North Korea: Cold War Relic, Present-Day Threat
You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of …
Facing North Korea and Iran, Trump Must Strengthen Nuclear Deterrence
Like Big Brother in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un holds absolute power. And Kim, the same as his father and grandfather, wants to forcibly unify the Korean peninsula under a xenophobic ideology of self-sufficiency.
Today on the homepage, we publish Part II of my “Baltic Journal.” Here on the Corner, I’d like to make a point about Iran — a well-worn point, but a point nonetheless.
The Baltic countries are vulnerable to Vladimir …
I remember the first time I met a North Korean. It was only a few years ago — in 2010. I met Kang Chol-hwan at the Oslo Freedom Forum. He’s the one who wrote The Aquariums of Pyongyang, a gulag …
Will China’s North Korean Sanctions Be Met with an Engineered Migrant Invasion?
China’s just-announced trade sanctions against North Korea are to be welcomed and applauded, but look for disappointment in the near future. The new measures — in reaction to the hermit kingdom’s latest round of nuclear tests and threats …
Today on the homepage, we begin a series on an interview I had with George W. Bush at his center in Dallas. He is an exceptional man, as you know, and an exceptional interviewee: candid, expansive, expressive.
Early in our …
Underestimating Nuclear Missile Threats from North Korea and Iran
North Korea launched its second satellite on Saturday, yet the national press continues to ignore this existential threat. The White House has not recognized that a nuclear-armed North Korea has demonstrated an ability to kill most Americans with an electromagnetic-pulse (…
Krauthammer’s Take: Blame Clinton, Bush for N. Korea Nuke Threat, Not Obama
Charles Krauthammer says the Obama Administration deserves “a pass” on North Korea’s latest nuclear provocation; the blame is more rightly pegged on the Clinton and Bush Administrations.
“I don’t think there’s anything he could have done that would be different …
North Korea’s H-Bomb Test Is a Risk-Raising Nuclear Game Changer
If North Korea’s claim of having tested a hydrogen bomb holds up, then East Asia’s nuclear risk has gone up a magnitude. Mastering the technology of a fusion weapon is not easy, and skepticism abounds that the impoverished, isolated regime …
How America Should Respond to North Korea’s Recent Threats
This weekend, North Korea significantly increased its forward deployed artillery units and sent around 50 attack submarines out to sea. The submarine movement is especially interesting, because it’s not easy for North Korea to deploy subs; they are poorly maintained …
Krauthammer’s Take: North Korea Is the Biggest Threat Because Kim Regime Is ‘Completely Unpredictable’
Charles Krauthammer concurred that North Korea poses the gravest national-security threat because Kim Jong-un may be acquiring intercontinental ballistic missiles able to strike America soil:
It’s a threat to the actual existence of San Francisco. Syria is an issue, …
Krauthammer’s Take: North Korea Would Be the First ‘Insane Regime’ with Long-Range Nukes
With Kim Jong-un’s regime threatening to build an intercontinental ballistic missile, Bret Baier pointed out President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet about that possibility:
North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon …
Tired of anti-regime jokes, North Korea has forbidden sarcasm. That’ll solve the problem, for sure.
‘Free Man’: Meet a North Korean Defector
Jung Gwang-il does something unusual for a living: He sends information via helicopter drones into North Korea. The drones bear USB sticks and SD cards, which contain South Korean television shows, American movies, and more. This “more” includes videos of …
SDI: How Do You Like It Now?
Here is the opening of an excellent report by Robert Burns, who writes about national security for the AP:
As North Korea rattles its nuclear saber, threatening to bomb the U.S. at “any moment,” a nerve-jangling question hangs in …
Wishful Thinking Has Prevented Effective Threat Reduction in North Korea
North Korea is embarked on a steady, methodical, and relentless journey whose intended endpoint is a credible capability to hit New York and Washington with nuclear weapons. Pyongyang’s nuclear test in January is only the latest reminder that America’…
Bill Clinton Wanted to Accept a North Korean Speaking Gig
Whether or not North Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb – hundreds of times more powerful than an atomic bomb – or “merely” another atomic weapon, it remains the world’s most repressive, paranoid, unpredictable and arguably dangerous nation.
For three administrations, our …
Did North Korea Really Test an H-Bomb?
After reports of a small, magnitude 5.1 seismic event in the vicinity of North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Tuesday, the state-controlled North Korean news service announced a successful test of a miniaturized hydrogen bomb — which it called …
What Is It About the Clinton Siblings and North Korea?
As noted in today’s Morning Jolt, we learn today that back in 2012, North Korea invited President Clinton to give a paid speech, and he wanted to do it:
A second email thread in May 2012 shows another potentially thorny event — …
This is from a New York Times editorial from November 21, 1993, titled “North Korea’s Opening.”
Nervous commentators fear that North Korea is about to develop nuclear weapons, leading them to urge immediate sanctions or even bombing raids to take out the …