North Korea

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.

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Making Peace With Iran and North Korea Could Be Good for U.S. Workers

Trump tied American jobs to endless wars in the Middle East. Biden should link them to renewed diplomacy.

Kim Jong Un watches intercontinental ballistic missile test-fire.

While North Korean Missiles Sit in Storage, Their Hackers Go Rampant

Pyongyang’s hacker armies have shown a proficiency to finding vulnerabilities and exploiting them—and the world needs to be prepared.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks in front of the USS Pueblo

A Half-Century Later, Pueblo’s Crew Gets Their Day in Court

A U.S. judge awards $2.3 billion to the crew of the spy ship seized by North Korea and their families.

A man watches a television screen showing news footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending the 8th Congress of the ruling Workers' Party, held in Pyongyang, at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 6.

North Korea’s New Sub Missile Is First Step Toward a New ICBM

Parading a new submarine-launched missile made a big buzz in North Korea. The real buzz is what it could mean for Pyongyang’s nuclear deterrent.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo Is Trying to Bluff His Way to a Legacy

Even insurrection didn’t interrupt a tour de force of Twitter bragging.

North Korean defectors prepare to release helium balloons carrying leaflets near the border in Paju, north of Seoul, on Oct. 4, 2013.

Anti-Balloon Launching Laws Are No Threat to South Korean Democracy

Pundits behave as if only North Korea matters in Seoul’s politics.

Chinese fishing boats set off after being moored for more than three months in Taizhou, China, due to the annual fishing ban on the East China Sea on Sept. 16, 2014.

China’s Monster Fishing Fleet

Though not alone in its destructive practices, Beijing’s rapacious fleet causes humanitarian disasters and has a unique military mission.

People watch a television news program reporting on the U.S. election with images of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a railway station in Seoul on Nov. 9.

For South Korea’s President, Biden’s Win Is Both Good News and Bad News

A new administration points to a resolution of some thorny bilateral disputes—but could threaten Moon Jae-in’s cherished rapprochement with the North.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and moderator, NBC News anchor Kristen Welker, participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 22.

Trump and Biden Are Both Touting Foreign-Policy Failures as Achievements

With the world on fire from Thailand to Nigeria, there wasn’t much talk of international affairs in the final debate of the 2020 campaign—and when there was, both candidates defended flawed approaches to North Korea.

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