Konstantin Asmolov

What does the ROK Expect from Joe Biden?


On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was sworn in as president. What the DPRK expects of it is partly evident from the results of the recent congress. But what about the South? Officially everyone paid their respects even after the election, and again after the inauguration. ROK President Moon Jae-in congratulated Joe Biden on officially assuming the presidency of the United States…

Who will Handle the Korean Conflict under Biden, and How?


We have already made preliminary predictions about what the new US president’s course on the Korean Peninsula will look like. Now that Joe Biden has introduced some of his team and partially spoken out himself, some things are further clarified. Let’s start with Biden himself. We recall that he was critical of the meetings between Trump and Kim, insisting that they only…

Key Features of the Ongoing Law Enforcement Reform in ROK and Possible Issues


After the author published a number of reports about various changes made to the way South Korea’s law enforcement agencies operate, he has received a number of requests to outline what these reforms would mean and entail. In his inauguration speech in May 2017, Moon Jae-in promised to ensure law-enforcement authorities would…

The Eighth WPK DPRK Congress


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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…

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