Speculation is rampant that North Korea's Kim Jong-il will go public with plans to name his son his heir at a rare political conference.
North Korea leader Kim Jong-il confirmed his readiness to rejoin six-party talks after a visit to China last week. But the US, Japan, and South Korea want to see key steps first.
Many see Pyongyang's recent friendly gestures as a tactical move. The US moved Tuesday to freeze the assets of two North Korean entities, while South Korea accused the North of unleashing a deadly flash flood.
Q&A: Kim Jong Il's drive to make his nation a nuclear power and how that threatens Asian neighbors.
Washington’s response to the rogue nation’s nuclear test Monday is complicated by Pyongyang’s custody of two American journalists.