July 20, 2024

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeongmin Kim

Jeongmin Kim

Jeongmin Kim is the Lead Correspondent at NK News and Editorial Director at KOREA PRO, based in Seoul. Kim covers inter-Korean relations and North and South Korean foreign and military affairs. Kim has covered the 2022 ROK presidential election on the ground, and prior to joining NK News, she worked for the CSIS Korea Chair in Washington D.C. and Reuters news agency’s Seoul bureau.

Analysis

Pitfalls and prospects for South Korea’s unlikely new political party

Experts appear positive about the four-way merger, saying it could open door for reform among major parties

Jeongmin KimJeongmin Kim | Joon Ha ParkFebruary 16, 2024
Analysis

Satellite parties and political machinations test South Korean elections

Korea Pro answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the ROK’s complicated election system

Jeongmin KimJeongmin Kim | Lina ParkFebruary 9, 2024
Analysis

Itaewon disaster bill falls victim to political maneuvering

Families' pleas for answers go unheard as the government and opposition prioritize electoral gains over societal healing

Jeongmin KimJeongmin KimFebruary 2, 2024
Analysis

South Korea’s new mugshot law sparks transparency versus privacy debate

Despite a spike in heinous crimes, experts voice concerns that pushing for suspect identity could violate privacy

Jeongmin KimJeongmin Kim | Joon Ha ParkJanuary 26, 2024
Analysis

Why South Korea remained cautious in congratulating Taiwan’s election result

South Korea’s muted response to Taiwan’s election results shows its approach is based on security calculations

Jeongmin KimJeongmin Kim | Joon Ha ParkJanuary 19, 2024
Analysis

South Korea’s new focus on economic security reflects China, US trade concerns

Experts tell Korea Pro that National Security Office expansion part of effort to brace for ‘weaponized’ supply chains

Jeongmin KimJeongmin Kim | Lina ParkJanuary 12, 2024
Analysis

Assassination attempt on opposition leader signals decaying political culture

Experts tell Korea Pro that the attack on Lee Jae-myung exposes alarming polarization that threatens Korea’s democracy

Jeongmin KimJeongmin KimJanuary 5, 2024
Analysis

Expo rout and diplomatic gaffes: South Korea’s worst blunders of 2023

In part two, Korea Pro looks back at more stories that exposed problems in ROK, focusing on politics and foreign affairs

Jeongmin KimJeongmin KimDecember 28, 2023
Analysis

Jamboree woes, heinous murders: Cataloging South Korea’s worst moments of 2023

Korea Pro selected 10 news stories that made international headlines and revealed deep-rooted problems in the ROK

Jeongmin KimJeongmin KimDecember 27, 2023
Analysis

Seoul’s ambitious five-year defense plan confronts difficult financial realities

South Korea wants to invest staggering $268B to bolster military, but there are already signs of budgetary strain

Jeongmin KimJeongmin KimDecember 22, 2023