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U.S. Should Talk to North Korea's Kim Jong-un

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Recent events suggest that something unusual is going on in that normally abnormal place. Proposing talks and suggesting rewards would be the best response to an uncertain situation. Someday Pyongyang will change. Engagement is the best way to prepare for that day.

Kim Jong-un's Social Anxiety Disorder

Francis Levy | Posted 06.25.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

A recent Times editorial points out two recent incidences where hyperbole has fueled accounts of the horrors of current regime in the DPRK, led by its brash young leader and film critic, Kim Jong-un.

Kim Jong Un Dazzled By North Korean Female Fighter Pilots

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

The supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has reportedly met two of the country's female fighter pilots. And he was impressed. ...

Kerry: U.S. Considering Additional Sanctions On North Korea

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

SEOUL, May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday North Korea has "not even come close" to taking the steps needed to rein...

North Korea Leader Wants to Boost Country's Sports Presence 'Guerrilla-Style'

The Huffington Post | Lucy McCalmont | Posted 03.26.2015 | Sports

Human rights travesties aside, North Korea's Kim Jong Un is not happy with his country's athletic prowess, reportedly saying it's "trailing behind the...

Russia and North Korea Play Nice: Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian Dance With Kim Jong-un

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Russia and North Korea make up the latest international odd couple. President Vladimir Putin reached out to one of the poorest and least predictable states on earth. So far the new Moscow-Pyongyang axis matters little.

Solve North Korea Problem by Addressing China's Interests

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

At this stage Washington has little to lose from taking China's advice on how to address Pyongyang. It is time for both the U.S. and PRC to act.

After Decades of Conflict, Time to Engage North Korea's Kim Dynasty

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A small, poor nation, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should be an international nullity, irrelevant to global affairs. Yet it again dominated headlines in the U.S. with the hacking of Sony and cancellation of the broad release of the movie The Interview, a comedy featuring the assassination of the younger Kim.

U.S. Should Talk to North Korea, Whoever Is in Charge

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Every strategy toward the DPRK so far seems to have failed. Anything adopted is likely to be only a second best. However, today even second best would be a major step forward. It's time for Washington to try something different.

South Korea Fires Warning Shots Near North Korea Border

AP | KIM TONG-HYUNG | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean troops fired warning shots Monday after North Korean soldiers approached too close to the border separating t...

North Korea: It's Time for Obama to Act

John Sifton | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
John Sifton

Something amazing occurred in Geneva today. For the first time in the history of North Korea's three-generation totalitarian rule, a U.N. body acknowledged the regime's massive abuses and invoked U.N. members' obligations to address them.

About North Korea: 'We Can't Say We Didn't Know' -- So Will China Continue to Block Defectors?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 04.20.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Murder, enslavement, torture, rape, and enforced disappearance are just a few of the "unspeakable atrocities" cataloged in an unprecedented U.N. report on North Korea. In short, you can control 25 million people if you kill, maim and imprison enough of them. And if your neighbor, in this case China, cuts off escape routes.

Inside North Korea: Lessons for Diplomacy

Paul Heroux | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
Paul Heroux

Considering the culture and political atmosphere of North Korea, we need to ask: How could we even start to break the impasse with North Korea? There are several ideas.

Visiting North Korea and Vietnam: A Tale of Two Wars

Larissa and Michael Milne | Posted 02.15.2014 | Travel
Larissa and Michael Milne

Their ages ranged from 6 to 76, and were representative of the people killed 45 years ago. A teenaged girl who spoke English approached me and asked where I was from. Considering where I was standing I hesitated and said, "America."

A New Kind of Real

Gabriel Mizrahi | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Gabriel Mizrahi

Things are getting real. Entertainment, specifically. And by "real" I don't mean serious, or imminent, or even necessarily honest -- but real, as in pushed to the limit of what we perceive as real, and even further.

North Korea, Inside Out

Debbie Pappyn | Posted 07.29.2013 | Travel
Debbie Pappyn

In 2013, the curious traveler who wants to experience one of the last Communist dynasties should book a ticket to Pyongyang, the capital of the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK).

How North Korea Surprised Me

Jennifer Suhr | Posted 07.11.2013 | Travel
Jennifer Suhr

When you acknowledge the level of control that exists, you can begin to wonder about what you're not seeing and question the validity of what you are. Much of North Korea remains a mystery, but it feels less opaque and more penetrable than it was before. I know that I want to go back.

Why Moscow Is Important to Pyongyang

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.16.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

If war were to break out, the presumed influx of refugees into Russia could create a humanitarian crisis and a burdensome price tag for the Kremlin -- just as it would for China. Russia is similarly vulnerable to any radiation that may blow from the peninsula on to Russian territory.

Dangerous Amateur Hour in Pyongyang

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

It would be prudent for those who assert that Kim Jong-Un is merely spreading his military wings in a peacock-like manifestation of fancy to realize that that responding to his rhetorical and comical displays is counterproductive.

Practical Proposals for a Real Change in North Korea

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
Jonathan Granoff

Following the latest heightened, bellicose threats from North Korea, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a new round of sanctions, aimed primarily at starving their growing missile program. But increased sanctions are unlikely to create a positive change in North Korean conduct.

"Look at Me, I'm Still Here," Says North Korea

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 04.15.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Some of North Korea's military missile and nukes could be diverted to improving living conditions and China and the United States could insist on re-starting talks. But boys like their toys.

The End of North Korea

Gabriel Mizrahi | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Gabriel Mizrahi

Predictions about the end of North Korea keep coming, but the truth about the regime seems to elude most analysts.

We Need to Broaden Our Focus on North Korea

Linda Constant | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Linda Constant

There is no logical reason why we cannot address the regime's nuclear energy goals simultaneously with the country's appalling human rights conditions, which violate every imaginable facet of basic human liberties.

Americans Stand Up to Europe's Last Dictator. Will Europe?

Sohrab Ahmari | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Sohrab Ahmari

By supporting the Belarusian people, the EU can help ensure that the continent becomes a "dictator-free zone."

The Prophet Is Dead: Juche and the Future of North Korea

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Little has been written about North Korea's driving state ideology - the "Juche idea" - and the clues it may hold for predicting the nature of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea