North Korea
US Considers Planned North Korean Rocket Launch to be 'Deal-Breaker'

US Considers Planned North Korean Rocket Launch to be ‘Deal-Breaker’

Your move, North Korea...

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North Korea to Launch Long Range Rocket to Celebrate Kim Il-Sung's Birthday

North Korea to Launch Long Range Rocket to Celebrate Kim Il-Sung’s Birthday

The ink on the North Korean food agreement hasn't even dried yet and the DPRK is already exploiting loopholes

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Asia's Military Spending Eclipses Europe's

Asia’s Military Spending Eclipses Europe’s

As Europe and the USA cut down on their military spending, Asia continues to pour money into its various military industrial complexes as tensions rise

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DPRK Foreign Ministry Speaks Out on North Korean/U.S. Talks

DPRK Foreign Ministry Speaks Out on North Korean/U.S. Talks

The Korean Central News Agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gives us their official word on the agreements reached.

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North Korea to Suspend Uranium Enrichment & Long Range Missile Tests

North Korea to Suspend Uranium Enrichment & Long Range Missile Tests

...but don't get your hopes up...

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North Korea Rattles Saber, South Korea/US Ignore & Conduct Live-Fire Exercises

North Korea Rattles Saber, South Korea/US Ignore & Conduct Live-Fire Exercises

Stratfor Global Intelligence posted a good primer today on the current North and South Korea saber rattlings

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North Korea goes retro, developing modern version of V-1 buzz bomb as Unmanned Attack Aircraft

North Korea goes retro, developing modern version of V-1 buzz bomb as Unmanned Attack Aircraft

Kim Jong Un’s turn as nostalgic replacement for his late grandfather, Kim Il-Sung, wasn’t the only bit of “history made new again” to come out of North Korea this week. North Korea has acquired US-made MQM-107 Streaker target drones from the Middle East and is seeking to use them as a basis for an unmanned...

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/23

Monday Morning Reading for 01/23

WORLD

World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2005
US State Department

The US State Department released its World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 2005 report last week with a ton of stats for you to wade through. This and future WMEAT reports will only be available online. Welcome to the future.

 

NORTH KOREA

Review Roundtable: “No Exit: North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and International Security”
Toby Dalton, Jeffrey Lewis, Sue Terry, Sung-Yoon Lee and Jonathan D. Pollack [NBR]

A series of reviews of Jonathan D. Pollack’s new IISS Adelphi Paper. For those of us outside academia, the actual monograph itself will be far too expensive pick up ourselves, so this review is possibly the next best thing.

Some other good articles on the North Korea leadership transition were released last week: Peter Drysdale’s North Korean Realities at East Asia Forum and CFR’s interview with Scott A. Snyder.

 

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea’s Policy Toward China After President Lee’s Visit
Jaeho Hwang [CSIS]

Hwang gives brief overview of the recent Sino-Korean relationship and uses it to suggest that the Lee Myung-bak’s talk of a strategic cooperative relationship with China is premature.

 

JAPAN

Annual Japanese polls on views toward the U.S. out of sync
William Brooks [APP]

It’s somewhat common to pour over the details of public opinion polls on the US-Japan relationship for signs of strength or cracks, but William Brooks does just this with the Cabinet opinion poll and the recent Yomiuri-Gallup poll. What he finds is a disjuncture between the two. It makes for an interesting read as he tries to shine light on the differences.

 

BONUS VIDEO

Start your week off with a Hu Jintao serenade: [via FP Passport]

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Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Monday Morning Reading for 01/16

Start your week with ASW's Monday Morning Reading, with some of the more in-depth articles we came across to keep you going throughout your working week.

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South Korea Developing Bunker-Buster Bombs

South Korea Developing Bunker-Buster Bombs

South Korea both buying US weapons systems and designing their own for use by 2013

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North Korea Hates Christmas

North Korea Hates Christmas

North Korea threatens action against South Korea on reports the ROK will again be setting up Christmas lights on the DMZ border

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US Missile Restrictions on South Korea & Their Loopholes

US Missile Restrictions on South Korea & Their Loopholes

Reports of pathetic South Korean Missile Ranges are greatly exaggerated...

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