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We think that South Korea and the United States holding joint drills is not beneficial to easing current tensions or efforts by all sides to promote talks.feedback
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NEW Aug 22 2017
South Korea has been commented on by 346 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about South Korea are: Park Geun-hye, Mike Pence, Moon Jae-in and Yoshihide Suga. For instance, the most recent quote from Park Geun-hye is: “Yes, I have the same position as the lawyers. I hope this trial truly frees former President Park of fault and lets her be remembered as a president who lived a life devoted to her country.”.
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All quotes about South Korea

Steve Bannon

There's no military solution [to North Korea's nuclear threats], forget it. Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that ten million people in Seoul don't die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don't know what you're talking about, there's no military solution here, they got us. To me, the economic war with China is everything. And we have to be maniacally focused on that. If we continue to lose it, we're five years away, I think, ten years at the most, of hitting an inflection point from which we'll never be able to recover.feedback

Moon Jae-in

War must never break out again on the Korean Peninsula. Only the Republic of Korea can make the decision for military action on the Korean Peninsula.feedback

Moon Jae-in

We cannot rely only on our ally for our security. When it comes to matters related to the Korean Peninsula, our country has to take the initiative in resolving them.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The past history of the North Korean nuclear problem showed that a clue to resolving the problem was found when sanctions were combined with dialogue.feedback

Ray Tenorio

We are happy that the rhetoric has calmed down, that he won't be pursuing his threats to fire missiles at Guam. The comments allay some of the concerns and the fears.feedback

Moon Jae-in

Military action on the Korean peninsula can only be decided by South Korea and no one else can decide to take military action without the consent of South Korea. The government, putting everything on the line, will block war by all means.feedback

Vincent K. Brooks

[Troops from both South Korea and the U.S.] tell me that they want to be ready. They want to make sure they can do all they can to be prepared. They want to know if they have reason to be concerned, and in the meantime we tell them to continue their mission, and they do it very, very well every single day.feedback

Jill Ellis

To play a highly technical and organized team like South Korea will give us more quality matches in 2017. They are consistently pushing the top teams in Asia and these games, right at the end of the NWSL season, will be a great window to get the team back together before our final FIFA dates in November.feedback

H.R. McMaster

The United States military is locked and loaded every day – and especially those who are on the front lines of freedom, such as those that are stationed in South Korea and those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines stationed in northeast Asia, or rotate there. We have tremendous military capabilities. We have a very high degree of readiness. And so the United States military is always locked and loaded. The purpose of capable, ready forces is to preserve peace and prevent war. And George Washington said it, The most effective way of preserving peace is to be prepared for war.feedback

Margaret Metcalfe

I don't think anyone can really predict what our president may offer, because he is one of those thinkers outside the box. But right now, I can tell you, in Guam, our flights are arriving from South Korea and Japan … Tourists are coming as normal even with all these fights from the media.feedback

John Delury

The whole point of the Olympics is to use sports as a way to bridge even the most acrimonious political divides. Given President Moon Jae-in's underlying belief in the need for dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation between the two Koreas, it certainly makes sense that South Korea would try some form of co-hosting. Whether Pyongyang is capable of being engaged is a question that can only be answered by trying.feedback

Tom Collina

The United States and South Korea somehow reduce the military threat to the North, for example, by modifying the military exercises that are supposed to be starting later this month. In exchange for that, the North would agree to freeze its missile and nuclear program.feedback

Henry Kissinger

An understanding between the U.S. and Beijing is the essential prerequisite. Tokyo and Seoul also have key roles to play.feedback

Angela Merkel

I do not see a military solution to this conflict, rather I see continuous work, like we have seen in the UN Security Council with members with resolutions in view of North Korea, and above all very close cooperation with affected countries, especially the United States and China, but also South Korea, of course Japan. Germany will be intensively involved with potential solutions that we see, not of a military manner. But the escalation of rhetoric I hold as the wrong answer.feedback

Mitchell Goldberg

The ultimate problem we have with North Korea is they do have nukes and Seoul is only 30 miles away from the DMZ. That's a frightening prospect.feedback

Yoon Hee-yeul

Since 2006, when North Korea first conducted its nuclear test, there wasn't this much response, as people became immune to frequent missile launches and nuclear tests. I feel it's different this time.feedback

Oliver Jones

If tensions between the U.S. and North Korea escalate further, we think that the implications for equities in South Korea and elsewhere will remain limited provided that war does not actually break out.feedback

Daryl Kimball

Tillerson has the right line, he's trying to dial down the pressure to make it clear that the U.S. doesn't want regime change in North Korea. Donald Trump needs to follow the lead of his secretary of state. It's urgent to engage in a serious, adult conversation about mutual security concerns. China and South Korea are encouraging it, Tillerson is open to it but Trump's reckless threats are interfering with that.feedback

Mark Starzyk

Sometimes you've got to talk tough. I'm nonconfrontational. I hope this ends in a peaceful resolution. There are no winners in a nuclear war. There's so much collateral damage, no matter what, and the North Koreans have enough conventional weapons to light up Seoul.feedback

Hideshi Takesada

There's growing concern, about whether the U.S. is really thinking about the security of Japan and South Korea.feedback

Benjamin Cruz

This is two schoolboys squabbling in the sandbox, but I'm concerned people in South Korea and Japan will take this very seriously. Trump thinks of Guam as a military outpost, not as a thriving community of US citizens.feedback

Abraham Kim

North Korean provocation is always a concern, but it is kind of like background noise. Sometimes it gets very loud, but it's always been there. People are kind of numb to it.feedback

Christina Lee

An older South Korean man thought the NK threat is very dangerous. [He] said, The younger generation who hasn't experienced war wouldn't understand.feedback

Walter Paik

They don't know the reality of the North Korean leaders.feedback

Nicholas Burns

It really is a time for diplomacy. But there's no American ambassador to South Korea, there's no secretary of State for East Asia. So, you've also got to fill out the ranks.feedback

