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Letter From Seoul

John Feffer | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
John Feffer

For more than half a millennium, this narrow alleyway in the heart of Seoul stretched for several kilometers. Today, only a tiny stretch of Pimatgol remains, along with a wooden gate that leads into a half-block of modern storefronts. The fate of Pimatgol reflects the forward-looking trajectory of South Korea.

Korea's Balloon War

John Feffer | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Korean human rights activists send all sorts of things by balloon across the border into North Korea. Despite the volume of these deliveries, it's not clear whether much of the contraband makes it into the hands of the intended recipients. What is clear, however, is that the North Korean government is very unhappy about this activism.

The Tao of North Korea

John Feffer | Posted 11.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

The reality of the Korean peninsula is, of course, vastly more complicated than these either-or contrasts. Stop thinking of the peninsula as two completely distinct halves, with barbed wire running down the middle.

North Korea Takes Steps To Boost Economy

AP | Posted 10.16.2013 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — In a bid to bolster its laggard economy, North Korea plans to set up more special economic z...

LOOK: Brilliant Photos Show The Real North Korea

Posted 10.07.2013 | World

These days, unless you're Dennis Rodman, there's a slim chance you'd be able to experience North Korea to its fullest. The Hermit Kingdom is notorious...

Koreas Move Closer To Reopening Of Industrial Site

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM and YOUKYUNG LEE | Posted 10.14.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean president has proposed to North Korea that they hold a reunion next month for families still separated 60 ...

Koreas Finally Agree To Reopen Joint Industrial Park

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2013 | World

By Ju-min Park SEOUL, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Rivals North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to restart a troubled joint industrial park...

North Korea Vows To Reopen Troubled Industrial Complex

Reuters | Jack Kim | Posted 10.06.2013 | World

(Adds South Korea comment, paragraphs 8-9) By Jack Kim SEOUL, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Impoverished North Korea said on Wednes...

Korea Negotiators Agree...To Meet Again Next Week

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 07.10.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- Talks between the rival Koreas aimed at restarting a stalled inter-Korean factory park ended Wednesday with no breakthrough, but...

Korea Talks Still Intriguing To Both Sides Despite Failure

AP | SAM KIM and YOUKYUNG LEE | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea dismantled the meeting table, pulled down the placards and rolled up the red carpet. Its intended guest, North ...

Koreas To Hold Highest-Level Talks In Years

AP | FOSTER KLUG and YOUKYUNG LEE | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — The two Koreas will hold their highest-level talks in years Wednesday in an effort to restore scrapped joint economic proje...

South Korea To North Korea: 'Your Place Or Mine?'

AP | SAM KIM | Posted 08.07.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea will meet Sunday at a village straddling their heavily armed border as the sides try to lower tension...

Koreas Agree To Hold Talks On Reopening Factory

AP | SAM KIM | Posted 08.06.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Friday proposed working-level talks with South Korea to be held in a border city on Sunday as the rivals loo...

North Korea Ready To Reopen Jointly-Run Plant

AP | Posted 05.28.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea says South Korean businessmen can enter a jointly run industrial park in the North that has been emptied since April...

South Korea: Pyongyang's Demands 'Incomprehensible'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.05.2013 | World

South Korea on Monday dismissed an "incomprehensible" list of North Korean demands for reviving suspended operations at a jointly-run industrial park....

Last South Koreans Leave North Korea Joint Factory

AP | LEE JIN-MAN | Posted 07.03.2013 | World

PAJU, South Korea — The last seven South Koreans stationed at a jointly run factory park in North Korea pulled out Friday, silencing the complex...

Most SKorean Workers Leave Industry Park Jointly Run With North

AP | LEE JIN-MAN and HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 06.29.2013 | World

PAJU, South Korea — Most South Koreans who had remained at an industrial park in North Korea had returned home by early Tuesday morning, officia...

SKorea To Withdraw Workers From Joint Factory With North

AP | SAM KIM | Posted 06.26.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — Roughly three quarters of the 175 South Koreans still at a shuttered factory park in North Korea are scheduled to return Sa...

South Korea Warns North Against Closing Kaesong

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2013 | World

SEOUL, April 9 (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Tuesday North Korea would hurt its credibilty as a place to do business if i...

North Korea Laborers Don't Show For Work

Reuters | Posted 06.08.2013 | World

* Kaesong employs more than 50,000 N.Korean labourers * S.Korea yet to confirm report that North Koreans didn't show up for work ...

SKoreans Remain In Joint Industrial Zone Despite North's Threats

Reuters | Posted 06.03.2013 | World

By Ju-min Park PAJU, South Korea, April 4 (Reuters) - Hundreds of South Koreans rejected the chance to leave factories in North Korea ...

North Korea Reportedly Refusing South Korea Workers Entry To Jointly-Run Factory Park

Reuters | Posted 06.02.2013 | World

SEOUL, April 3 (Reuters) - North Korean authorities were not allowing any South Korean workers into a joint industrial park on Wednesday, South Kore...

Zach Carter

Korea Trade Agreement Would Subsidize North Korea Government | Zach Carter | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2004, Hyundai inked one of the best land deals in history. For a mere $12 million, the South Korean conglomerate secured the rights t...