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Troops in a 2015 U.S.-South Korea joint drill in South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

U.S. Forces in South Korea: A seven-decade commitment

Since the Korean War, U.S. troops have helped South Korea with military training and planning. Our Speed Read describes the regular joint exercises designed to deter North Korean aggression.
This photo, provided May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Israeli missiles in the sky as others hit air defence positions and other military bases in Damascus, Syria. (Syrian Central Military Media, via AP)

Israeli rocket experience shows bomb shelters matter as much as interceptors

Flashy interceptor systems attract media and government attention. But bomb shelters and warning systems are at least as important in the midst of missile strikes.
A North Korean newscaster reports on the Inter-Korean summit during an April 28 broadcast. Korean Central Television

Are North Korean media outlets signaling that the regime is getting serious about diplomacy?

The reclusive country’s media is tightly controlled and choreographed. But a close look at the tone and focus of the coverage can shed light on the regime’s priorities and resolve.
There was much public goodwill at the meeting, but there is much yet to be resolved. AAP/ Korea summit press pool

North and South Korea met - but what does it really mean?

There was much that was agreed to at the Korean summit - but still a lot yet to be worked out. The will now shift to the hotly-anticipated meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
People in South Korea watch a news program on TV about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March. Kim and Xi sought to portray strong ties between the neighbours and long-time allies despite a recent chill. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

War games, slow trains and the spectre of a Trump-Kim summit

Kim Jong-un's surprise recent visit to Beijing and Xi Jinping was an awkward get-together that didn't address the elephant in the room -- Kim's possible face-to-face meeting soon with Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s grasp of most matters in international politics and military affairs is rudimentary. But he’s in charge, so his views bear analysis. AAP

War with North Korea: from unthinkable to unavoidable?

It is not yet midnight, but as the crisis deepens, the diplomatic and military options get more and more complex. And the possibility of war with North Korea is now very real.

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