Art Cashin

We here in the U.S. easily forget that South Korea is a major trading partner of China as is Japan. If that begins to impair, what does that do to the Chinese economy? What does it do to the economies of South Korea and Japan? And what will that do to the world economy?feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

When everyone is talking tough, people's tempers may be at high tide. Given time, all parties may calm down. If not, and the conflict intensifies, China could take a more active step, like sending an envoy to Washington, Pyongyang, Tokyo, Seoul and Moscow for shuttle diplomacy.feedback

Danny Rose

Yes I've got team-mates who have moved away from families in South Korea and Argentina, but I have been away for over ten years now and I don't get to see my mum that often. I am going to make it my priority before I retire to play football up there.feedback

James Stavridis

In the event of a first strike against Kim, even a non-nuclear option, it is highly likely that Kim would retaliate at least conventionally against South Korea. This almost certainly would create an upward spiral of violence which would be extremely difficult to manage or to mitigate.feedback

Anthony Cordesman

The estimates of North Korean artillery casualties in Seoul are absurd but everyone is quoting them without asking where they come from. That's typical. It's one thing to have a worst-case analysis; it's another thing to not say it's the worst-case analysis.feedback

Philip Yun

If we had a war, think about what it means. You are talking South Korea, the 11th largest economy in the world, Japan, the third largest economy, and you are talking about ground troops on the Korean peninsula. Donald Trump's agenda would be consumed by this. Nothing else would get done. It's against his interest and it's not really an option.feedback

Hans M. Kristensen

If they did launch they could potentially wipe out cities in South Korea and Japan, and in the longer term maybe reach the U.S. West Coast and even further inland.feedback

Judith Mosley

Never has there been a situation of two mentally unstable leaders, with fragile egos bringing the world to the brink of a third world war. The slaughter that would take place in South Korea alone is unthinkable.feedback

Hugh White

Trump is making empty threats to North Korea. It is credible to say that America will attack North Korea if North Korea actually attacks the U.S. or allies – as Mattis has done. But it is not credible to threaten to attack if North Korea keeps issuing verbal threats towards America. But if, as is much more likely, it turns into a costly disaster for the United States, South Korea and Japan, in the end that might well mark the end of the United States' leadership in Asia.feedback

Eddie Calvo

There is a defense umbrella contained within South Korea, there is a defense umbrella for Japan, there are naval assets between Korea, Japan and Guam, and there is a missile defense system of Guam that make up a multi-level defensive umbrella. At this point, based on what facts are known, there is no need to have any concern regards heightening the threat level.feedback

James Stavridis

The use of the B-1 bombers to actually drop bombs and destroy Korean infrastructure and kill North Koreans would cause an escalation. Kim Jong Un would be compelled to respond. He would lash out militarily, at a minimum against South Korea, and potentially at long-range targets, perhaps including Guam. … That's a bad set of outcomes from where we sit now.feedback

Mark Bowden - United Nations

The heat has been turned up on the whole question, but the harsh facts of the situations haven't changed and the consequences of a military attack haven't changed. I think it's just coming to a head. Beyond a certain limit… any sort of major conventional attack on North Korea, or by North Korea on South Korea, I think would rapidly escalate… the conventional capabilities of North Korea alone are capable of wreaking so much havoc on Seoul and on American bases within reach, the costs would rapidly become so high it would be unacceptable and I think it would just spiral out of control.feedback

Lee Byong-chul

Trump doesn't seem to understand what an alliance is, and doesn't seem to consider his ally when he says those things. No American president has mentioned a military option so easily, so offhandedly as he has. He unnerves people in South Korea, few of whom want war in Korea.feedback

Moon Sang-gyun

North Korea should realize if it doesn't stop its … provocations, it will face even stronger pressure and sanctions. We warn North Korea not to test or misunderstand the will of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We do not seek a regime change, we do not seek the collapse of the regime, we do not seek an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, we do not seek an excuse to send our military north of the 38th parallel [the border with South Korea]. But you are presenting an unacceptable threat to us, and we have to respond.feedback

Vipin Narang

The only reason we have shows of strength is to remind South Korea and Japan that the alliance is strong.feedback

Shinzo Abe

As long as North Korea continues such provocative actions, there is no avoiding maintaining close contact with the international community starting with the United States, South Korea, China and Russia and further strengthening the pressure against the reclusive state.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We condemn North Korea in the harshest terms. We intend to cooperate closely with the international community, including the Unites States, South Korea, China and Russia to increase pressure on North Korea.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

This is a clear violation of the UN Security Council resolutions. Continued provocative actions are unacceptable. We declare a strong protest to North Korea, condemn [the launch] in the most severe term. We intend to continue increasing pressure on North Korea, insisting on extra role not only from us, the United States and South Korea, but also Russia and China.feedback

S. Nathan Park

South Korea just gave a master class in how to impeach a president. Here's what anti-Trump activists can learn from the experience.feedback

Jenna Gibson

THAAD is not about China, or even the U.S. – it is about scandal-ridden former President Park Geun-hye.feedback

Lu Kang

We hope that North and South Korea can work hard to go in a positive direction and create conditions to break the deadlock and resume dialogue and consultation.feedback

Bobby Kotick - Blizzard Entertainment

We thought the most important thing in celebrating our players was getting local recognition and developing that local bond fans have with their teams in their local markets. But it's never been done on a global basis. So the idea that Shanghai and Seoul can play Boston and New York, that's never been done before [...] This is the first time where you have global competition, city-based pairs where you're going to have that local level enthusiasm.feedback

Keith Downing

It might be a player who is physically unable at the moment to handle Championship or League One football. We saw the Under-20s winning in South Korea while we were at a training camp in Spain and some of the boys know the players from their clubs. There is a vested interest in each other. It rubs off and it has snowballed. There is very much a communication right the way through to the seniors. Gareth [Southgate] obviously understands the development through the age groups. There is an alignment and an in-possession and out of possession philosophy.feedback

Donald J. Trump

President George W. Bush originally negotiated the South Korea trade deal in 2007.feedback

Shin Ji-ha

I would be dead like in less than a second (if a war broke out). There will be no pain at all so I don't mind that much.feedback

