Under Kim Jong-il's leadership, political officers dispatched from the party monitored every move of a general's daily life, according to analysts similar to the work of Soviet political commissars during the early and middle years of the military establishment. EU trade with South Korea exceeded €90 billion in 2015 and has enjoyed an annual average growth rate of 9.8% between 2003 and 2013.  The medical sector accounts for a large part of the production, including production of hepatitis vaccines and antibiotics.  Western-style pop, hip hop, rhythm and blues, rock, folk, electronic dance oriented acts have become dominant in the modern South Korean popular music scene, though trot is still enjoyed among older South Koreans. China has a long memory, and it will remain a neighbor when the United States eventually leaves, whether in five or 50 years’ time. There is almost universal agreement across partisan and ideological lines that in foreign policy whatever is must forever be. The years after Park's assassination were marked again by political turmoil, as the previously suppressed opposition leaders all campaigned to run for president in the sudden political void. Japan vs South Korea. In March 2010 the South Korean warship ROKS Cheonan was sunk with the loss of 46 South Korean sailors, allegedly by a North Korean submarine. 
The KPA consists of five branches: the Ground Force, the Naval Force, the Air and Anti-Air Force, the Strategic Rocket Forces, and the Special Operation Force. It has its own special forces units. Winters can be extremely cold with the minimum temperature dropping below −20 °C (−4 °F) in the inland region of the country: in Seoul, the average January temperature range is −7 to 1 °C (19 to 34 °F), and the average August temperature range is 22 to 30 °C (72 to 86 °F). A lack of fuel reserves, dictated by China, would likely strand many of the remaining fourteen army corps in place, rendering them unable to resist a Chinese invasion. , Historically, North Korea has assisted a vast number of revolutionary, insurgent and terrorist groups in more than 62 countries. An EU-UK trade deal isn't likely before Boris Johnson’s Oct. 15 deadline. , Domestic horse racing events are also followed by South Koreans and Seoul Race Park in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do is located closest to Seoul out of the country's three tracks..  Also in 1982, at the Baseball Worldcup, Korea won the gold medal. South Korea has won more medals in the Winter Olympics than any other Asian country with a total of 45 medals (23 gold, 14 silver, and 8 bronze).
 On May 27, 2009, North Korean media declared that the Armistice is no longer valid because of the South Korean government's pledge to "definitely join" the Proliferation Security Initiative.  From 2014 to 2019, the country ranked first among the most innovative countries in the Bloomberg Innovation Index. In October, the Soviet Union declared Kim Il-sung's government as sovereign over both parts.  Beginning in 2001, South Korea had so far deployed 24,000 troops in the Middle East region to support the War on Terrorism. It was named the second-best country in the world to raise kids in the 2020 UN Child Flourishing Index, with the best chance at survival, thriving and well-being due to good healthcare, education, and nutrition. It faces North Korea across a demilitarized zone 2.5 miles (4 km) wide that was established by the terms of the 1953 armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War.
 Baekje was a great maritime power; its nautical skill, which made it the Phoenicia of East Asia, was instrumental in the dissemination of Buddhism throughout East Asia and continental culture to Japan.
Traditional architecture may also be seen at the nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Korea. (2004) Korea now, p. 31; excerpt, "The Chinese also insist that even though Goguryeo was part of Chinese domain, Silla and Baekje were states subjected to China's tributary system.".  The detonation took place at an underground location at the Punggye-Ri nuclear test site in North Hamgyong Province at 12:00 pm local time.  The government plans to develop Naro-2 by the year 2018..
The top three universities in South Korea, often referred to as "SKY", are Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University. Changing economics and lifestyles have led to a concentration of population in major cities, especially the capital Seoul, with multi-generational households separating into nuclear family living arrangements.  As a result, the Korean name "Daehan Minguk" is sometimes used by South Koreans as a metonym to refer to the Korean ethnicity (or "race") as a whole, rather than just the South Korean state.. Changing economics and lifestyles have led to a concentration of population in major cities, especially the capital Seoul, with multi-generational households separating into nuclear family living arrangements.  Its economic growth rate reached 6.2 percent in 2010 (the fastest growth for eight years after significant growth by 7.2 percent in 2002), a sharp recovery from economic growth rates of 2.3% in 2008 and 0.2% in 2009, when the global financial crisis hit.  However GlobalSecurity reports that the submarines were rust-eaten hulks with the launch tubes inactivated under Russian observation before delivery, and the U.S. Department of Defense does not list them as active.
South Korea National Statistical Office's 19th Population and Housing Census (2015): Korea Herald. About three thousand islands, mostly small and uninhabited, lie off the western and southern coasts of South Korea.
Winter temperatures are higher along the southern coast and considerably lower in the mountainous interior.  The system has also been criticized for producing an excess supply of university graduates creating an overeducated and underemployed labor force; in the first quarter of 2013 alone, nearly 3.3 million South Korean university graduates were jobless, leaving many graduates overqualified for jobs requiring less education.  Intense competition for top grades and academic pressure to be the top student is deeply ingrained in the psyche of South Korean students at a young age.
Barring a total collapse of the Pyongyang regime, China is unlikely to invade North Korea any time soon. A New History of Korea. As president, Park oversaw a period of rapid export-led economic growth enforced by political repression.
Lowlands, located primarily in the west and southeast, make up only 30% of the total land area. The Hyundai Research Institute reported that the Korean Wave has a direct impact in encouraging direct foreign investment back into the country through demand for products, and the tourism industry. Following changes made during the 4th session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly on 29 June 2016, the State Affairs Commission has overseen the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces as part of its systemic responsibilities. In 1897, the Joseon dynasty changed the official name of the country from Joseon to Daehan Jeguk (Korean Empire). President Lee Myung-bak declared in May 2010 that Seoul would cut all trade with North Korea as part of measures primarily aimed at striking back at North Korea diplomatically and financially, except for the joint Kaesong Industrial Project, and humanitarian aid. Korea is unique among East Asian countries in its use of metal chopsticks. Within the KPA, between December 1991 and December 1995, nearly 800 high officers (out of approximately 1,200) received promotions and preferential assignments.  A strong investment in education, a militant drive for success as well as the passion for excellence has helped the resource poor country rapidly grow its economy over the past 60 years from a war torn wasteland. Its total area is 100,032 square kilometers (38,622.57 sq mi).
A cumulative total of more than 5,000 foreign personnel have been trained in North Korea, and over 7,000 military advisers, primarily from the Reconnaissance General Bureau, have been dispatched to some forty-seven countries. They are stationed in installations at Osan, Kunsan, Yongsan, Dongducheon, Sungbuk, Camp Humphreys, and Daegu, as well as at Camp Bonifas in the DMZ Joint Security Area.