North Korea

Conflict & Justice

Young Mr. Kim will not follow orders. How Beijing got used to Pyongyang’s provocations.

This weekend, North Koreans were alerted to the news that their country had completed another technological triumph: the launch of a satellite. "The fascinating vapor of Juche [self-reliance] satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February" was how North Korean TV described the launch. But the official response from Beijing, North Korea’s only ally, was muted.

Global Politics

North and South Korea renew plans to reunite families separated by war

South and North Korean families separated by more than six decades of war, will have another chance to reunite in October. A deal was reached between the two countries after nearly 24 hours of negotiations. Only 100 families will be selected from each side to meet. North and South Korea are legally still at war since the conflict from 1950-53 ended in a truce, rather than a peace treaty.