Kim Jong Un is savvy, he is smart, and he has basically ruled North Korea with an iron fist since the summer of 2011.
A discussion of the history of the Kim dynasty in North Korea.
November brought about a variety of setbacks for Japan related to North Korea. For Japan, close partnership and policy coordination with the United States is vital to managing this challenge.
North Korea is poised at the crossroads of history. Which direction will its leader take?
Despite the seeming convergence of political interests between Kim, Moon, and Trump, a fundamental remaking of the Korean Peninsula can happen only if Kim Jong Un makes a strategic decision to save North Korea by dismantling the Kim dynasty. So long as he remains in power, however, Kim will never make that choice.
There is a vast gap between the United States and North Korea’s expectations and visions for the denuclearization negotiations. Artful compromise is needed to avoid an acrimonious break up.
Implementing an agreement on the denuclearization of North Korea will require a creatively designed verification scheme. The probabilistic approach to verification could be a solution to the need to design a credible, implementable agreement to which the United States and North Korea could agree.
Tokyo has claimed that the new trade restrictions are the result of concerns over South Korean export controls, which Japan insists could let sensitive materials cross into North Korea or China.
Nuclear negotiations with North Korea are at an impasse, but there are pragmatic ways the United States can seek to regain diplomatic momentum.
Korean unification will pose massive governance and economic challenges that go far beyond denuclearization. To ensure stability, South Korea should work with international partners now, to sketch out how a unified Korea might work.