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Experts Question Wisdom of Canceling U.S. Exercises with South Korea, As Mattis Makes It Official

But some analysts say it’s a small price to pay for the possibility of peace with North Korea.

TOPSHOT - People watch a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 29, 2017.
Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific Ocean on August 29 in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

This American Visited North Korea’s Most Sensitive Nuke Sites. What He Saw Blew His Mind.

North Koreans wanted the renowned scientist Siegfried Hecker to know they could hide their bomb material and the United States would never find it.

A South Korean soldier walks past a television displaying images of U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on March 9. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

The Road Ahead With North Korea

The weekly podcast: What a potential summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could look like.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves from his train as it prepares to depart from Beijing railway station. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Kim’s Visit Just Hand China a Trump Card?

An unannounced visit boosted both Beijing’s and Pyongyang’s leverage in negotiations, but Washington still seems to have no plan.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

What to Expect From Talks With North Korea

This week’s guest, Mickey Bergman, has been to the table with North Korea before and knows what to expect from the upcoming talks.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, shaking hands with South Korean envoy Chung Eui-yong in Pyongyang on March 5. (AFP/KCNA via KNS/Getty Images)

Kim to Trump: Let’s Make a Deal

Washington got just what it wanted from the pressure campaign. Now what?

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, on Sep. 21, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Korea Hawk Who Wasn’t Hawkish Enough

Victor Cha is experienced, informed — and no peacenik. None of that mattered for the Trump administration.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un address the 5th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on Dec. 23. (KCNA/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Should Resolve to Avoid War With North Korea in 2018

The greatest danger to world peace in the coming year is the prospect of war on the Korean Peninsula — and Trump is making matters worse.

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.

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