Evan Medeiros

Over the next 6-12 months, the focus of U.S. policy is going to be pressure, sanctions and isolation via economic, diplomatic and military means. Washington will encourage, coerce and bribe as much cooperation from South Korea, Japan, China, (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the EU as possible.feedback

Evan Medeiros

Both Washington and Seoul believe that accepting this deal would undermine the credibility of the alliance, potentially leading to a rethinking of commitments or even an unraveling of the whole alliance.feedback

Nikki Haley

The United States does not seek conflict. In fact, we seek to avoid it. We seek only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end to the threatening actions by North Korea. Regrettably, we're witnessing just the opposite. Make no mistake, North Korea's launch of an ICBM is a clear and sharp military escalation. The North Korean regime openly states that its missiles are intended to deliver nuclear weapons to strike cities in the United States, South Korea, and Japan. And now it has a greater capacity to do so.feedback

Bruce Bennett - Rand Corporation

North Korea has been very clear that if you (attacked) even one of those facilities, they are going to significantly escalate in response. They have threatened to turn Seoul into a sea of fire.feedback

Howard Rubel - Jefferies

The aggressive nature of the North Korean acts may cause Japan, South Korea, the U.S. Congress and the Administration to fund missile defense at an above average rate. Language in the House Armed Services Report for the FY18 DoD budget calls out the need for a plan to enhance the sharing of commercial imagery and national technical means with South Korea and Japan.feedback

Jeffrey W. Hornung - Rand Corporation

North Korea knows it is the end game and will not go down without a fight. I think it is going to be a barrage.feedback

David Maxwell

There is no silver bullet solution that can defeat North Korean fire before they inflict significant damage on Seoul and South Korea.feedback

Robert Kelly

You have this massive agglomeration of everything that is important in South Korea – government, business and the huge population – and all of it is in this gigantic megalopolis that starts 30 miles from the border and ends 70 miles from the border. In terms of national security, it's just nuts.feedback

Nam Kyung-pil

For the first 72 hours, each individual will have to save their own lives or be prepared by themselves.feedback

Jean Lee

It's also strategic. If the U.S. and South Korea are going to step up sanctions, North Korea will certainly move faster in getting its illicit nuclear and ballistic missile programs as far along as they can before any negotiations on a freeze or dismantlement.feedback

H.R. McMaster

I'll just note that while in Hamburg, the President will meet with many world leaders, including Chancellor Merkel of Germany, the host of the G20, Prime Minister May of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Abe of Japan, President Moon of South Korea, President Xi of China, President Putin of Russia, President Peña Nieto of Mexico, President Jokowi of Indonesia, and Prime Minister Lee of Singapore, among others. There's no specific agenda. It's really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We agreed to actively develop our mutual initiative based on Russia's step-by-step plan for a Korean settlement and Chinese ideas, at the same time freezing the nuclear capabilities of North Korea and large scale military exercises by the United States and South Korea.feedback

Boris Johnson

This is yet another reminder of the grave danger that North Korea poses to her neighbours, particularly Japan and South Korea, who are our friends and allies. Regardless of the variety of missile launched, any test of this kind breaks UN Security Council resolutions once again.feedback

Kim Jong-un

North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life? Hard to believe that South Korea and Japan will put up with this much longer. Perhaps China will put a heavy move on North Korea and end this nonsense once and for all!feedback

Allan Liska - Recorded Future

For several years, Taiwan and South Korea have been proven testing grounds for some of the more advanced groups in China. Those countries have high-speed internet, widespread internet penetration and not a lot of security infrastructure in place. We see a pattern among the attackers. They test something, make improvements, and then six weeks later test again before launching it at their true targets.feedback

Hellen Ko

He said he wanted to die. He said there was nothing he could do in South Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Together we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime in North Korea. The nuclear and ballistic missile programs of that regime required a determined response. We're working closely with South Korea and Japan, as well as partners around the world, on a range of diplomatic, security and economic measures to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as North Korea. We will do more to remove barriers to reciprocal trade and market access.feedback

Wilbur Ross

There are a lot of various and specific problems, and I think the way to address it is to deal product-by-product with what we can do to change the export side and what we can do to reduce the bad imports side.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We will do more to to remove barriers to reciprocal trade and market access. We talked last night and today about some tough trade issues like autos and steel. I'm encouraged by President Moon's assurances that he will work to create a level playing field so that American workers and businesses, and especially auto makers, can have a fair shake at dealing with South Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

These would be important steps forward in our trading relationship. They have to be made, not fair to the American worker if they are not, and they will be. Our teams are going to get to work on these issues, and they're going to sign a deal that's great for South Korea and great for the United States.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Our goal is peace, stability, and prosperity for the region. But the United States will defend itself – always will defend itself, always -- and we will always defend our allies. We're working with closely with South Korea and Japan, as well as partners around the world, on a range of diplomatic, security, and economic measures to protect our allies and our own citizens from this menace known as North Korea.feedback

Dean Cheng

China isn't stopping North Korea but it is trying to stop South Korea from depending itself. China appears to expect South Korea to do what China wants regardless of whether it can protect itself.feedback

Dean Cheng

We could sort of see a replay like we had when George W. Bush was president and there was more of a hardline [policy] on North Korea. That was one of our less coordinated periods of U.S.-South Korea relations.feedback

Mike Stigwood

Someone moving from the countryside to live next to a motorway will have acclimatised to the traffic noise within a month. Whereas if your neighbour has a rock-band rehearsal twice a week, you will get to the point where even the cars pulling up on the driveway will trigger adverse emotion.feedback

Paul Simpson

I wouldn't have been invited to Poland to co-commentate on the under‑21s had we not won in South Korea, that's for sure. I'm really enjoying it. To be involved with the FA and pull that Three Lions tracksuit on is an honour in the first place. But to be part of the group of coaches and players we've got is a great experience. I've been overwhelmed by the messages I've received. It seems everybody is delighted with what we've achieved. That doesn't surprise me because we're all England supporters.feedback

