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The Improbable But True Story of Two Female Assassins from North Korea

The spectacularly brazen murder of King Jong-nam happened in broad daylight, filmed entirely by security cameras. Footage showed two young women approaching Jong-nam from behind, covering his eyes with their hands, and pressing VX—the most lethal nerve gas on earth—into his eyes. He stumbled away and was dead within an hour. The documentary film, Assassins,...

John R. Bolton

South Korea Rejects Bolton’s Account of Trump Summit with Kim Jong Un

John Bolton’s tell-all memoir is dismissive of South Korean President Moon Jae-in for seeking to coax President Trump into a denuclearization agreement with North. The fact that South Korea had an independent position toward its nuclear-armed neighbor annoyed Bolton, who expected South Korean deference. But President Moon, elected a platform of reconciliation with North Korea,...


North Korea’s Intelligence Service Has a New Chief

Here’s news from one of the most secretive countries in world: North Korea has a new spy chief. In its latest directory of the North’s ruling elite on Wednesday, the Unification Ministry said Rim Kwang-il, an army general, was named the new chief of the military intelligence gathering Reconnaissance General Bureau last December, replacing Jang...

President Moon

Moon Rising: Trump and Kim Letters Revive Hope for Denuclearization Talks

Maybe the U.S.-Korea denuclearization talks aren’t dead after all. President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have exchanged friendly letters and Trump is headed to South Korea for a visit. These developments are boost for South Korean president Moon Jae-in who has facilitated the on-again, off-again negotiations of the two mercurial leaders. With talks...

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