New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

New Zealand and Korea

Ceremony to Commemorate the 61st Anniversary of the Start of the Korean War attended by the Honourable Judith Collins, Minister of Veterans' Affairs and his Excellency Mr Kwang-il Noh, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Wellington, New Zealand 27 June, 2011. Credit: NZDF

South Korea

New Zealand’s excellent bilateral relationship with the Republic of Korea (ROK) is founded on strong political, economic, and security links going back to the Korean War. Diplomatic relations were established in 1962 and a resident Embassy opened in Seoul in 1971. In recent years the relationship has deepened through engagement in such areas as government interactions, economics and trade, people-to-people links, science and technology, education, film, culture, and promotion of shared interests in regional and global issues.

More information on the Republic of Korea and its relationship with New Zealand can be found here.

North Korea 

Diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) were formally established in 2001.  New Zealand’s Ambassador in Seoul is cross-accredited to the DPRK and makes regular official visits to Pyongyang.  New Zealand's overall engagement with the DPRK is limited by our governments' opposing views on several important issues including human rights, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

More information on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and its relationship with New Zealand can be found here.

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