North Korea Analysis Archive
Dec 18, 2012
Senior Non-Proliferation Fellow Duyeon Kim on North Korea's successful rocket launch and what it means for Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs and global security.
Sep 17, 2012
With the November presidential election rapidly approaching and Obama's first term drawing to a close, the time is ripe to assess the president's follow-through on the ambitious nuclear security agenda he laid out in Prague, writes Kingston Reif in his monthly column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
Aug 1, 2012
A summary of North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
May 1, 2012
Defying international warnings, North Korea on April 13 fired a three-stage Unha-3 rocket with the aim of launching a satellite into orbit. The rocket failed and exploded into about 20 pieces over the West Sea (Yellow Sea) between the Korean peninsula and China, according to South Korean military officials. The launch, in effect, shattered a Feb. 29 deal made with the United States on halting all missile and nuclear activities.
Mar 26, 2012
If the Washington Post had its way, the United States would refuse to negotiate with the North Korean government, leaving problems to fester and threats to peace in the region to grow, writes Lt. Gen. Robert Gard (USA, ret).
Mar 1, 2012
In reaching an agreement with the United States, North Korea took a small positive step, but details of and compliance with the latest agreement will be key in determining whether Pyongyang is serious about denuclearization.
The simultaneously released statements from the United States and North Korea open the door slightly to six-party talks but reflect clear contrasts between each side's understanding of and assumptions about the latest deal.
Feb 29, 2012
Under a February 23-24, 2012 deal with the U.S., North Korea agreed on a nuclear, missile and uranium enrichment moratoria as well as an invitation of IAEA inspectors back to Yongbyon in return for nutritional assistance.
Dec 19, 2011
North Korean media announced its leader Kim Jong-il died on December 17, 2011. Questions remain about North Korea after Kim Jong-il.
Oct 24, 2011
Chief nuclear envoys from the U.S. and North Korea will sit down again for bilateral discussions in Geneva to explore ways to resume the stalled six-party talks. The main sticking point is Pyongyang's uranium enrichment program and differences in opinion on what it takes to jumpstart nuclear negotiations.
Aug 24, 2011
Pyongyang and Moscow held their first summit in nine years focusing primarily on boosting economic ties amid diplomatic efforts to jumpstart the stalled Six Party Talks over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. An initial assessment based on the first media reports of the summit shows no news on the nuclear front.
Jun 28, 2011
The issue of redeploying U.S. tactical nuclear weapons to Korea resurfaced when President Obama's WMD Coordinator Gary Samore commented on Washington's intent to do so upon Seoul's request. A few conservative South Koreans have called for the redeployment citing North Korea's growing nuclear capabilities. While reintroduction of tactical nuclear weapons will not materialize under the current political climate, it is worthwhile to analyze both sides of the argument.
Apr 28, 2011
It is evident that a nuclear-armed North Korea is exceedingly detrimental to U.S. and allied security interests. It also appears obvious that a military attack on North Korea is highly unlikely to succeed in eliminating Pyongyang’s nuclear capability. However dim the prospect for success, the only realistic option is to pursue dialogue and negotiations with North Korea to try to persuade the regime to give up its nuclear weapons and its production facilities to produce them.
Feb 15, 2011
The Egyptian revolution has raised hopes of democracy in the region and beyond. But North Korea is a different story.
Feb 6, 2011
The UN North Korea Sanctions Committee is expected to convene later this month, and all eyes are on how it will discuss a UN report on Pyongyang's uranium enrichment program. Meanwhile, China continues to oppose such a discussion at the UN.
Jan 25, 2011
President Barack Obama demanded in his 2011 State of the Union Address that North Korea abandon its nuclear arsenal. He also made it clear that Washington stands firmly by Seoul, implying that Pyongyang will not be able to drive a wedge between the allies.
Jan 19, 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao released a joint statement after their 2011 Summit in Washington, DC calling for inter-Korean dialogue and expressing concern for the North's "claimed" uranium enrichment program.
Jan 18, 2011
Wednesday's U.S-China summit is a vital opportunity to move forward on the North Korean issue. But it will only be an opportunity if the summit leads to further dialogue and discussion rather than symbolic formalities.
Jan 18, 2011
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao's joint statement will provide essential clues about the direction of diplomacy on North Korea. But the two leaders are walking into the summit oceans apart on some key points on mechanics.
Nov 23, 2010
North Korea has once again engaged in deadly provocation attacking a South Korean island in the West Sea killing two soldiers, two civilians and wounding many more. The shelling comes on the heels of an American scientist's discovery of North Korea's new developments in its nuclear programs.
Sep 30, 2010
Confirmation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's successor has ignited more curiosity as to the nature of his son and heir Kim Jong-un. The reclusive regime is often described as a "black box" as it is difficult to confirm information with such limited access to the country. That is why South Korean physiognomists analyzed his features to decipher little Kim's character and personality.
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