North Korea's Kim Jong-il was reportedly "enraged" by TV commercials for beer, quail, and ginseng that he thought echoed China's early moves toward market reforms.
North Korea said Tuesday that it has reprocessed 8,000 nuclear fuel rods – perhaps enough to build another nuclear bomb. US officials say this was a violation of North Korea's commitments to nuclear disarmament talks.
North Korea's announcement that it had processed more nuclear weapons fuel for use in another atomic weapon is seen as an attempt to reinforce its demand that the US engage in bilaterial disarmament talks.
The North Korean leader may be using look-alikes to hide his poor health. One analyst says that when President Clinton visited in August, he met with an actor, not Kim Jong-il.
Secretary of Defense Gates reassured jittery South Korea of firm US commitment to deterring North's conventional forces and confronting its nuclear threat.
North Korea, in a sign of a thaw, allowed famliies split by the border to visit each other at a North Korean site in September.
Though North Korea did not apologize for the flood that killed South Koreans, its expression of regret is seen as a good sign on the path toward dialogue.
Kim Jong-il's regime also delineated 'no-sail zones' off both its east and west coasts in a bid to show toughness ahead of talks on its nuclear program.
Editorialists around the country weigh in on Obama’s surprise Nobel Peace Prize. Some offer suggestions on who should have gotten the award. Others see liberal politics at play - a way to jab at George W. Bush.