Konstantin Asmolov

The South Korean — Japanese Relations: the Argument Continues

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Our previous article on the South Korean – Japanese relations was dedicated to the wianbu issue, but the relations between the 2 states have not been limited to that during this year. On April 9, South Korea appealed the recommendation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to cancel…

Recent Developments in China — South Korea Relations

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Following the overview of recent developments in relations between China and DPRK, let us now learn more about China’s cooperation with South Korea in the given time period. Political cooperation between the two countries mainly occurred at the level of multilateral meetings. The most…

North Korean Coal, Russian Vessels and the South Korean Scandal

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On October 2, the South Korean authorities released the Russian multipurpose cargo vessel Sevastopol which had been detained on September 29 in the port city of Busan.  The supposed reason for the detainment was the fact that, earlier this year, the US Ministry of Finance included…

On Disbanding the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation or How the Wianbu Issue Developed in 2018

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On September 25, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in who arrived in New York in order to partake in the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly held a meeting…

The Fifth Summit Between North and South Korea – Results and Achievements So Far

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As we have already looked at what happened in the summit and the reactions to it, we can now discuss the main results and the documents that have been signed, to see whether the initial expectations have been fulfilled. Readers will remember that before the summit certain…

Who Is Responsible for the WannaCry Virus?

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On June 8 2018 the FBI put Park Jin Hyok, a North Korean citizen, on its Wanted list and issued an order for his arrest. He is accused of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and computer fraud. According to the investigators, Park studied at the Kim Chaek University of Technology in…

Strengthening Relations between China and North Korea

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At the end of August 2018 various sources reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping is to visit Pyongyang on September 9 for the Day of the Foundation of the Republic, and is highly likely to attend the military parade. This will be the first visit to North Korea by a Chinese leader…

How the US Holds Up Dialogue between North and South Korea

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On August 15, Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President, spoke at the ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of the Liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. He declared that the liberation process will only be truly complete when North and South Korea have overcome the split…

The Story of the Defected Restaurant Workers: Time to Stop Lying?

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Among several high-profile stories which the author is closely monitoring is the so-called “case of the defected restaurant workers”. Readers may recall that on April 7, 2016, a manager and twelve waitresses of the North Korean restaurant Ryugyong in Ningbo (a city in China’s…

Korea: Preparations for Reunions of Divided Families

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The latest reunion between members of divided Korean families, the 21st such meeting since the partition of Korea, took place on 20 August in the Kumgang Mountains. The history of these meetings goes back to 1971, when the South Korean Red Cross Society contacted its sister…

Is North Korea Fulfilling its Singapore Summit Commitments?

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Against the background of a number of high-profile statements by the Western press that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is secretly developing a nuclear missile program, thereby violating the Singapore Declaration and deceiving the world community…

Military Plot in South Korea: Mayhem in the Defense Intelligence Agency

We are continuing to follow the scandal linked to the attempted “military coup“. It is worth reminding the readers that, in essence, the events that transpired in March 2017 involved a detailed plan by the Defense Security Command (the name given to the defense intelligence agency…


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