South Korea

South Korea’s Moon at the U.N.: Trump, Kim Jong-un Began ‘New Era of Peace’

South Korean President Moon Jae-in optimistically praised the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday for helping to solve many of the world’s problems and said its “efforts toward peace are coming to fruition,” notably including on the Korean Peninsula. Moon’s assessment of the peace process was extremely positive, culminating in a proposal to transform the DMZ separating the two Koreas into a U.N. World Heritage Site.

Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea speaks during the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

South Koreans Consider Replacing National Anthem to Spite Japan

South Korea’s National Assembly held a hearing on Thursday to discuss the possibility of replacing the national anthem, “Aegukga,” on the grounds that it was written by a composer who supported Japan during its occupation of Korea in the first half of the 20th Century. 

South Korea team players (red) sing their national anthem prior to a friendly football match between South Korea and Honduras in Deagu on May 28, 2018. - World Cup-bound South Korea defeated Honduras 2-0 in the friendly match. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty …

Thousands of South Koreans Hold Candlelight Protest Against Japan

Thousands filled the streets of Seoul on Saturday night, carrying candles and signs of protest against Japan’s tighter trade restrictions on South Korea. More marches and rallies are planned every weekend as Liberation Day, the holiday commemorating the end of Japanese occupation in 1945, approaches on August 15.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 03: South Korean protesters participate in a rally to denounce Japan's new trade restrictions on South Korea in front of the Japanese embassy on August 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Japan approved a bill removing South Korea from its "whitelist" of trusted trade partners. …