South Korea

The Problem of Propaganda Leaflets: US Concerns and New Provocations

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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

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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?

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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

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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…

Moon Jae-in’s Visit to the US

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Kim Il Sung’s Memoirs Published in South Korea: What Could it Mean?

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On April 21, 2021, “With the Century” hit the bookstores in Seoul. This is Kim Il Sung’s memoirs, written at the end of his life, covering the period from 1912 to 1945 (before the liberation of Korea). They describe the childhood of the North Korean leader and his actions in resisting the Japanese colonial regime.  It was published by Minjeok…

The Unexpected Ruling of the Seoul Court

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The issue of the lawsuits that South Korea is bringing against Japan has a long history.  When Japan and the ROK established diplomatic relations in 1965, Tokyo paid substantial compensation and provided interest-free loans to Seoul, which were not a determining but important part of the “miracle at Hangangan”. Although these sums were sent to the Korean government rather than…

Seven Years since the Sewol Ferry Disaster

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April 16, 2021 marks seven years the Sewol ferry disaster, which killed more than 300 people, mostly high school students. This makes us look at how work is progressing during the reign of Moon Jae-in to identify and ultimately punish the perpetrators of this tragedy. From the author’s point of view, the Sewol problem – from the standpoint of establishing justice – consists…

Continuing the Story of the Hijacked Tanker and Frozen Funds

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In early 2021, we wrote about the Iranian seizure of a South Korean tanker and how this precedent actually demonstrates a number of unresolved problems, most notably the problem of Iranian assets in South Korean banks intended to pay for Iranian crude oil imports and frozen because of US sanctions. Recall:  Iran has repeatedly urged…


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