North Korea

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.

China confronts dilemma over Korean crisis

By John Chan, 10 April 2013

A debate has opened up in Chinese ruling circles over its longstanding alliance with North Korea.

Obama’s dangerous “counter-provocation” plan against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 9 April 2013

Washington is not simply responding to Pyongyang’s threats, but is engaged in reckless provocations of its own that risk the outbreak of war.

US threatens war with North Korea, demands China cut off support

By Alex Lantier, 8 April 2013

Over the weekend, US officials continued to threaten North Korea with war, demanding that China cut off its support to the North Korean regime in Pyongyang.

US threatens North Korea while signaling possible talks

By Alex Lantier, 6 April 2013

Tensions remained high in Korea after revelations Thursday that the US is following a pre-set “playbook” of escalations drafted by the Obama administration.

UK Prime Minister Cameron stokes fires of war against North Korea

By Chris Marsden, 6 April 2013

Once again the UK is providing the lies necessary to justify military aggression by US imperialism, as Washington pursues plans to secure its global dominance.

Obama’s “playbook” and the threat of nuclear war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 5 April 2013

The US has deliberately inflamed the Korean peninsula, one of Asia’s most dangerous flash points, and heightened the danger of war.

China appeals for calm amid fears of war over US escalation in Korea

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2013

Chinese officials appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula yesterday, as the United States deployed missiles and further military forces to East Asia.

US escalates military tensions over North Korean nuclear program

By Alex Lantier, 3 April 2013

The major powers in the region are holding military exercises amid fears of war driven by the US “pivot to Asia” and moves against North Korea’s nuclear program.

US sends fighter-bombers to Korea amid rising risk of war

By Alex Lantier, 1 April 2013

American F-22 stealth fighter planes arrived in South Korea yesterday, placing East Asia on hair-trigger alert as the US escalated its confrontation with North Korea.

US deployment of stealth bombers escalates military standoff in Korea

By Alex Lantier, 30 March 2013

On Thursday, US officials announced that B-2 stealth bombers had flown from Whiteman Air Force Base in the United States to South Korea.

US intensifies pressure on China over North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2013

China has warned that the US boosting of anti-ballistic missile systems in the Asia Pacific will only intensify geo-political antagonisms.

US to boost anti-ballistic missile systems in Asia Pacific

By Peter Symonds, 16 March 2013

The US is exploiting North Korea’s limited nuclear and missile capability to justify the build-up of anti-missile systems aimed primarily against China.

UN imposes harsh new sanctions on North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2013

The UN resolution was the outcome of protracted diplomatic haggling, in which the US pressed China to agree to more severe penalties.

North Korea tests third nuclear device

By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2013

The Obama administration has exploited the nuclear test to push for new sanctions and apply pressure to China.

UN sanctions prompt North Korea to threaten nuclear test

By John Chan, 1 February 2013

The US will exploit any North Korean nuclear test to further expand its aggressive “pivot” to Asia directed against China.

US warns of “consequences” over North Korean rocket launch

By Peter Symonds, 13 December 2012

For the Obama administration, it provides a convenient pretext for stepping up the US strategic “pivot” to Asia aimed against China, North Korea’s ally.

Signs of a North Korean power shift

By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2012

The abrupt removal of Vice Marshal Ri Yong-ho has been interpreted as a move by Kim Jong-un to tighten his grip over the country’s military.

US intensifies pressure on North Korea after rocket launch

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 2012

The three-stage rocket, which was closely monitored by the US, Japan and South Korea, broke up less than two minutes after liftoff yesterday.

Obama uses nuclear summit to issue new threats against North Korea and Iran

By Peter Symonds, 27 March 2012

While the international summit in South Korea is supposedly about nuclear disarmament and peace, Obama utilised it as a platform to threaten new wars of aggression in the Middle East and Asia.

US condemns North Korea’s planned satellite launch

By John Chan, 23 March 2012

The Obama administration has threatened to cut off food aid to North Korea, effectively ending a deal signed in February to ease tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

US downplays North Korean regime’s overtures

By James Cogan, 29 February 2012

Pyongyang’s push for renewed talks appears to be a desperate bid for some form of rapprochement.

The death of Kim Jong-il

By Peter Symonds, 20 December 2011

The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has produced a mind-numbing deluge of articles in the international press presenting the regime in Pyongyang as a dangerous threat to stability in North East Asia.

Famine threatening millions in North Korea

By Will Morrow, 15 October 2011

The United Nations has warned that more than six million North Koreans—or one quarter of the population—are threatened with malnutrition.

Washington and Seoul ramp up tensions on Korean peninsula

By John Roberts, 4 March 2011

South Korea’s latest joint military exercises with the US dovetail with the Obama administration’s aggressive efforts to contain China’s influence in North East Asia.

Backed by Washington, South Korea stages further military provocations

By John Chan, 23 December 2010

Today’s live-fire drill further demonstrates the reckless determination of the South Korean regime and its chief backer, the Obama administration, to intensify pressure on North Korea and China, regardless of the danger of war.

Washington’s incendiary role in Asia

By Bill Van Auken, 22 December 2010

Washington’s encouragement of South Korea’s live-fire military exercise in disputed waters off the North Korean coast is emblematic of the increasingly incendiary role played by US imperialism in Asia.

