Konstantin Asmolov

Yet Another Story Involving Rape and Suicide in the South Korean Army


After one well-known story about “mass rapes in the DPRK Army,” the author is trying to keep track of how a similar situation looks occurring in the South Korean Army, and thankfully when describing that he does not have to solely rely on the tearful and unreliable stories told by defectors, but on more valid sources. Scandals related…

Shaping the Washington-Tokyo-Seoul Triangle


In one of his past articles the author promised to discuss in more detail how anti-Japanese sentiments in Seoul began to diminish with Joe Biden’s accession to power. The first signs of this development were observed at the end of 2020, when there was already a concern that the Seoul-Tokyo feud might have a negative impact on the partnership between Seoul…

The Problem of Propaganda Leaflets: US Concerns and New Provocations


The author has repeatedly pointed out that one of the serious factors destabilizing inter-Korean relations is the activities of anti-North Korean NGOs that send obscene and inappropriate leaflets across the border. This is mostly done by the “Fighters for a Free North Korea,” led by the controversial defector Park Sang-Hak. Following the events…

Results of the Biden-Moon Summit and China’s Response


Having described the general results of the visit of the President of South Korea to the United States, we would like to take a closer look at what was the reaction of Beijing to the clearly visible anti-Chinese visit and how in Seoul they diligently pretend that “there was nothing like this and we will not get anything like that.” You may recall that, although…

Is There a Reason for Significant Troubles on the Korean Peninsula?


According to the author, the main outcome of the South Korean president’s visit to the United States in May was not agreements on economic or medical cooperation, but the lifting of ballistic missile range restrictions on the ROK. Indeed, actions aimed at limiting South Korea’s military capabilities by the United States have a long…

South Korean and US Military Drills 2020-2021


On March 15, 2021, Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, issued a statement condemning the staging of scheduled joint military exercises by the United States and ROK. She stated that whether or not relations between the DPRK and South Korea “return to the new starting point of peace and prosperity as witnessed in those spring days three years ago” depended on the attitude…

Another Chapter in the Chronicles of the Trade War between Japan and South Korea


The tense relations between Seoul and Tokyo are a constant subject of the author’s attention, and his most recent piece on the topic addressed how the issue of forced labor has been added on top of that about Korean comfort women.  After all – in comparison with fifteen grandmothers – they went through a lot more, and…

Moon Jae-in’s Visit to the US


In May 2021, South Korea’s President paid a scheduled visit to the United State where he met with the recently elected US leader. The trip took place at a time when a number of internal political issues plague the ROK and the confrontation between the US and PRC continues. Prior to the visit, South Korean journalists and experts outlined quite a number of points that were supposed…

Democrats are Finally Ready to Take on Issue of Workers’ Rights


On April 20, 2021, South Korea completed the ratification process for three key International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder welcomed the ratification as an important step forward in the development of the nation’s labor relations. However, one needs to understand that the path towards…

Political Parties of South Korea in a State of of Transformation


Local by-elections failed on April 7, 2021; the Conservative Party regained Seoul and Busan, South Koreas’ most prominent cities. This result has caused specific changes in the leadership of political parties in the Republic of Korea and the departure of the administration’s aggravation of factional struggle. One example was a high-profile story when five freshmen DP…

South Korea’s new Anti-Corruption Law


April 29, 2021, The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea has passed the Conflict of Interest Prevention Act, which aims to prohibit government employees and elected officials from using insider information for personal benefit. This law complements the so-called Kim Young-ran Anti-Bribery Act, adopted in 2016. Over the past eight years, there have been…

Joe Biden’s “New” North Korean Policy


At the end of April 2021, the US administration finally unleashed the new concept of policy toward North Korea that the expert community had long awaited. The waiting period was, of course, accompanied by occasional statements by press secretary Jen Psaki that the process was underway, as well as analytical reports and statements by experts who wanted to steer…

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