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Foreign relations of South Korea

Participants of the 2010 G-20 Seoul summit gather for a conventional "family photo".
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
South Korea
Constitution

The foreign relations of South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) are South Korean relations with other governments.

South Korea maintains diplomatic relations with 190 countries. The country has also been a member of the United Nations since 1991, when it became a member state at the same time as North Korea. South Korea has also hosted major international events such as the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 2002 World Cup Soccer Tournament (co-hosted with Japan). Furthermore, South Korea will also be hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics which will take place in Pyeongchang.

South Korea is a member of the United Nations, WTO, OECD, ASEAN Plus Three, East Asia Summit (EAS), and G-20 major economies. It is also a founding member of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the East Asia Summit.

On January 1, 2007, South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon assumed the post of UN Secretary-General.

Contents

  • East Asia 1
    • Inter-Korean relations 1.1
    • Japan 1.2
    • People's Republic of China 1.3
    • Republic of China 1.4
    • Philippines 1.5
    • Russia 1.6
    • Mongolia 1.7
  • United States 2
  • European Union 3
  • Diplomatic relations 4
    • Asia 4.1
    • Oceania 4.2
    • Americas 4.3
    • Europe 4.4
    • Africa 4.5
  • No diplomatic relations 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

East Asia

Inter-Korean relations

Inter-Korean relations may be divided into five periods. The first stage was between 1972 and 1973; the second stage was Pyongyang's delivery of relief goods to South Korea after a typhoon caused devastating floods in 1984, and the third stage was the exchange of home visits and performing artists in 1985. The fourth stage, activated by Nordpolitik under Roh, was represented by expanding public and private contacts between the two Koreas. The fifth stage was improved following the 1997 election of Kim Dae-jung. His "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with North Korea set the stage for the historic June 2000 Inter-Korean summit.

The possibility of Korean reunification has remained a prominent topic. However, no peace treaty has yet been signed with the North. In June 2000, a historic first North-South summit took place, part of the South's continuing Sunshine Policy of engagement. Since then, regular contacts have led to a cautious thaw. Kim Dae-jung's "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with North Korea set the stage for the historic June 2000 Inter-Korean summit. President Kim was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for the policy.

With that policy, continued by the following administration of Roh Moo-hyun, economic ties between the two countries have increased, humanitarian aid has been sent to North Korea, and some divided families have been briefly reunited. Military ties remain fraught with tension, however, and in 2002 a brief naval skirmish left four South Korean sailors dead, leaving the future of the Sunshine policy uncertain. The North cut off talks but the South remained committed to the policy of reconciliation and relations began to thaw again. The resurgence of the nuclear issue two years later would again cast relations in doubt, but the South has sought to play the role of intermediary rather than antagonist, and economic ties at the time seemed to be growing again.

Despite the Sunshine Policy and efforts at reconciliation, the progress was complicated by North Korean missile tests in 1993, 1998, 2006 and 2009. As of early 2009, relationships between North and South Korea were very tense; North Korea had been reported to have deployed missiles,[1] ended its former agreements with South Korea,[2] and threatened South Korea and the United States not to interfere with a satellite launch it had planned.[3] As of 2009, North and South Korea are still opposed and share a heavily fortified border.[4]

On May 27, 2009, North Korea media declared that the armistice is no longer valid due to the South Korean government's pledge to "definitely join" the Proliferation Security Initiative. To further complicate and intensify strains between the two nations, the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in March 2010, killing 46 seamen, is as of May 20, 2010 claimed by a team of researchers around the world[5] to have been caused by a North Korean torpedo, which the North denies. South Korea agreed with the findings from the research group and 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.[6] As a result of this, North Korea severed all ties and completely abrogated the previous pact of non aggression.[7]

In November 2010, Unification Ministry officially declared the Sunshine Policy a failure, thus bringing the policy to an end.[8][9] On November 23, 2010, North Korean artillery shelled Yeonpyeong with dozens of rounds at Yeonpyeong-ri and the surrounding area.[10]

Japan

The Liancourt Rocks dispute concerns a dispute over the sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks.

The relation between South Korea and Japan has both political conflicts and economic intimacies. Examples of conflicts include the Sea of Japan naming dispute, visits by successive Japanese Prime Ministers to the Yasukuni Shrine, and the disputed ownership of Liancourt Rocks.

