South Korea

China Urges US Not To Respond Rashly To North Korean Missile Tests

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to stay “cool-headed” following the latter’s aggressive response to recent missile tests by North Korea. Pyongyang has been working towards a functional nuclear missile system for quite some time now, but it made noted progress on March […]

US Takes A Tougher Stance Against North Korea: China Urges US To Be ‘Cool-headed”

US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, has stated the possibility of using military force against North Korea if their weapons programs threaten South Korean and US forces. North Korea is developing long-range nuclear missiles, which Tillerson claims have reached “a rather dangerous level.” Tillerson announced the tougher stance of the […]

Violent Protests Erupt After The Impeachment Of South Korean President

South Korea was thrown into political turmoil this past Friday after the official impeachment of their president, Park Geun-hye. The constitutional court unanimously agreed to uphold a vote held in parliament last year, ordering her resignation. This is the first time in South Korea’s history a democratically elected president will […]

South Korea’s Constitutional Court Impeaches Ousted President Park Geun-Hye

On Friday, South Korea’s constitutional court passed the ruling to impeach now-former President Park Geun-hye. Constitutional Court Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi stated that Park had “seriously impaired the spirit of…democracy and the rule of law” (Al Jazeera), amidst days of protest surrounding the President’s official residence, the Blue House, and […]

South Korea’s Installation Of The First Two ‘THAAD’ Land-Based Missile Launching Vehicles: The Potential Consequences To The Security And Stability Of East Asia

Introduction On 7th March 2017, the US confirmed that the ‘first elements’ of the controversial THAAD missile defence system had been sent to an air base near Seoul in South Korea, a day after North Korea tested four ballistic missiles. According to the BBC, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported […]

Power Plays And Missile Testing

In the last week, tensions in the Korean Peninsula have been rising. The battlefield may be Eastern Asia, but the potential conflict involves, and will affect, the wider world – the United Nations, China, the United States, and South Korea have already made statements, verbal and physical, about future affairs […]

THAAD Deployment And Reaction From China

In recent news, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) issue between the United States, South Korea, and China becomes a growing topic of international debate. According to the U.S., the THAAD system is established to protect against growing missile threats from North Korea; however, to China, THAAD is a threat in […]

North Korea’s Further Isolation

Following the shocking assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and eldest son of former leader Kim Jong-il, North Korea has become increasingly isolated from the international community and tensions are high due to diplomatic squabbles. Kim Jong-nam was poisoned last Monday at the Kuala […]

China Still Sees Chance For Six Party Talks

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that China has not given up hope on Six-Party Talks with North Korea during his statement at the Munich Security Conference on February 17th. His statement stressed the importance and viability of peaceful resolution to conflict, peaceful coexistence, and multilateralism. Wang noted in […]

North Korea And Nuclear Missile Development

The two Koreas have been at war since the 1950’s. Since then, the two nations have been in a state of military stalemate, followed by the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1954, which has lasted until now, in the two divided Koreas. Unfortunately, despite the concerted efforts of the United States […]