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S. Korea urges China to stop repatriating NK defectors at UN

South Korea urged China to stop repatriating North Korean defectors detained there in a speech at the United Nations, Monday. It said they fled from the destitute communist state “in pursuit of freedom and the right to live” and their repatriation amounts to a “grave infringement of human rights.” This was the latest in a […]

Seoul steps up efforts over NK defectors

UN envoy urges China to halt forced repatriation Efforts are taking concrete shape both at home and abroad to stop China from repatriating North Korean defectors to their home country. The U.N. special rapporteur on North Korean human rights has urged neighbors of North Korea to handle those who escape the repressive state under international […]

N. Korea flexes muscles ahead of nuclear summit

North Korea is back in the spotlight. On Wednesday, it launched a verbal assault at South Korea for its scheduled hosting of the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit slated for March 26 and 27. The North’s Central News Agency characterized the global gathering as a grave threat to the Stalinist state, threatening that “it won’t sit […]

The Death of Kim Jong Il: Now What?

After 17 years at the helm of North Korea, the Dear Leader is no more, and suddenly we are faced with a reality on which so much “contingency planning” has been based. So, what can we expect of the next chapter in the North’s political history? And how should the key players—South Korea, the US […]

Power shift to Asia: no need to panic

Power shift to Asia: no need to panic

On Feb. 15, just as Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping arrived in the United States for a four-day visit, U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience of American workers in Milwaukee: “Manufacturing is coming back!” Coming back from China, that is. But while the Master Lock Company of Milwaukee has indeed moved some jobs back to […]

Korea-US FTA to take effect on March 15

Korea-US FTA to take effect on March 15

The free trade agreement between Korea and the United States (KORUS FTA) will go into effect on March 15, six years after the two countries kicked off talks on the trade pact in June 2006.   Trade Minister Bark Tae-ho (Photo: News 1)  Trade Minister Bark Tae-ho announced Tuesday that Deputy Trade Minister Choi Seok-young […]

Park Chung-hee memorial hall opens amid dispute

Park Chung-hee memorial hall opens amid dispute

Park Geun-hye, right, interim emergency committee leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, looks at a giant black-and-white photograph of her late father, President Park Chung-hee, on display at a memorial hall for the late leader in Seoul, Tuesday. A memorial hall for the late former President Park Chung-hee opened Tuesday, creating a stir among people […]

Kim Jong-un likely to grab key titles in April

Kim Jong-un likely to grab key titles in April

North Korea will convene a rare conference of its ruling Workers’ Party in April, its state media said Monday, during which analysts expect the Stalinist state will cement the power of its new leader, Kim Jong-un. The announcement by Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the conference, the fourth of its kind, comes […]

More Assets for Assembly v More Debts for Public

Korean lawmakers have 2.9 billion won (approx. 2.6 million USD) on average Every two out of three Members of the National Assembly of Korea have increased wealth over the past three years and especially nineteen (6.7%) of them have increased twofold. AsiaN investigated asset changes of 266 Members (except by-election winners) as of 17 February […]

Mr Ban Ki-moon, Show Your Strong Leadership

Mr Ban Ki-moon, Show Your Strong Leadership

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined a series of actions he believes the global community must take over the next five years to build “the future we want”. Mr Ban presented five imperatives and they are sustainable development, preventing and mitigating conflicts, human rights abuses and the impacts of natural disasters, building a safer and more […]

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