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South Korea to Cut over 100,000 Ground Troops, North Korea Battle Plan

The government of leftist South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced this weekend that it would cut the number of ground troops in the nation’s armed forces by 118,000, significantly reduce the number of high-ranking military officials, and scrub a plan to prepare for an invasion of Pyongyang.

In a photo taken on April 24, 2018 South Korean soldiers disembark from a passenger ferry at Yeonpyeong island, near the 'northern limit line' sea boundary with North Korea. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP) / To go with SKorea-NKorea-diplomacy-politics-attack, Focus by Sunghee Hwang (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty …

Former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison

Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea and its first female chief executive, was sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday for corruption and abuse of power charges, effectively a life sentence for the 66-year-old defendant. She was also ordered to pay $17 million in fines.

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Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak Arrested on Corruption Charges

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak, who held office from 2008 to 2013 and is now 77 years old, was arrested late Thursday night on corruption charges. The allegations include bribery, embezzlement, abuse of power, breach of the public trust, illegally withholding presidential documents, tax evasion, and election law violations. The charges carry a combined sentence of up to 45 years in prison.

Ex-South Korean President Lee arrested over corruption

Zumwalt: South Korea’s Pivot Back to ‘Sunshine’ Softball Has Enabled North Korea

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, assessing South Korean opposition to his aggressive nuclear and missile programs, must believe his predecessors — father Kim Jong-il and grandfather Kim Il-sung — are out there working in the netherworld to do what they can to influence acceptance by the world community of Pyongyang as a nuclear-armed power.

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Two Dead in Protests as South Korea Formally Ousts President

South Korea’s Park Geun-hye has become the first president in its history to be ousted from power via impeachment following allegations of granting inappropriate government access to a senior member of a pseudo-religious organization.

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2016, file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye attends an emergency Cabinet meeting at the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea. In a historic ruling Friday, March 10, 2017, South Korea's Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption …

South Korean President Park Geun-hye Skips Her Impeachment Proceeding

Although South Korea’s embattled President Park Geun-hye once made a show of asking the national legislature to decide her fate, offering to leave office at whatever moment they decided, she became much less enthusiastic about the idea after they voted to impeach her.

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South Korea: One Million Protest as Park Submits to Prosecution over Crony Scandal

An estimated million South Koreans took to the streets over the weekend demanding their president, Park Geun-hye, step down over allegedly sharing classified information with a friend. The scandal, erupting in late October, has damaged Park’s economic proposals and threatens to herald in an opposition government that may undo her work in office.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - NOVEMBER 12: Thousands of South Koreans take to the streets in the city center to demand President Park Geun-Hye to step down on November 12, 2016 in Seoul, South Korea. Approximately tens of thousands of people joined the anti-government protest Saturday amid rising public frustration for …

South Korea: President Denies Palace Exorcisms in Second Apology

South Korean President Park Geun-hye asked her nation’s forgiveness in a second apology address Friday over sharing classified information with a longtime friend with ties to a mysterious cult, and she denied accusations of allowing exorcisms to occur in the presidential palace.

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South Korea Fires Machine Guns at Invading Chinese Fishermen

South Korea coast guard agents used machine guns to chase Chinese ships illegally fishing in Korean waters back towards China this week, prompting a stern statement from Beijing’s Foreign Ministry expressing extreme disappointment in Korea’s refusal to permit this illegal behavior.

GANGHWA, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 10: In this handout photo provided by the South Korean Defense Ministry, South Korean marines and navy soldiers on a boat conduct a crackdown against China's illegal fishing in neutral waters on June 10, 2016 in Ganghwa island, South Korea. South Korea sent military vessels …

‘Korean Rasputin’ Mystery Engulfs South Korea as President Admits Ties to Cult

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is reeling from the revelation that she had consulted a longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, for help drafting speeches and allowed her to see classified government information despite her lack of security clearance and ties to a man U.S. officials have referred to as a “Korean Rasputin.”

Protesters wear Park Geun Hye Mask with performance during an anti-President protest in Seoul, South Korea, on 27 October 2016. An influence-peddling scandal engulfing President Park Geun-hye has put the spotlight on the most powerful office in South Korea, rekindling interest in potential presidential candidates for next Decembers election. Park, …

North Korea Cuts Only Diplomatic Tie with U.S. over Kim Jong-Un Sanction

The government of North Korea has announced that it will cease communicating with American officials through its mission in New York and instead shift to “relations under the wartime law of the DPRK,” following the announcement of the first direct sanctions on dictator Kim Jong-un by the American government last week.

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