Posts tagged as North Korea

North Korea blows up inter-Korea office, raising tensions

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the heavily armed border with South Korea on Tuesday in a carefully choreographed display of anger that sharply raises tensions on the Korean Peninsula and puts pressure on Washington and Seoul amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. The demolition of the building, which is located on North Korean territory and had no South Koreans working there, is largely symbolic. But…

North Korea says it test-fired new multiple rocket launcher

Friday, November 1, 2019

North Korea confirmed Friday it conducted its third test-firing of a new “super-large” multiple rocket launcher that it says expands its ability to destroy enemy targets in surprise attacks. The latest launches extended a monthslong streak of weapons displays by the North, which continues to use a standstill in nuclear negotiations to advance its military capabilities while pressuring Washington for concessions. Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency described the tests…

North Korea rejects meeting with South over resort

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

North Korea on Tuesday rejected South Korea’s request for working-level talks to discuss the possible demolition of South Korean-made hotels and other facilities at the North’s Diamond Mountain resort that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants removed. In letters addressed to Seoul’s Unification Ministry and South Korea’s Hyundai business group, North Korea said face-to-face meetings would be unnecessary and repeated its stance that details should be worked out through…

North Korea and US Diplomacy: Toward a New Paradigm

By Nicolas Jouan on Wednesday, October 9, 2019

To the despair of international observers and amidst overwhelming international condemnation, North Korea is making its way toward a capable nuclear deterrence. On Thursday October 3, Pyongyang announced the successful testing of a long-range ballistic missile from an underwater platform, raising the prospect of an operational sea-based component to the country’s growing nuclear capabilities (which have so far been limited to the ground leg of the traditional triad). This new…

North Korea says it will resume nuclear talks with the US this weekend

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

North Korea and the United States will resume nuclear negotiations this weekend, Pyongyang said Tuesday, a move that would break a seven-month long diplomatic deadlock. The two sides have been teasing plans to restart working-level talks since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met on the Korean border on June 30. But efforts remained stalled after the leaders failed to reach agreement in their previous summit…

North Korean tests put pressure on Washington

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Another week, another North Korean weapons test. North Korea’s relentless, carefully calibrated barrage of firepower — Tuesday’s test was its eighth since late July — has managed to normalize a martial display of defiance that not too long ago raised fears of war in one of the most dangerous corners of the world. The tests, which have been repeatedly dismissed by President Donald Trump as routine, are just the latest…

Progress made identifying remains returned from North Korea last year, defense agency says

Saturday, August 10, 2019

More than a year after North Korea returned 55 cases of remains, 11 American troops have been identified and more are expected in coming weeks, according to the agency overseeing the process. The remains were flown to Osan in late July, fulfilling part of the agreement reached by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their first summit on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. The cases…

US revokes visa-free entry for foreigners who visit North Korea

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Washington has revoked visa-free entry rights to the United States for foreigners who have visited North Korea in the past eight years. Citizens of 38 countries, including Latvia, do not need visas to enter the US and stay there for up to 90 days under a waiver program. However, the visa waiver will no longer apply to those citizens of these countries that have visited Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Syria,…

North Korea fires two missiles into sea to protest US-South Korean military exercises

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

North Korea fired two missiles into the sea on Tuesday, warning that the United States and South Korea will pay a “heavy price” for conducting joint military exercises. The launch — the fourth in less than two weeks — came a day after the longtime allies began a two-week command post drill that has been scaled back in size from past years. The North fired two short-range ballistic missiles that…

US, South Korea start low-key joint military drills after North Korean missile tests

Monday, August 5, 2019

The United States and South Korea began joint military exercises on Monday but kept them low-key to avoid provoking North Korea, which has warned the drills could derail efforts to resume nuclear negotiations. The allies declined to officially announce the two-week exercise had begun or provide details, but several officials confirmed they were underway. The quiet start was in sharp contrast to past years, underscoring the desire of Seoul and…