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Many observers have pointed out that China’s implementation of the sanctions will make or break their overall effectiveness, for the simple reason that China accounts for nea...(full article)

It’s not the first time—nor will it be the last—but this colorfully unstable dictatorship will eventually crack, and the price of that could very well be devastat...(full article)

What’s at stake is nothing less than a race to stockpile plutonium in East Asia that could end very, very badly....(full article)

Contra common belief in Washington, the U.S. is in no position to dictate to the PRC. It doesn’t matter that American policymakers are convinced of their righteousness and Ch...(full article)

In Mr. Trump’s worldview, the United States has become a diluted power, and the main mechanism by which he would re-establish its central role in the world is economic bargaining...(full article)

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Trouble in Kim's Kitchen - Wall Street Journal

North Korean defectors raise questions about the regime’s control....

15 Years of Hard Labor for Stealing a Sign - Krishnadev Calamur, Atlantic

North Korea’s Supreme Court has convicted Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old student at the University of Virginia, of subversion....

Here Is North Korea's Worst Nightmare - Business Insider

The armed forces of the U.S. and South Korea began their annual military exercise known as Operation Foal Eagle. Over the weekend, soldiers from the two countries, joined by person...

To See South Korea's Future, Look to Europe - Andrei Lankov, NK News

Few reasonable people would deny that the sudden collapse of North Korea is possible, though experts are likely to argue about its probability and time frame. If North Korea faces ...

America Is in Denial About North Korea's Nukes - Jeffrey Lewis, FP

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that Pyongyang wants weapons capable of attacking the United States....

North Korea's a Nuclear Power. Live With It - Bennett Ramberg, Reuters

What are Washington and its allies to do about North Korea? In January, Pyongyang tested its fourth nuclear device. It launched a satellite in February to gather additional data fo...

Why China Is Finally Fed Up With North Korea - Chen Qin, Worldcrunch

BEIJING - China has always been clear about its "firm opposition" to North Korea's development of a nuclear weapons program. But as the international community's negotiation over t...

Should Seoul Go Nuclear? - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

Although the North is unlikely to attack since it would lose a full-scale war, South Korea remains uncomfortably dependent on America. And Washington’s commitment to the popu...

No More Wishful Thinking on North Korea - Nicholas Eberstadt, NRO

Americans' first instincts are to misunderstand practically everything that the North Korean state is really about....

What Are the New NK Sanctions Good For? - PBS Newshour

I think, for starters, as I mentioned, the resolution is about actually blocking stuff coming into North Korea and blocking their ability to traffic in coal, in iron ore, in gold, ...

A Stern Message to North Korea - New York Times

After weeks of dithering, mostly by China, the United Nations Security Council has finally delivered a serious response to North Korea’s dangerous expansion of its nuclear we...

Why China Stands By North Korea - Max Fisher, Vox

China wants to preserve stability and the status quo on the Korean Peninsula, with a divided Korea and a reliably anti-Western North Korea. Those are higher priorities than deterri...

The Dark, North Korean Side to a Japanese Passion - Yuriko Koike, PS

Many of the owners of Japan’s 11,000 pachinko halls are from the Korean Peninsula, and some with relations to North Korea have sent substantial sums of money back home for ma...

Obama's North Korean Gambit - Gordon Chang, World Affairs Journal

Whether by accident or design, the US now appears better positioned to counter, deter, and disarm North Korea....

These 4 Nations Top America's Greatest Enemy List - J. Norman, Gallup

Americans are less likely than ever to agree on which country is the greatest enemy of the U.S., but the four countries that crowd the top of the list this year are the same as in ...

South Korea's Rude Awakening - Christopher Hill, Project Syndicate

North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch have finally convinced South Koreans that their bellicose neighbor will never abandon its nuclear ambitions. As the country cuts...

Getting North Korea Wrong - Yevgen Sautin, The American Interest

The leadership in Pyongyang may be inscrutable, but its actions are far from irrational....

Taking North Korea at Its Word - B.R. Myers, NK News

So long as the West remains unaware of just how different divided Korea is from divided Germany, it will continue misjudging and mispredicting the North’s behavior. Unificati...

It's About Time We Got Tough on North Korea - Max Boot, Commentary

It is welcome that policymakers in Washington and Seoul are giving up any illusions that North Korea under the present regime is capable of meaningful reform or that it can be enti...

The Iran Deal Might Have Unshackled Proliferation - Soo Kim, RCWorld

Northeast Asia is already fraught with security tensions and rivalries. Imagine the regional response should South Korea ever decide to pursue a nuclear weapons program. China and ...

North Korea Has Humiliated China - Manning & Przystup, NAR

Unless tough measures, that take away things the North Korean elites value, are put in place, Pyongyang will almost certainly disregard the modest opprobrium of U.N. Security Counc...

Obama's 'Strategic Patience' Is a Failure - Washington Post

ASSESSING THE behavior of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un is necessarily a matter of guesswork. In light of North Korea’s launch Sunday of another long-range rocket, however, ...

