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Nork Nukes Redux

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In Robert Farley
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On February 13, 2013
My latest at the Diplomat expresses skepticism that the North Korean nuclear test is something to get all that excited about: The first and most important lesson is that North Korean policy towards its neighbors does not appear to have appreciably changed in Kim Jong Il’s wake. North Korea continues to test ballistic missiles, it […]

Nukes!

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On February 11, 2013

Early, but looks as if the Norks may have just “expended some fissile material.” Jeffrey Lewis thinks maybe 10kt (probably bigger than either of the previous two tests), but obviously it&#

Two bits about North Korea this morning. First, in my WPR column I argue that the transition will likely involve factional conflict in North Korea, and that it’s worth reaching out to some of these factions: It is wrong to say that the U.S. can “wipe the slate clean” with the new North Korean leadership, […]

Kim Jong Il

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On December 18, 2011

North Korean television reports that Kim Jong Il has died. No RIP on this one. North Korean national website has no info. Hard even to conceive of the potential implications at this point; it’ll

Pu Transfer?

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In Robert Farley
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On September 22, 2011
Now this is fascinating. Jeffrey Lewis discusses a startling claim by AQ Khan: Simon Henderson and I disagreed on an issue related to the broader question of whether North Korean officials really showed AQ Khan three nuclear weapons.  I said North Korea didn’t have enough fissile material, while Henderson referred me to one of his […]

South Korea Raises

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In Robert Farley
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On December 8, 2010
Words, words, words: South Korea will swiftly and strongly respond with force until North Korea surrenders if the communist state launches another assault, the South’s new defence minister said. Kim Kwan-Jin issued the warning on Saturday, during his inauguration speech after President Lee Myung-Bak officially appointed the retired four-star general as the new defence chief […]
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