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Pyongyang's nuke threat not all bluff

| Mar 17, 2016

Pyongyang's nuke threat not all bluff

Skeptics of North Korea’s nuclear threat, and there are many, have long clung to two comforting thoughts. While the North has the bomb, it doesn’t have a warhead small enough to put on a long-range rocket. And it certainly doesn’t have a re-entry vehicle ...

Mar 5, 2016

Could peace talks help defuse North Korea?

The new U.N. sanctions on North Korea are out, and they are going to pinch Pyongyang hard. But they also beg a big question: Since sanctions thus far have failed to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, are tougher ones really ...

North Korea implores its citizens to build cars, grow food

Feb 19, 2016

North Korea implores its citizens to build cars, grow food

Produce more new-generation electric locomotives and passenger cars! Send more satellites into space! Make the whole country seethe with a high-pitched campaign for producing green-house vegetables! Become iron shields and red warriors who defend the party, system and people to the death! Even as ...

Facing new sanction threats, North Koreans defiant as ever

Feb 16, 2016

Facing new sanction threats, North Koreans defiant as ever

The United States and Japan have already announced plans for new sanctions over North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch, and the U.N. Security Council is likely to deliver more soon. Cross-border tensions with Seoul are escalating quickly and even China is starting ...

North Korea's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

Feb 9, 2016

North Korea's new satellite flew over Super Bowl site

Here’s a bit of Super Bowl trivia: North Korea’s newest satellite passed almost right over the stadium just an hour after it ended. Whatever motives Pyongyang may have about using its rocket launches to develop nuclear-tipped long-range missiles, it now has two satellites circling ...