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North Korea Reaffirms ‘Nuke for Nuke’ Stance Against US
February 02, 2023

North Korea Reaffirms ‘Nuke for Nuke’ Stance Against US

By Mitch Shin
Two days after the U.S. defense secretary’s visit to Seoul, the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson published a statement to denounce Washington’s moves.

In Defense Minister Talks, US Reaffirms Commitment to South Korea
January 31, 2023

In Defense Minister Talks, US Reaffirms Commitment to South Korea

By Mitch Shin
Kicking off his visit to Seoul, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend South Korea.
Biden Nominates New Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues
January 24, 2023

Biden Nominates New Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues

By Mitch Shin
After the position lay vacant for six years, the U.S. finally has a nominee to tackle North Korean human rights issues.

South Korea, US, Japan Cement Trilateral Response to North Korea’s Nuclear Threats
December 14, 2022

South Korea, US, Japan Cement Trilateral Response to North Korea’s Nuclear Threats

By Mitch Shin
The three countries discussed ways to strengthen their joint commitment in the face of North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.  

Facing North Korea’s Missile Threats, South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Commitment
November 15, 2022

Facing North Korea’s Missile Threats, South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Commitment

By Mitch Shin
In the trilateral summit on Sunday, Seoul, Washington, and Tokyo reaffirmed their joint commitment in the face of Pyongyang’s missile threats, but no new measure to renew the stalled dialogue were announced. 

North Korea and US Complacency: Why We Can’t Get Off the Escalation Merry-Go-Round
November 15, 2022

North Korea and US Complacency: Why We Can’t Get Off the Escalation Merry-Go-Round

By Andy Hong
Even as Pyongyang’s missile tests reach record highs, a new survey shows that fewer Americans are worried about North Korea.

Whatever Path US Diplomacy Takes, Sanctions on North Korea Are Here to Stay
October 29, 2022

Whatever Path US Diplomacy Takes, Sanctions on North Korea Are Here to Stay

By Aaron Arnold
Washington might be looking for a course correction on engagement with North Korea, but don’t expect any change to sanctions policy.
Yoon Suk-yeol’s Audacious Initiative for Denuclearization Will Fail
August 26, 2022

Yoon Suk-yeol’s Audacious Initiative for Denuclearization Will Fail

By Mitch Shin
The Yoon administration is trying to carry out a policy toward North Korea that has already been tried -- with no success.

North Korea Fires 2 Artillery Shots 
July 11, 2022

North Korea Fires 2 Artillery Shots 

By Mitch Shin
Some say Pyongyang’s artillery shots were to respond to the South Korea-U.S. joint military drills, but there is another rationale.

Following NATO Summit, North Korea Denounces US-South Korea-Japan Joint Military Cooperation
July 05, 2022

Following NATO Summit, North Korea Denounces US-South Korea-Japan Joint Military Cooperation

By Mitch Shin
North Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the country will beef up its self-defense capabilities against the U.S. and its allies. 

Learning to Live With a Nuclear North Korea
June 21, 2022

Learning to Live With a Nuclear North Korea

By Jong Eun Lee
A mutually assured deterrence could be an alternative diplomatic strategy toward Pyongyang.
North Korea Launches Suspected ICBM Off Its East Coast, South Korea’s Military Says
March 24, 2022

North Korea Launches Suspected ICBM Off Its East Coast, South Korea’s Military Says

By Mitch Shin
Four days after launching artillery pieces, North Korea tested a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday. 

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