South Korea

Biden's North Korea strategy kept in secret for now

The Biden administration contacted North Korea last week to explain the results of its review of U.S. North Korea policy, according to local news reports. After Joe Biden took office in January, the U.S. began a review of its North Korea policy, but Pyongyang ignored suggestions to return to the negotiating table

Iran releases detained South Korean tanker

Iran has freed South Korea’s Hankuk Chemi tanker and its crew after the vessel was stopped in January in the Persian Gulf, Yonhap News Agency reported Friday, citing the South Korean Foreign Ministry. According to the agency, the …

South Korea agrees to partially unfreeze Iran's assets

After weeks of intense negotiations, Iran and South Korea reached an agreement Monday to unfreeze $1 billion of Iranian assets in Korean banks. Governor of Iran’s Central Bank Abdolnasser Hemmat met in Tehran with South Korean …

Why South Korea still hasn’t vaccinated anyone

South Korea has earned international plaudits as a model for its success in COVID-19 mitigation. Employing systematic approaches for testing, contact tracing, segregation, and quarantine, South Korea has, throughout the pandemic, managed to …

Seoul mayor found dead, suicide suspected

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon was found dead on Friday, according to police, in what appears to be one of the country’s highest-profile suicides in recent history, The Korea Herald reports. The body of Park, 64, was found at …

South Korea reopens schools as virus fears persist

Schools in South Korea reopened on Wednesday as the country continues easing its coronavirus restrictions, Anadolu agency reported citing local media. As per a phased reopening plan, classes have resumed at high schools across the …