A general view of Pyongyang showing the Juche tower and city skyline on June 11. Photo: AFP/ Ed Jones

Trump Holds the Clock on North Korea While Putin Plans His Moves

The argument that China is being “marginalized” by Washington while it works bilaterally with Pyongyang on the profound security issues on the Korean Peninsula has been completely discredited with the surprising news that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is back in China on a two-day visit that began today. The Singapore summit between US …

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Trump to Europoodles: “Roll Over. Bark. Beg…Crawl.: With a Korean Preface

I don’t get it. I know, I know, I’m just some mutt in Mexico with a computer, and easily puzzled. But…huh? Trump, we are told, pulled off a master stroke in Singapore. All the world reels at this astonishment. We see Talleyrand and Metternich rolled into one gorgeous taco. But…but…. Who did the doing, and …

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Real and Fake Threats to U.S. Vital Interests

There has been considerable chatter inside the Washington Beltway about the meaning of President Donald Trump’s recent forays into international trade at the G-7 meeting in Canada and his nuclear disarmament tete-a-tete with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Depending on where one sits on the ideological spectrum G-7 is being viewed either as …

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June 14, 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Yong-nam, left, during a meeting. Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik

Russia Inserts Itself Into North Korea Game

When it comes to North Korea, Japan and Russia may seem like two “lost souls” in Northeast Asia, standing on the fringes anxiously looking on as China, South Korea and the United States dominate the headlines. The tremors set in motion by the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un …

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Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, Singapore, June 12, 2018 © The Straits Times / Global Look Press

Trump Meets Kim, Averting Threat of Nuclear War—and US Pundits Are Furious

It was an electrifying sight that captured the imagination of millions of people living on the crisis-weary Korean Peninsula but sent many Americans spinning into paroxysms of anger and cynicism, depending on their politics and knowledge of the rocky history of US relations with North and South Korea. On Tuesday, President Trump and Kim Jong-un …

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The World Must Work to Peacefully De-nuclearise the “Israeli” Regime

Now that the DPRK, a former signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which later withdrew has agreed to a full de-nuclearisation process, it is time to focus on other nations that possess nuclear weapons that have yet to sign the NPT. Of all the world’s nuclear powers only “Israel”, India …

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US Army's AH-64 Apache helicopters fire during a US-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise, South Korea, April 21, 2017 © Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters

Biggest Obstacle to Trump Dealing with North Korea Is His Political Foes at Home

President Donald Trump appeared to blindside everyone this week when he announced he was cancelling “war games” on the Korean Peninsula as a gesture of peaceful intent towards North Korea. If Trump stands by that commitment then it will be key to a successful resolution of the decades-old conflict, with the specific result of North …

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