Madman? Or diplomatic genius? Kim Jong-un.
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North Korea’s test of two new missile systems have stoked fears of a nuclear confrontation in Asia. But the North Korean leader may not be as unstable as he is made out.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in the Korean demilitarized zone in June 2019.
Donald Trump avoided a major crisis with North Korea. But the North Korean nuclear issue remains unresolved as the country continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic capabilities.
North Korea and Cuba have struck up a friendship that is particularly bizarre given each country’s attitudes towards children. North Korean children, left, live an Orwellian nightmare at the hands of its socialist government while Cuban children, right, are revered, supported and celebrated.
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The new friendship between North Korea and Cuba is puzzling. The two countries should share values as socialist republics, but their brands of socialism are worlds apart when it comes to children.
North Korean women work at the cashier table of a bookstore in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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The state-produced stories, which include tales about apartment lotteries, theme parks and the Clintons, might seem absurd. But they offer a window into the regime’s priorities and anxieties.
North Koreans cheer in this November 2017 as they watch a news broadcast announcing Kim Jong-un’s order to test-fire the inter-continental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 at the Pyongyang Train Station in Pyongyang, North Korea.
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Military options should, and must, be on the table if diplomacy fails to compel North Korea to de-nuclearize.
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.
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.
As despotic personality cults go, Stalin’s example still leads the pack. But North Korea’s ruling family have taken it to a new extreme.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping speaks at the BRICS summit in Xiamen.
China is probably no more fond of the North Korean regime than the Americans are, but it is walking a fine line between managing both nations and ensuring its own continued rise.
Supporters of presidential candidate Moon Jae-in.
North and South Korea explained in four questions and answers.
North Korean leader Kim Jung-un inspects an outpost and Jangjedo defending force.
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A scholar who has profiled the likes of Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin says there is a method to understanding the madness.
Ranting narcissists with no patience for detail have terrorised and suppressed their people the world over. Is a new one about to join their ranks?
A legacy looming large: Kim Il-sung (L) and Kim Jong-il.
When North Korea held its sixth party congress in 1980, its stagnant economics were much the same – but its worldview was utterly different.
‘On a clear day I can see nothing but sycophants.’
For a man who likes to be called ‘outstanding leader’ and ‘brilliant comrade’, Kim Jong-un is strangely unwilling to strut his stuff on the world stage.
Ready for battle.
The release of The Interview, an American comedy depicting the death of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, has been cancelled. A massive cyberattack on Sony, widely blamed on Pyongyang, and apparent threats against…
Back in the saddle.
After a month’s absence from public life, fuelling idle speculation about a possible coup, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has at last reappeared in public. Limping with a cane, in line with reports he…
Koreas North (red) and South battle it out.
North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un has now been in power for more than two years. He has largely stuck to the ideological principles that his father, Kim Jong-il, and grandfather, Kim Il-sung, had introduced…
North Korea’s isolation has seen it rely on criminal activity to earn foreign currency.
The death of Kim Jong-il has refocused the world’s attention on the “Hermit Kingdom”, North Korea. This moniker is an apt description of its isolation from the international community – an isolation that…
A photograph dated 11 October 2010 depicting Kim Jong-il (right) and his putative heir Kim Jung-Un (left).
Kim Jong-il, the mercurial “Dear Leader” of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), died of heart failure on 17 December 2011, at the age of 69. One could be excused for not believing in the…