Dates and numbers have great symbolic importance to North Korea, so Pyongyang often schedules what Washington calls 'provocative acts' around holidays and important political events.
North Korea says it plans 'higher level' test as part of its military deterrent in its confrontation with the United States. South Korea says that's code for multiple nuclear tests.
A Korean-American scholar named Kun A. 'Tony' Namkung plays a significant behind-the-scenes role in exchanges between the US and North Korea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has taken a defiant stance in response to a recent UN Security Council condemnation.
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.'