Foster Klug

For Foster Klug's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

North Korea's latest ICBM test ushers in a 'new normal'

| Jul 31, 2017

North Korea's latest ICBM test ushers in a 'new normal'

For all its bluster and over-the-top propaganda, North Korea often does just what it says it will do when it comes to its weapons development. So it goes with its lightning-quick push to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile. The clear message after Friday's late-night test, ...

Obama lifts arms ban in his first visit to Vietnam

/ May 23, 2016

Obama lifts arms ban in his first visit to Vietnam

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a decades-old arms export embargo for Vietnam during his first visit to the communist country, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner even as he pushes for better human rights from the ...

Is South Korea's spying apparatus broken?

| May 15, 2016

Is South Korea's spying apparatus broken?

When it comes to spying on North Korea, rival South Korea seems to be wrong almost as much as it is right. Seoul's intelligence agents get battered in the press and by lawmakers for their gaffes, including one regarding Ri Yong Gil, the former head ...

South Korea, its rival and the power of words

| Feb 16, 2016

South Korea, its rival and the power of words

Don't believe in the power that words hold on the edgy Korean Peninsula? Consider, then, how many verbal red lines South Korea's president stomped across Tuesday when she let fly against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. She warned, in the bluntest possible way, of the ...