On January 18, 1952, The first president of South Korea Syngman Rhee declared that the vicinity of Liancourt Rocks was a territory of South Korea.(Syngman Rhee line) Subsequently, some 3,000 Japanese fishermen who conducted fishery operations in this vicinity were captured. This incident, called the Dai Ichi Daihoumaru Ship case, strained relations between South Korea and Japan.

June 22, 1965, The president in South Korea Park Chung-hee concluded the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea. As a result, Japan considered South Korea to be the legitimate successor of the Korean peninsula.

South Korea's trade with Japan was US$ 892.1 million in 2008, with a surplus of nearly US$327.1 million on the Japanese side.[11] Japanese and South Korean firms often had interdependent relations, which gave Japan advantages in South Korea's growing market.

In 1996 FIFA announced that the two countries would jointly host the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The next few years would see leaders of both countries meet to warm relations in preparations for the games.[12] The year 2005 was designated as the "Japan-South Korea Friendship Year".

However, the Liancourt Rocks controversy erupted again when Japan's Shimane prefecture declared "Takeshima Day", inciting mass demonstrations in South Korea.[13]

People's Republic of China

Active South Korean-Chinese people-to-people contacts have been encouraged. Academics, journalists, and particularly families divided between South Korea and China were able to exchange visits freely in the late 1980s. Nearly 2 million ethnic Koreans, especially in the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in China's Jilin Province, have interacted with South Koreans.

Trade between the two countries continued to increase nonetheless. Furthermore, China has attempted to mediate between North Korea and the United States and between North Korea and Japan and also initiated and promoted tripartite talks—between Pyongyang, Seoul, and Washington.

South Korea had long been an ally of the Republic of China. Diplomatic ties between Seoul and Taipei were nevertheless severed in 1992. Formal diplomatic relations were established between Seoul and Beijing on August 24, 1992.

In 2004, the PRC government began the Northeast Project. This sparked a massive uproar in South Korea when the project was widely publicized.[14]

After the KORUS FTA (United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement) was finalized on June 30, 2007, the Chinese government has immediately begun seeking an FTA agreement with South Korea. The FTA between Korea and China are under discussion. South Korea has been running a trade surplus with China, which hit a record US$ 32.5 billion in 2009.[15][16]

Republic of China

On 23 August 1992 the Republic of China government, by then only in control of the island of Taiwan and a few minor outlying areas, severed diplomatic relations with South Korea in advance of its announcement of formal recognition of the People's Republic of China based in Beijing. Yonhap News said in 2002 that since then, relations between the two governments have been "in a rut".[17]

Philippines

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on 3 March 1949, the relationship between the Philippines and South Korea has flourished. The Philippines was one of the first countries that extended diplomatic recognition to South Korea or the Republic of Korea. This was cemented with the Philippine government’s deployment of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) to help South Korea against the invasion of the communist North during the Korean War in the 1950s. After the war, the Philippines provided development assistance to South Korea and helped the country rebuild itself.

Since then, the Philippines’ relations with South Korea have evolved, with South Korea becoming one the Philippines’ most important bilateral partners aside from the US, China, and Japan. The Philippine government seeks to cultivate strategic ties with South Korea given its increasing presence in the country. In the coming years, the Philippines anticipates to benefit from exploring unprecedented opportunities from South Korea that shall contribute significantly to the country’s trade and economy, defense and security, and society and culture.

Russia

In the 1980s, South Korean President Roh Tae Woo's Nordpolitik and Mikhail Gorbachev's "New Thinking" were both attempts to reverse their nations' recent histories. Gorbachev had signaled Soviet interest in improving relations with all countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including South Korea, as explained in his July 1986 Vladivostok and August 1988 Krasnoyarsk speeches.

In initiating Nordpolitik, Roh's confidential foreign policy adviser was rumored to have visited Moscow to consult with Soviet policymakers. Kim Young Sam visited Moscow from June 2 to June 10, 1989, as the Kremlin announced that it would allow some 300,000 Soviet-Koreans who had been on the Soviet island of Sahkalin since the end of World War II to return permanently to South Korea. Moscow even arranged Kim's meeting with the North Korean ambassador to the Soviet Union. In June 1990, Roh held his first summit with President Gorbachev in San Francisco.

