Choe Sang-hun, The New York Times

Choe Sang-hun

The New York Times

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Recent articles by Choe:

Ex-North Korean Diplomat Runs for South Korean Parliament

Thae Yong-ho is the first defector from the North to seek popular election as a lawmaker in the South. → Read More

North Korean Leader’s Aunt Re-Emerges After Husband’s Execution

Kim Kyong-hui resurfaces as Kim Jong-un stresses his bloodline to consolidate his people’s loyalty. → Read More

​South Korea Discharges Soldier Who Underwent Sex-Change Surgery

In a first for the country, an active-duty South Korean soldier faced a military panel that decided whether she was fit to serve after a gender-reassignment operation. → Read More

‘Chewing Gum Tycoon’ of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, Dies at 98

Mr. Shin transformed a small business in postwar Tokyo into ​a ​corporate giant spanning South Korea and Japan. → Read More

‘Chewing Gum Tycoon’ of Lotte Group, Shin Kyuk-ho, Dies at 98

Mr. Shin transformed a small business in postwar Tokyo into ​a ​corporate giant spanning South Korea and Japan. → Read More

Kim Woo-choong, Who Strove to Be ‘Automotive Genghis Khan,’ Dies at 82

The Daewoo founder’s mad-rush corporate expansion symbolized South Korea’s rise as an Asian tiger. Daewoo’s collapse offered a bracing reality check. → Read More

North Korea Calls Trump a ‘Heedless and Erratic Old Man’

The harsh words came after President Trump warned that Kim Jong-un had “far too much to lose” if he tried to intervene in the U.S. elections with attempts at hostile acts. → Read More

North Korea Says It Carried Out ‘Very Important Test’ at Missile-Engine Site

The announcement came as North Korea has escalated a pressure campaign on the United States to make more concessions before a Dec. 31 deadline set by its leader, Kim Jong-un. → Read More

Kim Jong-un Visits Sacred Mountain on Horseback. Analysts Watch His Next Move.

The North Korean leader has often visited Mount Paektu, near the border with China, before making major policy shifts. → Read More

Life Inside the DMZ? Scary, but There’s 5G and a Great School

For braving life inside the Demilitarized Zone, the 188 residents of a South Korean village get great perks, like tax breaks, exemption from military service and superfast internet access. → Read More

Two K-Pop Stars Sentenced to Prison for Rape

The two men raped women who were too drunk to resist, and one of them shared videos of the assaults, a court found. → Read More

Time Is Running Out for Trump’s North Korean Diplomacy, Analysts Say

Analysts fear a looming crisis as North Korea warns of a Dec. 31 deadline for a new proposal from the United States on denuclearization. → Read More

North Korea Launches 2 Rockets, South Says

The short-range projectiles were launched off the North’s east coast, days after Kim Jong-un ordered artillery fire near a disputed sea border. → Read More

U.S. Offers North Korea ‘Act of Good Will.’ Not Enough, North Says.

A canceled military drill was not enough to get the North Koreans back to the table to discuss denuclearization. → Read More

North Korea Blocks Windows of Tall Buildings in Pyongyang to Prevent Spying, Reports Say

North Korea blocks the windows of high-rise apartments in Pyongyang to prevent their residents from looking down, or spying, on the party and government buildings, a news report says. → Read More

South Korea Says It Will Scrap Intelligence-Sharing Deal With Japan

The move is likely to alarm the United States, which pushed for the arrangement in part to ensure that North Korea’s missile activity is closely tracked. → Read More

South Korean Leader Strikes Conciliatory Tone in Dispute With Japan

In a major speech, President Moon Jae-in urged Japan to stop using trade to address historical disputes and expressed hope that the two economies could cooperate. → Read More

Student Deported From North Korea Says He’s ‘Pretty Obviously’ Not a Spy

Alek Sigley, 29, an Australian who sometimes wrote about his life in Pyongyang, was accused of “systematically collecting information” for news media outlets. → Read More

North Korea Accuses Expelled Australian Student of Spying

Alek Sigley had admitted to “systematically” collecting information, the North said, and a state news agency reported that he had been “caught red-handed.” → Read More

North Korea Launches Short-Range Missile, South Says

The missile was fired on Saturday morning, according to the South Korean military, which provided few details. → Read More