South Korea's President-elect, Park Geun-hye, used her first major speech on Thursday to warn of the risks posed by a hostile North Korea and also fired a political shot across the bows of Japan's incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Rodger Baker, VP of Strategic Intelligence, Stratfor says Park Geun-hye has to deal with the polarization of the South Korean electorate, given she had a 70% differential in votes between regions.
Victor Cha, Senior Adviser & Korea Chair, CSIS says the South Korean presidential elections has been about trying to address what some see as a social malaise - unequal growth in the economy.
As South Koreans head to the polls on Wednesday, they must choose between the contrasting legacies of candidates Park Geun-hye and Moon Jae-in. CNBC's Rhie Young-Lim discusses what's at stake.
Tony Michell, Korea Associates Business Consultancy, Managing Director questions what the North Korean leadership wishes to achieve with the rocket launch.
After rattling the world on Wednesday by putting a satellite into orbit, North Korea's next step will likely be a nuclear test, which would be the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state.
There was anger and dismay after North Korea launched a long-range rocket into orbit on Wednesday -- plenty of it in South Korea and Japan. There was also surprise.
Andrew Gilholm, Head of Asia Analysis, Control Risks says North Korea has gradually developed its nuclear and missile technology in the last 20 years without any real obstacles from the global community.
Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow, Northeast Asia, Heritage Foundation says North Korea's rocket launch is a renewed threat for the U.S. as Pyongyang could eventually build missiles that may reach American soil.
Euan Graham, senior fellow at RSIS at Nangyang Technological University, tells CNBC that North Korea's rocket launch will not have a severe impact on regional security as it was more successful than usual.
North Korea successfully launched a rocket on Wednesday, boosting the credentials of its new leader and stepping up the threat the isolated and impoverished state poses to its opponents.
Adrian Foster, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia Pacific at Rabobank, says the impact of the North Korean rocket launch on the Korean won is likely to be limited, with markets looking ahead to the central bank meeting this week.
Alain Bokobza, Head of Global Asset Allocation, Societe Generale says that North Korea's rocket launch will not affect markets greatly. He explains why.
North Korea has extended the window for a widely condemned long-range rocket launch by a week after discovering a "technical deficiency", the isolated state's news agency said on Monday.
Michael Raska, Research Fellow, Institute of Defence & Strategic Studies, NTU, explains what may be delaying North Korea's rocket launch. He adds that the threat of possible sanctions may have also spooked Pyongyang.
Sean King, Senior Vice President, Park Strategies discusses North Korea's nuclear program and its impact on South Korean elections on Dec 19.
North Korea said it would carry out its second rocket launch of 2012 as its youthful leader Kim Jong-un flexes his muscles a year after his father's death, in a move that South Korea and the United States swiftly condemned as a provocation.
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Seoul believes North Korea is preparing to launch a ballistic missile, posing a possible new threat to stability on the peninsula ahead of South Korea’s presidential election in December. The FT reports.
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