South Korea and USSR established diplomatic relations on September 30, 1990.This relation continued by Russia on December 27, 1991. Russian president Vladimir Putin visited Seoul in February 2001, while South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun visited Moscow in September 2004.[18][19]

South Korea is currently selecting its first astronaut, scheduled to board a Soyuz flight to the International Space Station in April 2008. South Korea plans the first domestic launch of a satellite in 2008, with Russian assistance. The aerospace institute is spending about 20 billion on the astronaut project, including Russian fees.[20]

Since the 1990s there has been greater trade and cooperation between the two nations. The total trade volume between South Korea and Russia in 2003 was 4.2 billion US dollars.[21]

Mongolia

Both countries established diplomatic relations on March 26, 1990. South Korea has an embassy in Ulan Bator.[22] Mongolia has an embassy in Seoul.[23]

United States

United States President Barack Obama and Lee walking after a meeting at the Blue House in Seoul in November 2010.

The United States engaged in the decolonization of Korea (mainly in the South, with the Soviet Union engaged in North Korea) from Japan after World War II. After three years of military administration by the United States, the South Korean government was established. Upon the onset of the Korean War, U.S. forces were sent to defend South Korea against invasion by North Korea and later China. Following the Armistice, South Korea and the U.S. agreed to a "Mutual Defense Treaty", under which an attack on either party in the Pacific area would summon a response from both.[24]

In 1968, South Korea obliged the mutual defense treaty, by sending a large combat troop contingent to support the United States in the Vietnam War. The U.S. Eighth Army, Seventh Air Force, and U.S. Naval Forces Korea are stationed in South Korea. The two nations have strong economic, diplomatic, and military ties, although they have at times disagreed with regard to policies towards North Korea, and with regard to some of South Korea's industrial activities that involve usage of rocket or nuclear technology. There had also been strong anti-American sentiment during certain periods, which has largely moderated in the modern day.[25]

Since the late 1980s, the country has instead sought to establish an American partnership, which has made the SeoulWashington relationship subject to severe strains. Trade had become a serious source of friction between the two countries. In 1989, the United States was South Korea's largest and most important trading partner and South Korea was the seventh-largest market for United States goods and the second largest market for its agricultural products.

From Roh Tae-woo's administration to Roh Moo Hyun's administration, South Korea sought to establish an American partnership, which has made the SeoulWashington relationship subject to some strains. In 2007, a free trade agreement known as the Republic of Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) was reportedly signed between South Korea and the United States, but its formal implementation has been repeatedly delayed, pending further approval by the legislative bodies of the two countries.

The relations between the United States and South Korea have greatly strengthened under the Lee Myung-bak administration. At the 2009 G-20 London summit, U.S. President Barack Obama called South Korea "one of America's closest allies and greatest friends." [26]

However, Anti-American sentiment in Korea still exists; The United States' alleged role in the May 1980 Gwangju uprising was the single most pressing South Korean political issue of the 1980s. Even after a decade, Gwangju citizens and other Koreans still blamed the United States for its perceived involvement in the bloody uprising. In 2008, the protests against U.S. beef has been a center of a major discussion in this year.

European Union

The European Union (EU) and South Korea are important trading partners, having negotiated a free trade agreement for many years since South Korea was designated as a priority FTA partner in 2006. The free trade agreement has been approved in September 2010, following Italy's conditional withdrawal of its veto of the free trade agreement.[27] The compromise made by Italy was that free trade agreement would take provisional effect on July 1, 2011. South Korea is the EU's eighth largest trade partner, and the EU has become South Korea's second largest export destination. EU trade with South Korea exceeded €65 billion in 2008 and has enjoyed an annual average growth rate of 7.5% between 2004 and 2008.[28]

The EU has been the single largest foreign investor in South Korea since 1962, and accounted for almost 45% of all FDI inflows into Korea in 2006. Nevertheless, EU companies have significant problems accessing and operating in the South Korean market due to stringent standards and testing requirements for products and services often creating barriers to trade. Both in its regular bilateral contacts with South Korea and through its FTA with Korea, the EU is seeking to improve this situation.[28]

