South Korea

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…

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…

Gymnastic Wonders or Just Plain Carelessness?


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


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


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…

Yoon Seok-youl as a Potential Third Force in South Korean Politics


On November 11, 2020, according to a poll taken by the agency Hangil Research, Attorney General Yoon Seok-yeol ranked first on the list of potential presidential candidates for the first time, overtaking Democratic Party leader Lee Nak-yon and Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province) governor Lee Jae-myung. Yoon Seok-yeol was…

Verdict in Chun Doo-hwan’s Case is Far From Satisfying


At the end of November 2020 the lengthy court proceedings stemming from attempts made by the Moon Jae-in administration to imprison yet another former President finally came to an end. After Chun Doo-hwan took advantage of political instability in the country to usurp power starting in December 1979, students in the city of Gwangju started to protest against…

Who is Yoon Seok-youl and How did he Become an Eyesore for South Korea’s President


In the author’s numerous articles about high-profile investigations and political scandals in South Korea, he cannot help but mention Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl and his defiance against the Blue House. Hence, the author believes it would be pertinent to provide more information about him and a more detailed…

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