U.S. Military to Begin Drills to Evacuate Americans From South Korea

The military’s plan to practice evacuating noncombatants, despite being a routine exercise, raises concerns because of heightened tensions with North Korea. Source: World

Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Group Opposing Nuclear Weapons

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was honored for a new treaty signed by more than 50 countries, none of them nuclear powers. Source: World

Letter 27: Heaps of Stuff We Like

This week’s newsletter, highlighting journalism from around the web that the Australia bureau can’t stop talking about. Source: World

Kim Jong-un, Taking On U.S. Directly, Sidelines China and South Korea

With tensions rising between Washington and Pyongyang, North Korea’s neighbors are finding diminishing room for diplomacy. Source: World

North Korea’s Threat Pushes Japan to Reassess Its Might and Rights

The limits of missile defense and a pacifist Constitution are weighing on the debate over how Japan should respond to the North’s nuclear program. Source: World

Japan’s Dennis Rodman? An Ex-Wrestler, Politician and 32-Time Guest of North Korea

Antonio Inoki, a former athlete with a taste for self-promotion, is also a lawmaker who visits North Korea every year. His goal: “peace through sports diplomacy.” Source: World

After U.S. Compromise, Security Council Strengthens North Korea Sanctions

The Security Council adopted a measure that sets a modest cap on oil imports to North Korea, far weaker than what the United States had sought. Source: World

Kim ‘Is Begging for War,’ Nikki Haley Says, but Urges More Diplomacy

North Korea showed signs of preparing for another missile launch, a South Korean defense official said. Source: World

As North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan, Analysts See Gains

Pyongyang did a more realistic test of the type of missile it had threatened to use to strike near the American territory of Guam. Source: World

A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military

As the North Korean missile threat grows, there are signs that Japan’s citizens are moving away from the country’s postwar pacifism. Source: World