Four things to know about North and South Korea

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An expert sheds light on the history, culture and politics of the two Koreas.

 
A North Korean soldier looks at the South side at the truce village of Panmunjom in the de-militarised zone dividing the two Koreas on Jul 27, 2013. (Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-je)

The US is ramping up joint military exercises with South Korea, and President Donald Trump has stated the threats may lead to a “major, major conflict”. South Koreans have elected a new president who may be open to talks with North Korea.

An expert Professor Lee Ji Young answers four questions to help us understand the Korean Peninsula. Here are four things to know:

1. WHY IS THERE A NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA?

Before there was a South and North Korea, the peninsula was ruled as a dynasty known as Chosŏn, which existed for more than five centuries, until 1910. This period, during which an independent Korea had diplomatic relations with China and Japan, ended with imperial Japan’s annexation of the peninsula. Japan’s colonial rule lasted 35 years. Tiếp tục đọc “Four things to know about North and South Korea”