In Chorwon, where battles between North and South Korea once raged, tourists are taking to verdant beauty and rusty tanks.
Somali pirates attacked a Ukraine ship and Singapore-operated vessel with a North Korea crew. With the end of the monsoon, piracy is on the upswing.
A South Korean ship fired on a North Korean vessel after it says the North's ship crossed into the South's waters. The exchange ratchets up tensions before US President Obama's Asia visit, scheduled for mid-November.
The South says it is tired of an approach that lets North get perks for small concessions.
UN ban on North Korean weapons may be working. Should it apply to both nuclear and conventional weapons?
US special envoy Stephen Bosworth is said to have accepted the offer, one of several recent overtures from Pyongyang.
The report was not confirmed by South Korean intelligence sources, but it underlines the uncertainty surrounding the North Korean leader's eventual succession.
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.