North Korea

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North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for over one month, failing to participate in a major Supreme People’s Assembly gathering and anniversary c...(full article)

The surprise visit of the three most powerful officials serving North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the South on Oct. 4 caught most people off guard....(full article)

Media reports that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un appeared to be a no-show at a key political anniversary ceremony Friday heightened the mystery over the leader’s prolonged ...(full article)

The unexpected visit of three top leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon last week, stole the show from th...(full article)

The prospects for progress in inter-Korean relations are always dicey. The history of the two Koreas is littered with the shattered hopes of countless previous attempts at getting...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

We Should Hope Kim Jong-Un Returns - Isaac Fish, Foreign Policy

It's now been 36 days since Kim Jong Un was last seen in public. Is his absence good for North Korea and the threat it poses to the rest of the world? Or should we hope that he ret...

Kim Jong Un In Charge, at Least Publicly - Christopher Green, The Guardian

The appearance of three senior North Koreans in South Korea at the closing ceremony of the Asian Games has caused quite a stir. One of them has links to sport and another to relati...

North Korea Making Notable Nuke Progress - Linda Chavez, New York Post

It’s easy to ignore, rarely making headlines or causing the average American lost sleep, but North Korea deserves our attention....

Should the BBC Broadcast to North Korea? - Rob York, NK News

An effort to establish a Korean-language service at the BBC, aimed at broadcasting into the North, has some observers interested in giving Northerners more options for hearing abou...

The Unexplained Three-Week Absence of Kim Jong Un - R. Iyengar, Time

What has happened to Kim Jong Un? That’s the question everyone seems to be asking, amid all kinds of rumors following the North Korean dictator’s uncharacteristic three-week a...

How Effective Are North Korea Sanctions? - Stephan Haggard, KEIA

To date, U.S. sanctions on North Korea have had both a strategic and defensive purpose. The strategic aim is to sharpen the choices Pyongyang faces by raising the costs of pursuing...

Why N. Korea Hates the U.S. and Vietnam Doesn't - Peter Ward, NK News

People hate America and governments mobilize their people under the anti-American banner for many reasons, but in North Korea the reasons are political....

North Korea an Odd Temptation for Some Americans - Foster Klug, AP

Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even as it has become increasingly easy to enter ...

U.S. Refuses to Use Its Tools Against North Korea - Bruce Klingner, KEIA

Washington has targeted a mere 62 North Korean entities, primarily for illicit activities and weapons of mass destruction. By comparison, the United States has imposed more compreh...

North Korea Is Ready to Talk - Seattle Times

Kenneth Bae and two other Americans remain trapped in North Korea, but new prison interviews represent an opportunity for diplomacy and the easing of tensions in the region....

Opulence for North Korea's Elite - Anna Fifield, Washington Post

PYONGYANG, North Korea — This is not a city on the ropes.   Cars, for instance. A recent visitor, in the capital for the first time since 2008, found many more of them o...

South Korea's Limited Options on Pyongyang - Hy-sang Lee, The Diplomat

Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang....

North Korea's Dangerous Invasion Bluff - Christopher Lee, RealClearDefense

From weapons proliferation, to human rights matters, and to global security—North Korea is present. It is extremely difficult to find a major international issue in which No...

The Martial Arts Army of North Korea - Sascha Matuszak, Vice

It’s fitting that the DPRK Special Forces spend a lot of this video demonstrating how hard their bodies are. The message these staged performances send to the North Korean pe...

Korea Can't Follow German Unification Model - Yong Kwon, Diplomat

The long-delayed Unification Preparatory Committee has finally started work this week. Inaugurated in February, the actual launching of the committee had been postponed by domest...

If North Korea Collapsed... - Priya Sethi, The National Interest

Speculation on the eventuality of a North Korean government collapse has fueled analysts and policy makers for years. From the famine and economic crisis in the 1990s to recent pol...

U.S. Needs a New North Korea Strategy - Doug Bandow, National Interest

Washington should engage diplomatically with the Pyongyang. Doing so might not change anything, but that would be no worse than the status quo....

Is Shinzo Abe Headed to North Korea? - J. Berkshire Miller, Nat'l Interest

Last week, senior Japanese diplomats met with their North Korean counterparts in Beijing to discuss progress on Pyongyang’s promise to reinvestigate cases of abducted Japanese na...

Why North Korea Fears Hollywood - Paul Fischer, New York Times

In mid-June, the trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s comedy “The Interview” hit the Internet. The movie, due in October, stars James Franco and Mr. Rogen a...

