Konstantin Asmolov

Korea-Japan Relations Plunge: Japan Strikes A...

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The trade war between Japan and South Korea caused by the decision of Seoul to ignore the results of the 1965 Agreement is reaching a new level. As expected, all attempts to somehow de-escalate the confrontation failed. On July 31, 2019 a group of members of the National Assembly of South Korea paid a two-day visit to Japan in…

The Chronicle of Yet Another North Korean Sho...

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In late July – early August 2019, North Korea conducted a series of short range missile launches and large-caliber multiple rocket launcher firings. It caused a certain stir, but, before analyzing the international reaction, let us review the chronicle of the events. Let us first…

Both South Korea and Japan Accuse Each Other ...

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As we continue to follow the latest developments in the trade war between South Korea and Japan, we have noticed that both sides have been using an interesting tactic, i.e. playing the North Korea card. On the one hand, this suggests that Pyongyang is the biggest beneficiary…

Russia and China in the Korean Peace Process

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Trilateral talks were held in Moscow on October 9, 2018 between Russia, North Korea and China. The meeting brought together Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov, North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-hui and Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kong Xuanyou, and has been an important step in developing…

Were Adrian Hong’s Associates Responsible for...

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U.S. media outlets continue to report that Kim Jong-nam had worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (the CIA) before he was killed in 2017. In addition to WSJ (The Wall Street Journal) articles, Kim Jong-nam and his role as a CIA informant have been mentioned in…

Fate of Iran and Future of the Nuclear Proble...

As we take a look at the situation involving Iran, which has been accused of orchestrating a terrorist attack against a tanker, and as we remember the circumstances under which the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal, it seems apt to summarize some thoughts on what effect…

Scandal Surrounding South Korea’s Ministry of...

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The entire month of May, South Korea was in the throes of yet another scandal involving the government, which can be best summarized as follows. On 7 May 2019, ROK’s President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump had a 35-minute telephone conversation, during which…

Repression of North Korean Diplomats – Anothe...

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The latest news item about DPRK’s bloody regime is spreading throughout the globe. The conservative South Korean newspaper the Chosun Ilbo cited an unnamed source in its article, which said that in March 2019, the former Ambassador to Spain, Kim Hyok-chol…

DPRK Has its Own Version of Iskander Missiles

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No sooner had we reported on the weapons test that took place in North Korea on 4 May, than the DPRK fired more short-range missiles (of unknown make) on 9 May 2019. One of them flew 420 kilometers, while the other 270 kilometers. Both of the missiles reached their peak altitude…

South Korea’s Military Partnerships Ext...

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Every few months, Asmolov’s digest examines how South Korea’s military relations are developing with its main ally and other partners in terms of military technology and politics. How these relations develop is more important for the author of these lines than Seoul’s lofty…

What Lies Hidden beneath the Mask of NGO Cheo...

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We continue to follow the investigation into the attack on the North Korean (DPRK) Embassy in Madrid and the secretive organization of defectors, formerly known as Cheollima Civil Defense and now referred to as Free Joseon, who were behind it. The latest news we looked at was…

Who is to Take Responsibility for Man-made Ea...

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On 15 November 2018, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake struck the environs of the Pohang-si city, located in the North Gyeongsang Province. It was the second most powerful temblor in the modern history of South Korea since instrumental earthquake monitoring had begun…


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