North Korea

Trump threatens “major conflict” with North Korea

By Mike Head, 28 April 2017

The US president invoked the danger of war, while claiming to be seeking a diplomatic solution to the Korean crisis.

White House briefing signals escalating war preparations against North Korea

By Mike Head, 27 April 2017

Comments by senators after the briefing ranged from support for military action against North Korea to pushing for a harder line against China.

US tests missile in Pacific as it escalates threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 26 April 2017

The provocatively-timed US test again underscores where the real risk of nuclear war resides—in Washington.

South Korean presidential candidates move further to the right on North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 26 April 2017

Moon Jae-in of the DPK has sought to prove his pro-US credentials by calling for an additional military buildup.

US naval “armada” menaces North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 25 April 2017

The nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Michigan, is due to arrive in South Korea today where it will be joined by the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and its strike group.

Pence’s Asian tour reinforces US threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 24 April 2017

Without any public consultation, the US and its allies are placing millions of people at risk of a devastating nuclear war.

Hawaii to modernize nuclear fallout shelters

By Niles Niemuth, 24 April 2017

As the Trump administration threatens to strike nuclear-armed North Korea, Hawaii is requesting the Pentagon's assistance in updating nuclear fallout shelters and disaster plans.

Tense standoff continues on Korean peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2017

The media is fueling tensions with speculation that North Korea could conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark its Military Foundation Day next Tuesday.

US government and media ratchet up threats to North Korea

By Mike Head, 21 April 2017

The Trump administration’s ultimatums are intensifying the risk that miscalculations could trigger a conflict that would endanger the lives of millions of people.

US vice president warns North Korea “the sword is ready”

By Peter Symonds, 20 April 2017

Pence threatened “an overwhelming and effective American response” to any North Korean use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

US continues dangerous brinkmanship with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2017

By keeping the world guessing as to what he will do, Trump has added a great deal of uncertainty into an already precarious situation and heightened the danger of conflict.

Washington pushes world to brink of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2017

Statements from US officials have laid bare the recklessness of the tactics being pursued by Washington, threatening a war on the Korean peninsula involving the use of nuclear weapons and the deaths of millions.

US threats of war against North Korea continue

By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2017

The Trump administration is continuing to warn that military force could be used in response to any nuclear or missile test by Pyongyang.

China appeals to US to back down from war with North Korea

By James Cogan, 15 April 2017

Amid media claims that North Korea is on the verge of another weapons test, the US military is continuing its provocative operations in North East Asia.

US media reports Trump preparing “preemptive strike” on North Korea

By James Cogan, 14 April 2017

The pretext for a US attack would be to prevent Pyongyang from carrying out another nuclear weapons’ test.

Australia’s role in US plans for war on North Korea

By James Cogan, 12 April 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has publicly endorsed Washington’s bellicose rhetoric against the Pyongyang regime.

Trump threatens North Korea, issues ultimatum to China

By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2017

Trump is preparing to attack North Korea if China fails to heed his dictates and Pyongyang conducts another nuclear or missile test.

China fears US military attack on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 11 April 2017

The state-owned Global Times warned that “a military strike on the North will very likely evolve into large-scale bloody war on the Peninsula.”

US aircraft carrier deployed in direct threat to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2017

Following its attacks on Syria, the US, in a “show of force,” dispatched the Carl Vinson strike group to waters near the Korean peninsula.

Trump official warns “the clock has run out” on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 5 April 2017

Unless China forces North Korea to bow to Washington’s demands, the US will use every means, including its huge military forces, to crush the Pyongyang regime.

Trump threatens China with war on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 4 April 2017

The Trump administration has threatened to launch a war that will not only be catastrophic for the people of the Korean peninsula but could drag in other major powers, including China, Russia and Japan.

Growing debate in Beijing over North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 28 March 2017

Sections of the Chinese ruling elite are growing increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang and the danger it represents to China’s security interests.

China warns US strategic bomber in East China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 25 March 2017

The war plane was one of two B-1Bs deployed from Guam to join massive war games underway in South Korea amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

US threatens more sanctions, military build-up against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2017

As the US secretary of state declared last week, all options, including military action against Pyongyang, are under consideration.

Trump, Tillerson press China for action against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2017

Despite his muted public remarks in Beijing, the US secretary of state had already made clear that “all options,” including military ones, were on the table to deal with Pyongyang.

US threats against North Korea and the danger of war in Asia

By Andre Damon, 18 March 2017

As the Trump administration charts a course toward war in the Asia-Pacific, there is no discussion within the American media or political establishment of the catastrophic consequences.

