Israel-South Korea relations: the first six decades

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This article examines relations between the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the State of Israel from the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1962 to 2020. It analyses the internal and external factors influencing their foreign and security policies as well as mutual misunderstandings and the attendant problems, notably the failure to sign a free trade agreement till 2020. Despite these difficulties, and the geostrategic complexity of the Middle East, especially the Persian Gulf, that influences Seoul’s interests in the region and its relations with Israel, the bilateral relationship will further improve once the free trade agreement is ratified by both states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • Israel
  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • Syria
  • peace treaty


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