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  • Does Pyongyang's Call For Peace Signal Reform? Tuesday, 1 Jan 2013 | 6:40 PM ET
    Is North Korea Ready to Extend the Olive Branch?

    Michael Raska, Research Fellow, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, RSIS, NTU does not believe Kim Jong-un's call to end the confrontation with South Korea will necessarily translate into reform.

  • Loved and Loathed, Park Talks Tough After Korea Poll Win Thursday, 20 Dec 2012 | 12:47 AM ET

    South Korea's President-elect, Park Geun-hye, used her first major speech on Thursday to warn of the risks posed by a hostile North Korea and also fired a political shot across the bows of Japan's incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • For North Korea, Next Step Is a Nuclear Test Thursday, 13 Dec 2012 | 1:39 AM ET
    South Korean conservative activists burn anti-North Korean placards during a protest denouncing North Korea's rocket launch, in Seoul on December 12, 2012.

    After rattling the world on Wednesday by putting a satellite into orbit, North Korea's next step will likely be a nuclear test, which would be the third conducted by the reclusive and unpredictable state.

  • North Korea Snubs Key Ally China With Rocket Test Wednesday, 12 Dec 2012 | 9:20 PM ET
    South Korean conservative activists burn anti-North Korean placards during a protest denouncing North Korea's rocket launch, in Seoul on December 12, 2012.

    There was anger and dismay after North Korea launched a long-range rocket into orbit on Wednesday -- plenty of it in South Korea and Japan. There was also surprise.

  • North Korean Leader Has a New Title: Marshal Wednesday, 18 Jul 2012 | 10:26 AM ET
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    Soldiers danced in Pyongyang's plazas as North Korea announced Wednesday that leader Kim Jong Un was named marshal, a title cementing his status atop the authoritarian nation's military as he makes key changes to the 1.2 million-man force.