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Has Singapore Led to Real Gains on the North Korean Nuclear Question?

Has Singapore Led to Real Gains on the North Korean Nuclear Question?

  The warm feelings of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in June have given way to the chill of December and the reality of a coming winter. In October and November, North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA, published a series of commentaries warning that North Korea might resume testing nuclear […]

Forecasting Korea’s future

Forecasting Korea’s future

The French have two expressions that capture the essence of Kim Jong-un’s New Year address. First, there’s “deja vu” ― or maybe “deja vu all over again,” as the American baseball player Yogi Berra famously put it. And then there’s “plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose” ― “the more things change, the more […]

North Korean leader’s speech shows international sanctions working

North Korean leader’s speech shows international sanctions working

Although much of the media focus was placed on his warning he would find a “new way” if the U.S. sticks to the sanctions, experts here argued that the New Year address of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was mainly about the economy. It could indicate the sanctions by the United Nations and the United […]

After Singapore, Can Sizzle Be Replaced With Steak?

After Singapore, Can Sizzle Be Replaced With Steak?

WHAT can face-to-face diplomacy between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un achieve? It is wisest not to expect a revolutionary change in Trump’s approach and instead for him to play to his strengths: ceremony and personal relationships. On substance, the South Korean-led process should be allowed to take the lead […]

Kim: ‘I will visit Seoul soon’

Kim: ‘I will visit Seoul soon’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a surprise announcement Wednesday that he will visit Seoul soon. The announcement came at a joint press conference on day two of his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that also included the signing of a peace deal and a further commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. “I […]

Kim welcomes Moon

Kim welcomes Moon

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un welcomed South Korean President Moon Jae-in with a big smile at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, Tuesday.  Kim and Moon embraced and flashed wide smiles, after Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook walked out of the presidential plane at around 10:08 a.m.  The two leaders will hold formal talks from […]

North Korean leader sets denuclearization timeframe

North Korean leader sets denuclearization timeframe

President Moon Jae-in’s delegation to Pyongyang returned Wednesday after a fruitful meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. Presidential envoy Chung Eui-yong, Moon’s national security adviser, gave a press conference the following day to unveil the outcome of his visit to Pyongyang. Before the delegation left for the North, it was unsure whether Kim would […]

Can Trump and Kim Work It Out Despite Past Failures?

Can Trump and Kim Work It Out Despite Past Failures?

It was a riveting moment. Two enemies talking for a change. The Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un of North Korea raised the prospect not only of a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons but also of a strategic realignment in Northeast Asia. In Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s […]

Moon, Kim to hold 3rd summit in Pyongyang in September

Moon, Kim to hold 3rd summit in Pyongyang in September

South and North Korea will hold a third summit between their leaders in Pyongyang “before the end of September,” the South’s Unification Ministry said on Monday. The two sides however failed to fix the date. “We agreed to hold an inter-Korean summit within September in Pyongyang” the two Koreas said in a joint press statement […]

Kim Jong Un’s Half-Brother Murdered in Malaysia

Kim Jong Un’s Half-Brother Murdered in Malaysia

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s half-brother has been killed in Malaysia, a government source said Tuesday. Kim Jong-nam was assassinated on Monday in Malaysia, the source said without revealing details. Cable TV broadcaster TV Chosun reported that Kim was killed at an airport in Malaysia after being attacked by two unidentified female agents with “poisoned […]

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