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    Morning Bell: North Korea on the Edge

    Yesterday, North Korean officials warned foreigners in South Korea to leave that country. Today, the foreign ministers of the Group of Eight (G8) countries—the United States, Britain, Russia, Japan, Canada, France, Germany, and Italy—are meeting in London to discuss North Korea’s threats. Americans are taking notice. CNN reports that “more … More

    When Naivete Clashes with the Real World: North Korea Proves Benefits of Missile Defense

    North Korea continues to escalate the situation on the Peninsula, most recently by telling international diplomats it will not be able to guarantee their security after April 10. The ongoing crisis demonstrates the benefits of missile defense for the protection of the U.S. homeland and forward-deployed troops, and the assurance … More

    Who Is Kim Jong-un? (VIDEO)

    No one really knows what North Korea’s leader is thinking. Heritage’s Bruce Klingner, senior research fellow in the Asian Studies Center, was interviewed on ABC’s World News about Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s mysterious dictator. “Very little is known about someone whose finger is on a nuclear button,” said Klingner, former … More

    Top 5 Questions Everybody Is Asking on North Korea (VIDEO)

    1. Does North Korea have nuclear weapons? North Korea conducted its third nuclear weapons test in February in defiance of international efforts to halt its nuclear weapons program. Although details about the test remain elusive, it appeared to be North Korea’s largest nuclear weapons test to date. In March, North … More

    WATCH: Google+ Hangout on the North Korea Threat

    Vitriolic threat is a North Korean mainstay, as too are the DPRK’s cyclic “provocations” that too regularly have resulted in the suffering of South Koreans, Americans, and Japanese. So what is it about the current tension across the DMZ that has those in the know on edge? What are the … More

    VIDEO: North Korea Is Capable of "Incredible Destruction"

    North Korea’s threats should be countered with reassuring signals of resolve, said Heritage’s Bruce Klingner on PBS “NewsHour.” “We’re sending a signal to North Korea that we will defend our South Korean allies, we have the capabilities to do so, and we have the resolve to do so,” said Klingner. … More

    Kristol and Gillespie: Time to Get Serious on Missile Defense

    On Fox News Sunday’s panel discussion on the North Korean situation, Republican strategist Ed Gillespie voiced concerns over the Obama Administration’s having “flipped on missile defense,” citing its 2009 reversal of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program President Bush initiated. Gillespie commended the Administration’s recommitment to 14 GMD interceptors in … More

    U.N. General Assembly Adopts the Arms Trade Treaty

    This morning, by a vote of 154 nations in favor (including the United States), 23 abstentions, and three against (Syria, North Korea, and Iran), the U.N. General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The treaty will be open for national signature on June 3, 2013, and will enter into … More

    North Korean Threat: Another U.S. Reversal

    The U.S. recently decided to move one of its most powerful radars, the Sea-Based X-Band radar (SBX), closer to North Korea to monitor the country’s ballistic missile threat. The SBX is capable of detecting a baseball hit out of a ballpark from more than 3,000 miles away. It provides an … More

    The Danger of Defense Cuts: North Korea Just a Reminder

    Amidst increased sequestration cuts and North Korean threats of hostility, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed deep concern on Thursday over the increased danger that North Korea now poses requiring the U.S. to be prepared for “any eventuality.” Hagel’s concern is in agreement with Heritage Foundation expert Bruce Klingner, … More