stack
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3032502

17 APRIL 2017

Park Geun-hye: ex-South Korean president formally charged in corruption probe

South Korean prosecutors on Monday formally charged ex-President Park Geun-hye over a high profile corruption and influence-peddling scandal that has paralysed the country’s government for months
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/park-geun-hye-ex-south-korean-president-formally-charged-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203021

6 APRIL 2017

South Korea test fires 800km-range ballistic missile that can hit any part of North Korea

South Korea has successfully test-fired a home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (April 6)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/south-korea-test-fires-800km-range-ballistic-missile-can-hit-any-part-north-korea
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704061052339179-south-korea-launches-missile/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/205_227066.html

5 APRIL 2017

Supporters of former South Korean president establish new political party

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye have established a new political party with the aim of founding a conservative movement to exonerate the imprisoned former leader, local media reported on Wednesday
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704051052309889-south-korea-park-supporters/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170405000920

3 APRIL 2017

The Democratic Party of Korea selects Moon Jae-in as its official presidential candidate

South Korean human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won the liberal Democratic Party primary vote on Monday, setting him on course to become the next president and perhaps take a softer line on North Korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202486
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/03/content_15595491.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170403_26/

31 MARCH 2017

South Korean ex-president Park Geun-hye arrested and jailed over corruption allégations

Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, has been arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has already seen her ousted from office and prompted early élections
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/30/south-korean-ex-president-park-geun-hye-arrested-jailed-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202379
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083625/court-approves-request-arrest-former-south-korean-president-park

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
http://www.atimes.com/article/south-korea-vietnam-aim-muscular-ties/

20 MARCH 2017

South Korea complains to WTO over China’s response to anti-missile system

South Korea has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in the South, the trade minister said on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2080542/south-korea-complains-wto-over-chinas-response-anti-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39324536
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-holds-first-presidential-election-since-un-peacekeepers-left/a-38017195

14 MARCH 2017

US to deploy missile-capable drones on border with North Korea

The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/14/us-to-deploy-missile-capable-drones-across-border-from-north-korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=201770
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170314_11/

11 MARCH 2017

South Korea election to be held by May 9 at latest

A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/11/content_15584329.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170310000283

10 MARCH 2017

Park Geun-hye: South Korean court removes president over scandal

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-constitutional-court-impeachment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202936

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2077737/princess-park-fulfilled-her-destiny-become-president-now-she-has

http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2017/03/south-korea-scandal/park-geun-hye.html

7 MARCH 2017

US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

5 JANUARY 2017

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161227000740
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/south-korea-29-lawmakers-leave-ruling-party-park-scandal/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027948

22 DECEMBER 2016

South Korean ruling party on the verge of splitting as fallout from presidential scandal intensifies

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056271/south-korean-ruling-party-verge-splitting-fallout-presidential
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=199036

9 DECEMBER 2016

Park Geun-hye: South Korean MPs vote to impeach president

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161209_27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/south-koreas-parliament-votes-to-impeach-president-park-geun-hye
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161209000159

5 DECEMBER 2016

Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=198439

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-embattled-president-offers-to-relinquish-power/3327044.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2050073/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-offers-quit-if-parliament

23 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea, Japan sign intelligence-sharing deal on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-japan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal-on-north-korea/a-36487953
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-sign-controversial-intelligence-deal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-prosecutors-say-president-park-was-accomplice-in/3303908.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161120_17/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/massive-protest-heaps-pressure-on-south-korea-president/3283058.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37958037

8 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea President Park willing to relinquish some power, asks parliament to nominate new PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-president-park-says-willing-to-accept-parliaments-choice-for-pm-report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2182893-south-korean-presidents-concession-could-spell-end-of-power/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

« My heart is breaking », says South Korean President Park Geun-hye in tearful apology

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/my-heart-breaking-says-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-tearful-apology
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/tearful-south-korean-president-says-scandal-of-friends-influence-is-all-my-fault

2 NOVEMBER 2016

President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=197177
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/02/asia/south-korea-park-guen-hye-choi-soon-sil/index.html

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mass-protest-in-seoul-against-south-korean-president/3245888.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37809594
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/the-female-rasputin-at-centre-of-s-korean-political-scandal-1.1920392

24 OCTOBER 2016

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term
http://www.dw.com/en/south-koreas-president-park-geun-hye-calls-for-two-term-longer-presidencies/a-36137945
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/korean-president-proposes-constitutional-revision
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196779

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society
http://www.dw.com/en/is-south-korea-a-nation-in-trouble/a-35986516

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea announces new site for US missile shield as ties with Beijing worsen over Chinese fishermen’s deaths

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2023956/south-korea-announces-new-site-us-missile-shield-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/30/content_15504092.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3024381

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

U.S. doesn’t want to bring back its nukes to South Korea

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-official-opposed-growing-calls-reintroduction-nukes-south-korea

11 AUGUST 2016

What would a Trump presidency mean for the US–South Korea alliance?

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/04/what-would-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-the-us-south-korea-alliance/

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_33/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160810000846

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3019592

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/diplomacy/26378-south-korean-president-visits-iran
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3018209

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-ruling-party/2693618.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160414_05/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_202544.html

6 MARCH 2016

South Korea, U.S. to kick off largest-ever joint exercise

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/03/06/17/0301000000AEN20160306000951315F.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015869

04 MARCH 2016

Seoul and Washington postponed talks on Thaad finally get off the ground

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188842
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015830

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602130027
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188207

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/defense-minister-south-korea-must-consider-thaad-anti-ballistic-missile-system

10 JANUARY 2016

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

20 DECEMBER 2015

Korea’s trade pacts with China, Vietnam, New Zealand go into effect

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186402

5 DECEMBER 2015

Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/30000-hit-streets-skorea-anti-government-rally-151205111903538.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/south-korea-activists-protest-labour-policies-call-for-president-park-guenhyes-resignation/1522646
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35014582

