North Korea

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak during a press conference at the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney on Aug. 4.

Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief

Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.

Two men sit holding North Korean and Chinese flags near Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on June 20, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the country.

Pyongyang Is Playing Washington Against Beijing

China is finding it harder and harder to steer its troublesome ally.

A woman and a girl chat next to a television news screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looking at the test-fire of a new multiple rocket launcher, at a railway station in Seoul on Aug. 1.

North Korean Missile Dismissed as ‘Standard’ by Trump Threatens U.S. Military

Defense experts fear Pyongyang has developed a new rocket that can penetrate U.S. defenses.

U.S. President Donald Trump waits at the line of demarcation for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30.

The Case for Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

It won’t bring the regime in from the cold, but it will save lives.

South Korean officials enter the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Tokyo to hold talks with their Japanese counterparts on July 12.

Why Are Japan and South Korea in a Trade Fight?

Officially, Japan has “national security” concerns about technology exports to South Korea. Unofficially, World War II still casts an ugly shadow.

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Books in Brief

Reviews of the latest releases on mosquitoes, the Islamic State, and Kim Jong Un.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 29.

In Japan and South Korea, Trump Boxed Himself In

The United States is not making progress in its trade war with China or in nuclear talks with North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea on June 30.

Trump Just Gave North Korea More Than It Ever Dreamed of

By crossing the border, Trump has changed the game. But to induce Pyongyang to denuclearize, he’s going to have to offer more than reduced tensions.

U.S. President Donald Trump steps onto the northern side of the military demarcation line that divides North and South Korea, next to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone of Panmunjom on June 30.

One Small Step for a President, One Giant Leap for Pyongyang

Trump's unexpected gesture may have been the only way to get talks back on track.

An F-16CJ flies over the Eglin land range as the pilot releases a GBU-31 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition during a test mission on Feb. 25, 2003.

Americans Want Their Leaders to Obey the Laws of War

New research claims that the U.S. public doesn’t care about protecting enemy civilians. It is wrong—and dangerous.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives at the railway station in Vladivostok, Russia, on April 24.

Kim Jong Un Wants It All

Anna Fifield on how the North Korean leader uses class divisions to stay in power.

South Koreans in Seoul watch a television broadcast reporting a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 28.

From Pariah to Pawn

Trump helped make Kim Jong Un a global statesman. Now China is using him to antagonize the United States.

U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun  attends a meeting with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha in Seoul on Feb. 9.

North Korea Talks in ‘Holding Pattern’ Over Key Word, U.S. Envoy Says

Biegun admits the two sides still can’t agree on what “denuclearization” means.

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