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South Korea

"Is South Korea fighting provocation with provocati..."



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South Korea (About this sound listen), officially the Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국; Hanja: 大韓民國; Daehan Minguk About this sound listen; lit. "The Republic of Great Han"), and commonly referred to as Korea, is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from Goryeo (also spelt Koryo), a dynasty which ruled from 918 to 1392. It shares land borders with North Korea to the north, and oversea borders with China to the west and Japan to the east. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone with a predominantly mountainous terrain. Roughly half of the country's 50 million people reside in the metropolitan area surrounding its capital, the Seoul Capital Area, which is the second largest in the world[6] with over 25 million residents.

Korea was inhabited as early as the Lower Paleolithic period and its civilization begins with the founding of Gojoseon in 2333 BC. After the unification of the Three Kingdoms of Korea in 668, Korea enjoyed over a millennium of relative tranquility under dynasties lasting for centuries in which its trade, culture, literature, science and technology flourished. It became part of the Japanese Empire in 1910 and after its defeat in 1945, Korea was divided into Soviet and U.S. zones of occupation, with the latter becoming the Republic of Korea in 1948. Although the United Nations passed a resolution declaring the Republic to be the only lawful government of Korea, a communist regime was soon set up in the North that invaded the South in 1950, leading to the Korean War that ended de facto in 1953, with peace and prosperity settling-in thereafter.

Between 1962 and 1994, South Korea's tiger economy grew at an average of 10% annually, fueled by annual export growth of 20%, in a period called the Miracle on the Han River that rapidly transformed it into a high-income advanced economy and the world's 11th largest economy by 1995. Today, South Korea is the eigth largest country in international trade, a regional power with the world's 10th largest defence budget and founding member of the G-20 and APEC. Civilian government replaced military rule in 1987 and it has since evolved into a vibrant democracy ranked second in Asia on the Democracy Index. In 2009, South Korea became the world's first former aid recipient to join the OECD's Development Assistance Committee, becoming a major donor. Its pop culture has considerable influence in Asia and expanding globally in a process called the Korean Wave.

South Korea is a developed country ranked 15th in the Human Development Index, the highest in East Asia. In terms of average wage, it has Asia's highest income and the world's 10th highest income. It ranks highly in education, quality of healthcare, rule of law, ease of doing business, government transparency, job security, tolerance and inclusion. 64% of 25-34 year old Koreans hold a tertiary education degree, the highest in the OECD. The most innovative country as measured by the Bloomberg Innovation Quotient, South Korea is the world's seventh largest exporter, driven by high-tech multinationals such as Samsung, Hyundai-Kia and LG. South Korea has global leadership in advanced technology such as the world's fastest Internet connection speed, ranking first in the ICT Development Index, e-Government, 4G LTE penetration and second in smartphone penetration.

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South Korea's military has dropped eight heavy bombs near its border with the North in a show of what local media called "overwhelming force" following Pyongyang's latest missile test.

President Moon Jae-in ordered the strike, by four F-15K fighter-bombers, at a firing range in the country's east to "display a strong capability to punish" North Korea if it were to attack.

The MK-84 multi-purpose bomb is a 2,000lb munition that can penetrate some 11m of earth and 11ft of concrete. South Korea said all eight hit their targets at a testing ground on the country's own soil.

The Yonhap news agency said government officials wanted to show Seoul's ability to overwhelm its belligerent neighbour in the case of all-out hostility.

Pyongyang's test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile that flew over Japan's northern Hokkaido island was condemned by Tokyo as an "unprecedented, serious and grave threat" to the region. "We will do our utmost to protect people's lives," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

It came amid joint US-South Korean war games.

The launch was the first-ever reported from Sunan, home to Pyongyang's international airport, prompting speculation the North had fired a road-mobile missile from an airport runway. 

Runways could provide the ideal space to launch a road-mobile missile like the Hwasong-12, while also demonstrating that the North can launch its missiles from anywhere, according to Moon Seong Mook, a former South Korean military official and current analyst for the Seoul-based Korea Research Institute for National Strategy. 

In an unusual move, South Korea's military released footage of its own missile tests it said were conducted last week. The videos showed two types of new missiles with ranges of 800km (497 miles) and 500km (310 miles) being fired from truck-mounted launchers during three tests conducted on 24 August. 

South Korea's Agency for Defense Development said the launches represented the last flight test for the longer-range missile before it is operationally deployed.