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

26 NOVEMBER 2015

S Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185648
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/116_191878.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012085
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/13eb5632-913c-11e5-94e6-c5413829caa5.html#axzz3sG4IhCUU

25 NOVEMBER 2015

New South Korea-U.S nuclear treaty goes into effect

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185613
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-ratify-new-civilian-nuclear-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-south-korean/2282504.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151122000004

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34589558

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151017_12.html

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184276

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/south-korea-write-correct-history-textbook-151012165855598.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-accurate-history-textbook-mandate-stirs-controversy/3005216.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3009537

Japan, US, S.Korea FM talks to be held on Sep. 29

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150922_19.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

South Korea’s generation of discontent

In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/09/11/south-koreas-generation-of-discontent/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/09/china-choose-south-korea-150902073117753.html

26 AUGUST 2015

President Park to attend China’s war victory military parade

According to the Presidential office the decision to attend the September 3rd event at the Tiananmen Square, was made after considering Seoul’s friendly cooperative relations with Beijing, and hopes for Beijing’s future role in bringing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=182724
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-korean-president-geun-hye-attend-military-parade-Beijing

16 AUGUST 2015

After 70 years of turbulent transition, South Korea’s democracy faces new challenges

In the chaotic decades that followed the 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, South Koreans had limited rights to pick their own leaders, express political beliefs, and participate in any form of policymaking
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150816000378

7 AUGUST 2015

Korean traditional dance master Lee Mae-bong dies at 88

Korean dance guru Yi Mae-bang died of a sudden illness stemming from old age at a hospital in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Friday morning. He was 88
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2015/08/317_184412.html

17 JUNE 2015

South Korean defense budget plan is largest ever

The Ministry of National Defense has created its largest-ever budget proposal, mainly aimed at building deterrence infrastructure against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, which it submitted to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3005528

3 JUNE 2015

South Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of the North

South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11649705/South-Korea-tests-missile-capable-of-reaching-deep-into-North-Korea.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/south-korea-testfires-missile-that-can-strike-all-of-the-north-46196.html

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/579055/china-s-korea-sign-free-trade-pact
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/after-three-years-negotiations-south-korea-and-china-sign-free-trade-agreement
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=11&id=20150601000115

21 MAY 2015

Justice chief Hwang Kyo-ahn named new Korean P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/116_179359.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150521000952

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

27 APRIL 2015

South Korea’s prime minister Lee Wan Koo steps down over bribery scandal

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country’s No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132448/south-koreas-prime-minister-steps-down-over-bribery-scandal/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150427001263

16 APRIL 2015

Korea, U.S. form joint defense committee to counter N. Korean threats

Seoul and Washington have agreed to form a ‘Deterrence Strategic Committee.’The deal was signed by deputy-level defense ministers from South Korea and the U.S. in Washington on Wednesday, local time
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=178672
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150416000945

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

21 MARCH 2015

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

5 MARCH 2015

U.S. ambassador in Seoul injured in slash attack by activist

The US ambassador to South Korea has been attacked by a knife-wielding man shouting anti-war slogans during a public event at an arts centre in Seoul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31743055
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/03/ambassador-attacked-south-korea-150304232100655.html

26 FEBRUARY 2015

South Korean court strikes down adultery law

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/south-korean-court-legalises-adultery-150226054724879.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2015/02/27/429767/South-Korean.htm

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

16 FEBRUARY 2015

Lee Wan-koo confirmed as South Korea prime minister

The National Assembly confirmed Lee Wan-koo as prime minister Monday by a vote of 148 to 128. Five votes were counted as invalid
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001007

15 FEBRUARY 2015

Seoul ranks No. 10 in defense spending

South Korea ranked 10th in defense spending in 2014, according to an annual report. The report on the world’s top 15 defense-spending countries by Britain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies showed that Seoul’s defense expenditures amounted to $34.4 billion.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150215000084

6 FEBRUARY 2015

President calls for proactive measures to boost fertility rate

President Park Geun-hye on Friday called for measures to tackle the country’s critically low fertility rate and aging population, which are considered some of the biggest threats to the economy.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150206000801

22 JANUARY 2015

Top South Korea court confirms jail term for pro-North MP

South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a former leftist lawmaker convicted of inciting an armed revolt in the event of war breaking out with North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/top-s-korea-court-confirms-jail-term-pro-north-mp
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150122001171

5 JANUARY 2015

South Korea party UPP vows to fight dissolution

A minority leftist political party that was constitutionally dissolved last month has said it will fight in court to maintain its parliamentary seats, and accused the conservative government of authoritarian tendencies.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dissolved-s-korean-party-vows-fight-back-20151594616644986.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

S. Korea’s constitutional court orders dissolution of leftist Unified Progressive Party

South Korea’s constitutional court on Dec. 19 ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201412190026
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141219000813
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/12/116_170256.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea’s Press: The Illusion of Freedom

Intricate web of connections, a frowning government, keep a tight leash on reporting
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/south-korea-press-freedom-illusion/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Pentagon OKs sale of PAC-3 missiles to Korea

The U.S. government has approved a possible sale to South Korea of PAC-3 interceptor missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.405 billion, a U.S. defense agency said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141107000783

6 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea suspends $2.1 billion deal to upgrade fighter jets

South Korea has suspended a $1.61 billion (S$2.1 billion) deal to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets because of delayed work and cost over-runs, a government agency said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-suspends-21-billion-deal-upgrade-fighter-jets
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141105/DEFREG03/311050037/South-Korea-Pentagon-Kill-BAE-F-16-Upgrade-Contract

26 OCTOBER 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meagre or non-existent pensions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439685/no-easy-retirement-in-south-korea

23 OCTOBER 2014

US, South Korea delay Seoul’s wartime control of forces

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439359/us-skorea-delay-seoul-wartime-control-of-forces

21 OCTOBER 2014

Amnesty slams ‘abuse’ of migrants in S. Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2014/10/21/419933/Amnesty-slams.htm