Tsugio Makimoto

Chip chiefs must be someone like Carlos Ghosn, who exercised strong leadership in Nissan's turnaround. It will be hard for a patched-together group like the Japan-U.S.-South Korea consortium to achieve such leadership.feedback

Koh Yu-hwan

It's unlikely that Washington and Seoul will let Warmbier's death entirely derail their efforts at talks because North Korea's nuclear weapons program is such a serious and immediate threat.feedback

Chang-Ho Yun

If you cannot sleep sufficiently on workdays because of work or social obligations, try to sleep as much as possible on the weekend. It might alleviate the risk for obesity . Weekend sleep extension could be a quick fix to compensate sleep loss over the week but is not an ultimate solution for chronic sleep loss.feedback

Chang-Ho Yun

Short sleep, usually causing sleep debt, is common and inevitable in many cases, and is a risk factor for obesity, hypertension, coronary heart disease, as well as mortality. Sleeping in may be better than napping, as the sleep may be deeper and follows the body's sleep-wake rhythms more closely.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

It is extremely important to maintain U.S. deterrence in the light of an increasingly severe regional security situation. We will maintain close contact with international society, including the United States and South Korea, to maintain vigilance and protect the safety of our people.feedback

Jean-Philippe Chaput

Short sleepers tend to eat more meals per day, snack more, engage in more screen time and may be less likely to move due to increased sensations of fatigue when not rested.feedback

Jean-Philippe Chaput

Sleep experts say that if people need an alarm clock to wake up it is a sign that they don't sleep enough. The more good behaviors we can have every day (and sustain for the rest of our lives) the better it is for the prevention of chronic diseases and optimizing health. Sleep should be one of these priorities. If you cannot sleep sufficiently on workdays because of work or social obligations, try to sleep as much as possible on the weekend. It might alleviate the risk for obesity.feedback

Magnus Ewerbring - Ericsson

In North America, there's great interest from the major operators ... we've seen statements from both Verizon and AT&T to deliver as early as possible. That's why we believe North America will, in that regard, lead the introduction (of 5G). We see corresponding similar statements from operators in predominantly (South) Korea, large, large interest in Japan and China as well.feedback

Hua Chunying

We have said many times before that the United States deployment of THAAD not only is not beneficial for the resolution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, it is also not good for regional stability. On this issue, China and Russia are agreed and have common interests. Of course China and Russia will continue to closely communicate on this issue, we will oppose the United States deploying THAAD in South Korea.feedback

Paul Simpson

We want to be recognised as good people but we want to be recognised as good football players as well. We couldn't have chosen a tougher first game than Argentina; they had so much of the ball but we were just clinical in both 18-yard boxes and killed the game. South Korea was another tough game where our only supporters were probably a handful of our players' families. Costa Rica and Mexico were also difficult and I know that Italy will be a hell of a tough task – they look to be a typical well-drilled, well-organised Italian side.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

The problem is North Korea, and if we want to stop the bringing of more military capability into the northwest Pacific, then we have to address the problem that is the threat to Japan, to South Korea and all the other nations. Coupled with reckless proclamations, the current North Korean program signals a clear intent to acquire nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, including those of intercontinental range, that pose direct and immediate threats to our regional allies, our partners and all the world.feedback

Vladimir Putin

This destroys the strategic balance in the world. What is happening is a very serious and alarming process. In Alaska, and now in South Korea, elements of the anti-missile defense system are emerging. Should we just stand idly by and watch this? Of course not. We are thinking about how to respond to these challenges. This is a challenge for us.feedback

Park Hyo-jin

Right now, it's a form of speculation, like stocks. I don't think anybody in South Korea buys bitcoin to use it.feedback

John Kilduff - Again Capital

We know anecdotally that Asian buyers have been procuring supply deals with U.S. suppliers over the last several months. There's actually been worries among Asian buyers that the OPEC deal would impact them and they've been picking up these purchases. That includes China, India and to a lesser extent South Korea.feedback

Garrick Hileman

Macroeconomic and positive regulatory developments are fueling significant demand in many markets, particularly South Korea and Japan, as well as India, Venezuela, Nigeria, and elsewhere.feedback

Harry Kazianis

North Korea has over 1,000 missiles that literally could strike South Korea at any time. So they need as many interceptors as they can get.feedback

Harry Kazianis

When they lose money from a big economy like China – tourism, manufactured goods, other types of trade – that hurts them. So that's why this is a much bigger deal than it should be.feedback

John Venable

You've got folks who are in place, elected by the people, who are not representing them well.feedback

Harry Kazianis

The Chinese have essentially put a de facto blockage on South Korea for deploying THAAD.feedback

Wu Riqiang

I don't think China can persuade South Korea to give up Thaad. China will build more nuclear weapons but won't do so publicly.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

South Korea could make a promise to only allow one set of Thaad on its territory. But that's not enough. China could ask South Korea not to join a trilateral alliance with Japan and the United States.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We are working with the international community to deal with this issue. This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea. And in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russia as well. The bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we're not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means. They have been very clear in their rhetoric we don't have to wait until they have an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear weapon on it to say that now it's manifested completely.feedback

Keith Malone - California Fuel Cell Partnership

I remind people we are filling up [hydrogen tanks] in kilograms. This is a global launch. This is also about Japan, Germany, South Korea, and increasingly the U.K. and the Nordic countries. I sometimes joke that I spend about 50 percent of my time bringing people to the realization this is happening.feedback

Yoo Yeong-ha

There was no reason for President Park to force companies to donate money which she was unable to use for herself.feedback

Park Geun-hye

Yes, I have the same position as the lawyers. I hope this trial truly frees former President Park of fault and lets her be remembered as a president who lived a life devoted to her country.feedback

Avi Hasson

You can really see that happening for Israel in a big way, in China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and so on.feedback

Kim Se-Yun

What is your occupation, the accused Park Geun-Hye? I don't have any occupation.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

The ongoing testing is disappointing, disturbing, and we ask that they cease that.feedback

