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‘The Lazarus Heist’ Is the Gripping Story of North Korean Cybercrime

Worryingly, Washington’s concern does not rise to the level of the danger.

People walk past a television screen showing Kim Jong Un speaking in front of a bank of microphones.
People walk past a television screen showing Kim Jong Un speaking in front of a bank of microphones.

Ending North Korea’s Isolation Is the Only Solution Left

It’s time to consider what’s never been tried before.

The empty streets near the Pyongyang Railway Station
The empty streets near the Pyongyang Railway Station

Beijing and Washington Need a Joint Plan for North Korea’s COVID-19 Disaster

As Pyongyang claims success, the World Health Organization raises serious doubts.

Kim Jong Un wears a face mask on television
Kim Jong Un wears a face mask on television

North Korea May Be Trapped Between Famine and Plague

As COVID-19 sweeps through the country, outside help is desperately needed.

Merrill Newman (top left) with some of the "Kuwol Comrades" he worked with during the Korean War.
Merrill Newman (top left) with some of the "Kuwol Comrades" he worked with during the Korean War.
People watch a TV news program reporting on North Korea test-firing a weapon.
People watch a TV news program reporting on North Korea test-firing a weapon.

North Korea’s Tactical Nuclear Plans Are a Dangerous Proposition

Lowering the threshold for usage makes conflict even more likely.

People watch a television screen showing a North Korean military parade.
People watch a television screen showing a North Korean military parade.
South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol gestures during a ceremony at the National Assembly Library in Seoul on March 10.
South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol gestures during a ceremony at the National Assembly Library in Seoul on March 10.

South Korea’s New President Understands the Threat From Pyongyang

Yoon Suk-yeol’s victory tightens the alliance with Washington.

Xi and Kim in Beijing
Xi and Kim in Beijing

Hold Beijing Accountable for Aiding Kim Jong Un’s Crimes

China plays a crucial role in sustaining North Korea’s horrific human rights record.

Workers monitor computer displays in a control room in the Hungnam Fertilizer Complex in North Korea.
Workers monitor computer displays in a control room in the Hungnam Fertilizer Complex in North Korea.

North Korea Knows How Important Its Cyberattacks Are

Pyongyang’s tradition of guerrilla warfare keeps its “all-purpose sword” sharp.

A man walks past a television screen broadcasting footage of a North Korean missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 14.
A man walks past a television screen broadcasting footage of a North Korean missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 14.

Biden’s North Korea Policy Needs Rebooting

A series of missile tests make it plain that carrots don’t work without sticks.

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lazarus-heist-bbc-podcast-playlist-article

Foreign Policy Playlist Podcast: North Korea and the Billion Dollar Hack

The digital heist that began with the hack of Sony Pictures

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks to a meeting with then-U.S. President Donald Trump in the Korean Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks to a meeting with then-U.S. President Donald Trump in the Korean Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019.

A Decade of the Kim Jong Un Doctrine

The North Korean dictator is just as brutal as his predecessors—but has instrumentalized that brutality to new ends.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States virtually from Beijing on Dec. 3.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States virtually from Beijing on Dec. 3.

Latin America Could Profit From U.S.-China Competition

“Active nonalignment” is on display in a busy week of summits with both Beijing and Washington.

Foreign diplomats look across the DMZ into North Korea.
Foreign diplomats look across the DMZ into North Korea.

The Life of Diplomats in North Korea

Internal U.N. documents detail the burden foreign envoys face from sanctions and a stiflingly controlling government in Pyongyang.

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North-Korea-un-sanctions-foreign-policy-illustration

‘You Live With a Degree of Paranoia’

Inside North Korea’s campaign to penetrate the U.N. sanctions experts’ wall of secrecy.

North Korean army soldiers
North Korean army soldiers

It’s Time for Biden to End the Korean War

The U.S. president should ignore fearmongering and build on a real opportunity.

An unidentified rocket is displayed during a military parade.
An unidentified rocket is displayed during a military parade.

Biden Team Fears North Korean Sanctions Aren’t Biting

U.S. sanctions are in tatters, and China doesn’t want the United Nations imposing more.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Stalled North Korea Talks Show UNGA’s Limits

World leaders have little to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of South Korea and North Korea joining the United Nations.

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