Foreign relations of North Korea

Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump walk side by side with their backs to the camera during their first summit.

Why Trump failed to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and how he can do better at the next summit

Global Politics

Donald Trump says North Korea is no longer a “Nuclear Threat” but US intelligence agencies said in January that the country has kept its arsenal. The next summit is in two weeks. What can Trump do differently this time?

South Korean soldiers stand guard as construction equipment destroys a guard post in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in Cheorwon, Nov. 15, 2018. 

Should the US lift sanctions against North Korea already?

US Diplomacy
​North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivers a New Year's address in this January 1, 2015 photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang.

South Korea welcomes North Korea’s New Year’s Day offer to hold high level talks

Global Politics
U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller sits in a witness box during his trial at the North Korean Supreme Court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 14, 2014.

No one really knows why a young American was sentenced to hard labor in North Korea

Kim Jong-un

Undercover reporters reveal what life is really like inside secretive North Korea

Global Politics
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a performance by the State Merited Chorus in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 22, 2013.

What could the North Koreans be thinking?

Global Politics

North Korea has detained an 85-year-old US Army veteran of the Korean War, who was on a tourist trip he had long planned to see Korea once again. The strangest part is that he had finished his visit without incident and was on the plane to go home when he was taken.

South Korea backs off speculation that North preparing for nuke test, but tensions remain

Global Politics

Monday morning brought with it speculation that North Korea might be preparing another nuclear test, which would be an escalation of an already tense situation. But by afternoon, South Korean officials walked back that idea. But tensions remain high.

Reports: North Korea agrees to suspend some nuclear activities in exchange for food aid

Global Politics

Relationships between North Korea and the United States may have thawed dramatically on Wednesday with the U.S. State Department and North Korea’s state-run media announcing a suspension of nuclear enrichment in exchange for U.S. food aid.

North Korea Agrees to Halt Nuclear Work

North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and agreed to a moratorium on nuclear, and long-range missile tests. The State Department says Pyongyang  will also allow the International Atomic Energy inspectors to verify and monitor the moratorium on uranium enrichment and confirm disablement of its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. Karin Lee is executive director of […]

Talks With North Korea Show Promise

Global Politics

New talks with North Korea look promising in part because of the food emergency there.