North Korea

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It seems that, at long last, North Korea has decided to begin Chinese-style reforms. Marshal Kim Jong-un is obviously inclined to do what his late father, Generalissimo Kim Jong...(full article)

Essay was a much-dreaded word among my students. It was the fall of 2011, and I was teaching English at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea. Two hundred...(full article)

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the 250-kilometer long demilitarized zone has acted as a buffer between the North and South, separating profoundly different lifestyles, go...(full article)

Stall and delay make an effective strategy for Tehran....(full article)

Influence, legacy of DPRK weapons industry extends beyond original Syrian government clients....(full article)

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The Surprising Debauchery of North Korea - Geoffrey Cain, Global Post

Just don’t get caught with a Bible, if you’re American....

DPRK Looks to Russia for Investment - Robert Lauler, NK News

North Korean hopes for Soviet-era investment a mirage, Pyongyang watcher says....

Hold Firm on North Korea - Boston Globe

Any thaw in the relationship should be contingent on North Korea taking meaningful steps to end its nuclear program, and nothing else....

The Nuclear Threat's Grim Return - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

There are three reasons for my anxiety. First, the spread of nuclear weapons to unstable countries such as Pakistan and North Korea. Second, the growing body of evidence about how ...

Are Russia-DPRK Ties Warming? - Robert Lauler, NK News

North Korean expert Andrei Lankov argued that while the North Koreans believe the Russians may provide them with new military technology, he does not believe Russia will invest &ld...

Kim Jong Un Embodies North Korea's Ills - Dennis Halpin, Weekly Standard

Kim Jong-un, cane in hand, will continue to hobble forward with his nuclear arsenal, made possibly even more menacing with delivery capability in the form of nuclear-tipped missile...

Myanmar Falls Short on Key Pledges - Matthew Pennington, Time

The quasi-civilian government has progressed, but deep problems remain....

Seoul Needs to Engage Pyongyang - Shim Jae-yun, Korea Times

The U.S. and North Korea have shown signs of improving relations with the recent release of two American detainees. This can be construed as a positive sign of relations thawing be...

Why North Korea Released 2 Americans - Gordon Chang, Daily Beast

Even though a fundamental improvement in relations soon is unlikely, it is right to test the North Koreans. At some point, the regime will have to change, and we should find out if...

On Iran Talks, Lessons from North Korea - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Twenty years on, North Korea is a nuclear power, more threatening than ever. Its cheating began almost the instant it signed the Agreed Framework and subsequent agreements....

Finding a Vaccine Against Oppression - A. Soufan & M. Daniels, The Hill

From North Korean and Iranian nukes, to Russian territorial aggression, to radical Islamic terrorists, it would seem that the threats confronting us are as myriad and disparate as ...

Has North Korea Quarantined Itself? - Hamish Macdonald, NK News

North Korean authorities are continuing to adopt more stringent measures to prevent the Ebola virus from entering DPRK territory, expanding restrictions to also limit parts of the ...

How True Are NK Defector Stories? - John Power, The Diplomat

In between sobs, Park Yeonmi gave her account of life in North Korea. Public executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and suffocating censorship were just some of the harsh realities...

Will North Korea Ever Use Nukes? - Rob York, NK News

North Korea watchers are convinced that the odds of a nuclear attack by the rogue state against its antagonists – Seoul, Tokyo and Washington – remains unlikely even if the Nor...

Repairing South Korea's Tarnished Image - Luke Stanhope, The Diplomat

If image is everything, South Korea needs a tune up. At least as far as the West is concerned....

China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful - John Mearsheimer, National Interest

If the Chinese economy continues growing at a brisk clip in the next few decades, the United States will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will ...

North Korea's Charm Offensive - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

North Korea has long used ballistic missile tests and underground nuclear explosions to proclaim its intentions to the world. But fearing that the West wants to prosecute their lea...

Welcome Back, Mr. Kim - Bloomberg

Now that North Korea's supreme leader has resurfaced, it's time for U.S. and South Korean leaders to sit down and talk with their North Korean counterparts....

5 Places Where WW3 Could Break Out - James Hardy, National Interest

It seems these days the world is literally on fire. Conflict continues on and off in Ukraine, there are tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific, Ebola is on the rampage, ISIS continue...

North and South Korea Fail to Reach Agreement - Justin McCurry, Guardian

The first military talks between North and South Korea in more than three years have ended in stalemate, with the rivals failing to narrow their differences on how to ease animosit...

Kim Jong Un Is Back, We Think - Clint Richards, The Diplomat

After a 40-day absence from the public, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency reports that the leader Kim Jong-un has made visits to two separate places, although...

The Ominous Realities of North Korean Succession - Scott Snyder, TNI

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...

North Korean Intent Is Always Hard to Read - Tong Kim, Korea Times

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....

Kim Jong Un Misses North Korean Anniversary - Lucy Westcott, Newsweek

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 ...

North Korea's Surprise Diplomacy - Katharine H.S. Moon, Project Syndicate

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...

North Korea's Deceptive Charm Offensive - B. Klingner, RealClearWorld

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...

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...

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