Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons tests

SEOUL, South Korea – US President Joe Biden, in Seoul before heading to Japan as part of his first Asia trip as president, had a simple message for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “Hello… period,” he told reporters on the last day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday, May 22. Biden said he … Read more

Biden and South Korea’s Yoon vow to deter North Korea, tackle new threats

Joe Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol say their countries’ decades-old alliance needed to develop not only to face North Korean threats but to keep the Indo-Pacific region ‘free and open’ and protect global supply chains SEOUL, South Korea – President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday, May 21, to hold bigger … Read more

How North Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak could ignite a major health crisis

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s admission that it is battling an “explosive” COVID-19 outbreak has raised concerns that the virus could devastate a country with an under-resourced health system, limited testing capabilities, and no vaccine program. The isolated North confirmed on Thursday, May 12, its first COVID-19 infections since the pandemic emerged more than … Read more

Global problems may exacerbate shortages in North Korea’s isolated economy

North Korea’s government has acknowledged a tense food situation but has disputed reports that it is failing to provide for residents SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s isolated economy will not be insulated from global economic headwinds caused by the Ukraine war and the COVID-19 lockdowns in China, analysts said, with recently resumed border trade … Read more

The jobs – and aging faces – behind South Korea’s record low unemployment numbers

The heavy concentration of job increases in the elderly population shows the fragile nature of the South Korean economy, experts say SEOUL, South Korea – At age 69, Kim Jung-mi holds three jobs: she spends three hours getting a two-year-old home from kindergarten every weekday for $9 per hour, then washes vegetables at a store … Read more

[ANALYSIS] South Korea’s president-elect harnessed voter discontent. Now comes the hard part

Conservative People Power Party candidate Yoon Suk-yeol, a former prosecutor-general who had never run for office before, wins South Korea’s closest election in decades after a bruising campaign marred by scandals and gaffes SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s new president-elect harnessed widespread public discontent and disillusionment to win Wednesday’s (March 9) election but the … Read more