North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has just been selected for membership in quite an exclusive club.
VLADIVOSTOK, Russia -- Even though the North's nukes and missiles are not directly threatening Russia, being intended against the United States and its allies, Moscow has good reason to be increasingly concerned. As a guarantor of the global non-proliferation regime, Russia is firmly against the spread of nuclear weapons.
North Korea has completed its first Korean Workers' Party congress in 36 years. The ruling elite appeared to be getting along fine despite international sanctions. Washington needs to find a new approach toward the North.
Unfortunately, the U.S. government has no ability to protect North Koreans from their own government. Bomb Pyongyang? Tighten sanctions? Push Beijing to end support for North Korea? If such steps don't work for nukes, they won't work for human rights.
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Too much information passes over the DPRK's borders for anyone any longer to believe the fantasies propagated in Pyongyang.
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Regrettably, North Korea appears determined to exacerbate tensions and increase mistrust between two of America's most important allies in Asia.
"Unprecedented results will be accomplished," he proclaimed. "Everything I promise is incredible!" He pledged that, under his leadership, "North Korea will win, win, win! We'll win so much that the Korean people will get tired of winning. Believe me, it will be totally unbelievable!"
Despite its legions of Page One editors, copy editors, proofreaders and support staff, the Gray Lady proceeded to fetishize conflict by using the words "rift" or "riven" in the headline or lead paragraph, actually the lead clause, in four of the stories on today's front page.
The pomp and ceremony of North Korea's 7th Workers' Party Congress, set to begin on May 6, is anachronistic political theater as only Kim Jong-un still practices it.
For the first time in 36 years, before current leader Kim Jong-un was born, the Korean Workers Party is gathering. North Koreans only recently finished a 70-day campaign to prepare for the grand event. In the DPRK appearances are everything.
Why are they now opening up and letting in journalists? Why did they let us in and give us access, however limited? After all these decades, are they saying they're finally ready to meet the rest of the world?