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Despite innovations such as natural-gas powered buses and heavier restrictions on factories, South Korea is still ranked as one of the world’s most polluted countries. Vehicle emissions, industrial sites, and coal-burning factories are the biggest causes of pollution, especially in urban areas. In addition, although the exact percentage is unknown, some of the pollution is carried over from China by air currents.1

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South Korea News

Fox News 
Just one day before the United States and South Korea are scheduled to engage in their annual military exercises, known as the Ulchi Freedom Guardian, North Korea issued its newest threat, stating that the U.S. will be "adding fuel to fire" by moving ... See more..
Washington Examiner 
President Trump can't just start a second Korean War by himself — that is, unless he wants to abrogate a six-decades-old treaty, scholars and the president of South Korea say. The president's vow to meet North Korea's threats with "fire and fury ... See more..
Voice of America 
Questions have arisen about the future of the U.S.-South Korea security alliance as the nations take different approaches to North Korea, despite the fact the decades-long relationship remains robust right now, experts say. “The U.S. and South Korea ... See more..
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Financial Times 
Car sales have more than halved, dozens of supermarkets have closed and tourist visits are down nearly 70 per cent as a government-led Chinese boycott of South Korean companies over Seoul's missile shield takes a toll on business. Beijing has waged a ... See more..
News24 
South Africa and South Korea celebrated enjoying 25 years of diplomatic relations last week. This milestone could not have come at a better time in light of the current economic challenges we face and the ANC's upcoming elective conference in December. See more..
Express.co.uk 
The blast took place at a shipyard in Jinhae, an industrial hub on the country's south-east coast, at 11:37am local time (3:37am UK time). Local media said the victims, four men in their 30s to 50s, were painting inside an 12-metre-deep oil tank at the ... See more..
The Straits Times 
SEOUL (REUTERS) - An explosion in a shipyard in South Korea owned by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding killed four workers on Sunday (Aug 20), the country's fire department said. The department did not give the cause of the blast. South Korean media reports ... See more..
New York Post 
SEOUL, South Korea — America's annual joint military exercises with South Korea always frustrate North Korea. The war games set to begin Monday may hold more potential to provoke than ever, given President Donald Trump's “fire and fury” threats and ... See more..
CNN 
A third F-16 squadron is stationed at Kunsan, the other US Air Force base in South Korea. "This is Ferrari -- that is the best way to describe this thing," Maj. Daniel Trueblood, a F-16 pilot from the 36th Squadron said as he proudly showed off his ... See more..
The Japan Times 
The head of the U.S. military's Pacific Command (PACOM) arrived in Seoul on Sunday, the South Korean Defense Ministry said as the two allies readied for the start of an annual large-scale military exercise Monday amid soaring tensions with nuclear ... See more..
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Geography

Eastern Asia, southern half of the Korean Peninsula bordering the Sea of Japan and the Yellow Sea
Area

Total 99,720 sq km
Land 96,920 sq km
Water 2,800 sq km

Climate

temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter
Natural Resources

coal, tungsten, graphite, molybdenum, lead, hydropower potential ;
Natural Hazards

occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; low-level seismic activity common in southwest

volcanism: Halla (elev. 1,950 m) is considered historically active although it has not erupted in many centuries Halla (elev. 1,950 m) is considered historically active although it has not erupted in many centuries
Current Environmental Issues

air pollution in large cities; acid rain; water pollution from the discharge of sewage and industrial effluents; drift net fishing

Demographics

Nationality
Korean
Population
48,955,203 (July 2013 est.)
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South Korea over the past four decades has demonstrated incredible growth and global integration to become a high-tech industrialized economy. In the 1960s, GDP per capita was comparable with levels in the poorer countries of Africa and Asia. In 2004, South Korea joined the trillion dollar club of world economies, and is currently the world's 12th largest economy. Initially, a system of close government and business ties, including directed credit and import restrictions, made this success possible. The government promoted the import of raw materials and technology at the expense of consumer goods, and encouraged savings and investment over consumption. ...See More The Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 exposed longstanding weaknesses in South Korea's development model including high debt/equity ratios and massive short-term foreign borrowing. GDP plunged by 6.9% in 1998, and then recovered by 9% in 1999-2000. Korea adopted numerous economic reforms following the crisis, including greater openness to foreign investment and imports. Growth moderated to about 4% annually between 2003 and 2007. Korea''s export focused economy was hit hard by the 2008 global economic downturn, but quickly rebounded in subsequent years, reaching 6.3% growth in 2010. The US-South Korea Free Trade Agreement was ratified by both governments in 2011 and went into effect in March 2012. Throughout 2012 the economy experienced sluggish growth because of market slowdowns in the United States, China, and the Eurozone. The incoming administration in 2013, following the December 2012 presidential election, is likely to face the challenges of balancing heavy reliance on exports with developing domestic-oriented sectors, such as services. The South Korean economy''s long term challenges include a rapidly aging population, inflexible labor market, and heavy reliance on exports - which comprise half of GDP. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$1.64 trillion (2012 est.); $1.608 trillion (2011 est.); $1.552 trillion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

31.4% of GDP (2012 est.); 31.9% of GDP (2011 est.); 32.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

rice, root crops, barley, vegetables, fruit; cattle, pigs, chickens, milk, eggs; fish
Industries

electronics, telecommunications, automobile production, chemicals, shipbuilding, steel