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...

The World from Berlin: 'China Alone Can Pressure North Korea'

The World from Berlin: 'China Alone Can Pressure North Korea'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2013

North Korea's nuclear test has been widely condemned by international leaders, who are calling for tough action against the country. But German commentators say past strategies have failed and it's time for China to step up to the challenge. more... Comment ]

Gauging the Nuclear Threat: 'We Can Greatly Diminish the Risk'

Gauging the Nuclear Threat: 'We Can Greatly Diminish the Risk'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2013

North Korea has become a nuclear power, Iran is close and Pakistan and India already have the bomb. Is it just a question of time before they get used? In an interview, disarmament advocate Sam Nunn explains how the worst can still be prevented. more... Comment ]

Nuclear Detonation: Test Shows North Korea Prefers Bomb Over Aid

Nuclear Detonation: Test Shows North Korea Prefers Bomb Over Aid

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 12, 2013

With his nuclear test on Tuesday, North Korea's Kim Jong Un has shown that he is likely to continue his country's policy of force and deterrance over reconciliation with the international community. China has criticized the detonation, but its support for Pyongyang is unlikely to evaporate. By Andreas Lorenz more... Comment ]

Media Report: North Korea Enlists German Help to Prepare Economic Opening

Media Report: North Korea Enlists German Help to Prepare Economic Opening

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2013

Pyongyang may be preparing to open up its economy. A report in a prominent newspaper claims the regime has enlisted the aid of German economic and legal experts to lay the groundwork for foreign investment in North Korean companies. The move could be made as soon as this year. more...