Rex Tillerson Rejects Talks With North Korea on Nuclear Program – The New York Times

Tillerson: ‘The Policy of Strategic Patience Has Ended’ Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, in a visit to South Korea, said if North Korea increased “the threat of their weapons program” to an unacceptable level, the Trump administration would consider action. “The policy of strategic patience has ended,” Mr. Tillerson said. By REUTERS. Photo by […]

South Korean court throws president out of office; two die in protest | Reuters

SEOUL South Korea’s Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country’s conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China.   The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of Park’s supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court, and […]

North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in ‘diplomatic meltdown’ | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR/SEOUL North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia, as police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur sought to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy.   Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak accused North Korea of “effectively holding our citizens hostage” […]

South Korea Parliament Votes to Impeach President Park Geun-hye – The New York Times

Lawmakers endorsed the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, who is accused of extortion, abuse of power and bribery. SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s Parliament voted on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye, an aloof conservative who took a hard line against North Korea and rose to power with strong support from those who revered […]

Swirling Scandal Involving Shamanistic Cult Threatens South Korean President Park Geun-hye : The Two-Way : NPR

END CLASS=”STORY-META__ONE” END CLASS=”STORY-META__TWO” END ID=”STORY-META” CLASS=”STORY-META HAS-BYLINE” Enlarge this image An estimated 10,000 demonstrators showed up near City Hall in Seoul on Saturday, calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s resignation.   Haeryun Kang/For NPR hide caption toggle caption   Haeryun Kang/For NPR   An estimated 10,000 demonstrators showed up near City Hall in […]

The Art of Letting Go – Bat Flipping in South Korea

The videos started to appear in America a few years ago, crossing the Pacific and landing on our digital doorsteps like mysterious gifts. Their contents were joyously unfamiliar: Korea Baseball Organization sluggers walloping balls and then flipping their bats with abandon, sending them spiraling through the air. Montages surfaced on a website called, gifs […]