May 14, 2020 Sue Mi Terry—
After having gone missing for twenty days, Kim Jong-un reappeared on May 1, 2020 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new fertilizer production facility in Sunchon. What fueled much speculation about Kim’s ill-health, and rumors of his death, for the past three weeks was the fact that he has missed several important public events, including his grandfather’s birthday commemoration on April 15th, which was highly unusual and unprecedented for Kim.
December 27, 2019 Victor Cha—
Christmas passed without the threatened “Christmas gift” from North Korea. President Trump quipped while on holiday in Mar-a-Lago that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might send him a “beautiful vase” rather than a missile as a gift. In either event, the two years of summit diplomacy and Trump-Kim “bromance” appears to have reached a turning point with no progress on denuclearization since the failed Hanoi summit and a series of North Korean missile tests in the past two months.
November 22, 2019 Victor Cha and Richard Armitage—
The 66-year alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea is in deep trouble. The U.S.-China trade war, the South Korean government’s quiet leaning toward Beijing and President Trump’s transactional view of alliances have created a unique constellation of forces. The result could be a premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from the peninsula at a time when North Korea’s nuclear threat and China’s regional dominance grow unabated.
November 1, 2019 Sue Mi Terry—
For Halloween, Kim Jong Un gave Donald Trump a trick, not a treat: North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Thursday toward the Sea of Japan. It was North Korea’s 13th weapons test this year—and the first since the Trump administration’s latest attempt to restart negotiations with North Korea quietly failed a few weeks ago. The first talks between the two sides in eight months broke down after only 8½ hours in Stockholm. The North Korean delegates stalked out, and Pyongyang subsequently said they wouldn’t resume the “sickening” negotiations with the U.S.
May 29, 2019 Robert King—
Kim Jong-un has inserted himself squarely into the U.S. presidential campaign. Ambassador Robert R. King discusses the implications of the recent article by the Korean Central News Agency criticizing former vice president Joe Biden. .. Kim Jong-un has inserted himself squarely into the U.S. presidential campaign with the publication of…
May 15, 2019 Robert King—
Ambassador Robert R. King discusses the importance of continuing efforts to increase access to outside information for the North Korean people and the Kim Jong-un’s regime efforts to limit access to foreign news, information and culture... North Korea has the abysmal “distinction” of ranking absolutely last of the 180 countries ranked…
April 30, 2019 Robert King—
Ambassador Robert R. King discusses the implications of the recent article by the Washington Post that reported that the North Korean government insisted U.S. officials to sign a pledge to pay a $2 million medical bill treatment of Otto Warmbier... Anna Fifield from the Washington Post reported on April 25 that the North Korean government insisted U.S. officials…
July 9, 2018 Robert King—
It is almost a month since the Singapore Summit brought together U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It is too early to assess the value and significance of that meeting... It is almost a month since the Singapore Summit brought together U.S. President Donald Trump…
June 5, 2018 Robert King—
There are a number of areas where we can make cautious non-threatening steps forward on human rights, and this is the time to do it... Only a week remains before the planned meeting in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. A good deal has...