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Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attends an ice hockey match during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Feb. 10, 2018.

The Internet Likes Kim Yo Jong a Little Too Much

Online crushes on the possible next North Korean leader fit an old pattern of the dangerous and erotic Orient.

An impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses in front of a police cordon during a protest at the International Finance Center shopping mall in Hong Kong on April 28.

How to Tell Whether Crazy North Korean Stories Are True

With Kim Jong Un missing, careful readings are more important than ever.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency in November 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) standing in front of a bronze statue of the late Kim Jong Il in Samjiyon.

What Comes Next for North Korea

With Kim Jong Un absent for weeks, speculation over his whereabouts is rife. Should he die, who will come to rule North Korea?

In Seoul, a South Korean soldier walks past a television screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with Chinese President Xi Jinping in China, on March 28, 2018.

With Kim Jong Un Mysteriously Gone, China Is Likely to Make a Power Move

There are many ways Beijing could use the mystery surrounding Kim Jong Un’s disappearance to its advantage. None of them are good for the United States or Japan.

Customers look at makeup products in a store attached to a cosmetics factory in Pyongyang on July 28, 2018.

The Coronavirus Has Pushed North Korea’s Economy to the Edge

Despite the crisis, there’s no signs of reform from Pyongyang.

Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Kingdom, on Jan. 19, 2017.

The Future of Korean Politics Might Be This Defector From Pyongyang

Thae Yong-ho went from North Korean diplomat to South Korean politician.

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5 Things to Know If Kim Jong Un Dies

Hereditary dictatorships rarely last past three generations, and collapse may be in the cards for North Korea.

The Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge

Guesswork and Rumors Make for Bad North Korea Policy

The United States can take steps to clear up the darkness around Pyongyang’s actions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waits before meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea on June 30, 2019.

The Curious Case of the Maybe Dead Dictator

A story with a single source sent Twitter into a frenzy: Is Kim Jong Un brain-dead, or is he resting after a successful operation? Once again, no one really knows what’s happening in the elusive country of North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (center) presides over a target strike exercise conducted by the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in an undated photo.

North Korea Continues to Flout Trump, Advance Nuclear Ambitions

A U.N. panel concludes that the U.S. president’s outreach to Kim Jong Un has changed little in his behavior. 

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

South Korea’s Groundhog Year

Moon Jae-in has done everything he can to get his country right back where it started.

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Books in Brief

Reviews of the latest releases on mosquitoes, the Islamic State, and Kim Jong Un.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29.

In Japan and South Korea, Trump Boxed Himself In

The United States is not making progress in its trade war with China or in nuclear talks with North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the railway station in Vladivostok, Russia, on April 24.

Kim Jong Un Wants It All

Anna Fifield on how the North Korean leader uses class divisions to stay in power.

South Koreans in Seoul watch a television broadcast reporting a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 28.

From Pariah to Pawn

Trump helped make Kim Jong Un a global statesman. Now China is using him to antagonize the United States.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Not Personal. It’s Just Diplomacy.

North Korea is trying to make the nuclear talks all about Trump and Kim. But history shows that professionals must lay the groundwork first.

South Korean television shows footage of the public demolition of a North Korean cooling tower at the Yongbyon nuclear complex on June 27, 2008. (JUNG Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Push for a Trump-Kim Nuke Deal Is Far From Over

When it comes to an agreement between Washington and Pyongyang, doing it right beats doing it fast.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their second summit in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Vietnam News Agency/Handout/Getty Images)

The Hanoi Talks Failed. But That Could Be a Blessing in Disguise.

Former President Barack Obama’s arms control czar says Trump gained by showing he’s “not a soft touch.”

U.S. President Donald Trump departs his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi on Feb. 28. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right to Walk Away

In resisting the temptation to make a bad deal, he avoided failure at the Hanoi summit.

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