North Korea


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.

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.

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.

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.


‘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

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.

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.

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.

North Korean missile launch

New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability

The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.

South Koreans walk past replicas of missiles at the Korean War Memorial.

Talk of a Nuclear Deterrent in South Korea

North Korea’s resumed activity at Yongbyon has reawakened calls for Seoul to go nuclear.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

The Real Lessons of the Trump-Kim Love Letters

What the 27 mostly unpublished missives tell us about the future of U.S.-North Korean diplomacy.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un listens to then-U.S. President Donald Trump (not pictured) during a meeting in Hanoi on Feb. 27, 2019.

North Korea’s Curious COVID-19 Strategy

Pyongyang faces a looming catastrophe but is in no hurry to vaccinate its people.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un listens to US President Donald Trump (not pictured) during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. (

North Korea Needs the Bomb to Protect Itself From America

Pyongyang isn’t crazy, just focused on a credible threat.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a welcoming ceremony.

Can Biden Solve the North Korea Puzzle?

Biden opened the door for talks with Kim Jong Un, but Pyongyang is playing hard to get.

People watch a television screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

There’s No Choice but Negotiation With North Korea

Moon Jae-in’s White House visit is a good chance to step up talks again.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Moon Wants a Legacy on North Korea That Isn’t Coming

Biden’s tough attitude on Pyongyang is mixed with sympathy for his South Korean counterpart.

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