Renewed threats from North Korea's regime have given rise to questions about how far the North Koreans will go in carrying them out.
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, returned from a four-day visit to North Korea on Thursday with a message for the North: Embrace the Internet.
Eric Schmidt traveled Monday to Pyongyang, along with former US ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson.
Former US diplomat Bill Richardson is planning to take a Google executive to North Korea. The State Department has said the visit is unhelpful. The concern is about timing, it seems.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt, known for his advocacy of Internet freedom, could travel as early as next week to North Korea – a country almost entirely sealed off from online communications.
Two people familiar with the plans told The Associated Press that the trip was a 'private, humanitarian mission.'
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for economic reform and expressed a wish to improve relations with South Korea, departing from the usual North Korea rhetoric.
Australia and Asian nations are celebrating the New Year in style, from fireworks in Sydney and Hong Kong to a street party in Indonesia. Around the world, people are greeting 2013 with optimism.
South Korean officials say they have evidence that North Korea is working on an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach as far as the United States.
North Korea says Kenneth Bae, a tour operator from Washington state, has "committed a crime against North Korea" and has confessed his crime. Could Kenneth Bae be a new bargaining chip in sanctions talks?