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Park Sang-Hak, an activist and defector from North Korea, scatters anti-Pyongyang leaflets as police block his planned rally near the tense border on a roadway in Paju, north of Seoul, on Oct. 22, 2012.

He Sends Up Balloons, and North Korea Wants Him Dead 

Meet Park Sang-hak, the North Korean defector and activist who could spark another round of “fire and fury.” 

North Korea Missile Test

Why North Korea Needs Its Nukes

Washington speaks of deterrence when it comes to Pyongyang, but Kim would never strike unless attacked first.

U.S. President Donald Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton during a news conference at the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels, on July 12, 2018.

Forget the Book. Bolton’s Legacy Is a Nuclear Arms Race.

Why Bolton will be one of the most negative influences on U.S. security policy for decades to come.

TOPSHOT - People watch a television news screen showing an explosion of an inter-Korean liaison office in North Korea's Kaesong Industrial Complex, at a railway station in Seoul on June 16, 2020.

South Korea Shouldn’t Endorse North Korea’s Explosive Bullying

Seoul is acting as Kim Jong Un’s enforcer in banning private groups from leafleting North Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and his sister Kim Yo Jong attend the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27, 2018.

North Korea Needs to Extort Democracies to Survive

As it cuts off communications, Pyongyang falls back on an old playbook.

Kim Jong Un on Television

A Modest Proposal: Open Ties With North Korea

Washington should drop its bluster and take a diplomatic step in its relationship with Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

Kim Is Back, but North Korea Still Isn’t Stable

There’s a lot more to worry about in Pyongyang than just its ruler’s health.

U.S. President Donald Trump listens to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting in Hanoi on Feb. 27, 2019.

What Would North Korea’s Collapse Mean for U.S. Security?

The end of Kim Jong Un’s rule could have major consequences for U.S. foreign policy—and pandemics don’t necessarily promote peace.

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.

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