Konstantin Asmolov

South Korea Trapped between China and US

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Tensions between the United States and the PRC keep rising. In fact, the confrontation is starting to resemble a “new Cold War”. The relationship appears to have reached a turning point on May 20, 2020, when the White House delivered a report, “United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China”, to members of Congress. A substantial portion…

What we Learned about Korean Issues from John Bolton’s Memoirs

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On 24 June a US court rejected a bid by the US government to block publication of the memoirs of John Bolton, a former national security adviser to US President Donald Trump. It’s worth recalling that John Bolton, the arch-hawk and conservative who was jokingly called the godfather of the DPRK’s nuclear program for his…

Will South Korea become a Haven for American Intermediate-range Missiles?

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Since 2017, South Korea has been a home for the American anti-ballistic missile defense system, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), which was installed in Seongju, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, despite strong protests from China and North Korea. As an integral part of America’s anti-ballistic missile defense system…

How “Human Rights Advocates” Capitalize on the Tragedy of “Comfort Women”

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This author has already touched upon the topic of “comfort women” and how NGOs feed off this topic several times, conjecturing how these organizations are more concerned about looking after their own benefit then resolving the problem, since once the issue has been settled for good the opportunity will vanish for them…

US-South Korea Dispute over Defense Costs Still Hitting a Dead End

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Our last piece on the US-South Korea military cost-sharing agreement known as the Special Measures Agreement (SMA) was published two months ago, yet no progress has since been made. To briefly provide some background information, South Korea has been partially covering the cost of hosting American troops since…

Lifting of 2010 Sanctions? No, Just Another Pitiful Move from Seoul.

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Several times, when writing about what President Moon Jae-in could have done to develop inter-Korean dialogue, this author has outlined that a real step, and not just a ceremonial one, would be the lifting of wide-ranging unilateral sanctions imposed on 24 May 2010 by Lee Myung-bak’s government after South Korea’s implication…

Secret Nuclear Sites of DPRK? Or is Everything Visible from Above?

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Since 2018, North Korea has continued to adhere to its moratorium on nuclear, and medium- and long-range missile tests. This has created an impression that DPRK’s missile and nuclear weapons program has been put on hold. Still, analysts have been asking whether this is actually the case and the answer…

Who is Benefiting from Comfort Women Issue?

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On May 7, 2020, yet another scandal broke out in South Korea.  As readers may remember, every Wednesday, hundreds of people gather in front of the former building of the Japanese embassy in Seoul. Every week, activists, students and surviving comfort women (wianbu in Korean) join forces to demand a sincere apology and legal reparations from Tokyo…

Wild Boars Continue to Spread ASF, but How did it Reach the Korean Peninsula?

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Earlier, the author believed that South Korea deserved to be commended for its efforts in combating African swine fever (ASF) within its borders, but the situation turned out to be more serious than previously thought. The following paragraphs provide an incomplete record of the growing number of dead wild boars found not…

From Where do Fables “Take Off”, or Lessons in Source Studies

On May 2, 2020, North Korea’s leader appeared in public, putting an end to rumors about his death or complete incapacity. The frenzy around this subject demonstrated nicely the value of a few “informed sources,” which in the West are accepted as trustworthy and, while Kim Jong-un wasn’t in sight, were busy distributing blatant…

Female Face of North Korean Politics

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The situation in the DPRK is drawing attention towards an individual who has apparently already been “chosen as Kim Jong-un’s successor”. In fact, nothing has been decided for sure. But, in recent years, Kim Yo-jong has been rising up the career ladder fairly quickly, and amid individuals who are on average twice her age, the young woman has unsurprisingly garnered attention from the…

Is President Moon Jae-in a pro-China politician?

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After the author’s article on South Korea’s “independent politics” was published, he has received a number of comments from conservative circles that attempted to convince him the leftist ROK President had “sold himself to Beijing” and was certainly dancing to its tune. In response, the author has decided to publicize information that shows the China…


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