The launch could boost South Korea’s space ambitions, but the North warned it would keep a close eye on the international response.
As tens of thousands gather in Seoul to mourn the death of the former president, his 'Sunshine policy' is breathing life into fresh North-South talks.
The one-time democracy advocate and then president of South Korea, he focused on trying to improve relations with the North.
The Hyundai engineer, who has been held since March, was released after the company's chairwoman traveled to Pyongyang Monday.
The US has scored no big wins under his policy of talking with the enemy. Doubts that it can are rising.
Bill Clinton spoke to Kim Jong-il about detained South Koreans and missing Japanese citizens. But N. Korea's neighbors are skeptical of any move away from six-party framework for dialogue.
Secretary of State Clinton reaffirms commitment to six-party talks. One-on-one dialogue with Kim Jong-il's regime would validate the rogue nation, analysts say.
The former president succeeded in securing the release of two American journalists partly because he brought Pyongyang the prestige it craves.