Korean tensions ease—temporarily

By John Chan, 21 December 2010

The Obama administration engineered this crisis as part of its ongoing campaign directed primarily at undermining China’s growing influence in Asia.

South Korean military exercise raises danger of war

By John Chan, 20 December 2010

In a calculated and reckless provocation directed in the first instance against North Korea, the Obama administration has encouraged South Korea to proceed with live-fire drills in the vicinity of Yeonpyeong Island.

US-China tensions mount amid widening war exercises

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2010

A late Sunday phone call between the US and Chinese presidents underscored the mounting tensions between the two countries as Washington and its allies stage a series of military exercises.

US and China in a diplomatic standoff over North Korea

By John Chan, 3 December 2010

While repeatedly declaring that China must intervene to contain North Korea, Washington and its allies have rebuffed China’s diplomatic efforts to calm the Korean confrontation.

US stages show of force as China calls for crisis talks on Korea

By Bill Van Auken, 29 November 2010

The US and South Korean militaries launched a major show of force in the Yellow Sea.

The Korean crisis and the threat of a wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2010

Six decades after US and Chinese troops waged bitter hand-to-hand combat south of the Yalu River, tensions on the Korean peninsula are being fed by and are in turn exacerbating great power conflicts between Washington and Beijing.

US exploits Korean clash to step up pressure on China

By John Chan, 25 November 2010

The US decision to send an aircraft carrier to the highly sensitive Yellow Sea following Tuesday’s exchange of shelling between the two Koreas has heightened regional tensions.

Artillery exchange heightens tensions on Korean peninsula

By Bill Van Auken, 24 November 2010

An exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea on Tuesday provoked angry denunciations from Washington and warnings from Beijing and Moscow that mounting military tensions could provoke a disaster.

Pentagon ratchets up Korea tensions over nuclear facility

By Bill Van Auken, 23 November 2010

An American scientist’s report on North Korea’s development of a new uranium enrichment plant has provoked dire warnings from top US military and political officials.

US and China at odds over North Korea

By John Chan, 8 September 2010

Rising US-China rivalry in Asia was expressed last week when Beijing pushed for Pyongyang to open up to foreign investors, while Washington announced new sanctions that would impede such plans.

US naval exercise heightens tensions in Asia

By John Chan, 24 July 2010

The war games involve around 20 South Korean and US warships, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington, 200 aircraft and 8,000 military personnel.

Tense standoff between two Koreas

By Peter Symonds, 28 May 2010

The confrontation between North and South Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship intensified this week after Seoul, backed by Washington, announced a series of retaliatory measures.

South Korea imposes penalties on North over naval incident

By Peter Symonds, 25 May 2010

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have escalated markedly after Seoul accused Pyongyang of deliberately sinking the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, on March 26.

China’s plans to open up North Korea for foreign investment

By John Chan, 14 May 2010

The visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to China last week was driven by the country’s acute economic crisis. China is exploiting the opportunity to open up the country for foreign investment.

Washington nuclear conference promotes US campaign against Iran, North Korea

By Patrick Martin, 13 April 2010

President Barack Obama opened the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington Monday, a two-day event that, in the guise of promoting disarmament and opposing terrorism, seeks to line up international support for the US campaign to isolate, pressure and ultimately overthrow the governments of Iran and North Korea.

North Korean currency reform fuels social tensions

By John Chan, 19 February 2010

Social unrest has emerged in North Korea since the Stalinist regime’s currency reform produced an economic disaster.

Naval clash between two Koreas as Obama heads to Asia

By John Chan, 12 November 2009

Just days before US President Barack Obama commences his first major visit to Asia, a brief exchange of fire took place between South and North Korean naval vessels.

Bill Clinton’s visit to North Korea: a tactical shift in US foreign policy

By John Chan, 6 August 2009

Former US President Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea Tuesday to broker the release of two detained American journalists. Described by the Obama administration as a private mission, the visit signalled a tactical shift by Washington.

US warship shadows North Korean cargo vessel

By John Chan, 27 June 2009

While the Obama administration has hailed the “unity” of the UN Security Council in imposing new sanctions on North Korea, tensions between the US and China remain, especially over the interdiction of North Korean ships in international waters.

North Korean nuclear crisis enters a new stage

By John Chan, 19 June 2009

A UN Security Council resolution last Friday imposing harsher sanctions on North Korea and the subsequent threats by Pyongyang, indicate the prolonged crisis on the Korean Peninsula has entered a more dangerous phase.

Obama moves aggressively against North Korea

By Peter Symonds, 10 June 2009

The US administration has signalled a more aggressive stance toward North Korea that will only compound an already tense situation in North East Asia.

North Korean nuclear test triggers international tensions

By Peter Symonds, 27 May 2009

North Korea’s detonation of a small nuclear bomb on Monday provoked immediate condemnation by the UN Security Council and sharply raised tensions in North East Asia.

UN Security Council convened over North Korean missile test

By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2009

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Sunday in response to the test launching of a long-range missile by North Korea earlier in the day.

Impending North Korean missile test raises regional tensions

By John Chan and Peter Symonds, 3 April 2009

North Korean plans to fire a long-range Taepodong-2 rocket are heightening tensions in North East Asia. While Pyongyang claims to be launching a satellite, the US and Japan insist it is carrying out a missile test.