While major conflicts have been deterred, it is unclear whether Japan and South Korea are reassured. Publicly and in private discussions, Japanese and South Korean officials insist that they trust US defense commitments. But they ask revealing questions about the conditions under which the United States would act, and how it would do so. They [...]
A crisis was brewing in the Far East yesterday after Japan threatened a military strike on North Korea if fears that it has embarked on a nuclear weapons programme proved correct.
With North Korea warning it could strike US targets anywhere in the world, Japan’s defence minister Shigeru Ishiba said it was ready to carry [...]
North Korea appears to be laying the groundwork to begin a new round of provocations, which could very well take the form of a missile and/or nuclear test.
Despite its deliberate (and successful, in the U.S. at least) attempts to portray itself as an irrational actor, North Korea’s provocations usually follow a well-worn playbook. This [...]
It’s the stuff of spy thrillers. From a few seconds of video, a handful of images and some satellite pictures, a team of researchers has been able to pinpoint two factories deep inside North Korea where the country assembles its mobile missile launchers.
But what’s perhaps more remarkable is that they did it without any [...]
NORTH Korea is preparing to conduct a nuclear test and launch its largest intercontinental missile, in a move likely to trigger a fresh crisis in a region already on high alert.
According to South Korean and US intelligence assessments, preparations for the nation’s fourth underground nuclear explosion are underway at a testing site in the [...]
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday that the North has expanded the size of its uranium enrichment facility at its Nyongbyon nuclear complex and restarted a plutonium reactor that was shut down in 2007.
Clapper’s written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee concurs with the assessments of think tanks that [...]
An unverified rare earth discovery in North Korea could give the rogue state six times the reserves of market leader China and become a “game changer” for the international rare earth industry, reports the Voice of America, the official external broadcast institution of the US federal government.
According to a geological study released last month [...]
Beijing proved masterful at enabling Pyongyang to expand its program, and did the same for Pakistan. Now it’s Tehran’s turn.
Beijing began transferring technology, materials, and equipment to Pakistan as early as 1974. The initial aid may have been only in the form of “crude technology,” but it started a decades-long collaboration. In the [...]
Dark clouds that covered the world a century ago are scudding toward Northeast Asia. Prosperity, the development of technology and globalization that were just budding thanks to the Industrial Revolution all stopped after the bang of two gunshots in Sarajevo in 1914. The decline of the British Empire, the rapid rise and military buildup of [...]
The problem of succession in North Korea suggests that China may have a succession problem too. The problem being that more and more people feel the succession in each country is less legitimate. It really gets down to a function of time and succession method.
A lot is going on in east Asia recently. One [...]