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Andrew Salmon

Articles by Andrew Salmon

This satellite image shows North Korea’s Tongchang-ri launch facility, including the launch pad (center left), the rocket engine test stand (bottom) and the assembly building (top in green) on the nation’s northwest coast on March 28, 2012. (Associated Press/DigitalGlobe)

Despite warnings, N. Korea launches rocket

Defying international calls for restraint, North Korea launched a three-stage, satellite-tipped rocket early Friday, though military officials in South Korea and elsewhere said the test was a prompt failure. Published April 12, 2012

Kim Jong-un, third son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, is believed to have the mannerisms, personality and ideology of his mercurial father. (Xinhua News Agency via Associated Press)

Kim’s hand-picked successor holds credentials but lacks experience

There is no sure path for the transition of power in nuclear-armed North Korea, even as its citizens mourn the death of longtime dictator Kim Jong-il and praise the rise of his hand-picked successor, Kim Jong-un, regional analysts say. Published December 19, 2011

'DEAR LEADER': An image of North Korea's designated leader-to-be, Kim Jong-un (center), is shown on a screen during a performance celebrating the 69th birthday of Mr. Kim's father and current leader, Kim Jong-il. Outside information is increasingly penetrating into the secretive state. (Kyodo News via Associated Press)

Technology piercing North Korea’s news veil

North Korea's vicelike grip on the flow of information into and out of its secretive society is weakening, thanks to technology, the porous border with China and the North's crumbling economy, defectors and activists say. Published February 16, 2011

Gates insists on bilateral Korean talks

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Friday called for Pyongyang to engage with Seoul as a precondition to the resumption of six-party nuclear negotiations, but a South Korean official said that no foundation is yet in place for bilateral talks. Published January 14, 2011

Seoul’s message to North Korea on nukes is mixed

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Wednesday hinted at a return to six-party denuclearization talks, but later his point man on North Korea stressed that his key tasks next year include inducing change inside the secretive North and preparing for unification. Published December 29, 2010

Ex-S. Korean President Kim Dae-jung dies at 83

A former dissident once rescued by the Central Intelligence Agency from assassination, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 for his efforts to engage North Korea. Published August 18, 2009

North Korea fires 7 missiles off east coast

North Korea celebrated U.S. Independence Day with a test firing of seven missiles test into the waters off the peninsula’s east coast from morning until evening on Saturday. Published July 4, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: S. Korea mobilizes maritime squads

On their island base in a tense Yellow Sea, black-clad commando squads armed with automatic weapons surge up ladders onto the deck of a training ship, fast-rope down building exteriors and detonate explosives. Published July 3, 2009

Convicted U.S. journalists likely pawns

North Korea's sentencing of two American journalists to 12 years of "reform" through hard labor draws attention to one of the world's most unforgiving penal systems, even though analysts say it is unlikely the two will serve time in a gulag. Published June 9, 2009

Kim succession reports viewed skeptically

North Korea appears to be accelerating a process of succession to ailing leader Kim Jong-il, although South Korean media reports that Mr. Kim's third son has officially been named appear premature. Published June 3, 2009

N.K.’s succession pick reports premature

North Korea appears to be accelerating a process of succession to ailing leader Kim Jong-il, although South Korean media reports that Mr. Kim's third son has officially been named appear premature. Published June 2, 2009

Defectors avoid criticizing N. Korea

North Korea's nuclear test has plunged East Asia into crisis, but recent defectors reveal both the failings and strengths of a regime whose hold on its former subjects is so strong that some still cannot bring themselves to criticize Kim Jong-il. Published May 29, 2009

World condemns North Korea over nuke test

UPDATED: The U.S. and other nations Monday strongly condemned North Korea's nuclear test but gave little indication of what they might do to restrain an isolated nation that appears determined to modernize its arsenal. Published May 25, 2009

Roh suicide halts corruption probe

"People who are really corrupt can live with it, but Roh [Moo-hyun] was a crusader who could not deal with the fact that he had done something wrong himself," said Michael Breen, author of "The Koreans." Published May 24, 2009

Ex-S. Korean leader’s death likely suicide

Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, 62, died in a fall while mountain hiking with an aide on Saturday morning in what appears to be suicide. Published May 23, 2009