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WHAT'S NEXT?: South Korea may go nuclear if Trump cancels the missile deployment and leaves the country alone facing the North's threats. With the President facing an impeachment vote and mass demonstrations on the streets political and economic turmoil may follow. Chinese markets has already shaken South Korea, where central bankers downgraded their forecasts for economic growth.

  • [New] South Korea and the US will expand mutual investment and cooperate to stabilize the supply chain in strategic industries such as semiconductor and batteries. the korea herald
  • [New] South Korea already has the KORUS FTA Free Trade Agreement with the U.S. and is a natural fit for the high-end economic cooperation envisioned under the IPEF such as clean energy and digital trade. Radio Free Asia
  • [New] The more China and North Korea talk about nukes, the more necessary it is that uneasy democracies such as Australia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan will make adjustments. American Greatness
  • [New] Reuters is reporting today that South Korea will offer vaccines, and other medical assistance, to the north again, but it is unknown whether the North will accept. ECDC
  • [New] Ballistic missile submarines would add a new maritime threat to the North's growing collection of solid-fuel weapons fired from land vehicles, which are being developed with an apparent aim to overwhelm missile defense systems in South Korea and Japan. Time
  • [New] South Korea, Japan and the US are fighting it out to be the first to launch commercial 5G networks, but China will take an early lead in the number of subscribers. CCS Insight
  • [New] North Korea may use the threat of nuclear escalation to provide strategic cover for low-intensity operations against South Korea without risking retaliation from the US. Asia Times
  • [New] In addition to well-established markets such as Japan and South Korea, several countries in Southeast Asia hold excellent growth potential for U.S. pork, beef and lamb. National Hog Farmer
  • The North Korean weapons tested recently included a variety of nuclear-capable missiles that could potentially reach South Korea, Japan or the mainland U.S. AP News
  • The weapons recently tested by North Korea included a variety of nuclear-capable missiles that could potentially reach South Korea, Japan or the mainland US. News
  • South Korea's inflation hit a more than 13-year high last month as Russia's invasion of Ukraine sent commodity prices soaring, which could dampen growth prospects. Reuters
  • In recent months, North Korea has test-launched a spate of nuclear-capable missiles that could target South Korea, Japan and the mainland United States. CBC
  • The North could use another nuclear test to claim it acquired an ability to build small nuclear warheads for expanding its range of shorter-range weapons threatening South Korea and Japan, or put a cluster of bombs on a multiwarhead ICBM. CBC
  • Ballistic missile submarines would add a new maritime threat to the North's growing collection of solid-fuel weapons fired from land vehicles, which are being developed with an apparent aim to overwhelm missile defence systems in South Korea and Japan. IndiaTV News
  • As the U.S. rushes toward a provocative and wrong-headed containment strategy on China, Washington should avoid pushing South Korea to choose between the two great powers, thereby minimizing the risk of a potential blowback that can hurt U.S. interests. Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
  • Replacing Russian coal will be hard for Europe, Japan and South Korea, which collectively import around 90 Mt of thermal coal and 25 Mt of met coal annually from Putin's Russia. USSANews
  • As viewed from Seoul and Tokyo, it looks as if U.S. fears of escalation could supersede obligations to defend a treaty ally, such as a NATO member, Japan, or South Korea. Foreign Policy
  • Two of Russia's biggest Asian customers - Japan and South Korea - are Western allies who will likely face intense pressure from the US to avoid any increase in energy imports. Al Jazeera
  • And an array of modern weapons including missiles potentially capable of reaching the U.S. homeland as well as shorter-range missiles that can be fired from land vehicles or submarines and threaten South Korea and Japan. AP News
  • Inflation in South Korea is expected to remain at decade-highs, exacerbated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has sent commodity prices surging. ABC (Australia)
  • U.S. national interests in South Korea include maintaining the health of the U.S. alliance with Seoul to stabilize the Korean Peninsula and enhancing American influence and economic opportunities in South Korea. Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
  • NATO will provide its Asia-Pacific partners - Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea - with practical and political cooperation in the areas of cyber, new technology, and countering disinformation. MSN
  • While South Korea remains dependent on China economically, it is placing greater trust in the US and its allies for its security, and is actively seeking to take on a greater regional role, even at the risk of angering China. The Strategist

Last updated: 25 May 2022


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