Issue Brief posted September 17, 2014
U.S. Should Seek Release of Detainees in North Korea—Without Policy Concessions
North Korea has sentenced Matthew Miller, a 20-year-old American tourist, to six years of hard labor for attempted espionage. Miller reportedly ripped up his tourist visa and declared he wanted asylum but Pyongyang accused him of intending to “experience prison life so that he could investigate the human rights situation” in North Korea. The regime is also holding Jeffrey…
Backgrounder posted June 3, 2014
Allies Should Confront Imminent North Korean Nuclear Threat
Experts predominantly assess that North Korea has developed several nuclear devices, but not yet mastered the ability to miniaturize a warhead or deliver it via missile. Media reports habitually declare that North Korean missiles cannot yet reach the United States. Based on this benign conclusion, policymakers presume the United States and its allies still have several…
Testimony posted April 2, 2014
North Korea: Sanctions, Nuclear and Missile Threat
Testimony before Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Foreign Affairs Committee United States House of Representatives
My name is Bruce Klingner. I am the Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage…
Issue Brief posted February 20, 2014
U.S. Should Augment Sanctions After North Korean Crimes Against Humanity
A United Nations Commission of Inquiry issued a damning condemnation of the North Korea government for “systemic, widespread, and gross violations of human rights.” The commission concluded that the human rights abuses were of such a monumental scale as to constitute crimes against humanity. The panel recommended referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for…
Backgrounder posted November 4, 2013
Time to Get North Korean Sanctions Right
Responding to North Korea’s third nuclear test in 2013, President Barack Obama declared that North Korea’s nuclear weapons program was a “threat to the U.S. national security and to international peace and security.” The U.N. Security Council similarly warned that North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats posed “a clear threat to international peace and security.”…
Backgrounder posted July 24, 2013
Enhancing South Korean–U.S. Naval Capabilities Is Critical to American Interests
South Korean President Park Geun-hye has pledged to reach out diplomatically to North Korea to establish a reciprocal trust-building process. She is willing to provide economic benefits to facilitate North Korean denuclearization and progress toward Korean unification. But Park always emphasizes that the most important pillar of her “trustpolitik” strategy is first to…
Issue Brief posted July 22, 2013
North Korean–Cuban Arms Shipment Shows Need to Tighten Sanctions
Even by North Korean standards, the story was odd. To a world used to North Korean exports of weapons, the seizure of a North Korean ship carrying arms from Cuba was unique. Pyongyang’s attempted transshipment of antiquated weapons revealed much about the North Korean regime.
First, Pyongyang clearly continues to violate multiple United Nations Security Council (UNSC)…
Lecture posted May 22, 2013
Does North Korea Have a Missile-Deliverable Nuclear Weapon?
A recent unclassified Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report, revealed by Congressman Doug Lamborn (R–CO) on April 11, 2013, stated, “DIA assesses with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles.” This is disturbing news.
The North Korean regime is one of the most fanatic, paranoid, and militaristic…
Lecture posted May 1, 2013
The Enduring Legacy of America’s Commitment to Asia
EDWIN J. FEULNER: I’m Ed Feulner. For the next 13 days, I am the president of The Heritage Foundation. I’m delighted to have with us this morning my successor as the new president of The Heritage Foundation, Senator Jim DeMint. Senator, we are very happy that you are able to join us this morning for our 16th annual B.C. Lee Lecture.
It’s good to see so many friends…