Category North Korea

Initial Thoughts On Pyongyang Summit From Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell

—– Forwarded Message —–From: David Maxwell <>Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 6:41:19 AM EDTSubject: My initial thoughts on the Pyongyang Summit Agreement Initial thoughts: 1.  There appears to be much euphoria over the Pyongyang summit agreement but we need to keep cool heads and discern how sincere is Kim Jong-un and how much he is supporting his strategy of “divide […]

North Korea to Allow Outside Inspectors To Visit Missile Test Site

David Maxwell Comment: “This is a significant development if true.  Significant but the question is is it sufficient? The devil is in the details as they say and we will need to see some real action and not just words.  But this could be a positive development.  This may be something to work with.”Excerpt: North Korea to Allow Outside […]

Moon Jae-in’s Grand Design For The Korean Peninsula

Excerpt: Moon Jae-in’s grand design for the Korean peninsula By L.r.s., www.economist.comView OriginalSeptember 18th, 2018 TODAY Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s president, travelled to Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. Thus began his third meeting this year with Kim Jong Un, the North’s dictator, also marking the first time a South Korean leader has visited the city in more than […]

U.S. Sending Billions Worth Of Spy Planes To Asian Allies

U.S. Sending Billions Worth of Spy Planes To Asian Allies · by Paul McLeary US Navy P-8 Poseidon WASHINGTON: The State Department has approved the $2.6 billion sale of six P-8A Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft and 64 Patriot anti-ballistic missile weapons to South Korea. It’s another sign that U.S. allies are stocking up on American military tech to counter China, while […]

Could Trump Meet Kim In New York This Month?

David Maxwell Comment:  “As I have said it would be amazing to see Kim Jong-un in his limo cruising down 5th Avenue with his bodyguard detail jogging alongside.  It certainly would be historic. I think if this was going to happen we would have had leaks because the security arrangements would probably expose the visit.  But never […]

North Korea’s Media Report On Military Parade, Mass Games

David Maxwell Comment:  “As Dr. Bruce Bechtol reminded me the north has held toned down parades in the past that did not include advanced weaponry.  And as noted in the article they showed us the Hwasongs in the February parade.  Yes it is likely that Kim wants to continue his charm offensive and continue negotiations […]

Kim Says He Wants To Meet Xi

Kim Says He Wants To Meet Xi · by IANS Pyongyang, Sep 10 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed a desire to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping soon in order to consolidate ties with the neighbouring country, state media reported on Monday. Kim expressed his wish to li Zhanshu, the number-three of the Chinese […]

Don’t Punish A North Korean Hacker Just For Following Orders

David Maxwell Comment: “This is an interesting argument.  I do feel for the plight of the Korean people living in the north and I agree that most Koreans in the north have to act against their for their own and their family’s survival.  However, it would be a huge mistake and simply wrong not to […]

North Korea Cuts ICBMs Out Of Military Parade

David Maxwell Comment: “We should not be lulled into complacency.  Kim Jong-un us continued his “charm offensive.”  He is providing support to all the pundits who favor engagement and who think he has changed.  We should remember a couple of things.  The north often uses parades to show us newly developed capabilities to send a […]

Assessment Of North Korean Strategy in Preparation For High Level Diplomacy In September 2018

Assessment of North Korean Strategy in Preparation for High Level Diplomacy in September 2018 · by Divergent Options · September 7, 2018 David Maxwell is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation For Defense of Democraciesfocusing on Korea and East Asian security. He is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel with five tours in Korea. He tweets @DavidMaxwell161 and blogs […]