January 25, 2021

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Mintaro Oba

Mintaro Oba is a contributing analyst to NK Pro. He was worked as a political speechwriter and is a former Korea Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

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John Bolton’s impact on North Korea policy: nasty, brutish, and short

The former national security advisor's memoir reveals just how damaging his influence really was.

Mintaro Oba June 22, 2020

Why, if diplomacy with North Korea is to succeed, John Bolton must go

At every turn, Trump's hardline National Security Advisor has served to undermine the U.S. position

Mintaro Oba March 17, 2019

U.S.-North Korea talks: how to break the impasse with a temporary agreement

It’s increasingly clear that American diplomats should take a fresh approach

Mintaro Oba December 26, 2018

What Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal means for North Korea

While not a game-changer, the decision to scuttle the JCPOA sends the wrong message to Pyongyang

Mintaro Oba May 8, 2018

Why Trump firing Tillerson is bad news for North Korea policy

With a DPRK-U.S. summit on the horizon, the State Department finds itself without a leader

Mintaro Oba March 14, 2018

Who can replace Joe Yun, Washington’s top North Korea diplomat?

The President will have a tough time filling the shoes of a consummate negotiator

Mintaro Oba February 27, 2018

How the U.S. should respond to Kim Jong Un’s summit offer

Washington must avoid undermining inter-Korean progress

Mintaro Oba February 18, 2018

Why Trump called out his own Secretary of State on North Korea

The President's outburst risks damaging the credibility of the State Department

Mintaro Oba October 2, 2017

When tensions with North Korea are high, cool heads must prevail

Former Obama administration diplomat says "politics of pique" should not define Warmbier response

Mintaro Oba June 26, 2017