Konstantin Asmolov

North Korea Talks Discussion: Yet Another Att...

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On more than one occasion we have pointed out that every time the USA and DPRK attempt to establish a dialogue, anti-Trump forces in the United States try to sabotage these efforts. Their approach is simple and straightforward, a widely publicized investigation begins…

Is Ahn Hee-Jung’s Prison Sentence a Victory f...

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Not so long ago, within a context focusing on the status of women in South Korea, we looked at the case of Ahn Hee-jung, the former governor of South Chungcheong Province, whose secretary Kim Ji-eun in an interview broadcast live on cable television accused him of…

US and South Korea Finally Signed an Agreemen...

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In a number of previous articles on military cooperation between the USA and South Korea we have tackled the problem of reaching agreement on Seoul’s contribution to the expenses involved in maintaining the US military presence in South Korea. These expenses include…

News about “North Korean Hackers” and IT Pene...

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The last time we discussed the subject of North Korean hackers was when the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions against the hacker Park Jin Hyok from DPRK and the North Korean company Chosun Expo Joint Venture, which he had worked for as a programmer, because of…

Case of Ko Hyon-chol and Other Unsavory Tales...

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Ko-Hyon-cholOnce the story criticizing a report on mass-rape in DPRK was published, its author has faced with a fierce backlash. Many people were unwilling to believe that by “presenting notorious stories not as exceptions but as examples of daily tactics, and by then employing a similar…

DPRK Is Still Being Persecuted For “Violating...

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The ties between South and North Koreas are becoming closer and there are fewer tensions in the relationship between DPRK and the USA. That often makes us forget that, though it was rather the Democrats’ strategy to pick on North Korea for violating human rights, the pressure on…

Moon Jae-in’s “Spring Cleaning” of the Old Gu...

On 30 August, South Korea’s President replaced several ministers including the Minister of National Defense. Jeong Kyeong-do, who was a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was appointed as the new minister. He is the first appointee to have come from the Air Force in the past 24 years. The former minister…

How did the American Otto Warmbier Actually D...

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On 10 October 2018, several American doctors, who were involved in caring for and treating the fairly well-known Otto Warmbier, confirmed the theory, proposed by the student’s parents, that Otto’s teeth and gums looked as if they had been cut with a saw, and as a result…

Moon Jae-in Continues to “Clean House”

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Only recently we have published an article describing how Moon Jae-in is strengthening his position of power via a large-scale “clean-up”, and yet one scandal follows after another. For instance, the act of reforming the police force, sub-divided into the local branch (which will be…

On Status of Military Ties between US and Sou...

Having written about implementing the inter-Korean summit agreements on military aspects, we will now wait and see what effect this will have on the military cooperation between South Korea and the USA, either when it comes to staging joint military drills or reaching a new…

Preparations for Second Summit between Kim Jo...

The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, citing sources in the US administration, has reported that the next summit between the United States and DPRK was to take place as early as the middle of…

“A Great Deception” – Washington’...

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On November 12 the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) concluded, after studying satellite data and other publicly-available data on North Korea’s missile program, that there were 13 hidden military bases or facilities in North Korea whose existence…


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