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 …
Waking Up to North Korea’s Growing Threat
In many ways North Korea has the psychology of a spoiled child. But where a child throws tantrums, North Korea threatens to throw nuclear weapons. Incidents from the past few years, whether artillery strikes or torpedo attacks, demonstrate its continuing …
No, The Interview Is Not Like Shouting ‘Fire’ in a Crowded Theater
The MSNBC host Touré — who has made his share of controversial statements in the past — asked his guest moments ago whether Sony Pictures’ making The Interview amounted to “shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.” He later asked if …
Bloomberg: The Real Threat with North Korea Is U.S. Overreaction
The editors at Bloomberg have identified the real threat in the controversy over The Interview and North Korea’s hack attack: American overreaction.
Like so many Hollywood movies, North Korea’s offensive against Sony Pictures Entertainment could end badly — which is …
‘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 …
Rogers: Intelligence Community Was Ready to Respond to North Korea Hack Attack, Didn’t Get Decision from Obama
Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the intelligence community is ready to respond to the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment by hackers that had the support of North Korea. “Our intelligence services, the folks who would …
The North Korean Hacking Threat Hits Close to Home
Featured in the last Morning Jolt of the week:
The North Korean Hacking Threat Is Closer Than You Think
The latest news out of North Korea is outrageous, and I’ve just about had it with this — BZZZZT #*%#&$^#($*
How Many Americans Are Being Held Hostage Overseas?
A point in today’s Jolt spotlighting further#…#
To get Bowe Bergdahl back, the United States took five of the worst captured killers in Guantanamo Bay and released them to Qatar. To get the release of Alan Gross, an American aid …