The Latest - North Korea

North Korea Latest Articles

18th April 2018 – The Hill

China’s attempted power play hands leverage to Trump on North Korea

Mathew Ha

Does China get too much credit for its leverage over North Korea? Even after Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Kim Jong Un for a surprise summit in Beijing last month, FDD Research Analyst Mathew Ha argues that this move actually ceded leverage to the United States, who just sent a high-level official to Pyongyang to “lay the groundwork” for the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit. more...

8th April 2018 – The Weekly Standard

Assad’s Horror, and Those Who Enable It

Thomas Joscelyn

Horrific images from the aftermath of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria are once again circulating online. The scene of this gassing is the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus. Both the location and the timing of this apparent war crime are symbolically important. And while the immediate focus will be on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his willingness to gas his own people, any long-term solution will require understanding the role of the rogue states that enable and support him. more...

28th March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Kim Jong Un Visits China, Comments on Denuclearization

Mathew Ha

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a surprise visit to Beijing this week, marking Kim’s first trip outside North Korea since taking power in 2011. The trip is part of Kim’s effort to project strength before his meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae next month and President Trump in May. Kim stated he is willing to consider denuclearization under several conditions; the question is whether those conditions will be palatable to the Trump administration. more...

28th March 2018 – Fox News

US-North Korea summit: How Trump can score a major deal

David Adesnik

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Wednesday that “we feel like things are moving in the right direction” heading into a planned summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in May. If the meeting takes place, it will confront the U.S. president with the consummate test of his skills as a dealmaker, since no one has played American negotiators for fools more consistently than the North Koreans. more...

22nd March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

United Nations Report Highlights North Korea Sanctions Violations

Mathew Ha

Last week, the UN Panel of Experts released its latest report on sanctions violations by North Korea and its enablers. The contents of the report indicate that the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign is working, yet there remains much to be done to ensure that Western pressure on North Korea is truly at a maximum. more...

14th March 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Defying precedent and conventional wisdom, President Trump says he’ll meet in May with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump wants a sustainable deal that leads to North Korean denuclearization. The president’s critics scoff, and even his supporters are rightly skeptical. But Mr. Trump has conditions: His policy of maximum sanctions pressure will remain in place, Pyongyang must commit to the goal of denuclearization upfront, and it must refrain from missile or nuclear tests during talks. That may give him some leverage. more...

1st December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Calls for Oil Ban and Complete Diplomatic Isolation of North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

The United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting Wednesday following North Korea’s third intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the thirteenth meeting of the Security Council this year. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called for the body to isolate Pyongyang and increase pressure on it, by banning the sale of oil to North Korea and severing all diplomatic ties. more...

29th November 2017 – Fox News

It’s time to ramp up the pressure on North Korea and China after latest missile test

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea’s third successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile Wednesday should prompt President Trump to quicken the pace of his policy of putting “maximum pressure” on the North to give up its nuclear weapons. more...

21st November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Government Warns of Continued North Korean Cyber Activities

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

The U.S. government last week issued two technical alerts on North Korea’s cyber activities targeting the aerospace, telecommunications, finance, government, automotive, and media sectors. North Korea is engaged in cyber-enabled economic warfare and is using its attacks against South Korea and the U.S. to degrade our political and military power. more...

8th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Department Cuts Off Bank of Dandong

Mathew Ha

The Treasury Department on Thursday issued its final rule barring a Chinese bank from the U.S. financial system because of its role as a North Korean money launderer. Bank of Dandong is a small Chinese bank, but Treasury’s action provides clues on how it plans to restrict North Korea’s continued access to the U.S. and international financial system. more...

6th November 2017 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Wakeup Call for Chinese Banks on North Korea Sanctions

Anthony Ruggiero

The Treasury Department on Thursday issued an advisory on North Korea’s use of the international financial system to evade U.S. and UN sanctions. The advisory sent an unmistakable message to senior compliance officers in Chinese banks: Treasury knows you are violating North Korea sanctions and this is your last warning. more...

5th November 2017 – Fox News

Trump should confront China on North Korean nukes during his Asia trip

Anthony Ruggiero

When President Trump visits Beijing on his Asian trip now in progress, China is expected to roll out the red carpet. But Chinese leaders are spooked. President Trump is the first American president to sanction a Chinese bank for helping North Korea evade U.S. and United Nations economic sanctions. more...

27th October 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korean Human Rights Abuses

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

Both the State Department and a non-governmental human rights organization issued new reports yesterday on North Korea’s abhorrent human rights abuses. Concurrently, the Treasury Department sanctioned ten North Korean officials and entities identified by the State Department as responsible for Pyongyang’s repressive actions. more...

24th September 2017 – Fox News

Why Trump’s economic moves against North Korea may do more to tame Kim than any insult

Anthony Ruggiero

China’s announcement Saturday that it would halt exports of some petroleum products to North Korea and stop importing textiles from the rogue nation is just the latest evidence that President Trump’s campaign to put economic pressure on North Korea is beginning to pay dividends. more...

5th September 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Pyongyang’s Playbook

Anthony Ruggiero

The crisis between the United States and North Korea shows no signs of abating. Indeed, Pyongyang escalated its provocations last week, firing a missile over Japan on August 29. Critics of the president cite his brash approach to Pyongyang as a factor behind North Korea’s belligerency. Some also link Trump’s tough talk about the Iran nuclear deal. Why, they ask, would North Korea want to cooperate with a White House that insists on revisiting a nuclear deal the United States struck with Iran just two years ago? more...

3rd September 2017 – The National Interest

It’s Time to Get Tough on China and Russia about North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test Sunday morning, with officials claiming that it was a hydrogen bomb designed to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The test followed pictures released by Pyongyang earlier Saturday showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a thermonuclear device. more...

25th August 2017 – Fox News

North Korea sanctions are finally getting serious

Anthony Ruggiero

The Treasury Department sanctioned 10 firms and six individuals this week for facilitating North Korea’s proliferation activities, illicit financial transactions, and sanctions evasion. The list included five Chinese firms and one Chinese individual as well as a Russian firm and four Russian nationals. These new sanctions send a strong message to Beijing and Moscow that there will be consequences for their failure to enforce the sanctions they claim to support. more...

16th August 2017 – Fox News

Time to end the North Korea sanctions merry-go-round

Anthony Ruggiero

The Groundhog Day nature of U.S. response to North Korea for the last decade, during Republican and Democratic administrations alike – provocation, followed by multilateral sanctions that usually are not fully implemented, leading to another provocation, to another round of sanctions – begs the question: why will this time be any different? more...

16th August 2017 – The Washington Times

In search of a grand U.S. strategy

Clifford D. May

Anti-extremists should hang together while Trump’s advisers construct it more...

9th August 2017 – USA Today

North Korea deserves harsher responses

Anthony Ruggiero

The nuanced diplomatic rhetoric out of Washington the past eight years has failed to convince Pyongyang that the United States will prohibit North Korea from becoming a nuclear power. North Korea’s nuclear provocations deserve increasingly harsh responses. more...


Anthony Ruggiero

Senior Fellow