Destruction Of North Korean Nuclear Test Site Apparently Just For Show

A couple weeks ago, the North Koreans made a big deal about destroying their nuclear test site. It now appears that the event the media witnessed was less than meets the eye.

North Korea Rich Enough for Nukes, Too Poor to Pay for Hotels

Among the stumbling blocks to a DPRK nuclear summit: who’s going to pay for Kim Jong Un’s hotel room?

US-China Tensions Escalating

Clashes between the US and Chinese navies in the South China Sea have intensified.

Don’t Buy The Hype About North Korea Agreeing To ‘Denuclearization.’

South Korea’s President is saying that Kim Jong Un has renewed his supposed commitment to ‘denuclearization,’ but it isn’t at all clear what that means.

Juxtaposing US Policy Towards Iran and Korea

The President and the Secretary of State had some oddly contradictory statements this week.

North Korea Moves Goalposts, Threatens To Cancel Trump-Kim Summit

Not surprisingly, the North Koreans are pushing back against American efforts to force them into a corner on denuclearization.

And Reality Rears its Head in Korea

It was never going to be as easy as the administration thought.

Donald Trump Wants To Help Make A Controversial Chinese Company Great Again

For some reason, the President wants to help a Chinese company that has been accused of being a security risk by American intelligence services.

Return to the Axis of Evil: The Legend of Curly’s Gold

Does the administration know what it is doing?

Trump Summit With Kim Jung Un Set For June 12th In Singapore

The date and location of the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un has been set, but there’s as much chance of failure as their is hope for success.

Three Americans Held In North Korea Released

Some good news from North Korea.

Are we Really on the Brink of a New Era in Korea?

There are reasons to be skeptical about the dawning of a new age on the peninsula.

Leaders Of North And South Korea Meet, But Many Questions Remain Unanswered

The meeting between Kim Jong-Un and Moon Jae-In was historic, but many questions and caveats remain.

North Korea Halts Nuclear And Ballistic Missile Tests

The Kim regime has announced the end, for now, of its nuclear and ballistic missile testing programs. To understand why they made this concession, one needs to read between the lines.

On Denuclearization and North Korea

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Kim Jong Un To Meet With South Korean President In April

Another significant development on the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Jong Un Strengthens His Hand While China Reminds The U.S. That It Remains A Player

After several days of speculation, it was confirmed that the leaders of North Korea and China had met in Beijing. This was meant as much for external consumption as it was the relationship between the two nations.

Donald Trump Has Already Undermined Any Talks With North Korea

By threatening to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, Donald Trump is making it far less likely that any upcoming talks with North Korea will succeed.

Talking to North Korea is a Good Idea, but…

Talking to adversaries is a good idea. Of course, it matters how it is done.

North Korea Signals Willingness to Denuclearize in Exchange for Security Guarantees

The Kim regime released a statement saying they were open to talks and would not conduct provocative tests while they were ongoing.

Xi Jinping Solidifies His Hold On Power In China

China’s Xi Jinping solidified his hold on power well into the next decade over the weekend.

Anti-Taiwanese Discrimination in Australia

A mass wave of mainland Chinese immigration to Australia has led to discrimination against Taiwanese expats there.

Trump Threatens ‘Phase Two’ If Sanctions Against North Korea That Probably Won’t Work Don’t Work

President Trump continues to make irresponsible and dangerous threats in connection with American policy toward North Korea.

Why Does The U.S. Continue To Pursue An Impossible Goal With North Korea?

Why does the U.S. continue to pursue the seemingly impossible goal of denuclearization with regard to North Korea? In part, it’s because we’re still locked into thirty-year-old rhetoric.

Many South Koreans Not So Thrilled With The Idea Of A Unified Korea

The recent cooling of relations between North and South Korea has led to some talk of eventual reunification, but for many South Koreans that idea is a non-starter.

One Year After Trump Withdrew, Canada Forms A New Trans-Pacific Partnership

Just over one year after President Trump’s foolish and ill-informed decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Canada has stepped in to rescue the deal.

Trump Wants To Claim Credit For Thawing Of Relations Between North And South Korea

President Trump is apparently pressuring the President of South Korea to give him the credit for talks between North and South Korea that the United States isn’t involved in at all.

North And South Korea Reach Agreement On Olympic Delegation, Other Issues

Some progress on easing tensions between North and South Korea.

Protests in Iran

What Comes After Putin?

Vladimir Putin will easily win re-election, but some are beginning to wonder who or what comes after him.

U.S. Floats Idea Of Skipping 2018 Olympics Over Safety Concerns

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is floating the idea that the U.S. might not take part in the Olympics due to safety concerns. This would be a foolish decision.

Russia Barred From 2018 Olympics

Russia has been barred from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics after an investigation uncovered extensive evidence of cheating.

North Korea Conducts Another Ballistic Missile Test

North Korea tests another missile, and sends another message to the United States and its allies in Asia and the Pacific.

Trump’s Asian Trip Leaves Allies Wondering And Doubting

President Trump returns home from an Asian trip that wasn’t exactly impressive.

The Insanity Of Preemptive War Against North Korea

A preemptive attack on North Korea would be illegal, immoral and, most importantly, insane.

Xi Jinping Consolidates Power In China

While the President of the United States continues to create chaos, Xi Jinping consolidates his power in China.

Japanese Voters Give Shinzo Abe A Big Win In Snap Elections

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to call a snap election pays off big time.

Trump Undermines His Own Secretary Of State’s Efforts On North Korea

Donald Trump is undermining his own Secretary of State’s efforts on North Korea, and he doesn’t seem to care.

United Nations Passes Watered Down North Korean Sanctions

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

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

North Korea Conducts Sixth Nuclear Test

More provocative action from North Korea, and another reminder that there are no easy answers to the problems represented by the Kim regime.

South Koreans Not So Concerned About War From The North

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

Another escalation on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

More provocation from Pyongyang.

North Korea Launches Another Missile Test

Another provocative move by North Korea.

South Korea Elects New President Who Favors Dialogue With North Korea

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

Trump’s Military Advisers Want Him To Expand America’s Longest War

America’s longest war is still going on, and President Trump’s advisers want him to continue his predecessor’s policies of continuing to re-expand American forces in a war that has seemingly no end.

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