13 OCTOBER 2014

Seoul mayor endorses same-sex marriage

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon told a US newspaper that he personally supports same-sex marriage and would like to see South Korea being the first country in Asia to legalise it, during his recent visit to San Francisco
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Seoul-mayor-endorses-same-sex-marriage-65803.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

UN cites ‘serious’ S. Korean racism

The UN’s top expert on racism outlined Monday « serious problems » faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436218/un-cites-erious-s-korean-racism

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

S. Korea aims to strengthen air defence

South Korea is stepping up efforts to strengthen its air defence with its final approval this week of a deal to purchase 40 F-35 radar-evading warplanes for deployment from 2018 through 2021 at a cost of 7.3 trillion won (US$7 billion)
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-aims-to-strengthen-air-defence-65019.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ex-Japan PM Hoshiro Mori visits South Korea in hope of easing troubled ties

Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140919000872
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-japan-pm-visit-south-korea-hope-easing-troubled-ties

Asian Games begin in Incheon

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as North Korean athletes received an unexpectedly warm welcome.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/433128/asian-games-begin-in-incheon
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/09/19/2014091901713.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

South Koreans more unhappy and unhealthy than other Asians

South Koreans are unhappier and unhealthier than other less wealthy Asian neighbors, a public opinion poll showed Tuesday, reflecting depressing levels of sentiments on people’s lives in Asia’s fourth-largest economy nation.
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/89763

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

US, S. Korea ‘create army unit to destroy North’s nukes’

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430495/us-s-korea-create-army-unit-to-destroy-north-nukes

29 AUGUST 2014

Sex abuse against teens rising: report

The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140829000532

27 AUGUST 2014

President Park’s Measures To Deal With Economic Challenges – Analysis

The economic virus that hit Japan leading to the prolonged period of stagflation until the arrival of Abenomics with promise of revival, hit its neighbouring country, South Korea, as well affected by the same virus. While exports remained strong, if not bullish, sluggish consumer spending did not help revive growth.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27082014-president-parks-measures-deal-economic-challenges-analysis/

25 AUGUST 2014

South Koreans ‘will be extinct by 2750’

South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11054817/South-Koreans-will-be-extinct-by-2750.html

16 AUGUST 2014

Pope Francis beatifies 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs

Pope Francis has celebrated a large open-air Mass to beatify 124 of South Korea’s first Catholics at a ceremony in the capital Seoul.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28814553
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/16/pope-warns-wealthy-koreans-about-plight-of-poor/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-beatifies-Korean-martyrs-who-encourage-us-to-ask-ourselves-if-we-are-ready-to-die-for-the-faith-31906.html

14 AUGUST 2014

Under threat of a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, should South Korea develop its own nuclear weapon?

Nuclear tensions are again ratcheting up on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening a fourth nuclear weapons test in what one U.S. analyst described as its new “allergic reaction” to routine military exercises by South Korea and United States scheduled to start on August 18
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/nuclear-weapons-for-south-korea/

Pope in S. Korea on first Asia visit for 15 years

Pope Francis on Thursday kicked off a five-day visit to South Korea fuelled by the Vatican’s desire to expand the Church in Asia despite challenges posed by governments like atheist China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-s-korea-first-asia-visit-15-years
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/14/pope-arrives-in-seoul-for-asian-youth-day-catholic-festival/
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/08/632_162941.html

6 AUGUST 2014

Popes’ special ties with Korea

As the nation eagerly awaits the Aug. 14-18 visit of Pope Francis, The Korea Times looks back on the special ties the country has had with the Vatican
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2014/08/293_162473.html

2 AUGUST 2014

Uncertainties linger over future Korea-China relations

Uncertainty lingers over how the relationship between the former Cold War foes will evolve amid shifts in the regional security landscape that were triggered mainly by China’s reemergence as a major power in the Asia-Pacific

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Uncertainties-linger-over-future-Korea-China-relat-62989.html

31 JULY 2014

S. Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

President Park Geun-Hye’s Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections contested on Wednesday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423381/s-korea-ruling-party-boosts-majority-with-key-poll-wins
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140731000761

25 JULY 2014

China, South Korea Establish Military Hotline

High-level defense officials met in Beijing to establish a hotline and discuss Japan’s collective self-defense
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/china-south-korea-establish-military-hotline/

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418663/china-s-korea-summit-pushes-north-over-nuclear-weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28139972
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28144980

China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce direct trading of their currencies to spur cross-border renminbi transactions and deepen economic ties in two of Asia’s largest economies.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ec9ab36-02aa-11e4-8c28-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz36RMH21kY
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/03/c_133458634.htm
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-xi-arrives-seoul-talks-park/1949839.html

26 JUNE 2014

South Korean PM keeps job after nominees pull out

South Korea’s president has decided to retain the country’s current prime minister after two possible replacements for the job both abandoned their nominations because of questions over past behavior
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124174/south-korean-pm-keeps-job-after-nominees-pull-out/

24 JUNE 2014

South Korea president takes hit as second PM nominee falls

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit on Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japanese colonial rule
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417047/south-korea-president-takes-hit-as-second-pm-nominee-falls
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/world/asia/nominee-for-south-korean-premier-exits-over-colonization-remarks.html?ref=asia&_r=0

13 JUNE 2014

President tightens grip with reshuffle

President Park Geun-hye replaced seven ministers on Friday, completing several weeks of personnel shake-ups to salvage public trust in the government and move on from the ferry disaster
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140613001050

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

5 JUNE 2014

S Korean president Park pledges to speed up reform after elections

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she humbly accepts the results of the nationwide local elections and will push forward with her reform agenda in a speedier manner
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korean-president-park-pledges-speed-reform-after-elections