Diplomatic relations

Asia

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Afghanistan 1973-12-12 See Afghanistan – South Korea relations
  • The 2007 South Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan was a major event in relations between the two countries. Two hostages were killed, and after the safe release of the remaining hostages, a Taliban official announced that South Korea had paid the Taliban more than US$20 million in ransom.[29] However, South Korea stated that they have made a promise with the Taliban not to make any public statements about the ransom.[30]
 Bangladesh 1973-12-18
  • Bangladesh is the nation which established both relations among two Koreas. North Korea made its official diplomacy with Bangladesh in 1973.
  • In 1974, South Korea opened its embassy in the capital Dhaka while her counterpart in 1987.[31]
  • In 2008, Ministry of Justice of South Korea ceased the protocol of visa exemption. It is decided in that illegal residents from Bangladesh have been over 13,000 through South Korea. Both nations should get permission from each country to enter from July 15, 2008.[32]
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$1.2 billion.[33]
 Brunei 1984-06-01 See Brunei–South Korea relations
  • Brunei has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan.
  • Both countries working closely in economic.[34]
 India 1973-12-01 See India – South Korea relations
  • During the Korean War, India sent military medical staff to support South Korea as a part of the United Nations troops.
  • Diplomatic relations between the two countries has been relatively limited, although much progress arose during the three decades. Since the formal establishment of the diplomatic ties between the two countries in 1973, several trade agreements have been reached: Agreement on Trade Promotion and Economic and Technological Cooperation in 1974; Agreement on Cooperation in Science & Technology in 1976; Convention on Double Taxation Avoidance in 1985; and Bilateral Investment Promotion/ Protection Agreement in 1996.
  • Trade between the two nations has increased exponentially, exemplified by the $530 million during the fiscal year of 1992–1993, and the $10 billion during 2006–2007.[35] During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, South Korean businesses sought to increase access to the global markets, and began trade investments with India.[35]
 Indonesia 1973-09-17 See Indonesia–South Korea relations

  • South Korea has an embassy in Jakarta.
  • Indonesia has an embassy in Seoul.
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$14.88 billion.[36]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Indonesia
  • Indonesia and South Korea have invested in multiple joint military development projects, including the KFX/IFX fighter jet.[37]
  • South Korean firm Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is in final contract negotiations to supply Indonesia with three Type-209 submarines. This will be the largest ever bilateral defense deal, valued at USD1.1 billion.[38]
 Iran 1962-10-23
  • Iran has an embassy in Seoul
  • South Korea has an embassy in Tehran.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Iran
 Israel 1962-04-10 See Israel–South Korea relations
  • Both countries established diplomatic relations on April 10, 1962.
  • Since August 1968, Israel has an embassy in Seoul.[39]
  • In February 1978, Israeli closed its embassy in Seoul; it was reopened in January 1992.
  • Since December 1993, South Korea has an embassy in Tel Aviv.[40]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the relation with Israel
 Kazakhstan 1992-01-28 See Kazakhstan – South Korea relations
  • Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on January 28, 1992, shortly after Kazakhstan's independence.[41]
  • Bilateral relations have grown steadily since that time. Cooperation between the two nations has grown in political, economic, and educational spheres.
  • The presence of 100,000 ethnic Koreans living in Kazakhstan (known as Koryo-saram) creates an additional link between the two countries.
 Malaysia 1960-02-23(as Malaya See Malaysia–South Korea relations
  • Malaysia has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
  • The two countries established relations in 1960.[42]
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$15.7 billion.[43]
   Nepal 1974-05-15
  • Nepal has an embassy in Seoul
  • South Korea has an embassy in Kathmandu.
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$27.2 million.[44]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Nepal
 Pakistan 1983-11-01 See Pakistan-South Korea relations
 Philippines 1949-03-03 See Philippines–South Korea relations
  • South Korea has an embassy in Manila.
  • Philippines has an embassy in Seoul.
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$6.8 billion.[45]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Philippines
 Saudi Arabia 1962-10-16
  • South Korea has an embassy in Riyadh.
  • Saudi Arabia has an embassy in Seoul.
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$2.35 billion.[46]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Saudi Arabia
 Singapore 1975-08-08
  • Singapore has an embassy in Seoul
  • South Korea has an embassy in Singapore.
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$24.7 billion.[47]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Singapore
 Sri Lanka 1977-11-14
  • South Korea has an embassy in Colombo.
  • Sri Lanka has an embassy in Seoul.
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$686 million.[48]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Sri Lanka
 Thailand 1958-10-09 See South Korea – Thailand relations
  • During the Korean War, Thailand was the second nation sending troops for supporting South Korea just after United States. In October 2003, South Korean president Roh Moo-hyun visited Thailand while Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to Seoul in November 2005.[49]
  • South Korea is Thailand's 10th largest trade partner, which is due to reach the scale of 10 billion dollars.[50]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Thailand
 Vietnam 1992-12-22
  • South Korea has an embassy in Hanoi.
  • Vietnam has an embassy in Seoul.
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$9.8 billion.[51]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Vietnam

