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Recent articles by Bradley:

More detail from Bolton on the Trump/Kim summits

Washington-based Pyongyang watcher Sue-Mi Terry in two series of tweets says early reports missed quite a few details that former National Security → Read More

At Kim summit Trump wanted only publicity: Bolton

A forthcoming tell-all book by former US National Security Advisor John Bolton makes a case that Kim Jong Un and his sister and current stand-in Kim Yo → Read More

Make way for the Glorious Party Center

In February 1974, North Korea-watchers abroad read in Nodong Shinmun, the Workers' Party newspaper, an editorial entitled “Let the Whole Party, → Read More

Kim reappears promoting nuke deterrence

Following about three weeks with no mentions of public appearances – and at a time when speculation about his possible illness or death has resumed – → Read More

In South Korea, the Gwangju blame game goes on

As South Koreans remember the Gwangju Uprising of May 18-27, 1980, in which more than 200 died, many continue the long-standing habit of looking for → Read More

‘Korea’s Tiananmen’ a success story

In June 1989, in a hotel room in Washington, I turned on the TV and there, unfolding before my eyes, was the Tiananmen Uprising. Hooray, I thought. Those → Read More

Bridge to nowhere now going somewhere: North Korea

For three quarters of a century much of North Korea's trade with the outside world took place across a Japanese-built single-lane bridge across the Yalu → Read More

Congratulate Kim for successful anti-virus push?

Almost lost from sight during the recent kerfluffle over where Kim Jong Un had disappeared to for nearly three weeks, –and why – was another very big question that is still unanswered even after hi… → Read More

A tale of two treatments

As the pandemic swept over the world, in countries here and there, people separately saw promising signs that one or the other of a couple of existing → Read More

Don’t overlook this possible Kim Jong Un successor

If the latest accounts are true and Kim Jong Un is brain dead, who is likely to be the successor? Most analysts have pointed to his younger sister, Kim Yo → Read More

Trump attacks ‘fake report’ Kim’s health poor

US President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was ailing, criticizing his frequent nemesis CNN for running → Read More

Trump gives non-denial denial on Kim’s condition

When asked about the validity of reports that North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un had undergone surgery and was in poor health, US President Donald Trump late → Read More

Reports Kim Jong Un ‘gravely ill’ after surgery

CNN reports that the United States has seen intelligence indicating that North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un "is in grave danger after a → Read More

Please don’t make me sign with that germ-laden pen

While it's only occasionally that a PR person lucks out and send a presss release that anwers a question many of us had just been wondering about, only a → Read More

Fleeing Tokyo before the Covid-19 lockdown hits

I’m a snowbird. My registered home in Japan, reached via stone steps down the steep side of what’s called God Mountain, is in serious snow country. The → Read More

Map suggests TB vaccine may help prevent Covid-19

The map below displays BCG vaccination policy by country. Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine is a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis. Yellow: The → Read More

North Korea swallows its pride and asks for help

North Korea, always proud of its founding ruler's policy of Juche, or self-reliance, has swallowed its pride and asked for help to handle the coronavirus, → Read More

Journal of the plague year: sports in Japan

It was enough to bring (nearly) grown men to tears. The Japan High School Baseball Federation, after previously announcing it was reducing the event to a spectator-free format to reduce the spread … → Read More

You’re Trump, it’s looking bad, Iran’s the answer

Put yourself in the shoes of Donald Trump. The world is sick and getting sicker, now officially suffering from a pandemic, the stock market has sunk into bear territory, experts increasingly see us… → Read More

Former VP Joe Biden wins South Carolina primary

Former vice president Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday, reviving his flagging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Based on exit polls, all of the major televisi… → Read More