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    Maintain Resolve on Conditions for Engaging North Korea

    North Korea is in the news again and, surprisingly, it’s not because of yet another nuclear threat against the U.S. or its allies. North Korea will figure prominently in two sets of meetings: today’s U.S.–China summit between President Obama and Xi Jinping and resumed inter-Korean talks this weekend. The media … More

    North Korean Refugees Struggle to Reach Freedom

    Nine North Korean refugees who had escaped from their homeland and made their way to Laos were forcibly repatriated on May 28. The defectors, ranging in age from 15 to 22, were turned over by Laotian authorities to North Korean security agents, who flew them via China back to North … More

    Use South Korean Presidential Visit to Affirm the Bilateral Relationship

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye arrived in Washington on May 6 to meet with President Obama and affirm the bilateral alliance that has kept peace on the Korean Peninsula for 60 years. At the moment, the U.S.–South Korea military, political, and economic relationships are the strongest they have ever been. … More

    Bad Deal for the U.S.: Kerry on Missile Defense

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated during his recent trip to China that the U.S. would withdraw some of its missile defenses if China can persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program. It is optimistic to assume that China would be interested in persuading North Korea to … More

    North Korea: Assessing Its Nuclear Capabilities

    Questions over North Korea’s nuclear capabilities have again skyrocketed into the headlines—not because of another threat by Pyongyang but instead by a U.S. intelligence assessment. The existence of a new classified Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report was disclosed during a congressional hearing by Representative Doug Lamborn (R–CO). According to Lamborn, … 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

    North Korean Propaganda Distracts from the “Hermit Kingdom’s” Real Problems

    A purported new North Korean propaganda video asserts Americans live in tents, make coffee from snow, and live off birds. At least that is what its English voiceover portrays. News sites rapidly reposted the video, including Wired’s Danger Room, Slate, the Telegraph, Daily Mail, and the Atlantic. Even The Washington … More

    North Korea Threat: There Is No Substitute for a Strong U.S. Missile Defense

    Today, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that the United States will shore up its missile defense system. Yet again, the Obama Administration is proving critics of its missile defense program correct. The U.S. will deploy additional 14 Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors in Alaska, deploy additional radar in Japan, … More

    North Korean Threat: Obama Administration Undermines Missile Defense

    Yesterday, White House spokesman Jay Carney asserted that the U.S. is “fully capable of defending itself” against a North Korean ballistic missile attack. Carney didn’t mention that the Obama Administration has tried to undermine the long-range missile defense program since it came into office. First, it decided to decrease the … More

    North Korea Abandons Armistice…Again

    On March 5, Pyongyang threatened to nullify the 1953 armistice agreement ending the Korean War, raising already heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The declaration comes amidst large-scale military exercises by North Korea and by U.S. and South Korean forces as well as rumors of impending rocket and nuclear tests. … More