South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol grants presidential pardon to Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee

South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol pardoned Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee on Friday, with the justice ministry saying the business leader was needed to help overcome a “national economic crisis”. The pardon is largely symbolic, with Lee already out on parole after serving 18 months in jail for bribery in a scandal that… Read More South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol grants presidential pardon to Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee

North Korea test-fires three ballistic missiles

North Korea fired three missiles on Wednesday, including one thought to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile, after U.S. President Joe Biden ended an Asia trip where he agreed to new measures to deter the nuclear-armed state. South Korea’s deputy national security adviser, Kim Tae-hyo, said the North also appeared to have conducted multiple experiments… Read More North Korea test-fires three ballistic missiles

North Korea test-fires largest ICBM

North Korea conducted what is thought to be its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test ever on Thursday, the South Korean and Japanese militaries said, marking a dramatic end to a self-imposed moratorium on long-range testing. It would be the first full-capability launch of the nuclear-armed state’s largest missiles since 2017, and represents a major… Read More North Korea test-fires largest ICBM

South Korea elects opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol as president

Conservative South Korean opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol was elected president on Thursday in one of the most closely fought races in recent history which will shape Asia’s fourth-largest economy for the next five years. Yoon, 60, from the main opposition People Power Party, edged out the ruling Democratic Party’s Lee Jae-myung with 48.6% of the… Read More South Korea elects opposition candidate Yoon Suk-yeol as president

North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

North Korea fired at least two ballistic missiles on Friday, its third test in less than two weeks, just hours after criticising a U.S. push for new sanctions over the previous launches as a “provocation” and warning of a strong reaction. Two weeks of missile launches by North Korea, retaliatory sanctions designations by the United… Read More North Korea test-fires two ballistic missiles

North Korea test-fires ‘advanced’ ballistic missile

North Korea appeared to test-fire a ballistic missile on Tuesday that may be more advanced than a “hypersonic” one it launched less than a week ago, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang pursues increasingly powerful weapons. Tuesday’s launch, condemned by authorities in Washington and Tokyo and prompting an expression of concern from the U.N. secretary… Read More North Korea test-fires ‘advanced’ ballistic missile

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye released from prison

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was released from prison on Friday nearly five years after being convicted of corruption, fuelling debate over whether she would play any role ahead of a March presidential election. Park, 69, was the country’s first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office when the Constitutional Court upheld… Read More Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye released from prison

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in pardons former President Park Geun-hye

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in granted a pardon to former President Park Geun-hye, who was in prison after being convicted of corruption, the justice ministry said on Friday, amid a tight presidential race. Park, 69, became South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be thrown out of office when the Constitutional Court upheld a parliament… Read More South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in pardons former President Park Geun-hye