Is the US preparing for war against North Korea?

By Peter Symonds, 13 March 2017

Amid a shrill media campaign inflating the threat posed by North Korea, the Trump administration is considering “all options” against Pyongyang.

US rejects talks over North Korea, declaring “all options on table”

By Peter Symonds, 9 March 2017

China’s foreign minister warned that the US and North Korea are like “accelerating trains” on a collision course “with neither side willing to give way.”

North Korea tests missiles amid huge US-South Korean war games

By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2017

The Trump administration is considering all options, including military ones, to prevent North Korea from building a nuclear-tipped ICBM able to reach the US mainland.

Trump administration considers military strike against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2017

The leaked White House strategic review details are another indication that Trump is making action against North Korea a top priority.

US, South Korea mount massive joint military exercises

By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2017

This year’s war games take place amid an already tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear and missile testing and alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam.

South Korea demonises North Korea over Malaysian murder

By Peter Symonds, 1 March 2017

The South Korean government is exploiting the killing of Kim Jong-nam to demand North Korea’s suspension from the UN and criminal charges against its leadership.

Did VX kill Kim Jong-nam?

By our reporter, 1 March 2017

The claim by Malaysian authorities that Kim Jong-nam was killed by the potent nerve agent VX raises many unanswered questions.

Lurid claims that North Korea used VX poison to kill Kim Jong-nam

By Peter Symonds, 25 February 2017

The murder of the North Korean leader’s half-brother is being exploited in the US to ramp up the demonisation of Pyongyang in preparation for further punitive measures.

The bizarre murder of North Korean leader’s half-brother

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2017

If Kim Jong-un did order the assassination, it can only further undermine North Korea’s relations with China.

US-backed UN statement condemns North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2017

The UN warned of “further significant steps” if Pyongyang did not halt its testing and called on UN members “to redouble their efforts” to implement existing sanctions.

US drumbeat for action against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2017

North Korea’s missile test took place amid mounting tensions between the US and China, North Korea’s ally, over trade, monetary policy, Taiwan and territorial disputes in the South China and East China seas.

Japanese and US leaders condemn North Korean missile test

By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2017

Trump’s flat-footed performance at the press conference only heightens the danger that he will embark on a reckless course of action against North Korea.

US defence secretary threatens North Korea with “overwhelming” force

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2017

Mattis’s threat only has one meaning: the obliteration of North Korea’s regime, as well as its military, industry and infrastructure, with the loss of countless lives.

China and Russia to counter US anti-missile systems in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 14 January 2017

While nominally directed against North Korea, the THAAD deployment in South Korea is part of the US military buildup in Asia for war against China and Russia.

US defence secretary threatens to shoot down any North Korean missile

By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2017

Trump’s propensity for recklessness and militarism will only heighten the danger of conflict on the Korean Peninsula, one of the world’s most dangerous flash points.

Trump’s provocative tweets over North Korean missile threat

By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2017

Trump’s tweets are a further indication that he intends to put North Korea high on his foreign policy agenda as another means of exerting pressure on China.

A new round of UN and US sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2016

The punitive sanctions will not only raise tensions with North Korea, but also with China, which is its strategic ally and largest trading partner.

US officials press Trump to tackle North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2016

Former military chief Admiral Mike Mullen warned that the Korean peninsula was “more likely than anyplace else in the world to potentially create an explosive outcome.”

US and allies threaten North Korea with sanctions and military attack

By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2016

Another round of punitive measures over Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test will exacerbate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and heighten the danger of war.

North Korea carries out fifth nuclear test

By Ben McGrath and Peter Symonds, 10 September 2016

The test comes amid escalating geo-political tensions in Asia as the US seeks to reassert its dominance, heightening the danger of war.

North Korea tests submarine-launched missile

By Peter Symonds, 25 August 2016

The primary responsibility for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula lies with the US and its military build-up throughout Asia aimed against China.

North Korean official defects as US pressure on Pyongyang intensifies

By Ben McGrath, 23 August 2016

US threatens harsh sanctions if North Korea conducts nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 21 April 2016

The intensifying US pressure is not primarily directed at Pyongyang, but against Beijing, as part of the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

South Korea imposes extra sanctions on North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 15 March 2016

The South Korean sanctions go further than the recent UN resolution in strangling the North Korean economy and exacerbating Pyongyang’s political crisis.

US-South Korean militaries rehearse pre-emptive strikes on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2016

This year’s joint war games are based on a new operational plan that includes pre-emptive attacks on North Korean missile and nuclear sites and “decapitation” raids to kill its leaders.

