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North Korea’s New Best Friend: Russia?

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Nadège Rolland Russian state-run news agency Tass confirmed on April 22 that Kim Jong-un will be in Moscow for the May 9 Victory Day celebrations. The North Korean leader will be among 26 other heads of state that have so far confirmed their attendance. This visit will mark Kim’s first official foreign trip since he took over the […]

China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership

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China appears to be growing frustrated with North Korea’s behavior, perhaps to the point of changing its long-standing support for Pyongyang. As North Korea’s largest economic sponsor, Beijing has provided the North Korean regime with crucial aid for years and offered it diplomatic protection against the United States and other powers. To outsiders, China’s alliance […]

North Korea has reportedly banned Choco Pies

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks at a biscuit as he provides field guidance at Foodstuff Factory No. 354 of the Korean People’s Army in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on November 17, 2013. (KCNA/Reuters) The North Korean border has never been a hospitable place. […]

Why North Korea Will Stick Around For a While

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North Korea (NK) is a lot like Shawshank prison in the film The Shawshank Redemption. Kim Jong-un (KJU) is the warden, the keepers of the regime are the guards, and the people are the inmates who are isolated from the rest of the world, constantly monitored, and stripped of basic rights such as freedom of […]

Pyongyang and Moscow boost ties as tense Beijing watches from the sidelines

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North Korea’s special envoy to Russia has returned home after appearing to make significant progress in improving bilateral ties, suggesting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may visit Moscow for a summit, ahead of its longtime ally China. Beijing, with its relations with Pyongyang deteriorating in recent years, is anxiously watching the developments between […]

U.S. intel ‘black budget’ concedes ‘critical’ ignorance on North Korea, other crucial threats

By Max Fisher North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shown in his “war room” during early 2013 tensions with the U.S. (Reuters/KCNA) The United States intelligence community’s “black budget,” which spells out its spending programs and is revealed in an article by Post reporters Barton Gellman, Greg Miller and Julie Tate, seems to confirm something […]

N. Korea Admits Rocket Launch Failure

By Kim Yoon-mi U.N. Security Council immediately convenes in response to apparent missile test North Korea admitted Friday that its Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite failed to enter orbit after launch. “Scientists, technicians and experts are now looking into the cause of the failure,” the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch, without elaborating. […]

North Korea to Aim Test Missile at Australia

A senior United States official says a long-range missile which North Korea plans to test next month will for the first time be aimed towards South-East Asia and Australia. The assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific, Kurt Campbell, says the US believes the North Korean missile will land in an area […]

U.S.-DPRK Food/Nuclear Announcement

By Victor Cha, Ellen Kim, Marie DuMond   On February 23–24, the U.S. delegation headed by Ambassador Glyn T. Davies, special representative for North Korea policy, held a third exploratory round of U.S.-DPRK bilateral talks in Beijing with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Kye Gwan. This is the first meeting between the two countries following […]

The price of negotiating with North Korea

By Victor Cha, Ellen Kim and Marie DuMond, Special to CNN   Editor’s note: Victor Cha is former director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council and author of “The Impossible State: North Korea’s Past and Future” (Ecco, April 2012). Ellen Kim is a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Marie […]