22 MAY 2014

South Korea’s Park names Ahn Dai-hee as new prime minister

Ahn’s appointment comes in the wake of former premier Chung Hon-won announcing his resignation at the end of April. Chung stood down because of perceived mistakes in the way that the government responded to the Sewol ferry disaster
http://www.dw.de/south-koreas-park-names-ahn-dai-hee-as-new-prime-minister/a-17653121

10 MAY 2014

South Korea’s poverty-stricken elderly

Nearly half of South Korea’s elderly (65 or older) live below the poverty-line. In response to economic vulnerability and social isolation, the suicide rate among the elderly has tripled since 2000

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/10/south-koreas-poverty-stricken-elderly/

29 APRIL 2014

South Korea president apologises over ferry disaster

South Korea’s president has apologised for her government’s failure to prevent a ferry disaster that left up to 300 people dead or missing and for the inadequate emergency response
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/29/south-korea-president-in-personal-apology-over-ferry-disaster/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/s-korea-leader-apologises-over-ferry-disaster-20144294350390862.html

27 APRIL 2014

The South Korean prime minister resigns over the government’s handling of the ferry which sunk with more than 300 people on board.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered to resign Sunday, taking responsibility for “a slew of problems” that both enabled and worsened the severity of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 dead or missing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-premier-tenders-resignation-over-ferry-response/2014/04/26/71dca9be-cdaf-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/27/south-korean-prime-minister-resigns-over-ferry-disaster/

25 APRIL 2014

Allies to review command transfer timing

The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. agreed Friday to reconsider the timing of Washington’s transfer of its wartime operational control of Korean troops, scheduled for 2015, in the face of persistent North Korean nuclear threat

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140425001207

16 APRIL 2014

More than 270 missing as ferry sinks off the coast of South Korea

Officials said six of the ship’s 462 passengers had died, at least 55 are injured and 179 have been rescued. Many passengers – of which 300 are children – may have been trapped inside the vessel as it listed and sank
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/rescuers-battle-to-save-476-passengers-after-ferry-sinks-off-south-korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27056653
http://www.france24.com/en/20140416-south-korea-ferry-carrying-450-people-sinking/

28 MARCH 2014

Soldiers’ remains returned to China decades after they died in Korean war

The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean war returned home on Friday, more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/soldiers-bodies-china-korean-war

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

17 MARCH 2014

Seoul urges Tokyo to show sincerity toward summit

Cheong Wa Dae on Monday renewed its calls for Japan to show “sincerity” in its efforts to improve bilateral relations, stressing the need to set an appropriate mood for a summit between their leaders
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140317000964

12 MARCH 2014

Japan, South Korea Hold High-level Talks Amid Strained Ties

South Korea and Japan held vice ministerial-level talks Wednesday in Seoul to discuss improving strained relations http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-skorea-hold-highlevel-talks-amid-strained-ties/1869376.html

S. Korea spy chief takes heat in forged spy case

South Korea’s spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down Wednesday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-spy-chief-takes-heat-forged-spy-case
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399546/nine-arrested-over-attack-on-hong-kong-journalist

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned Japan it will only bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26394850

24 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korea begins military drills with US despite North Korean opposition

South Korea has kicked off its annual joint military exercises with the US despite vocal opposition from North Korea. The drills will test a recent improvement in cross-border ties.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/south-korea-military-drills-us-north-korea

17 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason

A South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial saw him convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/02/116_151787.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395502/south-korean-mp-sentenced-to-12-years-for-treason

8 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korean Conscientious Objectors Seek Alternative to Military Service

http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korean-conscientious-objectors-seek-alternatives-to-military-service/1847516.html

Korean martyrs beatified

Pope Francis has beatified 124 Korean martyrs from the late 18th and 19th centuries, the Vatican said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393969/pope-beatifies-korean-martyrs

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Seoul to expand support for working moms

The government on Tuesday unveiled a package of comprehensive measures to support working mothers so they can better balance work and life, create a family-friendly culture at workplaces and encourage fathers to engage in child rearing at home

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140204001136

3 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korea prosecutors seek 20 years in MP sedition trial

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded a 20-year jail term for a leftist lawmaker on trial for allegedly plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392987/s-korea-prosecutors-seek-20-years-in-mp-sedition-trial

24 JANUARY 2014

South Korea’s rapid economic rise leaves many of its elderly facing poverty

In a fast-paced nation famous for its high achievers and its big spending on private tutors and luxury goods, half of South Korea’s elderly are poor, the highest rate in the industrialised world.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/24/south-korea-elderly-older-poverty

22 JANUARY 2014

Korea-Japan tension rises over memorial

Tension is intensifying further in Northeast Asia after Japan protested the launch of new facilities devoted to a Korean independence fighter in China, triggering strong condemnation from Seoul

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140121000770

16 JANUARY 2014

Korea, India agree to upgrade trade pact, diplomatic relations

The leaders of South Korea and India agreed to upgrade their economic, diplomatic and security cooperation on Thursday, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two countries in the future

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140116001003

14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements target North Korea, China

The U.S. is reinforcing its military strength on the Korean Peninsula in an apparent move to better cope with potential security threats from an unpredictable North Korea and a more militarily assertive China.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140114000854

12 JANUARY 2014

South Korea agrees to pay 5.8% more to host U.S. troops

South Korea on Saturday agreed to pay 920 billion won ($867 million) this year for the upkeep of 28,500 U.S. troops here, an increase of 5.8 percent from last year’s contributions, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday 12

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140112000267

12 DECEMBER 2013

Korea to sell 24 F-50s to Iraq

South Korea scored a $1.1 billion contract with Iraq on Thursday to sell 24 light attack fighters in the country’s largest aircraft export deal, Seoul officials said. Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, is also to strike an additional $1 billion deal soon for logistical support over the next 25 years

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131212000941

 

8 DECEMBER 2013

South Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone, Overlapping China’s

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the new zone, which will take effect on December 15, will include Ieodo, a submerged reef in waters off the south coast, which China calls Suyan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25288268
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/south-korea-expands-air-defence-zone-into-china-s/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/south-korea-air-defence-zone-overlap-chinas