Zhu Huani - Mizuho Bank

North Korea conducted a missile test on Sunday, but it is not expected to cause much financial market impact as both the U.S. and South Korea have been restrained in their reactions.feedback

Kim Dong-yub

I think the team to develop liquid fuel missiles are being pitted against the solid fuel team. The liquid fuel team succeeded on May 14 so the solid fuel team went for another round to achieve success. That is why the speed of North Korea's missile development is going beyond imagination.feedback

Sean Spicer

There is no question that North Korea continues to threaten the United States, our allies Japan, South Korea, and its neighbors, including both China and Russia. We are calling on all those folks in the region, particularly China and Russia, to do everything they can in terms of sanctions and to help resolve the situation and bring stability to the peninsula.feedback

Yoon Young-chan

There was a basic exchange of opinions about North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations. The United States reconfirmed its firm commitment to defend South Korea and both sides also agreed to strengthen collaborative efforts to deter North Korean provocations.feedback

Yoon Young-chan

We will prepare the summit meeting so it could serve as an opportunity for both leaders to develop their personal bond and friendship.feedback

Matt Pottinger

The state of the alliance is strong and I am fully confident that it will only grow stronger between our two administrations.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We now need to apply pressure on North Korea, and Japan and the United States need to coordinate closely so as to apply pressure.feedback

Fred Fleitz

I think it's a terrible idea because of the possibility of retaliation against Seoul.feedback

Yoon Young-chan

The president expressed deep regret over the fact that this reckless provocation . . . occurred just days after a new government was launched in South Korea. The president said we are leaving open the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, but we should sternly deal with a provocation to prevent North Korea from miscalculating.feedback

Nikki Haley

It's not this. Having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president because he's absolutely not going to do it. I can tell you, he can sit there and say all the conditions he wants. Until he meets our conditions, we're not sitting down with him. I can tell you we're working better with China than we ever have. We're determined to take care of South Korea, which is why we have our mission there, working on that as well. And then we're going to continue to take care of Japan.feedback

Yoon Young-chan

[Moon] said while South Korea remains open to the possibility of dialogue with North Korea, it is only possible when North Korea shows a change in attitude.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We will continue to closely coordinate with the United States and South Korea to respond to the North Korea situation.feedback

Han Song Ryol

The Central Prosecutor's Office will ask for the handover of those criminals and prosecute them under the relevant laws of the country. Korean-style anti-terror war will be launched immediately and in a consecutive and intensive way against the US and South Korea, whom Pyongyang has accused of sponsoring the murder,'' the official added without elaborating.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

We believe Japan-South Korea co-operation on issues such as North Korean problem is indispensable for the peace and stability in our region.feedback

Moon Jae-in

I had a telephone call with Liberty Korea Party candidate Hong Joon-pyo. I again offer him words of comfort. I think I can work well with the Liberty Korea Party on the areas of the United States-South Korea alliance and on national security issues. ... I promise to share important information about national security with opposition parties and will ask for cooperation on such issues.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

This increased willingness to be more assertive in defending South Korea's interests even if that means disagreeing with the U.S. will likely fuel tensions with President Donald Trump's administration. It would take months for these tensions to sort themselves out, especially if Trump publicly criticizes the new South Korean president or penalizes Seoul, perhaps through trade measures.feedback

John Park

Trump's statements have helped Beijing in its efforts to reverse or slow THAAD deployment in South Korea.feedback

Kim Yun-cheol

The Park Geun-hye era witnessed further concentration of wealth and power and instances of government officials using public office for private gain. The task facing the incoming president will be to solve these problems. Whether the next administration can form unified government and reflect public opinions in policies will be decisive.feedback

Liam McCarthy-Cotter

The corruption and scandal that brought an end to Park Geun-hye's presidency has left a vacuum in South Korea at a most inopportune time. There is a need for South Korea to re-establish its strength both domestically and in the face of increasingly hostile posturing from North Korea.feedback

Kim Hyeong-seok

We need a leader who could protect national interests and hold his ground against the surrounding global powers of the United States, China and Japan. This is not the time to keep our eyes just on domestic issues – we need to think about the nation's long-term future and peace.feedback

John Pomfret

If South Korea re-thinks the THAAD deployment, it does not bode well for the rest of Asia.feedback

Kim Ji-hyun

When I look at his path in life, I think he is the best to represent us. He's very clean and he operates according to his principles. I think he will help South Korea to have its own voice.feedback

Benjamin Barber

It can’t be left to dysfunctional nation states to tackle – but as Oslo and Seoul have shown, metropolitan centres can rise to the challenge of global warming. Climate change is the most urgent challenge facing humankind. Other issues make headlines: terrorism kills; inequality affects everyday life for billions around the globe. But climate is paramount, because in sustainability human survival itself is at stake. Why then have the nations governing the planet been so hopelessly ineffective in addressing the grave environmental crisis?feedback

Zou Dangrong

Before the early 2000s, the mainland Chinese entertainment industry was dominated by Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Celebrities from those places were regarded as true stars. But it's different now. We have the money, and the market. What's more, entertainment companies have learned the key to producing successful idols.feedback

Hyun-Wook Kim

One of the reasons we tried to quickly finish THAAD deployment [is] because we believe the U.S.-South Korea relationship was a firm alliance. But then Trump … gives me some internal debate about what to do with China and the U.S.feedback

Kwek Leng Beng

Performance in the 'Rest of Asia' division was negatively affected by geo-political tensions impacting inbound tourism into Seoul and Taipei.feedback

John Delury

Washington has grown used to conservative governments in Seoul that back a hard-line approach to the North, so it could be an awkward and painful period of adjustment in getting used to liberals' very different philosophy of inter-Korean relations.feedback

Hillary Clinton

Now, the North Koreans are always interested, not just Kim Jong-un, but his father before him, were always interested in trying to get Americans to come to negotiate, to elevate their status and their position, she said. We should be very careful about giving that away. You should not offer that in the absence of broader strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, to put the kind of pressure on the regime that will finally bring them to the negotiating table with some kind of realistic prospect for change. Syria, one of those wicked problems.feedback

