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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 [...]

Preventing a Nuclear South Korea

Preventing a Nuclear South Korea

In a report projecting how North Korea’s nuclear arsenal may grow over the next few years, mid- to high-end scenarios estimated that the North could build upwards of 50-100 nuclear weapons by 2020, approaching the size of arsenals in India and Pakistan. By enabling the DPRK to credibly threaten a nuclear second strike against the United States, [...]

Listening to Korea’s Liberals

Listening to Korea’s Liberals

The resounding defeat handed to South Korea’s ruling conservative party in last week’s legislative elections had, on the surface, little to do with North Korea. Domestic issues dominated the campaign, and the vote reflected a so-called South-South struggle that not only pit liberals against conservatives, but also split the liberals into two [...]

Donald Gregg, A Plot Twist in Korea’s Story

Donald Gregg, A Plot Twist in Korea’s Story

(This book review is co-published by 38 North and Global Asia.) THROUGH various means I recently came into possession of a book, Bound by Destiny: Donald Gregg, Kim Dae-jung and Turning Points in the US-ROK Alliance, with a small envelope affixed to the cover. It was too cold to sit outside, so the next day I took the book to the Ongnyu [...]

North Korea: Danger and Opportunity for Park Geun-hye’s Presidency

North Korea: Danger and Opportunity for Park Geun-hye’s Presidency

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s speech to the Joint Session of the United States Congress will be a great opportunity to signal that the Korean peninsula is headed toward a new era of inter-Korean cooperation, test the rough waters with policies for a breakthrough on the North Korea policy conundrum and dispel much of the jitteriness that [...]

South Korea’s Big Dilemma

South Korea’s Big Dilemma

With the death of Kim Jong Il the hopes of many people—Koreans in both the North and South as well as outside observers—have been suddenly realized, even while the North Korean public and leadership morn for various complex and contradictory reasons. Now the identification of Kim Jong Il with the North Korean system and its deprivations, and [...]

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