North Korea

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North Korea's Dangerous Invasion Bluff

Christopher Lee, RealClearDefense

If North Korea Collapsed...

Priya Sethi, The National Interest

U.S. Needs a New North Korea Strategy

Doug Bandow, National Interest

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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

Most Recent Articles

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...

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...

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Israel steps up air strikes as Gaza

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More weapons heading for Iraq's kur

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