North Korea

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The Kim regime in North Korea, as with any hereditary dynasty, must base its claims to legitimacy to a large extent on sacred mythology. Being an atheistic regime, however, elimina...(full article)

This year is the first time foreign amateurs have been allowed to race in North Korea’s premier athletic competition. For me, running the Pyongyang Marathon—or, more a...(full article)

Under the dictatorship of Kim Jong Un, the North Korean regime routinely engages in torture, arbitrary detentions, indiscriminate disappearances, starvation, and executions. North ...(full article)

THE UNITED Nations Security Council will hold an informal meeting this week about the findings and recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry into human rights abuses in North Ko...(full article)

To talk or to fire, that is the question. North Korea’s nuclear weapons program has returned to the international spotlight, reaching a new turning point since it threatened to c...(full article)

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Signals from North Korea - New York Times

North Korea signaled to Japan early this month that it is prepared to reinvestigate the festering issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korean agents in the 1970s and &rsquo...

North Korea's Newest Provocation: Drones - Korea Times

The military has tentatively concluded that two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) recently found near the border with North Korea came from the impoverished state. The conclusion rai...

Three Questions About the Exchange of Fire in Korea - CSIS

Yesterday, North Korea fired 500 shells of which more than 100 landed in South Korean waters as part of new live-fire exercises. South Korean marines fired back more than 300 round...

Mandatory Kim Jong-un Haircuts: A Baldfaced Lie? - Eric Talmadge, AP

The haircut reports started with a story by Washington, D.C.-based Radio Free Asia, which cited unnamed sources as saying an unwritten directive from somewhere within the ruling Wo...

China's Outdated Shield - Korea Herald

It is common for China to stand by North Korea, its communist ally, in the international arena. Yet its move to block the latest U.N. action against human rights abuses perpetrated...

North Korea 2014 Meets Rome AD 65 - James Romm, Los Angeles Times

In Kim Jong Un's accession to power and brutal purge of his uncle, parallels are evident between the two societies....

Bashing and Isolating North Korea Isn't Working - Doug Bandow, TNI

Simply bashing Pyongyang won’t be enough. Washington needs to develop a positive package for a reform North Korean leadership: peace treaty, trade, aid and integration. The U...

The Real Reason for N. Korea's 'Election' - Geoffrey Cain, Global Post

On Sunday, the North Korean Generalissimo Kim Jong Un did what any leader who is an unwavering advocate of democracy and the rule of law should do: He held elections....

East Asia's Discourse Problem - Clint Work, The Diplomat

There is no lack of nationalist-driven myopia in Northeast Asia these days. The DPRK is the most emphatic and solipsistic iteration thereof. Meanwhile, China continues to assert i...

Beware of North Korea's New Launcher - JoongAng Daily

North Korea has repeatedly fired rockets from a new type of multiple-rocket launcher and short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea since Feb. 21. The first launch took place...

Preventing 'Smogeddon' in Northeast Asia - Korea Times

A thick layer of toxic haze, caused mainly by Chinese smog, has been blanketing the Korean Peninsula for a week. Hospitals report a 20-30 percent increase in outpatients complainin...

The Atrocities of North Korea - New York Times

The regime is unspeakable....

North Korea Is About to Freak Out - Ryan Faith, Vice

The typical response for a nation in North Korea's situation would be to hold a huge exercise of its own and deter right back. But the problem for North Korea is that large-scale e...

China Can Steer North Korea in Right Direction - Sydney Morning Herald

Beijing's interest is best served by helping North Korea move towards a market-based economy. China's own recent history, while still badly flawed on human rights issues, shows tha...

The Westerners Who Love North Korea - Johan Nylander, The Diplomat

It’s not just Dennis Rodman. North Korea has supporters across the world....

A Regime of Unparalleled Brutality - Japan Times

A United Nations human rights inquiry has concluded that the brutality of the North Korean government “does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.” After deta...

Humanity at Its Very Worst - The Economist

A UN report accuses North Korea of “unspeakable” human-rights abuses and hints at China’s complicity in some of them....

The Thugs in North Korea - Miami Herald

Rarely has any United Nations panel issued as powerful an indictment against any regime in the world as the report made public this week condemning the murderous government of Nort...

China Must Force Change on North Korea - Bloomberg View

The United Nations' report on human rights in North Korea is a sickening document. It should give China's leaders pause. Supporting the despicable regime of Kim Jong Un is not in t...

The Children's Books of North Korea - Alison Gee, BBC News

North Korea's leaders are often thought of as ruthless, secretive autocrats but rarely as popular children's authors. However, between issuing instructions about prison camps and t...

Time for the 'Never Agains' on North Korea - Nicholas Eberstadt, WSJ

Where will North Korea's apologists hide now?...

Bribing the North Korean Tyrant - George Jonas, National Post

The reason Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement at Munich was a fiasco wasn’t because it was annoying and humiliating and costly, but because it failed to bring ...

