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The Story of a Woman and President Park Geun-hye

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Observing amplification of South Korean rhetoric, deterioration of the inter-Korean cooperation and escalation of the crisis up to allegations by the leadership of the South Korean National Intelligence Service of posible acts of terrorism, I decided to write an article that would shift readers’ attention to a no less important topic. It will not be […]

K. Asmolov – The Korean Peninsula: Another Pig War?

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The phrase “a Pig War” used in the title of this article has been mentioned in a number of previously published articles. Today, in view of another episode of escalation of inter-Korean relations, this phenomenon will be explained in detail. First, let us look at the causes of the new wave of antagonism. If we […]

The Korean Peninsula: Is There a Nuclear War Coming?

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Georgy Toloraya Doctor of Economics, Professor of Oriental Studies, Director of the Korean Studies Program of the RAS Institute of Economics In early January 2016, front pages around the world carried numerous stories on Pyongyang’s hydrogen bomb test. The flurry of comments that followed the DPRK’s announcement of conducting “a hydrogen bomb test” highlighted several […]

Ways an Asian War Could Erupt

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Alex Ward   At times of global instability, the places where things remain calm stand out. That is the case with northeast Asia, the area primarily comprised of China, Japan, parts of Russia and the two Koreas. Due to the generosity of the Korean Economic Institute and Korea Foundation, I had the chance recently to […]

A Korean Helsinki Process?

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SEOUL – Last month, North and South Korea narrowly avoided a catastrophic military confrontation. After 40 hours of strenuous negotiations, the South agreed to stop loudspeaker broadcasts into the demilitarized zone between the two countries, in exchange for the North expressing “regret” for the South Korean soldiers killed by a landmine blast in the DMZ […]

US says it will not provide food aid to North Korea during its worst drought in 100 years

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North Korea is in the midst of a severe drought, its state news agency reported, North Korea is in the midst of a severe drought, its state news agency reported, raising fears of worsening food shortages in the impoverished country, where child malnutrition is a persistent problem. “The worst drought in 100 years continues in the D.P.R.K., […]

North Korea’s New Best Friend: Russia?

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Nadège Rolland Russian state-run news agency Tass confirmed on April 22 that Kim Jong-un will be in Moscow for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations. The North Korean leader will be among 26 other heads of state that have so far confirmed their attendance. This visit will mark Kim’s first official foreign trip since he took over the […]

China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership

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China appears to be growing frustrated with North Korea’s behavior, perhaps to the point of changing its long-standing support for Pyongyang. As North Korea’s largest economic sponsor, Beijing has provided the North Korean regime with crucial aid for years and offered it diplomatic protection against the United States and other powers. To outsiders, China’s alliance […]

North Korea has reportedly banned Choco Pies

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at a biscuit as he provides field guidance at Foodstuff Factory No. 354 of the Korean People’s Army in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on November 17, 2013. (KCNA/Reuters) The North Korean border has never been a hospitable place. […]

Why North Korea Will Stick Around For a While

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North Korea (NK) is a lot like Shawshank prison in the film The Shawshank Redemption. Kim Jong-un (KJU) is the warden, the keepers of the regime are the guards, and the people are the inmates who are isolated from the rest of the world, constantly monitored, and stripped of basic rights such as freedom of […]