Korean Peninsula

Alliance Sours as China’s Frustration With North Korea Mounts

As North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pursues his country’s capacity to develop a stable nuclear weapons program, others in the region have expressed …

North Korea

North Korea reportedly just launched its own version of Netflix — but there's a catch

• <b>North Korean state media announced a new Netflix-like app available to smartphone users within the country.</b>• <b><br>North Koreans can only consume state-approved media, and can be killed for watching South Korean programs.</b>• <b><br>North Korean smartphone users have their online activity monitored around the clock by</b> …

North Korea

In case of war, North Korean troops 'will fight like tigers,' some to the death

North Korea may have short soldiers who look hungry. Their equipment may be antiquated. And some troops have intestinal parasites. But the fourth-largest military in the world still poses a formidable threat, analysts say.<p>The military has 1.2 million men, including 200,000 warriors trained in …

North Korea

Trump Might Fire His Top Diplomat for Always Pushing Diplomacy

Rex Tillerson is bad at his job. Type “tillerson is the worst secretary of state of all time” into Google, and you will find that virtually every …

North Korea

Suspected North Korean cyber group seeks to woo bitcoin job seekers

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the group's activities.<p>The Lazarus cybercrime group is …

Security

North Korea’s Bitcoin Play

As the digital currency bitcoin traced one of its meteoric ascents, a plum job posting began circulating online: chief financial officer for a …

North Korea

Pyongyang residents without access to heating

The North Korean capital of Pyongyang is known for its comparatively better standards of living and access to amenities than the rest of the country. …

Kim Jong-Il

Why a South Korean shipping group has just become the first non-Arctic member of the Arctic Economic Council

A South Korean shipping association has become the first non-Arctic member of the Arctic Economic Council, underscoring Seoul's efforts to establish …

The Arctic

N. Korea's per capita income slightly up in 2016: data

SEJONG, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's per capita income was estimated at 1.46 million won (US$1,340) in 2016, slightly up from 1.39 million won a …

North Korea

South Korea Releases Emergency Measures for Cryptocurrency Regulation

Regulation<p><b>South Korea’s government released emergency measures for cryptocurrency regulation on Thursday. Bitcoin exchanges will now be regulated.</b> …

Cryptocurrency

South Korea's Kakao to issue GDRs of up to $1 billion for M&A

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app service provider Kakao Corp said on Friday it is targeting raising up to $1 billion overseas for use in global mergers and acquisitions.<p>Kakao said in a statement that it expects to issue global depositary receipts (GDRs) to foreign investors and list …

South Korea

Kim Jong Un's Top Aide Executed, Reports Suggest

Kim Jong Un's top aide may have been executed by a North Korean death squad after being accused of bribery, several news sites are saying citing …

North Korea

Moves in South Korea to make cryptocurrency trading more transparent

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world’s busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.<p>FILE PHOTO: A copy of bitcoin standing on PC motherboard …

Cryptocurrency

South Korea introduces new rules for trading bitcoin — but they’re not mandatory

14 cryptocurrency exchanges have signed up to the measures aimed at making trading more transparent<p>15 December 2017 - 10:43 Dahee Kim, Joyce Lee, …

Business (South Africa)

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Year One

Timeline<p>2017<p>President Trump’s first year signaled a profound departure of U.S. leadership in areas like trade and climate policy, and an …

World Leaders

The North Korean soldier who defected is getting a lifetime supply of Choco Pie

When the North Korean soldier who defected regained consciousness in South Korea, the first thing he asked for was Choco Pie.<p>Upon learning this, the South Korean confectionery company Orion sent 100 boxes of the sugary treat (link in Korean) to his hospital and has promised him a lifetime supply of …

North Korea

North Korean defector interrupts UN human rights event to plead tearfully to be allowed to return to Pyongyang

A North Korean defector interrupted a United Nations human rights press conference in Seoul on Thursday to plead tearfully to be allowed to go back to her relatives in Pyongyang.<p>More than 30,000 North Koreans have fled poverty and repression in their isolated homeland to move to the South.<p>But they …

North Korea

Australia warned to tread carefully with China after South Korea fallout

Australia has been warned to tread carefully with China as South Korea tries to mend economic ties with its Asia Pacific neighbour.<p>South Korean …

China

S. Korea prosecutors seek 25 years for ex-president's friend

South Korean prosecutors Thursday demanded a 25-year prison sentence for the powerful secret confidante of ousted president Park Geun-Hye, who was at …

Corruption

South Korea Is Getting Seriously Worried About Low Olympics Ticket Sales

Free transportation, accommodations and 2018 Winter Olympics tickets just for posting a patriotic ‘gram — it seems improbable, but that’s what one Seoul-based organization is offering for foreign residents of South Korea. “It’s great marketing for Korea if there are lots of foreigners there,” said …

South Korea

Russia, North Korea military commission starts first meeting in Pyongyang - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A delegation of Russia’s defence ministry is taking part in the first meeting of a Russian-North Korean military commission in Pyongyang, the RIA news agency cited Russian diplomats as saying on Thursday.<p>The Russian delegation arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday, Russian media …

North Korea

''Being Detained Feels Like the Abuse I Tried to Escape'': A Korean Survivor Speaks Out From Immigration Detention

(Photo: Gerolamo Auricchio / EyeEm / Getty Images)<p>Yihwa Kim is a Korean woman who fled her home country, South Korea, because of the extreme and …

Liberal View

(LEAD) S. Korea's Apache unit holds 1st Stinger missile drill

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with missile training) <br>SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- Two AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters of South Korea each fired a …

Military

South Korea prosecutors seek four-year jail term for Lotte group chief

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's prosecutors are seeking a four-year jail term for Lotte Group chief Shin Dong-bin, the corporate group's spokesman said by telephone on Thursday.<p>Prosecutors also demanded 25 years in jail for Choi Soon-sil, who was indicted last year on charges of forcing …

South Korea

South Korea's Largest Bitcoin Exchanges Ready For Strict Regulations

South Korea’s largest Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit are ready for the imposition of strict regulatory frameworks …

Bitcoin

South Korean journalist in hospital after scuffle with Chinese guards

The visit to Beijing this week by South Korean President Moon Jae-in was billed as a chance to mend fences between South Korea and China, neighbours who have quarrelled in recent months over how to defend against North Korea.<p>But China's increasingly fractious relationship with the international …

China

Tokyo-based businessman arrested for alleged illegal exports to North Korea

A business executive and two others were arrested Thursday for allegedly exporting food and other items to North Korea in violation of the …

North Korea

N Korea threat high on agenda of S Korea-China talks

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has arrived in Beijing for a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.<p>South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has arrived in Beijing for a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.<p>The increasing threat from North Korea will be high on the agenda, …

North Korea

U.N. rapporteur urges UNSC to refer N. Korean human rights violations to ICC

SEOUL, Dec. 14 (Yonhap) -- United Nations Special Rapporteur on North Korea's human rights situation Tomas Ojea Quintana renewed Thursday a call on …

North Korea

Two of Moon’s traveling press corps assaulted by Chinese security

Two South Korean journalists, part of the traveling press corps accompanying President Moon Jae-in on his state visit to

Moon Jae-in