News Analysis - North Korea

  • Positive Movement on NK, Many Hurdles Remain (March 19, 2007)
    The United States (U.S.) and North Korea (NK) seem to have resolved a dispute over $25 million of frozen funds, a key point that stopped the progress in negotiations to dismantle the NK nuclear weapons program.<More>

  • NK May Back Off Nuclear Brink (February 08, 2007)
    After months of insisting that it is a nuclear weapons state and would not give up its new status, Pyongyang seems to walk away from the brink in return for financial aid, energy benefits, and security guarantees.<More>

  • NK Accuses US of Preemptive Attack Plans (February 06, 2007)
    A senior North Korean official accused the US of planning a pre-emptive strike to neutralize the nuclear facilities after reports emerged of a large deployment of stealth fighters by the US in South Korea ostensibly for "training" purposes.<More>

  • Space Arming Realities, Abe Wants Cons Change (January 29, 2007)
    With new nuclear weapons state in the neighborhood and testing of anti-satellite missile by China leading to possible arming of space, is compelling Japan to reconsider changing its pacifist Constitution to protect its interests.<More>

  • NK Nuclear Help to Iran, Indian Help Sought (January 25, 2007)
    The Daily Telegraph carried an expose that accused North Korea (NK) of helping Iran with nuclear testing similar to the one it carried out last October by providing Iranian scientists relevant data and know-how.<More>

  • US for More Sanctions on NK (January 17, 2007)
    The US complained that the UN committee monitoring sanctions on North Korea (NK) has not adopted US-sponsored and other amendments to October 14 sanctions that would limit transfer of equipment, goods, and technology to the communist regime. <More>

  • US Warns NK of N-Tests (January 08, 2007)
    The US warned North Korea of "severe consequences" to the diplomatic effort in response to a South Korean legislator’s warning that Pyongyang is now fully prepared to carry out a second nuclear test.<More>

  • Little Progress in US-NK in Direct Talks (December 21, 2006)
    The United States and North Korea (NK) made no progress in their first direct meeting after a long time on the sidelines of the six-nation nuclear arms talks in Beijing to discuss US financial restrictions on Pyongyang, a key stumbling block in the arms negotiations.<More>

  • No Sanctions Says NK (December 19, 2006)
    A defiant Pyongyang declaring itself a nuclear power and threatening to increase its arsenal unless UN sanctions imposed on it since its October 9 nuclear test and remove financial restrictions that prompted the bankrupt nation to break-off the 6 nation dialogue 13 months ago.<More>

  • NK-US for Talks, Japan Sets Terms (November 30, 2006)
    North Korea and the US seem to step down from the brink and said they were ready for talks, but Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asserted that his country will not “allow North Korea to possess nuclear weapons and laid out terms for engagement.<More>

  • Bush Wants WMD Deals Stopped (November 21, 2006)
    Fearing further North Korean (NK) proliferation missiles and nuclear weapons, like the Nodong missile to Pakistan (now being paraded as Ghauri) in return for nuclear weapons technology, the US said that it considered these transfers “a grave threat.”<More>

  • NK Returns to Talks (November 02, 2006)
    In a surprising diplomatic breakthrough, China and the US said that North Korea (NK) has agreed to rejoin the 6-nation nuclear disarmament tasks 3 weeks after its first nuclear test and an exchange of bellicose statements exacerbated by confusing news reports.<More>

  • Chinese Delegation Clarifies NK Stance (October 26, 2006)
    After meeting with North Korean (NK) leader Kim Jong-Il, a Chinese delegation confirmed that he did not plan on a second nuclear test, did not apologize for the test, and is willing to return to negotiations if certain financial concessions were made.<More>

  • China Surprises on NK (October 23, 2006)
    In a sign of successful visit to Beijing by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the US and China presented a united face by demanding that North Korea (NK) return unconditionally to the 6-party talks.<More>

  • Another Test by North Korea? (October 18, 2006)
    Even as it saw its closest ally China building walls along the border and inspecting shipments, North Korea (NK) said that the UN sanctions amounted to declaration of war and Japan said another nuclear test is in the offing. <More>

  • Softened North Korean Sanctions (October 16, 2006)
    Facing severe opposition from China, the UN Security Council led by the US whittle down the sanctions targeted at North Korea (NK) as punishment for its nuclear test even as NK and Iran rejected the sanctions as discriminatory and “gangster-like.”<More>

  • North Korea Blasts Nuclear Regime (October 10, 2006)
    With a defiant nuclear explosion using Pakistan technology, North Korea (NK) blasted years of discriminatory nuclear regime sparking sharp reactions from regional and global players and possibly bringing in major changes to world strategic thought and orientation.<More>

  • US Sends Missile Destroyer to Korea (July 10, 2006)
    As tensions surrounding the failed missile tests of North Korea reached panic proportions, the US Navy has sent USS Mustin, it’s most advanced combat weapon system that can track, engage, and destroy missiles, with a crew of 300 to Japan.<More>

  • North Korean Missiles Shakes Up the World (July 06, 2006)
    Disregarding threats, advice, and calls for restraint North Korea test-fired a barrage of long-range missiles capable of reaching Alaska but the world remained confused on how do deal with this crisis. <More>

  • Australia Accuses NK of Drug Running (March  25, 2006)
    Australian warplanes sank an impounded North Korean (NK) ship at an undisclosed target practice location to send a strong message to the despot regime against drug running.<More >

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