Philippines impounds suspected North Korean ship

By Dante Pastrana, 8 March 2016

While Philippine officials invoked the latest UN sanctions, the government undoubtedly acted with the approval, if not on the direct orders, of Washington.

UN Security Council imposes harsh US-sponsored sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2016

The punitive new measures will intensify North Korea’s economic and social crisis and greatly heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region.

US, China agree to new UN sanctions on North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 1 March 2016

The draft resolution contains measures reportedly the strictest in 20 years and will further heighten tensions on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the region.

South Korea whips up fears over North Korea’s nuclear program

By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2016

Seoul’s denunciations of Pyongyang come before massive war games with the US, designed to simulate a takeover of the entire Korean Peninsula.

US blocked talks with North Korea before nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 23 February 2016

For seven years, the Obama administration has stymied any resumption of the six-party negotiations to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

US prepares harsh new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 February 2016

Washington and its allies are escalating a dangerous confrontation with Pyongyang following its recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

North Korean satellite launch heightens US-China tensions

By Peter Symonds, 8 February 2016

Washington immediately seized on the launch to intensify pressure on Beijing for tougher sanctions on Pyongyang and accelerate the US military build-up in Asia.

North Korea announces satellite launch

By Ben McGrath, 6 February 2016

The proposed launch has further raised tensions following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test and will undoubtedly be exploited by the US to justify its military buildup in Asia.

US, China tensions sharpen after North Korean nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 9 January 2016

China is caught in a bind: not wanting North Korea to trigger an arms race in North East Asia, but also seeking to stave off a collapse of the unstable regime.

North Korea conducts fourth nuclear test

By Peter Symonds, 7 January 2016

The test will heighten the tense situation in North East Asia generated by the Obama administration’s confrontational “pivot to Asia” against China.

US military continues build-up in North East Asia

By Ben McGrath, 1 September 2015

The conclusion of war games saw the largest-ever joint live-fire drill between the US and South Korea.

North and South Korea agree to ease tensions following high-level talks

By Ben McGrath, 26 August 2015

With the US applying immense pressure to the North Korean regime, recent events demonstrate how a relatively minor episode can escalate rapidly into armed conflict.

Tensions remain high on Korean Peninsula

By Ben McGrath, 24 August 2015

Despite talks between North and South Korea, both sides continue to issue threats and counter-threats.

Tensions deepen on the Korean Peninsula following ultimatum by Pyongyang

By Ben McGrath, 22 August 2015

The underlying conflict between the US and China dramatically amplifies the dangers of any military clash on the Korean Peninsula.

North and South Korea exchange artillery fire across border

By Ben McGrath, 21 August 2015

The hostilities follow weeks of accusations and counter-accusations since two South Korean soldiers were maimed by landmines.

US secretary of state berates North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 20 May 2015

Kerry used his trip to South Korea to deepen military ties, supposedly in order to counter the threat posed by North Korea.

US Ambassador to South Korea slashed in knife attack

By Ben McGrath, 6 March 2015

The South Korean media is seizing upon the attack, carried out by a nationalist with ties to the ruling conservative party, to denounce “left-wing extremism.”

North Korean defector recants prison camp claims

By Ben McGrath, 22 January 2015

The retraction has not diminished the cynical US-led human rights campaign against North Korea.

US rejects North Korea overtures

By Ben McGrath, 20 January 2015

North Korea has offered direct negotiations with the US, but Washington continues to whip up tensions on the Korean peninsula.

South Korea deports Korean-American woman accused of supporting the North

By Ben McGrath, 13 January 2015

President Park Geun-hye’s government has whipped up a series of “red scares.”

Sony hacking allegations used to push antidemocratic “cybersecurity” laws

By Tom Carter, 10 January 2015

Efforts are underway within the US government to exploit hacking allegations against North Korea in order to ram through legislation that will further expand domestic surveillance.

North Korea condemns new US sanctions

By Ben McGrath, 6 January 2015

Intensified sanctions on North Korea are fuelling tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

US imposes new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 3 January 2015

The entire Sony hacking affair has the character of a US concoction deliberately designed to heighten tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Cybersecurity investigators raise doubts about North Korean responsibility for Sony hack

By Niles Williamson, 31 December 2014

While Washington quickly assigned blame to Pyongyang for the hacking attack, independent cyber security investigations point to an inside job.

The militarist agenda behind Washington’s confrontation with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 29 December 2014

Sections of the American ruling elite are pressing for an aggressive strategy of regime-change in Pyongyang—a policy that threatens to trigger world war.

