South Korea

North Korean Coal, Russian Vessels and the So...

445674322On October 2, the South Korean authorities released the Russian multipurpose cargo vessel Sevastopol which had been detained on September 29 in the port city of Busan.  The supposed reason for the detainment was the fact that, earlier this year, the US Ministry of Finance included…

How the US Holds Up Dialogue between North an...

SKP342348238243On August 15, Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President, spoke at the ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of the Liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. He declared that the liberation process will only be truly complete when North and South Korea have overcome the split…

The Story of the Defected Restaurant Workers:...

30073Among several high-profile stories which the author is closely monitoring is the so-called “case of the defected restaurant workers”. Readers may recall that on April 7, 2016, a manager and twelve waitresses of the North Korean restaurant Ryugyong in Ningbo (a city in China’s…

Korea: Preparations for Reunions of Divided F...

09788946The latest reunion between members of divided Korean families, the 21st such meeting since the partition of Korea, took place on 20 August in the Kumgang Mountains. The history of these meetings goes back to 1971, when the South Korean Red Cross Society contacted its sister…

Military Plot in South Korea: Mayhem in the D...

We are continuing to follow the scandal linked to the attempted “military coup“. It is worth reminding the readers that, in essence, the events that transpired in March 2017 involved a detailed plan by the Defense Security Command (the name given to the defense intelligence agency…

Comment-rigging Scandal Update: Appointed Spe...

0101We continue to follow the events that can potentially transform into the latest political crisis in South Korea.  Even at this stage, the online comment-rigging scandal buried Moon Jae-in’s plans of ensuring the constitutional amendment referendum coincided with…

Has the Problem of Illegal Migrants and Refug...

KOR7473234On 7 July 2018, a 700-strong protest took place in front of the office of Seoul’s mayor. People came out into the streets carrying signs, such as “Put Koreans before refugees”, and protesting against the policies of the provincial administration of the Jeju island, which…

“Attempted Military Coup” in South Korea

0088At the beginning of July 2018, South Korea’s mainstream newspapers were full of headlines about an uncovered military coup as deviously planned as the military plots concocted by Park Chung-hee and Chun Doo-hwan. A whole group of high ranking military personnel, including Kim Kwang-jin…

Outcome of South Korean President’s State Vis...

8855The South Korean President Moon Jae-in made an official State Visit to Russia from 21 to 23 June. This was the third summit (after their meetings during the G20 summit in July and the Eastern Economic Forum in September 2017) and the first State Visit to Russia in 19 years (South…

Will the USA and South Korea Cancel Joint Exe...

SKU4534524As the audience remembers, at a press conference after the summit with the leader of DPRK in Singapore Donald Trump told that the USA will stop the military exercises held together with South Korea. “We will stop war games,” the US President said, having called them “provocative” and…

How Likely is it that US troops will be Withd...

KO3543234234On May 4, the New York Times, 2018 citing a number of different sources, reported that Donald Trump had ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans for a possible reduction of America’s military presence in South Korea.  Of course, it is not a question of Kim yielding, but, according to…

Is the Korean Comment-rigging Scandal Similar...

5a7cdb7ad03072920e8b4686-750-375Only recently we wrote about the conservative ex-president of South Korea, who ended up in prison as a result of a series of accusations levelled against him. Still an ongoing scandal that started in mid-April has all the tell-tale signs that may turn it into an analogous story…


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