The latest failed missile test won't have strong repercussions, but tensions on the peninsula will linger, and all scenarios remain possible.
The issue around the peninsula generally is the conflict between the US and North Korea.
The trajectory of Northeast Asian geopolitics is not determined by South Korea. Seoul should drop the illusion that it can act at will with Washington as its back.
Now Pyongyang is clear about the consequences if it continues to act recklessly. What it is uncertain about, though, is what benefit it will get if it stops nuclear and missile activities.
The North Korea nuclear issue is like a puzzle filled with bombs. Pyongyang must not strike a match and detonate it. What it needs is big wisdom to realize a soft landing.
The first round of voting for France’s presidential election concluded earlier today. As results have shown, the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen will face off in the second and final round of the election on May 7.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published a commentary on Friday criticizing China, although without naming it, for “dancing to the tune of” the US’ North Korean policy. Some emotional statements in the article expressed Pyongyang’s determination to go down the nuclear path. The most provocative sentence that attracted worldwide attention in the commentary is that “if the country keeps applying economic sanctions on the DPRK … it should get itself ready to face the catastrophic consequences in the relations with the DPRK.”
China opposes North Korea's nuclear program, and also opposes changing the status quo of the Korean Peninsula through military force.
The decline of the US steel industry is a result of market forces. As with outsourcing, companies responded to high costs of labor and production in the US, coupled with a strong dollar. Therefore it is impossible that this sector be revitalized by administrative orders or protectionist policies.
The South Korean media has launched a new wave of nationalism due to some remarks US President Donald Trump made during a media interview. However, the South Korean media has targeted China.
The truth seems to be that the US military and president jointly created fake news and it is without doubt a rare scandal in US history, which will be bound to cripple Trump’s and the US’ dignity.
As a key player on the Korean Peninsula, the attitude of Seoul toward the North Korean nuclear issue is of great significance. South Korea needs to take its share of the blame for today's tense situation. It shouldn't view itself as an innocent victim. In the latest developments, South Korea has not moved to calm the situation, rather it has escalated the tension.
It would be a pity of historical consequence if Pyongyang were to continue with its obsessive and unrealistic nuclear ambitions, along with its ongoing complaining.
So far, GDP is the most scientific data to measure a nation's economic performance. The whole world attaches great importance to it.
Preventing Pyongyang from carrying out its sixth nuclear test is the top priority at the moment.
This bombing is clearly aimed at testing the weapon in real combat and provides a new gimmick in US military deterrence. North Korea must have felt the shock wave traveling all the way from Afghanistan. It would be nice if the bomb could frighten Pyongyang but its actual impact may just be the opposite.
US President Donald Trump said the Treasury Department will not label China as a currency manipulator in its semi-annual report. He explicitly noted that China is "not a currency manipulator."
The US has no power to put global affairs in order at the moment. The White House needs to be aware of this reality. Washington seems to be poised to extend its battle line now, which however may not be what it desires.