On the Korean Peninsula


A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site Saturday, US seismologists said, in what China’s seismic service said was a “suspected explosion”, but Seoul deemed a “natural earthquake”.

For some reason, I doubt that.


An infographic on military might in Asia.



Roh Moo-Hyun’s “shadow” insists that even more talking will fix things with North Korea:

President Moon Jae-in in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday said pressure through sanctions and diplomatic efforts are the only ways to deal with the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Like it did before?



In Canada, they may be given multi-million dollar awards:

A local court sentenced an underage girl to 20 years in prison and her teenage accomplice to life imprisonment on Friday for murdering an 8-year-old girl and dismembering her body, in a murder case that shocked the nation earlier this year for its brutality.


And, with Chuseok just around the corner (aren’t you excited?), Korean Air pilots threaten a strike:

Pilots at flag carrier Korean Air on Thursday threatened to go on a weeklong strike just as millions of Koreans forward to holiday abroad over the long Chuseok break.

The Korean Air pilots’ union said it notified its employer that 390 pilots will take part in the strike.

But the airline is designated as an essential public service, so only a certain portion of its 2,300 pilots can strike at once without risking jail. And the airline must maintain 80 percent of international flights, 70 percent of flights to Jeju Island and 50 percent of domestic flights.

That still leaves a wide margin for chaos and ruined breaks in a country with notoriously short holidays and excessive working hours.

Chuseok is like Korean Thanksgiving. To put this strike in context, imagine Air Canada pilots going on a strike a week before Christmas. But, because this is South Korea and not Canada, people won’t grumble; they’ll do something about it and it won’t be nice.