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Much Ado About Nothing: DPRK’s Latest Missile Test Reveals No New Capabilities

Much Ado About Nothing: DPRK’s Latest Missile Test Reveals No New Capabilities

(Photo: Rodong Sinmun) As the United States and South Korea began their annual “Foal Eagle” joint training exercise this past week, North Korea conducted an exercise of its own. Four medium-range ballistic missiles were fired from North Korea’s west coast in a simultaneous volley, and three of them ultimately landed just inside Japan’s [...]

Encouraging Japan to Go Nuclear Won’t Denuclearize North Korea

Encouraging Japan to Go Nuclear Won’t Denuclearize North Korea

During his Presidential campaign, Donald Trump said that a nuclear-armed Japan might not be a “bad thing” for the United States “because of the threat of North Korea.” In a recent op-ed, Charles Krauthammer seemed to agree, advising the incoming administration to declare that the United States should no longer oppose Japan’s acquisition [...]

Reading Pyongyang’s Intentions with Japan

Reading Pyongyang’s Intentions with Japan

North Korea seems to be focused on a new era of humanitarian diplomacy. The recent release of US detainees Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller prompted many to argue that the potential sanction by the United Nations on human rights violations may be producing a new era of compromise in Pyongyang. But there seems little urgency in its discussions [...]

Hello Kitty, Hello Wonsan

Hello Kitty, Hello Wonsan

Wonsan, on the DPRK’s east coast, by all accounts, used to bustle—at least by DPRK standards. If the recent outreach between Japan and North Korea bears fruit, Wonsan could undergo a 21st century revival. Since Japan banned all trade with the DPRK in the wake of the disastrous Kim-Koizumi summit of 2002, Wonsan has been a shell of its [...]

Pyongyang’s New Overtures and Abe’s Diplomacy

Pyongyang’s New Overtures and Abe’s Diplomacy

Recent meetings between Japan and North Korea have prompted concern about whether Prime Minister Abe may be departing from the US and South Korea in its dealings with Pyongyang. Japanese and North Korean officials met on March 30-31, 2014 in Shenyang, China, and again on May 26-28 in Stockholm, Sweden. On May 29, Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga [...]

Has Japan’s DPRK Policy Reached a Dead End?

Has Japan’s DPRK Policy Reached a Dead End?

On February 12 2013, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test. In response, the United Nation’s Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2094 and imposed additional economic and financial sanctions against Pyongyang. Still, North Korea remains defiant as ever as events of the past few weeks have shown. As the international [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.