North Korea is being implicated in a cyber attack over the July 4 weekend. The attack brought down several major American and South Korean Web sites at least temporarily. Keith Epstein of BusinessWeek discusses who is behind the cyber attacks and what the consequences will be.
North Korea has made the news frequently during the past year, first with missile tests and then with a charm offensive. Some commentators doubt the sincerity of this upsurge in diplomatic gestures that the hermit kingdom recently extended to both South Korea and the United States.
After a failed April 5th satellite launch, a May 25th underground nuclear detonation, and July 4th ballistic missile tests, North Korea claims peaceful motives.
Having detained Asian-American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee in March and then sentencing them to 12 years of hard labor, Kim Jong-il waited for Bill Clinton's 20-hour August 4th visit to free the captive reporters.
Northeast Asia moves ever-so-slowly towards a conclusive end to the Korean War, which concluded with a mere armistice agreement in 1953. But North Korea refuses to resume six-party talks that could facilitate a viable peace treaty. Will South Korea, along with Russia, China, and Japan, move towards full reunification of the Koreas? And will the U.S. pursue better relations with the world's most isolated country?
Worldfocus explores the geopolitics of a Communist regime that exercises near total control over its population of 23 million. Multimedia producer Ben Piven recently visited North Korea, and he reports on the situation inside for the Worldfocus six-part multimedia series Inside the Hermit Kingdom
Behind the Korean Curtain
PBS Wide Angle takes a look at North Korean defectors' perilous trek to freedom, a grueling 3,000-mile journey through China and into southeast Asia.
Carol Giacomo of The New York Times and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine discuss the top stories of the week. They look at the election in Iran and changing leadership in North Korea, where two American journalists were also sentenced to 12 years of hard labor earlier this week.
North Korea's capture and conviction of two American journalists couldn't have come at a worse time, writes Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge, as the U.S. tries to ensure their safe return while simultaneously pressing North Korea on nuclear containment.
North Korea has convicted two U.S. journalists of illegal entry and crimes against the nation, sentencing them to 12 years in a labor camp. Leon Sigal of the Social Science Research Council discusses the Obama administration's approach to North Korea and how the journalists factor into the equation.
After North Korea sentenced two American journalists to 12 years of hard labor, Worldfocus blogger Nina Hachigian writes that the confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea is going to get worse before it gets better.
South Korea's national intelligence service reports that North Korean leader Kim Jung-il has chosen a possible successor -- his third son, Kim Jong-un. John Park of the United States Institute of Peace discusses the significance of the announcement.
As North Korea continues to test the resolve of the international community by conducting weapons tests, Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge writes about going on patrol with U.S. troops in 2006 while reporting from the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea.
Leslie Gelb of the Council on Foreign Relations and Warren Hoge of the International Peace Institute discuss the week's top stories: North Korea's nuclear testing and the Middle East peace process.