Tagged: North Korea

New N. Korean nuclear enrichment facility surprises S. Korea

The South Korean government was apparently caught by surprise when it was revealed that  North Korea had built a uranium enrichment site near their main nuclear facility. International Relations professor William Keylor offers the following comment: “The key intelligence challenge will be to discover how the North Korean government succeeded in what seems to be […]

North Korea heir apparent

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il promoted his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to rank of four-star general in the People’s Army. Also made a four-star general was the leader’s 64-year old sister, Kim Kyong-hui. Both moves set the stage for the future leadership of the country. International relations professor William Keylor gives his view on the move. “As […]

Carter to free American in N.Korea

Former President Jimmy Carter is on another humanitarian mission, this time to free an American — 30-year-old Bostonian Aijalon Mahli Gomes (r.) — arrested in North Korea in January for illegally entering the communist nation and sentenced to eight years in prison.  International relations Professor William Keylor, author of “A world of Nations: The International Order since […]

N.Koreans meet with UN Command

For the first time since the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, which Seoul blames on the North, officials from North Korea met with the American-led United Nations Command which enforces the armistice that ended the Korean War.  International relations Professor William Keylor, author of “A World of Nations: The International Order Since […]

North v. South Korea tensions mount

With military and political tensions increasing daily on the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of State Clinton says America will stand by South Korea as it seeks UN action to redress North Korea’s apparent sinking of South Korean warship.  International relations Professor Thomas Berger, a specialist on government and political culture in East Asia, says today’s situation […]

North/South Korea standoff

South Korea’s president says his country will take “resolute countermeasures” against neighboring North Korea for what an international investigation has found to be overwhelming evidence that a South Korean warship was sunk two months ago by a torpedo made in North Korea fired by a North Korean submarine.  International relations Professor William Keylor, author of […]

North Korean leader reportedly ill

Reports say North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is indeed ill, suffering from kidney failure requiring dialysis.  International Relations Professor William Keylor, an authority on U.S. foreign policy, says the absence of a system of succession could become a critical obstacle to the resumption of the six-party nuclear disarmament talks. “Reports of discontent within the […]

Social Sciences Prof. Tom Whalen comments on N. Korea pardon of American journalists

Obama to discuss Iran/North Korea

With President Obama set to address the questions surrounding his handling of recent threats to our nation’s foreign and domestic policy, political expert Thomas Whalen is available for analysis. Contact Thomas Whalen, 617-353-4785, tjw64@bu.edu

Gore to N.Korea to free reporters?

Former Vice President Gore may be dispatched to North Korea to negotiate the release of two American  journalists who work for Gore’s Current TV.  The reporters are on trial charged with illegally entering North Korea and could be sent to a labor camp if convicted.  College of Communication journalism Professor Robert Zelnick, a former long-time […]