06/18/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

06/18/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs 1. Kim says N. Korea should be ready for both dialogue, confrontation with U.S. 2. Kim Jong Un equally ready to talk or fight with Biden 3.  North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Opens Door for Dialogue With Biden 4. Third-Day Sitting of […]

06/17/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

06/17/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs   1.  ‘Goodwill’ gestures, suspension of joint military drills needed to bring N. Korea to dialogue: experts 2.  New U.S. special envoy for N.K. to visit S. Korea later this week: official 3.  LaCamera to take office as new USFK […]

06/16/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

06/16/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs 1. Both sanctions and diplomacy critical to denuclearizing N. Korea: Kritenbrink 2. N.K. leader opens key party meeting to discuss how to cope with ‘current international situation’ 3. North Korea Has Been Importing Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Since Early May 4. A reunified […]

05/02/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

05/02/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Biden administration forges new path on North Korea crisis in wake of Trump and Obama failures 2. Biden to Steer Between Obama, Trump Policies on North Korea 3. Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker- Late April Trends – Korea 4. Biden to […]

04/29/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

04/29/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. Military blames radar blind spot for inaccurate assessment of N.K. missiles 2. Building Materials Delivered to THAAD Base After U.S. Complaints 3. Defense Ministry Reveals Cowardice in THAAD Supplies 4. U.N. committee requests N. Korea provide explanation on human rights violations […]

04/14/2021 News & Commentary – National Security

04/14/2021 News & Commentary – National Security News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell.  Edited and Published by Daniel Riggs 1.  ODNI Releases 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community 2. Unconventional Warfare and Foreign Internal Defense in the Joint Doctrine Encyclopedia 3.  Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again? 4. Afghanistan’s Situation Didn’t Change. American […]

03/08/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

03/08/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. U.S., South Korean Negotiators Reach a Cost-Sharing Accord on Troops 2. Cost-sharing deal finally clinched, amount not disclosed 3. Seoul still faces complications despite defense cost-sharing deal 4. The Case for North Korea Sanctions 5. Pentagon Nominee Hints at Downsizing U.S. […]

2/5/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

2/5/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Suspending U.S.-ROK military exercises will not facilitate peace negotiations 2. Kim Jong Un’s family tree: what you need to know about North Korea’s dynasty 3. FM nominee cautious on large-scale S. Korea-U.S. exercises, notes need for ‘proper […]

2/1/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

2/1/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Kim Jong Un cannot denuclearize, former North Korean diplomat says 2. Defense ministry refuses to confirm envisioned proposal for inter-Korean talks 3. Moon to phone Biden this week 4. Unification minister denies allegation Seoul pushed to build […]

01/23/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

01/23/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.   1. From the Jerusalem of the East to a Totalitarian Regime:  North Korea’s History Behind Christian Persecution 2. National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security […]

1/22/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

1/22/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Ex-ambassador to S. Korea Sung Kim appointed acting assistant secretary of state 2. Unification ministry announces guidelines on leafleting ban to clarify ‘scope of application’ 3. Bon voyage 4. New virus cases under 400 again; alert in […]

1/12/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

1/12/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. NK’s congress nears end with signs of military parade 2. Moon administration tells Biden to consider Singapore model 3. First vaccinated Koreans are on U.S. Army base 4. Pyongyang implies possible preemptive or retaliatory nuclear strikes 5. […]

1/11/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

1/11/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. N. Korea crowns leader Kim Jong-Un as party’s general secretary 2. Demotion of N.K. leader’s sister at party congress raises questions over her status 3. Signs detected of N. Korea staging military parade in Pyongyang late Sunday: […]

01/09/2021 News & Commentary – Korea

01/09/2021 News & Commentary – Korea News and Commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and Published by Riley Murray.   1. On Report Made by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un at 8th Congress of WPK 2. Fourth-day Sitting of 8th WPK Congress Held 3. VOA: [Washington Talk/English] Kim Jong-un “America’s ‘largest enemy’… Continued development of ‘super large nuclear warhead’” […]

08/10/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

08/10/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Ahyoung Shin   1. Flying leaflets into NK was against basic rule of democracy: senior official 2. Cheong Wa Dae should overhaul all senior officials in charge 3. The future of the US-South Korea and US-Japan alliances 4.  Letter to President Moon Jae-in: Suppression […]

8/9/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

8/9/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Kyodo: US seeks liaison offices in Washington, Pyongyang 2. Dear Mr. President, letter, regarding election fraud, South Korea 3. Dismissed N. Korean official confirmed as 1st vice director of key ruling party body 4. South Korea’s old […]

