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Decertifying The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be A Foolish, Potentially Dangerous, Error

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Reports are indicating that President Trump will decertify the nuclear weapons deal with Iran. This would be a foolish and potentially dangerous mistake.

United Nations Passes Watered Down North Korean Sanctions

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The Trump Administration’s effort to impose sanctions against North Korea suffered a significant defeat in the United Nations Security Council.

Why Negotiations With North Korea Are (Currently) Impossible

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Absent significant changes, expecting normal diplomatic relationships with the DPRK is a pipe dream.

South Koreans Not So Concerned About War From The North

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The people who would most immediately be impacted by a war on the Korean peninsula don’t seem quite so concerned. Perhaps we should take a cue from them.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

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Another escalation on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

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More provocation from Pyongyang.

American Freed By North Korea Is In A Coma

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Otto Warmbier, and American being held by North Korea, is being freed but his release is marred by the revelation that he has been in a coma for much of that time: WASHINGTON — Otto F. Warmbier, an American college student held prisoner in North Korea for more than a year, has been medically evacuated […]

North Korea Launches Another Missile Test

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Another provocative move by North Korea.

South Korea Elects New President Who Favors Dialogue With North Korea

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South Korea has elected a new President who breaks with his impeached predecessor in favoring dialogue with the North.

North Korea Lashes Out At Chinese Pressure Over Nuclear Program

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North Korea is pushing back against increased pressure from China over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Another North Korean Missile Test Fails As Tensions Continue To Rise

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The North Koreans failed to successfully test a longer-range missile again yesterday, but tensions on the Korean Peninsula seem destined to increase in any case.

Tensions Rise On Korean Peninsula As North Korea Threatens Another Nuclear Test

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North Korea is threatening another nuclear test, the United States is threatening retaliation, and China is warning of a ‘gathering storm’ on the Korean Peninsula.

China Appears To Be Putting More Pressure On North Korea

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Has China finally had enough of North Korea?

U.S. Carrier Group Moves Toward Korean Peninsula

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A warning to North Korea.

Malaysian Police Say Kim Jong-Un’s Elder Brother Was Killed By VX Nerve Agent

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Malaysian police have evidence that seems to clearly link North Korea to the death of Kim Jong Il’s eldest son.

Apparent Assassination Leading To Tension Between North Korea And China

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The apparent assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s eldest brother has raised red flags in China.

Older Brother Of Kim Jong-Un Murdered In Kuala Lumpur

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North Korean Intrigue…….

What To Do About North Korea?

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North Korea continues to advance its nuclear program but it’s unclear what anyone can do about it.

North Korea Conducts Another Nuclear Weapons Test As The World Runs Out Of Options

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North Korea conducts yet another nuclear weapons test, and it’s unclear what anyone can do to stop them.

Kim Jong Un Orders North Korean Nukes Placed On ‘Standby’

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More saber rattling from Pyongyang.

China, U.S. Agree On North Korea Sanctions That Are Unlikely To Accomplish Anything

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Can anything restrain the North Koreans besides direct action by China? That’s unclear, but the new round of sanctions pending at the U.N. seem unlikely to accomplish much of anything.

U.S., South Korea Hint At Military Buildup In Response To Nuclear Test

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The United States and South Korea are hinting at increased military cooperation in the wake of last week’s North Korean nuclear test.

Experts Cast Doubt On North Korean Claim That It Tested Hydrogen Bomb

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Experts are casting doubt on North Korea’s claim that it tested a thermonuclear device earlier this week.

North Korea Claims To Have Detonated Hydrogen Bomb In Nuclear Test

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The North Koreans claim to have made a major advance in their nuclear weapons program, but there are many reasons to be skeptical.

Kim Jong Un Claims North Korea Has Thermonuclear Weapons, But It Probably Doesn’t

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North Korea’s mercurial leader now claims to have thermonuclear weapons, but analysts are saying this is likely braggadocios nonsense.

North Korea Setting Clocks Back A Half-Hour For Some Reason

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North Korea is going back in time, literally: SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea, a hermetic country stuck in the Cold War and obsessed with its long-dead founder, now wants to turn back time. By a half-hour. The government announced on Friday that it would create its own time zone — “Pyongyang time” — and […]

Meanwhile, In North Korea

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North Korea now claims it has miniaturized nuclear warheads sufficienctly so that they can be placed on missiles. They also say they can launch missiles from submarines.

Top North Korean General Executed For ‘Showing Disrespect’ To Kim Jong Un

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North Korea’s mercurial leader has apparently executed yet another high ranking official.

China Warns U.S. About North Korea’s Nuclear Arsenal

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Chinese analysts are telling their American counterparts that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is far more sophisticated than previously believed.

