South Korea’s Military Partnerships Extend beyond the US
Every few months, Asmolov’s digest examines how South Korea’s military relations are developing with its main ally and other partners in terms of military technology and politics. How these relations develop is more important for the author of these lines than Seoul’s lofty statements expressing the South’s desire for peace. Let’s start by looking at […]
What Lies Hidden beneath the Mask of NGO Cheollima Civil Defense?
We continue to follow the investigation into the attack on the North Korean (DPRK) Embassy in Madrid and the secretive organization of defectors, formerly known as Cheollima Civil Defense and now referred to as Free Joseon, who were behind it. The latest news we looked at was when US authorities took former US marine Christopher […]
Who is to Take Responsibility for Man-made Earthquake in Pohang-si?
On 15 November 2018, a magnitude-5.4 earthquake struck the environs of the Pohang-si city, located in the North Gyeongsang Province. It was the second most powerful temblor in the modern history of South Korea since instrumental earthquake monitoring had begun in the nation in 1978. The most powerful earthquake occurred in 2016 in Gyeongju-si, its […]
New Developments in the Investigation into the Attack on the North Korean Embassy in Spain
On February 22, 2019, the North Korean Embassy in Madrid was attacked by “human rights activists” formerly known as Cheollima Civil Defense and renamed as Free Joseon. About ten raiders beat staff at the Embassy, tortured North Korea’s only accredited diplomat in Spain So Yun-sok to get him to defect, and left the Embassy with stolen […]
The topic of North Korea at the Summit between Leaders of South Korea and the US
On April 11, in Washington, a summit between South Korea and the US was held. The two countries’ leaders, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump, discussed a wide range of issues, concentrating on resolution of the North Korean nuclear problem. In a press release, summarizing results of the summit, both sides confirmed their quest for establishing […]
Kim Jong-nam Murder Case is Closed, or More Precisely Falls Apart
We recently wrote about the acquittal of one of the women accused of poisoning Kim Jong-un’s half-brother. On 11 March, Indonesian citizen Siti Aisyah was released from jail, because prosecutors refused to press charges against her. On 1 April 2019, the second suspect in the case, Vietnamese citizen Doan Thi Huong, was sentenced to 3 […]
Gradually Re-establishing Historical Truth about Jeju Uprising
On 3 April, 2019 a commemoration ceremony to honor victims of a bloody suppression by government forces of the people’s uprising in 1948-1954 was held on the island of Jeju. More than 10,000 people, including representatives of the government and the National Assembly, revolt participants and offspring of the victims of its clampdown, took part in the […]
Attack on North Korean Embassy in Madrid
On February 22, 2019 a group of unidentified individuals attacked the Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Madrid. A few days after the incident, the Reuters News Agency and Spanish online newspaper El Confidencial published reports, citing sources in Spain’s Ministry for Home Affairs, that said the attackers had burst into […]
How Relations are Unfolding between China and North Korea in Early 2019
In another article, details were given of the North Korean leader’s visit to Vietnam, which mentioned that Kim Jong-un’s special train passed through Chinese territory without making any long stops on the way back to North Korea. Despite earlier predictions, there was no meeting held between the leaders of North Korea and China. However, we […]
Yet Another Victor Cha’s Attempt to Stall US-DPRK Talks, or was it John Bolton’s?
Not long ago, we examined two attempts which were made by Victor Cha—failed US Ambassador to South Korea and one of the most odious foreign policy hawks—to disrupt the North Korea–United States Summit. First, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where Cha is responsible for South Korea, tried to claim a well-known military […]
Results of the North Korean leader’s visit to Vietnam
In previous reports on Kim Jong-un’s visit, we described his arrival in Vietnam and his meeting with the President of the United States, however, the program Kim Jong-un had scheduled for his visit did not end there. In the afternoon on 1 March, the Supreme Leader of North Korea met with Secretary General of the […]
Outcomes of National Convention held by ROK’s Conservative Party
At the end of February, quite an important event took place in South Korea as the largest conservative opposition party, Liberty Korea Party (LKP), held a national convention where its new leader was elected and a future strategy adopted. To start with, we would like to remind our readers about the developments that have taken […]