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January 2, 2014

North Korea
New Year’s Greetings From Kim Jong-un

From fireworks over the Potonggang to the inauguration of a mysteriously newly procured ski lift at Masikryong Pass, North Korea’s leaders have undertaken great efforts to project a return to normalc…

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March 9, 2018

North Korea
Kim Jong-un’s Invitation and Donald Trump’s Response

Kim Jong-un’s invitation to Donald Trump to meet, delivered through South Korean intermediaries, is both stunning and predictable. After all, Trump has telegraphed his desire for a meeting with Ki…

Kim Jong-un’s Invitation and Donald Trump’s Response

December 19, 2011

Japan
Japan Responds to Kim Jong-il’s Death

Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi (R) is accompanied by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to a conference room for their landmark summit in Pyongyang in this September 17, 2002 file photo (Japa…

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (R) is accompanied by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to a conference room for their landmark summit in Pyongyang in this September 17, 2002 file photo

January 2, 2018

North Korea
Kim Jong-un’s Dialogue Offer and South Korea’s Choice

With about five weeks to go until the Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea’s Kim Jong-un suddenly appeared to reverse course. Having focused on nuclear and missile testing while rejecting conc…

Kim Jong-un’s Dialogue Offer and South Korea’s Choice

March 26, 2019

South Korea
South Korea is a Hesitant, but Friendly, U.S. Ally in the Indo-Pacific

Washington should not doubt that Seoul will be a strong partner for the Indo-Pacific strategy. 

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January 4, 2018

North Korea
Why Kim Jong-un Will Fail at Breaking the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

At least for the moment, Kim Jong-un has shifted gears from missile-testing to peace-talking. On Monday, he offered to discuss with South Korea the need for a peaceful winter Olympic atmosphere on th…

Why Kim Jong-un Will Fail at Breaking the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

April 3, 2018

North Korea
Domain of Gains, Domain of Losses: Why Kim Jong-un’s Expectations Matter for the U.S.-North Korea Summit

Patrick McEachern is a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. …

Domain of Gains, Domain of Losses: Why Kim Jong-un’s Expectations Matter for the U.S.-North Korea Summit

June 15, 2017

South Korea
Kim Jong-un’s Calculations and the Moon Jae-in Administration

Park Hyeong Jung is a senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification. With the inauguration of Moon Jae-in as the new president of South Korea, North Korea is sure to laun…

Kim Jong-un’s Calculations and the Moon Jae-in Administration

January 3, 2013

North Korea
Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s Speech: Who Is the Audience?

An annual ritual of North Korea is the release of a lengthy propaganda statement that serves as guidance and provides a sense of priorities for the coming year.  Under Kim Jong-il, the statement came…

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December 19, 2011

North Korea
Kim Jong-il in Death as in Life: Sowing Divisions in South Korea

A tearful announcer dressed in black announces the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on North Korean State Television in this still image from video December 19, 2011 (KRT/Courtesy Reuters). …

A tearful announcer dressed in black announces the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on North Korean State Television in this still image from video December 19, 2011