South Korea

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. …

U.N. Sanctions Cut North Korea’s Trade Volume in Half

A report published Friday by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), an organization funded by the government of South Korea, showed that North Korea’s trade volume was cut in half during 2018, evidently as a result of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

This photo taken on November 20, 2017 shows boats and ships at Rajin harbour in North Korea's northeastern city of Rason, near the borders of both China and Russia. - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russia's leader Vladimir Putin are expected to meet in the eastern Russian port …

South Korea Deports Japanese Military Attaches, Boycotts Japanese Goods

South Korea’s feud with Japan continued escalating on Wednesday with reports that two Japanese military attaches have been deported for allegedly stealing confidential information about North Korea. Meanwhile, South Korean retail outlets are beginning to boycott Japanese goods and shoppers are turning away from Japanese imports.

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South Korean Lawmaker Claims Japan Violated North Korea Sanctions

A nasty diplomatic dispute between South Korea and Japan grew even more intense on Thursday as a South Korean lawmaker accused the Japanese of shipping banned materials to North Korea on 30 different occasions over the past 20 years, in some cases shipping items that were useful in the production of nuclear weapons.

This file photo dated 18 January 2001 shows trucks at the port in Osaka stopped beside the 16,104-ton North Korean freighter Dok Chon to load bags of rice for shipment in aid to North Korea. Most North Korean ships were effectively barred from entering Japan from 01 March 2005 as …