North Korea

Worth a thousand words: what Kim Jong‑un’s daughter photo tells
Worth a thousand words: what Kim Jong‑un’s daughter photo tells
North Korea’s leader has publicly revealed the existence of one of his children for the first time. But the big announcement didn’t come in the form of a statement or a…
North Korea: unpredictably predictable
North Korea: unpredictably predictable
North Korea has been launching missiles again. In the first week of November alone, there were more than 30 dispatches, one day the busiest ever – clocking up 23. A salvo flew…
Solutions to the North Korea issue no longer include denuclearisation
Solutions to the North Korea issue no longer include denuclearisation
On 25 October, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol told the National Assembly that North Korea had completed preparations for its seventh nuclear test. While the exact date of…
The Korean Peninsula still poses major risks
The Korean Peninsula still poses major risks
Tensions have been rising rapidly on the Korean Peninsula over the past few weeks. Military drills involving South Korea, the United States and Japan were met with strong…
Come what may, North Korea perseveres
Come what may, North Korea perseveres
Less than two months since North Korea declared victory over Covid-19, the country is again sending missiles flying – with one salvo passing over Japan for the first time…
Hot button issue: North Korea’s bold new nuclear stance
Hot button issue: North Korea’s bold new nuclear stance
In fewer than ten days, North Korea has fired a series of five missile launches, heightening tensions in the region. Although missile tests and threats coming from North Korea are…
Can Seoul and Tokyo mend ties?
Can Seoul and Tokyo mend ties?
The relationship between South Korea and Japan seems to be moving in a positive direction, with two high-level meetings held this week between officials from both sides. Although…
North Korea’s politics defeats Covid … almost
North Korea’s politics defeats Covid … almost
In late April this year, North Korea finally succumbed to one of its most tenacious adversaries: Covid-19. The hermit kingdom’s first wave of the virus, which has been circulating…
China, Russia and North Korea: the wars that never end
China, Russia and North Korea: the wars that never end
Book review: Dancing on Bones: History and Power in China, Russia and North Korea, by Katie Stallard (OUP, 2022) In Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery, in north-east Saint…
Russia and North Korea: never waste a good crisis
Russia and North Korea: never waste a good crisis
North Korea and Russia appear to be strengthening ties amid Russia’s increasing isolation from much of the world following its invasion of Ukraine. And with North Korea low on…