Hillary Clinton

We should not offer that in the absence of a broader strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea to put the kind of pressure on the regime (that will bring them to the table). I am hoping that because of voices like Jim Mattis and others that that will begin to influence the administration. Women's rights is the unfinished business of the 21st century. I am back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance.feedback

Donald J. Trump

If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it. Most political people would never say that, but I'm telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with him.feedback

Jeff Davis - Navy

[Thaad] is moving very quickly; it will have initial operational capability very soon. The relationship on Thaad, on our defence relationship going forward, will be renegotiated, as it's going to be with all of our allies.feedback

Paul Stares - Council on Foreign Relations

That commander could conceivably broadcast a plea for help saying, Look, guys, I've done what you want. Help me. So that might put pressure on South Korea and the US to intervene to preserve the gains that have been made. What do we do? Do we just let him be crushed, or do we go to his aid? If a country feels that it is about to be attacked or is presented with a grave danger, it can claim this is an act of self-defense and therefore legitimate under international law. So preemption is permissible.feedback

Robert Kelly

There was a lot of sympathy then to hit North Korea. The president of the South Korea was like, Okay, this is it.' The USFK [United States Forces Korea] commander had to talk him down.feedback

Daniel Pinkston - The International Crisis Group

This almost certainly will become another self-inflicted wound for the alliance and for U.S. foreign policy.feedback

David Wright - European Commission

It cannot engage missiles fired at Seoul, so it offers no additional protection of the city.feedback

Kim Ki-jung

Even if we purchase THAAD, its main operation would be in the hands of the United States. So purchasing it would be an impossible option. That was our topic when we were considering the options.feedback

Chung Eui-yong

This is a new dimension. Our position has been that we should review THAAD even if we are not paying for it, but his comments on the cost have changed the fundamental aspect of this issue. We will have to choose what is best for our national interests.feedback

Harry Harris

[Thaad] will be operational in the coming days and able to better defend South Korea against the growing North Korean threat.feedback

Cai Jun

The real goal of the United States and South Korea in deploying Thaad is as a move in the game of the United States' global antimissile defense system. This will further tighten the Asia-Pacific antimissile barrier enclosing China and Russia, and will weaken their strategic capacities – something we adamantly oppose.feedback

Chris Coons

Senators "were not presented with any specific military option.feedback

Elise Van Pool

Last night's action was necessary to swiftly deliver an additional layer of defense to South Korea against the growing North Korean missile threat. The movement of the equipment entailed large convoys. In the interest of public safety and to ensure minimal impact on the local community, this movement was conducted at night.feedback

Park Kwang-on

Moon Jae-in has been consistent in his position on the THAAD deployment: that it must be decided by the next administration after enough public discussion and by national consensus. Any deployment that completely ignores appropriate processes must be suspended now, and the final decision should be made after consultation between South Korea and the US.feedback

Geng Shuang

The deployment of THAAD in South Korea will destroy the strategic balance in the region and bring about a further increase in tensions. The Chinese side strongly urges the US and South Korea to cancel the deployment and withdraw the equipment.feedback

John Delury

There's a sense in Seoul that THAAD deployment has been rushed based on the timetable of South Korea's presidential election, rather than North Korea's threats. To some extent, the acceleration of THAAD deployment has 'worked,' limiting the next South Korean leader's room for maneuver. But there's the danger of a backlash among the South Korean public feeling like a pawn in the game of 'America First.feedback

Harry Harris

Just as Thomas Edison is believed to have failed 1,000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb, so, too, Kim Jong-un will keep trying. One of these days soon, he will succeed. I don't share your confidence that North Korea is not going to attack either South Korea or Japan or the United States or our territories or our states or parts of the United States once they have the capability. I won't say that they will but I don't share your confidence that they won't.feedback

Christopher J Ferguson

It does remain kind of an open question whether youth in some Asian countries, particularly South Korea and China, do have more problems around games than in the west. The evidence is unclear because it's difficult to do cross-national comparisons, particularly when there's no clear way to assess video game addiction cross-nationally.feedback

John McCain

There are artillery on the border between North and South Korea that can reach Seoul, and we can't take them all out before [they launch an attack].feedback

Chun In-bum

Defending Seoul against such a threat is the top priority for the alliance.feedback

Lindsey Graham

It would be terrible, but the war would be over [in South Korea], it wouldn't be here.feedback

Lee Duk-haeng

It is a situation where a lot of (military) exercise equipment is amassed in North Korea and also a lot of strategic assets are situated on the Korean peninsula because of the South Korea-U.S. military drills. We are closely watching the situation and will not be letting our guards down.feedback

Hong Joon-pyo

What [President Donald Trump] said was very important for the national security of South Korea. If that was a lie, then during Trump's term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.feedback

Agnes Ayton

This large study confirms that optimal nutrition is fundamentally important for physical and mental health. Both being underweight and obese is associated with an increased risk of depression. It is an important finding, as people with eating disorders often assume that losing weight will improve their happiness.feedback

Agnes Ayton

This study shows that the opposite is true and malnutrition has a detrimental effect on people's mood. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for good mental health.feedback

Meredith Sumpter

As we heard in South Korea and Japan, what we are likely to hear in Indonesia and Australia is the U.S. vice president messaging that despite walking away from a multilateral trade regime, the U.S. recognizes that its economic ties with Asia are central, and that the U.S. is going to find ways to invest in those relationships, notably with trade, and with trying to expand access for U.S. firms in the region.feedback

Sean King

Trump said [TPP] was a disaster, but I'm sure the other members would be willing to make concessions to get the U.S. back in, just like South Korea was willing to make concessions to Obama for his endorsement of the U.S.-Korea [free trade agreement]. He's certainly made greater reversals and claimed victory. Why not do this for our friends who want to stand with us against countries like China and North Korea? I'm all for it.feedback

Mike Pence

For my part, in some odd way, it's encouraging that they're getting the message. My hope is that they'll continue to get the message not just from the United States, here in Japan, and in South Korea, but on an increasing basis from China and countries all over the world committing to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.feedback

