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How Kazakhstan’s diplomacy can help North Korea’s denuclearization

Eugene Lee – The Korea Times On 28-31 of August in Astana, Kazakhstan one unique, if not historic, event has taken a place. Kazakhstan celebrated its 25th anniversary of denuclearization. With a big number of dignitaries and government officials from all over the world gathered in a very symbolically named building, the Palace of Independence, […]

Next US president and N. Korea

Next US president and N. Korea

Tong Kim – The Korea Times South Korea and the United States have failed miserably to stop North Korea from developing a nuclear weapon and the delivery system for it, particularly during the past seven years and eight months under the Barack Obama presidency and the two conservative South Korean presidents ― Lee Myung-bak and […]

North Korea closes down embassy in Uzbekistan

North Korea closes down embassy in Uzbekistan

North Korea has closed down its embassy in Uzbekistan as part of a restructuring of its missions in the Commonwealth of Independent States, a diplomatic source in Uzbekistan said on August 20, Trend News reports. The source said that the North Korean embassy informed foreign embassies in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, earlier this month of […]

Future of China-NK relations

Future of China-NK relations

Lee Seong-hyon  – The Korea Times Most Western experts describe China’s North Korea policy as a failure. If that is the case, China has had many failures, not just one. Combing through Sino-North Korean history, we discover a series of intriguing relational hiccups between the two, with their relations fluctuating between ups and downs, often in […]

Apathy about North Korea

Apathy about North Korea

Casey Lartigue Jr. – The Korea Times I recently attended a United Nations conference in Seoul at which a couple of distinguished speakers asked: Why aren’t more of the almost 30,000 North Korean refugees directly involved in activism against North Korea? A few others at the conference asked: Why don’t South Koreans care more about […]

What! Not going down to ground zero at Panmunjong?

What! Not going down to ground zero at Panmunjong?

This was the sensitive spot where North and South Korean soldiers can be seen standing eye-ball to eye-ball, separated only by an imaginary line representing the 38th parallel that demarcates the two sides at the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). Instead of a potentially tense tour, we were ushered to the touristic DMZ Observation […]

Peace of Korean peninsula: The current state and challenges

Peace of Korean peninsula:  The current state  and challenges

A divided Korean peninsula is one of the last remaining geopolitical problems of the twentieth century, with two countries technically still at war. The countries, of course, are the two Koreas – one dynamic and modern, the other closed, impoverished, and belligerent. The peninsula they share represents one of the most vexing challenges facing the […]

The ticking Korean bomb

The ticking Korean bomb

The ISIS and terrorist attacks in Europe grab regular headlines while a quiet bomb ticks in northeast Asia. The threat is not misplaced, considering nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles are at the command of a 33-year old authoritarian leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Korea is the last divided nation on the planet. Unification may […]

“Asia with Mr. Lee” #1: discussing North Korea and its threat

“Asia with Mr. Lee” #1: discussing North Korea and its threat

In the first broadcast of “Asia with Mr.Lee,” a segment where Lee Sang Ki, founder of AJA, answers some questions concerning current Asian issues. In the first episode, he talks about the North Korean warning of the missile launch and the lack of interest among most South Koreans as they were more interested in the […]

Seoul ceases on sending humanitarian aid to North Korea

Seoul ceases on sending humanitarian aid to North Korea

The South Korean government is expected to stop sending humanitarian aid to North Korea soon, in the wake of the repeated provocations by Pyeongyang. The ministry of unification spokesperson “Jong Jung hye” revealed this plan during a press conference on Wednesday 17th February. Where he answered questions on the possibility of North Korea misusing the aid […]

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