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For Josh Smith's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
WORLD / ANALYSIS
May 27, 2022
U.N. Security Council split spells end of an era for U.S.-led sanctions on North Korea
The two countries on Thursday vetoed a U.S.-led push to impose more U.N. sanctions on North Korea over its renewed ballistic missile launches.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
May 23, 2022
South Korea's Yoon uses Biden summit as springboard for global agenda as China looms
Inaugurated on May 10, Yoon has said his main foreign policy goal will be to make South Korea a 'global pivotal state” with a focus on promoting freedom, peace and prosperity.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
May 13, 2022
North Korea reports first COVID-19 death as fever 'explosively spreads'
About 187,800 people are being treated in isolation after a fever of unidentified origin has 'explosively spread nationwide' since late April, the KCNA news agency said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Apr 18, 2022
U.S. envoy vows 'strongest possible deterrent' over North Korea weapons tests
Sung Kim and his deputy, Jung Pak, met South Korean officials, including nuclear envoy Noh Kyu-duk, after arriving in Seoul for a five-day visit.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Apr 11, 2022
North Korea celebrates 10 years of Kim Jong Un as top party leader
Officials praised Kim's leadership in developing nuclear weapons, touted his political achievements, and unveiled new portraits and exhibitions to celebrate.
Japan Times
WORLD
Feb 28, 2022
Russia's missiles see mixed results in Ukraine as world watches
Despite Russia having used hundred of powerful missiles against Ukraine in recent days, analysts and U.S. officials say many Ukrainian defenses remain intact.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 10, 2022
COVAX cuts North Korea's COVID vaccine allotment after no deliveries accepted
The country is not known to have imported any COVID-19 vaccines, though media reports have suggested at least some key people, such as border control officials, may have been vaccinated.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 9, 2022
North Korea boasts of 'shaking the world' by testing missiles that can strike U.S.
International tension has been rising over a recent series of North Korean ballistic missile tests, with January being a record month with at least seven launches.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 31, 2022
From 'hypersonics' to workhorse weapons, North Korea showcases missile diversity
A spate of tests in January has underscored the nuclear-armed state's rapidly expanding and advancing arsenal amid stalled denuclearization talks.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 26, 2022
North Korean internet downed by suspected cyber attacks, researchers say
The incident took place for about six hours on Wednesday morning local time, and came a day after North Korea conducted its fifth missile test this month.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 24, 2022
Minds behind the missiles: North Korea's secretive weapons developers
North Korea's flurry of new missile tests has underscored the importance of the country's missile engineers and scientists, a high-profile group that remains opaque to outsiders.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Dec 18, 2021
Kim Jong Un's crackdowns leave North Korean defectors with little hope
In the 10 years since he came to power, North Korea has cracked down on people trying to get out of the country, leaving many defectors without hope of seeing their families again.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Nov 4, 2021
North Korea could make more weapons-grade uranium with existing mills: report
Satellite imagery suggests the country's current facilities for extracting the nuclear fuel are running below capacity, according to a new academic study.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 31, 2021
Printing coupons and eating swans typify North Korea's economic and food woes
North Korea has long suffered from food insecurity, with observers saying that mismanagement of the economy is exacerbated by international sanctions over its nuclear weapons.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Oct 20, 2021
Arriving in fighter jet, South Korea's Moon Jae-in urges defense industry growth
The military display came a day after North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile from a submarine.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / FOCUS
Oct 16, 2021
From spy satellites to mobile networks, South Korea hopes new rocket gets space program off ground
Seoul plans to test its first domestically produced space launch vehicle next week, a major step toward ambitious its goals of 6G networks, spy satellites and even lunar probes.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society
Sep 14, 2021
South Korea's lack of anti-discrimination laws takes toll on LGBT youth, activists say
When an anti-discrimination petition gained 100,000 signatures in four days, a petition opposing the measures gathered the same number of signatures just as quickly.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Sep 2, 2021
South Korea says it is developing more powerful missiles to deter North Korea
In its defense blueprint, the Defense Ministry said it would develop new missiles 'with significantly enhanced destructive power.'
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / ANALYSIS
Jul 20, 2021
Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles
Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / ANALYSIS
Jul 3, 2021
Kim's reshuffles serve to keep North Korea elite in line as crises mount
What may be the most significant reshuffle of top North Korean officials in years by leader Kim Jong Un serves as a warning to the ruling elite, analysts say.

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