Oceania

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Australia 1961-10-01
  • Diplomatic relations began on October 30, 1961[52]
  • During the Korean War, Australia has sent 17,000 soldiers to offer military cooperation with South Korea.
  • Prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard visited Seoul in 2011[53] while South Korean president Lee Myung-bak visited Australia in 2009.[54]
  • Economic ties have been strengthened while merchandise trade value between the two reached almost 26 billion dollars in 2008–2009.[55]
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$23.2 billion.[56]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Australia
  • Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Commonwealth of Australia
 New Zealand 1962-03-01
  • During the Korean War, New Zealand has sent 5,350 soldiers to offer military cooperation with South Korea.
  • New Zealand has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Wellington.
  • Scale of bilateral trade between two nation is US$1.94 billion.[57]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with New Zealand
 Fiji 1970-10-01 See Fiji – South Korea relations
  • The Republic of the Fiji Islands and the Republic of Korea established official diplomatic relations in 1970, when Fiji became independent.[58]
  • South Korean embassy in Suva[59]
  • Fiji embassy in Seoul.[60]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Fiji

Americas

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Argentina 1962-02-15 See Argentina – South Korea relations
  • Argentina has an embassy in Seoul[61]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Buenos Aires.[62]
  • List of Treaties ruling relations Argentina and South Korea (Argentine Foreign Ministry, in Spanish)
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Argentina
 Brazil 1959-10-31
  • Brazil has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Brasilia.
  • In 2006, Korea's export in Brazil was 3.06 billion US dollars.[63]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Brazil
 Canada 1963-01-14 See Canada – South Korea relations
  • Canadian soldiers have participated in the defense of South Korea during the Korean War.
  • Full diplomatic relations were established on January 14, 1963.
  • Canada has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Ottawa and 3 Consulate-Generals (in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver).
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Canada
 Colombia 1962-03-10 See Foreign relations of Colombia
  • Formal diplomatic relations started in 1962-03-10
  • Colombia sent more than 1,000 men to help South Korea during the Korean War.
  • Colombia has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Bogotá.[64]
  • Colombian Ministry of Foreign Relations: direction of Colombian representation in South Korea
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the relation with Colombia
 Mexico 1962-01-26 See Mexico–South Korea relations
  • Mexico has an embassy in Seoul
  • South Korea has an embassy in Mexico City.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Mexico
 Paraguay 1962-06-12 See Paraguay – South Korea relations
  • Paraguay has an embassy in Seoul.[65]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Asunción.[66]
  • There are about 5,000 people of Korean descent living in Paraguay[67]
  • Paraguayan gloria w/h Ministry of Foreign Relations about relations with Korea
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Paraguay
 Peru 1963-04-01
  • On June 1993, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori visited South Korea.
  • Peru has an embassy in Seoul.[68]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Lima.[69]
  • There are about 900 people of Korean descent living in Peru (See also Korean Peruvian).
  • Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations about relations with Korea
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Peru
 Uruguay 1964-10-07
  • On September 2008, Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez visited South Korea.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Montevideo.[70]
  • Uruguay has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Uruguay

