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North Korea Crisis: Trump Plays with Fire

North Korea Crisis: Trump Plays with Fire

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 16, 2017

The conflict with Kim Jong Un raises concern that Washington may be more unpredictable than North Korea. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Mathieu von Rohr more... Comment ]

Dueling Hotheads: The War of Words that Could Go Nuclear

Dueling Hotheads: The War of Words that Could Go Nuclear

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2017

President Trump's "fire and fury" tirade against the regime of Kim Jong Un has escalated tensions with North Korea. A military conflict with the country would have catastrophic results. Is there still a diplomatic way out of this mess? By Veit Medick, Juliane von Mittelstaedt, Christoph Scheuermann, Wieland Wagner and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Deadly Game: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Risk Nuclear War

Deadly Game: Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Risk Nuclear War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2017

With prospects growing that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un could soon have long-range nuclear missiles at his disposal, Donald Trump is threatening a military response. Suddenly nuclear war seems possible, but how great is the threat of escalation? By Mathieu von Rohr, Christoph Scheuermann, Wieland Wagner and Bernhard Zand more...

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

Assad's Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 09, 2015

For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria's nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]


Escaping North Korea: The Long Road to Freedom

Escaping North Korea: The Long Road to Freedom

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

Over a decade ago, a former North Korean military officer fled south after being accused of negligence and threatened with death. Now he coordinates the escapes of fellow North Koreans. But the price of freedom is often the lives of loved ones left behind. By Susanne Koelbl more... Comment ]

War Angst and Karaoke: Daily Life as Bizarre As it Gets in South Korea

War Angst and Karaoke: Daily Life as Bizarre As it Gets in South Korea

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 09, 2013

North Korea threatens to start a nuclear war, while South Korea dances Gangnam style. Those are the clichés. War has never been this close, but Koreans in Seoul confront their fears by going about a bizarre version of everyday life, complete with truffle pasta and super-smart phones. By Ullrich Fichtner in Seoul more... Comment ]


North Korean Border: Tension Serves As Magnet for Tourists

North Korean Border: Tension Serves As Magnet for Tourists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2013

The tour buses on the border between North and South Korea are full, as adventure-seekers visit what is billed as one of the most dangerous borders in the world. The current political tensions, it seems, have done little to scare away foreign tourists. By Heike Sonnberger more... Comment ]

Crisis in Korea: Obama Must Change US Approach to Stop Kim

Crisis in Korea: Obama Must Change US Approach to Stop Kim

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2013

North Korea's most recent irrational behavior has made clear the government's indifference to sanctions. Some believe China is the only country that can talk Pyongyang into toning down its rhetoric. In reality the United States can do much more to calm the situation. A Commentary by Andreas Lorenz more... Comment ]


World from Berlin: 'Kim Wants Legitimacy as a Nuclear Power'

World from Berlin: 'Kim Wants Legitimacy as a Nuclear Power'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 02, 2013

In addition to multiple threats made against South Korea and the United States in recent days, Pyongyang said Tuesday it plans to restart a controversial nuclear reactor. The German media believe dictator Kim Jong Un is seeking to establish a stronger negotiating position for disarmament talks. more... Comment ]

Pyongyang's Provocations: What Motivates North Korean Threats?

Pyongyang's Provocations: What Motivates North Korean Threats?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2013

North Korea has responded to fresh UN sanctions by threatening to attack the US and escalate tensions with the South. But experts believe that the aggressive rhetoric has also been sparked by changing regional dynamics and hopes of rallying the people around their new leader. By Andreas Lorenz more...