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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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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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...

Only China Can Open the Hermit Kingdom - Globe and Mail

North Korea needs someone like Günter Schabowski. One afternoon in 1989, the East German government spokesman mistakenly announced the Berlin Wall was to be opened. A few hour...

Pyongyang Tests Obama's Weaknesses - The National

For a country with so many of its citizens on the edge of survival, North Korea expends a great deal of economic and political effort on developing new versions of nuclear weapons....

N. Korea Claims Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test - Foster Klug, AP

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it conducted a powerful hydrogen bomb test Wednesday, a defiant and surprising move that, if confirmed, would be a huge jump in Pyongya...

North Korea's Imprudence - Korea Times

Ever unpredictable, North Korea surprised the world again Wednesday morning when it claimed that it carried out a "successful'' hydrogen bomb test. The claim, if true, will signify...

Does North Korea Have a Hydrogen Bomb? - Ford & Calamur, The Atlantic

Although there has been no independent confirmation of the test, and much skepticism, condemnation has been nearly unanimous....

Why Kim Yang Gon's Death Is Bad News for Seoul - John Grisafi, NK News

Prominent North Korean official Kim Yang Gon died in a car accident Tuesday, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported early Wednesday. Kim was a highly signi...

North Korea's Abduction Project - Robert Boynton, The New Yorker

By the end of the Second World War, four million Koreans were living outside Korea, and more than seven hundred thousand Japanese civilians and troops were living inside Korea. But...

How in This World Does North Korea Survive? - Robert Manning, Nikkei

If these new policies bolster the regime in Pyongyang -- the prospect of no landing -- it poses dilemmas that make the North Korea problem still more vexing than the current conund...

North Korea's Troubling Hydrogen Bomb Claim - B. Klingner, Daily Signal

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un asserted that his country has built a hydrogen nuclear bomb to "defend its sovereignty and the dignity of the nation." If true, it would mark a sign...

N. Korean 'Ghost Ships' Wash Up in Japan - J. Park & K. Kaneko, Reuters

Dec 1 Fishing boats carrying decomposed corpses have washed ashore in Japan in recent weeks, leading to speculation they are rickety North Korean vessels that have strayed dangerou...

Dialogue With North Korea, the Latest Big Thing - G. Chang, WA Journal

On Friday, Seoul’s Unification Ministry announced that North Korea had accepted the South’s invitation to hold a working-level meeting in the truce village of Panmunjom...

After Kim: 44 People Planning to Run N. Korea - Stephen Evans, BBC

A section of the Berlin Wall on display in Seoul acts as a reminder of South Korea's fractured relationship with the North. But thoughts of reunification are never far away and the...

Declining Power of Inter-Korean Relations - Steven Denney, Diplomat

The recent North-South family reunions event was another heart-wrenching affair in a war that has yet to come to a formal end. The event undoubtedly affected those who pa...

Why North Korean Defectors Commit Suicide - Stephen Evans, BBC

All over the world, people flee in their millions from tyrannous regimes, but how often do they find the better life they were hoping for? In South Korea, statistics indicate that ...

The Missiles of August: Asia's Arms Race - Jeffrey Lewis, Foreign Policy

China might have the world’s most active missile program, but Kim Jong Un loves missiles more than anything, maybe even more than he loves Dennis Rodman....

How Communist Is North Korea? - Robert Kelly, Lowy Interpreter

10 October 2015 was officially the 70th anniversary of the Korean Workers Party (KWP), the North Korean communist party. This past weekend saw a huge military parade through Kim Il...

China Wants to Reboot Six-Party Talks - Angela Stanzel, Al Jazeera

A new series of discussions, the first since 2009, could address the dangers of North Korea's nuclear programme....

North Korea Keeps the Leninist Model Alive - Andrei Lankov, NK News

Since the Soviet-style Communist Party was a core element in the political structure of any communist state, this system was copied across the entire communist camp. North Korea, w...

Preemptive Diplomacy - Korea Times

Tension is growing on the Korean Peninsula as the founding anniversary of the North Korean Workers' Party on Oct. 10 is approaching....

N. Koreans Love Illegal Foreign Radio - Nathan Thompson, Global Post

The North Korean regime has long been accused of brainwashing its citizens into a form of mass Stockholm syndrome — where the imprisoned love their captors....

The North Korea Optimists Are Wrong - Kyle Mizokami, The Week

One country that hasn't been attacked? North Korea, which had even been part of the original "Axis of Evil," has remained unscathed. Although circumstantial, the evidence is compel...

North Korea's Nuclear Gambit - Wall Street Journal

Is Kim Jong Un angling for his own version of Iran’s nuclear deal?...

Gadhafi's Fate Only Hardened Kim's Resolve - Doug Bandow, Japan Times

It never was likely that the North would yield up its nuclear weapons. But the Western alliance’s Libyan misadventure makes that prospect even less likely. The U.S. and Europe ma...

Why North Korea Can't Be the Next Cuba - Sam Cho, The Diplomat

The U.S. has had diplomatic breakthroughs with Cuba and Iran. Don’t expect the same for North Korea anytime soon....

Don't Hold Your Breath on North Korea Nuke Talks - D. Bandow, NI

The Obama administration’s success in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran has led to hope that a similar agreement might be reached with North Korea. Halt your program, dism...

A Korean Deal - Japan Times

After an exchange of artillery fire and reports that North Korea was going on war footing, Seoul and Pyongyang have reached an agreement that opens the door to a longer discussion ...

No Magnanimity, No Unification - Spencer H. Kim, Korea Times

Every couple of years I reread a few classic books that tell fundamental truths that you can forget if you don't keep reminding yourself.  For the work of the Pacific Century ...

Sustained Dialogue Crucial to Both Park, Kim - Asahi Shimbun

High-level talks between South Korea and North Korea, held amid tensions raised by a mutual arms buildup, finally concluded in the wee hours of Aug. 25. The accord has at least ave...

What a Rock Band Learned in North Korea - Kory Grow, Rolling Stone

Avant-garde industrial group reports on friendly, open-minded citizens, how the country treats beer like a soft drink and why they almost wanted to stay....

Why North Korea Won't Be the Next Iran - J. Hemmings, National Interest

As the sounds of artillery faded across the North-South Korean border recently, hopes were truly dashed for a new diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and North Korea....

Pyongyang & the Kremlin Have Plenty in Common - Golts, Moscow Times

This non-Western value system makes both Moscow and Pyongyang entirely unpredictable. How, in fact, can the world predict the actions of leaders who think nothing of sacrificing no...

The Koreas Are Threatening War - Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat

Kim Jong-un has rejected an apology from Seoul and ordered his army onto war footing....

North Korea Will Likely Back Down - JH Ahn, NK News

Both sides showed restraint from triggering war, North likely to back down, says ROK military official...

Why North Korea Is Not Next - John Feffer, Foreign Policy In Focus

During the George W. Bush years, pundits and journalists were constantly speculating whether North Korea would be next in line for regime change. After all, Bush had included North...

Don't Ignore North Korea's Nuclear Progression - Washington Post

Charting the course of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program has always required painstaking detective work. Because the country is so closed to outsiders, ...

Troubling Execution in North Korea - Matt Schiavenza, The Atlantic

The Internet had fun Tuesday at the expense of Tinder, whose social-media teamdid not take kindly to a recent Vanity Fair profile of the online dating app. In one of...

North Korea, the Nuclear Cheat - John McLaughlin, Ozy

The bottom line? Leverage on North Korea is more limited than in the past, in part because it is so dramatically different from Iran: much farther along the nuclear path, less enga...

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