December 06, 2022


John Lee

John Lee is the editor of KOREA PRO, based in Seoul. Prior to that, he was a contributor for NK News and KOREA PRO. His focus is on South Korean foreign policy and ROK-U.S. relations. Follow him on Twitter at @koreanforeigner.


North Korea lost the war of ideas a long time ago

Foreign influence, especially from South Korea, is a far more dangerous threat than sanctions or COVID-19

John LeeJohn LeeAugust 3, 2021

North Korean defector Yeonmi Park muddles human rights message with partisanship

Prominent defectors like Park often align themselves with conservatives in South Korea and the U.S.

John LeeJohn LeeJune 23, 2021

Thae Yong-ho’s free speech double-standard: Balloons vs propaganda

Controversy over Kim Il Sung’s memoirs is a reminder that fundamental rights have become politicized in South Korea

John LeeJohn LeeMay 26, 2021

With diplomacy going nowhere, it’s time to accept the status quo with North Korea

Military action would end in disaster, and lifting sanctions would set a dangerous precedent

John LeeJohn LeeJune 23, 2019

Why Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy isn’t working

With Trump and Kim refusing to budge, the South Korean President is headed for failure

John LeeJohn LeeApril 18, 2019

After Trump, what? Moon Jae-in’s fragile legacy on North Korea

Though he has succeeded in flattering the U.S. President, history will not be kind to the ROK leader

John LeeJohn LeeNovember 19, 2018

Why a breakout of war on the peninsula is the least of South Korea’s worries

Stuck between "American First" and Byungjin, Seoul needs to steel itself for uncertainty

John LeeJohn LeeNovember 1, 2017

How North Korea won this round of tensions

Poor leadership in Seoul and Washington has given Pyongyang the upper hand

John LeeJohn LeeAugust 16, 2017

How Donald Trump is seriously undermining the South Korea-U.S. alliance

From the "armada" to THAAD, it seems each new blunder alienates Seoul more and more

John LeeJohn LeeApril 30, 2017

Kim Jong Nam’s killing shows that talking to North Korea is pointless

The brutal crime shows that the DPRK is not a normal country

John LeeJohn LeeMarch 7, 2017
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