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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 24 August 2015
Despite talks between North and South Korea, both sides continue to issue threats and counter-threats.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 21 August 2015
The hostilities follow weeks of accusations and counter-accusations since two South Korean soldiers were maimed by landmines.
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.
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.”
By Ben McGrath, 22 January 2015
The retraction has not diminished the cynical US-led human rights campaign against North Korea.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 13 January 2015
President Park Geun-hye’s government has whipped up a series of “red scares.”
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.
By Ben McGrath, 6 January 2015
Intensified sanctions on North Korea are fuelling tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ben McGrath, 23 September 2014
North Korea is using three detained Americans to try to gain leverage in dealing with Washington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2014
South Korea warned of “merciless retaliation” in the event of a North Korean “military provocation.”
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 14 December 2013
The sudden purge of Jang Song-thaek is a clear sign of a profound political crisis in Pyongyang.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Chan, 10 April 2013
A debate has opened up in Chinese ruling circles over its longstanding alliance with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2013
The Obama administration has exploited the nuclear test to push for new sanctions and apply pressure to China.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 29 February 2012
Pyongyang’s push for renewed talks appears to be a desperate bid for some form of rapprochement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 November 2010
The US and South Korean militaries launched a major show of force in the Yellow Sea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By John Chan, 19 February 2010
Social unrest has emerged in North Korea since the Stalinist regime’s currency reform produced an economic disaster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.