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    Morning Bell: North Korea Threatens with Successful Missile Launch

    North Korea successfully launched a missile early Wednesday—a big step toward achieving the capability to hit targets in the United States. Under the transparent public cover story of a satellite launch, North Korea tested a missile that is the same as an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Even though the missile … More

    Waiting for North Korean Reform...and Waiting...

    In recent weeks, Pyongyang has begun yet another charm offensive by reaching out to Beijing, Washington, and Tokyo. The diplomatic initiative follows the anointing of the more dynamic and charismatic Kim Jong-un as leader, leading pundits to perceive subtle new signs of impending North Korean economic reform and a less … More

    North Korea to Olympians: No Medals Means Labor Camp

    What if not winning a gold medal in the Olympics meant being cast out of society and forced into a labor camp when you returned home from London? Such is the fate awaiting some North Korean athletes who fail to bring home medals. Adding insult to injury, the athletes are … More

    North Korea Regime Shows It Really Is a Mickey Mouse Operation

    Is new North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signaling that he will be more benevolent than his predecessors or that he will open the Hermit Kingdom to the outside world? Some in the media would have you think so. At a Pyongyang concert by an artistic troupe he created, the young … More

    North Korea: Stable, but Just as Dangerous

    As North Korea shows no signs of halting its missile test slated for this week, it is easy to forget that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been in power less than four months—tumultuously, even prematurely, thrust into the spotlight after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il. So far, … More

    PODCAST: Kim Jong-Un and North Korea

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, expert Bruce Klingner discusses all the latest surrounding North Korea and the death of Kim Jong Il. Click here to listen. Will Kim Jong-Un, Kim Jong Il’s son, lead North Korea down the same path? How are relations with the U.S. and South Korea affected by Kim … More

    Morning Bell: The Death of Kim Jong-il

    North Korea’s official media announced that Kim Jong-il, the country’s long-time leader, died on Saturday of “physical and mental overwork.” Although Kim had several health problems, particularly after a stroke in August 2008, he had appeared vibrant in recent meetings. As such, the surprise development raises concerns about its impact … More