This website is no longer actively maintained
Some material and features may be unavailable
behind the korean curtain

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

Clinton calls North Korea’s future leadership uncertain

Video

Clinton calls North Korea’s future leadership uncertain

Charles Armstrong of Columbia University discusses how U.S. Secretary of State Clinton will be received in South Korea, what her agenda will be and policy towards North Korea.

Posted: February 19, 2009 10:12   Comments: 2
No. Korea spews blustery rhetoric as Clinton arrives in So.

Perspectives

No. Korea spews blustery rhetoric as Clinton arrives in So.

A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to South Korea as North Korea announces that it is ready for war with South Korea and may be testing a long-range missile.

Posted: February 19, 2009 09:19   Comments: 0
Clinton makes Tokyo the first stop on her Asian tour

Video

Clinton makes Tokyo the first stop on her Asian tour

Sheila A. Smith of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to Asia and her approach to North Korea, Japan and China.

Posted: February 16, 2009 12:41   Comments: 0
North Korea abductees complicate U.S.-Japan relations

Perspectives

North Korea abductees complicate U.S.-Japan relations

A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes about Japan-U.S. relations and Hillary Clinton's upcoming visit to Japan. The abductions of Japanese citizens by North Korea decades ago continue to impact the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Posted: February 10, 2009 11:10   Comments: 2
Obama administration faces nuclear weapons challenge

Video

Obama administration faces nuclear weapons challenge

Joseph Cirincione, an expert on nuclear weapons policy, discusses the threat of nuclear weapons facing the Obama administration.

Posted: January 28, 2009 14:34   Comments: 1
North Korea renews aggression toward South Korea

Video

North Korea renews aggression toward South Korea

Leon Sigal of the Social Science Research Council speaks with Martin Savidge about the motivation for this aggression and its implications for the new Obama administration.

Posted: January 19, 2009 20:04   Comments: 1
North Korea and U.S. build new political relationship

Video

North Korea and U.S. build new political relationship

After the U.S. announces the removal of North Korea from its terrorist list, North Korea allows U.N. inspectors to visit nuclear facilities.

Posted: October 13, 2008 14:14   Comments: 0
Week in review: Markets, Afghanistan and North Korea

Video

Week in review: Markets, Afghanistan and North Korea

Carla Robbins of The New York Times and Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations review the major events of the week.

Posted: October 10, 2008 18:56   Comments: 0
South Korea warns against North Korea’s nuclear missiles

Video

South Korea warns against North Korea’s nuclear missiles

Dr. Richard Wood discusses South Korean reports that North Korea may be trying to create nuclear weapons small enough to fit on missiles.

Posted: October 10, 2008 09:29   Comments: 0
Week in review: World markets, North Korea and piracy

Video

Week in review: World markets, North Korea and piracy

Carla Robbins of The New York Times and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine discuss the week's major events.

Posted: October 3, 2008 17:29   Comments: 0
Page 5 of 6« First...23456

LINKS

Facebook Twitter YouTube

Produced by Creative News Group LLC     ©2017 WNET.ORG     All rights reserved

Distributed by American Public Television