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The Implications of Declaring an End to the Korean War

It should be said at the outset that I am very supportive of diplomacy with North Korea. I have written about the dangers of preventive strikes on North Korea and the risk of military escalation, and testified to my support for diplomacy with North Korea before Congress. Yet to support diplomacy is not to support it blind to the risks and costs involved.

The Origins of North Korea-Vietnam Solidarity: The Vietnam War and the DPRK

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NKIDP Working Paper #7

The Origins of North Korea-Vietnam Solidarity: The Vietnam War and the DPRK

Benjamin R. Young
February 2019

 

In 2012, Kim Jong Un put his father’s plans on rapprochement with U.S. on hold; is 2019 the year he carries out Kim Jong Il’s mission?

Image: North Korean diplomat Kim Hyok Chol at the New York Stock Exchange in June 2011 (Photo credit: Jean H. Lee)

Some years ago, I invited a group of North Koreans to meet me in New York to negotiate the opening of the first U.S. news bureau in Pyongyang. Among them was a mid-career diplomat being groomed to handle North American affairs. His name: Kim Hyok Chol.

Event Recap: On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War

More than six decades have passed since the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement halted the bloodshed on the Korean Peninsula. Although war between the two Koreas was put on pause, the promise of peace remains elusive to this day. Painfully aware of its vulnerability to its southern neighbor and the U.S. forces stationed there, North Korea began its nuclear program in the 1950s. Despite years of nuclear negotiations between the United States, North Korea, and other concerned parties, North Korea has persisted in its quest to obtain a reliable nuclear deterrent.

Dispatches: February 2019

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Wilson Center-Kyungnam University Workshop on Contemporary Korean History

The Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program and the University of North Korean Studies, at Kyungnam University, in cooperation with the Wilson Center’s Asia Program/Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center, hosted a workshop this past fall to recognize the collaboration and partnership between the two organizations.

We Need a Roadmap: Second Trump-Kim Summit Needs to Be More Than Just Another Photo Op

We have a timeframe: late February. We have rumors of a location: Vietnam. What we don’t have yet, as the countdown to President Donald Trump’s second date with Kim Jong Un begins, is a roadmap promising that their next summit will be more than just a photo op.

North Korean Military Engineer Regiment Helped Build Secret Underground Headquarters Complex during the Vietnam War

I have previously described how North Korea sent fighter pilots to fly MiG-17s and MiG-21s in combat against American aircraft in North Vietnam, as well as teams of psychological warfare specialists to help the North Vietnamese conduct propaganda operations directed against South Korean troops serving in South Vietnam.

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