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.
By Peter Symonds, 11 February 2009
A provocative threat against North Korea by the top US general in South Korea is a clear indication that President Obama intends to continue the Bush administration’s belligerent stance toward Pyongyang.