Choe Sang-hun, The New York Times

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North Korea Launches Short-Range Missile as Country’s Envoy Speaks at U.N.

The launch came just three days after the sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said the country would consider holding a meeting with the South and declaring an official end to the Korean War. → Read More

Cho Yong-gi, Who Spread Christianity in South Korea, Dies at 85

His mammoth Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul symbolized the explosive growth of the religion in the once war-torn country. → Read More

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast

The launch on Wednesday was the country’s first ballistic missile test in six months, and violated multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions. → Read More

​North Korea Forgoes the Usual Muscle-Flexing in a Military Parade

The parade, which marked the government’s 73rd anniversary, was seen as a celebration of those who have borne the brunt of the regime’s effort to rebuild the economy amid sanctions and the pandemic. → Read More

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles in Challenge to Biden

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan said the test “threatens the peace and security of Japan and the region, and is a violation of United Nations resolutions.” → Read More

J.Y. Lee, Chief of South Korea's Samsung Business Empire, Is Sent to Prison

Lee Jae-yong was convicted of bribing Park Geun-hye, the former president of South Korea who was impeached in 2017. → Read More

Kim Ki-duk, Award-Winning South Korean Filmmaker, Dies at 59

He was celebrated for movies centered on society’s underbelly, but he was later accused of sexual misconduct. He died of Covid-19. → Read More

North Korean Diplomat, Missing Since 2018, Is in Seoul, Lawmaker Says

Jo Song-gil was the North’s acting ambassador to Rome when he vanished, raising the possibility that he had become the highest-ranking official to defect to the South since 1997. → Read More

China’s leader sends Trump wishes for a speedy recovery.

President Xi Jinping of China on Saturday sent a message to President Trump wishing him and the first lady a speedy recovery after the pair tested positive for the coronavirus, the latest addition to a growing list of world leaders who have wished the American president well. In the message to Mr. Trump, Mr. Xi said that he and his wife, Peng Liyuan, “express sympathy and hope you get better… → Read More

South Korea Urges Joint Inquiry Into Official’s Killing at Sea

North Korea has apologized for the death of a South Korean government official, but the two countries differ on the circumstances that led to the shooting. → Read More

Kim Jong-un Offers South Korea Rare Apology for Killing of Official

“I am deeply sorry that an unexpected and unfortunate thing has happened in our territorial waters,” the North Korean leader said in a message, according to officials in the South. → Read More

North Korea Accused of Shooting and Burning South Korean Defector

The body of the fisheries official was set ablaze in the North’s waters for fear he was carrying the coronavirus, South Korean officials said. → Read More

North Korean Propaganda Gets a YouTube Makeover: Fewer Parades, More Pizza

YouTube and other social media platforms give the country an easy way to spread propaganda and push a more modern, upbeat message: We’re just like you. → Read More

Samsung Heir Is Indicted but Avoids Jail

Lee Jae-yong stands accused of stock price manipulation and other offenses as he sought to tighten his control over the major corporate empire. → Read More

In South Korea’s New Covid-19 Outbreak, Religion and Politics Collide

The Sarang Jeil Church in Seoul has been a magnet for thousands of conservative Christians who fear their country is turning communist under President Moon Jae-in. Many have contracted the coronavirus. → Read More

South Korea Warns of Another Covid-19 Outbreak Tied to a Church

President Moon Jae-in has vowed to crack down on the Sarang ​Jeil Church for flouting preventive measures. The church happens to be his most vocal critic. → Read More

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

The defects, which have been fixed, exposed private details of people in quarantine. The country has been hailed as a pioneer in digital public health. → Read More

Seoul Will Investigate #MeToo Accusations Against Dead Mayor

A fact-finding team will have no power to subpoena or indict anyone, but women’s rights activists and the mayor’s accuser have called for an investigation anyway. → Read More

Seoul Mayor Is Found Dead After Harassment Complaint Is Filed

Mayor Park Won-soon, who vanished after leaving a cryptic message for his daughter, had faced a newly filed complaint from his secretary. → Read More

Yes, Those Were Sex Dolls Cheering On a South Korean Soccer Team

FC Seoul wanted to add a little festivity to an empty stadium. Instead, it’s apologizing to fans. → Read More