The official language of South Korea is Korean, which is shared with North Korea. However, there are some differences between the North and South Korean iterations of the language similar to Mexican and more authentic Spanish. Other languages spoken in South Korea include English and Mandarin Chinese, but they are considered immigrant languages. In response to anti-South Korean actions in China as a result of the ongoing deployment of a missile defense system, South Korea it came out on February 1st that it has stopped issuing visas for Chinese language instructors affiliated with a Chinese NGO affiliated with China’s education ministry. There have not been any new visas issued, nor have any one-year visas been renewed. When asked if these visa actions are in response to China-South Korean chances, an official from the Ministry of Justice said, according to The Korea Times, “According to the ministry, it recently discovered that the instructors at the Confucius Institute do not fulfill the requirements to receive the E-2 visa, as they are technically hired and paid by the Chinese institute, not a South Korean institute.” Chinese officials are hoping that these visa issues will be worked out.
According to the United Nations’ website, the Republic of South Korea has been a member since September 17, 1991. South Korea has been elected to the Security Council as a non-permanent member twice, including two terms as president of the council. South Korea also ranks 40th in nations who have sent peacekeeping troops to the United Nations, which they claim is, “a reflection of the government’s willingness to contribute to world peace and security, thus enhancing its status in the international community while simultaneously making the world a safer place.” South Korea also claims that it is one of the major players in nuclear disarmament in the world. From 1993 – 2006, South Korea served on the Commission on Human Rights. In regards to international justice, South Korea helped draft the legislation which created the International Criminal Court.