Last week, Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland’s lockdown restrictions may be slightly relaxed as of next Thursday. Earlier in May, the Scottish First Minister rejected accusations of covering up a COVID-19 outbreak during a Nike conference in...
Fire and fury or diplomacy?
Looking at the situation in the United States, given the coronavirus crisis, it is hard to foresee any significant change in U.S.-North Korean bilateral relations. It would be difficult...
Bruce E. Bechtol
Can it be stopped? How much are these two rogues states collaborating?
On January 7, 2020, Iran launched ballistic missiles at American bases located in Iraq. One set of the missiles launched were in the “Qiam”...
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The United Nations Command announced on Friday it had discovered numerous “deficiencies” in the visual warning markers used to divert aircraft from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea. Photos show bent, dented and...
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Chinese state media is ramping up its vitriolic anti-American rants, a sure sign of Xi Jinping's displeasure with President Trump. But Xi's pressure is coming in other forms as well.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Seoul is not considering lifting sanctions that were imposed on Pyongyang in 2010 after a South Korean warship was sunk by North Korea, in spite of rumours to the contrary, Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul said on Thursday, as...
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Trump has been preoccupied with the inter-related subjects of his re-election bid, the coronavirus pandemic, and the U.S. economy and has little time to spend on North Korea. What little attention he has for...
Trump has found himself immersed in the same quagmire that his predecessors experienced—one where both sides became almost intractable in their demands.
The Washington-Pyongyang relationship represents the...
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Trump once believed his personal charm could eventually persuade Kim Jong-un of taking for granted a deal of nuclear dismantlement for economic assistance. But Trump failed.
It seems that the coronavirus global outbreak has...
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North Korea will pay close attention to whether Trump is re-elected or leaves the White House next year.
Let’s start with what happened in the Hanoi Summit. North Korea claims that it requested the lifting of five...
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With a crucial election ahead, President Trump is unlikely to want to risk either a failure in negotiations or enter into a military conflict with unpredictable consequences. In the coming months, he is therefore...
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The only way to make a deal work is flexibility on both sides. Right now, that just does not seem possible.
By the end of this year, no breakthrough in U.S.-North Korea relations should be expected as neither party...
Nam Sung Wook
North Korea, North Korea
And that won't be easy.
North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un appeared three weeks after he disappeared from the official seat. His stealth, which received keen attention from the Korean Peninsula as well as...
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Upfront denuclearization simply isn't possible.
In 2018, the relationship between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), despite having been largely adversarial since the Korean War,...
Real negotiations are needed, not leader-to-leader photo-ops.
Editor's Note: We asked this author the following question - What direction do you see U.S.-North Korea relations heading in for the rest of the year?
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"The reality is that North Korea just does not resonate in US domestic politics – not its gross human rights abuses (perhaps the worst in the world), not its nuclear program, and not the latent threat that Pyongyang...
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Leon V. Sigal
Diplomatic give-and-take is the only way for the United States to constrain North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Here is what a deal could look like.
The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated, Kim...
Security, Middle East
Tehran gets by with a little help from its friends.
The DPRK supplied missile components to Iran—for a rocket that Tehran claims is peaceful.
Birds of a Feather
Iran and North Korea enjoy surprisingly close...
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