Kim Jong-un Is Ready for His Closeup - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Asian geopolitics may never be the same now that Kim Jong Un has Seth Rogen and James Franco in his cross hairs....

Why Is North Korea So Mad About a Seth Rogen Movie? - Cha & Lim, FP

Clearly, the leadership feels personally threatened by this film, unlike other similar movies that preceded it. Pyongyang seemed OK with 2004's Team America: World Police, the firs...

5 Films That Sparked International Incidents - Eric Dodds, Time

According to the trailer for their upcoming film, The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen (or at least the characters they play) will be sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim...

Let North Korea Collapse - Sue Terry, New York Times

North Korea is a threat that keeps on threatening. Satellite imagery recently revealed increased activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear site. The government in Pyongyang appears to hav...

I Was Kim Jong-Il's Poet Laureate - Jang Jin-Sung, New Republic

When I was a child, I didn’t read. In all honesty, no story was as exciting as the fairy tales my mother told my siblings and me. A story that captivated my childhood imagination...

North Korea's 'Black Market Generation' - Yeon-Mi Park, Washington Post

Like a lot of North Korean refugees, I would not mind visiting a reformed North Korea one day. I have hope for such a place because while the international community debates how ...

A Golden Opportunity to Cut Korea Loose - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

Washington needs to reflect first on why the North is such a problem for America. A small, impoverished, and distant state, even with a handful of nuclear weapons (but no delivery ...

How Japan and North Korea 'Use' Each Other - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

By reaching out to Japan at a time when the latter is embroiled in a bitter dispute with China, North Korea is seeking to demonstrate to its patron in Beijing that there are potent...

The Odd Couple: China and North Korea - Dean Cheng, National Interest

Are Beijing and Pyongyang finally on the outs? Recent reports that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has not exported any crude oil to North Korea for the last three months c...

The N. Korean Threat Is No Joke - Joshua Stanton & Sung-Yoon Lee, CNN

In the past weeks, North Korean state media have called the female President of South Korea a "dirty political harlot" and an "old prostitute"; the gay chairman of the U.N. Commiss...

Why a North Korean Spring Will Never Happen - Doug Bandow, TNI

Washington should loosen military ties with South Korea and extricate itself from a potential Korean conflict. The United States should terminate the “mutual” defense treaty, w...

N. Korea's List of U.S. Human Rights Abuses - Jess Zimmerman, GP

The United Nations released a report on North Korean human rights abuses in February, stating categorically that the country’s violations were “without any pa...

Of Course China Has a Plan for N. Korea's Collapse - Emily Rauhala, Time

Leaked documents in Japanese media purportedly show a contingency plan drawn up by Chinese officials should the North Korean regime collapse, but no one should be surprised Beijing...

What China Really Thinks of North Korea - Tom Wilson, Commentary

As a kind of secretive hermit state, North Korea clings to its remaining ally in China. Yet the recent leaking of sensitive documents from the Chinese military to the Japanese med...

Why East Asia Alienates Intellectuals - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

East Asia is arguably the most important part of the world. It is the geographic organizing principle of the global economy. It has an array of strong, consequential nations and tr...

Stop Pushing North Korea to Disarm - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

What Kim fears more than the 28,000 U.S. troops in the South is a loss of control over North Korean society. Isolated border-town factories run jointly with the South Koreans are o...

Meet North Korea's New Capitalists - Andrei Lankov, NK News

By providing kickbacks, foreign currency to the state, money-making enterprises thrive in ‘Stalinist’ state....

Why Is Everyone Taking Notes Around Kim Jong-un? - K. Westcott, BBC

Without fail, every photo shows Kim Jong Il Surrounded by note-takers. What gives?...

Be Afraid: China Can't Control North Korea - Gordon Chang, Nat'l Interest

It is no secret why the North Koreans need China. Chinese cash—in the form of outright grants as well as the proceeds of trade and investment—keep the regime afloat. Yet Kim Jo...

North Korea's Big Crystal Meth Problem - Nathan Thompson, Vice

North Korean meth is the bomb—at least, according to US officials who tested two batches last year. The packages of sharp, ice-like crystals measured 98 percent and 96 percent ...

North Korea's Game of Thrones - Dennis Halpin, The National Interest

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...

I Ran the Pyongyang Marathon - Will Philipps, Slate

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...

Averting Our Eyes from the Horrors of North Korea - Marco Rubio, NRO

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

It's Time to Punish North Korea - Washington Post

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...

Time for Seoul to Take Lead on Korean Diplomacy - JoongAng Daily

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...

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...

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By Fiona Ortiz FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Hundreds of people demonstrated in the pouring rain in the S...