By Peter Symonds, 22 April 2017
The media is fueling tensions with speculation that North Korea could conduct a nuclear or missile test to mark its Military Foundation Day next Tuesday.
By Mike Head, 21 April 2017
The Trump administration’s ultimatums are intensifying the risk that miscalculations could trigger a conflict that would endanger the lives of millions of people.
By Peter Symonds, 20 April 2017
Pence threatened “an overwhelming and effective American response” to any North Korean use of conventional or nuclear weapons.
By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2017
By keeping the world guessing as to what he will do, Trump has added a great deal of uncertainty into an already precarious situation and heightened the danger of conflict.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2017
Statements from US officials have laid bare the recklessness of the tactics being pursued by Washington, threatening a war on the Korean peninsula involving the use of nuclear weapons and the deaths of millions.
By Peter Symonds, 17 April 2017
The Trump administration is continuing to warn that military force could be used in response to any nuclear or missile test by Pyongyang.
By James Cogan, 15 April 2017
Amid media claims that North Korea is on the verge of another weapons test, the US military is continuing its provocative operations in North East Asia.
By James Cogan, 14 April 2017
The pretext for a US attack would be to prevent Pyongyang from carrying out another nuclear weapons’ test.
By James Cogan, 12 April 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has publicly endorsed Washington’s bellicose rhetoric against the Pyongyang regime.
By Peter Symonds, 12 April 2017
Trump is preparing to attack North Korea if China fails to heed his dictates and Pyongyang conducts another nuclear or missile test.
By Peter Symonds, 11 April 2017
The state-owned Global Times warned that “a military strike on the North will very likely evolve into large-scale bloody war on the Peninsula.”
By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2017
Following its attacks on Syria, the US, in a “show of force,” dispatched the Carl Vinson strike group to waters near the Korean peninsula.
By Peter Symonds, 5 April 2017
Unless China forces North Korea to bow to Washington’s demands, the US will use every means, including its huge military forces, to crush the Pyongyang regime.
By Peter Symonds, 4 April 2017
The Trump administration has threatened to launch a war that will not only be catastrophic for the people of the Korean peninsula but could drag in other major powers, including China, Russia and Japan.
By Ben McGrath, 28 March 2017
Sections of the Chinese ruling elite are growing increasingly frustrated with Pyongyang and the danger it represents to China’s security interests.
By Peter Symonds, 25 March 2017
The war plane was one of two B-1Bs deployed from Guam to join massive war games underway in South Korea amid high tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
By Peter Symonds, 22 March 2017
As the US secretary of state declared last week, all options, including military action against Pyongyang, are under consideration.
By Peter Symonds, 20 March 2017
Despite his muted public remarks in Beijing, the US secretary of state had already made clear that “all options,” including military ones, were on the table to deal with Pyongyang.
By Andre Damon, 18 March 2017
As the Trump administration charts a course toward war in the Asia-Pacific, there is no discussion within the American media or political establishment of the catastrophic consequences.
By Peter Symonds, 13 March 2017
Amid a shrill media campaign inflating the threat posed by North Korea, the Trump administration is considering “all options” against Pyongyang.
By Peter Symonds, 9 March 2017
China’s foreign minister warned that the US and North Korea are like “accelerating trains” on a collision course “with neither side willing to give way.”
By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2017
The Trump administration is considering all options, including military ones, to prevent North Korea from building a nuclear-tipped ICBM able to reach the US mainland.
By Peter Symonds, 4 March 2017
The leaked White House strategic review details are another indication that Trump is making action against North Korea a top priority.
By Peter Symonds, 2 March 2017
This year’s war games take place amid an already tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear and missile testing and alleged assassination of Kim Jong-nam.
By Peter Symonds, 1 March 2017
The South Korean government is exploiting the killing of Kim Jong-nam to demand North Korea’s suspension from the UN and criminal charges against its leadership.
By our reporter, 1 March 2017
The claim by Malaysian authorities that Kim Jong-nam was killed by the potent nerve agent VX raises many unanswered questions.
By Peter Symonds, 25 February 2017
The murder of the North Korean leader’s half-brother is being exploited in the US to ramp up the demonisation of Pyongyang in preparation for further punitive measures.
By Peter Symonds, 18 February 2017
If Kim Jong-un did order the assassination, it can only further undermine North Korea’s relations with China.
By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2017
The UN warned of “further significant steps” if Pyongyang did not halt its testing and called on UN members “to redouble their efforts” to implement existing sanctions.
By Peter Symonds, 14 February 2017
North Korea’s missile test took place amid mounting tensions between the US and China, North Korea’s ally, over trade, monetary policy, Taiwan and territorial disputes in the South China and East China seas.
By Peter Symonds, 13 February 2017
Trump’s flat-footed performance at the press conference only heightens the danger that he will embark on a reckless course of action against North Korea.
By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2017
Mattis’s threat only has one meaning: the obliteration of North Korea’s regime, as well as its military, industry and infrastructure, with the loss of countless lives.
By Peter Symonds, 14 January 2017
While nominally directed against North Korea, the THAAD deployment in South Korea is part of the US military buildup in Asia for war against China and Russia.
By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2017
Trump’s propensity for recklessness and militarism will only heighten the danger of conflict on the Korean Peninsula, one of the world’s most dangerous flash points.
By Peter Symonds, 5 January 2017
Trump’s tweets are a further indication that he intends to put North Korea high on his foreign policy agenda as another means of exerting pressure on China.
By Peter Symonds, 3 December 2016
The punitive sanctions will not only raise tensions with North Korea, but also with China, which is its strategic ally and largest trading partner.
By Peter Symonds, 30 November 2016
Former military chief Admiral Mike Mullen warned that the Korean peninsula was “more likely than anyplace else in the world to potentially create an explosive outcome.”
By Peter Symonds, 12 September 2016
Another round of punitive measures over Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test will exacerbate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and heighten the danger of war.
By Ben McGrath and Peter Symonds, 10 September 2016
The test comes amid escalating geo-political tensions in Asia as the US seeks to reassert its dominance, heightening the danger of war.
By Peter Symonds, 25 August 2016
The primary responsibility for escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula lies with the US and its military build-up throughout Asia aimed against China.
By Ben McGrath, 23 August 2016
By Peter Symonds, 21 April 2016
The intensifying US pressure is not primarily directed at Pyongyang, but against Beijing, as part of the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”
By Ben McGrath, 15 March 2016
The South Korean sanctions go further than the recent UN resolution in strangling the North Korean economy and exacerbating Pyongyang’s political crisis.
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.