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North Korea Denounces South Korea-US Joint Military Exercises
September 06, 2022

North Korea Denounces South Korea-US Joint Military Exercises

By Mitch Shin
Three days after the alliance’s bilateral drills concluded, North Korea’s state media published a statement denouncing the exercises.

North Korea Slams Pelosi’s Visit to Seoul
August 08, 2022

North Korea Slams Pelosi’s Visit to Seoul

By Mitch Shin
For a second time, North Korea criticized Pelosi’s visit to the Asia-Pacific region, defining her as “the worst destroyer of international peace and stability.”
North Korea Denounces Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan   
August 03, 2022

North Korea Denounces Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan   

By Mitch Shin
Standing with its biggest ally, North Korea publicly delivered its ironclad support for the “One China” principle.

North Korea Is Irrelevant Again
February 23, 2022

North Korea Is Irrelevant Again

By Denny Roy
Continued missile testing by North Korea will not compel Seoul, Tokyo, or Washington to seek the negotiations Pyongyang could use to address its needs.

North Korea Is Preparing to Confront the US in 2022  
January 29, 2022

North Korea Is Preparing to Confront the US in 2022  

By Sang-soo Lee
Kim Jong Un will likely conduct more advanced weapons tests this year in his own version of “maximum pressure.”  

Kim Jong Un: A Decade of Trial and Error
January 20, 2022

Kim Jong Un: A Decade of Trial and Error

By ISOZAKI Atsuhito
The pace of policy turnarounds has been dizzying.

North Korea Will Skip Beijing Winter Olympics 
January 07, 2022

North Korea Will Skip Beijing Winter Olympics 

By Mitch Shin
North Korea decided not to participate in the Beijing Olympics due to “hostile forces” and the pandemic.
North Korea’s ‘Strategic Patience’
January 05, 2022

North Korea’s ‘Strategic Patience’

By Mitch Shin
Recent developments suggest North Korea is adopting its own version of “strategic patience”: ignoring diplomatic outreach until the situation turns in its favor.

Kim Jong Un Decides to Restore Inter-Korean Communication Lines
September 30, 2021

Kim Jong Un Decides to Restore Inter-Korean Communication Lines

By Mitch Shin
The North Korean leader said the inter-Korean hotlines will be restored in early October, but also warned against the arms buildup of South Korea and the U.S.  

North Korea Reiterates Preconditions for Inter-Korean Thaw
September 27, 2021

North Korea Reiterates Preconditions for Inter-Korean Thaw

By Mitch Shin
Kim Yo Jong welcomed Moon’s outreach in his U.N. speech, but made clear that Seoul will have to end its “hostile policies” first.

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast
September 15, 2021

North Korea Fires 2 Ballistic Missiles Off Its East Coast

By Mitch Shin
The North’s missile launch came amid a flurry of diplomatic meetings in Seoul and Tokyo. Seoul quickly followed up with its own SLBM test. 
Deterrence vs. Engagement: Striking the Right Balance in North Korea Policy
August 31, 2021

Deterrence vs. Engagement: Striking the Right Balance in North Korea Policy

By Yangmo Ku
The optimal solution to North Korea’s nuclear and missile challenges will require a middle ground between stronger deterrence and maximal engagement.

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