Tag: Kim Jong-un

Trump Wants Big Diplomatic Wins. Here Are the Odds.

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton has left the Situation Room, and President Trump is left at the table with a giant set of chips set on hot spots around the world. In Mr. Trump’s view, the clock is ticking: He needs some big victories between now and the election in November 2020. But he also […]

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What John Bolton’s Ouster Says About Donald Trump

Of the questions surrounding the defenestration of John Bolton as President Trump’s third national security adviser — Did he jump? Was he shoved? — the least interesting is the question of who will succeed him on the parapet. It’s unlikely to matter much. Regardless of who has advised Mr. Trump on foreign affairs — generals […]

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North Korea Launches 2 More Projectiles, Its 8th Weapons Test Since July

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea launched two short-range projectiles on Tuesday, hours after proposing to reopen denuclearization talks with the United States this month. The two projectiles were launched from Kaechon, north of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, toward the sea off the North’s east coast, flying up to 205 miles, the South Korean […]

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North Korea Missile Tests, ‘Very Standard’ to Trump, Show Signs of Advancing Arsenal

As North Korea fired off a series of missiles in recent months — at least 18 since May — President Trump has repeatedly dismissed their importance as short-range and “very standard” tests. And although he has conceded “there may be a United Nations violation,” the president says any concerns are overblown. Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s […]

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North Korea Says Hope of More U.S. Talks Is ‘Disappearing’

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Saturday that its expectations for more dialogue with the Trump administration were “gradually disappearing,” and threatened to reconsider its conciliatory gestures toward the United States, potentially including its moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests. The warning was contained in a statement issued by First Vice Foreign […]

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Kim Jong-un’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year

SEOUL, South Korea — Guess what country just issued stamps of Donald Trump? North Korea! Yes: An official postage stamp features grave-looking likenesses of President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, standing side by side. It commemorates their pleasantry-laden chitchat earlier this summer at Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone between the two […]

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North Korea Says It Tested New Type of Missile, Further Enhancing Its Arsenal

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Sunday that the two projectiles it fired a day earlier were a new type of missile, making this the third new short-range ballistic missile or rocket system the North has successfully tested in less than a month as Washington struggles to resume talks on denuclearization. The two […]

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Kim Jong-un Gave ‘Small Apology’ for Missile Launches, Trump Says

SEOUL, South Korea — President Trump said Saturday that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, had offered a “small apology” for launching short-range missiles recently and wanted to begin a dialogue with Washington as soon as this month’s American military exercise with South Korea ends. Mr. Trump revealed Friday that he had received a “very beautiful” […]

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Missionary, Businessman, Prisoner, Spy: An American’s Odyssey in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Dong-chul, an American businessman in Rason, a North Korean special economic zone near the border with Russia, was leaving a local government office on Oct. 2, 2015, when he was stopped by a 34-year-old army veteran he had hired as a secret informant. “Chairman Kim, here is the information you […]

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Can the Democrats Do Better Than Trump on North Korea?

Over the two years and three meetings that President Trump has engaged with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader may have produced fissile material for as many as a dozen more nuclear weapons, according to expert estimates. That’s hardly the total denuclearization of North Korea that Mr. Trump promised. Would his Democratic challengers do a […]

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With a Democrat, a Cooler Head Would Prevail on Iran

While President Trump has escalated pressure on Iran, even coming close to launching a military strike, most Americans want the United States to reduce tensions and return to the 2015 nuclear agreement from which Mr. Trump withdrew, according to a new poll by the Center for American Progress. The leading contenders for the Democratic presidential […]

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North Korea Launches More Missiles, U.S. Says, Amid Stalled Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — North Korea launched its third missile test in just over a week, in what President Trump described on Thursday as a test involving short-range missiles with which he had “no problem.” Defense Department officials said it appeared that two projectiles were launched, although it was unclear from where, or what type of missiles […]

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Let’s Get into a Fight About Foreign Policy

Pity the poor optimist who was hoping to see Joe Biden or Kamala Harris tested on a core component of the job they’re seeking. The president of the United States, as the country’s primary representative abroad, commander of the armed forces, and overseer of all ambassadorial relations, has extraordinary power to shape global affairs. But […]

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Kim Jong-un Calls North Korea’s New Rocket System ‘an Inescapable Distress’ to Enemies

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Thursday that its leader, Kim Jong-un, attended the testing of a new type of large-caliber, multiple-launch, guided rocket system that could expand the North’s ability to strike South Korea and the American forces stationed there. North Korea said the test-firing of its newly developed rocket system took […]

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North Korea Tested New Ballistic Missile, South Says, Flouting U.N. Ban

SEOUL, South Korea — The two projectiles North Korea launched off its east coast on Thursday were a new type of short-range ballistic missile, the South Korean government said, acknowledging that the North was expanding its ability to deliver nuclear warheads as President Trump’s efforts to bring the country to the negotiating table remain stalled. […]

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Kim Jong-un Inspects New Submarine That Could Increase Range of Missiles

SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, has inspected a newly built submarine, the state news media reported on Tuesday, a provocative move as the United States struggles to resume dialogue on ending the country’s nuclear and missile threats. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the country planned to deploy the […]

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Trump Has Scrambled America’s Foreign Policy. Can the Democrats Do Better?

What is America’s role in the world? What does it stand for? What threats does it face? When and how should it intervene in disputes? With military force, or with diplomacy? With sanctions or development aid? For any Democrat competing to succeed President Trump as president, solutions to such problems could require not only undoing […]

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North Korea Warns U.S. to Quit Military Drills With South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Tuesday escalated its pressure on the United States to cancel a joint military drill with South Korea scheduled for next month, warning that it could scuttle efforts to resume dialogue with Washington and even prompt the North to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests. The vaguely worded threats […]

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What Iran Can Learn From North Korea

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump made history over the weekend when he became the first sitting American president to step into North Korea. But the biggest impact of that gesture may have been on Iran. [For an exclusive look […]

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