Konstantin Asmolov

Ongoing GSOMIA-Related Issues between South K...

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While continuing to monitor reports on the confrontation between Seoul and Tokyo, we are attentively following what effect it is…

How to Privatize Airspace: the Example of KAD...

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Chinese military aircraft entering what is referred to as South Korea’s Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) is something that constantly comes up when we discuss the problems affecting relations between China and South Korea, but this problem has recently started becoming even more serious. From South Korea’s perspective, 23 July 2019 was the turning point, when…

De Facto Collapse of Case Against Free Joseon...

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After the first suspects in the case involving an attack on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid were identified, the author hoped that this would set the wheels in motion. However, since spring 2019 there have not been any news reports about it, and the ones published have been disappointing. The only person, arrested in connection with the case in…

Pigs are Getting Slaughtered in South Korea

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As we continue to monitor the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in South Korea, we would like to remind out readers that, as of the morning of 27 September 2019, more than 30,000 pigs in the nation had been deemed at risk of infection and 9 cases of the disease had been reported in less than two weeks. Although ASF does…

Latest Episode in Ongoing Saga of North Korea...

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Our recent coverage of a fight that broke out between North Korean poachers and Russian border guards is a topic that has caused quite a stir, so we felt the need to consider the wider issue. How has the situation developed since this incident took place? – Six poachers fishing in the Sea of Japan were detained for two months after attacking Russian border guards…

Outcomes of Meeting between US and DPRK Repre...

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On 1 October 2019, Choe Son Hui, First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, released a statement saying that North Korea and the United States had agreed to hold a meeting between their respective working groups on 5 October. Later on, it was reported that the talks would take place in Stockholm. And then the North Korean delegation…

Wianbu Issue and Risk of Pushing it Too Far

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On 14 August, commemorations for the International Memorial Day for the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Victims during World War II were held in South Korea yet again. The Research Association on and the Korean Council for the Women Drafted for Military Sexual Slavery by Japan held the 1,400th rally (staged since January 1992) in front of Japan’s embassy…

Moon Jae-in’s Speech at the UN General ...

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As it was promised, we are going to take a closer look at the speech presented by South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in in front of the UN General Assembly on September 24, 2019. The rationale behind this analysis is the fact that nothing can tell you more about a politician than his public speeches. It was widely assumed that the South Korean leader would…

DPRK’s October Missile Launch: End to Dialogu...

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On 2 October 2019, North Korea carried out yet another (11th since the start of the year) missile launch, which has caused a much bigger uproar than the test firing of short-range missiles or of a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher (MLRS) that we had reported on earlier this summer. First of all, (in the author…

Moon Jae-in’s Visit to United States in Septe...

From 22 to 26 September 2019, President of the Republic of Korea was in New York. His visit included speaking at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and participating in yet another U.S.-South Korea Summit (9th in two and a half years). Initially, ROK’s Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon was supposed to attend the U.N. General…

There’s no Escaping ASF for Seoul at Th...

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In the second half of September of this year, an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF) seems to have begun in South Korea. Despite the fact that this disease does not pose a risk to humans, it has earned its name (swine fever) for a reason, since a highly pathogenic strain of ASF is 100% fatal. There are no medicines to treat this sickness. And the only…

BC: North Korea and the Hydrogen Bomb

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Talks about a North Korean hydrogen bomb were successfully superimposed on a new round of speculations that the North was about to lash out again. Way back in late October the South Korean media, citing a source in the government, reported that work on the construction of a new tunnel was being conducted at…


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