How Should the US, UN Deal with North Korea? - Bill Richardson, Fox

Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on mounting concerns over North Korea....

North Korea Has Gone Too Far - Peter Hartcher, SMH

And the most worried country found one. The front-line target state, South Korea, whose president is denounced by Pyongyang as a "rabid dog" and an "old prostitute", announced that...

North Korea's Nuke-Capable Missile Could Hit US - G. Chang, Daily Beast

The launch on Sunday is another sign of Pyongyang’s growing threat, and the impotence of U.S. and global efforts to stop it....

Stop Ignoring North Korea - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Under the Obama administration, U.S. policy toward North Korea largely has devolved into the president sitting in the Oval Office, closing his eyes and hoping th...

China's North Korean Backfire - Wall Street Journal

Groundhog Day was last week, but North Korea’s ballistic-missile test on Sunday may have you feeling you’ve seen this one before. First the weeks of rumors, then the la...

North Korea's Mystery Bomb - Jeremy Bernstein, New York Review of Books

Exactly how North Korea gathered both the materials needed and the plans to build such a facility is not clear. Some of the scientists who operate the Yongbyon facility were origin...

I Shot a Film in North Korea - Anna Broinowski, BBC

I was armed with a media visa and the backing of the regime - the only Western documentary-maker granted total access to the country's hidden, but extremely powerful, propaganda fi...

How to Solve the North Korea Problem? - Rodger Baker, Stratfor

Pyongyang's latest nuclear test is another reminder of the seemingly intractable "problem" of North Korea. The country's pursuit of nuclear weapons has apparently been unstoppable....

Will China Help With North Korea? - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

North Korea may be the most vexing problem for the United States and its allies. Three successive U.S. presidents have insisted that the North simply cannot, must not, develop nucl...

The Trouble with Being a Chinese Tourist in North Korea - NK News

When Chinese tourists visit the DPRK, their experiences there differ in key ways from those of the increasingly numerous Westerners who travel to the country....

China Enables North Korean Mischief - Joseph Bosco, RealClearWorld

Kerry did not explain whether the "business as usual" reference applied only to relations between China and North Korea, or to the U.S.-China relationship as well. Beijing quickly ...

What Game Is Kim Jong Un Playing Now? - Joshua Keating, Slate

In the past, North Korea has used Western prisoners for propaganda purposes by securing visits from high-profile figures to the isolated dictatorship. Bill Clinton met with Kim Jon...

Our Empty Reassurances About Dangerous North Korea - Peter Lee, AT

In my opinion, a lot of the mockery of the North Korean nuclear test—the silly little man with his silly little bomb—is racism that reassures. It evokes the explanatio...

Why Would Pyongyang Surrender Its Nukes? - Kelsey Munro, SMH

Pragmatic observers of Korean politics point out that the western powers' denuclearisation plans have failed, repeatedly. US President Barack Obama's "strategic patience" hasn't wo...

The North Korea That Can Say No - Bruce Cumings, The Bulletin

North Korea’s obstreperous behavior, so exasperating to foreign powers, might also be seen as a Game Theory 101 strategy by a small country surrounded by bigger powers who, when ...

North Korea Is a Joke. And That's the Problem - Jeffrey Lewis, Wash Post

The North Koreans don’t think they are absurd. The country continually touts its scientific, technological and industrial developments to show that it is a modern, dynamic wo...

North Korea Flexes Its Nuclear Muscles - New York Times

There was a predictable ritual to the world’s reaction to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, its fourth. Vigorous condemnation, followed by promises never to accept the...

North Korea's Nuke Test Isn't That Scary, but Kim Is - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Hard as it was to do diplomacy with the elder Kims, Western diplomats came to discern patterns, a distinct negotiating style, and figured out ways to play the game. The most nerve-...

North Korea Is a Holdover of Japanese Fascism - Max Fisher, Vox

"Having been ushered by the Japanese into the world's purest race, the Koreans in 1945 simply kicked the Japanese out of it," Myers writes. "Much of the Japanese [fascist-era] vers...

How Does U.S. Respond to North Korea Now? - B. Klingner, Daily Signal

If confirmed, North Korea's fourth nuclear test is a dangerous development. Coupled with ongoing development of several different missile systems, North Korea poses an increasing a...

Did North Korea Really Go Thermonuclear? - Robert Beckhusen, TNI

We do know something caused a 5.1 magnitude seismic event near the site, and humans were responsible. It was most likely a nuclear weapon. . . a test. Pyongyang certainly claims so...

Pyongyang Crashes the U.S. Elections Party - Dennis Halpin, NK News

Will a nuclear arms race in the Middle East lead to a Sunni-Shiite nuclear showdown with Israel caught in the middle? Will a nuclear-armed North Korea, which expert David Albright ...

What Just Happened in North Korea? - Amy Davidson, New Yorker

North Korea detonated some sort of bomb last night. Pyongyang says that it was a hydrogen bomb, although, as Barbara Demick notes, the seismological readings don’t really sup...

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