The North Korean leader may be using look-alikes to hide his poor health. One analyst says that when President Clinton visited in August, he met with an actor, not Kim Jong-il.
Secretary of Defense Gates reassured jittery South Korea of firm US commitment to deterring North's conventional forces and confronting its nuclear threat.
North Korea told China's visiting Prime Minister Wen Jiabao it will return to six-party talks it abandoned in April. But first, it wants bilateral talks with the US.
The South says it is tired of an approach that lets North get perks for small concessions.
Thousands of children exist in legal limbo, missing out on school and other state services because their mothers fear deportation.
As tens of thousands gather in Seoul to mourn the death of the former president, his 'Sunshine policy' is breathing life into fresh North-South talks.
The one-time democracy advocate and then president of South Korea, he focused on trying to improve relations with the North.
The former president was in Pyongyang Tuesday seeking the release of two American journalists. But talks could go beyond that.
The report was not confirmed by South Korean intelligence sources, but it underlines the uncertainty surrounding the North Korean leader's eventual succession.
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The US deployed antimissile defense systems in response to reports that North Korea could launch a long-range missile toward the island early next month.
In South, decisive tone of 'joint vision' is seen as sending a strong message to the North.
South Korean President Lee Myung Bak arrives in Washington today seeking a guarantee of American nuclear defense from possible North Korean aggression.
The apocalyptic pronouncements from Pyongyang have a silver lining: They may be motivating the world to take unprecedented action against the North.
But the two women sentenced to 12 years in prison still face awful conditions. Their whereabouts since last week remain unknown.
A tougher stance toward Pyongyang may complicate efforts to negotiate the release of the two women, who were sentenced Monday to 12 years of hard labor.
'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il has reportedly tapped his youngest son as his successor.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates promised Saturday that the US will not 'stand idly by,' but the communist nation's example could be a case study in how to side-step diplomacy.
The May 25 test provided the world with a host of data about North Korea's bomb-making abilities. But only Pyongyang knows if the test was a success.
Defense Secretary Gates, off to Singapore for a regional security summit, says US sees no 'crisis' in Pyongyang's 'very provocative' display of force this week.
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Pyongyang attacked South Korea’s decision to join a partnership meant to block shipments of nuclear materiel.