What if North Korea Demands the US Live with a Nuclear Country?

Mike Chinoy
Los Angeles, CA

International Affairs Security & Defense


Mike Chinoy
Northeast Asian Expert
US-China Institute, University of Southern California
Mike Chinoy has reported on the Asian region for over 30 years. Now a Senior Fellow at USC U.S.-China Institute, he has just published a major work on North Korea. He has lived in China and visited North Korea over 14 times. He is ready to discuss North Korea, China, and Northeast Asia
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Mike Chinoy has just published: Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis.  Chinoy is a Senior Fellow at USC U.S.-China Institute,  and formerly CNN’s senior Asia correspondent. Drawing on over 200 interviews conducted in Washington, Seoul, Tokyo and other Asian capitals – as well as insights gained from his 14 trips to Pyongyang – Chinoy provides a detailed account of the behind-the-scenes policy debates within the Bush administration and other governments that drove the confrontation over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Mike Chinoy is one of the world’s keenest observers of Asian affairs, having reported on the most important events in the region for almost thirty years.  He has covered North Korea extensively and travelled there 14 times.  In April 1994, he became the first broadcaster to file live TV reports from North Korea, and was the only journalist to travel with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on his historic trip to Pyongyang in June of that year.

Chinoy served as CNN’s Beijing Bureau Chief from 1987 to 1995. During that time he covered the 1989 events at Tiananmen Square, earning the Cable ACE, duPont and Peabody awards. He was also Hong Kong Bureau Chief for five years. His other awards include the Silver Medal from the New York Film Festival and Asian Television Awards for his reporting in Indonesia and Taiwan.

Chinoy earned a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Yale University and an M.A. Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Story Pitch

North Korea finally conducts nuclear test, what now?
North Korea has conducted an underground nuclear test using more sophisticated technology than its previous two attempts, drawing widespread international condemnation. It's the first test carried out under the secretive nation's young leader Kim Jong Un and threatens to undermine an already fragile security situation in the region.
Recent Publications/Appearances


March 6, 2013 VOA S. "Korea Vows Retaliation if North Breaks Truce"

February 12, 2013 CNN "Q&A: North Korea finally conducts nuclear test, what now?"

February 11, 2013 KTLA "Defiant North Koreans Hail Third Nuclear Blast"

March 1, 2012 Foreign Correspondent'sClub "FCC club dinner with Mike CHINOY " [Video]

February 18, 2012 China.org.cn "The Shanghai Communiqué: a journalist's story"

February 16, 2012 China.org.cn "'Week that Changed the World ' premieres in Beijing"

January 31, 2012 Asia Society "Experts Reflect on Importance of Nixon's Visit to China"

January 25, 2012 DUClarion "Documentary details Nixon’s forgotten ‘72 trip to China"

July 17, 2012 VOA "US Hosts Japanese, South Korean Officials for Talks on North Korea"

June 20, 2011 ABC Australia, China Reporting Documentary

June 17, 2011 ABC News "China and N Korea to stay one-party states"

May 16, 2011 Shanghai Today "Mike Chinoy provides professional techniques for approaching the modern press"

Jan 1, 2011 CNN "How S. Korea's tough policy on North backfired"

Dec 13, 2010 CNN International "North Korea campaigned for Eric Clapton performance, cable reveals"

Dec 7, 2010 The Wall Street Journal "The West's North Korean Delusion"

Nov 24, 2010 Anderson Cooper 360 "The Koreas clash"

Nov 24, 2010 CNN "N. Korea warns of new attacks, S. Korea to boost rules of engagement"

Nov 24, 2010 Australian Broadcasting Corporation "North Korea threatens more attacks"

Nov 23, 2010 KCRW "Tensions on the Korean Peninsula Soar after North Attacks"

Nov 22, 2010 Voice of America "Q&A: How North Korea's Nuclear Claim Looks to South Korea, China"

Sept 27, 2010 CNN "North Korea's party congress: Change in the wind?"

July 24, 2010 CNN "North Korea Ramps up Threats Against Military Exercises"

Comments on North Korean Nuclear Test, May 26, 2009


September 23, 2010 Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia


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