You Can Now Watch The Interview Online Too

Sony Pictures Cancels Releaase Of "The Interview" After Hacker Threats

In addition to the limited theatrical release announced yesterday, Sony is now making The Interview available online through a number of digital distributors for less than you’d pay at the movie theater: LOS ANGELES — Three digital distributors joined an expanding effort to save “The Interview,” as Sony Pictures Entertainment disclosed the first deals to show the […]

Sony To Allow Limited Screenings of The Interview

Sony Pictures Cancels Releaase Of "The Interview" After Hacker Threats

Reversing a previous decision, Sony will allow The Interview to be screened in a small number of theaters.

In Responding To North Korea’s Cyber Attacks, The U.S. Has Limited Options

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There’s not a whole lot the United States can do to respond effectively and proportionally to North Korea’s hacking attack against Sony.

F.B.I. Charges North Korea With Being Behind Hacking Attacks On Sony

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The U.S. Government has formally charged North Korea with responsibility for the hacking attack on Sony. How to respond to that attack is a more complicated question.

Sony Pictures Pulls ‘The Interview’ After Cyber Attacks, Threats; North Korea Suspected

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With major theater chains having pulled out, Sony bowed to the inevitable, but now there appears to be proof that a foreign power is behind the Sony hacking attacks and threats of violence.

Nobody Else In North Korea Can Be Named “Jong Un”

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If you live in North Korea, and if you do you’re not likely to be reading this blog post, don’t even think of naming your child  Jong-Un: SEOUL, South Korea — There is plenty that is off-limits to North Koreans. Televisions that receive anything other than government broadcasts. Traveling outside their hometowns without official permission. […]

Two Americans Released By North Korea After High Profile Visit

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Good news for two released Americans, but no clue what’s motivating North Korea’s latest actions.

Kim Jong Un’s Absence Due To Foot Surgery, Report Claims

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Reports out of South Korea are claiming that Kim Jong Un’s month and a half long absence was due to foot surgery: SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose prolonged absence from public view aroused rumors that he was ill or deposed, or both, was recovering from surgery on his left […]

North Korean Media Shows Kim Jong Un In Public For First Time In 40 Days

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After an abcense of more than a month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been shown appearing in public by the country’s media: SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, whose prolonged absence from public view generated speculation about his health and grip on power, has visited a housing project and […]

Where In The World Is Kim Jong Un?

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The mystery continues.

Something Afoot In North Korea?

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Once again, there’s speculation that something is up in the world’s most closed society.

Kim Jong Un Reportedly Ill, May Have Diabetes And Gout

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North Korea’s young, reclusive leader may be ill, because even the North Korean press is acknowledging that something is wrong: That Kim Jong-un is carrying a few extra pounds has been obvious since he became North Korea’s leader in late 2011. But speculation that his increasing weight – apparently partly due to a weakness for […]

North Korea Is Telling Its Citizens That Their Team Is In The World Cup Final

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North Korea is telling its people that their men’s national team is in the World Cup Final: We’ve known for a long time now that supreme leader Kim Jong-un controls the flow of information to his people, with the television channels only reporting positive stuff about the country. But in a report posted on YouTube, […]

North Korea Acknowledges Pyongyang Building Collapse That May Have Killed Hundreds

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In a highly unusual move, the North Korean government is publicly admitting to what seems to be a serious construction disaster: SEOUL, South Korea — A 23-story apartment building that may have housed more than 90 families collapsed in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, last week, a South Korean government official said on Sunday, after […]

China’s Plan For The Collapse Of North Korea

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China sends a message to Kim Jong Un.

North Korea On The Verge Of Collapse? Don’t Count On It

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Predicting the end of the DPRK is a fool’s errand.

North And South Korea Exchange Fire

Kim Jong Un seems to be ramping up tensions on the Korean Peninsula yet again: SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells across their disputed western sea border on Monday, escalating military tensions a day after the North threatened to conduct more nuclear tests. South Korean officials said […]

All North Korean Men Must Get Kim Jong Un Haircuts

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As if things weren’t already bizarre in North Korea, the BBC reports that all men in the country are now required to get a haircut identical to that of leader Kim Jong Un: Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported. The state-sanctioned […]

Why Do Dictators Like Kim Jong Un Bother To Hold Fake Elections?

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Why do dictators feel the need to pretend that they have the consent of the people over whom they rule?

All Living Relatives Of Kim Jung Un’s Uncle Reportedly Executed

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Reports out of North Korea are indicating that pretty much all of the living direct relatives of Jang Song Thaek, the uncle to Kim Jong Un who was executed some time late in 2013, have been put to death: North Korea has reportedly put to death all direct relatives of the uncle of leader Kim […]

Kim Jong Un’s Uncle Executed By Dogs?

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If a report out of a Singapore newspaper is to be believed, the execution of Jang Soong Thaek, uncle to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was particularly brutal: BEIJING — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, […]

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