September 30, 2023

How the US and North Korea teamed up to fight a common enemy — pirates

A US destroyer answered a distress call from the DPRK’s Dai Hong Dan off the Somali coast 15 years ago

The U.S. and North Korea have been mostly hostile toward one another since the Korean War, with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un regularly threatening to annihilate the American mainland with long-range nuclear missiles over the years.

But there was a brief moment 15 years ago when the two sides came together to fight a common enemy — pirates — in an incident that both countries appeared to use as an opportunity to create goodwill.