North Korea Nuclear Test

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (R) speaks with Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations, Liu Jieyi before a UN Security Council emergency meeting over North Korea's latest nuclear test, on September 4, 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York.
Japan on Monday urged the UN Security Council to agree to draft a new sanctions resolution to punish North Korea after its sixth nuclear test as the top UN body met to discuss a response / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration Pulls Back from Aggressive U.N. Resolution on North Korea

In effort to avert Chinese and Russian veto, U.S. drops plans to impose oil embargo on North Korea and seek U.N. green light for U.S. military to use force to board smuggling vessels.

South Korea's K-1 tank fires during a joint military drill between US and South Korean Marines at a fire training field in the southeastern port of Pohang on July 6, 2016.
South Korea and the United States are conducting a joint marine infiltration and attack exercise, testing the interoperability of the two countries' forces for a potential operation against North Korea. / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

A Sneak Peek at America’s War Plans for North Korea

The Pentagon has been running war games for years, and the results aren’t pretty.

South Korean soldiers stand guard at a guard post near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing two Koreas in the border city of Paju on August 11, 2017.
As nuclear-armed North Korea's missile stand-off with the US escalates, calls are mounting in the South for Seoul to build nuclear weapons of its own to defend itself -- which would complicate the situation even further. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Talk to North Korea

Trump needs to focus on reassuring U.S. allies, engage with North Korea, and stop doing Pyongyang favors.

A man watches a television news programme showing US President Donald Trump at a railway station in Seoul on August 9, 2017.
President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying it faces "fire and fury" over its missile program, after US media reported Pyongyang has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

Reading Trump Tweets in Pyongyang

The U.S. president's heated rhetoric and crazy claims about North Korea are probably getting lost in translation.

Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan (R) and the Korean Peninsula, in Tokyo on August 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on August 29 that he and US President Donald Trump agreed to hike pressure on North Korea after it launched a ballistic missile over Japan, in Pyongyang's most serious provocation in years. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA        (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Tests Are Aimed at Splitting Its Rivals

Can Japan, South Korea, and the U.S. stand firm against Pyongyang's efforts to drive wedges among them?

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Officers of the Korea Meteorological Administration watch TV news reporting on a possible nuclear test conducted by North Korea at the Korea Meteorological Administration center on September 3, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea, Japan and the U.S. detected an artificial earthquake from Kilju in the northern Hamgyong Province of North Korea. The Japanese government has confirmed they believe it was North Korea's sixth nuclear test.  (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

North Korean Nuclear Test Spites Both Washington and Beijing

The blast was deliberately timed as a slap in the face for Donald Trump — and perhaps for Xi Jinping too.

GOTEMBA, JAPAN - AUGUST 24:  A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) Type 74 battle tank fires ammunition during a live-fire exercise at the foot of Mount Fuji in the Hataoka district of the East Fuji Maneuver Area  on August 24, 2017 in Gotemba, Shizuoka, Japan. The four-day annual live-fire drill takes place amid rising tensions between North Korean and United States.  (Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)

Japan’s Empty Menu of Options to Stop North Korea

Hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to have few choices save strong words of condemnation for the Kim regime’s missile tests. But he’s working the long game.

This picture taken on May 14, 2017 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15 shows a test launch of the ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Some Nuclear Ground Rules for Kim Jong Un

Washington and Pyongyang need to set new boundaries, even if they keep the deal under the table.

EAST COAST, SOUTH KOREA - JULY 29:  In this handout photo released by the South Korean Defense Ministry, U.S. Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) firing a missile into the East Sea during a South Korea-U.S. joint missile drill aimed to counter North Korea's ICBM test on July 29, 2017 in East Coast, South Korea. North Korea launched another test missile, believed to be an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), which travelled 45 minutes before splashing down in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Japan. (Photo by South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)

It’s Time To Play Good Cop, Bad Cop With Pyongyang

Washington and Seoul can use their differences to challenge a dangerously ambitious North Korea.

This picture taken on July 4, 2017 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 5, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) celebrating the successful test-fire of the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 at an undisclosed location.
South Korea and the United States fired off missiles on July 5 simulating a precision strike against North Korea's leadership, in response to a landmark ICBM test described by Kim Jong-Un as a gift to "American bastards". / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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How to Reason With a Nuclear Rogue

To stop North Korean nukes, the United States should learn from its own history with China.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 24:  U.S. President Donald Trump (C) delivers remarks while hosting ambassadors from the 15 country members of the United Nations Security Council flanked by his Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley (L) and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster in the State Dining Room at the White House April 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump was frank in his opening remarks, saying that Haley had briefed him about each member of the council and he said he liked them all.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Raised Prospect of a North Korea Strike with U.N. Envoys, But Said He Wants to Avoid a Fight

The White House warning is aimed at prodding China into reining in its neighbor’s nuclear ambitions.

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Trump’s North Korea Standoff Rattles Allies and Adversaries

While the EU’s foreign-policy chief tries to defuse tensions in Northeast Asia, the Trump administration is lighting fires.

A mushroom cloud rises from a nuclear weapon test during Operation TUMBLER-SNAPPER. Over two thousand Marines witnessed the event, which was conducted in 1952 at the Nevada Proving Ground.

The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World

Newly declassified CIA files offer a glimpse of the playbook the Trump administration will reach for if it stumbles into a nuclear war.

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