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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Joseph Cirincione, an expert on nuclear weapons policy, discusses the threat of nuclear weapons facing the Obama administration.
After the U.S. announces the removal of North Korea from its terrorist list, North Korea allows U.N. inspectors to visit nuclear facilities.
Carla Robbins of The New York Times and Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations review the major events of the week.
Dr. Richard Wood discusses South Korean reports that North Korea may be trying to create nuclear weapons small enough to fit on missiles.
Carla Robbins of The New York Times and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine discuss the week's major events.