North Korea: A Column and a Headline
The first item in my Impromptus today is a long one (the rest are shorties). It’s about Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of Kim Jong-il. He was murdered in Malaysia last week by his half-brother Kim Jong-un, the youngest …
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He’s… Out Like Flynn!
In the short-term, this is another giant headache for the administration, a lot of wasted political capital, and another couple days of …
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 …
Impromptus: The Kim assassination, &c.
As you have heard, Kim Jong-nam was assassinated in Malaysia. He was a son of Kim Jong-il, the late dictator of North Korea. He was the half-brother of the current dictator, Kim Jong-un.
There have been three Kim dictators, as …
The North Korean Red Line
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The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corporation. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it affects military planning and procurement, RAND pioneered strategic …
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 …