5 DECEMBER 2013

South Korea’s Free Speech Problem

Criminal indictments for defamation have more than doubled in South Korea, chilling free speech and giving pause to critics of President Park Geun-hye and her party.

http://fpif.org/south-koreas-free-speech-problem/

4 DECEMBER 2013

Korea’s Domestic Cold War

South Korea’s conservative government is rolling back free speech protections and going after progressive activists and political parties.

http://fpif.org/koreas-domestic-cold-war/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Park, Putin agree to restore trans-Siberian vision

Presidents Park Geun-hye of South Korea and Vladimir Putin of Russia held summit talks on Wednesday in Seoul and agreed to broaden economic cooperation including a Russian-led project to develop a North Korean border port that will set the basis for an envisioned railway link from Korea to Siberia.In a joint statement, the two leaders agreed to seek wider cooperation on short and long-term projects in such fields as shipbuilding, financial infrastructure, logistics, energy, science, space and knowledge sharing.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131113001048

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Royal welcome for President of South Korea

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh formally welcome The President of the Republic of South Korea to the UK on a state visit, at Horse Guards Parade.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/10427646/Royal-welcome-for-President-of-South-Korea.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378347/britain-lays-on-the-pomp-for-s-korean-president

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Korean president says talks with Japan would ‘serve no purpose’

South Korea president Park Geun-Hye says suggested summit would be of no value if Japanese continue to see « no need to acknowledge their past wrongdoings »
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2013/11/04/392848/S-Koreas.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/10424217/Korean-president-says-talks-with-Japan-would-serve-no-purpose.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea conducts military drill on disputed islets

The four-hour exercise involving five warships, jet fighters and helicopters, demonstrated « the military’s will to defend » the Dokdo islets, a defence ministry spokesman said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/376421/s-korea-conducts-military-drill-on-disputed-islets

24 OCTOBER 2013

South Korean foreign aid: Contributing to international security

South Korea’s economic rise is an amazing story. From a country devastated by the Korean War with a per capita gross national income (GNI) of $67, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has grown to the world’s 12th largest economy. Over the past 25 years, South Korea has become an important contributor to international development assistance.

http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/south-korean-foreign-aid-contributing-to-international-security/

18 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea slams Japanese minister, lawmakers’ war shrine visit

Seoul on Friday condemned the visit by a Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers to the country’s controversial war shrine that it claims glorifies Tokyo’s history of aggression.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-slams-Japanese-minister-lawmakers’-war-s-52997.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/12/s-korea-inks-deals-worth-10b.html

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/116_144242.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

South Korea wants US to keep control over combined wartime defence forces

Sixty years after the end of the Korean war, the United States and South Korea still can’t agree on who should take charge if another war breaks out with the communist neighbour to the north.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/08/korea-south-north-us-military-chuck-hagel

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference
http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102013-us-south-korea-announce-tailored-deterrence-strategy/
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20782403-us-s-korea-sign-tailored-deterrence-pact-against-threat-of-kim-jong-uns-wmds?lite

1st OCTOBER 2013

South Korea stages huge military parade

South Korea marked its army’s 65th anniversary by holding its largest military parade to date, displaying long-range missiles described as a deterrent to the threat posed by North Korea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/south-korea-stages-huge-military-parade-201310173257340937.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/01/south-korea-military-display-video

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Korean Democracy at a Crossroads

By targeting public officials who scrutinize the country’s notorious internal intelligence service, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is rolling back hard-won democratic gains in South Korea.

http://fpif.org/korean-democracy-crossroads/

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korea reopens tender for $8bn fighter jet programme

South Korea has decided against selecting Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle Fighter Jet as the winner of its FX-III competition, according to local media reports.
http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/09/24/south-korea-rejects-boeings-f-15se-fighter-will-restart-fx-iii/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4cf2af98-24e2-11e3-bcf7-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2fq9cmbrB
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371254/s-korea-rejects-boeing-bid-for-7-7-bn-fighter-deal

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

S. Korea’s ex-PM defiant after bribery conviction

Han Myeong-sook, former prime minister and ex-leader of South Korea’s main opposition party, faces another long legal battle over bribery accusations which have dealt blow to her political career and reputation as an pro-democracy activist against the military-backed governments in the 1970s and ’80s.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Koreas-ex-PM-defiant-after-bribery-conviction-51790.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean ex-dictator’s family to settle $154m in fines

The family of a former South Korean president convicted of corruption vows to pay back an estimated $154m of corruptly-obtained assets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24028798

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

Boeing is set to inch closer to clinching a multibillion-dollar deal to sell 60 F-15 Silent Eagle jets to South Korea, as its competitors have effectively been priced out of the contest.
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/237/Boeing-Looks-Set-to-Win-South-Korea-fighter-Deal

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

S Korea, US map out plan to deter N. Korea nuclear

South Korea and the United States have mapped out a joint operational plan which outlines concrete measures to deter and respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats, a report said Sunday.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-map-out-plan-deter-n-korea-nuclear

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Gay couple seeks recognition

Movie director and producer Kim-Jho Gwang-soo, left, speaks before his wedding ceremony with his partner Kim Seung-hwan at Cheonggye Stream in downtown Seoul, Saturday, the first public wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple in a country that does not recognize gay marriage. / Yonhap

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/09/116_142422.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean Lawmakers Back Arrest of Colleague for Treason

The South Korean National Assembly on Wednesday voted to allow the arrest of an opposition lawmaker on charges of plotting treason in a case that rekindled fears of a pro-North Korean rebellion and concern about the actions of a powerful intelligence agency that has been long accused of meddling in domestic politics under the pretext of hunting Communists.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/asia/south-korean-lawmakers-back-arrest-of-colleague-for-treason.html?ref=asia&_r=0