Europe

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Austria 1963-03-22
  • Austria has an embassy in Seoul and an honorary consulate in Busan.[71]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Vienna and 4 honorary consulates (in Graz, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg).[72]
  • In April 2007, the President of Austria Heinz Fischer paid a state visit to South Korea. It was the first ever state visit of an Austrian President to the republic.[73]
  • Austrian Foreign Ministry: list of bilateral treaties with South Korea (in German only)
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Austria
 Belarus 1992-02-10
  • Belarus has an embassy and an honorary consulate in Seoul.[74]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Minsk.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade about relations with Belarus
 Bulgaria 1990-03-23 See Bulgaria – South Korea relations
  • Bulgaria has an embassy in Seoul.[75]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Sofia.[76]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Bulgaria
 Croatia 1992-11-18
  • Croatia is represented in South Korea through its embassy in Tokyo and an honorary consulate in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Zagreb.
  • Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: list of bilateral treaties with South Korea
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Croatia
 Cyprus 1995-12-28
  • Cyprus is represented in South Korea through a non-resident ambassador based in Canberra (Australia).
  • South Korea is represented in Cyprus through a non-resident ambassador based in Athens (Greece) and an honorary consulate in Nicosia.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Cyprus
 Czech Republic 1990-03-22
  • South Korea has an embassy in Prague.[77]
  • The Czech Republic has an embassy in Seoul.[78]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Czech Republic
 Denmark 1959-03-11[79] See Denmark – South Korea relations
  • During the Korean War, Denmark has sent medical staff to support South Korea as a part of the United Nations troops.
  • Denmark has an embassy in Seoul.[80]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Copenhagen.[81]
  • In October 2007, Queen of Denmark visited Seoul for the first time after the official diplamacy between both nations.[82]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Denmark
 Estonia 1991-10-17
  • Estonia has an honorary consulate in Seoul.
  • South Korea is represented in Estonia through its embassy in Helsinki (Finland) and through an honorary consualte in Tallinn.
  • In 2006, Korea was ranked as Estonia's 35th export partner and 29th import partner. Estonia's exports to Korea consist primarily of machinery and mechanical appliances and wood items. The main import articles are transport vehicles and mechanical inventory. The total value of exports to Korea in 2006 was 19.2 million EUR, while imports totalled 34.6 million EUR.[83]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Estonia
 Finland 1973-08-24
  • Finland has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Helsinki.
  • Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: relations with South Korea
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Finland
 France 1949-02-15 See France – South Korea relations
  • France and the United Nations, UNESCO, the OECD, etc. On the matter of North Korea, France is one of the few European countries to not have official diplomatic relations with the DPRK. Also, France has supported the Six-party talks as well as the role of the IAEA in finding solutions to the nuclear issue.[84]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with France
 Germany 1955-12-01(as West Germany) See Germany – South Korea relations
  • Germany has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Berlin and consulates in Frankfurt and Hamburg.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Germany
 Greece 1961-04-05
  • Greece sent an expeditionary force to help the South Koreans against the communists during the Korean War.
  • South Korea opened its embassy in Athens on 6 July 1973.[85]
  • Greece opened its embassy in Seoul in October 1991.
  • Greek Ministry of Foreign Affaires about relations with South Korea
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Greece
 Holy See 1966-09-01 [86]
  • The Holy See Has a nunciature in Seoul.[87]
  • The current (as of 2008) South Korean ambassador to the Holy See is "Kim Ji-Young" (Christian name Francis).[88]
  • Pope John Paul II visited the Republic of Korea twice during his pontificate, in 1984 and 1989[89] - the 1984 visit to Seoul was for the canonization of the 103 Korean martyrs, held outside Rome in a break from tradition.[90]
  • In 2000, then-President of the Republic of Korea, Kim Dae Jung, made a state visit to Vatican City, the first Korean head of state to do so.[91]
 Hungary 1989-02-01 See Hungary–South Korea relations
  • Hungary–South Korea relations date back to the exchange of permanent missions between the two countries, announced during the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. The announcement made Hungary the first Eastern Bloc country to exchange ambassadors with South Korea. At the time, a large number of officials from various Communist countries were in Seoul, having ignored North Korea's call for a boycott of the Olympics; along with Hungary, they also made various formal and informal contacts with the South Korean government.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Hungary
 Republic of Ireland 1983-10-01
  • Republic of Ireland has an embassy and an honorary consulate in Seoul.[92]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Dublin.[93]
  • As of July 2009, the ambassador of Ireland to South Korea is Eamonn C. McKee.
  • Both countries are full members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Ireland
 Italy 1956-11-24 See Italy – South Korea relations
  • During the Korean War, Italy sent medical staff to support South Korea.
  • Italy has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Rome.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Italy
 Netherlands 1961-04-01
  • South Korea has an embassy in Hague.
  • Netherlands has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade about relations with Netherlands
 Norway 1959-03-02
  • South Korea has an embassy in Oslo.
  • Norway has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the relations with Norway
 Poland 1989-11-01
  • South Korea has an embassy in Warsaw.
  • Poland has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade about relations with Poland
 Romania 1990-03-30 See Romania – South Korea relations
  • Romania has an embassy in Seoul and 2 honorary consulates in Seoul and Busan.[94]
  • South Korea has an embassy in Bucharest.[95]
  • In 2009, Korea's export in Romania was 380,000,000 US dollar.[96]
 Spain 1950-03-17
  • South Korea has an embassy in Madrid.
  • Spain has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade about relations with Spain
 Sweden 1959-03-07
  • South Korea has an embassy in Stockholm.
  • Sweden has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the relations with Sweden
  Switzerland 1962-12-19
  • South Korea has an embassy in Bern.[97]
  • Switzerland has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about the relations with Switzerland
  • Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about the relations with South Korea
 Turkey 1957-03-08
  • During the Korean War, 14,936 Turkish Armed Forces has sent to support South Korea as a part of the United Nations troops.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Ankara.
  • Turkey has an embassy in Seoul.
  • In 2009, Korea's export in Turkey was 2,661 million US dollar[98]
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Turkey
 United Kingdom 1949-01-18 See South Korea–United Kingdom relations
  • During the Korean War, United Kingdom has sent 56,000 soldiers to support South Korea as a part of the United Nations troops.
  • South Korea has an embassy in London.
  • The UK has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade about relations with United Kingdom
 Ukraine 1992-02-10
  • South Korea has an embassy in Kiev.[99]
  • Ukraine has an embassy in Seoul.[100]
  • Around 12,000 Koreans live in Ukraine. There is also a Korean association in Kharkov.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Ukraine

