Konstantin Asmolov

Korean Peninsula and the Crisis in the Middle East

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The beginning of January 2020 was marked by an exchange of blows between the United States and Iran, which could potentially lead to a further drastic exacerbation of the situation in the Middle East. However, this article is not about whether or not war will break out between the United States and Iran, it is rather about how these escalating tensions will affect…

North Korean Workers Return Home. Will Pyongyang Face Insurmountable Problems?

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The deadline, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2017, for ensuring all DPRK workers employed abroad return home was on December 22, 2019. As a result, all North Korean restaurants in Moscow closed down, and up until December 20, the Air Koryo airline had increased the number of flights…

USA’s Short-Term Goal – Iran, and Long-Term One – China?

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This article was written during the brief period between Iran’s attack on American military bases in Iraq and the next step yet to be taken by the United States, which may prove just as tough. But since the author of this text is not an expert on either the United States or the Middle East, his aim is not to predict in detail the path the escalation will follow but instead…

On the Resignation of South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon

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On December 17, 2019, President of South Korea Moon Jae-in nominated former Speaker of the National Assembly, Chung Sye-kyun, for the post of Prime Minister. “I want to explain directly to the people about the nomination for the next prime minister,” Moon said. “The government has so far exerted special efforts to get rid…

Dumping Radioactive Water into the Pacific Ocean — a Hypothetical Scenario for Tokyo?

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It was not so long ago that we wrote about how radiophobia is being stoked up as part of the trade war between Japan and South Korea. Having brought this topic to the public’s attention, I would like to go into more detail and highlight people’s fears that “Japanese authorities are about to flood…

The Closer to the New Year, the Greater the Commotion

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As 2019 draws to a close, tensions start to rise on the Korean Peninsula, and it is expected that the period of de-escalation in the region won’t continue into 2020. During the whole month of November, North Korean representatives were urging the United States to change its approach, warning that “the window narrows.” The United States…

South Korea is not Willing to Pay 5 Times More for Stationing American Troops

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The present relationship between Seoul and Washington is plagued with problems, and recently the amount of money South Korea spends on U.S. military forces stationed in its territory has become the most pressing one. However, in the ROK these increased tensions are associated with Moon Jae-in’s attempts to follow…

South Korean Protest Against US Ambassador

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The developments linked to the dispute between Seoul and Washington about sharing defense costs became an indirect reason for the hype surrounding the US Ambassador to South Korea, Harry B. Harris. Some far left politicians even demanded that he be deemed persona non grata. Harry B. Harris was born in Japan. He became the first Asian American to head…

North Korea (DPRK) is Upgrading its “Super-Large Multiple Rocket Launcher (MRL)”

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On November 28, 2019, North Korea conducted a “thirteenth, anniversary, missile launch”: a major multiple rocket launchers (MRL) weapons test, when two large-caliber short-range projectiles were launched from its South Hamgyong province into the Sea of Japan. Yonhap News Agency later clarified…

Seoul Chooses to Avoid Confrontation Over GSOMIA

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On 23 November 2019, the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between Japan and South Korea was due to expire, and right up until the last moment it was not clear whether Seoul would succumb to US pressure. The United States views the GSOMIA as part of its strategy aimed at consolidating the trilateral security alliance…

Moon Jae-in’s Next Stage of Battle Against Oligarchs

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As we continue to follow Lee Jae-yong’s case, the author would like to point out the fact that ROK President’s attempts to “get to” the oligarchs have ranged in scope. During 2019, they have had an effect on many of them, hence, it is far simpler to use names of companies rather than describe events in a chronological manner in this article.

Inter-Korean Dialogue: Is It Possible to Repatriate Murderers without Becoming a Traitor?

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On 7 November 2019, South Korea handed over two DPRK citizens to North Korea for the first time. They requested political asylum but, back home, the two had been accused of mass murder. The first deportation (or extradition) of North Korean defectors, who expressed their…


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