N. Korea Isn't Nazi Germany -- in Ways, It's Worse - Peter Weber, The Week

For one thing, most of North Korea's roughly 25 million inhabitants are chronically hungry, malnourished, or straight-out starving. The citizens of wartime Germany faced hardships ...

North Korea's Cheap and Dirty Bombs - Potter & Lewis, Foreign Policy

Could these creepy chest packs be North Korea's way of threatening radiological war?...

Why It's a Good Time to Be a Dictator - Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

Horrors like those detailed in the UN report into North Korea aren't enough to get the world to do something. The response is shock, but then a collective shrug....

North Korea in the Docket After UN Report - Christian Science Monitor

A UN inquiry provides evidence of 'crimes against humanity' in North Korea. By exposing the truth of a dictatorship that tries hard to suppress the truth, the report can help bring...

Is It Really a Good Time to Be a Dictator? - Joshua Keating, Slate

This is something of a banner month for dictatorial impunity.I’d argue, though, that North Korea may not be the most useful example here. The Hermit Kingdom is something of an ou...

More Evidence of North Korean Atrocities - Matt Ford, The Atlantic

  On Monday, the United Nations' Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea published a wide-ranging report on what it described as "syste...

Hopeful Signs from North Korea - JoongAng Daily

South and North Korea agreed on three points at the high-level talks at Panmunjom yesterday: to hold reunions of war-separated families at the Mount Kumgang resort from Feb. 20 to ...

The Specter of Nuclear Havoc - Korea Herald

It is hardly surprising, yet it is utterly scary to hear that experts are concerned about the possibility of a massive nuclear disaster stemming from North Korea’s mishandlin...

Bipartisanship and North Korea - JoongAng Daily

The purge and execution of Jang Song-thaek, the powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and his followers have thrust human rights conditions in the reclusive state back...

Can North Korea Save the South? - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

As her second year begins, Park must accelerate efforts to restructure Korea’s outdated and top-heavy growth model. Folding unification into the strategy is audacious. In the...

Thoughts from Kim Jong-Il's Sushi Chef - Kosuke Takahashi, NK News

A chef who served the very top of the Pyongyang elite thinks Kim Jong Un may soon face challengers intent on usurping his power. Speculation among North Korea watchers has been ev...

Why Does China Coddle North Korea? - Jonathan Pollack, New York Times

A month after the execution of Jang Song-thaek, widely viewed as North Korea's second-most-powerful leader, China remains stymied in relations with its reclusive, defiant neighbor....

Complex Calculus of a North Korean Collapse - Doug Bandow, Nat'l Interest

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea remains a sui generis communist monarchy wrapped in mystery, prone to sporadic brinkmanship and violent spasms. The young leader&rsq...

Dennis Rodman's Flagrant Foul in North Korea - Washington Post

Mr. Rodman happens to be the only American, and one of the few foreigners, with access to the young leader. Mr. Kim has partied repeatedly with the former Chicago Bull, but he has ...

Reinventing the Inter-Korean Relationship - Park Geun-hye, Project Syn.

On February 12, 2013, North Korea carried out its third nuclear test in the run-up to the inauguration of a new administration – my own – in the South. Around that time, the Pr...

Give Dennis Rodman a Break - Andray Abrahamian, CNN

This week, we have been treated to the increasingly familiar sight of former NBA star and provocateur Dennis Rodman attending events in Pyongyang, North Korea. It is his fourth tri...

North Korea: Expect the Unexpected - Robert Manning, National Interest

Where is North Korea headed? When we last heard from the Boy General, Kim Jong-un, he was rationalizing the sudden and brutal execution of Pyongyang’s No.2, Jang Sang Thaek, foll...

Dennis Rodman's Moral Responsibility - Frida Ghitis, CNN

It's hard to imagine a more bizarre juxtaposition than Dennis Rodman and the North Korean regime. We can't look away and, surely, that's part of the plan. Rodman, the fantastically...

France's Long, Complex Relationship with N. Korea - Theo Clement, NKN

While France is just one of two European countries yet to formally recognize North Korea, a number of groups there have been hard working to change this point since the late 1960s....

China's North Korea Opportunity - Harry Kazianis, The Diplomat

The Asia-Pacific is rife with security challenges—and almost all of them in some way involve the People’s Republic of China. In the East and South China Seas, control of isla...

North Korea Could Collapse Like the Berlin Wall - The National

North Korea has something in common with the former Soviet satellite states of post-war Eastern Europe, who also often relied on displays of military might and heavy-handedness to ...

Even Russia Is Frustrated with N. Korea - Stephen Blank, The Diplomat

Kim Jong Un’s recent brutal purge of his uncle Jang Song Thaek and other senior officials was apparently connected to high-level discord over North Korean relations with China. A...

The Pyongyang Purge - Yuriko Koike, Project Syndicate

During the Cold War, the term “Kremlinology” referred to efforts to understand what was taking place at the commanding heights of the Soviet Union – indeed, behin...

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