North Korea’s Internet connections cut off

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2014

The loss of access came just days after unsubstantiated FBI allegations of North Korean hacking and Obama’s warning of a “proportionate response.”

The modus operandi of imperialist propaganda

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2014

The current US propaganda campaign against North Korea follows a familiar template: the demonization of countries and leaders targeted by Washington over the past two decades.

US escalates campaign against North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2014

An FBI declaration and a White House press conference ratcheted up the pressure on the isolated Stalinist dictatorship, which now faces unspecified US retaliation for an alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures.

US stokes conflict with North Korea over Sony hacking

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2014

Obama administration officials described the hacking as a “serious national security matter” that warranted a “proportionate response” by the US government.

North Korea releases two jailed Americans

By Ben McGrath, 22 November 2014

The dispatch of US intelligence chief James Clapper to Pyongyang indicates that more was discussed than the release of the American prisoners.

North Korean leader’s public absence remains unexplained

By Ben McGrath, 14 October 2014

A report by the official North Korean news agency apparently signals an end to Kim Jong-un’s lengthy disappearance from public life.

North Korea sentences American prisoner, pushes for talks with US

By Ben McGrath, 23 September 2014

North Korea is using three detained Americans to try to gain leverage in dealing with Washington.

Tokyo holds talks with North Korea over Japanese abductees

By Ben McGrath, 29 August 2014

Japan’s moves have provoked concerns in Washington that Tokyo’s diplomacy will cut across US strategy in North East Asia.

Leaked plans highlight China’s fear of a new Korean war

By Ben McGrath, 12 May 2014

The contingency plans detail the Chinese response to the collapse of the North Korean regime and a US-led invasion.

Japan gives green light to shoot down North Korean missiles

By John Watanabe, 8 April 2014

Washington and Tokyo are hypocritically using North Korean missile drills as an excuse for the remilitarisation of Japan, directed against China and Russia.

Tense standoff after North Korean-South Korean artillery exchange

By Peter Symonds, 1 April 2014

The incident highlights the fragile state of relations on the Korean Peninsula, one of a string of dangerous flashpoints in Asia.

UN report on North Korea targets both Pyongyang and Beijing

By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2014

The UN’s catalogue of horrors is designed to stampede public opinion behind stepped-up US provocations against Pyongyang and intensify the pressure on China.

US-South Korean war games threaten to inflame Korean Peninsula

By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2014

South Korea warned of “merciless retaliation” in the event of a North Korean “military provocation.”

The strange case of Dennis Rodman in North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 January 2014

Incongruous as it might seem, Rodman appears to be functioning as something of a go-between on behalf of Washington in Pyongyang.

Behind North Korea’s political crisis

By Peter Symonds, 23 December 2013

Whatever the immediate reasons for the turmoil, the chief responsibility for the political upheaval lies not in Pyongyang, but in Washington.

Signs of China-North Korea tensions after Jang Song-thaek’s execution

By Peter Symonds, 16 December 2013

North Korea has reportedly recalled “large numbers” of businessmen from China following the purge of its no.2 leader.

North Korean regime executes no. 2 leader Jang Song-thaek

By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2013

The sudden purge of Jang Song-thaek is a clear sign of a profound political crisis in Pyongyang.

China’s neo-Maoists hail North Korea’s nuclear program

By John Chan, 9 December 2013

China’s leading neo-Maoist web site Utopia falsely proclaimed the bankrupt North Korean regime as a “bastion against imperialism.”

US officials turn down North Korean offer of nuclear talks

By Ben McGrath, 20 September 2013

Washington has flatly rebuffed a North Korean offer to resume talks on its nuclear program, days after reports emerged of activity at its Yongbyon reactor.

China tells North Korea to resume talks on nuclear program

By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2013

Fearing a pretext for even more aggressive US policies against China, Chinese officials told North Korea to resume the six-party talks.

Japanese officials secretly visit North Korea

By Ben McGrath, 25 May 2013

The secret trip to North Korea by an advisor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has raised questions concerning Japan’s intentions in the Korean Peninsula.

US leaves door ajar for talks with North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2013

Washington’s intention all along had been to manipulate the Korean crisis, despite the danger of precipitating a conflict, to extract concessions from Beijing.

Obama issues new threat to North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2013

Far from attempting to lower temperatures on the Korean Peninsula, the Obama administration has been deliberately stoking the crisis.

US inflames North Korean missile scare

By Joseph Santolan, 11 April 2013

Washington has set in motion a regional game of geopolitical brinkmanship in which the stakes are the possibility of nuclear war.