North Korea

A Year after the North Korea–United States Hanoi Summit: Expectations for the Next One

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Just over a year has gone by since US President Donald Trump met with Chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission Kim Jong-un in Hanoi. It was the second North Korean-American summit to be held, following on from the first 2018 North Korea–United States Singapore Summit. Many were surprised that the meeting ended…

Failed Attempts to Impeach Trump and their Effects on Dialogue between DPRK and US

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On 5 February 2020, the US Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment. After that, Trump’s approval ratings reached a new high of 49% for this last year of his presidency. What effect will this event have on the way talks between Pyongyang and Washington proceed in the future…

US-DPRK Dialog in 2020: for Now, “the Door is Closed, but not Locked”

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We have already conducted a preliminary analysis of what the situation on the Korean Peninsula will look like in 2020, and what is happening now goes to show that although the dialog is not being broken off, there is a hardening of attitudes, which we can see is inevitable. Let’s not forget that towards the end…

Korean Peninsula and the Crisis in the Middle East

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The beginning of January 2020 was marked by an exchange of blows between the United States and Iran, which could potentially lead to a further drastic exacerbation of the situation in the Middle East. However, this article is not about whether or not war will break out between the United States and Iran, it is rather about how these escalating tensions will affect…

Trump and Kim Jong-un, a Time for Change?

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Up until just before the Soviet Union collapsed, very few people in the West thought it ever would. The system was so tightly controlled and repressive that there was no apparent that the people could overthrow it and if it remained change would come at a snail’s pace. Such was the power of propaganda…

The Closer to the New Year, the Greater the Commotion

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As 2019 draws to a close, tensions start to rise on the Korean Peninsula, and it is expected that the period of de-escalation in the region won’t continue into 2020. During the whole month of November, North Korean representatives were urging the United States to change its approach, warning that “the window narrows.” The United States…

North Korea (DPRK) is Upgrading its “Super-Large Multiple Rocket Launcher (MRL)”

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On November 28, 2019, North Korea conducted a “thirteenth, anniversary, missile launch”: a major multiple rocket launchers (MRL) weapons test, when two large-caliber short-range projectiles were launched from its South Hamgyong province into the Sea of Japan. Yonhap News Agency later clarified…

Will This Year’s Vigilant Ace Mark the End of US-DPRK Dialogue?

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We ended our previous report on the issues plaguing the dialogue between the DPRK and the United States with the statement from 6 November by Kwon Jong Gun, the Roving Ambassador of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, on the fact that the USA and the ROK will hold joint military drills in December…

De Facto Collapse of Case Against Free Joseon?

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After the first suspects in the case involving an attack on the North Korean Embassy in Madrid were identified, the author hoped that this would set the wheels in motion. However, since spring 2019 there have not been any news reports about it, and the ones published have been disappointing. The only person, arrested in connection with the case in…

Latest Episode in Ongoing Saga of North Korean Poachers

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Our recent coverage of a fight that broke out between North Korean poachers and Russian border guards is a topic that has caused quite a stir, so we felt the need to consider the wider issue. How has the situation developed since this incident took place? – Six poachers fishing in the Sea of Japan were detained for two months after attacking Russian border guards…

DPRK’s October Missile Launch: End to Dialogue or Beginning of New Cycle?

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On 2 October 2019, North Korea carried out yet another (11th since the start of the year) missile launch, which has caused a much bigger uproar than the test firing of short-range missiles or of a “super-large” multiple rocket launcher (MLRS) that we had reported on earlier this summer. First of all, (in the author…

BC: North Korea and the Hydrogen Bomb

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Talks about a North Korean hydrogen bomb were successfully superimposed on a new round of speculations that the North was about to lash out again. Way back in late October the South Korean media, citing a source in the government, reported that work on the construction of a new tunnel was being conducted at…


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