Such projectiles, which would be the latest additions to South Korea's Hyumoo family of missiles, are considered key components of the so-called "kill chain" pre-emptive strike capability the South is pursuing to counter the North's nuclear and missile threat. 

on August 29, 2017

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The United States has been trying to hand over military control to South Korea since Bush, but every time South Korea delays it because they fear it'll symbolize less American commitment in the event of war when talking about the long-term & set a precedent for a wider American withdrawal from the region overall.

South Korea always pulls this shit though. They put on this whole sad facade of "what can we do?!?!" about American military bases & wartime control when interacting with Chinese, Russian & North Korean media, but then immediately move to double-down on the alliance & push for us to strengthen our commitments.

Same shit with THAAD. They portray it as "What can we do?!?!?" to anti-American media, but at the same time the South Korean military is the one who basically begged for it & the South Korean government is the one who had to actually approve it.

on June 23, 2017

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"Sergeant A" doesn't want to give his real name, his exact rank or show his face.
Speaking to CNN, he said he was afraid the South Korean military would find out he was talking to the media. He faces charges for having sexual relations with another man, a crime within the South Korean military punishable by up to two years in prison.
Sergeant A is part of a wider investigation which human rights groups are calling a homophobic witch-hunt, an accusation the military rejects.
Homosexuality is not illegal for civilians in South Korea but human rights groups say the rights of sexual minorities are not always protected.

on June 16, 2017

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South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, has suggested North Korea could be part of a bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup. In a meeting with the Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, Moon said that several countries in north-east Asia – including the isolated North Korea – could form a bloc to share hosting duties for the tournament.

According to the president’s spokesperson Park Su-hyun, Moon said: “If the neighbouring countries in north-east Asia, including North and South Korea, can host the World Cup together, it would help to create peace in North and South Korea as well as north-east Asia. I would like President Infantino to have interests on this matter.”

The liberal South Korean president has been open to more dialogue with the North since he was elected last month. North Korea has so far shown no sign of responding, however, instead conducting missile tests at an unprecedented pace in defiance of global sanctions imposed on it. Last week the prospect for Moon’s push to expand cross-border exchanges was thrown into doubt as the North rejected a Seoul civic group’s offer to provide relief items.

on June 14, 2017

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At the end of the Korean War, North and South Korea had approximately the same GDP per capita: $1,013 for North Korea, and $1,124 for South Korea. After the armistice was signed, however, the countries took two decidedly different economic paths. The North rejected capitalism in favor of a mix of communism, socialism, and Stalinism. The South embraced capitalism and opened its markets to the world.

The resulting difference in the two countries is nothing short of amazing. Despite starting with similar levels of resources and wealth, the South’s economy grew by over 1,500%, while North Korea managed only 12% growth over the same period of time.

Today, while North Korea faces almost constant famine, South Korea is the world’s 12th largest economy.

SOURCES: Maddison, Angus, “Statistics on World Population, GDP and Per Capita GDP, 1-2006 AD” (Groningen: University of Groningen, 2009)
Xavier Sala-i-Martin, “The World Distribution of Income: Falling Poverty and… Convergence, Period(*)” (New York, NY: Columbia University, 2005), 21-22.

on May 2, 2017

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Tens of thousands demonstrated in cities across South Korea on Saturday, demanding President Park Geun-hye step down from office. Her approval rating has hit an unprecedented low of 14 percent and Park's ordered all 10 of her senior aides to resign, following revelations an unelected, unappointed confidant was receiving advance copies and altering dozens of confidential policy speeches. They have led to charges that the friend is a secret "puppet master" and the real power behind "the throne."

President Park apologized to the country in a rare nationally-televised address this week. She said she sought her old friend's opinion only in the early part of her presidency, before her staff was in place.

It goes beyond tinkering with speeches, however. This scandal involves not only tens of millions of dollars and charges of influence-peddling, but of spiritual guides from a "Shamanistic prophet," voices from the dead and — wait for it — dressage, the competitive form of horse-dancing.

Okay. Here it goes.

The old friend of the president's, Choi Soon-sil, also runs two non-profit foundations that prosecutors say boasted of its ties with the president to collect more than $70 million in donations from the country's major conglomerates. Prosecutors opened up an investigation into the foundations in early October, and are seeking Choi, who is accused of siphoning some of those funds for personal use — including to cover equestrian training for her daughter, Chung Yoo-ra. (Choi emerged in Germany over the weekend and denies any wrongdoing.)

