China uses North Korea as a pawn for its own interests, bearing in mind that the reunification of the Korean Peninsula under the U.S. flag would be a possibility to absolutely avoid.
Trump is facing his first major security crisis. If he miscalculates, hundreds of thousands of people — if not millions — could die as a result. And Trump is dangerously ill-equipped — mentally, psychologically and in terms of the paucity of his administration staff — to deal with this situation in a calm and rational way.
We are now witnessing the most implausible version of that scenario: Two delusional men, on opposite sides of the Pacific, both apparently believing that their honour and political standing teeter on the credibility of their threats.
Therefore, the US cannot afford to show weakness in dealing with North Korea's criminal leadership. Nevertheless, it also cannot allow itself to get dragged into a war that would devastate the entire region.
It is quite unfortunate that the White House showed explicit discomfort toward the South Korean government’s proposal for a South-North military dialogue. On July 17, White House press secretary Sean Spicer replied to a request to offer an opinion on the issue by stating that the question should be asked of the South [Read more]
A young American's fate becomes a metaphor, a kind of symbol, of a big story about thousands of nameless statistics locked up and oppressed in North Korea. They are voiceless. But Otto Warmbier speaks of their suffering from his grave.
Upon being asked about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system during a radio interview on May 17, the newly elected floor leader of the liberal Minjoo Party of Korea, Woo Won-shik, answered, “We have to look into issues including the possibility of sending back THAAD, if it has not properly undergone domestic [Read more]
Trump’s government has advanced a new policy toward North Korea: maximum pressure to compel North Korea to change its behavior.