This scenario has perhaps captured so much attention because it pits the epitome of Americanism — Hollywood, celebrity, big business, money — against the epitome of authoritarianism.
The few reliable facts are enough: Someone illegally attacked the United States, and the United States immediately yielded.
In short, for Pyongyang, the nuclear weapons program is a higher priority than diplomatic or political issues. The latter certainly could influence the timing of the tests, but so too might the weather or technical considerations with respect to the weapons themselves.
It is widely known that Kim Jong Un has no use for the Americans. Recently, the North Korean dictator exploited a trip to a museum as a means to get even with the enemy.
The situation on the Korean Peninsula has become more complicated because of the victory by Republican hardliners in the U.S. midterm elections in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The political reality between now and the presidential elections in 2016 is that the Obama administration, as the minority [Read more]
Recently, Seoul and Washington agreed to delay the timing of the South’s takeover of wartime operational control from the United States until the South Korean military is ready to properly counter the North’s intensifying threats.