27 AUGUST 2013

South Korean Fighter Order: AF Backs F-35

Boeing’s F-15SE Silent Eagle has been selected as the only qualified bidder in South Korea’s F-X Phase 3 competition for 60 fighters—but the country’s air force is lobbying to overturn the decision in favor of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/232/South-Korean-Fighter-Order-AF-Backs-F-35

25 AUGUST 2013

Chemical castration requests jump on revised law

The prosecution’s requests for chemical castration for sex offenders rose sharply this year as a revised law allows the hormonal treatment for even those who commit sexual violence against adults, the top prosecution office said

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130825000057

9 AUGUST 2013

Forced laborers seeking justice 70 years on

Nearly seven decades after the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule, the matter of Tokyo’s compensation for Koreans conscripted into forced labor and military service remains unresolved.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130809000689

5 AUGUST 2013

Park replaces chief of staff

President Park Geun-hye replaced her chief of staff and four senior secretaries on Monday to reinvigorate her administrative drive as she enters the second half of her first year in office.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130805000452

25 JULY 2013

Korea, U.S. fail to agree on sharing troop upkeep

South Korea and the United States failed Thursday to narrow differences over the sharing of the cost for stationing American troops here as Seoul rebutted Washington’s call for additional financial backing, a government source said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130725001023

23 JULY 2013

Can South Korea and China become equal partners?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to China represents a fresh start to ROK–China relations. After North Korea’s sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010, ROK-China relations became strained, with Beijing supporting the North. The two countries had enjoyed a rapid 20-year development in their relations since they first opened diplomatic ties in 1992, but the sudden strain demonstrated that their much-envied partnership was limited to economic interdependence. There was little mutual trust in important areas such as politics and security. Now, this might be changing.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/23/can-south-korea-and-china-become-equal-partners/

11 JULY 2013

Korea, Buddhist monks in turmoil: Gambling and alcohol are ruining us

The venerable Jangju – one of the most important members of the Jogye Order, the largest and most important Buddhist denomination in the country – sounds the alarm: « Some monks are even go to Macau and Las Vegas to gamble. One of us has sold temple land to pay off debts. A cleanout is needed ».                                                                                                                                    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Korea,-Buddhist-monks-in-turmoil:-Gambling-and-alcohol-are-ruining-us-28442.html

South Korean court orders Japan steel firm to compensate wartime workers

A court in South Korea has ordered a Japanese steelmaker to pay more than £230,000 in compensation to four Korean citizens who said the firm used them as forced labour during the second world war. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/south-korea-court-japan

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

The annual Japanese defence white paper adopted by the cabinet said that the disputed three islands, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshim in Japan, are historically Tokyo’s land under international law.                                                                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137954039674879.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                                                                                                 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

19 JUNE 2013

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

South Korea has decided to upgrade its long-range missile arsenal with European-made weapons, after the Pentagon did not approve the sale of similar U.S. technology.                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-to-buy-european-longrange-missiles/1684646.html

14 JUNE 2013

SKorea’s ex-spy chief indicted in election scandal

South Korea’s former spy chief was indicted on charges of meddling in last year’s presidential elections by ordering an online smear campaign against opposition candidates, prosecutors said Friday.                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/109213/skoreas-ex-spy-chief-indicted-in-election-scandal/

29 MAY 2013

South Korean Catholics increase in numbers

Church releases its annual figures. Bishops’ Conference reports more than 5 million Catholics, almost 85,000 more than in 2011.                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-Korean-Catholics-increase-in-numbers-28057.html

23 MAY 2013

President Park 11th on Forbes list of most powerful women

President Park Geun-hye placed 11th on Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women this year.  It is the first time Park has made it onto the annual list by the U.S. economic magazine. She is also the only Korean on the roster  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130523000542

7 MAY 2013

Obama meets S Korean president in White House

The US and South Korea are marking the 60th anniversary of forging their bilateral alliance, and are fresh from the most strident round of North Korean threats against them for many years.                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/05/201357155049678486.html                                       http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-skorean-president-to-show-unity-on-nkorea/1656198.html                                                                                         http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/07/18089314-south-koreas-iron-lady-park-geun-hye-comes-to-washington?lite

4 MAY 2013

South Korea’s role in Asia, partnership with Australia

South Korea, the seventh country to join the 20-50 club (GDP per capita over US$20,000 and a population of 50 million), lies at the geopolitical centre of Northeast Asia, acting as a bridge which mediates the interests of advanced economies with those of developing ones. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/04/south-koreas-role-in-asia-partnership-with-australia/

20 MARCH 2013

South Korea on alert for cyber-attacks after major network goes down

South Korea is investigating a suspected cyber-attack that paralysed systems at major media and banks on Wednesday, amid speculation that the North could be responsible.                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/20/south-korea-under-cyber-attack                                                                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/20/south-korean-tv-networks-and-banks-paralysed-by-cyber-attack/

15 MARCH 2013

Civil service, military under scrutiny as Park tightens reins

Civil servants and state-run organizations are coming under close scrutiny as President Park Geun-hye seeks to tighten discipline and stamp out inappropriate conduct. Three separate audits into the military, civil service and state-run companies will be in full swing by next week. The results are expected to affect possible reshuffles of top posts in the organizations                                                                                                                              http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130314000791

28 FEBRUARY 2013

In S Korea, one newborn boy in five will not marry

Low birthrate and economic competition are undermining South Korea’s social structures. The national statistical institute projects that one boy in five will not marry with a devastating impact on the country’s development. The Church sounds the alarm and offers pro-life support to counter the trend                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-S-Korea,-one-newborn-boy-in-five-will-not-marry-27268.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

Park Geun-hye made history Monday by becoming South Korea’s first female president, pledging to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang.                 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/24/world/asia/south-korea-female-president/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322505739252717.html

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Corruption mars Lee’s achievements

