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President:
Mr. Roh Moo-hyun
Capital:
Seoul
Area:
total: 98,480 sq km
land: 98,190 sq km
water: 290 sq km
Land Boundaries:
total: 238 km
border countries: North Korea 238 km
Coastline:
2,413 km
Maritime Claims:
contiguous zone: 24 nm
continental shelf: not specified
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
territorial sea: 12 nm; between 3 nm and 12 nm in the Korea Strait
Climate:
Temperate, with rainfall heavier in summer than winter
Irrigated Land:
13,350 sq km (approx.)
Natural hazards:
Occasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; low-level seismic activity common in southwest
Environment-international agreements:
party to: Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification
Population & its structure:
46,884,800 (approx.)
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