Part 6 of 6 in our Inside the Hermit Kingdom series on the people and culture of North Korea. Worldfocus multimedia producer Ben Piven writes about the stark contrast between the stagnant North Korean economy and the booming economies of China and South Korea to the north and south.
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Part 5 of 6 in our "Inside the Hermit Kingdom" series on the people and culture of North Korea. Multimedia producer Ben Piven's video chronicles his five-day trip in August. Watch original footage of the Pyongyang Metro, rural countryside, Demilitarized Zone and everyday North Koreans.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry has requested funds to beef up its resettlement facilities for defectors from the North -- as the number of refugees arriving from its destitute neighbor keeps climbing. A Worldfocus contributing blogger discusses the chronic unemployment among 16,000 North Koreans now living in the South.
American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee are finally back on American soil, freed after a surprise visit to North Korea by former President Bill Clinton. Charles Armstrong of Columbia University discusses North Korea's motives in releasing the two Americans.
The United States said on Monday that it will continue to press the United Nations Security Council for a strong response to this weekend's rocket launch by North Korea, a rocket that President Obama said could be used for long-range missiles. Leon Sigal of the Social Science Research Council discusses the implications of the launch.
North Korea launched a rocket on Sunday, but failed to put a satellite into orbit as hoped. Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner discusses the implications of the launch and the changing face of the U.S. approach to North Korea.
A Worldfocus contributing citizen journalist examines the interests of North Korea's neighboring countries.