One of the slogans of President Lee Myung-bak’s government stated its aim of establishing a “fair society,” but his administration has been severely tarnished by a string of corruption scandals involving members of his family and top aides.                                                                                     http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/02/116_130871.html

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

South Korea takes immense pride in its powerful military. According to Globalfirepower.com South Korea (or the ROK) ranked 8th overall in military strength. Indeed, Scott Snyder’s recent CSIS report argues that one noteworthy trend of late “is South Korea’s emergence as a producer rather than a consumer of international security goods despite an ongoing threat from North Korea (or DPRK). http://journal.georgetown.edu/2013/01/28/south-koreas-unsustainable-military-build-up-by-jeong-lee/comment-page-1/#comment-121846

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

South Korea’s new government is to hasten the development and deployment of missiles capable of striking targets anywhere in North Korea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9786877/South-Korea-to-speed-up-development-of-new-missiles.html

19 DECEMBER 2012

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

South Korea has its first ever woman in the top job. The electoral commission has confirmed that the conservative Park Geun-hye has won the presidential election.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/19/s-korea-puts-a-woman-in-the-blue-house-exit-polls
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121219145148235453.html

27 NOVEMBER 2012

South Korea poll campaign kicks off

Park Geun-hye of the ruling conservative Saenuri party faces Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic United Party in the 19 December polls.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20506399 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20491418

23 NOVEMBER 2012

S Korea marks anniversary of island clashes

South Korea has held a commemoration ceremony to mark the second anniversary of North Korea’s artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island that killed two South Korean troops and two civilians.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211238116923946.html

18 NOVEMBER 2012

S. Korea’s main opposition party chief quits

The chairman of South Korea’s main opposition party resigned on Sunday in an effort to pave the way for the nation’s liberals to select a single candidate ahead of the December presidential poll. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121118-384220.html

27 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea’s presidential showdown: The forgotten issue

While the economy dominates the election, South Korea’s next president will have important foreign policy choices to make.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/10/27/s-korea-elections-what-are-candidates-foreign-policy/

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday 23 visited an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1232999/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea blocks leaflet launch after North ‘strike’ threat

South Korean police have blocked activists from sending propaganda leaflets over the border, after threats of military action from North Korea
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/22/south-korea-heeds-warning-from-the-north/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20024606

19 OCTOBER 2012

UNSC seat to give Korea bigger say

South Korea’s entry into the U.N. Security Council will boost the country’s say in global security issues and help facilitate cooperation in addressing North Korea’s nuclear threat, officials and experts said Friday
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20121019000764&cpv=0

11 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea Searches its Soul

South Korea, long largely free of street crime, has recently been shocked by a rash of brutal sex crimes and violent attacks, causing soul-searching on why such crimes have increased.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4891&Itemid=194

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

South Korea has reached a landmark agreement with the United States to extend the reach of Seoul’s ballistic missiles by more than twice the current limit to counter the threat from North Korea, the government said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/20121076301997225.html http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/07/south-korea-increases-ballistic-missile-capability/

4 OCTOBER 2012

Fight Over Rocky Islets Opens Old Wounds Between South Korea and Japan

As they do on any fine-weather day, ferries on Thursday  4 disgorged hundreds of South Korean tourists at these desolate islets. Some charged onto a wharf, waving the national flag and shouting “Daehanminguk manse!” — “Long live the Republic of Korea!” Others unfurled a “Dokdo is our territory” banner and snapped group photographs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/world/asia/south-korea-and-japan-fight-over-rocky-islets.html?ref=asia

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

S Korean candidate apologises for father

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her « sincere apologies » to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/2012924821369510.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Funeral held for ‘Moonie’ Church founder Sun Myung Moon

Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral in South Korea of religious leader Sun Myung Moon.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19608783

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

South Korea will spend US$2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to secure tactical weapons targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and missile bases, a state agency says
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120911-370992.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Unification Church founder  Moon Sun Myung dies at 92

Self-styled messiah Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church became famous for marrying thousands of people in a single ceremony, has died, aged 92
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459604 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1223614/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459920

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

South Korea rejected Japan’s formal proposal on Tuesday that the two countries ask the International Court of Justice to settle a long-running island dispute, officials said http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1221296/1/.html

15 AUGUST 2012

South Korea’s Lee says history ‘harming Japan ties’

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak says ties with Japan are being hampered by its stance on historical issue
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19264432

13 AUGUST 2012

South Koreans swim to disputed islands amid Japan row

More than 40 South Koreans have begun a relay swim of more than 200km (124 miles) to islands also claimed by Japan amid a serious diplomatic row between the two neighbours.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19240600 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19207086

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

10 AUGUST 2012

South Korean leader’s islands visit angers Japan

President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea paid an unprecedented visit to remote islands disputed with Japan, sparking anger in Tokyo which recalled its ambassador from Seoul in protest. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/NH11Dg02.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281081820614896.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/world/asia/south-koreans-visit-to-disputed-islets-angers-japan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

8 AUGUST 2012

Spats mar 20 years of China ties with South Korea

China’s release of a Korean activist late last month was supposed to remove a sharp thorn in relations between the neighbors set to celebrate their 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties. But it was only the start of a new diplomatic spat as the former detainee, Kim Young-hwan, revealed torture and inhumane treatment by Chinese investigators.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120808001121&cpv=0

11 JULY 2012

South Korea: A president’s brother is held over graft

President Lee’s family has chalked up a first. His 77-year-old elder brother, Lee Sang-deuk, is the first of a sitting president to be jailed. A court ruled that he should be held in custody while allegations against him are investigated, to prevent him from destroying evidence.
http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/asia/presidents-brother-held-over-graft

5 JULY 2012

Defiant South Korea vows ‘scientific’ whaling

South Korea says it will start whaling under a loophole in a global moratorium that allows scientific research, outraging conservationist nations by using the same tactic as Japan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127511341235201.html

