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  • This Is How America Would Try to Eliminate North Korea's Nuclear Weapons

    Michael Peck Security, Asia A very risky and dubious proposition. Key point: Finding and getting rid of every single WMD-related site and weapon would be very hard. It would be hard to imagine getting them all before they are used. The Pentagon has just released a new manual that lays out how the United States might destroy North Korea’s nukes. Army Techniques Publication No. 3-90.40, “Combined Arms Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction,” explains U.S. doctrine for neutralizing WMDs. The...

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  • North Korea Won't Be Pressured Into Giving Up Its Nuclear Weapons

    Magnus Lundstrom Security, Asia The past year’s events of missile tests suggest a continuation of North Korean behavior from the time before the 2018 diplomatic breakthrough. Composure and consistency are hardly attributes that can be ascribed to U.S.-North Korea relations under the Trump administration. The shifts have been sharp and sudden. It went from aggressive hostility with mutual threats in 2016/2017, to an infatuated friendship and diplomatic breakthroughs in 2018, to new North Korean...

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  • ICBM Firing, Nuclear Weapons Test or Wait: What Will North Korea Do For the Rest of the Year?

    Edward Howell Security, Asia North Korea’s behavior in the past has shown that it has engaged in greater restraint around the time of U.S. presidential elections. Will that trend hold?  The lack of progress on U.S.-DPRK dialogue has hindered any traction on moving towards the denuclearization of North Korea. Whilst Kim Jong-un continues to exchange letters with President Trump, these are little more than symbolic gestures of goodwill. President Trump, too, wants to give the impression that...

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  • Kim Jong Un's reappearance in North Korea reignites fears about nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles

    KCNA via REUTERS North Korea leader Kim Jong Un's reappearance this month allays for now concerns about contested succession. But Kim's reemergence and continued rule mean that North Korea's development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles are still cause for worry. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un mysteriously disappeared from public view for three weeks last month, triggering widespread rumors about his health, many international...

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  • America and South Korea Want Stability—and North Korea Knows It

    Richard Javad Heydarian Politics, Asia Perhaps no one will rock the boat? They say it is only in times of difficulty when you truly know who your true friends are. Well, in the world of high-stakes geopolitics, it’s a matter of knowing who, at the very least, has an interest in a strongman remaining alive, when too many are too eager to see him dead. Among the most revealing episodes during the recent brouhaha over Kim Jung-un’s misreported death last month was the reaction of the South Korean...

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  • South Korea protests gunfire at border, blames North Korea for starting it

    South Korea said Monday that it was boycotting North Korea, saying its troops initiated a gunfire exchange over the weekend in the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone that divides both countries.

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  • America Needs to Be More Flexible When Dealing with North Korea

    Yangmo Ku Security, Asia Upfront denuclearization simply isn't possible. In 2018, the relationship between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), despite having been largely adversarial since the Korean War, dramatically changed from ever-escalating military tension to an unprecedented series of summits. The shift occurred primarily due to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s active mediation between the United States and North Korea, DPRK leader Kim Jong-un’s...

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