Much of the pubilc anger now gripping the nation broke open over Choi's daughter in the first place. Chung, the equestrian, attended the nation's prestigious woman's college, Ewha University. Ewha's president was forced to resign this week as students protested Chung's preferential treatment and shady admission — which seemed to give her extra credit for being a champion dressage competitor. Media began looking closer at the ties between Park and Choi.

And the ties are interesting, indeed. Choi Soon-sil is the daughter of a man the president considered her mentor, Choi Tae-min. He claimed to be a pastor from a tiny pseudo-Christian sect, but a leaked diplomatic cable from the U.S. Embassy describes him as a 'Rasputin'-like character and his "church" is described by Korean media as more of a "Shamanistic cult."

on November 2, 2016

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lmfao at the hindi the south korean girl is speaking

on October 29, 2016

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Kweon Seong-dong, Secretary for the Saenuri ruling party, was offered to resign, for the party and compelled to withdraw from the leadership during his various disputes over the party’s latest decision.Kweon, who is a part in the faction, disagreed to step down by the pressure given by the party’s emergency chief.

Kim, the emergency chief, and the pro-Park president Geun-hye asked the Kweonto resign according to the decision taken by the authorities and asked to bring all the seven defectors with a vote.Later the pro-Parks claimed that the vote was not matured and not conducted among the other members with sufficient unity. The decision for the acceptance of the defectors  remained in the same manner and, and the seats in the National Assembly were grown to 129.

Kweon, in the meeting, said that he expressed his opinion, but wrongfully he was demanded to take the responsibility for the actions, in this scenario the chairman Kim Hee-ok , expressed his grief and requested him to take over the led for the party., he accepted  the proposal to step down.Kim had rejected to vote for which majority of the members requested to bring the defectors. Most of the defectors, who won as independents desires to return to the Saenuri’s party, but pro-Park members objected because of political conflicts.

Among the defectors and the main candidate of the pro-parks was a former floor leader, Yoo Seong-min, who was a deserter over a parliamentary bill in the last year. The lawmaker said that regardless of his resignation he was responsible for the situations arose in this consequence. To suspend is as same as digging the grave of the party he expressed his grief.

on October 19, 2016

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The 55-year-old chairman of Hanwha, for example, South Korea's tenth-biggest company, once took it upon himself to get a bunch of heavies to kidnap and beat up youths he believed had set about his son in a bar.

Or think of Hanjin Shipping, currently trying to fend off bankruptcy.

In June, its former chairwoman was accused by prosecutors of selling shares in her own company the day before their price crashed when bad news was published.

Hanjin owns Korean Air and you remember that the daughter of the chairman received a suspended sentence, after initially being jailed, for turning on cabin staff on one of daddy's airplanes because they didn't serve nuts to her satisfaction.

Samsung's own brush with the law came in 2008 when the chairman - the ailing Mr Lee - was fined and given a suspended jail sentence because of a Samsung slush fund used to bribe politicians and prosecutors.

He was pardoned by the president a few months later.

Fifty years ago, the general air of corruption at the top of South Korea's conglomerates prompted the country's modernisation.

The country's military strongman, Park Chung-hee, made a decision: the poor land he ruled with an iron fist would become modern.

He told the chaebol leaders that they were corrupt, and he was going to put them in jail and take away their corrupt earnings.

There was only one way they could escape that fate.

They would have to create the industries of a modern economy: shipbuilding, automobiles, electronics, steel making.

And so today's modern, prosperous economy was born, virtually on command.

Fifty years on, South Korea is still very hierarchical, though democratic.

The corporate patriarchs rule their fiefdoms, perhaps even from the sick bed.

But can that authoritarian style still work when agility is the necessary quality, to adapt and create and innovate?

And to make phones that don't catch fire?

on October 17, 2016

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South Korea shares its border with North Korea which has an extremely powerful army at its disposal, and hence, is a constant threat to South Korea. But, its offensive neighbour is not its only problem. To meet the increasing armament of China and Japan, South Korea has been increasing its defence expenditure, which is now $34 billion. It maintains a large army of over 640,000 active personnel and 2,900,000 additional personnel in the reserve, alongside the 6th largest air force with 1,393 aircraft, as well as a small 166 ships. The country has about 15,000 land weapons, including rocket systems, as well as 2,346 tanks. It routinely participates in military training with the US.

on October 11, 2016
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