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At military parade, Kim vows to boost North Korea nuclear arsenal
by Claire Lee - April 27, 2022 - 8:41am
Kim said he would "take measures for further developing the nuclear forces of our state at the fastest possible speed", according to KCTV footage of his speech.
Anti-feminist political novice: South Korea's new president Yoon
by Claire Lee - March 10, 2022 - 8:58am
Conservative Yoon Suk-yeol's hawkish stance on North Korea has drawn some controversy, while his misogynistic pledges and his insensitive remarks on issues ranging from poverty and the Ukraine crisis have been widely...
South Korea pardons disgraced ex-president Park Geun-hye
by Claire Lee - December 24, 2021 - 10:23am
South Korea's ex-president Park Geun-hye has received a pardon, cutting short a jail term of more than 20 years for corruption, the justice minister announced Friday, saying the reprieve was in the interests...
Sweet success: Dalgona makers hit jackpot following 'Squid Game' feature
by Claire Lee - October 12, 2021 - 11:47am
Simple, sweet, and fictionally fatal: the stallholder who makes the traditional South Korean children's treat featured in the global cultural phenomenon "Squid Game" -- and once associated with post-war...
Squid Game: South Korea's latest cultural phenomenon
by Claire Lee - October 8, 2021 - 1:53pm
A dystopian vision of a polarised society, Netflix smash hit "Squid Game" blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon to go global...
North Korea fires 'unidentified projectile' — South's military
by Claire Lee - September 28, 2021 - 7:58am
The launch is the latest in a series of mixed messages from the North, coming days after leader Kim Jong Un's influential sister Kim Yo Jong, a key adviser to her brother, dangled the prospect of an inter-Korean...
North Korea fires two ballistic missiles — South's military
by Claire Lee - September 15, 2021 - 1:36pm
The nuclear-armed North had fired "two unidentified ballistic missiles" from its central inland area into the sea off its east coast, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.
Nonconformist Youn Yuh-jung: South Korea's first Oscar-winning actress
by Claire Lee - April 26, 2021 - 10:49am
Youn's win is the second Oscars success for a Korean-language film in as many years, after "Parasite" became the first non-English language best picture winner in 2020. 
Samsung Electronics, LG forecast 40% leaps in Q1 operating profits
by Claire Lee - April 8, 2021 - 9:44am
South Korea's two biggest electronics firms both forecast jumps of around 40 percent in their first-quarter operating profits Wednesday, with coronavirus-driven working from home fuelling global demand for semiconductors...
Self-made South Korean billionaires promise to give half away
by Claire Lee - February 26, 2021 - 12:38pm
Two self-made South Korean billionaires have pledged in as many weeks to give away half their fortunes –- a rarity in a country where business is dominated by family-controlled conglomerates and charity often...
New BTS album racks up millions of listens within hours
by Claire Lee - November 21, 2020 - 2:24pm
Tens of millions of fans around the world raced to listen to the latest offering from BTS on Friday, as the K-pop sensation dropped their highly anticipated new album to a deluge of excitement.
North Korea's Kim reappears after weeks of speculation
by Claire Lee - May 2, 2020 - 9:38am
North Korea's Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in nearly three weeks, state media reported Saturday, following intense speculation that the leader of the nuclear-armed nation was seriously ill or...
South Korea reports surge in virus cases linked to hospital
by Claire Lee - February 22, 2020 - 5:10pm
South Korea reported 142 more coronavirus cases Saturday, the sharpest spike in infections yet, with many new cases involving patients being treated in hospital for mental health issues.
All eyes on 'new way' in Kim Jong Un's New Year speech
by Claire Lee - December 30, 2019 - 2:33pm
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will give his set-piece New Year speech on Wednesday, an opportunity to flesh out the nuclear-armed nation’s threat to seek a "new way" forward after the expiration of its year-end...
Til death do I stay single: South Korea's #NoMarriage women
by Claire Lee - December 6, 2019 - 1:41pm
"I'm a straight woman who is no longer interested in having relationships with men."
Filipina is South Korea's model daughter-in-law
by Claire Lee - November 14, 2019 - 3:38pm
In a mountain village thousands of kilometers from her native Philippines, Emma Sumampong nurses her elderly mother-in-law, while also caring for her husband and children, working on the family farm, and holding...
Kim sends missile 'warning' to South Korea, US as tensions rise
by Claire Lee - August 7, 2019 - 8:33am
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un says the country's latest missile launches were a warning to Washington and Seoul over their joint war games, state news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday, as tensions rise on the...
North Korea tested rocket launchers and 'tactical guided weapons'
by Claire Lee - May 5, 2019 - 9:43am
North Korea's state media said Sunday that leader Kim Jong Un had overseen a rocket and tactical guided weapons test, after the drill Saturday had raised concerns Pyongyang was escalating provocations with US nuclear...
North Korea fires short-range 'projectiles' into sea — Seoul
by Claire Lee - May 4, 2019 - 12:27pm
North Korea launched unidentified projectiles into the sea Saturday, the South Korean military said, in what could be Pyongyang's first short-range missile launch for more than a year as it seeks to up pressure on...
Secrets and crimes: gay South Korean soldiers trapped in legal bind
by Claire Lee - April 19, 2019 - 11:14am
Productive and driven, he was a model army officer, but he had a secret: he was in a gay sexual relationship with a fellow soldier -- a crime under South Korea's military law.
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