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 ]

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 ]

Surprise in the West: Rocket Launch Reveals Ignorance of North Korea

Surprise in the West: Rocket Launch Reveals Ignorance of North Korea

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2012

North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Wednesday is a reminder of the dearth of reliable information available about the secretive country. It also serves as a warning to the West to keep close watch on government changeovers underway in the Far East -- a region every bit as important to Western interests as the Middle East. A Commentary by Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

From Plutonium to Power: Russia To Produce Electricity with Former Nukes

From Plutonium to Power: Russia To Produce Electricity with Former Nukes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2012

Russia is planning to destroy plutonium used in thousands of soon to be decommissioned nuclear warheads by using it as fuel in a special new atomic power plant. The reactor is set to begin operating in one year, but time pressures and a vulnerable cooling system make the project a risky one. By Kerstin Brandt more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Helping Israel Defend Itself Is Germany's Duty'

The World from Berlin: 'Helping Israel Defend Itself Is Germany's Duty'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2012

Opposition parties in Germany are demanding answers about the sale of nuclear-capable submarines to Israel, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the vessels are "very important" for his country's security. Media commentators argue that Germany has a historical duty to support the Jewish state. more... Comment ]

Operation Samson: Israel's Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany

Operation Samson: Israel's Deployment of Nuclear Missiles on Subs from Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2012

Many have wondered for years about the exact capabilities of the submarines Germany exports to Israel. Now, experts in Germany and Israel have confirmed that nuclear-tipped missiles have been deployed on the vessels. And the German government has long known about it. By SPIEGEL more... Comment ]