Dismantling North Korea’s fissile material production facilities has become the metric to assess the second Kim-Trump summit at Hanoi. That risks a fizzle.
John Bolton demanded Iraq provide a declaration of its WMDs but invaded anyway. For the second Kim-Trump summit Bolton calls on North Korea to do the same.
The week that passed witnessed the fifth inter-Korean summit between North and South Korea, this time centred upon Pyongyang. There is much to be said about the political, economic, and strategic context behind the summit. Additionally, there is much to say about the summit and its implications for the debate […]
There’s a nasty habit now of the worst case scenario regarding North Korea’s nuclear programme turning out to be correct, and we’ve just got ourselves another instalment. Ankit Panda at The Diplomat has published an article, based on work at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, revealing the probable location […]
If you have been following the North Korean nuclear crisis closely you have been getting an equivalent of a Higgs boson and a gravitational wave about twice a week. Boy, was this week no exception. In fact, this weekend we got ourselves a particle that completely upends the standard model. […]
Most commentary on the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, at least from the sane end of the spectrum, has made the point, firstly, that it is not based on a firm strategy, that it more reflects the warped impulses of the President, and secondly that it augurs ill for the […]
President Trump’s decision to not extend the waiver on US sanctions on Iran, officially not a US withdrawal but in effect one, means the United States is no longer in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear activities reached with Iran, the United States, the Permanent […]
A perceptive Japanese economist has described North Korea’s economy as that of a poor advanced country, an important observation. Many, but by no means all, of the key developments underpinning North Korea’s successful development of a long range missile capability are readily apparent, and moreover many of them are not […]
There have been some reports stating that the peanut shape of North Korea’s two-stage thermonuclear warhead displayed, and tested, on September 3 is unlike that of other hydrogen bombs. This is not accurate. The physics package of the W87 warhead also possesses a peanut like geometry. We know this because […]
A study of the thermal patterns at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Centre conducted and published by researchers at 38North suggests that North Korea has engaged in two plutonium reprocessing campaigns not previously, publicly, known which naturally boosts external estimates of the available plutonium stock that North Korea has for […]