Hello Dear readers,
I know it has been a long two-weeks since the summit, and I promise that I have been hard at work. Coming up tomorrow will be my in-depth analysis of the summit. I also have been devoting some time to developing a page devoted to the summit. This page will include primary sources, media coverage from all angles, and will be a source of information on the summit. It has been a pleasure to develop that page and I look forward to it being up soon–I don’t know exactly when yet.
Also, there may be some other changes coming up as I am thinking of new ideas. I promise to keep you all in the loop with the happenings on this site.
Thank you all for reading this site. If you have any ideas on how this site can be better, please make sure to let me know and I will try to incorporate ideas for you all to enjoy.
(Image: Trump and Kim as they sign the joint statement at the end of yesterday’s summit. Source: The English Post)
By now, many know that the summit between Kim and Trump ended the signing of a joint statement, which, on a cursory glance is similar to other statements signed by North Korea. (A whole analysis of the statement and the summit will be coming this week.)
The signing of the statement is historic in itself; never has a sitting president signed the same document as a North Korean leader. No matter how successful the summit, it will represent a tectonic shift in relations between the United States and North Korea.
Today there will be a lot of news from the summit, and it feels like the right time to step back into analyzing the peninsula. Throughout the day, I will be updating the blog with analysis and updates of this historic meeting.
I will work to reestablish the old publishing schedule in the coming days, but for now, lets sit back and watch the summit.
Slight change in the publishing schedule for today and tomorrow. Daily Updates will be replaced by an analysis post of the latest rocket launch from North Korea.
Daily Reading: In lieu of North Korea’s latest provocation, an important question arises: how will the United States protect itself if Pyongyang launches an ICBM on Washington? In a wonderful feature for the Washington Post, Bonnie Berkowitz and Aaron Steckleberg explain the GMD system and why it may leave the United States vulnerable during such an attack. Read about the system, and its pros and cons at: Bonnie Berkowitz and Aaron Steckleberg, “If North Korea Fires a Nuclear Missile at us, How Would We Try To Stop It?” Washington Post, November 29, 2017.
Seeing as I have been a little fainéant in terms of posting, for which I apologize, this week will be structured differently. Tomorrow, the post will cover some big stories out of South Korea over the long pause, focused mainly on more recent events. Friday, I’ll get up a North Korea summary of news which will follow a similar outline.
After that, there will hopefully be a routinization of posts to keep fresh material on the blog.
Ok, so I took a very long hiatus from this blog with the intention of restarting the posting schedule a couple of times. Seeing as it is now officially autumn, there is no longer any excuse to continue procrastinating the restart of material for this blog. Here is what the restart will entail:
A briefer on the rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, focusing on the ICBM and nuclear tests will be the main analysis piece.
Daily updates will resume starting on Monday and will be Monday-Friday, as they always have been.
Anyway, its good to be back and I look forward to sharing a ton of wonderful news with everyone as the year comes to a close and we look forward to 2018.
North Korea has launched another missile today, its second one this week. Japan’s NHK broke news of the launch, and told its citizens to be safe. The missile reportedly flew over Japan, and is most likely a show of strength by Pyongyang. (Yonhap Reporting). I am following the test and will add it to my second missile test analysis post.