The speed of now-former South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s spectacular fall from power took many foreign observers by surprise. After all, the initial reports last autumn that were to snowball into a generational political crisis seemed pretty bland. The daughter of the president’s family friend and “spiritual adviser” Choi Soon-sil had apparently been accepted into a prestigious women’s university as a result of political pressure. An “equestrian scholarship” had been invented as a pretext for getting her in despite comparatively weak grades. Students at the school—not fans of the conservative president, unsurprisingly—were protesting.
China on Tuesday reacted harshly to the U.S. military’s deployment of an advanced missile defense system to South Korea—one day after North Korea fired a salvo of 600-mile range missiles toward Japan.
South Korea’s top spy chief said Wednesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un personally ordered the assassination of his half-brother, who died Monday night after being attacked at a Malaysian airport.
During his first visit to Asia as US defense secretary, retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis last week sought to reassure the United States’ two key allies in Northeast Asia that the new Trump administration plans to work closely with both Japan and South Korea.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reassured South Korea on Thursday that the United States would stand by its longtime Pacific ally, pledging to talk to Seoul officials about the deployment of a missile defense system intended to combat North Korean aggression.
South Korean and U.S. Marines are conducting military exercises on ski slopes in sub-freezing temperatures, including shirtless hand-to-hand combat in the snow, prompting warnings of retaliation from North Korea over “madcap mid-winter” drills.
South Korea is accelerating plans to create a specialized military unit tasked with targeting key North Korean officials, including dictator Kim Jong-un, in the event of war breaking out.
South Korean lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country’s first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace.
The head of the U.S. Pacific Command underscored his willingness to serve Donald Trump’s administration in order to tackle the mounting security challenges posed by China and North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may fire an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Tuesday to warn President Obama’s successor that Pyongyang will continue its nuclear and missile development programs regardless of international sanctions, South Korean military officials said Monday.