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If the North Korean
regime continues to develop its nuclear strike capabilities, South Korea and
Japan may feel compelled to acquire their own weapons of mass destruction, while
China will lose its strategic edge in northeast Asia. Beijing has a few options
to prevent such a scenario.
Kim Jong-un's recent provocations directed at the new U.S. administration seem to be the work of a dangerously unbalanced madman. But once the geopolitical context is considered, baiting Washington – and Beijing, for that matter – turns out to be canny survival strategy for North Korea's dictator.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
The impeachment of
South Korea's president has Kim Jong-un looking longingly across the border.
For now, the North Korean leader has busied himself with staging mock commando assaults
on a replica of the presidential palace in Seoul. But he would clearly like to
do much more.
The Chinese government must have expected that its trouble-bag of an ally, North Korea’s strongman Kim Jong-un, would pull some attention-grabbing stunt on the occasion of the Chinese and Korean New Year, which started on February 8 this year. Perhaps that was the reason why Wu Dawei, the Chinese foreign ministry special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs,...
The state of readiness of America’s armed forces has become a major issue in Washington. Spending cuts mean that the US is significantly decreasing its military in relation to the global tasks and responsibilities traditionally identified as ‘vital national interests’. Little is likely to change before the economy enters a major period of recovery, leaving the nati...
Dr. James Jay Carafano