Some say that while Pyongyang's preconditions are unrealistic, its statement provides a noteworthy change in recent tone.
Secretary of State Clinton announced new North Korea sanctions Wednesday, but many experts doubt the measures will persuade North Korea to resume talks over its nuclear program.
North Korea rights advocates in South Korea turned to international courts for aid in challenging abuses. They are trying to keep the issue in the public eye as a tough winter and a drastic currency revaluation raise the prospect of more crackdowns.
Reports of protest, violence emerged from North Korea after a drastic currency reform that sets an exchange rate of 1,000 old to 1 new . A North Korean paper in Japan confirmed the reform.
It's too late to rid the country of nukes, but we can keep its program under control.
Laura Ling and Euna Lee, nabbed along the Chinese-North Korean border, have become players in a much larger drama.