Tabloids sharpen claws for North Korea's 'X-Day'

| Apr 14, 2013

Tabloids sharpen claws for North Korea's 'X-Day'

by Mark Schreiber

Three months before the present crisis on the Korean peninsula, Shukan Jitsuwa (Jan. 24) ran an uncharacteristically astute article predicting that in addition to potential for armed conflict with China over the disputed Senkaku Islands, North Korea, under its inexperienced young leader Kim Jong ...

Kishida, Kerry vow to enhance cooperation to block nuclear Korea

Apr 11, 2013

Kishida, Kerry vow to enhance cooperation to block nuclear Korea

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday shared concern over North Korea’s intensifying provocations and agreed to enhance cooperation, including financial sanctions, to prevent the reclusive country from going nuclear. During the meeting, Kishida told Kerry that Japan ...

Can North Korea, U.S. escape cycle of crises?

| Apr 11, 2013

Can North Korea, U.S. escape cycle of crises?

With tensions on the Korean Peninsula soaring to include threats of nuclear war, frustration is mounting at what U.S. policy experts see as the failure of all efforts to rein in North Korea. Decades of threats have waxed and waned despite myriad attempts to ...

Apr 11, 2013

Swiss firm ditches Pyongyang 'Hotel of Doom' project

The Swiss luxury hotel chain Kempinski is dropping plans to open a huge pyramid-shaped hotel that has stood half-built for decades in North Korea amid tensions on the peninsula. “Kempinski Hotels confirms that KEY International had initial discussions to operate a hotel in Pyongyang. ...

Apr 11, 2013

South Korean lawmaker touts nuclear option

A prominent South Korean lawmaker has said his country should consider developing nuclear weapons or bringing back a former U.S. arsenal as a way to pressure North Korea and its ally China. Chung Mong Joon, a billionaire businessman and ruling conservative party member, said ...

North Korea's U.S. diplomatic channel fades

Apr 10, 2013

North Korea's U.S. diplomatic channel fades

Han Song Ryol, the North Korean diplomat who serves as his country’s principal liaison with the United States, has spent the better part of the past two decades exploring the prospects for a normalized bilateral relationship with Washington. From his perch at North Korea’s ...