2 JULY 2012

South Korea opens ‘mini capital’ in Sejong City

South Korea has inaugurated a « mini capital » designed to act as a new government hub south of the main capital, Seoul.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18670195

22 JUNE 2012

South Korea’s population passes 50 million

South Korea’s population will exceed 50 million on Saturday, making it the 26th country to reach the mark, according to a report from Statistics Korea. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/06/22/south-korea-s-population-passes-50-million.html

17 JUNE 2012

Human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in sets S.Korean presidential bid

A man who was once imprisoned by South Korea’s former military dictator, Park Chung-hee, said on Sunday he would seek the centre-left’s nomination to run for president, likely setting up a contest with the daughter of the man who jailed him.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120617-353428.html

4 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S. struggle over missile pact revision

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120604000969

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering selling Harpoon Block II Missiles and Seahawk Helicopters to South Korea. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in press releases last week that it had notified the U.S. Congress of the possible sale of 18 of the missiles, eight of the helicopters and their associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training. The estimated costs are $1.84 billion
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120527000251&cpv=0

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120524001090&cpv=0

14 MAY 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Burma visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to visit Burma, the first time a South Korean leader has visited the country since a deadly bomb attack 29 years ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18055319

13 APRIL 2012

S. Korean opposition party chief quits over poll

« I’m stepping down as the party head to take responsibility, » Democratic United Party (DUP) head Han Myeong-Sook said after the ruling conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) retained its majority in Wednesday’s polls http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120413-339577.html

11 APRIL 2012

South Korea’s ruling party wins elections

The conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) on Wednesday won 152 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, 25 more than the opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), which was tipped to score an easy victory in earlier opinion polls. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241123555633872.html http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_asia/2012-04-12/Saenuri-Party-Claims-Victory-in-South-Korean-Elections.html#video_section

20 MARCH 2012

Women’s rise reshaping Korean society

In a Korea Institute of Child Care & Education survey of 1,000 couples that had a child in April-August 2010, four in 10 fathers said they had wanted a daughter and only a quarter of them replied they had desired a son, with the others having no preference. Among mothers, a daughter had been preferred by 39.5 percent and a son by 30.3 percent
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120320000935

19 MARCH 2012

‘Lee failed to capture people’s hearts’

President Lee Myung-bak, with his CEO-style of leadership, is failing to connect with the people, a major shortcoming for a national leader and one of the reasons why he is not getting much of the credit he deserves from the public, said an expert on presidential leadership
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120319001131

9 FEBRUARY 2012

South Korea’s Assembly Speaker Resigns Over Bribery Scandal

The speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly resigned on Thursday as prosecutors investigated a lawmaker’s accusation that he had tried to obtain the top leadership post in President Lee Myung-bak’s governing party through bribery
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/world/asia/south-koreas-assembly-speaker-resigns-over-bribery-scandal.html?_r=1&ref=asia

29 JANUARY 2012

Lee’s clique falls in disgrace

President Lee Myung-bak’s last year in office could be somewhat lonesome with most of his closest confidants being forced to leave his side due to corruption. The departures of Lee’s confidants are also likely to push him further into lame-duck status, political analysts said.  The conservative leader has already faced isolation, with his ruling Grand National Party trying to distance itself from him ahead of major election
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120129000378

26 January 2012

S Korea grows at slowest in two years

South Korea’s economy is cooling more sharply than expected as weak domestic consumption compounds a slowdown in demand for goods from the world’s seventh biggest exporter. High quality global journalism requires investment. Gross domestic product grew at only 0.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2011, the slowest rate in two years according to data released on Thursday. In the previous three months GDP grew 0.8 per cent
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/20547b72-47e1-11e1-a4e5-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1kay0qXqn

21 JANUARY 2012

Korea to double fines against illegal fishing by Chinese

The government will submit a bill next month for a law revision that would double fines against illegal fishing, in its latest effort to counteract Chinese fishing boats poaching in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea, an official said Saturday 21
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120121000102

8 JANUARY 2012

Ruling party considers shortening working hours

http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120108000128

13 DECEMBER 2011

China-South Korea tension builds over coast guard murder

Chinese and South Korean media have entered into an exchange of opinions over an incident on Monday 12 in which a South Korean coast guard officer was allegedly stabbed to death and another injured by a Chinese sailor whose boat was stopped for « suspected illegal fishing in South Korean waters”
http://en.radio86.com/news/china-south-korea-tension-builds-over-coast-guard-murder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16154118

7 DECEMBER 2011

GNP chief says will ‘recreate’ party

South Korea: Grand National Party chairman Hong Joon-pyo said Wednesday he would lead efforts to rebuild the embattled party if party members allow him as pressure mounted on him to step down and allow former chairwoman Park Geun-hye to take charge
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111207000911

6 DECEMBER 2011

Looted Korean royal texts return home

South Korea celebrated the return of nearly 1,200 ancient documents looted by the Japanese during its 1910-1945 colonial rule, with welcoming ceremonies at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday
http://www.koreaherald.com/pop/NewsFlashRight.jsp?newsMLId=20111206000810

22 NOVEMBER 2011

South Korea ratifies long-delayed US trade deal

South Korea’s parliament has ratified a free-trade deal with the US, after years of wrangling over the issue. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15832451
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/22/8947915-south-korean-lawmaker-fires-tear-gas-in-parliament-amid-anger-at-us-trade-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

The Philippines on Monday expressed its interest in acquiring military helicopters, boats and aircraft from South Korea as part of efforts to
boost its military capabilities amid growing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676425.php/Philippines-considers-South-Korean-military-equipment

17 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation

Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111117000893

 13 JANUARY 2011

Legal adult  age reduced to 19

The age of legal adulthood is to be lowered from the  current 20 to 19 under a revised civil law bill, officials said Wednesday. The  bill, which was passed by the parliamentary Legislation and Judiciary Committee  last month, is expected to be approved at a plenary session of the National
Assembly next month, they said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110112000713

 

 



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