North Korea’s Covid Outbreak Is Scary, and an Opportunity

Kim Jong-un may be ready to re-engage with the world

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Putin’s Threats Highlight the Dangers of a New, Riskier Nuclear Era

After generations of stability in nuclear arms control, a warning to Russia from President Biden shows how old norms are eroding.

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South Korea Inaugurates Yoon Suk-yeol as President

During his inaugural speech, Yoon Suk-yeol said his country would play a greater role in promoting freedom and human rights around the world.

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President Moon Exchanges Farewell Letters With Kim Jong-un

President Moon Jae-in, who is barred from seeking re-election after his five-year term, and the North’s leader had warm parting words amid a diplomatic stalemate.

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This Is What It’s Like to Witness a Nuclear Explosion

I watched a hydrogen bomb detonate. I hope no one ever has to see that sight.

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Relocation of Presidential Office in Seoul Heightens Security Concerns

The South Korean president-elect’s decision to move both the presidential office and the Defense Ministry comes at a time when North Korea is rapidly escalating tension.

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With U.S. Focus on Ukraine, North Korea Launches a Powerful New ICBM

It was the country’s first long-range ballistic missile test since 2017, and it raised the specter of intensified provocations and threats on the Korean Peninsula.

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Why North Korea Is Testing Ballistic Missiles

You could be forgiven for forgetting about North Korea, which went quiet for a stretch. Now there’s been a burst of missile tests in the new year.

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North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile, South Korea Says

The launch is North Korea’s second missile test in a week and comes only days before the presidential election in South Korea.

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Washington’s Newest Worry: The Dangers of Cornering Putin

Surprised by the speed at which sanctions have been poured on Russia, Biden’s top aides suspect that Putin’s reaction will be to double down and lash out — and perhaps expand the war.

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Putin Is Brandishing the Nuclear Option. How Serious Is the Threat?

The Russian president has ordered his nuclear forces into a higher state of alert — the first time the Kremlin has done so since 1991.

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North Korea Builds ICBM Base Near China to Deter U.S.

The location is meant to protect its most powerful weapons from pre-emptive strikes, allowing the military to expand an already rapidly growing arsenal.

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Can Biden Avert a Crisis With North Korea?

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has done six missile tests this month — equal to all of 2021 — and called on the nation to prepare for “long-term confrontation.”

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North Korea Launches 2 Ballistic Missiles, South Korea Says

It was the North’s ​sixth missile test this month, the South Korean military said.

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Why Is North Korea Suddenly Launching So Many Missiles?

Experience has shown Kim Jong-un that saber-rattling is the best way to get Washington’s attention, especially when global affairs are already in a precarious state.

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North Korea Threatens ‘Stronger’ Reaction as U.S. Seeks Sanctions Over Missile Tests

The country’s warning came as tensions have crept up over its six missile tests in recent months.

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North Korea Launches 2nd Ballistic Missile in a Week, South Korea Says

The launch came as the U.N. Security Council met to discuss the country’s growing weapons threat.

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Tsar Bomba Nuclear Test 60 Years Ago Didn’t Make J.F.K. Flinch

A new study offers insights into how the United States reacted to Tsar Bomba, a planet shaker that made the deadly Hiroshima blast look tame.

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China’s Weapon Test Close to a ‘Sputnik Moment,’ U.S. General Says

Gen. Mark A. Milley said the Chinese test of a hypersonic missile “has all of our attention.”

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North Korea Displays Missile Arsenal Amid Stalled Talks

The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, says he doesn’t believe the Biden administration’s assertions that it has no hostile intent against his country.

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North Korea Dangles Hopes for Summit and End-of-War Declaration

Kim Jong-un’s sister responds to the South Korean leader’s last attempt to put the peace process back on track, but skepticism abounds.

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North Korea Restarted Plutonium-Producing Reactor, U.N. Agency Warns

​The activities at the sprawling nuclear complex in Yongbyon suggest that the country is once again ramping up its nuclear weapons program.

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America Needs to Start Telling the Truth About Israel’s Nukes

This charade doesn’t leave anyone safer. It’s gone on long enough. 

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North Korea Releases Its First Response to Moon-Biden Summit

In its first reaction to President Biden’s summit with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, North Korean state media warned of an arms race.

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North Korean Weapons Are Likely Here to Stay, Even if Biden Won’t Say It

Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal highlights an uncomfortable truth for Mr. Biden as he prepares to meet South Korea’s president at the White House.

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A Quiet Arms Race Is Rapidly Heating Up Between the Two Koreas

The buildup over the last few years has threatened the delicate balance of peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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North Korea’s Arsenal Has Grown Rapidly. Here’s What’s in It.

The country has one of the largest standing armies in the world, but much of its equipment is old and obsolete. North Korea has sought to make up for those shortcomings by building nuclear weapons.

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North Korea Cuts Diplomatic Ties with Malaysia Over U.S. Extradition

The extradition is part of Washington’s efforts to crack down on what it has called widespread sanctions-evading activities by North Korean businessmen and diplomats around the world.

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North Korea Unveils New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

Days before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, the North made its latest demonstration of its nuclear might at a Pyongyang military parade.

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​Kim Jong-un Uses Party ​Congress to Double Down on Nuclear Program

The North Korean leader said his economic policies had failed, but he called his nuclear arms buildup one of the great feats “in the history of the Korean nation​.”

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Kim Jong-un Vows to Boost North Korea’s Nuclear Capability as Leverage With Biden

But as he pledged to advance the country’s weaponry, the North Korean leader also said he did “not rule out diplomacy.”

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Kim Jong-un Opens Party Congress With Admission of Failures in North Korea

Mr. Kim convened the first Workers’ Party Congress in five years to revamp his policies as North Korea’s economic woes deepened amid international sanctions and the pandemic.

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When America Tested Nuclear Weapons on Itself

It’s been 75 years since we blew radioactive ash over New Mexico. Now the Trump administration is talking about testing bombs again.

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The Legacy of the First Nuclear Bomb Test

The 75th anniversary of what’s known as the Trinity explosion, the world’s first nuclear weapon test, comes as tensions over nuclear devices intensify.

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A New Superpower Competition Between Beijing and Washington: China’s Nuclear Buildup

The Trump administration is portraying the small but increasingly potent Chinese arsenal — still only one-fifth the size of the United States’ or Russia’s — as the big new threat.

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Why Did Kim Jong-un’s Sister Become the Face of North Korea?

He’s fierce. She’s fiercer. Or so goes their game.

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North Korea Vows to Boost Nuclear Program, Saying U.S. Diplomacy Failed

In a statement marking the second anniversary of a historic summit meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump, the North said its hopes had faded into a “nightmare.”

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As Virus Toll Preoccupies U.S., Rivals Test Limits of American Influence

The coronavirus may have changed almost everything, but it didn’t change this: Global competition spins ahead — and in many ways has accelerated.

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