Victor Cha

The comparison is, you look at South Korea, where they are almost numb to the threat because they've been living under it so long. I think where you see the most variations in threat perceptions is in Japan, because all the missiles [North Korea has] been firing lately have been fired into Japan's seas. Trump wants to at least signal more muscularity, less predictability, and at the same time decisiveness. They want to signal that they will not dilly-dally. So they're walking this fine line.feedback

Mike Pence

We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan. We are with you 100 per cent. While all options are on the table, President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China. We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region.feedback

Dean Cheng

China's approach to the peninsula is under the same strains that it's been under before. The difference is that, this time, the Americans appear to be applying more overt, real pressure. South Korea has been put on notice that future defense efforts will likely also incur costs.feedback

Mike Pence

We appreciate the challenging times in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocations from across the Sea of Japan. While all options are on the table, President Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region, and with China. We seek peace always as a country, as does Japan, but as you know and the United States knows, peace comes through strength and we will stand strongly with Japan and strongly with our allies for a peace and security in this region.feedback

Mike Pence

Under President Trump's leadership, the United States seeks stronger and more balanced bilateral trade relationships with every country, including Japan. We seek trade that is free. We seek trade that is fair. The United States' trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled since Korus came into effect. That's the hard truth of it. And our businesses continue to face too many barriers to entry, which tilts the playing field against American workers and American growth.feedback

Mike Pence

The era of strategic patience is over and while all options are on the table, President [Donald] Trump is determined to work closely with Japan, with South Korea, with all our allies in the region and with China to achieve a peaceable resolution and the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. We appreciate the challenging time in which the people of Japan live with increasing provocation across the Sea of Japan. We are with you 100%.feedback

Mike Pence

Under President Trump, the United States will continue to work with Japan and with all our allies in the region, including South Korea, to confront the most ominous threat posed in this region of the world, the regime in North Korea. Let me be clear, our commitment is unwavering and our resolve could not be stronger. We are with you 100 percent.feedback

Mike Pence

On behalf of President Trump, my message to South Korea is this - we are with you 100 percent.feedback

Mike Pence

Just in the past two weeks, the world has witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan. North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of armed forces of the United States in this region. We are with you 100 percent. Even in these troubled times, we stand with you for a free and secure future. The U.S. stands shoulder to shoulder with the Republic of Korea. We will continue to closely consult with South Korea and your leadership as we make decisions moving forward.feedback

Kim Yoo-hwan

I heard Trump is a hardliner but would he take actions that would put South Korea in danger? If the U.S. attacks North Korea, the North will hit South Korea in return, and then we're in a war situation. So I don't think Trump would start a war that easily.feedback

K.T. McFarland

North Korea is a liability to everybody and it's a threat not just to the United States, not just to South Korea, not just to Japan, not just to Russia, but it's actually a threat to China as well.feedback

Shinzo Abe

We'll closely cooperate with the U.S. and South Korea to change (North Korea's) attitude, and encourage China to play a greater role.feedback

H.R. McMaster

The consensus with the president, our key allies in the regions – Japan and South Korea in particular, but also the Chinese leadership – is that this problem is coming to a head. It's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully.feedback

John McCain

This could be the first test, real test, of the Trump presidency. They can stop this if they want to because of their control over the North Korean economy. There are artillery on the border between North and South Korea that can reach Seoul and we can't take them all out before – I mean, this is a very serious. This may be the first test of this presidency. But China can shut them down. Whether they are currency manipulators or not, we should expect them to act to prevent what could be a cataclysmic event.feedback

Mike Pence

The alliance between the United States Forces Korea and the forces of the Republic of Korea is historic. It is a testament to the unshakeable bond between our people. This morning's provocation from the North is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in the defense of the freedom of the people of South Korea and the defense of America in this part of the world. Your willingness to step forward, to serve, to stand firm without fear, inspires the nation and inspires the world.feedback

Mike Pence

Let me assure you under President (Donald) Trump's leadership, our resolve has never been stronger. Our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger.feedback

Peter D. Feaver

What the administration needs to do is to sketch out an Asia framework.feedback

Peter D. Feaver

All of that seems to be playing defence. He's going to want to be playing offence.feedback

Mike Pence

This morning's provocation from the north is just the latest reminder of the risks each one of you face every day in defence of the freedom of the people of South Korea, and the defence of America in this part of the world. Your willingness to step forward to serve, to stand firm without fear inspires our nation and inspires the world. I spoke to him on the way over and he asked me to be here and he told me in no uncertain terms to make sure I told all of you we're proud of you and we're grateful for your service to the United States of America on this frontier of freedom that is South Korea.feedback

Hwang Kyo-Ahn

The United States and South Korea and North Korea are engaging in tit for tat, with swords drawn and bows bent. We urge all parties to refrain from inflammatory or threatening statements or deeds to prevent irreversible damage to the situation on the Korean Peninsula.feedback

Victor Cha

The message, I think, is going to be about vigilance and deterrence. The United States wants to project a more muscular image when it comes to the policy, so some unpredictability serves that cause.feedback

Mark Seddon

After Kim Jong-un’s failed missile test and the US president’s cosying up to China, this is the west’s chance to reset negotiations for a nuclear-free South China Sea. The world can afford a sigh of relief after news that North Korea’s latest attempt to launch a long-range missile has once again led to embarrassing failure. With Mike Pence, the US vice-president, in Seoul, could this be a moment for some realpolitik from the United States?feedback

Cristina Varriale

The development of an ICBM would be particularly concerning for South Korea and Japan, because once the US know they can be targeted at home that may change their calculus as to whether they are prepared to help defend those countries if they are attacked by North Korea. It could be a mock-up – they could just be at the design stage, or they could have gone further. Having a solid fuel missiles means you can launch it far quicker, and it is easier to hide.feedback

Kwon Soon-yong

We are in a situation where the South and North are confronting each other all the time ... I served in the military a long time ago, but I am always tense. But our ultimate hope is that all these issues are resolved and the peninsula becomes unified by all means.feedback

