Konstantin Asmolov

The Eighth WPK DPRK Congress

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From January 5 to January 13, the 8th congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) was held in North Korea, which marked a series of major inner-party and inner-state changes. Background The decision to hold the eighth party congress in January 2021 was made at the plenum of the WPK Central Committee held in Pyongyang on August 19, where…

Park Geun-hye’s Conviction and Talks of Possible Pardon

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On January 14, 2021, South Korea’s Supreme Court upheld former President Park Geun-hye’s 20-year sentence on charges of corruption and abuse of power. This is quite a milestone, as the charges against Park are finally being brought and approved. That evening, the Blue House issued a statement on the verdict: “such an incident must never happen again, taking…

Iran Hijacking a South Korean Tanker

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On January 4, 2021, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) boats detained a South Korean-flagged vessel in the Strait of Hormuz. According to Iranian agencies Tasnim and Fars, the South Korean tanker MT Hankuk Chemi, which was going from Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates, is now in the port of Bandar Abbas on the southern coast of Iran. There…

A Christmas Gift for the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office

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Late 2020 put a decisive end to the confrontation between Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl and Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae: season one in this political series ended with a victory for Yoon, but a second season, and perhaps one that is no less exciting, may begin in the new year. For those who have not been following this subject. In July 2019, President Moon…

“The Struggle for Human Rights in the DPRK“ in 2020

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The year 2020 was formally rich in events related to exposing the DPRK from the perspective of human rights. As early as January 15, 2020. Human Rights Watch has called on the ROK government to assess the human rights situation in North Korea: although “North Korea remains one of the most repressive countries in the world,” President Moon Jae-in’s administration has…

DPRK’s Battle against Novel Coronavirus

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Earlier, the author wrote an article about North Korea’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, whose spread within the nation was halted owing to its strict and unprecedented in nature public health measures. By the end of 2020, this topic has become even more politicized because a totalitarian regime is not meant to show better outcomes than those of democratic nations…

Have they Managed to Settle a Sex Scandal between South Korean and New Zealand?

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In August 2020, we wrote about a sex scandal involving a high-ranking South Korean diplomat – one that forced him to become the topic of conversation among the country’s top officials: On February 28, 2020, a New Zealand court issued an arrest warrant for a South Korean diplomat named Kim on charges of indecent…

“A Beam in the Eye” of South Korea’s Foreign Minister Escapes Her Attention

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On December 5, 2020, during the IISS Manama Dialogue (a security summit held in Bahrain), South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that her government had “offered help to North Korea” but had so far received no response. She also added that it was hard to believe Pyongyang’s claims about not having any COVID-19…

The Fuss inside the South Korean Conservative Party

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Previously, we reported on how the new interim leader of the Conservative Party, Kim Chong-in, is trying to restore the influence of his party, and move away from its old framework.  However, today there is still a lack of unity in this game, largely due to a series of moves that the author considers strange. Initially, the party’s image changed by attracting young blood…

Gymnastic Wonders or Just Plain Carelessness?

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On November 4, 2020, the South Korean military deployed near the border with the North was put on high alert and sent to search for an unidentified person detected by technical controls. For the search operations, troops were placed on the “Jindogae” alert, which is issued to cope with a possible intrusion of armed guerrillas from North Korea. According to the Joint…

Changes to the Way ROK Law Enforcement Agencies Operate

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Aside from attempts to interfere with the work of the Prosecutor General’s office in order to create a team answerable only to the President and his high-ranking corrupt cronies, from 2019 to 2020, Moon Jae-in’s administration undertook a series of actions aimed at changing the way law enforcement agencies in the country operate. Some of these measures seem…

“Peace Girl” Defeats Forgery and Stands Its Ground

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Not too long ago, this author wrote about how on September 25, 2020, pro-South Korean activists from Korean Verband put up another monument to comfort women in downtown Berlin and near the Japanese embassy. Under the guise of a sculpture symbolizing the protection of the rights of women victims of wars in Berlin’s Mitte district, another stereotypical…


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