Africa

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Central African Republic 1963-09-05
 Democratic Republic of the Congo 1963-04-01
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo has an Embassy in Seoul, current Ambassador is Christophe Ngwey
  • South Korea has an Embassy in Kinshasa, current Ambassador is Kim Sung-chul
  • DRC President Joseph Kabila visited Seoul in March 2010
  • DRC Prime Minister Adolphe Muzito visited Seoul in November 2010
 Congo 1990-06-16
  • South Korea and the Republic of Congo re-established diplomatic relations in 1990
 Côte d'Ivoire 1961-07-23 Since 1966, South Korea has an Embassy in Abidjan
 Egypt 1995-04-13 See Foreign relations of Egypt
 South Africa 1992-12-01
  • During the Korean War, South Africa sent over the 2 Squadron SAAF to offer military cooperation with South Korea.
  • South Korea has an embassy in Pretoria.
  • South Africa has an embassy in Seoul.
  • South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with South Africa

No diplomatic relations

South Korea does not currently have any diplomatic relations with the following nations.

There are also no diplomatic relations with several unrecognized territories:

See also

References

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  36. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Indonesia
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  39. ^ Israeli embassy in Seoul
  40. ^ South Korean embassy in Tel Aviv
  41. ^ Kazakhstan Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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  44. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Nepal
  45. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Philippines
  46. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Saudi Arabia
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  48. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Sri Lanka
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  57. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with New Zealand
  58. ^ "Political relations", ROK embassy in Fiji
  59. ^ Address of the South Korean embassy in Suva
  60. ^ Address of the Fijian embassy in Seoul
  61. ^ Argentine embassy in Seoul
  62. ^ South Korean embassy in Buenos Aires
  63. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade about relations with Brazil
  64. ^ South Korean embassy in Bogotá
  65. ^ Paraguayan embassy in Seoul
  66. ^ Korean embassy in Asuncion (in Korean and Spanish only)
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  68. ^ Peruvian embassy in Seoul
  69. ^ Korean embassy in Lima (in Korean and Spanish only)
  70. ^ South Korean embassy in Montevideo
  71. ^ Austrian embassy in Seoul (in German and Korean only)
  72. ^ South Korean embassy in Vienna
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  74. ^ Belarussian embassy in Seoul
  75. ^ Bulgarian embassy in Seoul
  76. ^ South Korean embassy in Sofia
  77. ^ South Korean embassy in Prague
  78. ^ Czech embassy in Seoul
  79. ^ South Korean embassy in Denmark
  80. ^ Danish embassy in Seoul
  81. ^ Korean embassy in Copenhagen
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  94. ^ Romanian honorary consulate in Seoul
  95. ^ South Korean embassy in Bucharest
  96. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade about relations with Romania
  97. ^ South Korean embassy in Bern
  98. ^ South Korean Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade about relations with Turkey
  99. ^ Korean embassy in Kiev
  100. ^ Ukrainian embassy in Seoul

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External links

  • Pride and Prejudice in South Korea's Foreign Policy
  • Junotane Korea - Foreign Affairs
  • Alon Levkowitz, The Republic of Korea and the Middle East: Economics, Diplomacy, and Security
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