Hong Dong-wan

I believe we have to strongly respond to North Korea's provocation. I think South Koreans do not seriously think about these kinds of provocations. We are in a state of crisis, but I believe that we have to act resolutely so that North Korea doesn't provoke again.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

At present, we are in close contact with the United States and South Korea and, in addition to urging (the North) to refrain from provocative actions and observe relevant UN (United Nations) Security Council resolutions, we will take all necessary steps to protect our people's lives and assets.feedback

Yu Jeom-soon

North Korea makes threats, but they will not do it. No way.feedback

Andrei Lankov

Usually, the farther one is from Korea, the more one expects there to be war.feedback

Kim Jong-un

Unfortunately, it's not a new surprise for us. He continues to develop this program, he continues to launch missiles into the Sea of Japan. With the regime it's not a matter of if – it's when. We are well prepared to counter that. Withdrawing from the TPP shouldn't be seen as a retreat from the region. On the contrary, our economic presence in the region is enduring.feedback

Jessica Mathews - Mathews

There are a hundred thousand Americans in Seoul, not to mention ten million South Koreans.feedback

Jessica Mathews - Mathews

My understanding is that we cannot protect Seoul, at least for the first twenty-four hours of a war, and maybe for the first forty-eight.feedback

Thomas McInerney

There's a difference between 'protecting' Seoul and [limiting] the amount of damage Seoul may take. A lot of people are going to die, Jessica. But you still prevail.feedback

John Pomfret

East Germany is the parallel some Chinese use when asked why China won't squeeze Pyongyang: The Soviet Union collapsed when the Berlin Wall fell. If the no man's land separating North and South Korea were breached, could the same thing happen to Beijing?feedback

John Park

The back up date may be April 25, the foundation day of guerrilla forces launched by KIS, which became the Korean People's Army. If Kim conducts a sixth nuclear test, the likely response from the core countries – U.S., China, South Korea, Japan – would be more sanctions and yet another U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the DPRK. A military capability in the USS Carl Vinson carrier group that wasn't fully operational/effective in the early 2000s would come front and center.feedback

Yun Byung

U.S. officials, mindful of such concerns here, repeatedly reaffirmed that (the U.S.) will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures. In fact, the U.S. is working to reassure us that it will not, just in case that we might hold such concerns.feedback

Matthew Graham - Mortgage News Daily

Bond markets (which drive mortgage rates) benefited from investors seeking safe haven after headlines broke regarding North Korea's nuclear threats against South Korea and the U.S. Other geopolitical considerations regarding Russia's potential involvement with Syrian gas attacks and the French election added to the bond market gains.feedback

Moon Jae-in

Neighboring countries are taking advantage of the absence of a president in South Korea to try to exclude us and handle issues on the Korean Peninsula according to their own understanding.feedback

Tony Popovic

We maybe started holding onto the ball too long instead of really trying to penetrate.feedback

Tony Popovic

In the end, the fighting spirit was fantastic. You know, they kept fighting to the end. We scored two wonderful goals but gave away three very poor goals. I think it's showing, [they're development is] clearly accelerating. Jonathan I thought was very good tonight… I thought Lachie fought hard, he battled hard and, you know, the kid was cramping in the last 10 minutes and he scored a wonderful goal. It's a fantastic striker's goal and had we not lost tonight, I'm sure you'd be speaking a lot more about the two wonderful goals we scored.feedback

Andrew Gilholm - Control Risks

Beijing is likely to keep the pressure on until the new government is set up in Seoul and has made its position (on THAAD) clear.feedback

Tony Popovic

The players are very confident. They're physically in great shape and they know they're playing well. Now they're getting rewarded for their good performances. We'll be looking to try and continue on in this competition and we know [this] is an important game. We have to start with the right intensity and the right intent to put them on the back foot. Anything less than what we did in Seoul won't be enough.feedback

Shinzo Abe

I told President Trump that we highly praise the strong US commitment to the peace and security of its allies and the world. On North Korea….We completely agreed that unity between Japan, South Korea and the US is very important.feedback

Yang Moo-Jin

There were instances in the past when South Korea used sports, along with humanitarian programs like the temporary meetings between war-separated relatives, to create a friendlier atmosphere for inter-Korean relations. But this is no longer happening.feedback

Nicholas Burns

These are the two most important leaders of the world. Frankly, building some kind of relationship with Xi Jinping ought to be the first priority. That's a tall order. But I think the Trump administration is right to go there. I don't think the United States can or should go it alone. We have two very important allies in Japan and South Korea.feedback

Cheong Seong-chang

Then, next month when a new (South Korean) government gets under way, North Korea is expected to try to turn the situation around into a phase of appeasement and, use its moratorium of nuclear and ballistic missile tests to find middle ground with South Korea and the United States.feedback

Victor Cha

Kim Jong-un has shown no interest in dialogue with any partners, including China, South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States – in the US case, despite numerous attempts by the previous administration to establish contact.feedback

Michael Hayden

Frankly, we did that. President Obama did that with the deployment of THAAD. We planted this high-end air defense system in South Korea that has obvious implications for the Chinese because the radar fans go all the way through Manchuria. There are things like that, actions we could take that are logical and useful to defend against this particular kind of threat that we should not forgo merely because it would upset the Chinese.feedback

Kim Aram

Governments in South Korea have been very indifferent to them. Now, it's important to let the people know about the truth of this story because it's completely unknown to them.feedback

John Hall

Those killed and injured included Londoners, but also people from the United States of America, from Romania, France, South Korea, Italy, China, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Poland and Ireland. We weep for the violence, for the hatred, for the loss of life, for all that divides and spoils our world. It was not meant to be like this. It should not be like this. Violence and hatred are not the answer.feedback

Greg Brooks-English

I pray to God that it doesn't come to that. South Korea has given me everything. It has given me my wife, my son, my money, my job. I love South Korea.feedback

Jung Mi-hong

She has offered to sacrifice herself to protect the constitutionalism of the Republic of Korea and a free democracy.feedback