8/8/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

8/8/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Trump says he will make deals with N.K. very quickly if reelected 2. Don’t use U.S. troops as bargaining chips 3. Around 10 countries yet to submit final report on N.K. workers to U.N.: document 4. Washington: […]

8/2/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

8/2/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. U.S.-South Korea: working group blues 2. Peace in Korea can happen without denuclearization 3.  N.K. propaganda outlets slam S. Korea over revised missile guidelines 4. 2.0 magnitude quake hits southern N. Korea, central S. Korea 5. 2 […]

07/31/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

07/31/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. A Daughter’s Tribute – Ms. Namhi Park’s tribute to General Paik Sun-yup 2. Pompeo reaffirms U.S. goal of N. Korea’s complete denuclearization 3. N. Korea intensifies antivirus efforts in Pyongyang after border town’s lockdown 4. U.N. rapporteur: Inspection of activist groups […]

7/26/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

7/26/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. N.K. leader adopts ‘maximum emergency system’ after defector returns with coronavirus symptoms 2.  S. Korea, U.S. to stage scaled-down summertime combined exercise next month: sources 3. NIS director-nominee says another Trump-Kim summit possible before Nov. election 4. […]

07/08/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

07/08/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. S. Korean government prioritizes N. Korea over U.S. 2. Biegun visits S. Korea without his right arm 3. A midsummer night’s dream (Korea and the Moon Administration) 4. Biegun thanks South Korea for supporting trip to Seoul amid COVID-19 5. N.K. leader […]

7/1/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

7/1/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Balloon-drop porn smears Kim’s wife: Russian envoy 2. Kim Jong-Un was infuriated by ‘dirty’ depiction of his wife 3. Trump-Kim summit unlikely before U.S. presidential election: U.S. envoy 4. U.S. to leave door open to diplomacy with […]

6/10/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

6/10/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs. 1. South Korea to charge defector groups over North leaflets 2. Pyongyang Attack on Anti-Kim Leaflets Makes North Koreans Notice Exiled Critics 3. North Korea cuts all lines and links to the South 4. RIP, President Moon’s North Korea Peace Initiative? 5. N.Korea […]

06/09/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

06/09/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Ahyoung Shin. 1. FDD | China’s Coercion threatens ROK-U.S. Alliance 2. Coddling Pyongyang will only fuel Kim Jong Un’s brinkmanship 3. Trump continually reassessing U.S. overseas military presence: White House  4. Would Donald Trump pull U.S. Troops from South Korea? 5. Pyongyang sends mixed signals […]

06/05/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

06/05/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Daniel Riggs.  1. Gov’t Kowtows to Kim Jong-un’s Sister over Leaflets 2. Moon pulls plugs on leaflets after North squawks 3. Why Is Kim Jong-un’s Sister Suddenly Spitting Feathers? 4. Experts say inter-Korean pact is inapplicable to Seoul’s balloon […]

6/2/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

6/2/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Duncan Moore. 1. Kim is back, but North Korea still isn’t stable 2. North Korea denies US hacking accusations 3.  North Korea’s police state hints at virus victory 4. N. Korea’s main paper highlights leader Kim’s love for people 5. […]

5/31/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

5/31/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Riley Murray. 1. ROK-US disagree on exercises; OPCON transition may be delayed 2. How the Kim dynasty has brainwashed North Koreans for generations 3. N. Korea seeks to have Mount Paekdu listed as UNESCO global geopark 4. The demystification of Kim Jong-un 5. North […]

05/27/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

05/27/2020 News & Commentary – Korea News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Ahyoung Shin. SWJEd note: we cheated here. Posting on 5/28 night but back dating to 5/27 to not rock the chronological boat. Only the truly OCD will care, or do this in the first place. 1. U.S. nuclear forces are ready […]

5/26/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

5/26/2020 News & Commentary – Korea Tue, 05/26/2020 – 12:33pm 1. U.S. Warns of ‘Calibrated’ Response to N.Korea’s Nuke Activities 2. N. Korea should give up nuclear program, says Trump’s advisor 3. New heavily-armed submarine enters service in North Korea 4. North’s Kim heaps pressure on Trump to relax sanctions 5.  UNC says it cannot determine whether N.K. started border […]

5/25/2020 News & Commentary – Korea

5/25/2020 News & Commentary – Korea 1. Kim Jong-un Moves to Increase North Korea’s Nuclear Strength 2. Kim Jong-un Promotes Nuclear Officials 3. New submarine or SLBMs likely next options for N.K. to claim enhanced nuke deterrence: experts 4. Kim Jong Un lectures on importance of enhancing nuclear capabilities 5.  U.S. official renews calls for N.K. to abandon nukes after […]