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Park Sang-Hak, an activist and defector from North Korea, scatters anti-Pyongyang leaflets as police block his planned rally near the tense border on a roadway in Paju, north of Seoul, on Oct. 22, 2012.

He Sends Up Balloons, and North Korea Wants Him Dead 

Meet Park Sang-hak, the North Korean defector and activist who could spark another round of “fire and fury.” 

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant pose for portraits on Feb. 23, 2016, in Okuma, Japan.

It’s Not Techno-Angst That’s Driving East Asia to Abandon Nuclear Power

In the East Asian democracies, nuclear energy is tied to an increasingly unpopular political and economic model.

TOPSHOT - People watch a television news screen showing an explosion of an inter-Korean liaison office in North Korea's Kaesong Industrial Complex, at a railway station in Seoul on June 16, 2020.

South Korea Shouldn’t Endorse North Korea’s Explosive Bullying

Seoul is acting as Kim Jong Un’s enforcer in banning private groups from leafleting North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and his sister Kim Yo Jong attend the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27, 2018.

North Korea Needs to Extort Democracies to Survive

As it cuts off communications, Pyongyang falls back on an old playbook.

Lee Yong-soo, a South Korean victim of Japanese wartime sexual slavery, looks at her supporters during a demonstration in front of the national parliament in Tokyo on Aug. 10, 2005.

Victim of Wartime Sexual Slavery Points Finger at Korean Aid Agency

Allegation of wrongdoing reopens war wound that has marred relations between Seoul and Tokyo.

A Samsung flag and a South Korean national flag flutter outside the company's Seocho building in Seoul on May 6.

South Korean Democracy’s New Challenge Is Its Own Corporate Giant

Samsung is mired in scandal, but the pandemic has made it stronger than ever.

Seoul commuters wear protective masks as they crowd on an escalator and stairs after getting off the subway during rush hour on May 11.

Coronavirus Resurgence in South Korea Reignites Homophobia

A new spurt of cases after the lifting of social distancing restrictions exposes an undercurrent of hate.

People wearing masks in Seoul

South Korea Tries a Tentative Reopening—and Pays for It

After a new spurt of coronavirus cases in Seoul and with a second wave deemed “inevitable,” South Korea is bracing itself for a new normal.

Cheerleaders perform at the opening game of the Korea Baseball Organization League at a crowdless ballpark in Incheon, South Korea, on May 5.

Tales From the Lockdown: How COVID-19 Has Changed Lives Around the World

In South Africa, people are brewing beer at home. Muslims in India are celebrating Ramadan alone. And city streets everywhere are vacant.

An impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses in front of a police cordon during a protest at the International Finance Center shopping mall in Hong Kong on April 28.

How to Tell Whether Crazy North Korean Stories Are True

With Kim Jong Un missing, careful readings are more important than ever.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency in November 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) standing in front of a bronze statue of the late Kim Jong Il in Samjiyon.

What Comes Next for North Korea

With Kim Jong Un absent for weeks, speculation over his whereabouts is rife. Should he die, who will come to rule North Korea?

In Seoul, a South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China, on March 28, 2018.

With Kim Jong Un Mysteriously Gone, China Is Likely to Make a Power Move

There are many ways Beijing could use the mystery surrounding Kim Jong Un’s disappearance to its advantage. None of them are good for the United States or Japan.

This picture, taken on July 4, 2017, and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) celebrating the successful test fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location.

3 Scenarios for Kim Jong Un’s Mysterious Absence

The United States and South Korea should be ready to cooperate whether Kim is dead, sick, or about to reappear.

Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom, on Jan. 19, 2017.

The Future of Korean Politics Might Be This Defector From Pyongyang

Thae Yong-ho went from North Korean diplomat to South Korean politician.

Visitors look at ribbons wishing for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula

Pyongyang Might Be Ready for a Helping Hand From Seoul

Pride may get in the way, but mutual success against the coronavirus offers a strong foundation for cooperation.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in discusses a coronavirus response with global leaders and shares South Korea's strategy during a virtual summit in Seoul on March 26.

South Korea Is a Liberal Country Now

Moon Jae-in’s crushing victories have permanently reshaped his nation’s politics.

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