North Korea

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.

Footage of a North Korean military parade seen on television.

North Korea’s Huge New Missile Sends a Message to Washington

In the military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling communist party, Pyongyang showed its claws and sought to bolster domestic support for the regime.

South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young (second left) walks with military officers during a visit to the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas on Sept. 16.

South Korea Doesn’t Need U.S. Military Babysitting

Seoul is rich enough and strong enough to deter Pyongyang by itself.

Members of the South Korean Navy

North Korea Kills, Torches South Korean Civilian in Bizarre Maritime Incident

The confusing affair could make it even harder for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to continue warming up to the North.

US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) reach out to shake hands at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

The Sorrows of Young Kim Jong Un

Bob Woodward’s book reveals a diplomatic romance between the North Korean leader and Trump—one that may be ending in heartbreak.

North Korean soldiers attend a mass rally in Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang on Nov. 29, 2017.

A North Korea Strategy for the Next Administration

It is possible to engage the country, but it won’t be easy.

Young people attend a mass gathering denouncing defectors at the Pyongyang Youth Park Open-Air Theater in Pyongyang on June 6.

North Korea Doesn’t Trust China to Protect It

Pyongyang will never accept the shelter of another power’s nuclear umbrella.

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on Feb 28, 2019.

Strategic Lunacy Doesn’t Play in Reality

“The Madman Theory” hands Trump a foreign-policy report card.

Mourners carry a portrait of late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon during his funeral service at Seoul City Hall on July 13.

Park Won-soon’s Suicide Might Destabilize Moon’s Foreign-Policy Agenda

Sexual abuse allegations have wide implications in South Korea’s Democratic Party.

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