North Korea

Where Does It Stand and Where Should It Shift? A South Korean Perspective on North Korea Nuclear Diplomacy

It’s the Economy, Stupid! A South Korean Version?

Politics in South Korea show a great deal of similarities with those of the United States. President Moon Jae-in has to confront the polarization of political parties and the press. The conservative opposition party is busy criticizing Moon for being weak on North Korea. The mainstream media is wasting no time in underscoring any sign of disagreements between Washington and Seoul.

North Korea Revelations from the Polish Archives: Nukes, Succession and, Security

Communist-ruled Poland was one of the first states to recognize the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948. Less than two years later, Poland (together with other countries from the Eastern Bloc) joined the Korean War effort by assisting the DPRK and spreading anti-American propaganda domestically. After the war, Poland supported the reconstruction of North Korea and received 1,200 orphans as well as a considerable number of students.

Is There a Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow?

“The Trump administration suggests that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The Kim regime believes that it can’t chase rainbows. In the end, what matters is not the size of the deal, but the sincerity of the commitment.”

South Korea’s Minister of the Interior and Safety Kim Bookyum Meets Wilson Center Scholars in Aftermath of Hanoi Summit

“What happens next?” is a key question following the breakdown of the Hanoi Summit in February 2019. In the mix of optimism and skepticism toward US-North Korea relations, South Korea’s outgoing Minister of the Interior and Safety of Republic of Korea Kim Bookyum paid a visit to the Wilson Center on March 7, 2019.

'A Stab in the Back' or 'A Pat on the Back?'

Experts and pundits in the United States and South Korea have been very busy analyzing the mystery of “Why No Deal in Hanoi.” Just as politics in America and South Korea are different, conclusions for why the summit broke down inside the two allies seem to be dissimilar as well.

Wilson Center Experts React to Breakdown of Trump-Kim Summit

Comment from Jean H. Lee, director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy

Trump-Kim Talks Unravel: What’s Next?

After so much focus on what would constitute a success at the Hanoi Summit, we woke up in Washington, DC, to news that the talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had unraveled completely and have come to an abrupt end.

'Steak and Kimchi': Jean Lee on the Start of Trump-Kim 2

What’s unfolding in Hanoi is as dumbfounding as it was in Singapore: the president of the United States sitting down for steak and kimchi with the leader of an enemy state and calling him “my friend.”

There are two ways to look at this: as grand theater designed to give these two leaders the drama and legitimacy they crave, or a historic moment with the potential to transform the long-fractured U.S.-North Korean relationship.

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