South Korea Country Brief

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The Republic of Korea (ROK) had a relatively late start in space, operating its first satellite in 1992, but has since emerged as a mature space nation. As South Korea ascends toward becoming a space power, more opportunities will arise for the nation to engage and partner internationally, particularly with the United States. As a rising space power and longtime security ally, South Korea should appear to the United States as a compelling partner for space, including for military activity. As space becomes more contested, South Korea will be a valuable ally and partner in the critical efforts to build agreement in what behaviors in space are acceptable or unacceptable.


Authors: Sam Wilson and Nico Wood