Coming on the heels of 'gold', 'blond' and 'wealthy', 'north' is a telling symbol of how Japan saw 2017.
Kim Jong-il and his counterpart Kim Dae-jung give peace a chance in 2000.
For a brief moment at the turn of the millennium, it seemed Seoul and Pyongyang were starting to open up to each other.
South Korean people watch a live TV report showing North Korea’s special announcement that it has successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at a station in Seoul, South Korea, 29 November 2017.
China is reluctant to be more active in dealing with Pyongyang for fear of consolidating the US take over in the region.
An anti-war protester wears a mask showing US President Donald Trump in Berlin, Germany.
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A former diplomat and foreign policy expert explains just how easily the president could bypass objections to war, from Congress to dissenting generals.
A detection station for seismic activity at Bilibion, a remote corner of Russia.
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Human-induced earthquakes have been reported from every continent except Antarctica. We asked a geologist to investigate whether North Korea's nuclear tests could trigger geological changes.
A statue of Pericles outside Athens City Hall. Like Trump, Pericles used war to deflect from bad news.
Does ancient Greek war hawk Pericles provide clues to a besieged Donald Trump's next move? War has always been a helpful distraction for cornered world leaders.
Does the road to containing the North Korea threat really run through Beijing?
Politicians and pundits are overplaying China's influence over Kim Jong-Un.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Support for asserting Japan's military might in response to threats from North Korea and China may destabilize the region.
They may not be co-ordinated, nor linked in any way. But two events in Asia over the next week will help define Australia’s political and security environment for the next period. First is the convening…
North Korea is no doubt watching closely as the region moves forward on energy cooperation.
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Green détente options could help South Korea ease the diplomatic tensions in the region.
There are methods to avoid madness.
North Korea has placed the Kim regime’s survival before any other priority.
With much attention focused on military might and economic sanctions, there has been little focus on calls for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean crisis.
US President Trump addresses the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York.
US President Donald Trump hasn't proposed new initiatives for Africa but didn't end those launched by his predecessors either.
U.S. President’s apparent passion for cruelty speaks to a greater American illness.
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Donald Trump seems to have a passion for cruelty, often publicly celebrating his investment in violence as a source of pleasure. Those tendencies represent symptoms of a broader American sickness.
South Koreans protest against China’s treatment of northern defectors.
Tens of thousands of North Koreans live in China. Their lives are often no better than they were at home.
Having called a snap election for October 22, Japanese Prime Minister now faces a tough battle against a charisimatic new-comer in Yoriko Koike.
Over time, the Kim family has become adept at coup-proofing its rule in North Korea.
We should interpret the threat posed by North Korea from an informed perspective based on demonstrable strategic logic, rather than on caricatured misrepresentations of its leadership.
War of words (for now).
Trump seems to think all potential nuclear agitators are alike. He's wrong, and perhaps disastrously so.
The Korean peninsula has a lengthy history of exchanging insults.
Kim Jong Un guides the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 in an undated photo released on Feb. 13, 2017.
Kim Jong Un's regime has already earned millions from the export of arms, missiles, drugs and endangered wildlife products.