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A photo released by the official North Korean Central News Agency showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. overseeing weapons tests at an undisclosed location last week. KCNA/EPA

North Korea is firing missiles again. Does diplomacy still have a chance?

Every time North Korea needles the US with another provocation, it makes it harder for Donald Trump to mobilise the domestic support for a return to the negotiating table.
An employee watches a bank of TV’s broadcasting a news report on a Hanoi summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 28, 2019. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Why North Korean prosperity would be the ruin of Kim Jong Un

Without its communist Soviet-style economy, North Korea would just be South Korea.
Critics say the U.S. can’t afford a Green New Deal. AP Photo/Susan Walsh

America can afford a Green New Deal – here’s how

Democrats such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey are proposing an ambitious decarbonization plan that critics are calling unaffordable. A green economist explains how the US could pay for it.
The South Korean government has decided to dim its office lights at 7 p.m. and shorten its work week hoping to encourage young people to date again. A favourite lover’s activity is to put a lock on Namsan mountain’s Seoul Tower to declare love. Shutterstock

Why young people in South Korea are staying single despite efforts to spark dating

South Korea is facing a low fertility trend. Valentine's Day serves as a reminder to help ease the domestic burden on young women so they can consider partnerships again.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, April 27, 2018. AP/Korea Summit press pool

Memo to President Trump: Better ties between North and South Korea should come first – then get rid of nukes

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's risky unreliability will diminish as his country builds ties with South Korea. So Korean unification may be a better focus for Tuesday's summit than denuclearization.
People pray during a special service to wish for a successful inter-Korean summit and peace on the Korea peninsular at a church in Seoul. AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

For many South Korean Christians, reunification with the North is a religious goal

With almost 30 percent of South Koreans either Protestant or Catholic, faith plays a big role in how people think about relations with the North.

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