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The myth of Park Chung-hee and Korea’s economic development The eighth volume in the 20-volume “Seo Jung-seok’s Contemporary Korean History,” which has now been published in its entirety, has a rather pugnacious subtitle: “Crediting Economic Growth to Park Chung-hee is a Dangerous Misunderstanding.” Considering that even critics of … Continue reading

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Kim Jong-un’s Image Shift: From Nuclear Madman to Skillful Leader

SEOUL, South Korea — He ordered his uncle executed and half brother assassinated. He spent millions developing and testing a hydrogen bomb and intercontinental ballistic missiles as his people suffered severe food shortages. He exchanged threats of nuclear annihilation with … Continue reading

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Locked and Loaded for the Lord

After the Rev. Moon died in 2012, his church split apart. Two of his sons established a new congregation. Their followers are eagerly awaiting the end times. And they are armed. Story by Tom Dunkel Photos by Bryan Anselm … Continue reading

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The 1,500-Year-Old Love Story Between a Persian Prince and a Korean Princess that Could Rewrite History More than a thousand years before the first European explorer reached Korea’s shores, the Persian Empire was writing love stories about Korean princesses. It’s a little-known story that could change the way we see our history. Recently, historians took … Continue reading

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Security Council Imposes Fresh Sanctions on Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Including Bans on Natural Gas Sales, Work Authorization for Its Nationals Resolution 2375 (2017) Adopted by the Security Council at its 8042nd meeting, on 11 September 2017 The Security Council, Recalling its previous relevant resolutions, including resolution 825 (1993), resolution 1695 (2006), resolution 1718 (2006), resolution 1874 (2009), resolution 1887 … Continue reading

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WSJ Trump Interview Excerpts: China, North Korea, Ex-Im Bank, Obamacare, Bannon, More The Wall Street Journal held a wide-ranging interview with President Donald Trump on Wednesday , in which he talked about tying a trade deal with China to Beijing’s North Korea policy, addressed where things stand on a health overhaul, … Continue reading

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As Sunken Ferry Is Finally Raised, Documentary Explores What Comes After the Sewol

By Bruce Harrison in The Diplomat A new documentary attempts to uncover the factors behind one of South Korea’s greatest tragedies. The makers of a documentary about the sinking of the ferry Sewol could not have anticipated their film’s release … Continue reading

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Park Geun Hye Group Accused of Their Moves to Suppress Progressive Persons of Literature and Arts

Rodong Sinmun Oct. 22, Juche 105 (2016) Saturday A spokesman for the Central Committee of the General Federation of the Unions of Literature and Arts of Korea released a statement Friday in connection with the disclosure of the fact … Continue reading

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A memoir: Shin Sang-ok, Choi Eun-hee and I By An Hong-kyoon My phone rang. The caller was the press officer at the Korean Embassy in Washington. “Mr. Shin Sang-ok and Ms. Choe Eun-hee are scheduled to hold a press conference. Our embassy wants you to act as … Continue reading

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I watched The Interview with a North Korean defector Lucy Edwards, Dazed, 5 January 2015. By the end of 2014, everybody in the world had said their piece on the controversial James Franco and Seth Rogen film The Interview. Is it offensive? Should it be banned? Is America … Continue reading

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