North Korea

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…
Koreas: The hidden risk of the “kill chain”
Koreas: The hidden risk of the “kill chain”
In a move to prove that the age of appeasing North Korea is over, South Korea’s newly-inaugurated president Yoon Suk-yeol has quickly moved to revive a “Kill Chain” strategy…
Contingency plans: South Korea and cross-Strait security
Contingency plans: South Korea and cross-Strait security
The importance of “peace and stability” across the Taiwan Strait featured in joint statements issued after US President Joe Biden’s meetings in May with South Korean President…
The Pyongyang problem for the Quad
The Pyongyang problem for the Quad
North Korea at least waited until US President Joe Biden had left Asia before launching another volley of missiles to splash into the sea. American officials had braced for a…
Lies, damn lies, and North Korea’s Covid statistics
Lies, damn lies, and North Korea’s Covid statistics
More than two years since North Korea locked down its border in January 2020 and went on to record zero Covid-19 cases and deaths across all the months since, the country last…
For North Korea, military parades come before the people’s wellbeing
For North Korea, military parades come before the people’s wellbeing
A military parade in the streets of Pyongyang last month gave North Korea another chance to show off its new Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile while marking the 90th…
Bellicose or bluster? How South Koreans see the North’s nuclear threat
Bellicose or bluster? How South Koreans see the North’s nuclear threat
Do South Koreans view North Korea’s nuclear weapons as a threat? In addition to North Korea ratcheting up missile tests this year, including the first by an intercontinental…
Why now? The timing of North Korea’s ICBM test
Why now? The timing of North Korea’s ICBM test
More than two years after threatening to scrap a self-imposed nuclear and long-range missile testing moratorium, North Korea finally delivered this past week with Pyongyang’s…
Waiting for North Korea to escalate
Waiting for North Korea to escalate
After North Korea conducted a spate of missile tests in January, it was argued that the country had ended its self-imposed 2018 moratorium on testing intercontinental ballistic…
Koreas: A tale of two Olympics
Koreas: A tale of two Olympics
The presidency of South Korea’s Moon Jae-in will be bookended by Winter Olympics – one defined by hope, the other despair. North Korea has confirmed it will not participate in the…